Discover our latest updates on the best wildlife encounters from our safari specialists.
Remembering Makwela: Return to the Sabi Sands
This blog was written by Linda, an ex-safari specialist who was an invaluable member of our team for 3 years. Here, Linda writes about her trip to Sabi Sands and reminisces over her incredible memories with Makwela, the extraordinary female leopard.
06 May 2022
The story of relocating wild dog puppies in Botswana
YZ Malcolm had the most incredible experience when working as a bush pilot in Botswana. Here he retells the story of how he helped relocate nine wild dog pups.
By Malcolm | 02 February 2022
Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda
Africa offers so many wonderful safari experiences to visitors. One of the most unique and captivating is a trek to see the mountain gorillas.
01 September 2021
Luxury Gorilla Safaris in Africa
Want to know the best places to see gorillas on your African safari? Our safari experts are here with a guide to help you plan the ultimate gorilla safari holiday!
20 July 2021
Best five places to see the African wild dog on safari
The majority of people on their first or second safari will most likely centre their attention on ticking off the Big Five; however, we feel that sometimes nothing beats watching the Africa wild dog in action. Here's our top 5 places to see them:
By James S | 22 April 2021
Wildlife found in Kidepo Valley National Park
YZ expert Linda details the wildlife she encountered during her safari to Uganda’s Kidepo Valley National Park, from Big Five members to the land-dwelling patas monkey.
09 April 2021
The wildlife of Tanzania
Rich in national parks and game reserves, and including the brilliant beach destination of Zanzibar, Tanzania has so much to offer the nature lover, and when it comes to wildlife, the country is a real treasure trove!
07 April 2020
The Wildlife of South Africa
Boasting some of the best wildlife in all of Africa, South Africa is a favourite destination for first-time safaris. Here, we outline the mammals and birds you can expect to see on a South Africa safari:
03 April 2020
Africa’s Big Five and where to see them
A Big Five safari to Africa will include sightings of lion, buffalo, leopard, elephant, and rhino! Here’s our guide to where you can see Africa’s Big Five on a safari:
31 March 2020
The Mysterious Five Wildlife
After your first safari and witnessing the famous Big Five, we recommend focusing on some of the more interesting and elusive wildlife, such as the aardvark, aardwolf, porcupine, caracal and pangolin:
By Julian | 30 March 2020
The Marine Big Five
Once you’ve spent a few days scouring the bush for them in a safari vehicle, how about an alternative safari experience, searching for Africa’s Marine Big Five? This is: whales, dolphins, seals, sharks and penguins!
27 March 2020
The wildlife of Botswana
If you’re asking yourself, ‘What wildlife will I see in Botswana?’, then this is the guide for you. Here, we outline the mammals and birds that you can expect to see during a safari to this amazing destination.
26 March 2020
Best places to see rhinos in Africa
Below, we’ve selected our top places in Africa to see rhinos, from walking safaris in remote Zimbabwe to conservation excursions with the ‘Save the Rhino’ trackers in Namibia.
25 March 2020
The best places to see buffalo in Africa
Seeing buffalo on an African safari is probably the easiest of the Big Five members to spot. However, just because they are prevalent and move in large, obvious herds, doesn’t make them any less fascinating. Here’s our favourite places to spot them:
25 March 2020
Top places to see elephants in Africa
Here, you’ll find the YZ top 12 places to see elephants as well as our recommended safari camp or lodge. We reckon there’s something to suit all types of travellers here!
24 March 2020
The 5 best places to see leopard in Africa
The most elusive of the Big Five members, leopards can be tricky to spot. Here’s our guide to the best places to observe leopards, to increase your chances of encountering all the Big Five during your Africa safari.
23 March 2020
The best places to see lions in Africa
A member of the Big Five, for good reason is the lion considered King of Beasts! Here’s the YZ guide to the best places to see lions in the wild in Africa.
20 March 2020
The best places to spot whale sharks in Africa
Whale sharks can be seen all year round on the east coast of Africa, stretching from southern Mozambique all the way up to northern Kenya, and are often found just off shore from a number of little islands...
By James S | 03 February 2020
Meet Boswell, the elephant who stands on his hind legs
This blog was written by James H, an ex-safari specialist who was an invaluable member of our team for 4 years. Here, James writes about his trip to Mana Pools in which he witnessed the amazing moment when elephant Boswell stood up on his hind legs.
29 November 2019
The Cheetah Reintroduction Project in Namibia
The cheetah is arguably one of Africa’s most iconic species; however, they are also fast disappearing from their historical range across Africa and parts of the Middle East.
03 September 2019
What to Expect From a Birding Safari in Uganda and Rwanda
This blog was written by Sam, an ex-safari specialist who was an invaluable member of our team for 4 years. Here, Sam writes about his trip to Uganda and Rwanda to witness some of the area’s impressive birdlife.
09 May 2019
The Elusive Kenya Black Leopard
This blog was written by Jesse, an ex-safari specialist who was an invaluable member of our team for 3 years. Here, Jesse writes about how he missed spotting the Kenyan Black Leopard and explains the best chances to spot the rare animal in the wild.
03 May 2019
Nalango: Queen of Mara North
This blog was written by Jesse, an ex-safari specialist who was an invaluable member of our team for 3 years. Here, Jesse writes about his encounter with female leopard Nalango, when he was Head Trails Guide and camp manager at Offbeat Mara, Kenya.
17 April 2019
The Battle of Botswana
YZ expert Emma has just returned from an epic adventure to Botswana’s Okavango Delta, where she witnessed her very own ‘Battle of the Beasts’.
By Emma | 02 February 2019
Unusual Safari Wildlife in Zambia
Night drives provide access to an alternative world – the wildlife you don’t usually see during the day becomes abundant and opens up an entirely new experience on your safari, as Charlotte recently discovered on her trip to Zambia.
27 November 2018
The Gorilla Habituation Experience
With the gorilla habituation project in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park still at a mock stage, visitors can join researchers on this rare opportunity to get up close and personal with Uganda’s mountain gorillas for up to four hours.
01 May 2018
Some Like It Hot: How Animals Deal With the October Heat
With possibly one more month to go until the welcoming relief of the African rains, the question is, how do animals deal with the dry heat? Below, we highlight some of the sophisticated ways in which they cope:
By Shona | 12 October 2017
Big Five - A poem by Fliss Teague
The Big Five is five animals that make an ace safari show: their names are lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo!
By Julian | 17 May 2017