Archive | South Africa

Wild riders at the iSimangaliso four Day mountain bike challenge

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Get off the beaten track on your mountain bike and experience the treasures of South Africa first world heritage site at the iSimangaliso MTB 4 Day

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Kariega Game Reserve photographic safari

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Guests comment on a successful photographic expedition to Kariega Game Reserve

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The upside of being a bottom feeder

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Jackie explains the reason for coprophagy, the consumption of feces, in Pilansberg hippos behaviour.

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Rhino poacher sentenced to 77 years in prison

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KwaZulu Natal rhino poacher gets 77 years in prison after killing three rhino carves

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WATCH: a live cheetah birth

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A rare and wonderful opportunity to watch a live cheetah birth at Hoedpspruit Endangered Species Centre, South Africa

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Fun and games with jackals, doves and sandgrouse

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Turns out watering-holes in the Kgalagadi are a great place to grab food on the wing if you’re a black-backed jackal

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DoE says: “Canned lion hunting is legitimate”

People during the global march against canned lion hunting on March 15, 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Campaign Against Canned Hunting (CACH) hosted the event s part of their campaign to see an end to the legalised hunting of wild lions in South Africa. Thousands of participants gathered in cities across the country to raise awareness against the practice. (Photo by Gallo Images / Foto24 / Mary-ann Palmer)

The status of South African wild lions goes up for debate.

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Sanparks employee kills hippo

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SANParks employee hits a hippo in the Kruger National Park as he rushes to see his sick mother.

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A photographic competition of ‘elephantine’ proportions

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In order to create awareness about World Elephant Day on the 12th of August Africa Geographic has set up a photographic competition with excellent prizes to be won. May the best Elephant photograph win!

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Giving life to Cape vultures

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Maggie explains how the endangered Cape vultures are hatched at VulPro.

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Close encounters with a puff adder

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Carolynne Higgins tells us about puff adders in Klaserie Private Game reserve – from a strike rate faster than that of a camera shutter to the hypnotic patterns of their scales.

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Leopard catching duiker… and other wonders

Our first view of the leopard...hows that camouflage?!

Scott proves that iSimangaliso Wetland Park lives up to its name: “place of wonders” in isiZulu. South Africa’s first world heritage site does not disappoint for those armed with a camera and a zoom lens.

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Welgevonden: A quintessential safari experience

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Michael Schwartz reminisces about the splendid sights of Welgevonden Game Reserve in South Africa, on his first ever African Safari. Although, one of the smaller African parks it still left a huge impression.

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The boer and the fossil fish – a tribute to Peter Timm

A beautiful specimen of coelacanth...being filmed with elaborate lighting. At these depths, there is very little sunlight penetrating the water and bright torches and lights are critical. Unsurprisingly, coelacanths have big eyes that are adapted to seeing in the dark.

Scott Ramsay writes about his experience with the charismatic Peter Timm, the legendary deep sea diver and his life with coelecanths in Sodwana Bay; who has recently passed away.

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Tips for an ‘epic’ Southern African odyssey

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Some excellent travel advise: Christopher Clark tells us what to do, what to bring and what to expect on an overland safari in Southern Africa.

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Further into paradise

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Scott Ramsay adventures take him to iSimangaliso Wetland Park on the east coast of South Africa, where he indulges in the underwater treasures of the ocean at Rocktail bay.

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Madikwe Game Reserve’s iconic African wild dog

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Jaci’s Lodge, famous for its wild dog sightings, tells us about the success of these social hunters in Madikwe Game Reserve.

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Reconsider South Africa

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The new video for South African Tourism will take you on a wonderful, unexpected journey.

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Technology driving Cape Town’s recent self-catering boom

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The latest trend in the global travel industry, self-catering accommodation, is taking Cape Town by storm following a recent surge in the adoption of technology across the sector.

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Why Fracking in the Karoo will never happen

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Gas might be the solution to Eskom’s ailing coal based power supply, but it won’t be be extracted from Karoo shale.

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Cape Town’s heavenly motorcycling roads

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To many people Cape Town is about sandy beaches, majestic mountains and valleys of wine. To Anton Crone it’s about tarmac.

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CapeNature uses dogs to detect endangered tortoises

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CapeNature, together with local conservation partners, have implemented a conservation detection dog project to help conserve the critically endangered geometric tortoise.

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Cape Town’s heavenly motorcycling roads

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To many people Cape Town is about sandy beaches, majestic mountains and valleys of wine. To Anton Crone it’s about tarmac.

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Sign up and Race4Rhinos – make a difference

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Race4Rhino has secured 250 places for the 2014 Argus Cycle Tour. Over 200 eager cyclists have already registered so far and we expect a full house so please register soon to avoid disappointment. Beginners welcome.

