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Mountain gorillas making a comeback

Mountain gorillas making a comeback In the latest in a spate of good news about wildlife conservation in Africa, BBC Earth reports that mountain gorillas have increased their numbers on Virunga Massif, their core habitat stretching across Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. From a...

Africa has mixed results in fighting poachers

Africa has mixed results in fighting poachers One of the main reasons adventure travelers head to Africa is for the wildlife. Sadly, that wildlife is in danger of disappearing thanks to illegal poaching. Big game such as rhinos and elephants can bring in large sums of money for their tusks, hide, and meat. Namibia...

Suspected bomb on airplane was a "dummy"

Suspected bomb on airplane was a Yesterday's potential bomb on an Air Berlin flight from Namibia to Germany turns out to have been an American-made "dummy" used by security officials for training, BBC reports. The "bomb" consists of a detonator, wires, and a ticking clock and is put in a suitcase and...

Breaking news: Suspected bomb found on German airline

Breaking news: Suspected bomb found on German airline A flight from Namibia to Germany was delayed earlier today after a suspected bomb was found in a suitcase. The package included a detonator, batteries, and a clock, the BBC reports. Details are unclear at this moment and it is not known if the device was an actual bomb or...

Favorite lion shot in Namibia

Favorite lion shot in Namibia A black-maned lion nicknamed "Old Boy" has been shot in Etosha National Park, Namibia. This is the second lion to be killed in the park in the past five months. Both lions were collared, meaning park rangers were studying and protecting them. "Old Boy" had been a...

Fake gems and minerals sold to tourists in Namibia

Fake gems and minerals sold to tourists in Namibia More and more adventure travelers are discovering Namibia, a nation in southwest Africa that offers deserts, beaches, safaris, and hikes. Unfortunately this rise in tourism has led to a rise in tourist scams. Namibia's Mines and Energy Minister, Isak Katali, has warned...

Adventurous trio running across the Kalahari Desert

Adventurous trio running across the Kalahari Desert The Kalahari Desert is a wild and untamed place stretching across 350,000 square miles of southern Africa. The arid expanse of land crosses through parts of Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, and while it is an incredibly dry place, it is still home to a diverse amount of...

18 more great spots for hikers

18 more great spots for hikers Most hikers agree: the best way to really learn about a place is to experience it by walking or climbing. It inspired us here at Gadling to take a look in February at the world's best hikes. There were so many great spots, in fact, we decided to follow it up today with...

Namibia clamps down on poaching in national parks

Namibia clamps down on poaching in national parks There's been a rise in poaching in Southern Africa in recent years. Hunters are killing rare animals and selling their pelts, ivory, and other body parts to a multibillion dollar international network of dealers. The southwestern African nation of Namibia, however, has...

The ultimate road trip: 12,500 miles across Africa on a motorcycle

The ultimate road trip: 12,500 miles across Africa on a motorcycle Thomas Tomczyk is serious about motorcycles. He's done three motorcycle trips across India, from the steamy southern tip all the way up to the frozen highlands of Ladakh. Now he's starting his childhood dream--an epic trip 12,500 miles (20,000 km) across Africa. His...

Ship graveyards from around the world

Ship graveyards from around the world Eco-friendly website Environmental Graffiti has an interesting story on their site today that details some of the top cargo ship graveyards from around the world. The article also includes some amazing photos of the rusted out shells of former cargo and cruise ships that...

Road trip through Namibia

Road trip through Namibia The travel section of the Times Online has a great article today about a 3000-mile road trip across Namibia, the south African country that falls along that continents Atlantic coast. The 15-day journey sent author Holden Frith across stark, yet strikingly beautiful,...

On the trail of the Kalahari bushmen

On the trail of the Kalahari bushmen A few days back we posted about 18 unique travel experiences that even the seasoned traveler would find interesting. One of the suggestions on that list was to travel to the Kalahari Desert to stay with bushmen and partake in an initiation hunt with the tribes that still...

Ten very dangerous animal encounters

Ten very dangerous animal encounters Writer Richard Conniff has made a career out of doing dumb things with animals. He's even gone so far as to write a book about it that is not only humorous but also quite informative. He has taken this extensive knowledge and created a list of his top 10 most dangerous...

Saving Endangered Species Through Tourism

Saving Endangered Species Through Tourism One of the real successes in ecotourism over the past decade or so has been the use of tourist dollars to aid in wildlife conservation. Many countries have discovered that travelers are willing to pay a good deal of money for the opportunity to observe wildlife in its...

Tour d'Afrique Off and Running!

Tour d'Afrique Off and Running! The 2009 edition of the Tour d'Afrique got underway last Sunday, with cyclists setting out from Cairo, Egypt on a 7317 mile long race to Cape Town, South Africa. In between they'll pass through the Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia,...

Photo of the Day (8/2/07)

Photo of the Day (8/2/07) There is something about the hairstyles of this couple that really caught my eye in a way that your typical silhouette shot rarely does and I guessed almost immediately that it must have been shot in Africa. According to the photographer, this beautiful scene was indeed...

Mega, as in the Biggest Ever, African Adventure Trip

Mega, as in the Biggest Ever, African Adventure Trip Suppose you have time-lots of it. Let's say you have 44 weeks. Perhaps you'd like to go overland from Morocco to South Africa by way of Egypt. Here's a travel adventure that will take you through 10 game parks, various cultural and historical landmarks, and enough thrills...

Namibian Dunes

Namibian Dunes Something in me wants to make a dumb joke about "The Spice", perhaps to drop a name like Muad'Dib and see how many people get it. My suspicions are that we don't have a HUGE number of Dune fans out there, but I'll have to confess I was a passionate, rabid devotee of the...

Helicopter Safari Africa

Helicopter Safari Africa Just like Neil's Machu Picchu piece some folks might debate doing the whole African safari thing by helicopter, but I'm totally a fan of helicopter sightseeing. For one, my last trip to Hawai'i had me foaming at the mouth to shoot more aerial photography of the places we so...

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