Travel to Pakistan (Photo Gallery

Travel to Pakistan (Photo Gallery

Karomber Lake, Pakistan, pakistan travel
Place : Karomber Lake, Northern Areas
Country : Pakistan
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Pakistan. Badshahi Masjid, pakistan travel
The famous Badshahi Mosque in Lahore, Pakistan. A beautiful example of Mughal
architecture. It was built by Emperor Aurangzeb in 1673.
Karachi. Pakistan, pakistan travel
Sunday textile market on the sidewalks of Karachi, Pakistan.
National Monument, pakistan travel
Recently inaugurated monument in Islamabad, Pakistan has been given the status
of National monument. After a competition among many renowned architects, Arif
Masood’s plan was selected for the design.
The blooming flower represents Pakistan while the four petals of the monument
represent the four provinces and the remaining three small petals (only two
visible here) represent the northern areas, Kashmir and the country’s tribal
areas. The star (center) and crescent (along the inner walls of petals)
represent the star and crescent on Pakistan’s flag.
The Monument has been designed to reflect the culture and civilization of the
country and also depicts the story of the Pakistan Movement, dedicated to
those who sacrificed themselves for future generations.
Swinje Valley, Pakistan, pakistan travel
Surrounded by huge mountains of Pamirs (called roof of the world), just near
Karomber Pass lies this extremely beautiful valley of Pakistan. This place is
uniwue for having natural onion grass and heavy grass carpets. In his
travelogue, Mustansar Hussain Tarar calls this valley to be the elder sisiter
of Deosai with nevere ending treeless meadows. This valley is like a gift of
Allah for those who have crossed the uncertain Chitti Boui Glacier. Dont get
disappointed on the very first sight. Its not the valley to be fallen in love
at first sight… but the beauty graph goes exponentially up and reaches its
extreme where this valley ends at Karomber Pass near Karomber lake. Another
good thing about this place is its still unexplored and safe from human
destructions. A must do trek for any mountains lover.
Mesmerizing sunset on Karomber Lake, Pakistan, pakistan travel
Karomber Lake, Pakistan
Thanks Allah…from Karachi to Karomber we are blessed with natures best!!
Pakistan, Multan
A local copppersmith displays his wares at the central market in Multan,
Pakistan.
Pakistan, Lahore, pakistan travel
Pakistan is known for its artistically painted and decorated traffic vehicles,
whether they are small autorickshaws, goods-hauling trucks, or buses used for
public transportation. The magnficent art, couple with faces peering from
windows, always provides a wonderful frame for photos begging to be taken.
(Lahore)
Sunset at GT Road 2, pakistan travel
Eventhough it is Winter, sunset is still colorful and bright in Pakistan.
Iqbal's Children, Pakistan, pakistan travel, pakistan photo
Iqbal’s Children-Pakistan

Insuring the Future of the Snow Leopard

Insuring the Future of the Snow Leopard
In the trackless wilds of the Himalaya, an ecologist is using insurance to save one of the world’s most threatened animals from extinction.

Shepherds in the Himalayan Mountains of Baltistan, in northern Pakistan, have long hated the snow leopard. Half the Balti economy comes from domesticated goats that are preyed upon by the snow leopard, largely because its traditional wild food – the ibex and markhor –have been hunted to near extinction. So local herders do not hesitate to kill the snow leopard, which is also threatened by the illegal trade in its highly-prized pelt.
Project Snow Leopard
Yale University researcher Shafqat Hussain, who originally trained as an economist, created Project Snow Leopard (PSL) in 1998 to save the snow leopard in Baltistan. This non-profit conservation programme combines ecotourism and low-cost insurance, protecting herders against attacks by the leopards on their livestock. The plan is helping local people realize that one cat alive in the surrounding bush is worth more to them than several killed for the fur trade. Hussain has been made an Associate Laureate in the Rolex Awards for Enterprise for his plan.

Hussain, who describes the snow leopard as ‘a marvel of nature’s perfection’, explains that, sitting at the top of the food chain, this animal plays a key role in maintaining the mountain ecosystem. Dr Ma Ming, of the Snow Leopard Trust in Xinjiang, China, calls it an ‘umbrella species’: protecting it ensures its habitat and many other local species are also preserved.