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How South Africans are spending their December holidays

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Here’s where South Africans are going, how they’re going to travel to get there, their top accommodation choices and how much money it’s going to cost them to travel these December holidays.

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50 | 50 30th Anniversary Season: Episode 16

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Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50‌‌‌ | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 16, on 9 December 2013. Find out more about Southern Africa’s looming elephant poaching crisis and join the team as they question the future of Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve – one of the last pockets of unspoiled biodiversity in the Johannesburg area.

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South Africa’s latest and largest rock art discovery

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Follow our travel expert, Christian Boix, as he goes on a guided walk in the remote and forgotten Upper Tsitsana Valley in Southern Drakensberg to see South Africa’s latest and largest rock art discovery.

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Mad about monkeys

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This photographer stops for a moment to spend some quality time with an adorable troop of monkeys.

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Preserving the biodiversity of Agulhas National Park

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Scott Ramsay spends a few day in Agulhas National Park, and while in the area, spends some time with local farmers to learn about the conservation efforts going on in the region.

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How do South African’s like to travel?

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An independent survey of 1 000 South Africans was conducted by Avios Group Limited, uncovering some interesting stats into the travel habits of South Africans.

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Why I love my job in the Kalahari

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The Kalahari is a wilderness known for extreme temperatures and wonderful wildlife, this guide shares with us why he loves his job in this exquisite part of he world….

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South Africa’s favourite beaches

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Recently the international Blue Flag jury announced the list of 2013/2014 Blue Flag beaches and 41 of South Africa’s sandy havens were awarded with the sought after status.

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Bontebok National Park

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Scott Ramsay visits Bontebok National Park near Swellendam in the Western Cape; the smallest national park in the country and the saviour of the Bontebok antelope, endemic to the region.

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Peninsula of paradise

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Scott Ramsay is as close to heaven as he can get at the Robberg Nature Reserve near Plettenberg Bay.

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Whisky Creek canoe trail

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Scott Ramsay heads to the town of Plettenberg Bay and discovers the Whiskey Creek canoe trail in the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve.

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Things to do in Hluhluwe

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There is one place that is close to this bloggers heart – the minuscule town of Hluhluwe, tucked away in the heart of Zululand, Kwazulu Natal. Find out four things that you can do in the Hluhluwe area….

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Leopard catches impala in mid-air

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Photoblog and video of a leopard kill caught in Mala Mala, South Africa by Martha van Rensburg. Here a leopard leaps into air and catches an impala.

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A baby monkey born in the suburbs

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This lucky blogger comes across a vervet monkey with a newborn baby in the leafy suburbs of Durban, South Africa.

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10 great things to do and see on the West Coast

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Right now is one of the best times of the year to explore South Africa’s West Coast. Reason? Spring in this part of the world comes in dramatic and very colourful fashion with the annual explosion of wildflowers that carpet

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Monkey paws at Durban's muthi market

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Need a monkey paw? I know where to go. I wanted to see if Durban’s muthi (medicine) market was brimming with as many monkey paws, snake skins and owl carcasses as I had heard. Annually the South African traditional muthi trade

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Wildlife photography tips from Chad Wright

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Firstly, your equipment is good enough despite what you think or have been told! I’ve seen some amazing images taken with an entry level DSLR and kit lens (regardless of the make). Even the most expensive equipment isn’t going to get you

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South Africa's 5 Strangest Species

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Written by: Amelia du Plessis South Africa’s diversity is not only evident in the many people, languages, cultures and customs that make up this Rainbow Nation. The fauna and flora is equally varied and exciting. Some of our animal species can

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A Cheetah and her Cubs out for the Kill

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Written by: Kevin Bartlett After a few great days in Kruger, I had to leave, reluctantly, but chose the slower route of the S114 from Skukuza to Malelane gate, hoping for one last sighting. Just after the Biyamiti Weir, with

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Hidden Gems: 3 Lesser-Known Affordable Parks of Southern Africa

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Everybody has heard of the great Southern African game parks like Kruger in South Africa, Etosha in Namibia, and Chobe in Botswana. These have become the main destination for wildlife lovers and Africa-hungry tourists. But what about the small parks? Have you

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Rhinos Galore in Pilanesberg National Park

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A mere 18 hour drive from Cape Town through the empty and seemingly endless heart of the Karoo and beyond and we finally saw the green, rolling hills of Pilanesberg National Park ahead of us, with a welcoming committee of

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Top 10 most romantic destinations in Africa

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I am a hopeless romantic at heart. It’s a symptom I inherited at birth when my mother decided to deliver me to this world on Valentines Day. Ever since then my birthday has become sidelined for love. Why not a

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