Paul Steyn

Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit Snares Ivory Dealers and over 300 Poachers

Anti-poaching teams in Victoria Falls have had a bumper year in the field, having captured three prominent ivory dealers and more than 300 poachers in 2015.  The Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit (VFAPU), founded by conservationist Charles Brightman and hospitality group Africa Albida ...

Impala Rescued from a Muddy Fate

It was a hot afternoon at a Ngala Private Game Reserve near the Kruger National Park in South Africa, when Alex Tanet and her partner, Victor, set off on an unforgettable game drive.  “Lee-Anne and Richard, our ranger and tracker, ...

Dramatic Lion and Elephant Encounter on the Chobe River

It was mid morning in the Chobe National Park in northern Botswana, when John Landos, a safari-goer from the USA, spotted a herd of elephants crossing the Chobe River. What happened next was one of those sightings that you could ...

Witness an Epic Clash Between Wild Dogs and Elephants

It was a late afternoon in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park when Sabine Featherby of Baines’ River Camp came across a rare pack of wild dogs that had just brought five pups out of their den site. “The last ...

A Secret Life

She moves in the comfort of the night, between the ancient spires of rock and stone, along the dark valleys that lead to the Cape of Storms. Nobody ever sees her, because we broke her trust long ago. Then, one ...

#FindBahati: Rangers Race to Locate a Snared Rhino Calf

  A motion-detecting camera trap in Tsavo National Park, Kenya, has captured distressing images of a rhino calf with a deep snare wound around his neck, initiating a park-wide search for the injured animal. Rangers in the area know this ...

First Female Quadriplegic to Summit Africa’s Highest Peak

21-year-old South African ‘ability activist’ Chaeli Mycroft has become the first female quadriplegic to reach the top of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. Chaeli and her team—the Chaeli Kili Climbers—reached the summit early Thursday morning after five days ...

The Value of a Vulture Restaurant

Vultures seem almost untouchable when you watch them circling on thermals high above the clouds. They have an air of ease and confidence when they glide, as if they are the rulers of the sky—the masters of their destiny. ...

Why I Love Freediving

The wonderful thing about the ocean is that the tide never fails to turn. The world is unpredictable—weather patterns shift, tectonic plates drift and collide, species live and die—but the tide will always come in and go out ...

Life-size Ivory Elephant Sculpture Unveiled in Botswana

A towering elephant sculpture made entirely from ivory tusks will now greet arrivals at Gaborone’s international airport, in Botswana––a poignant symbol of the country’s commitment to protecting wild elephants. The 2.5-ton sculpture, constructed from the tusks of ...

The Great Tuskers of Matusadona National Park

Matusadona National Park in northern Zimbabwe is one of the few places in Africa where great numbers of elephants still roam.  The 404 square-mile wilderness adjacent to Lake Kariba forms part of a remarkable Tusker gene pool that is linked to ...

Exploring the World’s Largest Freshwater Island

The rhythmic chanting of the men becomes louder as our campfire blazes to life.  It has been a beautiful, but tiring afternoon on horseback while exploring Manitoulin Island–a 1000 square mile patch of land on Lake Huron in northern Ontario–...

A Termite’s-Eye-View of Elephants at Victoria Falls

Ten years ago, Charles Brightman, a professional safari guide from Victoria Falls, came up with the idea of constructing a unique hide right on the edge of the famous waterhole in front of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe.  Siduli ...

Acrobatic Leopard Raids Eagle’s Nest in Samburu

While on a game drive in the Samburu National Reserve in north-central Kenya, we came across a leopard relaxing in the forked branches of a tree on the banks of the muddy Ewaso Nyiro River. She was fast asleep in ...