Tuesday, March 26, 2019

AFRICA

The Thunderbird Gang

Endangered birds need protection from human predators. The Mabula Ground Hornbill Project team and colleagues have hatched a plan, reports Caroline Hurry

Jumbo vote scramble

Neither culling, hunting, nor forceful blocking of migration routes is a permanent solution to Human Elephant Conflict (HEC), as they do not promote peaceful coexistence, argues Louise de Waal

Give Botswana a chance

Botswana's proposal to lift the hunting ban is a situation that Kevin Leo Smith, a director of the Safari Investment Advisory, describes as complicated and opaque

Kevin Leo Smith

Caroline Hurry chats to Kevin Leo Smith about how to run a successful safari operation in Africa, potential snares to avoid and his own preferences when it comes to spending time in the bush with his family

Hey, Makalali!

Among the marvels of Makalali’s River Lodge in the north-eastern lowveld are glimpses of nyala that graze on the banks of the dry river and  monkeys swinging from the branches of a sycamore fig tree.

River Safaris in Chobe

Carrie Hampton – aka Safari Tart – recalls her trip to Chobe and Zambezi safari lodges at the invitation of Brett McDonald and finds hundreds of bird species and ever-entertaining elephants

Columns

AIRLINES

BA and Cyclone Idai

British Airways will, from today give all money collected through its Flying Start charity to support those affected by the devastating cyclone in Mozambique
British Airways

Flying start for children

British Airways has teamed up with My 1st Years to entertain children in seven British Airways lounges at Heathrow and Gatwick with rides on mini aeroplanes, musical instruments and mini kitchens

First Class daydreams

First Class on British Airways is so much more my speed, muses Caroline Hurry

Flyer Beware!

The lack of customer care from African airlines and their inability to respond to passengers on social media, frankly beggars belief. As a specialist tour operator, Daryl Balfour flies to Kenya several times a year, and has 100 or more guests flying into the country over a season so he decided to give Kenya Airways a try as they had added new Dreamliner aircraft to their fleet. This is his experience

Sounds like good company

The perfect road trip involves three people and is accompanied by rock music, according to research by British Airways

Reviews

And the beet goes on …

You'll find Russian fusion food with a twist at Taste To Eat in St Petersburg, writes CAROLINE HURRY

Spa Fun in Badplaas

HELEN GRANGE reports on the massage, the phone, and the laundry basket at the resort in Badplaas

Swaziland Gifts

TAMARA OBERHOLSTER goes craft shopping in Swaziland

Heaven’s Acre

There is little to challenge the snow-blanket silence that makes Wilmington’s The Nutmeg Inn such a peaceful retreat for so many visitors to Vermont, writes COLIN WINDELL

Rooms with a view

COLIN WINDELL finds Pearls in Umhlanga, without having to dive

South Africa

Hang Ten in KZN

Eat, sleep, surf, repeat! Eat, sleep, surf, repeat!

Caving Inn

ROXANNE REID succumbs to the life of a troglodyte with a little luxury thrown in

SA Bike Fest 2019 !

Margate will again play host to hundreds of motorcyclists and friends with good food, great music and an awesome vibe at the South Coast Bike Fest 2019, writes Colin Windell

A tale of two wetlands

JIM FREEMAN twitches the days away in Elands Bay and Wilderness

Grape Escape

ADRIAN  RORVIK  has had some fine times at Val Du Charron Wine and Olive Estate

Islands

Reunion Rocks!

Sharon Gilbert-Rivett recalls finding black market wine, pastries and smoking lava flows on this French Indian Ocean island

Bali Daze