Meet the wild bunch: safari tips from the guides on the ground

While safaris are once-in-a-lifetime experiences for most people, it’s a way of life for the guides conducting them. They share their stories of the wild, along with top tips for your trips. 

Trips of a lifetime: Maasai Mara

Kenya’s fabled Maasai Mara, home to the Great Migration, is a wildlife wonderland. Buckle up for a safari drive across the savannah to steal glances at hyena, wildebeest, zebra, elephant and even the rare white rhino.

Malawi: From safari to shores

Malawi is in the business of revival, be it creating Southern Africa’s newest safari destination by repopulating its epic wildernesses, opening a heritage hotel as a window to the grandeur of the colonial age or ushering travellers to its lakeside beaches by restarting a legendary music festival. Welcome to the Warm Heart of Africa.

Zambia: leopard spotting in South Luangwa National Park

Pay attention to the behaviour of the resident animals in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park and you'll have a better chance of spotting an elusive leopard in the wild

Safari: Beyond the Big Five

Along with the Big Five, it's worth remembering that many of Africa's other mammals are equally interesting — just less well known

Wild Leopard Plays With a Tourist's Foot

Saw what happens when this curious wild leopard approaches a safari vehicle in Botswana's Okavango Delta and why this might encourage risky behaviour by the big cats in future.

Reminder: When on a Cheetah Safari, Don’t Exit Your Car

A family visiting a Dutch safari park got quite a scare when they were chased by a cheetah after leaving their vehicle to get a closer look at the the big cats. There's a very good reason visitors are forbidden from exiting their vehicles in the park. 

Safari for 73-year-old beginners

It's never too late to experience the wonders of the African bush — as a mother-and-daughter safari in Zambia proves. And it helps if your mum happens to have a lucky knack for spotting leopards.

Botswana: On safari in the Chobe National Park

In Botswana's Chobe National Park you'll have little trouble finding your very own 'pachyderm parade'. Head to the Serondela region — via the mighty Victoria Falls — where the sheer variety of wildlife will jolt your inner child back to life.

Kenya: Lines in the sand

A patrol with the Kenya Wildlife Service – Kenya's thin green line – shows just how little human-drawn boundaries mean to the animal kingdom.