African Family Safaris in the Media

July 17, 2017
Almost Fearless – What Is the Best Age to Take Your Kids on Safari?

July 5, 2017
Channel 7, The Daily Edition

January 31, 2017
Channel 10, Studio 10

July 10, 2017
2UE The Daily Drive – Plan an African Gorilla Trek

November 30, 2016
2UE Family Matters – Detox from Technology

Episode 5
Ian Michler – On Canned Hunting and Making “Blood Lions”, Part 2

This is the second part of a conversation with Ian Michler. We talk about predator breeding, canned breeding, and the making of the movie, “Blood Lions”. Ian takes us behind the scenes of the making of the film. He shares some of the very hairy moments during the making of the movie. He also talks about the experience of Rick Swayze, the American hunter who features in the movie. If you’ve see the film you’ll know that Rick and the film crew go under cover on a lion hunting farm in South Africa. They are behind locked gates and very high fences with some extremely angry human beings, plenty of guns and ammunition, and lots of lions, when it all starts going very awry. Meanwhile, Ian and producer Pippa Hankinson are just outside the farm waiting for news. It’s a story that will definitely get the pulse racing.

We then finish up by talking about how Blood Lions is changing the landscape of canned hunting and what might happen to all the lions that are currently in captivity if canned hunting is banned.

Episode 4
Ian Michler – On Canned Hunting and Making “Blood Lions”, Part 1

Ian Michler is an ardent conservationist, widely renowned for his investigative journalism over the last 18 years that has helped expose the ‘Canned’ lion hunting industry in South Africa. He has also been heavily involved in the making of the movie ‘Blood Lions’ which was released in July 2015. This is the first of a special double episode, where Ian talks in detail about predator breeding and canned hunting, and his own personal experiences in working to uncover the truth of this sordid industry. It has meant many battles, and often putting himself into the ‘lions den’ – behind electrified fences and locked gates, where there are guns, lions and people who deal in brutality. It is an amazing conversation – I hope you enjoy it.

Episode 3
Kane Motswana – Okavango Bushman and Safari Guide

Kane Motswana is a Bushman from the Okavango Delta in northern Botswana. His family were nomadic hunter gatherers, and he was born under a tree. He is now one of the finest safari guides in Africa, with a completely unique perspective and approach.

In this conversation we start by chatting to Kane about his early days. he shares stories of hunting reedbuck and warthogs with his friends, and running 26kms through the bush to get to school – and how strange life was when he first made it to a big town. It is a life that resembles the movie ‘The God’s Must be Crazy’!

 

Episode 2
Grant Reed, Botswana – Safari guide, snake wrangler and hippo magnet

Grant Reed is something of a legend in northern Botswana. He and his brother Brent have established Letaka Safaris as one of Botswana’s premier mobile safari operations. They are also great with snakes. In this interview Grant shares his love of snakes, including the good times, and the times when they’ve made him squeal like a small girl. He also shares a couple of unusual encounters he has had with hippos – let’s just say he hasn’t been nicknamed ‘The Hippo Whisperer’. But he is an excellent guide, and incredibly passionate about Africa’s wild places and wild animals. He lives live to the full, which can occasionally get him into trouble. It makes for a remarkable conversation. I hope you enjoy it!

 

Episode 1
Map Ives on Botswana’s role in protecting Africa’s rhinos

Map Ives is one of Africa’s legendary safari characters. He is also the man in the hot seat when it comes to rhino conservation in Botswana. Throughout Africa rhinos are being shot and killed at an average of 3.5 a day, so the situation is beyond serious. Botswana’s role in global rhino conservation is growing by the day. Black and white rhinos from throughout southern Africa are being relocated to Botswana, effectively for safe keeping. Botswana also has the largest elephant population on the planet, so it seems inevitable that the criminal poaching syndicates will soon focus their attention on Botswana. How will this small country cope?

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