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  • So you’ve heard of the Great Migration… but what about the zebra migration?

    By Ali Findlay |

    The Great Migration, often called ‘the greatest wildlife show on earth’, is one of Africa’s most renowned attractions — consisting of over a million wildebeest along with huge numbers of gazelle and zebra, it’s not hard to see why. But wildebeest are not the only mammals that make such an incredible annual trek… Recently, researchers have discovered that zebras make an impressive journey of their own in Botswana. The details of this epic trip aren’t clear, but we do know that it’s the second largest land-based migration in Africa, one of the greatest natural spectacles on the continent. Here’s everything you need to know about Botswana's zebra migration, one of Africa’s best-kept secrets.

    • The migration is made up of between 25,000 and 30,000 plains zebra. their epic journey begins in the southern Okavango and head through the Nxai Pan National Park, ending up at the Makgadikgadi Pans National Park. At some point the group splits up into smaller pods, some stopping along the way and others traveling even further.
    • The zebras make their way between the Okavango Delta and the Pans in search of mineral-rich grasses, fresh water sources, and safe breeding grounds. While this migration of ungulates is not as famous as the Serengeti’s Great Migration, it’s no less impressive.
    • In recent years, researchers discovered that one/some of the zebra pods travel over 500 km (300 miles) in total — to and from their migratory destination. This is the longest land-based mammal migration ever documented in Africa — some reports state that the zebra travel as far as 680km (about 420 miles).
    • Unknown for a long period of time, the migration was discovered by accident relatively recently when researchers noticed that zebras fitted with tracking collars were travelling huge distances twice a year, every year, and crossing over two national parks.
    • The migration takes place during the wet summer months, usually between November and March. Because the migration is dependent on the rain, the timing can differ year by year — migrations are not an exact science so it’s impossible to say exactly where the animals will be at an exact time.
    • As with most migrations, large predators follow in the wake of the thousands of zebras, making for some truly unforgettable game-viewing.
    • The rainy season brings a plethora of migratory birds, making the area a birder’s paradise. Sometimes large flocks of breeding flamingos can be seen around this time as well.
    Although it’s usually best to go on safari during the dry winter months, you may want to question that theory when it comes to Botswana: witnessing one of Africa’s best-kept secrets is sure to be unforgettable. So instead of heading straight to the Serengeti for a wildlife show, why not try the less crowded monochrome migration? Observing thousands of black and white stripes moving around a spectacular brown-green landscape to the music of thousands of thundering hooves is pure, natural magic.

