I’ve been a nature-lover my whole life, but I began traveling specifically to see animals in the wild back in the early ’90s. Still in my early 20s then, I was fascinated by watching wildlife. My passion grew exponentially as I took up photography and became more adept at spotting hidden animals.
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.