Sunday, June 16, 2019

AFRICA

Safari Specials

Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park is offering a Winter Wellness package at R8 064 pps per night, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has introduced a Family Getaway Experience at Gondwana Family Lodge, while Tintswalo Lapalala in the Waterberg is offering a 50% discount for South Africans at their camp in the 44 500-hectare Lapalala Wilderness Reserve.

Tau Game Lodge Special

Tau Game Lodge in the Big Five Madikwe game reserve is offering a great special of R3500 pps, valid funtil the end of July 2019 with a minimum stay of two nights. It includes three meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner), two game drives a day plus game-drive drinks & snacks

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.

Botanical Bounty

Gondwana - Fynbos Conservation Experience
With the richest temperate flora in the world and a myriad of rare, critically endangered species, Gondwana Game Reserve has a new surprise activity to go with their special from May to August!

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?

The Thunderbird Gang

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

Contraception or culling?

That is the million dollar question as Botswana's proposals to lift a five-year hunting ban, and turn elephants into pet food, continues to ignite heated debate. Caroline Hurry reports

Wild About Mabula

From our balcony we have a view of the surrounding thicket, where vervet monkeys swing from trees. That night thunder and lightning reverberate round the hills and then the rains come like a blessing

Getting Dune in Nambia

The Namib-Naukluft National Park is Africa's largest game park and the world's fourth largest. Within the park –  40km east of Swakopmund – is an area known as the Moon Landscape due to the darker tones of this Damara Granite landscape formed some 460-500 million years ago.

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

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

Delta Force

SHARON GILBERT-RIVETT recalls her trip to Botswana to report on sustainable tourism

Loitering within tent

I switched off the engine and hauled out chairs and a table from a nook in the side of the camper. From parking to taking the first sip of a sundowner was about three minutes.That night we converted the back table and seats to a double bed, turned on the air conditioner and slept as comfortably as we did at home. We left the bed made up because there was another dining nook we could use.

Klaserie Safari

CAROLINE HURRY watches a hippo chase a herd of buffalo out of the water at nTambo Tree in the Kruger Park's Klaserie Reserve

Lion Eyes

There is a dark undertone to our enjoyment of these majestic tuskers ... as there was the previous evening when we skootched alongside a massively horned white rhino ... the growing threat of poachers.

Mhondoro Special

Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa in the Waterberg’s Welgevonden Game Reserve is offering a free night for every three nights booked between May and July, subject to availability.