  • We’re nominated for the SA Blog Awards! Here are our top 10 blogs from 2016

    By Matthew Sterne |

    Seems like the hard work is paying off round here. Earlier this year we won an SA Travel Blog Award for Best Content and now we're in the running for an SA Blog Award. It's based on votes so if you think we deserve it, head on over to their website (here) and show us some love! This spurred us to have a look back at the past year to see what our best-performing blogs were. We aspire to bring our readers a combination of blogs that inspire as well as inform, and within that its the lists that people seem to most enjoy. Counting down, here are our ten most popular blogs from the past year. 10. THE 5 BEST SLEEP OUT PLATFORMS IN AFRICAIt’s not the stars. And it’s not the solitude or the scenery. But it’s the sounds you hear on a sleep out platform that really excite you. The eerie whoop of a hyena. The trembling roar of a lion. The heavy splash of a hippo. The haunting hoot of an owl. These are the noises that make our favourite sleepout decks so thrilling. 9. MY TRIP | ‘SAFARIS JUST GET BETTER AND BETTER’One of our travellers had our media team nodding their heads in stunned approval à la Robert De Niro with her impressive photos of Africa’s wildlife. Lauren Coape-Arnold, from New York, had some of the best photos we’ve ever seen from one of our travellers. Lauren visited Cape Town, Sabi Sabi and Londolozi in the Sabi Sand. 8. THE 10 BEST BREAKFAST SPOTS IN CAPE TOWNFrom bakeries to diners to five-star hotels, we scaled a mountain of poached eggs, roasted tomatoes and homemade bread to find the best places in Cape Town for the day’s most important meal. 7. 5 REASONS WHY CAPE POINT IS ONE OF NATURE’S GREAT PLACESThe Cape Peninsula reaches out like an elongated claw at the bottom of the mighty beast that is Africa. Surrounded by great oceans, gale-force winds, ancient mountains and fire-dependent plants, could there be a place that is more brutally elemental than South Africa’s Cape Point? 6. THE 25 MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN OUR FAVOURITE AFRICAN DESTINATIONSWe kept things simple with this blog. No long sentences. No wasted time. Just stunning photos of our favourite places in this beautiful continent. 5. 12 REASONS WHY AFRICA WILL BLOW YOUR MIND Africa. Just saying it evokes a sense of wonder. The land of long grass, big tuskers and vivid skies. Black-maned lions, ancient baobabs and never-ending savannahs. As you may have noticed, many of our blogs celebrate the beauty of Africa and this one's no different. 4. THE ULTIMATE GUIDE: THE 56 BEST THINGS TO DO IN CAPE TOWNThis is the comprehensive list of things to do and see in Cape Town. Find out what the best activities are, how much it will cost and who to contact to get started. The list includes seal snorkelling, zip-lining, paragliding, hiking, museums, beaches, markets, wine farms, events, restaurants and nightlife. 3. 35 AFRICAN EXPERIENCES YOU NEED TO HAVE BEFORE YOU DIEAs Karen Blixen wrote, “There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne — bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.” Africa is the continent which makes you feel most alive. And these are its most exhilarating experiences… 2. BIZARRE PHOTOGRAPHS OF AN ELEPHANT ATTACKING AND KILLING A RESTING BUFFALO This story started simply enough. Like many of our travellers, Kim Maurer sent in some photos of her holiday she took to Kenya with us. The only difference was that her photos were unlike any we had ever seen and the response was immediate. News agencies came knocking at our door for the rights to Kim's photos and they appeared in newspapers around the globe. 1. 36 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER TRAVEL TO AFRICAWith nearly 13,000 shares on Facebook, this blog post and its tantalising title ricocheted around the world. With its beautiful photos and simple text, it was internet catnip for the masses and we loved seeing the responses and shares. In this blog, we took a closer look at why you should never travel to Africa... Or should you? If you're now convinced our blog deserves your vote, head on over here to support us. Thanks!    

