Africa

African Wildlife
 
4 Jan 2015 12:00 am
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East Africa Safari
 
25 Aug 2014 04:31 pm
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Lying in the heart of the East African safari country, Kenya and Tanzania are where the classic vision of Africa becomes a reality. A safari is the quintessential East African experience, where tourists can see everything from lions to elephants, hippos to hyenas, zebras to baboons, all set against world-famous vistas such as the Masai Mara, Serengeti, Nogorongoro Crater and Amboseli's Mt Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. This region also offers some of the greatest wildlife sepctacles on the continent - the sights of millions of wildebeest on their annual migration or flamingoes massing in the tens of thosands on the shores of the Rift Valley lakes. For the photographer, East Africa promises exciting wildlife, endless plains and the prospect of a red sunrise set against black acacia trees.
Abundant though it might seem, however, the wildlife of East Africa remains under pressure. Wild meat, ivory and rhino horn are valuable commodities, leading to extensive poaching. Irresponsible tourism adds to the pressure - but opting for low-impact walking, cycling, camel or balloon safaris alleviates the pressure and damage caused by vehicles.
For more information and images, contact timaldred@naturepl.com.
Single-photographer portfolios from this region can be browsed under the search terms "Anup Shah East Africa" or "Peter Blackwell East Africa".
 
Ethiopia
 
29 Jan 2019 12:00 am
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Ethiopia is the most populous landlocked country in the world. It is an ecologically diverse country, ranging from the deserts along the eastern border to the tropical forests in the south to extensive Afromontane habitat in the northern and southwestern sectors. The wide range of altitude has given the country a variety of ecologically distinct areas, and this has helped to encourage the evolution of endemic species in ecological isolation. Ethiopia has the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Africa, including the Simien Mountains National Park, home to the endangered Ethiopian wolf, one of Ethiopia’s 31 endemic mammal species. Other endemics include the Walia ibex and the Gelada baboon, the last surviving grass-eating primate.
 
Etosha NP, Namibia
 
25 Aug 2014 12:00 am
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Etosha, meaning 'Great White Place', is dominated by a massive mineral pan surrounded by grass, thorn and mopane savannah. The pan was originally a lake which dried up when its source river, the Kunene, changed course.~Etosha is a place of extremes - either a parched, dusty wilderness in the dry season or a green eden for wildlife in the wet season. Almost all of Africa's charismatic species are encompassed within this National Park, sustained by the perennial springs that form waterholes along the outskirts of the pan.
 
Kaffa Zone, Ethiopia
 
25 Aug 2014 04:31 pm
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The Kaffa Afromontane rainforest in Southern Ethiopia is recognised as the birthplace of Coffea Arabica, a coffee plant which grows wild only in Ethiopia.
As one of the last remaining evergreen coffee forests in Ethiopia, the Kaffa Zone (from which the drink derives its name) is regarded as a site of international importance and lies within the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot, one of 34 global priority areas for conservation.
Apart from nurturing Ethiopia's most important export crop, the Kaffa Zone is home to over 60 mammals and more than 200 birds as well as high numbers of endemic species and high floristic diversity spread throughout its cloud forests, rainforests and wetlands.
Photographer Bruno D'Amicis has documented the wildlife and coffee production in this rarel
 
Lake Tana Biosphere Reserve
 
27 Nov 2015 12:00 am
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Lake Tana in Ethiopia was named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in June 2015 and the official opening of the reserve will be held on 3rd and 4th December 2015. Lake Tana is the source of the Blue Nile and possesses great biodiveristy and a rich cultural heritage. The many islands in the lake are home to ancient, richly decorated Coptic churches and also to remnants of original forest with high levels of endemic plants, including wild coffee. Lake Tana is the largest lake in Ethiopia and an important site both for resident and migratory birds, including the Wattled and Northern crowned crane. Bruno D'Amicis travelled to the region to document its rich natural and cultural heritage. ~~The project, which began in 2012, was funded by Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development based on a project agreement between NABU (the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union) and Ethiopia's Amhara National Regional State. It aims not only to preserve the biodiversity of the area but also to promote sustainable development in the region.
 
