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Mapula Lions Starting to Hunt Elephants?

One of the three impressive Mapula Boys photographed in September by a client of The Wild Source. Courtesy and © BF. Mapula Lions as Elephant Hunters We frequently plan safaris to Botswana for our clients, and the interaction between Elephants and Lions can fascinating there. It appears that the Mapula lion pride has learned to … Mapula Lions Starting to Hunt Elephants? Read More »

Svalbard Polar Bear Safari

A polar bear jumps from ice flow to ice flow as it searches for seals to hunt. ©Bill Given I am writing this from virtually as far north on the planet as one can go with the exception of using a nuclear ice breaker. I am on Lindblad’s National Geographic Explorer and we have smashed … Svalbard Polar Bear Safari Read More »

My American Safari Cruises Highlights

Humpback whale lunge feeding Last week I was in Alaska, the first stop on a quest to find some Out of Africa exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities that would be of interest to my African safari clients. All of the principles of The Wild Source still apply and my search is for magnificent wildlife and wilderness … My American Safari Cruises Highlights Read More »

Lions Hunting Video

Lions on the Hunt: A Thrilling Safari Experience from Chindeni Camp In Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park A lioness begins the hunt in South Luangwa. Observing social animals like lions hunt is fascinating and in darkness you have to depend on all your senses to capture the experience. © Bill Given In October while on … Lions Hunting Video Read More »

Predator Conservation Work at Grassland Bushman Lodge

Encounter with an African Wild Dog at Grassland Bushman Lodge Unique Predator Encounters Available at Grassland Bushman Lodge Grassland Bushman Lodge (also known as Grasslands Safaris) provides a unique opportunity for visitors to learn about predator/livestock conflict in a very dramatic way – up close and personal. An Eye to Eye Look at an African … Predator Conservation Work at Grassland Bushman Lodge Read More »

Kuria People of the Serengeti

Meet the Kuria Tribe of Tanzania When I guide groups I strive to find a unique cultural opportunity, somewhere to experience local life that is lightly touristed, if at all. From Lemala Camp in the Northern Serengeti I was able to arrange a visit to the boma of one of the staff members, a behind … Kuria People of the Serengeti Read More »

Zebra Birth and High Drama at Mapula Lodge

On September 15th, 2009 a new zebra entered the world and amazingly clients of The Wild Source, Marc and Rossana from Australia were there to observe this incredible event. That was very fortunate as Marc is an incredible photographer and has been generous enough to share this amazing series of photos!As you will see, the … Zebra Birth and High Drama at Mapula Lodge Read More »

Family Safaris: A special Father-Daughter Trip

Mona and Mark ready to board a plane to start their safari in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania There is no doubt the best part of my job is when clients return and share the soul stirring moments that a safari inevitably produces. Fortunately, one thing that is becoming common is family safaris, whether it is … Family Safaris: A special Father-Daughter Trip Read More »

Tanzania Safari Ground Operations Established!

There is a new sight in the Serengeti and throughout Tanzania, game drive vehicles that proudly wear The Wild Source logo on their doors and inside contain exceptional local guides that are at the top of their craft. This is the result of a new partnership where The Wild Source is assisting two talented Tanzanian … Tanzania Safari Ground Operations Established! Read More »

Animal Tracking on Safari

One of my most exciting moments with wildlife came as I was snowshoeing at a park near my home in Colorado. There was a fresh 24 inches of snow on the ground and halfway into my trek I found cougar (mountain lion) tracks and went to work cougar tracking. It’s trail undulated quite a bit … Animal Tracking on Safari Read More »

Step Out of the Car Please: Exploring the World Outside of Your Safari Vehicle

I have many people tell me they cannot do a safari because they do not want to spend their entire vacation driving in a vehicle. Of course virtually everyone returns from safari wishing they could have a few more game drives because each one really is different but I do believe diversity in all things … Step Out of the Car Please: Exploring the World Outside of Your Safari Vehicle Read More »

Walking and Canoeing Safari in the Niassa Reserve of Mozambique

I have made it a focus to identify the truly Wild Places that offer a quality safari, locations that feature vintage safari experiences that emphasize authentic wilderness. The Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique is one of the extraordinary new safari frontiers that have captivated my attention. Niassa is enormous at 42,000 square kilometers, more than … Walking and Canoeing Safari in the Niassa Reserve of Mozambique Read More »

Safari After Dark: Night Game Drives

Night Safari Game Drive at Deception Valley Lodge – ©Deception Valley Lodge Night game drives are an essential activity to have a full safari experience. When the sun goes down an entire new set of animal species takes the stage and some of the most popular animals that may be seen by day dial up … Safari After Dark: Night Game Drives Read More »

Traditional Walking Safari in South Luangwa National Park with The Bushcamp Company

©Bushcamp Company – Zambia The Bushcamp Company uses the slogan: “From a Vehicle You See Africa. On Foot You Feel, Hear, and Smell Africa.” This week I was fortunate enough to sit down and talk with The Bushcamp Company owner Andy Hogg about this philosophy that we both share. A proper walking safari is the … Traditional Walking Safari in South Luangwa National Park with The Bushcamp Company Read More »

Bushmen of the Kalahari Tracking and Hunting Video

Africa is full of vibrant and interesting cultures, yet my clear favorite is the San Bushmen of the Kalahari. DNA studies have proven that all people originate from the Bushmen, they are the true First People and I am always fascinated to learn from them the things forgotten by my ancestors as we became further … Bushmen of the Kalahari Tracking and Hunting Video Read More »

Chief’s Island Walking Trail: A Vintage Botswana Experience

Chief’s Island in the Okavango Delta is considered by many to be the premier wildlife location in all of southern Africa. At the north end of Chief’s Island is the famous Mombo Camp, one of the most luxurious and popular camps in Botswana. However, in the southern area of the island it is now possible … Chief’s Island Walking Trail: A Vintage Botswana Experience Read More »

How Close are the Animals on Safari?

One consistent question I receive regarding an African safari is how close do you get to the animals on safari? The first assumption when people see a photo like this lion face is wow, you must have a huge camera lens. Often times the lens is important to ‘reach’ your subject for a great photo … How Close are the Animals on Safari? Read More »

Rule of the Duba Boys Finally Comes to the End

The reign of the Duba Boys came to an end on July 28, 2008 when the second of the dynamic pair passed away, he was proceeded by his partner on December 28, 2007. The lions of Duba Plains are famed for their daytime hunts of buffalo, a daunting and dangerous prey species, and fittingly both … Rule of the Duba Boys Finally Comes to the End Read More »

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