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Serengeti National Park

From the moment the cobbled boots of a European explorer kicked up dust in East Africa the plains of Serengeti have captured the imagination and defined the quintessence of wild Africa. Nowadays this iconic region falls under the protection of the Serengeti National Park, which is part of the spectacular family of national parks and […]

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Great Pictures of Kruger National Park

Kruger National Park is South Africa’s main wildlife destination and arguably one of the best, and best managed, eco destinations on the continent. An excellent structure of roads and camps allow easy access to hundreds of square miles of pristine lowveld environment. Thanks to Martin Pelser for these excellent images…

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Birding in the Grumeti Preservation Area

This morning on a scheduled birding drive along the banks of the Grumeti River, within our Grumeti Luxury Tented Camp concession area, one of the first sighting of the day was a Narina Trogon (Apaloderma narina). This bird is listed as being very rare in the region, and nowhere in Africa is it particularly common.  […]

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Living without servants

(…yes I know that is Hattie McDaniel & Vivien Leigh  in Gone With The Wind on the left) One of the things that I miss most and least about living in Africa is servants. I certainly miss being liberated from the daily grind, but at the same time I have learned to love the lack […]

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Kilimanjaro

Climbing Kilimanjaro for Boomers and Over Fifties

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is one of those bucket list achievements that anyone with an outdoor bent should consider. Kili is a great mountain for older climbers because, taken slowly, there are no significantly difficult features to overcome and no technical climbing required. The topography of Mount Kilimanjaro is relatively simple. It is a volcanic cone […]

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Champion of The Kilimanjaro Forests

Tanzania is at the vortex of the African tourist industry, positioned equidistant from everywhere, and packed with just about everything that anyone needs to see of Africa in a compact fortnight’s worth of travel. The integrity and standards of preservation of Tanzania’s national parks are almost unique in Africa, and with iconic names like Serengeti […]

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Paul Naish – Battlefield Guide

Paul is a friend of Eco Travel Africa and owner and operator of African Byways Gender Male Industry Tourism Occupation Guide, Writer, Explorer, Wildlife Training Officer, Security Location Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Introduction I was born in South Africa, and after completing school at St Andrews College, Grahamstown SA, I joined the security forces. I […]

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Bob Holdsworth – Mountain Guide and Trip Co-ordinator

Gender Male Industry Travel/Tourism Occupation Field Guide, Hotel industry consultant, group facilitator Location Silverton, Oregon, USA Introduction I am a native of New Hampshire. Growing up in a small town, I was always drawn to the outdoors. I started hiking and camping in the White Mountains in high school. A life long love affair with […]

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Peter Baxter – Field and History Guide

Gender Male Industry Travel/Tourism Occupation Field Guide, Amateur African Historian Author Location Silverton, Oregon, USA Introduction Born in Kenya, I have lived most of my life in Africa, guiding the big mountains of Africa for the last twenty-five years. My particular area of operations was the Chimanimani Range on the border between Mozambique and Zimbabwe, […]

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