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hereBabanango Game Reserve, a conservation success story in the making

Babanango Game Reserve, a conservation success story in the making

I was at Zulu Rock Lodge in the Babanango Game Reserve (BGR), located in the heart of South Africa’s beautiful northern KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Its mountainside location ensured sweeping views across a dramatic wilderness, the grasslands and savanna punctuated with rocky outcrops and the White Umfolozi river in the distance. A chorus of birds proclaims the […]

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hereJock Safari Lodge Youth Development Programmes around Kruger National Park

Filed in Communities, Conservation, News by on September 24, 2020
Jock Safari Lodge Youth Development Programmes around Kruger National Park

Jock Safari Lodge has formed an official long term partnership with the Wilderness Foundation Africa (WFA) to further conservation education and youth development within the broader community of the Kruger National Park. Jock Safari Lodge was the first private concession granted within the Kruger National Park. It has a long-standing commitment to both sustainable and […]

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hereBabanango Game Reserve, the fulfilment of a dream

Babanango Game Reserve, the fulfilment of a dream

‘I love it when a plan comes together’ said Hannibal Smith of the A-Team, words that could just as well be uttered by Jeff van Staden, COO of African Habitat Conservancy (AHC). Especially when he looks around at what is becoming one of South Africa’s conservation and community success stories – the Babanango Game Reserve, […]

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hereWest Coast – wild, wonderful, quirky, quaint

West Coast – wild, wonderful, quirky, quaint

Three days would never be enough. I knew that I would only scratch the surface, but I still couldn’t resist the opportunity to explore this wonderfully wild, somewhat ancient and fabulously down-to-earth and quirky region known as the Cape West Coast. It’s an easy hour-or-so drive from Cape Town making it perfect for a day […]

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hereGhost Mountain – Zulu traditions and ghost stories

Ghost Mountain – Zulu traditions and ghost stories

The early morning mist swirled around the legendary Ghost Mountain, its silhouette reflected in the still water. Over the years flickering fires and strange lights have been seen, and weird noises had been heard. From early times the bodies of Shangaan Chiefs had been buried there, and still were… ‘It is a great and strange […]

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hereTartaruga Tranquility at Ponta Malongane

Tartaruga Tranquility at Ponta Malongane

I woke to the sound of bird calls and rustling of leaves. For a moment I wondered where I was, the bed so comfortable and the duvet so comforting – it was mid-winter and there was a slight chill in the air. The incessant call of a white-browed robin-chat finally roused me from my slumber. […]

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hereMaputo Special Reserve – Into the Wild

Maputo Special Reserve – Into the Wild

The Maputo Special Reserve is a place where wild elephants roam, where ocean giants frolic and where loggerhead turtles haul themselves onto the beach to lay their eggs. It’s also the place where, on a pristine stretch of beach, a barefoot luxury lodge lays nestled within the coastal forest… a place where community and conservation […]

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hereThanda Safari and why you never miss a game drive

Thanda Safari and why you never miss a game drive

I was at Thanda Safari and it was freezing.  And the wind had howled all night… despite this my wake-up call at 5:15 am had me up and waiting to be escorted to the dining area for coffee in no time. I was the only one braving the cold that morning – sometimes you’ve just […]

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here‘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 at Anvil Bay. 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 […]

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hereKosi Forest Lodge – Blessing’s story

Kosi Forest Lodge – Blessing’s story

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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