High Altitude
Wonderfully adapted for the extreme weather and rocky terrain, the snow leopard roams wild at altitudes up to 5,500 metres in the Himalayan peaks. Furry feet help it stay on top of the snow by acting as natural snowshoes. This rare creature hunts alone for wild and domesticated goats and other prey, which it pounces upon from up to 15 metres away. With a total population estimated at between 4,000 and 7,000 scattered across the Himalayas, including fewer than 150 in Baltistan, the snow leopard is listed as ‘endangered’ on the IUCN (the World Conservation Union) Red List of Threatened Animals.
This elusive relative of the tiger and more familiar African leopard is one of the least photographed, but most photogenic of big cats, with its metre-long tail and handsome dappled coat.

Snow Leopard Insurance
The insurance scheme set up by Hussain compensates villagers for every goat killed by the predators, which effectively deters the villagers from killing the offending cat or any other suspect. The annual premium paid is one per cent of the value of one goat, with each herder paying according to the number of goats he owns. This covers about half of all claims. The other half comes from Full Moon Night Trekking, the ecotourism agency Hussain founded, which advertises the snow leopard as its chief attraction.

Tourism To Help Save The Leopard
‘People who find pleasure in the idea of the snow leopard surviving in the wild should be willing to pay for this pleasure, and this payment helps offset the losses to farmers for having the cat around,’ he says. To succeed, both complementary programmes must be profitable, another reason for locals to protect the animal at the heart of the project. A key aspect of the scheme’s success is the fact that local people participate at every level. Village committees collect premiums, pay claims and act as the scheme’s financial watchdog. Villagers control the income from Full Moon, using surplus profits for community projects, like making wells for drinking water. Full Moon also employs two villagers as guides.
Until recently Project Snow Leopard covered a relatively small area of 170 square kilometres embracing the environs of the village of Skoyo, which has 260 inhabitants, and other nearby settlements. With support from his Rolex Award, Hussain is now extending his project to more Balti villages near Skoyo and K2, the world’s second highest mountain. He also hopes to attract more ecotourists, many of whom are staying away because of the 2005 earthquake and bad publicity about Pakistan in the wake of 9/11. Hussain points out that Baltistan is very much associated with adventure tourism, but he wants it to be known for ecotourism. ‘Things can change and other trekking companies now mention wildlife in their brochures because Full Moon started to do it,’ he says. ‘In Nepal (also home to snow leopards), they have about 200,000 visitors per year; here in Baltistan, we only have about 5,000.’

An Interview with Shafqat Hussain

  • Why is the snow leopard’s survival important in Pakistan?- As the top predator in the world’s highest mountains, the snow leopard is a marvel of natural perfection. Sitting atop the food chain, it plays a key role in maintaining the mountain ecosystem.
  • How will the recognition and funding from Rolex help your project?- First of all, the funds will help us expand the project into other areas where there is conflict between snow leopards and humans. Secondly, the Award will give our project legitimacy and credibility that will help us attract more money and tourists.
  • How have various government agencies reacted to your programmes?- Governments at all levels have appreciated our project, mainly because it addresses an issue that they should address, but can’t because of lack of funds. For example, the national government is encouraging other tour operating companies to follow our lead.
  • What about snow leopards in Tibet, India, China and other adjoining areas? - I am only one of many who are trying to make a difference. There are other very talented and dedicated people who are doing a wonderful job for the cat in their countries. We are constantly learning from one another. For example, insurance schemes along similar patterns to ours have started in India and Nepal.
  • How many of these animals do you think are left now? - I have no personal estimate, and there are no definitive data, but I guess there are between 300 and 400 in Pakistan, and some 4,000 to 7,000 around the world – that’s what the International Snow Leopard Trust reports.

African Lion » Panthera Leo » ‘Leeu’

African Lion » Panthera Leo » ‘Leeu’

African Lion » Panthera Leo » ‘Leeu’

Kalahari lion, Kgalagadi National Park
Kalahari lion drinking at a waterhole, Kgalagadi
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The magnificent African lion is the largest of Africa's big cats and is primarily active at night, sleeping away most of the day to escape the intense heat. If you're on safari then the best chance of spotting lions on the prowl and perhaps on the hunt is an early morning or evening game drive when they are active.

