Entries by Illona Cross

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Chad: Zakouma’s Safari Chariots

On a dusty morning on 13th April 2006, a heavily armoured convoy of Toyota Land Cruisers, converged on N’Djamena, the capital of Chad. These war chariots of the Third World, were top heavy with truck-mounted rocket launchers and determined Nubian men, their faces covered with turbans. They billowed dust behind them as they sped towards […]

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Rhino Notching in South Africa – Steppes Travel

The White Rhino Conservation Project is committed to notching and inserting microchips into Greater Kruger National Park’s 130-strong White Rhino population. Experience first hand conservation work in the company of the chief vet and rangers from Klaserie Nature Reserve as they locate a rhino and proceed to notch and microchip it. Below is copy of […]

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Discover South Africa

I was born in South Africa and have travelled around the country from an early age. Before joining Steppes Travel in 2000 I qualified as a safari guide and worked in various lodges. I have since returned to South Africa with my young children; it never to ceases to amaze me. I believe, as many others do, […]

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Take care of my children!

‘’Take care of my children!’’ This was the first thing I thought and consequently exclaimed as I watched my seven and nine year old walk hand in trunk away from me with a group of powerful adult elephants. This sort of parental helplessness is not that new to me, it had happened when I first […]

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South Africa – Then and Now

Today I sat next to Sibosisu. He is forty years old, just like me, he is South African by birth, just like me but he is black and I am white. He was my guide around Johannesburg, the city I once called home. We sat, side by side in the Apartheid Museum, watching a short […]

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A Client’s Experience of Ethiopia

Mr Carter recently travelled to Ethiopia and kindly gave us this insight into his experiences there… “Where do I start, hopefully this gives you an idea of how much we enjoyed the experience. We have visited Africa a number of times but this holiday was a lot different in that it focused on culture and […]

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Distractions

Today was a busy day, those who work here in the bush often refer to it “being another day in the office”. Like my daily schedule today was fraught with distractions. There was the elephant bull I almost walked into after finding fresh tracks on the road, the thrill of hearing an elephant “domestic” from […]

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Whatever you do, do not run

“Look at me and I will tell you exactly what to do”! These words went through my mind but just didn’t seem to stick. Courtney and Jason were reciting the rules. I am partial to rules, but I was distracted by a lilac breasted roller as it posed provocatively in a “look but can’t photograph” […]

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The difference a day makes

Yesterday…a rhino died in one of the northern parks of South Africa, a tranquilliser was used and it was de-horned before it died. The horrific fate that stares every rhino in the face today is that the demand of its horn has increased dramatically. It is now target number one. Poachers want to sell its […]

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Memories of Mozambique

I am not usually a patron of small African curio shops but I have to say that the coffee shop come curio bookstore in the internal terminal of Dar Es Salaam airport serves some of the best coffee and sells a grand selection of books that you just wouldn’t find in your local Waterstone’s. It […]