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By ecoTravel Africa, Aug 18 2017 09:00AM

The small landlocked country of Lesotho is a real gem! Much of the country has been untouched by modern machines and it remains a collection of canyons and highlands, many of which are only accessible on foot or by pony!


The scenery is truly spectacular and we highly recommend exploring the fabulous flora and fauna that the country has. This shot shows just some of the beautiful sights that greeted us as we drove across the country.


Along the way, you will see the local Basotho people wearing their famous Basotho blankets. The origins of the Basotho blanket can be traced back to the 1960’s when the royal family began producing their own blankets after receiving one as a gift – they are an integral part of everyday tribal tradition in Lesotho and are often gifted to people at important stages during their life. They also make a great souvenir of your visit!


To find out more about visiting Lesotho and the activities on offer, from skiing to pony trekking, get in touch with us


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By ecoTravel Africa, Aug 11 2017 09:00AM

A visit to Sossusvlei is a MUST for all visitors to Namibia. Sossusvlei is a collection of bright orange sand dunes and flat white pans – a photographers dream! Practically everyone makes their way to Dune 45 for sunrise before heading on to Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei. Climbing up the dunes is great fun, but it’s also very tiring! You certainly feel a sense of achievement reaching the top and looking down on those just starting to make their ascent!


We’ve got a zillion photos from here, but this one of Dead Vlei is such a superb shot that we had to pick this one as our photo for this week!


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By ecoTravel Africa, Aug 4 2017 09:00AM

We were taking time to relax and enjoy our picnic lunch on some high ground within Tarangire National Park, when what did we see, but a huge herd of elephant wandering about in the water below us.


It was such a spectacular sight and being so high, we had such a great perspective of the entire herd. This picture just captures a few of those that we witnessed, striding purposely on to their next destination.


Tarangire is a fantastic park and one that we particularly love for its great elephant sightings! To find out more about visiting the park either on a private safari, or on our small group trip, get in touch with us.


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By ecoTravel Africa, Jul 28 2017 09:00AM

Lions are always a welcome sight on safari, and an animal that always makes for a great photograph!


We love how this yawn gives a fantastic view of the size of this lionesses jaw and the teeth that it contains!


We came across this lioness and a couple of other members of her pride during the late evening in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Famous for its tree climbing lions, the park, also boasts a huge variety of species that make a Ugandan safari a fantastic experience. Not least because of the opportunity to combine your safari with a visit to the mountain gorillas of Bwindi.


To find out more about some of our suggested itineraries for a safari in Uganda, get in touch with us.


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By ecoTravel Africa, Jul 21 2017 09:00AM

Often viewed as bald, ugly birds with a taste for guts and gore, vultures are rarely appreciated, yet their role within the ecosystem is an essential one.


It might be surprising to think that vultures are largest consumers of wild animals – mammalian carnivores such as lion, hyena and wild dog, consume only around 35% with the remainder being available for vultures. Their role in cleaning up carcasses left by others means that they are essential in helping to halt the spread of disease and also aid in limiting the population of other scavengers.


These often overlooked creatures are increasingly at risk, in particular from their consumption of contaminated carcasses, but also from disturbance at breeding colonies and from electrocution from power lines.


We always take time to appreciate these stunning creatures and the invaluable role that the play.


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