Part 2/4 of our Bumi Hills experiences. Protecting flora and fauna of Bumi Hills is the primary aim of the BHAPU scouts, but they also work very closely with local communities. As such, they are one the first responders when help is needed. Such was the situation one sunday morning when reports came through of a terrible crocodile attack in one of the local villages.
The first of a four part series documenting our experiences whilst volunteering with the Bumi Hills Anti Poaching Unit in Zimbabwe. If we thought our first few days were eye opening, the following six weeks initiated us to the world of anti poaching like you can’t believe! It didn’t take long to realise that without the passionate efforts of the BHAPU scouts working tirelessly to protect Bumi Hills and the surrounding areas, there would be nothing left to fight for.
Welcome to part two of our journey across the Central Kalahari Game Reserve! In this episode, we travel through Piper Pan, Deception Valley and Kori campsite before reaching Matswere Gate, having overlanded the full length of Southern Africa's most remote game reserve.. See our first lion encounter, footage of camp wildlife, how to fix a disconnected anti-roll bar, potjie 101 with masterchef Grant and share with us some of the magnificent sightings we have along the way.
A species once numbering some 500,000 spanned across 39 African countries, the African Wild Dog (Lycaon pictus) is now one of the most endangered species on the continent. But following the fantastic work done by Painted Dog Conservation in Hwange, Zimbabwe, the species is bouncing back!
With roadblocks, extortion and corruption already plaguing Zimbabwe’s reputation, we update on the travel situation post military coup. The good news? Things are better, much better.
This video follows our journey through the Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana, the most remote game reserve in Southern Africa. We traveled from Khutse Gate to Xade, via Mahurushele and Xaka campsites. We encountered beautiful Kalahari flora and fauna, some San tribes and had some incredible starry nights. Watch how we survived a massive Kalahari thunderstorm and keep an eye out for some of our special sightings and findings along the way!
Wild and remote, experiencing the Central Kalahari should be on everyone's bucket list. Here are some tips on the best places to stay, where to find fuel and water and some helpful camping tips to make your experience even more magical!
The first leg of our expedition! We traveled from Johannesburg to Botswana, crossed the border in Kopfontain and spent our first night in Mokolodi Nature reserve. It was the last stretch before reaching the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and the last opportunity to fill up our water and fuel tanks!
An incredible journey through the heart of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the largest and most remote game reserve in Southern Africa. Our experience of the Kalahari in some ways was as we expected; wild, remote, an amazing opportunity to disconnect from the world and to enjoy the exquisite scenery, animals and birds that the CKGR had to offer. In other ways, it surprised us...
Six months down the line, our preparation lists are full of ticks and we are super excited to get on the road! Our expedition vehicle, Kuhanya the Landy, has been kitted out and is now ready for everything Africa can throw at her. Read about the additions we made, our route plan and how to follow us on our conservation journey through Africa.
It is African Bullfrog breeding season, but roads and urbanisation are threatening their survival. The EWT asking for your help to identify breeding grounds so they can improve protection and ask motorists to be on the alert.
Africa’s war on poaching rages in full view of global onlookers, where fatal poaching incidents are reported with shocking regularity. Species deplete by the day as conservationists fight for their survival. Meanwhile, a perfectly legal billion-dollar export business quietly threatens the few survivors.