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Paul Steyn

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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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Birding Among the Skyscrapers at Mai Po Nature Reserve

With over 7 million people living in the space of 1000 square miles, one would think there’s not a whole lot of space left in Hong Kong for wildlife. And yet, the afternoon I arrived at the Mai Po Nature Reserve, about an hour northwest of the concrete morass of Hong Kong island, all I…

The Time I Helped a Sloth to Cross the Road

This story is part of Paul Steyn’s #aroundtheworldin30days journey.  During his stay in Manzanillo, Paul was hosted by Korrigan Lodge. Follow him as he travels the globe with Ramsar and Star Alliance, in quest to appreciate water and wetlands on our changing planet. More about the trip here.    It was my first day on…

Ancient Inca Technology Could Save Sacred Lake Titicaca

“Now we are pilgrims,” joked Will Niceto, my guide, as we joined a cobbled island path that led to the crumbling Inca temple perched on the edge of Lake Titicaca. Beyond the ruin, the still lake gleamed silver under the snowcaps of the towering Andes mountains. “There is a strong energy here,” said Will, a…

Around the World in 30 Days: The Wonder of Water

Today I begin a journey around the Earth in quest of our planet’s water.

How Does the Great Wildebeest Migration Work?

  The original version of this story was published on the Timbuktu Travel website.   What makes a million wildebeest get up and move at once? What is the sense that triggers them to muster the energy to begin a 1000-kilometre trek—to somehow know that it’s the right thing to do? It’s mid March in the northern…

How Was the Okavango Delta Formed?

The formation of the Okavango Delta is stranger than fiction.

The Wonder of Cold Water Swimming

A version of this story was originally published in Sawubona magazine.   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…

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…