Issue 51 Summer 2010

Summer 2010

Tracking Leopards and seeing spots • Second chances with Toumani Diabaté • Raising its magnificent head - the Sables re-emergence • Stirred not Shaken - whitewater rafting in Victoria Falls • Mozambique's Limpopo National Park • With open arms in Namibia.... and much more!



Rearing its magnificent head
Recently feared extinct, the giant sable has once again appeared. Yet, without continued success of one man’s conservation work, the animal’s re-emergence may soon be for naught. We sent Mark Stratton into the depths of Angola’s Cangandala National Park to investigate.
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Presence of greatness
On the fringe of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Philip Briggs steps into the land of the Naro for an experience like no other.
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The other side
Since Limpopo National Park’s absorption into the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park, there have been massive changes afoot – animals have been making their way in, and people have been making their way out. We sent Geoffrey Dean to shed light on the latest developments.
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Leading the way: Laikipia
Residents of Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau have quickly turned their region into one of Africa’s greatest wildlife areas. Remarkably, as Matt Phillips explains, they haven’t done it by trying to separate man from beast.
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Back from the brink
Stephen Cunliffe goes on safari in Malawi’s Majete Wildlife Reserve and finds more than he was expecting. Not only has the reserve overcome its troubled past, but it is charting an exciting path into the future.
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Hand in hand
While recently researching Footprint’s Tanzania Handbook, Sue Watt discovered two very different lodges in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area that had one very big thing in common – their commitment to the area’s indigenous people.
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Stirred, not shaken
What is it really like to whitewater raft down the Zambezi from Victoria Falls? We asked Jonathan Milligan to take us through it, one rapid at a time.
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Seeing spots
Veterans of the African bush, journalists Ann and Steve Toon join a specialist leopard-tracking safari in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal. Will it leave them seeing spots or licking their wounds?
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With open arms
Namibia’s northern frontier has always been known for its staggering landscapes, unique desert-adapted species and enigmatic peoples. However, interactions with the latter have led to some visitors feeling somewhat voyeuristic. We recently sent Emma Gregg to the region to investigate a new safari, one led by the first company in Namibia to be wholly owned by the indigenous community. Will the locals playing host transform the experience?
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Second chances
When Anthony Ham recently returned to Mali’s capital city, he had one overriding thought in his mind – find Toumani Diabaté.
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Tea with Tandala
We sent John Warburton-Lee and his young family to Kenya in search of great child-friendly safari options. Here is his first report, from the wilds of the Laikipia Plateau.
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