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Side by side with a pride of lions in South Africa

Side by side with a pride of lions in South Africa

It was Day 2 of our game drive at the Thanda Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, and we were desperate to see lions. Of the Big Five, we had already seen rhinos, elephants and buffaloes on Day 1, so we were determined to see the notorious king of ...

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TRAVEL: Traversing the pride lands of Africa

TRAVEL: Traversing the pride lands of Africa

I have a balcony seat at a spellbinding show. The stage is a gigantic mud hole, surrounded by thick African jungle, and the performers have been front and centre for the last hour. The first to emerge from the wings is a herd of Cape Buffalo. The buffalo appear as ...

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Rare Sumatran tiger cub born at Fota Wildlife Park

Rare Sumatran tiger cub born at Fota Wildlife Park

Fota Wildlife Park has announced the birth of an endangered male Sumatran tiger cub, born on June 25 to second-time parents Dourga (8) and father Denar (7). Sumatran tigers are the rarest subspecies of tiger in the world and have been classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation ...

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This Is the Best Safari Destination Outside of Africa

This Is the Best Safari Destination Outside of Africa

A lone elephant lumbers into the water in Gal Oya National Park and slowly submerges his body like a submarine. When he resurfaces, his trunk swoops into the air and splish-splashes water about.  From a boat, floating in the middle of the park’s reservoir and armed with binoculars, I’m watching—with ...

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12 Bucket List Vacations That Are Cheaper Than Disney

12 Bucket List Vacations That Are Cheaper Than Disney

Step into history in Istanbul Nate Hovee/Shutterstock The great city of Istanbul straddles both Europe and Asia, so it’s an exciting meeting of the cultures of East and West, ancient and modern. As the capital of the Ottoman Empire in 1453, Istanbul has over 3,000 exquisite mosques including Sultanahmet, nicknamed Blue ...

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