Tuesday, July 14, 2020

AFRICA

Unfair Game

Despite lions being listed as ‘vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, South Africa still permits the hunting and export of lion trophies, exporting 343 within a single year, of which 312 were from captive lion breeding facilities. Where is the roar of outrage?

Tau’s Pay Now Travel Later plan

As everyone deals with the challenges of COVID-19, the team at Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Reserve, is offering flexible travel vouchers amid additional measures to provide guests with peace of mind.

Pack leaders and pups

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Lapalala Wilderness Reserve and Tintswalo Lapalala, captured and relocated to Lapalala Wilderness Reserve in the Waterberg (Limpopo)a free-roaming pack of 10 wild dogs  

Madikwe Magic

Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Reserve brings many unforgettable moments. Whether it’s a giant eagle owl taking flight, hyenas pups romping around their den or wildebeest pronking alongside our vehicle, this really is a place to sit, stare, and wonder.

Developing conservation leaders

Jock Safari Lodge has partnered with the Wilderness Foundation Africa (WFA) to further conservation education and youth development within the Kruger National Park’s broader community.

Sir Percy FitzPatrick’s Jock

Mark Twain popped in, as did the touring British cricket side. Jail wasn’t quite as strict in those days. Prisoners were allowed an hour’s bicycle ride through Pretoria city in the afternoons with a police officer and two mounted constables in tow.

Bikers to rock in J-Bay

Bike Fest season gets underway in Jeffrey’s Bay on February 28 with some good rock and blues to accompany the heavy metal sounds of...

Kevin Leo Smith

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

Armoured Marvel

Pangolin
Eventually a snout appeared out of the undergrowth and the front feet. Uncertain, it rolled into a partial ball, looking like a giant artichoke, then finally, it crept out of the safety of the branches, scuttled across in front of us and was off!

Saving our rhino

Once a week, Tintswalo Safari Lodge collects 12 school children plus their teacher and drives them to the Manyeleti Game Reserve where they are treated to lunch and a game drive safari experience.

A place of wonder

On the late afternoon drive at Seriti River Lodge,we counted a pride of 21 lion at the Mjejajane Dam, looking relaxed, almost as if they wouldn’t stir if you walked among them.

Revving up for Bike Fest

Alongside the entertainment offered by the Bike Fest, visitors can visit the many agri-tourism initiatives for which Port Edward is renowned, such as Beaver Creek Coffee Estate, Villa Doré macadamia nut farm and banana plantation, Mattison Square, and Mac Banana.

On track with the bushmen

The Ju/'hoanis track and hunt with bow and poisoned arrow, and the fittest amongst them engage in persistence hunting – pursuing an animal until it drops from exhaustion. They have the extraordinary ability – passed down generations for tens of thousands of years – to track wildlife across almost any terrain, interpreting the animal behaviour as they go.

Fynbos Foot Safari

Expert trail guides will reveal the 11000-hectare reserve’s unique biodiversity, eco systems, Big Five, and multiple species of antelope in a fynbos-covered, malaria free landscape

Summer at Tau Game Lodge

Plants that flourish in summer after the spring rains burst with life, attracting migrating birds.Summer is therefore a magical time to visit five-star Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Reserve, where conservation is key.

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

Sharing Abelana

Conveniently located between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa, adjacent to the Greater Kruger's Balule Nature Reserve and neighbouring Selati Private Game Reserve, Abelana Game Reserve includes a 10km stretch of the semi-perennial Selati River.

Crash tests show up problems for kids

Being a child in South Africa has its problems and this extends to poor child safety for occupants of the latest cars crash tested...

O Bona Moremi Safari Lodge

A wild time here is guaranteed. As you unwind to the soft murmurs of a Khwai River tributary, flanked by floodplains and riverine forests; best viewed from the elevated deck of O Bona Moremi Safari Lodge’s dining and lounge facilities, a sense of reconnection with Botswana's wilderness will restore the most jaded soul

Game Without Frontiers

Safely ensconced in the open vehicle, we encountered rhino, hippo, and elephants aplenty, but just being in the bush, detached from the rest of squabbling South Africa, was enough to rejuvenate the soul.

Spotting the bull!

charging elephant bull
Myths peddled by animal rights lobbyists will destroy the wildlife they claim to protect, says Botswana-based wildlife conservationist Erik Verreynne. How about a solution-based focus rather?