During the day they can also easily be seen loafing about under shade trees. Mostly ground dwelling, they sometimes climb trees to get away from marauding flies and catch the cool breezes.
Lions are highly social creatures that hunt cooperatively and form cohesive groups called prides, which is unusual for cats. The pride consists of two groups, one of four to 12 related females and their cubs, and a group of one to 6 males known as a coalition who mate with the adult females. The lionesses are the most close-knit and central part of the pride while the lions may be substituted every few years. Prides largely consist of about a dozen adults but are smaller in places like the Kalahari, and larger where prey is abundant. The pride may split up into smaller groups roaming freely for a few days or a couple of weeks. Where game is plentiful prides are fiercely territorial but if prey is scant then their pride lands are far too large to defend.
Lionesses and cubs, Kruger National Park
Lionesses and cubs, Kruger National Park
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Lions and lionesses announce occupation of their territory with strong smelling urine, faeces and lots of roaring. Audible for 10 km, the impressive roars of lions during the night is the quintessential sound of the African bushveld. If their prey source is migratory then they follow the roving herds and are less territorial. Should they encounter lion from other prides then interactions are hostile and wary but seldom end up in a fight. Lions that aren’t part of a pride are nomadic, roaming extensively, either singly or in pairs.

Lionesses are more agile and faster than males and do most of the hunting. Males are much bigger and defend the pride and territory, ranking first in line to feed and grab the “lion’s share” of the kill. Next to dine are the lionesses and lastly the cubs with much scuffling, hissing and cuffing. By contrast lions at rest are blissfully peaceful and sprawl all over each other with lots of affectionate nuzzling, purring and licking.
White Lion, Timbavati
White Lion, Timbavati
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Male lions weigh between 150-225 kg and females range from 120-150 kg with a lifespan between 10-14 years. Males reach maturity at 3 years and peak at 4-5 years when they are ready to take over a pride. From the age of 8 years a male may lose dominance and be ousted from the pride by a younger male. This gives him little time to procreate  - so he usually kills all the previous alpha male's cubs that are less two years old. This results in the lionesses becoming fertile and receptive.
Lion mating behaviour is legendary with a couple frequently copulating (up to forty times a day!) and over several days. Occasionally the female may mate with other males in the pride resulting in cubs of the same litter having different fathers. The lioness’s gestation is between 100-120 days, and a litter ranges between 1-6 cubs. Pride females usually coordinate their reproductive cycles and collaborate in the raising and suckling of the cubs. Lion cubs are weaned at 6 months. Their mortality rate is high with only 20% of cubs reaching the age of two years.
Lionesses and cubs, Kgalagadi National Park
Lionesses and cubs at a waterhole, Kgalagadi National Park
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South African Lion Subspecies:
South African lions usually belong to the subspecies Panthera leo krugeri - Kruger National Park lion. In parts of the Northern Cape, Namibia and Botswana, male lions have spectacular black manes, belonging to the subspecies Panthera leo verneyi - Kalahari lion.
Panthera leo melanochaitus, the black-maned Cape Lion, became extinct in 1860. The Cape Lion once roamed around Cape Town and the Cape Province, the last one to be seen in the Cape was shot in 1858.
White lions:
Rare 'white lions' are born almost pure white without the usual camouflaging spots seen in lion cubs. Their unusual colour is due to a recessive gene that reduces pigmentation. As cubs mature their white coats progressively darken to ivory or blonde. A white lion is less camouflaged than the regular lion and has a disadvantage when it comes to hunting.
  • SafariNow Travel Guide Status: Their population is diminishing and has been given vulnerable status on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
  • SafariNow Travel Guide When you’re most likely to spot lion: Lion are mostly nocturnal and start hunting from early evening when it cools down until early morning. They can often be seen lounging or snoozing under a shade tree during the heat of the day.
  • SafariNow Travel Guide Where lions roam: At one time they ranged widely in a variety of habitats from desert fringes to open savanna and woodlands. They now occur only in game reserves and National Parks in southern Africa.
  • SafariNow Travel Guide Reproduction: Lionesses usually have litters of up to six cubs and give birth under cover, keeping cubs hidden and returning to the pride when cubs are one or two months old and only if there are no cubs older than 3 months already present. Lion cubs suckle from different mothers and older cubs would prevent the younger cubs from suckling. Cubs stay with their mothers for at least two years.

LION CONSERVATION LINKS

Global White Lion Protection Trust The White Lion Trust's conservation ethos integrates science, culture, education and enterprise development to protect the rare endangered White Lion and to help alleviate poverty in surrounding rural communities.

