Photo by Laurence Niolle
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With only in the region of 120 free roaming desert adapted lion remaining in Namibia, and the increase in incidents of human-animal conflict on the rise, Dr Philip Stander of Desert Lion Conservation, tracks and monitors these unique animals.
  Over the past few months conflict between the lions and farmers in the Kunene region of Namibia has reached a peak, with farmers' patience tried to the limit. With the drought lions stray into farming areas and cattle are in the core wildlife areas. Losing 10 cattle means ruin for a small farmer.
  Flip Stander and Garth Owen-Smith, of IRDNC, and are attempting to manage the lion emergency; liasing with communities, the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and tourism operators. Benefits from tourism to the area are long term and the predation of their animals immediate.
  Money is urgently needed for the erection of kraals and more collars, so that lions can be tracked in real-time and farmers alerted as to their position. Dr Stander relies solely on donations from the public and support from local tourism operators,these can be made by contacting  logistics@desertlion.info
  Dr Stander has devoted his life's work and resources to researching the desert adapted lions of Namibia, managing human-animal conflict in an environment of sustainable tourism. 
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Events over a period of 3 days at Little Somavundhla pan in Wilderness Safaris' Makololo Concession. Hwange, Zimbabwe. Can you figure out what happened here?
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Being averse to the 'staged' feel one sometimes gets with cultural experiences, I approached visiting a traditional healer in Makuleke Village with some ambivalence. What a delightful surprise!
With her pharmacy equivalent and open-air consultation area at her home, she went about her consultations without me feeling intrusive in any way. Referring to me as her colleague (not too sure how I feel about that), she met with her patients with a lot of chanting, throwing of bones, lion claws and various other artefacts, for lack of a better word.
She was the real deal and despite having being told we would be visiting, did nothing other than what she does every day. Psychosomatic stuff? Whatever. Western medicine works pretty much the same way, though without the lion claw. Still wondering where she got that!
As a morning activity from Pafuri Camp in Kruger National Park, I'd recommend this and next time I'll take her up on her offer to 'do' me. Perhaps.
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René MacDonald:

Great photos (and story) Olwen!

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A safari in the true sense of the word! Pafuri Walking Trail, one of Wilderness' best offerings, located close to their Pafuri Camp in the Makuleke Concession area of the Kruger National Park. Located between the Levuvhu and Limpopo Rivers, in a pristine and seldom visited area and bordering both Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
This video includes the elephants holding us captive in the canyon - just a couple of meters from them and some charging over the GoPros and actually toucging one of the cameras, changing the angle - resulting in underbelly shots!

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Theuns Duvenhage:

Very nice wish i could go again

Susan Proctor Hume:

This is the best footage I have seen of Ellie's. Wow!

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Herero woman
As colourful as her door and what a lovely, hospitable lady! Mondesa township, Swakopmund, Namiba.

Traditionally cattle-herding pastoralists, Herero dress was influenced by the Western culture of German missionaries in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 
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