First place photograph by Tim Robson

Bush Tip No.1

Lions tend to hunt at night or in the cooler hours and rest up during the day. So… keep an eye on giraffe. If they are all looking in one direction there is a good chance they are looking at something that might prey on them — lions!


Licensed to Guide by Susie Cazenove

Jacana Press ISBN 1-77009-143-2

“Susie's book paints such a dramatic picture of both the African Landscapes and the amazing guides who walk us through it, that this book will inspire the armchair — and itinerant — traveler.”

Extracts from the book:

The Modern Guide

“It is surprising how many suburb safari guides there are, given the range of attributes a guide must possess. He must have a detailed knowledge of the habitats, all the animals and birds and their behaviour, but must also be an excellent host, organizer, mechanic, good shot, paramedic and mind reader. He must above all remain enthusiastic and alert all day long...”

“...Once I became involved in the safari travel business and traveled more extensively, I realized the impact of the safari guide on the visitors. Good guides make the experience exceptional, not just because they open your eyes to the wildlife around you, but because they have to come to terms with their own strengths and weaknesses. A mediocre guide cannot ruin the experience, because no one can take a way the beauty of the surroundings and the excitement of seeing the animals close-to in their own environment, but a good one raises the experience to another level.”

Nigel Perks

“It is hard to image the cataclysmic explosion that must have taken place to create the bowl beneath us, when standing at the rim of the crater on a perfectly cloudless morning. Nigel is explaining how the Serengeti was formed. We are in northern Tanzania at the edge of Ngorongoro Crater. The ash and dust created by its explosion was blown west on the prevailing wind, joining ash and dust from the earlier volcanoes and filing the valleys as far as the eye can see, preserving all that lay beneath it and creating a fertile paradise for the plains game that now feeds on it...”

“This part of the world is Nigel's passion. He is a large man with a quick, infectious laugh and a gold tooth that glints in the sun; a New Zealander with the heart of an African. He has the knack of making you feel that everything he sees is for the first time, creating a sense of discovery and wonder. He is such an excellent communicator that he sweeps up everyone in the drama of life and death on the Serengeti , both past and present.”