Stuart Butler

  • Becoming A Safari Guide, Part 4: Lions Under The Bush

    safari guide By Stuart Butler, 7:00 pm

    Award-winning writer and photographer Stuart Butler always wondered how much work was involved in becoming a safari guide. He got his chance when the acclaimed safari and conservation group Asilia Africa let him be a “fly on the wall” at their wildlife guide training camp in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park from mid-March until mid-April 2016. Here is the fourth of his series of dispatches from the time he spent in the field, in which he tracks dangerous mammals, and has an encounter with a lion who tries to get inside his tent!

  • Becoming A Safari Guide, Part 3: Bush Tucker

    safari guide By Stuart Butler, 7:00 pm

    Award-winning writer and photographer Stuart Butler always wondered how much work was involved in becoming a safari guide. He got his chance when the acclaimed safari and conservation group Asilia Africa let him be a “fly on the wall” at their wildlife guide training camp in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park from mid-March until mid-April 2016. Here is the third of his series of dispatches from the time he spent in the field, in which he disappears into the kitchens of Asilia’s Olivers Camp to learn all about canapés, food hygiene and blending the perfect pina colada.

  • Eats And Drinks In Addis: Exploring The Food And Wine Scene In Ethiopia’s Capital

    food and wine scene in addis By Stuart Butler, 8:54 am

    Ethiopia has been producing home-grown wine for years, but it’s generally been of such a poor quality that locals have grown accustomed to drinking it mixed with Coca-Cola. The Rift Valley Winery, which produced its first harvest in 2015, is something a little different though. Owned by French brewery giant, Castel, the Rift Valley Winery has brought the latest wine-producing technology to northeast Africa and the results have so far been encouraging.

  • Becoming A Safari Guide, Part 2: Figs And Dung

    safari guide By Stuart Butler, 10:02 am

    Award-winning writer and photographer Stuart Butler always wondered how much work was involved in becoming a safari guide. He got his chance when the acclaimed safari and conservation group Asilia Africa let him be a “fly on the wall” at their wildlife guide training camp in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park from mid-March until mid-April 2016. Here is the second of his series of dispatches from the time he spent in the field, in which he gets lessons on the ecology of the savannah and the surprising creatures and plants that inhabit it.

  • Becoming A Safari Guide, Part 1: Pulling Helen’s Hair

    becoming a safari guide part 1 By Stuart Butler, 7:00 am

    Award-winning writer and photographer Stuart Butler always wondered how much work was involved in becoming a safari guide. He got his chance when the acclaimed safari and conservation group Asilia Africa let him be a “fly on the wall” at their wildlife guide training camp in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park from mid-March until mid-April 2016. Here is the first of his series of dispatches from the month he spent interviewing aspiring guides and training staff, learning how to track wildlife, and partaking in bush walk training, fly-camping experiences and night safaris.

  • Getting Up Close And Personal With The Elephants Of The Okavango

    elephants of the okavango By Stuart Butler, 7:00 pm

    Northern Botswana’s Okavango Delta is home to some of the greatest concentrations of wildlife left in Africa. Elephants are present in numbers seen nowhere else on the continent. There are an estimated 130,000 elephants in northern Botswana, which amounts to about a third of all the elephants in Africa. Take a look at this fantastic slideshow by Stuart Butler, a very talented photographer who recently spent several weeks in Botswana getting extremely close to elephants.

  • The Best Of The West: A Traveller’s Guide To Western Tanzania

    technology to save African chimps By Stuart Butler, 6:00 am

    For those who venture out to western Tanzania, the rewards are worth every dollar spent and every aching mile on a rickety bus and worn road. In the space of 10 days in the west you can watch some of Africa’s largest remaining buffalo herds kick up the dust on the way to waterholes clogged with hippos, commune with our closest cousins on an adrenaline pumping forest walk, swim through a rainbow of tropical fish, and see where Stanley spoke words that have become known the world over.

  • #InLoveWithAfrica: How Addis Ababa Cast Its Spell On Me

    By Stuart Butler, 6:30 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, Stuart Butler describes how he hated Addis Ababa when he first visited as a young man, but grew to love this manic, imperfect city — even adore it — over succeeding years.

  • A Travellers’ Guide to Western Kenya

    By Stuart Butler, 9:50 am

    Most visitors to Kenya spend a couple of weeks in parks such as Tsavo, Amboseli and the Masai Mara, which allow them to tick off a veritable Noah’s Ark worth of large mammals. But what it might not do is give much of a feel for the Kenya that most Kenyans live in. This is where western Kenya comes a-knocking. Wet, forested, fertile, farmed, green – very green – and muddy. This is a region of Wellington boots, smoky tea shops, hectic market towns and locals who welcome rare tourists with big grins and open arms.

  • Photo Essay: Walking With The Maasai

    stuart-butler-walking By Stuart Butler, 9:18 am

    Writer and photographer Stuart Butler recently walked across Maasai lands in Kenya with his Maasai companion, Josphat Mako. In addition to a series of articles he wrote for AFKTravel, Stuart took hundreds of stunning photos along the way. Here is a collection of some of these sublime photos which depict the Maasai people, their lands, costumes, and daily life in the various communities Stuart traveled through.