Conservation

hereElephant Hills Thailand

Elephant Hills Thailand

I was lucky enough to win a holiday to Elephant Hills, Thailand’s first Luxury Tented Jungle Camp – which comprises of two camps, the Elephant Camp, and the floating Rainforest Camp, both situated in the Khao Sok National Park in the Surat Thani province. We opted for the four-days and three-nights Rainforest Nature Safari at […]

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hereMhondoro Safari Lodge

Mhondoro Safari Lodge

I was at the luxurious 5-star Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa, in the 35,000-hectare Welgevonden Game Reserve in Limpopo, a mere 2h45-minute drive from Johannesburg. Its location within the magnificent Waterberg Mountain range ensures breath-taking scenery amid rock strewn mountains, pristine water courses and diverse vegetation. A deep roar filled the void between us and […]

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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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hereiSimangaliso Wetland Park & St Lucia – things to do

iSimangaliso Wetland Park & St Lucia – things to do

Central to the region is the little town of St Lucia which lies at the southern-most entrance to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage site that stretches all the way from Kosi Bay in the north, to beyond St Lucia in the south to include Maphelane Nature Reserve. iSimangaliso is high on the ‘must […]

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hereDubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR)

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR)

Dubai has come of age in the area of conservation. In a destination known for its mega-projects, a less well-known local fact is that the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve forms 5% of the emirate of Dubai. The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR) is the UAE’s first national park. Carefully planned rehabilitation over the years has […]

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hereVergelegen Beetle-busting research

Filed in Conservation, Environment, News, Research by on November 4, 2020
Vergelegen Beetle-busting research

Many of South Africa’s most beautiful and ancient trees and forests are in deadly danger of being destroyed by an invasive beetle. The good news, however, is that research at one of the country’s leading wine farms, Vergelegen, renowned for its agricultural and horticultural research since 1700, could help defeat this dreaded pest. The polyphagous […]

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hereEdge of Existence Wins top award

Edge of Existence Wins top award

South African conservation documentary, The Edge of Existence, by Black Bean Productions, has scooped a top award at the 10th annual Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (WCFF), which took place from 1 October to 8 November 2020. Out of 150 documentaries at the festival, The Edge of Existence – which took three years to film, with […]

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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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