African Animals Found in Kenya Lion

African Animals Found in Kenya Lion
Kenya Lion Maasai MaraAs the largest of Africa's big cats, the lion is highly regarded by man. Its massive size, majestic walk, power and hunting prowess make it very fascinating to watch.
It's no wonder that the lion draws so many people to Kenya. Lions are ferocious hunters, but are not normally dangerous to man unless they are wounded or cornered.
Unlike the other big cats, lions are social animals, living in prides of 20-30 members. Each pride may have one to three males. You are guaranteed to see Kenyan lions on a Kenya safari tour to the Masai Mara National Reserve.

Elephant

The African elephant is the world's largest land mammal. Due to its gigantic stature, the elephant has no predators apart from men who hunt it for its tusks. However, elephant hunting and ivory trade are prohibited in Kenya. Elephant in Kenya
Elephants have a sharp sense of smell and are highly intelligent. They are reputed to be the only animals that recognize one another, even after death. Kenya wildlife is scattered in various wildlife parks throughout the country. Amboseli National Park is home to the most elephants and, as such, is the best place to see them.
The elephants in Tsavo National Park have a distinct reddish-brown color that they obtain from the red volcanic soil in Tsavo. Elephants in other parks are grayish in color.

Buffalo

The buffalo is a huge, bad-tempered African animal that is almost black in color.
Kenya Buffalo. Their huge, up-curving horns with bases that meet across the forehead give buffalo a very dangerous look.
Buffalo live in herds of several hundred led by one dominant bull. Old, defeated buffalo bulls are the most dangerous. They either live alone or with other bulls and often lie in wait to ambush people.
To enjoy a view of the buffalo and other Kenya animals, go on an African safari tour to the Masai Mara. The Masai Mara is home to the largest buffalo herds.

Rhinoceros

There are two species of rhinoceros found in Kenya: white and black rhinos. Both are endangered species. African Safari Animal White Rhino The white rhino derives its name from the Dutch word Weid meaning broad.
White rhinos have a broad, wide mouth adapted for grazing. They often hang out in large groups.
The biggest white rhino population in Kenya is found in Lake Nakuru National Park. The black rhino has a pointed upper lip adapted for browsing. It feeds on dry bush and thorny scrub, especially acacia.
Black rhinos have a sharp sense of smell and hearing but very poor eyesight. They lead a solitary life and are the more dangerous of the two species. Masai Mara National Reserve has the largest population of black rhinos, along with many other Kenya animals.

Leopard

Dubbed the "Silent Hunter", the leopard is a very elusive animal with a gorgeous skin. African Safari animals - Leopard
It is nocturnal, hunting at night and spending its day resting in trees. The leopard lives a solitary life except during the mating season.
Leopards hunt on the ground but take their "kill" up into the trees, out of the reach of scavengers such as hyenas.

African Safaris

African Safaris
Blue wildebeest (gnu) on the African savannah - Best African Safaris, Africa safari wildlife park, safari vacation
Blue wildebeest on the African savannah
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Who has not heard of the great Scottish discoverer and missionary Dr. David Livingstone who, later in the 1800’s, explored the African interior for more then 30 years, unlocking its mysteries and secrets,...?

And of Sir Henry Morton Stanley, journalist and writer, who was sent by the newspaper “The herald” in 1869 to look for Dr. Livingstone when he was missing and presumed lost...?

Stanley found him in 1871 in a small village called Ujiji, on the east side of Lake Tanganyika.


Elephant wandering in the night - Best Africa Safaris, Africa safari wildlife park, safari vacation Elephant wandering in the night
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Africa Safaris,…Journeys into Africa.

African safari, a journey into mysterious, wild and yet romantic Africa. Nowadays these words prickle the imagination, associating with images of enormous herds of Elephants, buffalo, wildebeest (gnu) and zebra thundering across vast sweeping savannas, hunted by Lion, Leopard and hyena. Pure magic in the ever present glorious African sunshine, capturing the imagination.

Herd of running Giraffes - Best African Safaris, African safari wildlife park, safari vacation Herd of running Giraffes
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From the very first day you spend under African skies deep in the wilderness of our wild continent, you will fall in love with Africa forever. You will understand our passion for...

