"With its blue mountains plunging to patches of indigenous fynbos and wrinkly lines of vine-clad trellises, exploring the Winelands inevitably involves crossing a mountain pass. Driving from Stellenbosch to the upmarket town of Franschhoek takes you over the Hellshoogte (‘Hell’s Height’) Pass, which was forged by elephants and later named by weary ox-wagon drivers." Read more from local Cape Winelands travel writer James Bainbridge and see what makes this region the perfect stop off on a Best of South Africa adventure.
Join us for an informative webinar on Wednesday June 22, 2016, and learn about the epic wildlife of Botswana. Hosted by our local expert, Simon Stobbs, you’ll be wowed by the wonders of this country, including its unrivaled variety of ecosystems ranging from the arid Kalahari Desert to the lush waterways of the Okavango Delta. You’ll hear about the country’s recent history, its spectacular wildlife, and our amazing camps.
Hilary Walters, MTS's Regional Specialist for Africa, gives us an insider look at the fascinating national parks visited on our Epic East Africa tour, including tips on where to see the Great Migration and the best times of year to go.
As I bumped along giddily at the back of the jeep, whizzing through the largest faunal reserve in the world, I realized that a bucket-list dream had been fulfilled. I’d made it to Selous. The smell of warm earth and animal hair mixed in with a metallic scent, like a faraway rain cloud, and enveloped every sense. Soon I would be rewarded with every big-game watcher’s thrilling safari first: the lion a footstep away, a hippo’s yawn, an elephant on the other side of a canvas wall, crashing down branches and munching. It was spellbinding, and the waterscape of lakes and ancient bird-covered islands made it feel like an impenetrable, forgotten land.
Check out the Wildlife Conservation Expo at Chicago Zoo, May 7, 2016, and learn about the protection and rehabilitation of the African painted dog—one of the world's most endangered mammals—from Peter Blinston of the Painted Dog Conservation. Plus, meet field researchers from a variety of international conservation organizations.