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14 Sep

Congratulations

Walk In Africa would like to congratulate our director, Steve Bolnick, on receiving the Lilizela award for the best nature-guide in the Western Cape. The Lilizela awards " recognise & reward tourism excellence. Setting the standard for global excellence & rewarding those who strive for perfection." That description certainly describes the aims of our company and our team. ...

10 Aug

The IK people of North-East Uganda

My recent safari to Uganda was altogether wonderful for many reasons, but one of the highlights was our visit to The Ik people. This minority Ugandan community lives in the midst of The Karamoja region in North-East Uganda, close to both the border with South Sudan and the border with Kenya. The Karamajong people are also a fascinating tribe in North Eastern Uganda. They are a Nilotic tribe for whom cattle form a vital part of the culture. The cattle are herded communally and provide the staple food of cow blood...

15 Jun

After the fire – three months later

Safaris have kept me away from my regular inspections of the post-fire recovery of the Cape Peninsula hills. I'm back in Cape Town for a little while and we have had some winter rains so I seized the opportunity last week to see what obvious changes had occurred during my absence. Because the soils are still very exposed and fragile, I have to confine my inspections to what is visible from the tar road but there were some exciting developments apparent. I especially enjoyed seeing this Gladiolus maculatus (The Brown Afrikaner)....

1 Jun

Yet another great safari

            Ive just returned from yet another fantastic safari, which began with a dramatic sunrise at The Victoria Falls.   From there it just improved! There were lions involved: And many elephants . . . Plus some Painted Dogs . . . And some safari converts. ...

30 Mar

Steve on UKTV Eden

The documentary about Steve's walking safaris will be aired in England & Ireland this Friday at 8pm. [caption id="attachment_2770" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The Telegraph's recommended viewing for Easter Friday[/caption] If you manage to watch it, please let us know what you think of it. The same documentary will be shown later this year in Belgium and on France-5....

17 Feb

TABLE MOUNTAIN DOESN’T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS

I’m not sure whether they are escaping the drop in fuel prices or whether they just want to get as far from Putin as possible, but lately I have had quite a few Norwegian visitors. Yesterday I was delighted to have a return visitor who brought her husband along – and what a perfect day it was on the magic mountain! I decided to use one of my favourite routes that I hadn’t walked for a long while and it set the mood for a wonderful day. Soon after reaching the top...

22 Dec

A walk that ended in congratulations

Last week I guided a young couple up Table Mountain. Unbeknown to her, he would propose to her at the top. Unbeknown to him, she would say "YES". It was a blustery cold afternoon but it warranted much celebration. Congratulations David & Jessica. I'm honoured to have been part of this joyous rite. I wish you a lifetime of happiness together. I have a feeling that you may return to Africa on honeymoon!...

15 Dec

A country of contrasts

On a recent journey to Zimbabwe I was exposed to the stark contrasts of this country, that was once my home. The rains had come and many of the trees were in flower. I found a Sausage Tree (Kigelia africana) in bloom, flaunting its satin, seductive crimson flowers. These flowers produce copious amounts of irresistible nectar that attracts and provides for many diverse species. On this particular day the ants were indulging themselves. Later in the day I attended a christmas party for children orphaned by AIDS. This is part of a...

21 Oct

WALK IN AFRICA walks in Austria

I am currently on a marketing roadshow in German-speaking Europe. I had a free day while in Austria & so oobviously decided to go walking. I chose to walk through the Baringschutzklamm to the Hochlantsch peak (1,720 metres). The Bärenschützklamm involves ascending a gorge on more than 160 ladders. Incredible! It was an exquisite cloudless autumn day and the scenery was incredible.  What a privilege!  ...