Posts by Dan Hopkins

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Tanzania Plastic Bag Ban

The Tanzanian government has announced a ban on all single-use plastic bags starting on June 21 2019, according to a press release from the Vice President’s office.  The statement read in part: “The Government of Tanzania wishes to make an official note to travelers planning to travel to Tanzania that from 1st June 2019 all…

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A Long Dry Season for Botswana?

Botswana had a poor rainy season this year and the lack of rain looks to make for an extended season of phenomenal game viewing for 2019.  During years of normal rainfall animals migrate away from the Okavango Delta into the surrounding Kalahari, returning to the permanent waters of the delta when the dry season begins. …

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The Lionscape Coalition

Lions are facing serious threats across Africa.  The continent’s lion population has been cut by 50 percent in the past 25 years, and the species is now officially classified by the IUCN as “Vulnerable”.  Factors contributing to this decline include habitat loss and fragmentation, illegal wildlife trade, bushmeat poaching and human-lion conflict. However, a turnaround…

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Namibia Under Canvas

Namibia is a vast country, even by African standards, covering an area approximately twice the size of California and four times the size of the United Kingdom.  With a population of a mere 2 million, Namibia has one of the lowest population densities in the world.  It is also an ‘ageless land’; visible through the…

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Botswana Culture & Wildlife Safari

We’re pleased to offer a unique safari to Botswana that combines adventure, ancient cultures, and abundant wildlife. Join wildlife writer Bonnie Fladung, Earth Ark Travel, and GrassTrack Safaris for this cultural and wildlife safari to Botswana.  This small country is one of Africa’s most remarkable destinations for wildlife, conservation, and culture. It has the highest…

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Southern Tanzania Safari Report, Part 2

Here’s the second installment of my report from our Southern Tanzania safari I hosted in September 2018 (you can read Part 1 here).  Throughout our journey, I was amazed at the diversity of landscapes, people, wildlife, and birds we encountered.  We covered long distances driving from the coast into central Tanzania.  Along the way we…

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Southern Tanzania Safari Report, Part 1

In September 2018 I hosted a safari into the remote and seldom visited game parks of southern Tanzania.  Throughout our journey, I was amazed at the diversity of landscapes, people, wildlife, and birds we encountered.  We covered long distances driving from the coast into central Tanzania.  Along the way we passed through small villages, hiked…

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Living With Wild Elephants

Living in the proximity of wild elephants can be challenging and dangerous.  These iconic animals we travel so far to be see can ruin a farmer’s livelihood in one night or worse, can kill local people.  I came across this story about local villagers in the Okavango Delta region of Botswana and how they feel…

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White Giraffes in Africa?

Leucistic Animals Back in 2015 a rare white giraffe was discovered in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania.  Dr. Derek Lee, an ecologist with the Wild Nature Institute, first spotted the young calf while doing a giraffe survey in Tarangire.  Three years later while on safari in Tanzania, my group was fortunate to see this rare giraffe. …

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When is the Best Time to Visit Botswana?

Botswana is a year-round safari destination with amazing wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and friendly people.  The winter season from June-September is often cited as the best time to visit Botswana, however each season has advantages and disadvantages.  While you can expect good wildlife any time of the year, ultimately the best season is the one that…

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