  • 5 Pro Tips for Composition in Wildlife Photography

    By Matthew Sterne |

    What makes a good photo? That was the question we put to Rhino Africa’s award-winning wildlife photographer Simon Watson. “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 of second-hand art books - unique books with quite a small number of publishings and you could pick them up ridiculously cheap. I got a beautiful photography book by a guy called Harry Callahan. It was a large A2 size black and white photography book. It had a lot of street photography, very graphic compositions, patterns, and simple objects. "There is a photograph of a woman and young girl lying on a bed with a window and a radiator. Simple. He used to photograph his wife and his daughter a lot. There's this quality about the image. You see, I can’t explain it. But what I see in this image is one of the most innocent and beautiful photographs and situations. You see it from the photographer’s and father’s perspective; the simple room, the loosely dressed bed, the morning light shining in the window. And I get an incredibly warm feeling of love and family and innocence and something else which you can’t really put down into words. It’s a good one to stare at on your own for a while. There is a nude woman and a nude girl in this photo but there is nothing sexual about this photo, which I also love. So that to me is an example of a great photo and it’s one of my favourites. But it could be silly and not meaningful to someone else, which I also like.” Now, we can't tell you exactly what it is that makes a photo resonate so profoundly as that one has with Simon, but if you follow these guidelines for composing your photographs you'll improve your chances of taking one. If there is one skill you should learn in photography to take your images from enthusiast level to pro, it's the principle of good composition. Once you are familiar with how to compose an image on camera, all other aspects of photography will start to make sense. Here they are:1. Leading lines Leading lines can make a big impact on how eye catching your images are. The principal of the technique is to incorporate the natural lines within your composition and frame them in a way that they lead the eye to the main subject of the photo. Horizons, rivers or roads are perfect examples of things that can be used as leading lines in a photograph. 2. Symmetry and patterns Symmetry and patterns are taken advantage of to add a unique quality to your photographs. A pattern can be found in many situations if you look for it, from ripples on the sea in Mozambique to the trails that hippos leave behind in the Okavango Delta. Symmetry can be difficult to find on a safari but if the opportunity arises it always makes for stunning results here are some examples of where you can find it. Reflections on still water, Long straight road.Rule of thirds This is perhaps the most common rule used in photography composition, so popular that most cameras have an option of applying a grid of thirds to the viewfinder or screen when shooting. The principal of the rule is to frame your subject or subjects on one of the intersections of the lines to create balanced images that are pleasing to the eye. Diagonal thirds Diagonal thirds is a similar principal to the last but it is used to draw the eye from one side of an image to the other, it works particularly well for portrait style images. Balancing Elements Balancing elements is a technique used to stop your images from feeling empty or uneven from one side to the other. Try to ensure that the action or subjects don't all happen in one part of the photo, the more balanced the photo is and feels, the better.Framing Natural framing is a hugely successful technique for wildlife photography as quite often you will be shooting through vegetation and other natural occurring obstacles, it is always a good idea to try and use these obstacles to your advantage to add a sense of reality and intrigue to your compositions.  

