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Mike Unwin goes in search of the greater bushbaby Early evening in the bush. The first stars appear overhead as the last embers of sunset fade on the horizon. Above the crackle of your campfire comes the discreet chirrup of a scops owl. A perfect moment: serenity and reflection at the end of a bumpy, [...]

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  It’s early evening in a rural Swazi village. A brown bird cruises low overhead in buoyant, unhurried flight. At its sharp kek-kek call, an elderly gent looks up and tuts in disapproval. Thekwane is not welcome here. Birdwatchers might puzzle over how the hamerkop (Scopus umbretta) has earned such a bad rap. After all, [...]

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  Trot, trot, trot. Stop, sniff, spray. Trot, trot, trot… There’s no mistaking a foraging jackal. Restless and relentless, it jogs purposefully through the bush, its canine radar attuned to every rustle in the grass and scent on the breeze. There’s no time to waste: if a jackal wore a watch, it would constantly be [...]

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  Tan-tan-tara! It seems fitting that a trumpet fanfare should herald the arrival of this most regal-looking bird. To be honest, the trumpet sounds a little out of tune – more Scooby Doo than Miles Davis. But that deep, honking bugle nonetheless demands attention. And the stately flypast that follows is undeniably eye-catching: with outstretched [...]

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Phil Clisby is guided through the mysteries of Nyika’s natural remedies “You can use this to cure nosebleeds,” Whyte Mhone – our guide from Chelinda Lodge, high up on the Nyika Plateau – informs us, picking up a porcupine quill he has spotted lying abandoned on the track. “If you burn the end and sniff [...]

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  ‘Seriously?’ This – or similar – is the standard response when guides inform guests that a rock hyrax’s closest relative is the elephant. Are they even looking at the same animal?  Binoculars are raised for a closer scrutiny of the rotund, furry little creatures clustered atop the boulder. Elephants? Perhaps they’re bigger than they [...]

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Phil Clisby is drawn into Malawi’s football culture… I have a T-shirt from the 2010 World Cup, held in South Africa, that states: “Football is life”. For many people around the world this is certainly the case – and Africa is no exception. Africans are obsessed with the game. Not so much with their own [...]

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Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Phil Clisby breaks new ground. There’s something about travel that encourages me to try new activities – the sort I’d never contemplate having a crack at stuck at home. Having exhausted snorkelling and kayaking and general lazing about in the relaxed atmosphere of Kaya Mawa, on the picturesque Likoma Island in [...]

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