A new sci-fi style safari opened and becoming a new African attraction

Set only about 40 kilometers away from the Ngorongoro highlands and the famous crater, The Highlands Camp is truly one of a kind. It is situated at the end of the mountain forest, right next to the Volcano called Olmoti.

Overlooking the Olmoti Crater in the Ngorongoro region

The camp aims towards seclusion and peace in harmony with nature.  The Highlands Camp is set in a remote area that’s breathtakingly beautiful and offers a true relaxation to both body and mind. You can have a real cultural visit to some local villages in order to meet the local tribes and their mores. But, most of all it is located in the epicenter of the Tanzania’s wildlife. The camp itself looks stunning and offers great view and magnificent guest experience. Both the exterior and the interior look beautiful, as you can see in the gallery below:

Getting the best Safari experience

The most interesting thing about staying in the camp is choosing between different Safari excursions. You can go for the Great Migration Tour through the rivers of North, exploring alligators, cheetahs and hyenas. If you’re into cats, you can go for the Big Cats and The Big 5 tour. Maybe in for gorilla trekking? Combine your love for animals into Kilimanjaro climbing and then rest lying on the local tropical beaches. Get the best of the cultural experience while exploring the wildlife of Africa.

Depending on who are you traveling with, you can choose from different kinds of Safari trips.  Choose a Family Safari if you’re on vacation with your kids. If you are taking your time to enjoy your partner’s company, go for Romantic Safari. If you are a sports buff and take no rest – Active Safari is the thing for you! If it’s your first time and you’re not really sure about what you want – go for the Classic one instead of taking time to decide. There are a lot of tour packages which offer some diverse services. If unsure about what you need or want, take personal guiding into mind and leave it to someone else to think about. Enjoy your Safari!

Cheetahs return to Malawi after decades

After more that 20 years of being extinct in the Malawi area, 4 cheetahs have been transported and moved to Liwonde National Park in southern Malawi. At the moment the four cheetahs have been moved into special enclosures so they can adapt to their new environment. After some time in the enclosures, they will be moved into the National Park to live freely.

Cheetahs are the first big predators to be introduced back to the Liwonde territory after being extinct. Malawian governments are proud to have the Cheetahs back. They continue to work on returning Malawi parks and rehabilitate both the wildlife and tourism in the area. Cheetahs are only one of the many animal species to have decreased their number in the past years. It’s important to emphasize the fact that the cheetahs have lost 90 percent of their historical range in Africa. It’s hard to predict the numbers, but it’s believed that there are only around 6.700 living cheetahs in Africa today.

Cheetahs being led to their new home / Photo by African Parks

In the Kasungu National park there were reported living Cheetas during the 1980s. But, since at that time human race was spreading their living territories, the Cheetahs slowly disappeared and probably became extinct around 1996.  African Parks note how important this step is for both the animal generations and people.

The return of the animal kingdom

It’s not only cheetahs have been gone from the territory for decades. There are more animals who have disappeared from the area. African Parks and the Government are doing their best to adapt the territory for some more animal species to be taken back to Malawi. Lack of animal diversity harms the ecosystem, ecology and human culture, they say at African Parks.

Cheetahs are currently listed as vulnerable on the IUCN red list and their number continues to decrease over time.

 

 

Soutpansberg Mountains one of the last leopards’ strongholds in Africa

A recent research (which was led by dr. Samuel Williams from Durham’s University) shows the extreme decrease in number of living leopards in Africa. The research itself has taken place in African Soutpansberg Mountains from 2012. – 2016. At the end of the research they concluded that  cats’ population density has decreased around 44 percent in the 4 given years. Therefore it is notable that leopards are an endangered specie today more than ever.

But, there was a research which taken place in 2008. led by the same team members. Since the mentioned research in 2008. there is a decrease of two thirds in the population. The team mentioned how hard it is to study leopard population because of their secretive nature and behavior.

The Local authorities recognize the problem as a threat

The Government is also fighting this problem. The hunting ban is still in effect and the information about the wild hunts are being collected. The leading reason for such a decrease is human factor. Wild hunt, shooting, snaring and poisoning are still the leading causes of leopards’ deaths in Africa. Leopards are large carnivores, and as such are extremely important for our ecosystem and complete food chain. Their loss would effect our ecology and our culture for good.

If we don’t find a way to slow down the decrease rate, leopards will be gone from the region by 2020. They population density has also decreased by 44 percent since 2012.

It’s interesting that there were more than 10 leopards per 100 square kilometers in 2008 in the area mentioned. At the end of this research’s period, there were only 3.65 per 100 square kilometers. The info is even more alarming if we add on the fact that in 2008. this was the area in Africa which had the greatest density of leopards living in the entire continent.

It’s not only about leopards. Big carnivores in global have lost 53 percent of their historical range today. Leopards have lost about 63 of that range, and more than 80 percent of their historical range in Africa.