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Launching our new website!

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Updated 01 September 2020

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By Chris McIntyre

Managing Director

*A version of this article originally appeared in the September 2020 Bush Telegraph newsletter. You can read our recent newsletters and sign-up to receive these in your inbox on our Bush Telegraph newsletter page.

After many months of work we’re absolutely thrilled to announce the launch of our new website! Same knowledge, same address, with a totally new look and packed with fun features.

We’re proud to offer a fantastically rich resource for researching your next trip to Africa, and hope that the updated design of our new site offers inspiration and intuitive planning tools. Do dive in and have a browse.

Here we’ll share one of our favourite new features of the site – an innovative Wildlife section – as well as our latest advice on travel to Africa after our first post-COVID safari.

Our ‘Citizen Science’ wildlife project

Want to know where you’re most likely to see wild dogs? Never seen a black rhino? Love leopards? We can now suggest exactly where you should visit, not just from our detailed destination knowledge, but by using accurate and up-to-date wildlife sighting reports.

Over the last two years, we have been asking our travellers to record key information about their safari wildlife sightings. To date, thanks to more than 700 of our travellers completing these surveys, we have logged over 28,000 observations of 26 select animal species, with plans to expand this project.

Based on this data, we can now show you the best camps and areas in Africa to see your favourite species, from elephants to meerkats, with interactive maps to help you find the most reliable locations for sightings. It is unquestionably the feature of on our new website we’re most proud and excited about.

As an example, if you want to spot the infamously elusive leopard, look at the Leopards in Africa page. From the map, you can see that two camps in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi have an amazing record for sightings – 100% of travellers completing reports at Old Mondoro Bushcamp and Chiawa Camp have recorded at least one sighting. So, our Slender Mongoose Safari all but guarantees encountering leopard, along with elephants, as well as a high likelihood of seeing lion and a surprisingly good chance of aardvark.

More than just a tool for safari travellers, the data captured by this ‘citizen science’ project is receiving great interest from wildlife researchers to help them understand population distributions better. Our traveller’s data has already helped brown hyena researchers to pinpoint new areas beyond their previously known ranges.

Find out more about the data and our surveys here and join in this incredible project on your next trip to Africa with us.

A tentative return to safari

Gradually, countries are relaxing restrictions. Airlines are starting to fly again while camps and lodges are re-opening with new safety protocols in place. Even insurers are adding COVID cover to their policies.

In late August, we were delighted to send our first travellers to Africa since March. A family travelled to Tanzania for a fabulous 3-week safari. As you can see, they received a warm welcome from the team in the Serengeti!

We’re currently actively working with half a dozen different groups of travellers who are planning new trips to Africa within the next 10-12 weeks. Although the logistics aren’t always easy, we fully expect them to be able to head off on great holidays with us to wide open spaces – and we’re sure that they’ll find amazingly quiet patches of natural wilderness with very few other visitors when they get there.

As barriers to travel to Africa gradually ease up, we’re particularly grateful to have close partners on the ground in Africa, and it’s never been more important to get in touch with us for the most up to date advice if you’re thinking of travelling in the coming months.

If you’ve been inspired and want to find out more, give us a call or enquire now to speak to an expert.

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