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Life and Art at Madi a Thavha

Life and Art at Madi a Thavha

In one of the many hidden valleys of the Soutpansberg in central Limpopo, you’ll find Fair Trade Tourism certified Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge. A place where life and art, mirror people and place, where village life and rich culture blend to create a hip and happening rural style… and where guests are invited to […]

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Isandlwana… a story of heartache and hope

Isandlwana… a story of heartache and hope

It was a chilly evening as the day gave way to night. The blanket helped, as did a glass of sherry… but the enormity of that fateful day in 1879 sent shivers down my spine. Especially as we were standing atop the iNyoni hill, the very spot where tens of thousands of Zulu warriors had […]

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iSimangaliso developing to conserve through restitution and growth

Filed in Communities, Conservation, News, Uncategorized by on May 31, 2017
iSimangaliso developing to conserve through restitution and growth

In 2000, when the iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed and proclaimed as South Africa’s first world heritage site, the region in which it is located was marked by a declining tourism economy. The proclamation of iSimangaliso consolidated 16 separate parcels of land, including a patchwork of earlier proclamations dating back to 1895. This marked the […]

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Voluntourism – the issues…

Voluntourism – the issues…

The tourism industry, both locally and internationally, received the news of Paul Mediema’s unexpected passing with much sadness – this passionate man who stood for so much taken too soon. Written below are his thoughts and words… as an industry let us continue to ‘do’ tourism, and volunteering specifically, in a manner that he would […]

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Pafuri Camp – an amazing story of positivity

Pafuri Camp – an amazing story of positivity

Pafuri Camp – It’s not every day you get to witness a creature’s first steps. The baby zebra is just a few minutes old when we come across it. Still half-covered in its amniotic sac and bewildered as its mother nervously fends off over-inquisitive buffalo.  Eventually she settles enough to remove the remainder of the […]

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Road tripping… the #GreatCapeEscape, part 2

Road tripping… the #GreatCapeEscape, part 2

Leaving the vineyards and orchards of the Elgin Valley we continue our journey up the coast towards pretty town of Gansbaai – home to shark cage diving, seasonal whale watching and sublime sunsets over the bay.  There was to be no shark cage diving or whale watching this time around, but I did have the […]

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Kwandwe… a sense of place

Kwandwe… a sense of place

We could see for miles. Rolling hills, vegetated and green… just how it used to be.  This was the Kwandwe I had heard so much about, its conservation and community success stories, and its history and culture. From the early San inhabitants, whose rock art reveals the once abundant wildlife, to the Frontier Wars (1779-1878) […]

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Dining in the Arabian desert

Dining in the Arabian desert

No visit to Dubai would be complete without spending some time in the desert. We had the privilege of experiencing the desert with Platinum Heritage, a safari company committed to responsible tourism and operating with an ethos of conservation, environmental awareness and community upliftment.  This desert safari was unlike most others… no convoys of vehicles, […]

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My time with the Ju/’hoan San People

Filed in Community, Destination Africa, Namibia by on August 19, 2015
My time with the Ju/’hoan San People

Turning off the main road between Grootfontein and Rundu, at a road sign that indicates Tsumkwe 220 km, I was feeling rather sceptical.  We were heading for an area just west of KhaudumNational Park in the remote north-eastern part of Namibia. The assurance was an authentic cultural interaction with the Ju/’hoan San people. Unfortunately, my […]

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The people of Prana

The people of Prana

A province rich in diversity, the Eastern Cape is a captivating part of South Africa that is not only renowned for its scenic beauty but also for its culture and history, especially because it is celebrated as Nelson Mandela’s birthplace. Following in the footsteps of kindness that Madiba left, Prana Lodge Private Beach Estate and Spa owners, Tim and Gail Davidson, place a strong emphasis on community upliftment and the restoration […]

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