While much attention is rightly paid to Africa’s Big Five, we believe the continent’s smaller wildlife deserve their due, as well. Enter Africa’s Little Five. These tiny fellas often get overlooked—and not simply because of their minuscule size. Yet they play a vital role in maintaining the diverse and delicate African eco-system. So, let’s take a closer look these half pints.
As the world blazes forward into the bright, and sometimes blinding, light of progress and all that is modern, there are those who continue to dwell in the beautiful simplicity of the past. The Himba people, an ancient tribe of semi-nomadic herders, still hold on to their ancestors’ traditions, and have resisted modernizing despite the rapidly-changing world surrounding them.
It is one of the most famous and oft-repeated quotes in history: “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”
For Sir Henry Morton Stanley, the presumption was a reasonable one to make, given that he and David Livingstone were the only two Europeans to be found in Ujiji, a small village along the shores of Lake Tanganyika, on November 10, 1871.
Because of the remoteness of our overland adventures, we don’t always hear from our field leaders until a trip is almost concluded. So we eagerly await news and are always excited to hear the details. Since so many land expeditions are happening at this time of year, we thought we’d share some of the enthusiasm expressed by our leaders via phone calls and quick emails to our office...