Safari Blog

Stay up-to-date with professional safari guide Craig Doria as he blogs about wildlife and wild safari adventures in Tanzania and East Africa...

Hirola and the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy

Hirola Bull

This is a ‘ guest’ blog by good friend, safari connoisseur, and conservationist Ken Coe… What’s a hirola?  Even amongst seasoned guides and safaristas, the name does not ring many bells.  Pity, because hirola is an attractive, mid-sized antelope on the verge of extinction, occupying a fragile, sometimes politically unstable landscape in eastern Kenya close […]

A Maswa Walk

This is the kind of safari I would like to recreate! But at least the luggage can go in vehicles.

Recently I was contacted by a friend and long time safari companion. He was asking where we could do a good long walk in proper big game country; somewhere that we could see buffalo regularly. A real traditional safari like in days gone by. I wrote a few emails to various colleagues and friends in […]

Safari Reading…Books on Africa

African safari tent

I’ve been meaning to do this for a long time, but at every time of sitting down to write, it’s the one subject that slips from my mind. A safari reading list. There are so many wonderful books on Africa and it is always such a wonderful part of safari campfire conversation. Yet we never write […]

The Mish Mash Migration Year

A sunset horizon full of Wildebeest.

This short rains followed by long rains thing confuses me in East Africa. For years we’ve had bad rains in November / December and all the old timers shake their heads and mumble “mmmm another year of bad short rains.” But this year, for a change, it rained well and hard through into the early […]

Mkomazi – Another Gem off the Beaten Track

Northern Carmine Bee Eater

It might have been the ‘perfect storm’ in terms of weather, rainfall, grazing and the like, but my first visit to the relatively newly created Mkomazi National Park was wonderful. The scenery was dramatic and spectacular and the wildlife seems, from reports, to be on the increase. We saw two lionesses with three cubs which […]

A Road Less Travelled

Well all safaris should be ‘the road less travelled’ – that should be part of the definition of what a safari is! Sometimes, however, one just stumbles onto something that is so different that you feel like you’ve stepped onto another planet. Two friends from Arusha who have the well established Kilimanjaro Climbing operation called […]

The stArt Foundation

Litter used to create the life-size Elephant

I have just spent a few days with an old friend of 25 years from Zambia and discovered a really interesting project that she has become involved with. Pam Carr is a well-known safari personality in Zambia as well as being one of the countries leading artists and art-related academics. In 2011 another friend, Claire […]

Last Days…Video to end Ivory-funded Terrorism


Is it the same for everyone now when they hear a sentence with the word ‘ivory’ in it? Does everyone get that feeling? The slightly panicked feeling that we are at the end of yet another year and still the numbers of poached elephants grows. I suspect not everyone feels exactly the same when they hear […]

Dr Ian Player passes away, leaving a legacy for us to continue

Dr. Ian player

It is with sad regret that we have received reports on the death of South African (and international) conservation legend Dr Ian Player. Dr Player who was 87-years-old suffered a serious stroke last Thursday and passed away peacefully at his home in Karkloof, Kwa Zulu Natal today, surrounded by his wife Anne and close family. […]

The Rhino Crisis: Hope and Despair from SANparks


It is with both hope and despair that we read the latest South African National Parks (SANParks) Press Release on Rhino Poaching in South Africa, and we know that the situation is no less bleak in other African countries. It’s never nice to be the prophet of doom, but really – hasn’t the time come […]