In 1930, as many as 10 million wild elephants roamed the African continent.  But decades of poaching and conflict have decimated the African elephant populations, leaving less than 415,000.  In 2016, the International Union of Conservation of Nature reported that Africa’s elephant population had seen its worst decline in 25 years. Join GrassTrack Safaris owner…

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lion

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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leucistic animals

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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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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african 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 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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tanzania safari report

I recently returned from an amazing safari in Tanzania where I joined a small group of travel agents who also specialize in creating unique African journeys.  Being on the ground is the best way to learn about a destination and during our 2-week safari I learned a great deal about Tanzania, the logistics of planning…

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botswana photography wildlife safari

I came across this poem of Africa and thought I would share it.  When I first posted the poem I had no idea who wrote it but a reader left a comment saying the poem was written by C. Emily Dibb.  Having camped many nights in the African bush this simple poem captures that feeling…

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shark cage diving south africa

Looking for an adrenaline packed natural history experience?  You should try Great White Shark cage diving if you’re in the Cape Town area.  This unique day trip gets you up-close and personal with the magnificent Great White Shark from the safety of a cage.    Great White Sharks Great White Sharks are found in the…

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The dry, winter season (June-October) is widely considered to be the optimal time for game viewing in Botswana.  The low grass and lack of vegetation make the animals easier to see.  As water sources deep in the bush dry out, animals are forced to congregate in large numbers around permanent rivers.  The green season in…

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