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    I'm French, born (in 1985) and raised in Grenoble, Isere. I've always loved nature and wildlife and completely fell in love with Africa during a trip to Namibia in 1999. Since then, I walked towards my dream: working and living there!
    I am now conducting research in South Africa on carnivore behavioural and spatial ecology and their inter-specific interactions.

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      Time for new beginings
      Hello all,  2018 has been a very trying and difficult year for me and I was in much a hurry to see it end... But it turned out that December brought many good news and now 2019 is starting on a roll for me!! So first, the most importan...

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      Total lunar eclipse (21 Jan 2019)
      I was not in Africa for this eclipse but in my home town, Grenoble, France. And this was hell of a show that Mother Nature offered us! I didn't get nice shots of the 2 previous lunar eclipses I witnessed (in winter 2015 one in the Kala...

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      A bit of info about ShumbAfrica Safaris
      As some of you might know, I'm currently turning an idea into reality. I have been thinking for a while about organising customised trips for people to come visit Africa since I know the place quite well by now... And this is how Shum...

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      Driving along the Ugab River
      I finally made the time to edit the videos we shot during our drive along the Ugab river bed and our encounter with desert elephants there, happy watching!

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      Walvis Bay birdlife
      And to finish the trip, what is better then a few days in Walvis, enjoying amazing seafood and shore birds?? Swift tern (Thalasseus berg) diving in over resting greater flamingos (Phoenicopterus roseus) Common tern (Sterna hirundo) landin...

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      Namib-Naukluft NP, Swakop section
      The Namib-Naukluft NP is quite large and has several sections. The one in the North is called the Swakop section and is the one you cross when driving from Windhoek to Walvis Bay. To leave the main roads you need a permit as you do to be al...

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      Sesriem Canyon
      The canyon formed by the Sesriem river is quite impressive and not expected! It is located 5km from Sesriem rest camp and their are paths to walk all the way along the canyon at the top of the cliffs and then down the gorge. At the very tip...

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      Sosussvlei, Hidden Vlei
       I don't think there is a need to introduce Sosussvlei anymore. It is famous for the Dead Vlei littered with dead trees that grew back the the Tsauchab river still reached the Ocean. Now the dunes are in the cay, and the trees die...

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      Milky Way over Namtib
      Along the road between Aus and Sesriem, you should spend a night at the Namtib Biosphere Reserve. The campsite is nested in the mountains with a stunning view on the plains below and the Namib desert in the background.  No light pollut...

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      Kolmanskop ghost town
      Kolmanskop is a mining ghost town abandoned in the 60s situated about 10km before reaching Lüderitz. The desert sand is now reclaiming the buildings... Visits are only possible in the morning. It is a photographer's paradise and plan ...

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      Lüdertiz & Diaz Point
      Lüderitz is well known to be windy and it is not an understatement! The wind was really strong when we were there, but apparently it was just a normal day judging by what the locals told me!! The drive from Aus is stunning, crossing va...

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      Richtersveld NP, Kokerbloomklooof
      The campsite of Kokerbloomkloof is located in the mountains close to the Tatasberg mountain range. They are 2 view points on the way to camp, and they are both more than worth a visit as they offer breathtaking views on the surroundings. V...

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      Richtersveld NP, Orange River
      Ok so it was my first time in the Richtersveld and after having heard soooo much about it, I was very impatient to discover it for myself. And let me tell you, it is a truly amazing place! So the Richtersveld is the South African part of th...

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      Namaqua National Park, again...
      During the South African part of our journey, we spent a few days in the Namaqua. The place is so beautiful and  rough! We didn't see many people, but they were a few campers.  The weather was quite nice but it was definitely chil...

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      A second visit to Augrabies Falls NP
      Just a few pictures from my recent trip to Augrabies Falls NP in Sept 2018.  The Orange river was already low but the main fall was still quite cool.     We also took a drive in the park along the Lekkerwater loop. We d...

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      Time for a road trip!
      Hey guys! So here are some fresh news. I have been in France since early May doing some research consulting work. But now the call of the bush is way to strong and I'm heading back to Africa for a month long road trip! It'll start in SA whe...

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      Launching ShumbAfrica Safaris!!!
      I have been thinking about this for a while now... I know Africa quite well and I love organising road trips to discover new places. Why not organise totally customised tours for other people?? Well, it seemed like a good idea so I decided...

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      When the flood reached us...
      I don't think words can describe how it feels to watch the water creeps along the channels and fill the floodplains... We spent the whole day (13th of March 2018) watching its progress, followed by hundreds of egrets and herons feasting on ...

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      Wild dogs on a kill
      What a treat to see a pack if these stunning predators!

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      Lions of the delta
      A visit in the delta would not be complete without the lions, so here they are! Stout & Wetu Lentswe Wetu A small cat following a big one... Lentswe with an easy prey... Yummy! If a look could kill... Mating pair, Lentswe & ...

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      Delta life style
      The Okavango delta is a place steaming with wildlife no matter what season you visit. It is a truly magical place and getting to spend 3 months there and watch the flood come in was a  once in a lifetime experience... Juvenile carmine...

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      Mababe depression area
      At the north west of Maun lays the Mababe depression. The are used to be covered by   a lake a very long time ago, and due to its soil with a very high clay content, the area still fills up with a lot of water after the rains maki...

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      Back to France for a bit
      Hi everyone!! Sorry I have been so silent recently but I was so busy and with poor connection that it was not easy to update the blog. So for those who haven't been following (I grant you it's rather complicated to follow what I do...), I h...

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      Fish River Canyon
      The Fish River Canyon is the second biggest canyon in the world after the Grand canyon in the States. It is a truly amazing place to see and the main view point offers the most stunning view over the gorges. But take time to visit the other...

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      Desert horses in Aus
      Aus is well known for its herds of desert horses, often coming to drink at the Garub waterhole. You can see them just by driving on the main road en route to Luderitz. Yes, horses are there! Click on the picture to see it high res!  

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      Namtib Biosphere Reserve
      Namtib is just down the road from NamibRand to Aus. Accommodation is available at the lodge or at 4 campsites 2km away form the houses with a stunning view on the desert plains and a background oh large sand stone boulders. It is an ideal p...

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      NamibRand Nature Reserve
      NamibRand is bordering the Namib desert and regroups several farms from which ALL fences have been taken down. This allows the animals to move freely between the sand dunes of the Namib in the East and the mountains in the West. This is a t...

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      Solitaire
      From the Wilsonfontein fram, getting to Solitaire means crossing the Namib-Naukluft National Park and an amazing scenery! Solitaire is not even a village, but  you will find a petrol station, a basic shop and a renown bakery there, to ...

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      Wilsonfontein hunting farm
      If you are looking for an amazing and quiet place to stay en route between Walvis Bay/Swakop and Etosha, this place is for you! They offer a campsite without any commodities hidden in an old river bed surrounded by high cliffs and boulders....

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      Erongo Plateau Camp
      This is a small camp with only 4 camp sites, tucked into the mountains above Omaruru. Neatly kept and with a lovely view, I strongly recommend!  The view form the camp site (iPhone picture)   The campsite (iPhone picture) Big...

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