  • the lush waterways of the Okavango Delta in Botswana, also home to the mighty elephant herds of Chobe and Linyanti.
  • the searing Namib desert and Skeleton Coast of Namibia.
  • the wonderful African bushveld of the Kruger National Park and its game reserve neighbours Mala Mala, Sabie Sabie and Timbavati in South Africa, to name but a few.
  • the thunderous roar of the Victoria falls and the mighty Zambesi river bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  • the open savannah grasslands of the Serengeti and the Masai mara in Tanzania and Kenya.
These are the playgrounds of the great herds and predators of Africa, true African Safari country.


A typical "on safari" day,...

Usually it begins with an early morning wake up call and you start preparing for your first game drive of the day. A nice cup hot cup of coffee or tea with a light breakfast of toast or rusks will chase away the ast bit of sleepiness, making you feel great and ready for the day.

Two cheetahs watching a herd of zebra - Best Africa Safaris, Africa safari wildlife park, safari vacation
Two cheetahs watching a herd of zebra
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The best times for game viewing are early in the morning from just before daybreak onwards and from late afternoon until sunset. The late afternoon drive is often extended, turning it into a night drive.

You climb into the safari vehicle, often a group of about 5 to 8 people, excited and full of anticipation. The bushveld becomes quiet, with a kind of stillness hanging in the air just before dawn. Nocturnal life is settling down, its noise level subsiding, while daytime life is awakening with some early birds calling out to welcome the lightening up of the sky.

And off you are. A professional game ranger behind the steering wheel and an experienced tracker on his special seat up front above the bull bar. Between the two of them they will ensure that your wildlife encounter is exciting, informative and safe.

Herd of wildebeest (gnu) at daybreak - Best African Safaris, African safari wildlife park, safari vacation
Herd of wildebeest (gnu) at daybreak
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And then it is there. Sunrise over the African bushveld. Silhouettes of thorny acacia trees against a golden lightening sky, the upper edge of the sun peeking over the skyline in the distance. Fantastic, what a sight ! A picture !...and you are not just looking at it, you are in it. Yes indeed, sunrise over the African bushveld, an experience you will never forget.

All of a sudden the tracker hisses ssssht !!.... pointing ahead and somewhat to the left. And then you see him, appearing from behind a bush,…a massive male lion. Everybody is holding their breath,…the ranger keeps the engine idling and quietly shifts into gear, just in case…

Slowly the huge body saunters by the vehicle,…big mass of mane hair around its muscular neck,… stretching down its back. It walks like it owns the place, moving each massive paw slowly, deliberately, purposefully. Yes, it walks like a king,…truly the king of animals. One last look,…a slow swing of its tail,…and then it turns and disappears into the bush.

His Majesty, the king of animals - Best Africa Safaris, Africa safari wildlife park, safari vacation
His Majesty, the king of animals
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An early morning game drive can easily take up to three hours, depending on what you come across during the trip. By then you have taken in so much, that it is time to return to the camp ( or the Lodge ) and to a sumptuous and hearty breakfast.

Most animals take it easy during the heat of the day and are not active until the day cools down again in the afternoon. You can follow their example and spend the middle of the day relaxing at the pool side, or meet and visit with the African people at a local village.

From mid afternoon it starts all over again, with an afternoon drive which normally ends around sundown. Many parks and lodges offer game drives at night, giving you the opportunity to watch lion, leopard and hyena do what they do best and that is hunting for prey. Unbelievable experience.

Bushveld dinner in the boma - Best African Safaris, African safari wildlife park, safari vacation
Bushveld dinner in the boma
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At the end of the day, return to camp,…a fabulous hot shower,…an ice cold drink at the camp fire,…an outdoor Africa barbeque night and a bushveld dinner in the boma,…black night, stars blazing,…nocturnal wildlife sounds with the roaring of lion clearly distinguishable,…absolute total bliss.

An incredible experience.


African Safaris, choices and possibilities,…

The most popular destinations for an absolutely magical African Safari experience are Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda in the Eastern Africa region, and South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia in the Southern Africa region.

An African Safari can be taken in many ways, from low budget backpacking, self driving a 4x4 and organized lodge or tent based safaris, to a fly-in safari and a stay in a luxury private lodge where you will be pampered like a princess (or prince).

There are many types of Africa Safaris, like for instance honeymoon safaris, canoeing safaris, elephant back safaris, walking safaris and adventure safaris, to name but a few.

Whatever your choice, your journey into Africa will remain as one of life’s greatest adventures.

Lion and Lioness in the African bushveld - Best Africa Safaris, African safari wildlife park, safari vacation
Lion and lioness in the African bushveld
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