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USA bans trophy imports of captive South African lions


The United States government has again tightened regulations regarding the importation into the USA of lion trophies, this time focusing on trophies from captive populations in South Africa.

Vote for your favourite travel brand and WIN with Cheapflights

Image by Arno Smit

WIN a trip to Mauritius by voting for your favourite South African travel brand in the inaugural Cheapflights South Africa Travel Awards.

Wildlife rights organisations demand answers for export of rhino calves to Vietnam


Minister Molewa refutes claims made by wildlife experts regarding the export of white rhino calves to Vietnam.

Woman killed by tiger at breeding centre in Free State

Image taken from the Laohu Valley Reserve's website.

A senior supervisor at Laohu Valley Reserve, a tiger breeding facility in South Africa, was killed by a tiger over the weekend.

Upington – your gateway to the Kalahari

©Janine Avery

Upington’s claim to fame is that it is the sunniest place on earth for three months of the year – find out more about this gateway to the Kalahari here.

CITES votes against strongest protection for elephants

©Zdenek Maly/Alamy

CITES meeting blocks proposal for ban on all trade of ivory from four southern African countries.

10 most beautiful hikes in South Africa


10 top hikes in South Africa, including a range of day and overnight hikes that can easily fit into any holiday itinerary or weekend.

Arrest and seizure of rhino horns welcomed ahead of historic wildlife conference

©Kelly Winkler

Minister of Environmental Affairs welcomes arrest and seizure of rhino horns as CITES Cop17 gets underway in Johannesburg.

20 hyenas, 3 lions and a rhino


A rhino makes sure a couple of lionesses don’t get too big for their boots!

All about the Kruger to Canyon Biosphere Region

Ballooning over Blyde River Canyon

Learn all about the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Region – a small area of South Africa with so much to offer.

What can we expect from South Africa at CoP17?


With a huge range of pressing issues to be addressed, find out what lies in store this year at the Conference of the Parties for CITES.

5 facts about the fynbos at Tokai Park


Some interesting facts about the Critically Endangered Cape Flats sand fynbos, which is being restored to a part of Table Mountain National Park.

A true rural experience with Shik Shack Tours


If you worry about dusty toes, or where to plug in your hair straightener, then this rural village experience is not for you.

Boy killed by lions at farm in Free State

Image taken from Otavi's website

12-year-old boy killed by lions at Otavi Game Lodge outside Parys in South Africa.

The story behind The Bush House


Find out the history of ‘The Bush House’ – your home away from home in Madikwe Game Reserve.

Lion & Safari Park offers cub petting again


Worrying images surface of lion cub petting at South Africa’s infamous Lion & Safari Park, after it had claimed that it would put a stop to these interactions.

Video: Lions steal a leopard’s kill in Kruger


A leopard makes a spectacular kill, which is then promptly stolen by a pride of lions!

Video: Crocodile snaps up an impala in Kruger


Oh snap!!! Watch this croc catch a tasty little meal in Kruger.

Photographing the Zulu Reed Dance

©Penny and Joe Houghton

A cultural morning spent watching the traditional Reed Dance festivities in KwaZulu Natal.

Elephant trampled a local resident in Kruger

©Mandy Goldberg

The body of a local resident is discovered in Kruger, with signs of having been trampled by an elephant.

A day trip to Pilanesberg


At just a couple of hours’ drive from Johannesburg, a day out in Pilanesberg proves to offer a wonderful break from the city.

Video: Impala vs. wild dog vs. hippo vs. crocodile at Kruger


A truly gripping video of what started out to be a regular wild dog hunt, but ended up as an action-packed turn of events!

Protecting Kruger’s wild dogs


Help Kruger National Park in South Africa protect one of the most important populations African wild dogs.

Bushmeat hunting alarmingly high in South Africa


A recent study shows levels of bushmeat hunting in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa are alarmingly high.

5 reasons to visit Bontebok National Park


Bontebok National Park, located just outside the town of Swellendam, is South Africa’s smallest park and is well worth a visit!

Photos emerge of malnourished lions on breeding farm


Photos of skeletal lions on a farm in Limpopo highlight how “these breeders have no ethical conservation intent.”

Exploring the magic of iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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Top tips to exploring the famous and diverse iSimangaliso Wetland Park in South Africa.

Video: Baby elephant has fun with its trunk


Watch a cute baby elephant getting to grips with its trunk by slashing at mopani bushes!

Kruger National Park forced to cull hippos


The Kruger National Park in South Africa has started culling hippos due to drought and its buffalo will be next.

South Africa’s moratorium on rhino horn trade reinstated

©Derek Keats

Ban on domestic rhino horn trade reinstated as Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, files application for leave to appeal to the Constitutional Court.

Arnold Schwarzenegger feeds lion in South Africa and gets charged by an elephant


Arnold Schwarzenegger shares experiences of wildlife in South Africa, including a controversial shot of him seen petting and playing with captive lions.

Appeal denied – South Africa can trade rhino horn within borders

A rhino with its horn hacked off by poachers in South Africa. ©Brent Stirton, Getty Reportage for World Wildlife Fund

South African rhino ranchers can legally trade in rhino horn as government appeal denied.

Facts about bottlenose dolphins


All you need to know about friendly bottlenose dolphins.

Wandering the Wild Coast: A place of mystery


Uncover the mystery of the Wild Coast in this amazing time-lapse video.

100MW solar project in the Northern Cape gets green light

The Bokpoort solar thermal plant in Upington, built by Sener and Acciona. ©Acciona

The construction of the Kathu Solar Park will soon begin and is expected to be operational in late 2018 with the goal of saving six million tonnes of CO2 over 20 years and promoting local economic development.

Swaziland accuses South Africa of backtracking on rhino horn trade proposal


Suspicion ignited as to South Africa’s intentions regarding the legalisation of the rhino horn trade.

Video: Hungry hyena finds a buffalo stuck in the mud


A buffalo gets eaten alive by a hyena in Kruger.

33 rescued lions bound for home in South Africa

After 18 months in ADI’s care, “Bumba and Junior and the rest of the Colombian Nine don’t realize their lives will transform on Saturday,” says ADI.

On Friday, 29th April 2016, 33 lions will be flown back to the African bush from South America, following a ban on using wildlife in circuses in Peru and Colombia.

IUCN urges EU to make informed decisions about trophy hunting

©Lord Mountbatten

A summary of the IUCN’s report on trophy hunting and the importing of hunting trophies to the European Union.

Video: Baby elephant tantrum


Watch this footage of a feisty baby elephant doing a funny dance before going for a dip!

Pilot project to protect rhinos announced

©Paul Hudson

Two companies will leverage technology to proactively intervene and stop people entering game reserves illegally.

South Africa backs down from proposing legal trade in rhino horn

A rhino that has since been killed by poachers at Zululand Rhino Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal

South Africa won’t bid to have global ban on trade in rhino horn lifted.

Video: Protective elephant chases wild dogs away from calf


A pack of wild dogs learn a valuable lesson: Don’t mess with an elephant mama!

Video: Brown hyenas fight in the Kalahari


Watch this video of wild brown hyenas fighting in the Kgalagadi Transfontier National Park in South Africa. The sound these animals make is unbelievable!

Future may not look too rosy for pink leopard


A specialist research project in the Lydenburg area reveals two strawberry coloured cats with brown spots – but what does the future hold for these pink leopards?

SA rhino horn trade proposal hidden in DEA Budget

©Michael Lorentz

The decision to submit a rhino horn trade proposal to CITES has been “hidden away” in the National Treasury budget for South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs.

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