Posts by Dan Hopkins

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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Hydroelectric Dam Threatens Tanzania’s Largest Game Reserve

A proposed hydroelectric dam threatens Tanzania’s largest game reserve, the Selous.  The Tanzanian government plans to begin the massive dam inside the UNESCO protected wildlife reserve in July 2018.  In preparation for construction more than 2.6 million trees will be removed from the dam and reservoir site.  The dam will be built on the Great…

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Mountain Gorilla Population is Rising

Good news for the mountain gorillas!  A recently published survey of the mountain gorilla population in the Virunga Massif has found the numbers of these endangered gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) is on the rise.  The study was conducted in the Mikeno Sector of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Volcanoes National Park in…

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Camp Hwange, Zimbabwe

Camp Hwange is a classic safari camp situated on its own private concession deep in the Sinamatella area of Hwange National Park.  This small and intimate camp offers canvas and thatch bungalow accommodations of a unique style and perfect for guests who seek a true wilderness experience and a wonderful feeling of being immersed in…

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