Anthony Ham

  • #InLoveWithAfrica: Mauritius, The Beguiling Island

    Luxury On A Budget By Anthony Ham, 6:00 pm

    AFKTravel recently launched a series called ‪#‎InLoveWithAfrica‬, which comprises a series of “love letters” to various African destinations, written by travel writers who are passionate about the continent. In this installment, Anthony Ham describes how he came to love Mauritius over time. “Mauritius is almost too perfect – the colour of its sea, the deep primary colours of this tropical paradise. This is an island of stories, a place where first impressions can mislead. And it was then that I fell in love.”

  • 11 Wildlife Finds In Tanzania’s Dazzling Ngorongoro Crater

    unesco sites ngorongoro By Anthony Ham, 9:14 am

    Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater is an ecological island whose wildlife populations differ from those that surround it, in subtle but significant ways. Surrounded by Maasai settlements and bomas all across the crater highlands and with steep walls that rise nearly half a kilometre from crater floor to rim, Ngorongoro is like a modern-day Noah’s Ark, cut off from the rest of Africa and preserving populations with characters all their own.

  • 12 Of The Best Places to See Rhinos in Kenya

    By Anthony Ham, 8:00 pm

    It is rare in these troubled times to hear good news about the rhino: poaching has returned and a creature that has been with us since the days of the dinosaurs seems in mortal peril. That danger is real, but the rhino is very much still among us, and Kenya remains one of the best places on the planet to see both the black and white rhino.

  • 10 Secret Corners of Botswana’s Kalahari

    By Anthony Ham, 9:46 am

    The Kalahari, the Land of Thirst, is one of Africa’s most epic places. This is the largest unbroken stretch of sand on the planet, and its arid veld, salt pans and fossilised river valleys cover Botswana as well as large swathes of Namibia and South Africa. Here are 10 corners of the Kalahari that prove there is far more life and diversity to the area than is normally associated with the word “desert.”

  • The Lions of Ngorongoro: A Remarkable Tale Of Survival

    By Anthony Ham, 6:00 pm

    The Ngorongoro Crater has long been considered one of the best places on earth to see lions. Lion numbers here have waxed and waned, from a high of around 125 in 1975, to around 55 in 2014. Four lion prides now rule over this natural amphitheatre, feasting on the bounty of Ngorongoro’s self-contained world, this manageable microcosm of the African wild. But these numbers conceal a darker story.

  • Paradise Almost Lost: Discovering The Wild Side Of Mauritius

    mauritius bird By Anthony Ham, 4:00 pm

    In the 1970s and 1980s, Mauritius was a sorry tale of disappearing wildlife and a land almost emptied of birdsong. In 1974, just four Mauritius kestrels survived in the wild. By the mid-1980s, there were only 12 pink pigeons and between eight and 12 echo parakeets. And then, just in time, it all turned around. There may have been no way back for the dodo, but a recent study concluded that Mauritius has brought more bird species back from the brink of extinction than any other country.

  • Self-Driving And Camping In Botswana

    Sundowner at Kingspool Luxury Safari Camp, Okanvango Delta, Maun, Botswana. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty. By Anthony Ham, 5:00 am

    On my first visit to Botswana, I flew to Johannesburg, picked up a 4WD camper and drove north to spend a month in the wilds of Botswana. The fact that I had never before done a self-driving camping safari proved to be a minor detail — and now I wouldn’t travel any other way. A luxury lodge the experience may not be, but there is a certain kind of magic to be found by cooking your meal out in the wilds

  • Here Kitty, Kitty: The Best Places To See Big Cats in Kenya

    By Anthony Ham, 9:32 am

    Kenya’s wild places rank among Africa’s best places to see lions, leopards and cheetahs. These are the carnivores that bring the savannah alive, the apex predators that bring fear and frisson to vast herds of prey wildlife and safari-goers alike, animating the East African plains by their mere presence. And if you know where to look, you may just see all three in a single day. Find out here where to see big cats in Kenya.