  • 14 of the most beautiful beaches in Africa and her surrounds

    By Ali Findlay |

    The sun is warm on your face. As you stand up, a slight breeze moves the air around you. The baked white sand heats the bottom of your feet as they carry you towards the ocean. Water laps softly over your toes, and, as you wade deeper, the transparent sea surrounds you in its cool but refreshing embrace. You stroll back to your deck chair, book, and G&T… the stresses of life having long since exited your mind. Although Africa is renowned for its safari holidays, the continent and its surrounds hold some of the world’s most exquisite beaches. Here are some of our favourites. Warning: get ready to experience extreme levels of wanderlust. 1. Tsarabanjina beach: Madagascar This tiny idyllic island is located off the coast of Madagascar, near Nosy Be. Home to dreamy turquoise waters and powdery sand, the remote beach is also devoid of crowds as the island is only accessible via boat. [caption id="attachment_32358" align="alignnone" width="2448"] Tsarabanjina Resort[/caption] 2. Watamu beach: Kenya In Kenya’s Watamu National Marine Park you’ll come across this quiet sandy paradise. A renowned snorkelling destination, this beach hides beauty beneath its ocean surface as well. [caption id="attachment_32360" align="alignnone" width="3888"] Filip Lachowski[/caption] 3. Anse Source d’Argent: Seychelles Surrounded by towering smooth boulders and cascading jungle, Anse Source d’Argent is one of the most photographed beaches in this region. Finished by soft snow-coloured sand and dreamy cerulean ocean, this beach is nothing short of spectacular. [caption id="attachment_32361" align="alignnone" width="5128"] Jean-Marie Hullot[/caption] 4. Nungwi beach: Zanzibar Home to a plethora of travel-brochure beaches, most of Zanzibar’s coastlines will leave you starry-eyed and drooling, including the picture-perfect Nungwi beach. With unimaginably turquoise water and practically untouched sand, it's perfection personified. [caption id="attachment_32362" align="alignnone" width="800"] Moongateclimber[/caption] 5. Camps Bay beach: Cape Town With prime views of the Twelve Aspostles Mountain Range, combined with sky blue water and powdery white sand, Camps Bay is certainly one of the Mother City’s most renowned beaches. Although the water is a little chilly, this is the place to be on a hot day — the views will never disappoint. 6. Anse Georgette: Seychelles One of the less frequented beaches of Praslin, Anse Georgette is no less beautiful. Often less crowded than other beaches and with unbelievably clear water, this beach is pure paradise for water babies. [caption id="attachment_32366" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Fabio Achilli[/caption] 7. Diani beach: Kenya You’ll find Diani Beach approximately 30km south of Mombasa along Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast. With dense verdant vegetation, platinum sand, turquoise-green sea, and magnificent sunsets, Diani definitely had to make it on to our list. [caption id="attachment_32367" align="alignnone" width="800"] Łukasz Ciesielski[/caption] 8. Boulders Beach: Cape Town Home to idyllic scenery and a large colony of African penguins, Boulders is hidden in Simon’s Town, just outside of Cape Town. A visit to this renowned beach means you are likely to share a swim with these amazing flightless birds. [caption id="attachment_32368" align="alignnone" width="3574"] Bas Leenders[/caption] 9. Anse Intendance: Seychelles Found on Mahe Island, Anse Intendance is yet another picture-perfect Seychelles spot. With a luscious green-covered mountain backdrop and only one resort, this wild and unspoiled beach is also a favourite surfing location. [caption id="attachment_32369" align="alignnone" width="5323"] Jean-Marie Hullot[/caption] 10. Pemba Island: Zanzibar Archipelago Located off the coast of Tanzania near Zanzibar is the remote and unspoiled Pemba Island. Known as the “Green Island” in the past, Pemba is home to lush tropical greenery and is surrounded by lagoons, mangroves, and coral reefs. [caption id="attachment_32370" align="alignnone" width="3854"] Marcel Oosterwijk[/caption] 11. Flic en Flac beach: Mauritius Packed with picturesque sandy spots, Mauritius is one of the most popular Indian Ocean islands. Flic en Flac is everything you think of when you dream of Mauritius: silver sand, clear water, and lush greenery… African island paradise. [caption id="attachment_32371" align="alignnone" width="640"] Sandy Marie[/caption] 12. Île aux Nattes: Madagascar You’ll find this teeny tropical island just off the southern tip of Sainte Marie, near Madagascar. Only 3km in diameter, this island is the real-life version of your tropical island dreams. Blue skies, cream-coloured sand, palm trees, and azure-gradient ocean… need I say more? [caption id="attachment_32372" align="alignnone" width="3072"] Gloumouth1[/caption] 13. Anse Lazio: Seychelles Located on Praslin Island, this picturesque combination of sand and sea is flanked by mountain peaks on each side and sheltered by a thick collection of palm and takamaka trees. Whether you snorkel, swim or tan there’s no way of ignoring the dazzling scenery of this legendary beach. [caption id="attachment_32373" align="alignnone" width="3264"] Bjørn Christian Tørrissen[/caption] 14: Clifton: Cape Town Next to Camps Bay you’ll find Clifton’s four beaches. Smaller and more sheltered than their renowned neighbour, the white sand and blue waters are an ideal host on windier days or in the evening when the sun makes its daily descent.

