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Marcus & Kate Westberg

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Marcus and Kate are dedicated to exploring and sharing the natural and cultural wonders of the world through writing and photography, and in doing so inspiring people to make conscious choices when travelling. We want to celebrate all that is good and beautiful in the world, to capture its beating heart, and to weave a tapestry of nature, humanity and connectedness. The world is a crazy place, full of joy, adventure, grief, wonder, anger, love and understanding. Understanding threats and challenges is essential to creating solutions, but we always try to find something positive to focus on. Much of our planet is under threat, but there are also countless people striving to make it a better place, and places of breathtaking beauty still abound. It is our desire to share some of the wonders we get to experience with the rest of the world.

Safari Lodges Support Schools in South Luangwa

Camping up a tree on the banks of the Luangwa River gave us some idea of what it’s like for Zambian villagers to live with wild animals. On the edge of the South Luangwa National Park, our tent was set up on a tree platform at Flatdogs Camp, where elephants passed below us on their…

Island Hopping by Traditional Dhow in Mozambique

Skimming across the ocean in a traditional dhow on our way to a desert island felt like living out a castaway fantasy. Dhows are a common sight on the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, where the seafaring vessels have been used for centuries to ship goods and slaves across the sea. These days, the…

Tracking Wild Dogs in Botswana’s Okavango Delta

Tracking rarely seen wild dogs on the run across the waterways and islands of Botswana’s Okavango Delta was almost impossible. These painted canines are swift hunters and despite our high-powered safari vehicle we had trouble keeping up with them. African wild dogs hunt with formidable speed in tightly coordinated packs that seem to think and…

Walking With Elephants

Walking in the footsteps of African elephant bull Jabu made us feel more closely connected to elephants than ever before. Working together with Sanctuary Retreats, Living With Elephants gave us the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend time with a trio of orphaned elephants in the Okavango Delta.

Eco-Tourism Supports Lakeside Communities in Mozambique

Crossing the Lake of Stars landed us on the pristine shores of Manda Wilderness, a tropical lakeside paradise in northern Mozambique.

Elephants Rely on Man-Made Waterholes in Hwange NP, Zimbabwe

During the dry winter months, thousands of elephants roam the vast Kalahari savannah in search of water. The largest of earth’s land animals have been known to walk hundreds of kilometres across the dry plains to quench their thirst at waterholes that are often few and far between. Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange…

Caring for Nicky, the Blind Baby Rhino

Nicky is just like any other baby rhino. He likes to play and is curious about the world around him. Only the world doesn’t look the same to this little black rhino because he was born blind. With his lack of vision, Nicky is particularly vulnerable and at risk from predators in the Lewa Wildlife…

“Amaizing Bags” by Zambia’s Tribal Textiles Turns Used Sacks Into Fashion

If you ask any Zambian what their favorite food is most will tell you that no meal is complete without nshima. Maize is the staple diet across the whole of Zambia and many ‘mealie meal’ bags are often left by the wayside. Now, a new ‘Amaizing bag’ project is recycling these iconic sacks into eco-friendly bags…

Saving Lions by Reducing Conflicts With Villagers

Text and photos by Kate and Marcus Westberg The killing and mutilation of a lioness by a group of morani, or Maasai warriors, as part of their initiation into manhood made conservationist Anne Kent Taylor more determined than ever to protect Kenya’s big cats. With a passion for animal welfare, Anne has dedicated a large…

Community-Based Conservation Saves Big Cats in Iconic African Park

Text and photos by Kate and Marcus Westberg The Masai Mara is a place of great beauty and drama where people and wildlife live side by side. While having a savannah full of wildlife on your doorstep seems amazing to us, living with lions is never easy. With the generous support of the National Geographic…