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Paul Steyn

www.paulsteyn.com/

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 River Bushmen 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.
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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

400 Poachers Snared in a Year: Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit on a Roll

Every year, thousands of travelers from all over the world visit the Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Zimbabwe and Zambia, to watch the waters of the Zambezi River thunder into the deep Batoka Gorge, and to appreciate the abundant wildlife that roam the areas around the Falls. But like anywhere in Africa,…

Terrified Baby Impala Becomes Young Cheetahs’ First Hunting Lesson

Professional guide and lodge owner Mikey Carr-Hartly was on safari in Kenya’s Masai Mara, when he witnessed a remarkable encounter between a cheetah family and a young impala. “We were in an area of the southern Mara called Majani ya Chai, not far from Sala’s Camp,” said Mikey. “It’s the ideal habitat for cheetah because…

For Orphaned Elephant Calf, Harrowing Rescue Ends in Hope

MASAI MARA, Kenya—One day last October, a mother elephant and her ten-month-old calf were seen playing together on the plains of the Maasai Mara National Reserve when a passing tourist photographed the tranquil scene. Twenty-four hours later, on October 22, the young calf was spotted again—this time standing over her mother’s poisoned carcass, seemingly reluctant…

Liberation for Samburu Women Begins with a Song

If a Samburu girl in northern Kenya marries before she has been ‘cut’ (circumcised), tradition dictates that her family must create a small opening in the fence around the village, and the disgraced girl is asked to leave through the hole. Once she is gone, the opening is patched up, and she is forgotten forever.…

In Africa, Tracker Dogs Join War Against Elephant Poachers

MANYARA RANCH, Tanzania—On October 14, tracker dogs led game scouts to a group of armed poachers who were on the run after shooting and killing a well-known old elephant bull just outside Tarangire National Park. This was the latest in a string of successes by Tanzania’s tracker dogs, which are proving to be an effective…

Lower Zambezi National Park Mining Project is ‘Fatally Flawed’, Says Report

ZAMBIA––A recent scathing report, investigating the proposed Kangaluwi Copper Mine project in the Lower Zambezi National Park, draws attention to a number of pressing issues that have not been addressed by the Australian prospecting company, Zambezi Resources Limited (ZLR), saying that the information provided by the company is in fact “fatally flawed.” Independent mining experts…