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Knysna lagoon.

Gateway to the Tsitsikamma

It’s one of the jewels of South Africa’s Garden Route, offers a multitude of activities and attractions and is famous for its oysters… There’s no doubting Knysna’s list of accomplishments! Or its pulling power for both international and local visitors. For a start its location is unique, situated between coastal forests and a beautiful estuarine […]

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Marabou Eating Flying Termites

Who Said Marabou Storks Only Ate Carrion?

While this assumption is partly true (marabou storks are indeed frequent scavengers), the “ugly bird” also eats other things such as frogs, fish, smaller birds and insects (like these flying termites). Looks rather yummy, doesn’t it? Did You Know? With a wingspan of up to 4 m (2.5-3 m is the norm though), this impressive […]

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Perfect Honeymoon Camps

Africa is the perfect place for a romantic honeymoon. There is a great choice of accommodation options to choose from, here are a few of to consider: 1. Tongabezi Lodge. Tongabezi Lodge is an exclusive and romantic hideaway that is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River – just a few miles upstream from […]

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Standard Salary for an African Safari Guide?

I recently received an interesting email raising the following question: “the safari guides’ salary ranges anywhere from 10,000 tsh (Tanzanian Shillings) to 40 USD per day. Is there any ‘standard’ salary for safari guide drivers?” While I ain’t no expert in the domain, I did a little research and thought I’d have a go at […]

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Shamwari Conservation Experience

Latest Shamwari News… It has been a very busy week for the vets and nurses at the Animal Rehab Centre here at Shamwari Game Reserve, with lots of new arrivals checking in. A pack of 6 jackal pups arrived last week; they had lost their mother to hunters and are too young to fend for […]

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"Are you the Fugitive" Parade - Nelson Mandela Square, in Sandton

City Style – On Safari in SA’s Urban Jungle

When you plan your safari, you invariably find yourself having to spend one or two nights in South Africa on either end of it. Instead of spending those nights wishing time would go faster in a vacuum-packed-style airport hotel (spotlessly clean but largely characterless), why not add to the time you spend in South Africa’s […]

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The falls from the air - a helicopter flip is a must.

Victoria Falls – the Capital of Excitement

There have been few times in my life when sheer excitement has rendered me speechless. And even fewer when that excitement has caused my mouth to hang open in a zombie-like gawp. Indeed, there has only been one instance, thus far, when both things happened simultaneously in one stomach-churning moment of extreme amazement and incredulity… […]

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Rhino Awareness Day Fun

September 22 was World Rhino Awareness Day, a sadly necessary event that aims to bring attention to the suffering of rhinos as individuals and a species as a result of illegal hunting. Conservation groups in South Africa are working to inform government leaders about this ongoing problem and the need to be much tougher on […]

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“Hit by an Antelope While Mountain Biking”

Let’s set the scene right, shall we?! It’s another warm sunny day in the African savannah, and Evan van der Spuy, South African Mountain Bike Racer from Team Jeep, is taking part in the Time Freight MTB Express Mountain race just outside Pietermaritzburg. Behind him is fellow partner Travis Walker, not competing on the day, […]

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Robertson – a Place of Wine, Mountains and Endless Vistas

Mention the words “wine route” and “the Cape” and immediately the towns of Stellenbosch, Franschoek and Paarl come to mind, together with the big vineyards such as Boschendal, Nederburg and Neethlingshof. Which is all well and good if mainstream tourist attractions are what appeal to you. But if you love wine, scenery, great restaurants, quaint […]

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