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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 and blogs. 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 covering science, anthropology and environmental stories. In 2013, he joined a team of researchers and Bayei on a 250km transect of the Okavango Delta on traditional mokoros. In 2016, he accompanied the Great Elephant Census team in Tanzania and broke the groundbreaking results on National Geographic News .

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The Wonder of Cold Water Swimming

Craig Foster is an amphibian. He spends more time in the kelp forests around Cape Town than most fur seals. Every day of his life, rain or shine—and today, the weather could not be worse—he enters the chill waters near his house on the Cape Peninsula to study and record the marine creatures along its…

Rare Dwarf Sperm Whale Arrives in Cape Town

The smallest of all the whale species—a dwarf sperm whale—made its way into Cape Town’s waterfront harbour this week. The almost never-seen diminutive whale is smaller than a dolphin, and not much bigger than a man, which is amazing when you consider that sperm whales reach 52 feet in length—about the size of a bus. Dwarf…

The Lost History of South Africa

The strange creature is half antelope and half bird. Painted in jet black, frozen in flight on the wall, the animal has the hind legs and tail of a buck, and the magnificent wings of a raven that spread out from its shoulders. Above the flying figure, a long scaly reptile with crocodile-like ridges stretches…

Safari Tourists Witness Dramatic Elephant Rescue

It’s not often that guests on a safari will participate in a mission to rescue a wounded elephant. But then again; this is Africa. It was early morning at Kenya’s Ol Donyo Lodge in the Chyulu Hills when two guests spotted an injured elephant Tusker wandering in the thick bush near their lodge room. He…

Why I Love Mornings in the Bush

I love to wake up in the bush to the chorus of a new day. My mind is clear from a night of rest and the morning bird song carries far in the fresh air. It’s like nature is broadcasting in Dolby Digital, and my senses feel almost superhuman. During a walking trail in the Luangwa Valley…

Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit Snares Ivory Dealers and over 300 Poachers

Anti-poaching teams in Victoria Falls have had a bumper year in the field, having captured three prominent ivory dealers and more than 300 poachers in 2015.  The Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit (VFAPU), founded by conservationist Charles Brightman and hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism’s flagship property Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, were responsible for the busts. The unit, which employs 17…

Impala Rescued from a Muddy Fate

It was a hot afternoon at a Ngala Private Game Reserve near the Kruger National Park in South Africa, when Alex Tanet and her partner, Victor, set off on an unforgettable game drive.  “Lee-Anne and Richard, our ranger and tracker, told us that an impala had been spotted stuck in the mud by a couple of…

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.