Hello, hujambo and sawubona! It’s great to have you here. If you're as wild about African travel as we are, you’ve come to the right place. Our writers travel all over this captivating continent to bring back the best travel stories, advice and guides. So settle in and enjoy the journey.
Strange Love: 7 Head-scratching Mating Habits from Africa
By Jennifer Southwell | 14 Feb
Africa is one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Tranquil sounds, gin and tonics and the romantic hues of African sunsets. It is, however, a land of stark contrast, where the weird and the wonderful live in harmony, which only adds to the whimsical quirkiness that is Africa. Among these peculiarities are the ways in which the animals in it express their love and affection in strange, and sometimes alarming, ways.
1. The Ravenous Praying Mantis
This virtuous looking insect has a darker side to its love life – write it off to passion if you must. The female creates a detached and an aloof demeanor waiting for the male to impress her, dancing and showing off. Eventually she gives in to his seductions, during which she begins devouring his head. This femme fatale illustrate...
Sunsets and star-lit dinners: Why we love the 10 most romantic lodges in Africa
By Kimberleigh Gardener | 13 Feb
The growing move to invest in memories rather than things suit the following lodges, who leave their impression long after you've unpacked your suitcase. Whichever way you choose to express your love, booking a trip to one of these ten lodges is a good place to start...
1 . Ngorongoro Crater Lodge, TanzaniaIf you think your love could fill a swimming pool, then try the Ngorongoro Crater. As the oldest intact caldera left in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater is a must-see big 5 safari destination that is also densely populated with other wildlife due to the nutrient-rich crater floor. There is something about World Heritage Sites that make you feel small, but also make you realise what is most important in life: relationships with those whom you love.
2. Lion Sands Ivory Lodge, Sout...
5 Pro Tips for Composition in Wildlife Photography
By Matthew Sterne | 08 Feb
What makes a good photo?
That was the question we put to Rhino Africa’s award-winning wildlife photographer Simon Watson.
Africa's Photographer of the Year is searching for the best photographs of Africa with a grand prize of a 10-day safari for two on offer for the winner as well as smaller prizes for category winners. Enter now!
“To me, what defines a good photo, is an image that communicates something that words cannot,” Simon said slowly after some consideration.
He thought for a bit longer, uncharacteristically quiet and with a faraway look in his eyes, and then added, “There is a black and white image by a fine art photographer who I came across when I was visiting the bookstore across from the Tate Modern in London. This fantastic-looking bookstore was selling loads o...
27 Stunning Wildlife Photos Taken by some of Africa's Best Photographers
By Matthew Sterne | 03 Feb
It seems completely unfair that some people get to spend their days travelling around Africa snapping photos of wildlife. But I suppose it's also unfair that some animals wake up and find themselves on the hit list of a throng of hungry predators. Maybe I shouldn't complain.
At Rhino Africa, we often collaborate with wildlife photographers who catch our eye and portray Africa's wildlife in clever and beautiful ways. Our Instagram channel is a perfect example of this. We went back over the past few months to pick our favourites. This is what we found.
"This hippo is the loser male of the group. After grazing alone he went back in the water with his group sitting away from the dominant male and his ladies. Mana Pools, Zimbabwe" - @dittinitti #RATakeover _________________________...
So you've heard of the Big 5, but what about the Marine Big 5?
The Big 5, as you may know, are the most dangerous animals to come across on foot and they are the lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. Of course, the Big 5 share the African plains, valleys and mountains with many many other animals. So you would be forgiven for thinking there was not much more natural beauty on offer. But there is: underwater. So much so that the African seas have earned the nickname, The Serengeti of the Seas.
The term Marine Big 5 originated in South Africa and refers to the prolific population of ocean life that flourishes along this beautiful coastline near the Southernmost tip of Africa.
The Marine Big 5 is made up of;
1. WhalesOf course whales make the list, they’re the biggest an...
Win a luxury safari for two with one of your African photos!
By Matthew Sterne | 26 Jan
The best ten-day safari in Africa. That's what we endeavoured to create with the grand prize for Africa's Photographer of the Year. Valued at $25,000, the holiday will whisk you and a very lucky friend to Cape Town, the Kruger National Park and Victoria Falls - staying at some of the most luxurious properties in Africa. All for one of your photos that you may have already taken!
Africa’s Photographer of the Year features four unique themes for each quarter of 2017: Cape Town, the Kruger National Park, Victoria Falls and Wild Africa. If you’ve ogled at Table Mountain, felt the spray of Victoria Falls or crossed paths with Africa’s majestic wildlife then we want your photos!
If you'd like to find out more or enter, head over to africasphotographeroftheyear.com.