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The Governments of the Republics of Zambia and Zimbabwe have announced the launch of the Kavango Zambezi Trans-Frontier Conservation Area (KAZA) UNIVISA on 28 November, 2014. The KAZA UNIVISA is a common tourist visa for the SADC region which shall...
In the sixties visitors to Victoria Falls and Livingstone would be flown over the Kasaya River valley to view the wildlife that lived in large numbers on the Simalaha floodplains. The habitat was ideal for wetland species such as lechwe and...
Counting stamens has never been one of my favourite botanical activities. I’m more inclined to tumble into flowers to inhale the heady fragrance or sip on sweet nectar. Floral architecture, however, is fascinating, so let’s peek into the private...
The tiger fish came to the party at this year’s Kariba Invitation Tiger Fish Tournament which took place in October. Nearly 700 more fish were caught than last year – all the more significant considering that this year’s team entries were 113, eight...
As a Kalahari sandveld forester,for me the ideal forest environment would be closed- canopy teak forest, but with over a century of logging, it is difficult to find undisturbed teak forest. Perhaps in the southeastern area of Angola in the Luiana...
As I rounded the last few bends of the scenic undulating Makuti Hill range, the Zambezi valley floor opened to a blue horizon - the magical expanse of water that is Kariba. This lake forms a natural moat surrounding my destination – Spurwing Island...
The solitary painted dog chased the nyala antelope out of view towards Long Pool. We heard a splash rapidly followed by anxious canine yelps. The dog quickly returned to its pack and Long Pool became a frothy mass of angry hippos and prehistoric...
Arnold Tshipa is environmental manager for Wilderness Safaris, Zimbabwe and Zambia. He spends his time between working on his Masters degree and being in the field where he diligently records data. He shares the latest hyaena stories from the...
Students pile out of the back of the landcruiser clutching quadrants, clinometers, ranging poles and infiltration rings. Carmine bee-eaters look down inquisitively from their perches above the dried up Chipandaure River as the morning’s geography...
Hyaena and lion are the eternal enemies in the African savanna. Hyaena were long thought to be scavengers feeding on lion kills and even stealing the big cats’ meals, but we now know that they are also skilful hunters capable of taking on prey as...
The Matabeleland Branch of Wildlife & Environment Zimbabwe (WEZ) concluded another 24 hour game count in Hwange National Park and surrounding areas over the full moon in October. This was the 45th year of the event. Some 316 participants...
When Elisabeth Pasalk was left some land by her mother, she was told that it was in an area called Dete. This did not mean much to her, and it took her a while to find where the place was. Elisabeth was born and raised in Zimbabwe, but enjoyed a...
Learning to fly must rate as one of the most exhilarating experiences anyone can imagine and Zimbabwe provides an ideal climate. There are opportunities for residents or visitors to the country to fly to any local or regional destination, enjoy...
Every couple dreams of the perfect wedding in an exotic location - deciding on a venue for the big day is an experience in itself. Zimbabwe is the perfect place to tie the knot, and Harare is renowned as a wedding destination, offering tailor-made...
Wherever there is poverty and wildlife there is always poaching. But poaching as perceived by the law is not necessarily seen as poaching by communities living with wildlife. Culturally, dating back to when man first walked this earth, the bush has...
ANIMALS MATTER On October 4, 2014, Harare supporters of the 'Animals Matter' march, joined in the inaugural World Animal Day event, with a mission to call on the United Nations, policy makers and citizens everywhere to support the cause for...
One of the greatest things about a safari is never knowing what’s around the corner. Will there be a leopard snoozing in a tree? A giraffe munching on acacia leaves?  A dazzle of zebra drinking from a waterhole?  Earlier this month,...
Shhhh….. the Secret Season is upon us. A magical time of year in the South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi National Parks which few people know about. Imagine a park packed full of zebra, lion, wild dog, buffalo and elephant. Imagine herbivores tending...
Spotted hyaena exhibit extensive behavioural variation across ecosystems. Aspects of their behaviour, such as clan size, foraging pattern and intra-predator interaction, vary depending on the population.  In the Okavango Delta, we are...
Eight passionate people were recently selected from lodges and villages around Botswana to attend a fully sponsored nature guide training programme by the Amarula Conservation Trust. The delegates enrolled on their course in August for self...