Madagascar
 
25 Aug 2014 12:00 am
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Found off the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, the island of Madagascar has evolved in total isolation for over 80 million years, after it split from the Indian subcontinent. As a result, over eighty percent of Madagascar's plants and animals are endemic, existing nowhere else on earth, making this a haven for evolutionary biologists and tourists alike. Home to the iconic baobab (upside-down tree), the cat-like fossa and over 100 species of lemur, including the unusual Aye-Aye. Two thirds of the worlds chameleon species can be found in Madagascar, including the smallest recorded. Such is its significance, the whole island has been designated a biodiversity hotspot by Conservation International.
 
Namibia
 
29 Jan 2019 12:00 am
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Namibia is the driest country in Sub-Saharan Africa. Its western border is the Atlantic Ocean; it shares land borders with Zambia and Angola to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. Namibia is a prime destination for ecotourism as a result of the extensive and varied wildlife. In addition, extreme sports such as sandboarding, skydiving and 4x4ing have become popular. The most visited places include the capital city of Windhoek, Caprivi Strip, Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei, Etosha National Park and the Skeleton Coast Park.
 
Okavango Delta
 
25 Aug 2014 12:00 am
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Situated in north western Botswana is "Africa's miracle delta" - a river that never finds the sea. Here, a fault-bounded basin halts its course and creates a pristine water wilderness - the Okavango. Classified as a "wetland of international importance" under the Ramsar convention (the largest of Ramsar's sites) it is one of Africa's greatest natural wonders.
~The Okavango River spans three countries, and is the third largest in Southern Africa. Rain falling in the Angolan highlands between December and March floods the river and the water rushes southwards through Namibia before finally reaching the basin in Botswana which seals its fate. It spreads out in an 'alluvial fan' across the thirsty sands of the Kalahari, creating labyrinthine lagoons, channels and islands.
 
Rift Valley
 
25 Aug 2014 04:31 pm
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Cutting through some of the most dramatic landscapes of East Africa, the Great Rift Valley is in the words of Anup Shah "a complex landscape of cliffs and lake basins, dotted with volcanoes, within which a great diversity of species has evolved and continues to flourish". Anup has documented the landscapes, people and wildlife of this region, from the Ethiopian highlands, to the Virunga volanoes, the soda lakes of Kenya and Tanzania, and the high plains of the Serengeti and Masai Mara. His varied photographic techniques, from low angle shots to aerial images and action sequences, reveal the dramas and secret lives of the key animal species.
 
Rwanda
 
29 Jan 2019 12:00 am
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Rwanda is one of the smallest countries on the African mainland, situated in the African Great Lakes region, and is highly elevated; its geography is dominated by mountains in the west and savanna to the east. The climate is temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons each year. Naturally occurring vegetation is now mostly restricted to the three National Parks (Akagera, Nyungwe Forest and Volcanoes National Park), with agriculture dominating the remainder of the country. Therefore the greatest diversity of large mammals is also found in the three National Parks, which are designated conservation areas. Akagera is home to savanna animals such as giraffes and elephants, while Volcanoes NP hosts an estimated one-third of the worldwide mountain gorilla population. Nyungwe Forest has thirteen primate species including chimpanzees and Ruwenzori colobus monkeys.
 
Serengeti
 
31 Jan 2019 01:01 pm
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The Serengeti, found in northern Tanzania, is home to one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on the planet. The annual movement of wildebeest, zebra and gazelles through the Serengeti, totalling over 2 million animals constitutes one of the largest migrations of terrestrial mammals in the world. The Serengeti is also renowned for its large lion population, and is thought to be one of the best places to see lions in their natural environment.
 
South Africa
 
29 Jan 2019 12:00 am
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South Africa is located at the southernmost tip of the continent, with a long coastline that stretches more than 2,500 km and along two oceans (the South Atlantic and the Indian). South Africa has high species biodiversity, and is ranked sixth out of the world’s seventeen megadiverse countries, due to its varied topography and geology.~~South Africa has a lot to offer fans of the outdoors, from diving with great white sharks to taking in the floral landscapes of the Garden Route. Not to mention that all of the ‘big five’ species (lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, Leopard, and Rhinoceros) can be found in South Africa. There are more than 20 National Parks, the most famous, and oldest, of which is Kruger National Park.
 
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