A guided walking safari offers the thrilling opportunity to get closer to some of Africa’s most charismatic wildlife. Up until last month, I had completed all my safaris sat within a Land Rover or a rental car.
Some of you may remember Thandi, the courageous rhino who survived a poaching attack back in 2012. That poacher’s machete claimed her horn but not her life.
Just outside Upington, South Africa, the slender grey tower shimmered in the distance like a heat mirage. You can be driving down empty highway roads for hours, passing nothing but dust devils and quiver trees, when suddenly, signs of Africa’s rapid growth and development appear in front of you.
If there are vultures circling above, there is a good chance you’ll find a fresh animal kill nearby.
Longtime AWF followers might remember Nakedi Maputla, the leopard researcher working out of South Africa’s Kruger National Park. The intrepid South African recently became our Congo landscape ecologist, where he is working to protect bonobos, forest elephants, and, yes, also leopards.