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Kalahari Dreaming at Tswalu

The Korannaberg are pretty impressive, as mountains go. And flying over them on the approach to a much anticipated exploration of the southern-most reaches of the Kalahari is quite simply breathtaking. As much as the landing on the tarred strip at Tswalu Kalahari reserve is welcome. The 90-minute flight from OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg […]

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Casa do Sol's two pools are perfect for family fun.

A Touch of Mpumalanga Magic

It’s 6am and I’m sitting in a small queue of assorted cars and bakkies at the Phabeni gate of the Kruger National Park waiting for South Africa’s flagship national park to open for business. In the back of my bakkie are two excited children, in the passenger seat an excited grandmother, binoculars at the ready […]

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Karin Saks and Margrit Harris

By Some She is Known Only As “Baboon Woman”

Probably Africa’s primates favorite wildlife conservationist for baboons and vervet monkeys. Karin Karin, also known across South Africa as “Baboon Woman” is a quiet, soft spoken, slightly built woman. Yet once she speaks about her beloved primates she stands twice as tall as her passion, knowledge and amazing understanding of these animals rocks you back […]

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Tanzania Safari Highlights

A Tanzania safari offers an opportunity to experience an authentic and exclusive East African safari. The country conjures up images of endless plains dotted with flat topped acacia trees and thousands of wildebeest and zebra – silhouetted by stunning mountain ranges like Kilimanjaro and clear blue skies. Tanzania also offers the greatest variety of scenery […]

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Sugar cane juice press

How to Make Sugarcane Juice – Zanzibar Special

Zanzibar is not only known for its pristine beaches and renowned spice tour, it also has a few delicacies worth trying out. Ever heard of the famous “Zanzibar pizza” for instance (dough filled with meat, vegetables, eggs or sweet ingredients)? It’s yummy delicious! Today’s post isn’t about “pizza” though, but it is also a specialty […]

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Ballooning over the Pilanesberg.

A South African Safari Secret Revealed

Tucked away behind a veil of dramatically beautiful mountains a mere two hours by road from South Africa’s bustling commercial capital of Johannesburg lies one of the Rainbow Nation’s best-kept safari secrets and one of my personal favourite game reserves – the Pilanesberg. Spawned by an ancient volcano which still sleeps beneath it some 1300 […]

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Do’s and Don’ts in a National Park

Do’s – Bring comfortable clothing and gear up for your outing in the bush. Don’t forget your insect repellent, a good torch, sunblock and a hat, a pair of binoculars, and your latest camera model! – Pay your entrance fee and keep your permit with you at all times. – Take as many pictures as […]

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What’s New at Shamwari Game Reserve?

With Spring in the air it’s been a busy time for staff and volunteers alike at Shamwari Game Reserve. Here’s what’s been going on: Animal Rehab Centre The vets and volunteers have had their hands full with a whole host of new creatures to look after. A Cape Spotted Eagle Owl with one injured wing, […]

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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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