Thursday, August 13, 2020

Birding au Balcon

Wondering what to do during lockdown? Let's twitch again! Blaise Hopkinson on the pure joy that daily awaits the sharp-eyed and patient observers at our suburban South African aviaries

Celebrating Elephant Day

Shamwari Private Game Reserve and The Born Free Foundation will mark World Elephant Day virtually this year thanks to Covid19 and it's free to anyone who wants to watch

Home touring could make a comeback

With air travel for leisure purposes likely to constrained for a while yet, South Africans may well turn to visiting home-based sites for their holidays with trailers and caravans gaining a new-found popularity.

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.

Cape Vidal camping

Thanks to Covid19, South Africans need local affordable destinations to unwind with the family. Camping at Cape Vidal amid 70km of undisturbed beach ticks all the boxes

Fuel stations of the future

Sometimes change needs an external force (like Covid-19) to kick our collective rear ends into gear. Business unusual is the new normal. Let's take a look at fuel stations of the future

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  

Ziplining in the Drakensberg

From the rabbit hole, as the first platform was aptly named, I plunged like Alice into a wonderland of treetops, vines, dappled sunlight, waterfalls and rainbows. Dangling above it all like pantomime fairy, I waited for vertigo to strike

Calling Intrepid Anglers

Tintswalo Lapalala has introduced fly-fishing on a ‘catch, release and research’ basis within the pristine Waterberg Reserve. The Palala River teems with yellow fish, barbel, largemouth bass, red-breasted and blue tilapia to offer excellent nymph style fly-fishing.

Bleak road facing SA lodge owners

The coronavirus has left the tourism and the hospitality industry reeling as hotels, B&Bs, lodges and restaurants have closed their doors and sent staff home.

Tintswalo’s new walking safaris

Seeking a Big Five safari venue that offers guided walks? Tintswalo Lodges have stepped up to the plate for those seeking the great outdoors after lockdown

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.

Tintswalo’s staycation deals

In response to the international Corona Covid-19 travel restrictions, Tintswalo Lodges have introduced reduced rates for locals with as much as 50% discount for self-drive travel until 31 July 2020.

Wild cat oasis

Where can you relax with a spa experience, and get close to endangered cheetah at the same time? Emdoneni Lodge near Hluhluwe even throw in a cruise on the St Lucia estuary to spot the hippo

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.

Sliding off the tracks

Train to Simon's Town
As Prasa railroads passengers, is it worth paying more for Rovos Rail or the Blue Train? They, too, are subject to signal problems and endless delays. Will Prasa get back on track?

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...

Foraging and feasting

Seeking something special to do in Cape Town? A day foraging for wild food near Cape Point with the experiential Veld and Sea company, over-delivers in every way.

A matter of choice

The Humane Society International objects to the world’s biggest Hunt Convention in Nevada next week where Donald Trump Jr. will speak, but are they barking up the wrong tree?

Shosholoza Fail

Siobhan Cassidy’s 10-point guide to resisting the South African railway service’s best efforts to ruin what should be one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world.