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‘Our Dream’ for Anvil Bay Chemucane

‘Our Dream’ for Anvil Bay Chemucane

Mine are the only footsteps to be seen along this stretch of beach. The sun warms my bare shoulders and my toes revel in the softness of the fine white sand. The words, ‘I dream of Africa’ fill my mind – words uttered by Italian writer Kuki Gallman, and immortalised in the movie ‘I dreamed […]

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Kosi Forest Lodge

Kosi Forest Lodge

Kosi Forest Lodge, situated near the upper lakes of the Kosi Lake system in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, is set within a beautiful sand forest on the banks of Lake Shengeza.  In the heat of the day the shade of the huge Zulu podberry tree (Dialium schlechteri) is most welcome, as is the refreshing drink […]

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Thonga Beach Lodge

Thonga Beach Lodge

When thinking of having a dream, Brett and Paige Gehren come to mind… they dreamed of sharing their passion for protecting the pristine and precious natural wonders of Africa. Through their fierce commitment to conservation and a deep desire to make a difference, Isibindi Africa Lodges was born. We recently had the opportunity of experiencing two […]

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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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