Paul Steyn

One nudi looks like an open gas flame blazing underwater. Another one appears on the sea floor like a ghost with rabbit ears. One looks like strings of neon noodles clinging to the reef. Another looks like puffs of tiny white clouds. And one even looks like a little marine rhinoceros with orange-tipped horns. The…

Wildlife

The Okavango Delta shouldn’t really exist. Let me explain. Consider that most deltas are sprawling wetlands that form at the mouth of rivers as they empty into the sea; such as India’s Ganges pouring into the Bay of Bengal, or the Niger Delta spreading like a fan into the Gulf of Guinea. Now have a…

Wildlife

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Rain pummels the sea around my bobbing head. The rest of my body, suspended beneath the swell, clenches in the cold ocean. I take in gasps of salty air and exhale clouds of condensation that rise and disappear into the dark winter sky. It’s a frigid day to be snorkelling on the jagged rocky coast…

Changing Planet

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The smallest of all the whale species—a dwarf sperm whale—made its way into Cape Town’s waterfront harbour this week. The almost never-seen diminutive whale is smaller than a dolphin, and not much bigger than a man, which is amazing when you consider that sperm whales reach 52 feet in length—about the size of a bus. Dwarf…

Wildlife

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The strange creature is half antelope and half bird. Painted in jet black, frozen in flight on the wall, the animal has the hind legs and tail of a buck, and the magnificent wings of a raven that spread out from its shoulders. Above the flying figure, a long scaly reptile with crocodile-like ridges stretches…

Human Journey

I love to wake up in the bush to the chorus of a new day. My mind is clear from a night of rest and the morning bird song carries far in the fresh air. It’s like nature is broadcasting in Dolby Digital, and my senses feel almost superhuman. During a walking trail in the Luangwa Valley…

Changing Planet