Sometimes Africa goes east, on this occasion to India, and a tea-drinker at a market in the north-eastern town of Shillong. I was initially surprised to see only one tourist in my week in Assam state, but the further I travelled in, the more I accepted – and thrilled in – it’s remoteness. At the time security forces were fighting off separatists somewhere near the Burmese border. This is awesome travel…
Like a cheetah on a tree-stump, or an elephant in Knysna forest, I enjoy seeing wildlife out of it’s traditional or expected environment. I came across this Swainson’s francolin, which usually scuttles around in the grass, in the southern Kruger Park, not far from Malelane Gate. I was producing a TV investigative story about the pressures on an iconic #KrugerNationalPark surrounded by poverty….
Papkuilsfontein, in South Africa’s Northern Cape Province. On this 300 year-old Van Wyk family farm is arguably the best value accommodation and experience in the country. While bemoaning the ease with which farmers still shoot jackals, family patriarch Willem van Wyk states matter-of-factly while gazing over Oorlogskloof (‘battle gorge’) that it was probably his ancestors who shot the last bushmen…
About Angus Begg
Angus is serious about his craft. A CNN award-winning television producer, he was the first South African broadcast journalist to report from the chaos of Somalia in 1992.
He went on to cover the Rwandan genocide of '94 and South Africa's first democratic elections the same year, for which he was nominated for the national public service radio awards.
It was these episodes in Somalia and Rwanda that took him the roundabout route to the fields of travel and environment, in which he now writes, produces and photographs.