Marcus & Kate Westberg

Text and photos by Kate and Marcus Westberg My foot slipped out beneath me on the ice and before I knew it I’d lost control and slid down into a crevasse. The arctic island of Svalbard, named in a Viking saga meaning ‘cold coast’, feels like the end of the world, but is only a...

Desert rhino tracking on foot took us deep into the rocky mountains and gravel plains of Damaraland. We were inside the 450,000-hectare Palmwag Concession, where rhinos roam freely across the desert of Namibia. Desert-adapted black rhinos have large home ranges and aren’t easy to find, even for local trackers. Over the past 30 years, the...

Camping up a tree on the banks of the Luangwa River gave us some idea of what it’s like for Zambian villagers to live with wild animals. On the edge of the South Luangwa National Park, our tent was set up on a tree platform at Flatdogs Camp, where elephants passed below us on their...

Camping up a tree on the banks of the Luangwa River gave us some idea of what it’s like for Zambian villagers to live with wild animals. On the edge of the South Luangwa National Park, our tent was set up on a tree platform at Flatdogs Camp, where elephants passed below us on their...

Skimming across the ocean in a traditional dhow on our way to a desert island felt like living out a castaway fantasy. Dhows are a common sight on the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, where the seafaring vessels have been used for centuries to ship goods and slaves across the sea. These days, the...

Skimming across the ocean in a traditional dhow on our way to a desert island felt like living out a castaway fantasy. Dhows are a common sight on the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, where the seafaring vessels have been used for centuries to ship goods and slaves across the sea. These days, the...

Skimming across the ocean in a traditional dhow on our way to a desert island felt like living out a castaway fantasy. Dhows are a common sight on the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, where the seafaring vessels have been used for centuries to ship goods and slaves across the sea. These days, the...

Tracking rarely seen wild dogs on the run across the waterways and islands of Botswana’s Okavango Delta was almost impossible. These painted canines are swift hunters and despite our high-powered safari vehicle we had trouble keeping up with them. African wild dogs hunt with formidable speed in tightly coordinated packs that seem to think and...

Walking in the footsteps of African elephant bull Jabu made us feel more closely connected to elephants than ever before. Working together with Sanctuary Retreats, Living With Elephants gave us the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time with a trio of orphaned elephants in the Okavango Delta. Despite their large size, elephants walk through the Botswanan...

Crossing the Lake of Stars landed us on the pristine shores of Manda Wilderness, a tropical lakeside paradise in northern Mozambique. We spent a night sleeping on the wooden deck of the Ilala ferry on a 12-hour trip across Lake Malawi, known in Mozambique as Lago Niassa. After staying in a beach hut at Mango...

During the dry winter months, thousands of elephants roam the vast Kalahari savannah in search of water. The largest of earth’s land animals have been known to walk hundreds of kilometres across the dry plains to quench their thirst at waterholes that are often few and far between. Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange...

Nicky is just like any other baby rhino. He likes to play and is curious about the world around him. Only the world doesn’t look the same to this little black rhino because he was born blind. With his lack of vision, Nicky is particularly vulnerable and at risk from predators in the Lewa Wildlife...

Text and photos by Kate and Marcus Westberg The killing and mutilation of a lioness by a group of morani, or Maasai warriors, as part of their initiation into manhood made conservationist Anne Kent Taylor more determined than ever to protect Kenya’s big cats. With a passion for animal welfare, Anne has dedicated a large...

Text and photos by Kate and Marcus Westberg The Masai Mara is a place of great beauty and drama where people and wildlife live side by side. While having a savannah full of wildlife on your doorstep seems amazing to us, living with lions is never easy. With the generous support of the National Geographic...