Posts by Dan Hopkins

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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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Deo’s Elephant Trench

Uganda Elephant Conservation – Living on the border of an African national park can be a dangerous and frustrating experience.  Predators like lions, leopards, and hyenas often leave the protection of the park and can kill cattle, livestock, and even people.  Elephants, baboons, and bush pigs search the surrounding farms for easily available crops and…

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What is the KAZA Visa?

You should be aware of the new KAZA Visa if you’re traveling to the Victoria Falls region and want to explore the neighboring countries of Zimbabwe or Zambia.  The KAZA Visa allows entry into participating countries with one visa. Instead of buying individual visas for Zimbabwe and Zambia the KAZA Visa allows entry into both…

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Hiking Namibia’s Sossusvlei Dunes

Namibia is an ideal destination for exploring on foot and hiking the Sossusvlei dunes will take you into a unique and strange landscape.  Sossusvlei is classic Namib Desert scenery with magnificent, apricot dunes sculpted by the wind and set against a cobalt blue sky.  Hiking the Sossusvlei Dunes can be a surreal experience as you…

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What is a Safari Sundowner?

A safari sundowner is simply an African happy hour where you sit back, cocktail in hand, and watch the sun slip below the horizon.  It’s a classic safari tradition dating back to the colonial days.  Sunset is a peaceful time in Africa and it’s also the perfect time to relax, reflect on the day’s events,…

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Victoria Falls – “The Smoke that Thunders”

Victoria Falls is one of the world’s natural wonders and is easily visited on your southern African safari.  The Falls is formed by the Zambezi River as it cascades into a chasm 300 feet deep and over a mile wide.  Since the Zambezi forms the boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe, about ¾ of the Falls…

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