Perhaps the most intriguing thing about SA’s most expensive land claim is that it should have never gone ahead at all.

With conservation sitting uneasily alongside redress in SA, attempts to ensure restitution for communities evicted from their land under apartheid – government-owned and private – have met with mixed success.

A pithy primer.

South Africa has no shortage of problems facing its astonishingly rich biodiversity, from climate change and habitat encroachment to pollution and poaching. Skills and knowledge are required to meet these challenges, and helping to address the shortage of both is the Skukuza Science Leadership Initiative (SSLI), a state-of-the art science facility in the Kruger National Park’s administrative hub.

An exhilarating aerial safari in Zambia’s Kafue National Park.

Two weeks of physical labour left me with far more than just dirt under my fingernails.

A year of rewarding reading.