Notes from the wild

For more than 15 years I’ve travelled to over 100 national parks in Southern, East and Central Africa, from Odzala-Kokoua National Park in Republic of Congo to Agulhas National Park at the very southern tip of Africa. I’ve taken a few photos along the way, and interviewed some of the dedicated people who live and work in these areas. These are the blogs I’ve written about my experiences.

2nd October 2016 Flying lions of Busanga Plains in Kafue National Park

During the dry winter season, most of Zambia is on fire. Local people living in rural areas set the dry grassland…

24th May 2016 Restoring the lost wilderness of Gonarezhou in Zimbabwe

National parks across Africa face immense challenges, but the resurrection of Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe is a shining example…

1st April 2016 Resurrection of Gorongosa

"This is what you shall do: Love the earth and the sun and the animals" - Walt Whitman. I recently…

29th March 2016 Vultures on downward spiral?

This is my fourth article for News24 on Africa's iconic wildlife species, many of which are increasingly threatened by poaching.…

29th February 2016 Africa’s elusive leopards disappearing

I wrote this following article for News24 on the state of leopards in Africa, and why these elusive cats aren't…

19th February 2016 Will trade save Africa’s rhinos?

I wrote the following article for News24 recently, about the ongoing battle to stem the tide of rhino poaching in…

12th February 2016 Lewis Mangaba – Hwange National Park

Near the end of last year, I spent some quality time with Wilderness Safari's guide Lewis Mangaba in Hwange National…

12th February 2016 Africa’s elephants on the edge

In the build up to the international CITES meeting in September in South Africa, I am writing and researching a…

22nd January 2016 Can you place a value on African wildlife?

"In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but what we refuse to destroy."…

27th October 2015 The aftermath of Cecil

The hunting of Cecil the lion on the eastern border of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe has triggered hysteria from the…

13th August 2015 Africa’s finest wilderness areas

Dave van Smeerdijk is an expert on travel to Africa’s wildest places. Over the course of 25 years he has…

5th August 2015 Interview with Ian McCallum

I first read Ian McCallum's book Ecological Intelligence about ten years ago, and since then I have read it again…