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How to be safe around elephants

It was twilight and not a good time to be out on foot with predators lurking around. The next moment we were shocked to a standstill! A big elephant bull was standing a few meters from us, clearly annoyed with our intrusion. It is difficult to say who got the biggest fright, us or our armed guide!

This incident happened a few years ago when we went for a guided walk in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park.  Then, if it wasn’t for the flooded river crossing, we would have been back at camp well before dark.

In many game areas in Southern Africa the camps are unfenced, which means that elephant can visit at any time. We had an elephant visiting our site while we were pitching our tent and also at night whilst sitting around the fire. Continue reading How to be safe around elephants

Can you travel Africa with small children?

Once you start a family your overland travel plans get put on hold for a few years, right? Not necessarily, if you are smart and cautious. To travel Africa with small children is not a decision to be taken lightly, but it is possible.

Families who have been overlanding for generations often love the African bush so much that they want their children to grow up with the same appreciation of the wilderness. These children normally learn from a very young age to appreciate nature and wildlife and also respect the dangers associated with it. Continue reading Can you travel Africa with small children?

You can overland solo off the beaten track

Many people would like the freedom of travelling on their own but don’t feel comfortable exploring Africa solo off the beaten track. Travelling in a group can give you a false sense of security and if you are cautious and keep a few basics in mind, there is no reason why you cannot travel Africa in one vehicle. Continue reading You can overland solo off the beaten track