Go to see a wild tiger while it is still possible. This may sound a little melodramatic, but the survival of the planet’s top predator is in serious doubt. There are probably around 1,500 wild tigers in India today, and perhaps as many as 100 are being killed annually by poachers. (One of the [...]
John Rendall will visit Joy’s Camp (Shaba National Reserve) and Harper-recommended Elsa’s Kopje (Meru National Park) in Kenya this February to share his stories, photographs and memories of Joy and George Adamson, and his own story, which is closely related to these magnificent places. In 1969, Australians Rendall and Anthony Bourke purchased a lion [...]
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania, officially opened this week. Previously known as the Bilila Lodge, the extensively renovated property is the first Four Seasons in sub-Saharan Africa. Two additional properties are planned in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, as well as a beach resort on the island of Zanzibar. The 77-room property includes 12 [...]
On game drives in South Africa, most travelers share vehicles and guides with one or two other couples. This can be great fun, but for those who do require a private vehicle, it can sometimes be prohibitively expensive to arrange or difficult to confirm. Tswalu Kalahari, however, makes it quite simple. Guests who reserve three [...]
Please click anywhere above to explore our new Luxury African Safari page. Highlights include: Mr. Harper’s primer on how to choose a luxury African safari. A suggested Southern Africa itinerary. A brief history of the modern safari. The best places to see lion, leopard, cheetah, elephant and birds. Safari travel packing tips.
The migration of the wildebeest in East Africa is the most celebrated wildlife spectacle in the world. Deservedly so: I will never forget my first evening in the Serengeti, gazing from the roof of a Land Rover at countless thousands of animals grazing, grunting, the calves gamboling, a tide of black backs moving on [...]
Sri Lanka is renowned for its ancient Buddhist architecture, manicured tea plantations and golden beaches. But the country has recently acquired another claim to fame: A small patch of sea off its southern coast is now regarded as the best place in the world to watch blue whales. From a base in the Maldives, marine [...]