  • Step back in time with the Zu/’hoasi Bushmen of Botswana

    By Matthew Sterne |

    The Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana is one of the most remote wilderness destinations in Africa, a land hidden from civilisation and forgotten by time. This sense of isolation and insulation from the outside world is best exemplified by the Zu/’hoasi Bushmen. Unchartered Africa's Jack's Camp offers guests the opportunity to spend some time with the tribe learning about their culture and traditions, and offers a window into the past. The bushmen teach visitors how they have survived in the harshest of environments using their vast and ancient knowledge of plants, animal behaviour and survival skills. They share their traditional hunting and food-gathering skills as well as how to make jewellery and hunting equipment. Visitors can walk with them, watch them make fire and see them perform their traditional dances. It's a glimpse into their traditional way of life and an extraordinary experience. The elders of the community meet visitors in a traditional manner after which they walk out into the bush with the men, women and children. The focus of the walk is to provide a gentle introduction to the Kalahari and Bushmen way of life. The group points out the distinct ecological characteristics of the area and its animal and bird species. Guests can discover extraordinary uses for ordinary-looking plants or learn how to hunt or squeeze water out of a desert melon.Later visitors watch the men prepare bows, arrows and quivers. Young boys may also demonstrate various traditional games that provide training for the hand-to-eye coordination skills that will be so necessary when on the hunt. Some of the women will show you how they make beads from ostrich eggs and the simple, but striking jewellery that they make from porcupine quills, seeds and ostrich eggs. Leather is also decorated with both glass and ostrich beads to complex and beautiful effect. Our film crew recently visited the Zu/’hoasi tribe and were struck speechless by what they found. “Our cameramen had such a transcendent experience with the bushmen. All of the cameramen felt quite emotional," Ryan, our Creative Director, explained. "It was incredible to see a people so out of touch with technology and so in touch with nature. I recommend it to anyone and everyone just to see how other people can live in a very genuine and real way. "We ended up seeing a trance dance, which was bushmen communicating with their ancestors And going into a trance-like state while they were dancing around the fire with us which was a privilege to see. It was an unbelievable experience." When is a good time to go? DRY SEASON: Winter 16th April – 31st October GREEN SEASON: Summer 1st November – 15th April Activities are weather dependent. How do I get there? Fly to Johannesburg, and then to Maun, Botswana. You will be met at Maun airport and transferred by light aircraft to your chosen safari destination.   If you’d like to enjoy this truly authentic and thought-provoking experience yourself simply send us a message and we can put you on a path to Botswana.

  • The Heavens Opened and so did Khumbulani

    By Melanie Du Toit |

    "We have not inherited this land from our ancestors; rather we have borrowed it from our children." - African Proverb

    Rain is a sign of good luck, especially in Africa. It fertilises the soil, waters plants, satiates wildlife, sustains communities, and it promises prosperity. On the morning that the Khumbulani Health and Education Resource Centre was poised to open, the heavens opened, too. Thankfully for our guests, performers, and important attendees, after giving her much-appreciated blessing, Mother Nature cleared the sky just in time for Khumbulani's official opening ceremony to begin.The day will long be remembered by parents, teachers, sponsors, and all those who attended — which is fitting considering 'remember' is precisely what Khumbulani means in Xhosa. This was the theme of Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's inspiring address.For Premier Zille, remembrance is a two-way street; one that not only looks back to the past but one that extends into the future. She urged those in the audience to not only remember where we came from and the important lessons that we have learnt along the way, but to also remember our children and the legacy we are leaving behind for them long after we have departed.Murmurs of affirmation and resounding agreement came from the audience as Mrs Zille spoke, not only promoting the importance of education, progression, and community unity but also the significance of the African principle of Ubuntu.Attendees painted the tent a kaleidoscope of colours with traditional outfits being the order of the day. This warm atmosphere was only compounded by the sounds of a Marimba band whose joyful harmony reverberated throughout the tent during intervals while a chorus of song was sounded out by a community choir.Despite Khumbulani’s inconspicuous beginnings in a family home over a decade ago, the three-story centre and daycare now occupies prime position on a corner block in Khayelitsha and has become a defining figurehead across the horizon of South Africa's fastest-growing township. It cares for 300 HIV Aids-infected and affected children daily, as well as provides a support system and soup kitchen for the community in the area.

    Rhino Africa is immensely proud to be actively involved in a community upliftment and social outreach programme such as this. Globe-trotters who travel with us are contributing to the legacy we are leaving in Africa, but there is more to be done and you can help. To find out how contact Rhino Africa’s CSR specialist, donate, and take a look at our other Doing Good initiatives.

    Rhino Africa CSR | Teresa van der Bank | teresa@rhinoafrica.com

    Special Thanks:

    Premier Helen Zille, for taking the time out of her exceptionally busy schedule to join us Rhino Africa Staff and CSR who contributed their time and efforts on this day to make sure everything ran smoothly Rhino Africa Media Production Team for capturing the day on camera The staff at Khumbulani who made everyone feel welcome The ladies of the Khayelitsha community who prepared a delicious buffet for the event