From the classroom to Somkhanda Game Reserve

Alex Parr spent his boyhood in the English countryside, but had to adapt fast to the speed and noise of the urban jungle after enrolling as a biology student at the University of Roehampton in London.

But lately, putting his head down after another long day in the African sun, his ears have become attuned to some very different noises – the nocturnal growling of leopards and lions, or the sound of elephants snapping and munching the juicy branches just metres away from his flimsy canvas tent.

Here, in Somkhanda Game Reserve – a 12 000-hectare Big Five wildlife reserve in South

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