Coronavirus & Mountain Gorillas

By Dan Hopkins | March 26, 2020

As the novel coronavirus rapidly spreads across the globe another threatened species is at risk: the highly endangered mountain gorilla.  Found in tiny pockets of rain forest in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo the mountain gorilla population has slowly rebounded as a result of increased tourism and strict protection.  However this…

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The Great Elephant Safari

By Dan Hopkins | December 30, 2019
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In 1930, as many as 10 million wild elephants roamed the African continent. But decades of poaching and conflict have decimated the African elephant population, leaving less than 415,000. But not all the news is bad.  Botswana & Zimbabwe are home to nearly 200,000 elephants, the largest population in Africa.…

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Connecting to the Past with the Xai Xai Bushmen of Botswana

By Dan Hopkins | December 4, 2019
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A recent safari guest describes her interactions with the San Bushmen of Xai Xai deep in the Kalahari of Botswana.  As part of our Botswana Culture & Wildlife Safari, this small group spent two days with the San learning about their culture and everyday lives.  Here, Bonnie relates her experiences…

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Namibia’s Green Season

By Dan Hopkins | November 24, 2019

The “green season” is southern Africa’s summertime and in some places the rainy season.  Typically it’s the least popular time for safaris, but there are some distinct advantages to traveling between January and March (see below for 11 great reasons).  If you have any reservations about green season travel in…

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