Live moments from ‘The Lion King’ at the greatest migration on earth

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Sunday 16 August 2015

There’s an unforgettable scene in The Lion King when Simba gets caught in a wildebeest stampede. You know the one – hundreds of thousands of wildebeest fearlessly dash towards him as he precariously holds onto a branch, oh and then his father Mufasa gets pushed to his death by Scar. It’s a tragic scene but also an incredible one that actually takes place every year (minus the Scar dying bit) and you’re invited to watch it.

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Fancy swimming in a bright pink lake? In Senegal you can!

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 July 2015

There are a lot of wonderful things to see in Senegal, but if there’s one thing you absolutely must see in this small African nation, it’s Lake Retba. 

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Cecil the lion’s killer is being slayed on the Internet (and rightly so)

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Wednesday 29 July 2015

Earlier this month, Cecil the lion – one of the most treasured lions in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park – was found shot, beheaded and skinned. This week it was reported that an American man paid a local $55,000 for the opportunity to hunt down Cecil and kill him. The idea was that Cecil would be lured out of the protected park and onto a local landowner’s property to escape any legal ramifications.

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Add this to the bucket list: The beautiful deserts of Namibia

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 21 May 2015

What countries do you have on that bucket list? Perhaps Brazil for its beaches or Russia for its history? Here’s another one to add to that ever-increasing list: Namibia. This is where you’ll not only find the friendliest people on Earth, but also the most unique landscape, including DeadVlei.

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The last northern white rhino male is under 24-hour guard for protection from poachers

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Monday 20 April 2015

Sad but true: the world’s only surviving male northern white rhino is under 24-hour armed guard. It’s to save the rhino from poachers who can collect up to AU$90,000 per kilo in ivory as demand grows around the world.

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These giant African elephants are majestic as heck in the wilderness of the savanna

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Monday 2 March 2015

Peter Delaney is a self-professed ‘proud and passionate Irishman exiled in South Africa‘. Delaney travelled to Africa in 2001 and since then he has been taking wildlife photographs that anyone would be proud to hang on their wall.

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This is how you lift and relocate a heavyweight rhino in South Africa

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 16 May 2014

These extraordinary photos from Emma Gatland Recent rhino document the capture and relocation project by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. This new Procedure lower Actually gentle on the rhino Lesley it shortens the time the animal sub drugged. The rhino was lifted 500-1000 meters in the air and suspended by it […]

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The Obama ‘brand’ is everywhere in Africa, from underwear to biscuits

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By Rachel Oakley in New Trends on Thursday 1 May 2014

Perks of being the U.S. President? Your own helicopter. A personal chef. And your face in every corner of the globe. Every corner, as can be seen in this video of snapshots by Eric Thibodeau during his African travels. There seems to be a sort of ‘branding’ going on with Obama, with everything from underwear […]

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Goat hair and mud are used to create the hairstyles of Namibia’s Himba tribeswomen

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel, New Fashion on Friday 25 April 2014

Never again will you complain about how high maintenance that hair color is. Or, how long it takes to style your hair on a night out. Namibia’s Himba tribeswomen definitely take the crown for the most complex, more incredible hairstyling-and it’s easy to see why. While the men of this tribe wear simple plaits on […]

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Beautiful portraits of supermodels, actors, and others who fled war torn South Sudan

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By Marta Millere in New Photography on Wednesday 16 April 2014

New York-based photographer Mike Mellia recently joined supermodel Nykhor Paul and other figures to turn the world’s attention to the crisis in South Sudan through a portrait collection entitled Our side of the story: South Sudan. This collection of 14 portraits illustrates the anguish of those who escaped their war-torn country and lived to tell a powerful story. [above: Ajak Deng: Supermodel (Louis Vuitton, Vogue, Lanvin), activist, and refugee].

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Heavy metal subculture of Botswana photographed by Franck Marshall

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By Darragh Field in New Photography on Friday 3 January 2014

Somehow through time and space, ’80’s Heavy Metal’ met ‘Cowboy’ and took root in Botswana and something new was born. South African photographer Franck Marshall documents a subculture he calls ‘The Renegades,’ which grew from a classic rock band that was formed in Botswana in the 70s and evolved through the decades. The subjects are […]

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Tippi Degré: the little girl who grew up in the African wild

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Photography on Friday 13 December 2013

Tippi Degré had quite the amazing childhood. Imagine growing up with wildlife photographers as parents, roaming the African landscape, and making friends with wild animals wherever you go.

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Detailed linework from South African illustrator Gerhard Human

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By Darren Cools in New Illustration on Friday 11 October 2013

Gerhard Human has got to be one of my favorite illustrators ever. Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, his very unique and detailed linework takes on an effortless, rounded, highly-stylized life of it’s own. Beautiful angles and unusual points of view, minimal color usage, and edgy subject-matter all add to the intrigue. He includes a […]

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Wild african animals photographed by George Logan

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By Angela Sofo in New Photography on Friday 17 May 2013

Translocation, a book by multi-award winning photographer George Logan, is a collection of wonderful pictures. This work seems to have a funny appearance but the real meaning of this project is to let people know how important it is to eliminate suffering and preserve wildlife in its free and wild state. To complete Translocation, Logan had […]

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Volatile and beautiful: Africa’s Afar depression

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Monday 22 April 2013

The Afar depression in East Africa is a geologically tumultuous region. On the surface, it looks frozen. Below the surface, magma is having a ball of a time fueling not one, but 12 active volcanoes. And let’s not forget about the geysers, the cauldrons, and even an entire boiling lake of lava. The Afar depression’s […]

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