2020 in Pictures

It’s been a tough year away from the bush and thank goodness for our friends and talented wildlife photographers who have kept us as close to our beloved wildlife as possible. They know how to capture words and feelings in one click and have brilliantly kept our longing at bay with their keen eye for detail as they make the lighting, composition and subject come together to tell a story. If you’re in a slump, need a midweek pickup or are longing for the bush, take a look at our favourite pictures of 2020 that got us through the longest time indoors.

Photographer: Graham Wood

Photographer: Matt Yardley

Photographer: Francois Roos

Photographer: Andrea Campbell

Photographer: Becky Rasor

Photographer: Carmen Shui

Our Favourite African Reads

We know all fervent travellers need to feed their wanderlust – and it is difficult during a global pandemic. There are only so many pictures to scroll through and songs to listen to.

So we have put together a reading list of some of our favourite books that will most certainly transport you to Africa or at least give you a small taste of its magic that will let you explore and experience, open your mind and change the way you view the world.

Even if you can’t travel right now, you can still experience new things with a good book…

Changing a Leopard’s Spots: The Adventures of Two Wildlife Trackers by Alex van den Heever and Renias Mhlongo

Iconic Africa Kruger National Park Leopard

Out of Africa, by Karen Blixen

Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith

The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild, by Lawrence Anthony

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

The Expedition to the Baobab Tree by Wilma Stockenström

Londolozi Tree Camp Bush Dinner Kruger Park

Born Free: A Lioness of Two Worlds, by Joy Adamson

We hope these books inspire you to visit when we can again but for now that they give you some hope.

A Little African Wisdom

Balloon Safaris Iconic Africa Governer Balloon Safaris

We can’t travel now, but that doesn’t stop us from dreaming, planning and turning to our most loved places in the world for much-needed inspiration. In the last few months thousands of travellers would have visited Africa for the first time and many safari-lovers would have returned at least once maybe even more!

There are few things that can substitute for travelling, but words can often offer an escape, and until we can escape to Africa, let’s get lost in the beautiful wisdom which emanates from this magical land.

Africa is full of rich cultures and boasts a massive collection of quotes and proverbs seen as sayings of the wise! Many African proverbs are strongly tied to the earth and animals, conveying lessons of life, learning, wisdom, community, family, and love often through simple daily activities.

Here’s a list of some of our favourite African proverbs. We hope that these will provide you with some hearty Africanisms to take with you into your day today:

1. If you are filled with pride, then you will have no room for wisdom. ~ African proverb

2. To get lost is to learn the way. ~ African proverb

3. What you learn is what you die with. ~ African proverb

4. Travelling is learning. ~Kenyan Proverb

5. It takes a village to raise a child. ~ African proverb

6. Cross the river in a crowd and the crocodile won’t eat you. ~ African proverb

7. A family is like a forest when you are outside it is dense, when you are inside you see that each tree has its place. ~ African Proverb

8. A friend is someone you share the path with. ~ African proverb

9. Where there is love there is no darkness. ~Burundian proverb

10. It is crooked wood that shows the best sculptor. – African proverb