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Birding in Uganda, “The Pearl of Africa”

Uganda is one of Africa’s best birding destinations, so even if you’re not there for the Great Apes (of course you are), you’ll be quite at home with a pair of binoculars and a bird book in this tropical country. It falls within the Central African rainforest belt and features birds of the Albertine Rift, while the Nile River also houses the very rare shoebill on its banks.

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4-Night Wilderness Walking Trails in Kruger

Brett recently spoke to Tamara on Classic FM’s Classic Lifestyle Show in Hoedspruit, covering all bases when it comes to primitive walking trails in the Kruger. Brett has specialised in walking safaris throughout his 14-year career, and has immense experience and qualifications in the field. Plus – it’s truly the rawest and most rewarding form of safari, not to mention the most cost effective. Take a look at the 2018 details for our 4-night walking trails in Pafuri and Timbavati where dome tents and campfires dominate, and cell phones and electricity fade into the distance. This one is a favourite among South Africans and safari veterans looking for a deeper, more meaningful nature experience.

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16-Day Uganda Safari with Footsteps Through Africa

Uganda has been dubbed “The Pearl of Africa.” Not only is it home to the world-famous Big 5, and some of the world’s last remaining Great Apes; it also has an impressive list of natural features, making it a destination of supreme diversity. In the Bwindi Forest alone, there are over 10 species of primate (120 mammal species altogether), while the entire country is home to over 1000 species of bird. Yes, you read that right! From tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park, to boat cruises on the Nile River, rhino and chimpanzee trekking, Rift Valley landscapes and lakes surrounded by vegetated hills. Take a look at this 16-Day Uganda overland safari on offer with Footsteps Through Africa

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Leopard with an Aardvark Kill at Walker’s River Camp

With the words “leopard” and “aardvark” in the same sentence, you know it’s got to be good. In this case, it might have been guests first time seeing an aardvark, or perhaps their first time seeing a leopard, but no one could have betted on finding a leopard feeding on an aardvark kill in a tree! Bittersweet feelings dominated this scene, as we watched nature at work in the most amazing way. This has quickly risen to the top of the safari list at Walker’s River Camp in the Timbavati.

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Nature Conservation Safari Experiences

Brett Horley Safaris is synonymous with ecotourism and conservation, and offers guided, interactive group safari experiences that fully involve participants in nature. This is where we learn to identify animal tracks and scat; how to recognise bird calls; how to find your way in the bush; find constellations in the night sky; and make fires without matches! Through these excursions into the wild, you will learn that termites run the world, and that sleeping out under the stars can be the best sleep or the worst sleep you’ll ever have. It is definitely an awakening experience for the adventurous nature-lovers out there.

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VIDEO: Brave Dwarf Mongoose Takes on a Black Mamba

The sighting of the year so far has to be this incredible encounter between a dwarf mongoose and a black mamba, which just goes to show that the most exciting safari sightings are not necessary the ones that involve the Big 5! Watch this one-of-a-kind video here…

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What is a Walking Safari?

Walking in the bush is an activity most people immediately consider to be dangerous and risky, about charging lions, ferocious elephants, and spitting cobras.

Well, it really is not about that at all. A walking safari is a unique wildlife experience, and once you take the plunge, we’re willing to bet you are sold for life on bush and nature walks!

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Ecotourism & Community Support Through Nourish

A primary component of ecotourism is the involvement and upliftment of the local communities. Ensuring that the indigenous people in the area benefit from tourism in the country’s national parks and reserves is one of the most important factors in creating and sustaining a successful tourism industry. Moulding a mutually beneficial environment will aid in education, conservation, satisfaction and success of tourism as an industry, and the country as a whole.

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Cape Town Hotspots: Eateries

With the City of Cape Town recently winning the Condé Nast Traveler’s “Best Food City” in its Reader’s Choice Awards, we thought this a good opportunity to introduce you to some of Brett Horley’s top foodie joints in the Mother City. Out of a long list, we narrowed it down to a Top 5! From local cafes to fine dining, and in no particular order, here are some of Cape Town’s ‘must-try’ eateries…

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