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Paul Steyn is a widely-published travel journalist from South Africa, and regular contributor to National Geographic News. Having guided throughout Africa for some years, he went on to edit a prominent travel magazine, and now focuses on writing, travel and photography.

He enjoys documenting scientific expeditions, and in 2013, joined a team of researchers and Bayei on a 250km transect of the Okavango Delta on traditional mokoros. In 2014, he accompanied Elephants Without Borders on the Botswana leg of the historic Great Elephant Census aerial survey.
Contact: paul@paulsteyn.com
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Lower Zambezi is World’s First Carbon Neutral National Park

As world leaders deliberate the best path to take towards a carbon free energy future, a remote national park on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia is leading the way in reducing its reliance on fossil fuels. The Lower Zambezi National Park has become the world’s first national park to achieve a carbon…

Dramatic Lion and Elephant Encounter on the Chobe River

It was mid morning in the Chobe National Park in northern Botswana, when John Landos, a safari-goer from the USA, spotted a herd of elephants crossing the Chobe River. What happened next was one of those sightings that you could never have predicted or even imagined. Here he recalls the events that unfolded: “One of the young…

Witness an Epic Clash Between Wild Dogs and Elephants

It was a late afternoon in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park when Sabine Featherby of Baines’ River Camp came across a rare pack of wild dogs that had just brought five pups out of their den site. “The last time I saw wild dogs in the Zambezi Valley was in 2006,” remembers Featherby, “so seeing…

A Secret Life

She moves in the comfort of the night, between the ancient spires of rock and stone, along the dark valleys that lead to the Cape of Storms. Nobody ever sees her, because we broke her trust long ago. Then, one evening, something triggers the camera trap. Out of the cold grey, a warm face appears. Curious,…

#FindBahati: Rangers Race to Locate a Snared Rhino Calf

A motion-detecting camera trap set up in the Tsavo National Park in Kenya has captured distressing images of a rhino calf with a deep snare wound round his neck, initiating a park-wide search for the injured animal this week.

First Female Quadriplegic to Summit Africa’s Highest Peak

21-year-old South African ‘ability activist’ Chaeli Mycroft has become the first female quadriplegic to reach the top of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. Chaeli and her team—the Chaeli Kili Climbers—reached the summit early Thursday morning after five days of gruelling ascent in a specialised wheelchair. “This is the day of days,” read a message from expedition leader…

The Value of a Vulture Restaurant

Vultures seem almost untouchable when you watch them circling on thermals high above the clouds. They have an air of ease and confidence when they glide, as if they are the rulers of the sky—the masters of their destiny. But for many of the vultures in Africa, their future is not looking so bright. In some countries, vultures…

Why I Love Freediving

Humanity was born from the ocean, we survived by the ocean, and we followed the shore to the furthest corners of the planet. A story about freediving and our ancient connection to the sea.

Life-size Ivory Elephant Sculpture Unveiled in Botswana

A towering elephant sculpture made entirely from ivory tusks will now greet arrivals at Gaborone’s international airport, in Botswana––a poignant symbol of the country’s commitment to protecting wild elephants. The 2.5-ton sculpture, constructed from the tusks of animals that died of natural causes, was unveiled today by the president of Botswana, Ian Khama, at Sir…

The Great Tuskers of Matusadona National Park

Matusadona National Park in northern Zimbabwe is one of the few places in Africa where great numbers of elephants still roam.  The 404 square-mile wilderness adjacent to Lake Kariba forms part of a remarkable Tusker gene pool that is linked to Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools and Hwange National Park. Bordering the Lake on the Zimbabwean side, the area takes…

Exploring the World’s Largest Freshwater Island

The rhythmic chanting of the men becomes louder as our campfire blazes to life.  It has been a beautiful, but tiring afternoon on horseback while exploring Manitoulin Island–a 1000 square mile patch of land on Lake Huron in northern Ontario–and now, after a long day in the saddle, I sit back, close my eyes and lose myself in…

A Termite’s-Eye-View of Elephants at Victoria Falls

Ten years ago, Charles Brightman, a professional safari guide from Victoria Falls, came up with the idea of constructing a unique hide right on the edge of the famous waterhole in front of Victoria Falls Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe.  Siduli Hide was designed to look like a termite mound, and after completion allowed onlookers to conceal themselves and…

Acrobatic Leopard Raids Eagle’s Nest in Samburu

While on a game drive in the Samburu National Reserve in north-central Kenya, we came across a leopard relaxing in the forked branches of a tree on the banks of the muddy Ewaso Nyiro River. She was fast asleep in the branches, and after some time photographing the lazy feline, we prepared to move on. But…

Zimbabwe’s Plan to Export Wild Elephants: The Full Audio Interviews

Over the last few months, there have been ongoing and alarming reports about a group of elephant calves held captive in enclosures in the Hwange National Park,  Zimbabwe’s flagship wilderness area. Inside sources, people on the ground in the park, have said that these animals were snatched from their wild herds, rounded up in a facility, and are now being readied…

Pictures: Hippo Struggles to Escape Ocean Surf

Residents of Ponta do Ouro in Mozambique were shocked to find a hippopotamus apparently struggling in the ocean surf in front of the beach town earlier this month. The giant mammal, which can weigh two or three tons, is certainly no stranger to water, living much of its life in Africa’s rivers and lakes. But while hippos have been known to stray into the sea in Gabon, it’s a very rare occurrence in southern Africa