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Africa’s Biggest Ever Black Rhino relocation

Africas Biggest Ever Black Rhino relocation

10 Utterly Bizarre Facts about Africa’s Wildlife

10 Utterly Bizarre Facts about Africa’s Wildlife

Animals are awesome and Africa is the ultimate hub of wildlife.

So, what do you get when you combine the two? Besides awesome animals in Africa, a plethora of utterly bizarre facts to learn about the wild ones you can encounter on an African safari.

Let’s get started:

1. Giraffes have a blue tongue. No, you didn’t read this incorrectly. The average length of a giraffe’s tongue is 20 inches and it is indeed blue in colour!

2. The unsung heroes of Africa have to be dung beetles. Why? These little rollers literally live on poop and can roll dung up to 50 times their body weight in a straight line, despite all obstacles! Scientists have also recently discovered they use the Milky Way as a compass.

10 Utterly Bizarre Facts about Africa’s Wildlife

3. We all know a lion’s roar is well, loud, but did you know it can be heard from a distance of 8 kilometres or 5 miles away? “Can you hear me now?” Yes, yes, I can…loud and clear.

African safari, lion

4. Believe it or not, the belief that elephants never forget has more than a bit of truth to it. Elephants have incredible memories. They know every member of their family and are able to recognize up to 30 companions by sight or smell. They’re also one of the few animals to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, mourn dead members of their herd, and recognize themselves in the mirror.

African safari, elephant

5. Ostriches are the largest and fastest birds on earth. They can sprint over 40 miles an hour (70 kilometres), and if you can imagine, one of their eggs can easily feed a dozen hungry men. Now that’s a big egg!

6. Rhinos have a symbiotic relationship with oxpeckers. The oxpecker eats ticks and insects that it finds on the rhinoceros. The oxpecker gets food and the beast gets a free grooming session. A win-win for all!

Rhino and oxpecker

7. Crocodiles are older than dinosaurs. These ancient creatures have been around for over 200 million years, outliving dinosaurs by nearly 60 million years.

8. Hyenas are more closely related to dogs than cats, and even more so closely related to meerkats. Just take our word for it…

African safari, hyena

9. Honey badgers have been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most fearless animal on the planet!

10. There are a host of weird collective nouns to identify groups of African animals in the bush. A clash of rhino, a dazzle of zebra, a coalition of cheetah, a prickle of porcupine, a leap of leopards, and the list goes on and on.

African safari, zebra

Bonus tip: Show off your knowledge of these wonderfully wacky animal facts on your next game drive and you might just win a front row seat in your game ranger’s vehicle!

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Help us to help destinations

As a responsible tour operator we ask all our customers to consider making a donation to our chosen charity, the Travel Foundation https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/5513 

Help us to help destinations

The Travel Foundation is a UK charity that exists to makes sure tourism benefits the destinations we visit on holiday. Its work is leading the way in improving the impacts of tourism – making sure local communities, the environment and tourists benefit from holidays around the world.

Its projects not only create vital economic opportunities for local people and protect the environment, but also support the creation of resilient, vibrant tourism destinations that people will want to visit now and in the future.

So far…

  • Local people have been supported to generate more than £1million in income
  • Over 6,000 local people have benefitted directly through improved access to business opportunities in tourism
  • More than 36,000 people have been trained in sustainability and conservation practices
  • More than 800 hotels have been helped to reduce their carbon footprint
  • More than 50,000 tourists have now been on improved, ‘greener’ excursions that have been developed by local people

 

Thank you!

 Help us to help destinations

Your donation will go directly towards creating opportunities for more destination communities and to protecting the environment in more holiday hotspots around the world.

To find out more about the work of the Travel Foundation, please visit: www.thetravelfoundation.org.uk

To donate now, please visit https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/5513

 

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Say “I Do” to a Safari Honeymoon

Say “I Do” to a Safari Honeymoon

Getting down on one knee and popping the question is the easy part. The most important decision follows it though: Where will you honeymoon after your big day? 

Exotic island destinations always spring top of mind thinking “honeymoon”, but allow us to introduce an off-the-beaten track and utterly raw and wildly romantic paradise option. How about a safari honeymoon in Africa?

It’s all about the wild animals, captivating landscapes, technicolour sunsets, and experiencing something new for the first time together as husband and wife.

Here are five really big reasons why an African safari makes for the perfect honeymoon:

Say “I Do” to a Safari Honeymoon

Candlelit bush dinners, outdoors bubble baths, and sundowners in the company of elephants are only a game drive away. What are you waiting for? Say “I do” to a safari honeymoon.