Category: Travel

Mapungubwe UNESCO World Heritage Site

The next morning it was another early start, back to Mapungubwe NP. This time to visit Jackal Hill a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here in the 9th century Iron Age, the first known Bantu settlement was established in South Africa. Over time Mapungubwe  developed into the largest kingdom in the sub continent before it was…


Mapungubwe.

After a long but interesting drive to the Limpopo area, we arrived at Mopane Lodge, in Mapungubwe NP. This would be our home for the next three nights. Mapungubwe National Park borders South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. It is open savannah on the confluence of the Shashe and the famous Limpopo river. The terrain of…


Entabeni Safari Conservancy – Day 3

Our last day at Entabeni and so far we had seen three of the big five, Elephants, Rhino and Lions. The plan was an early start and a search for cheetah. Once again a drive down from the upper escarpment along the narrow precipitous track. The cheetah were thought to be at the farthest boundary…


Day 2- A full day in Entabeni

Our second day in the Entabeni reserve looked to be a very full one with two drives although the weather didn’t look very promising. Plus a visit to the White Lion Conservation Centre and the Pedi Village which were on the lower escarpment. An early 5.00 start was followed by a hair raising drive down the…


Entabeni Safari Conservancy – Day 1

Gys, our guide greeted us after our long, over night flight from Heathrow to Johannesburg. There we met up with the other 12 members of the group and boarded our coach. It was a 4 hour drive up to the Entabeni Game Reserve, the first stop on our trip.  Entabeni is in the Waterberg Mountains…


Lions of Ruaha

On safari in Africa, most people hope to see Lion and most of the time they are rewarded. This is because Lions are lazy, spending much of their time resting/sleeping. Therefore the prides can be located without too much trouble. This is unlike some of the other cats where you have to spend time looking…


Day four. – Drive number 6 “Tigers, – no pressure”

We’d visited some of the tiger reserves in India before, but in March / April. In October it is very different. Most noticeable its much greener and more water is flowing in the rivers. This makes searching and photographing wildlife, especially Tigers, a real challenge. Also photographic safaris in Indian are very different to those…


Redshanks vs Spotted Redshanks

Redshanks are a common wader found, year-round, on the marshes of the north Norfolk coast. At any time of year, on a visit to  RSPB Titchwell, Snettisham or the NWT Holme Dunes you often see redshanks probing their bills into the mud for insects, worms, and crustaceans. This year has even seen them returning to breed…


Norfolk’s secret Common Seal Colony

Seals are a common sight on the Norfolk coast. It is home to a number of famous colonies both grey and common seals. Some years ago we came across a single common seal resting in one of the many small rivers outlets that flow across the beach. Thinking it was a one off visit by…


Winter at Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge

If you’re visiting Florida, and in particular the Orlando area, Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge on the east coast is well worth a visit, and only about 50 miles away. In fact you can combine a trip there and to the Space Centre as a day out.  Although December to April is best for wildlife, in summer you…