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Improving your landscape photography

Felix Reinders tells us how to take landscape photographs that are postcard-perfect.

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Natural Splendours of South Africa

Planning a holiday to South Africa? Find out all you need to know about the rainbow nation according to renowned photographer Gerald Cubitt.

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Injured tourist speaks well of South Africa

A touching letter about South Africa’s people from a Dutch tourist that was injured while kloofing at Drupkelders in Knysna.

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Secretarybird dies, leaving behind valuable conservation information

BLiNG, the famed secretarybird that was fitted with a GPS tracking device, has died but he leaves behind valuable conservation information for BirdLife South Africa.

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From South Africa to Botswana by cable car

There are many examples of interesting border crossings in the world but few can be as exciting as gliding between South Africa and Botswana across the legendary Limpopo River by cable car.

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Europeans opposed to canned hunting explore ways of banning trophies

Conservationist Ian Michler met European lawyers, politicians, NGOs and the media this month to discuss ways of introducing a ban on the importation of canned lion hunting trophies into Europe.

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New SA visa rules for children put on hold until June 2015

The implementation of South Africa’s new visa rules for children travelling to and within South Africa’s borders has been postponed until June 1, 2015.

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South African politicians weigh in on rhino poaching

As an indication of the severity of the rhino poaching scourge South Africa’s National Assembly held a debate on the subject titled: “Rhino poaching and its impact on our heritage”.

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Free access to South Africa’s National Parks

Locals can enjoy free access to South Africa’s National Parks from Monday, 8 September 2014 until Friday, 12 September 2014 as part of the annual South African National Parks Week.

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Why I love Kruger

Janine Mare explains why Kruger National Park holds a special place in her heart.

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Illegally imported sitatunga euthanised

An illegal shipment of eight sitatunga antelope which arrived in South Africa after a gruelling journey by road and air from the Prague Zoo via Frankfurt on Friday morning, 1 August 2014 have been humanely euthanised.

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Black-breasted snake eagle in the Kgalagadi

A black-breasted snake eagle is dive-bombed by a drongo in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

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Wild riders at the iSimangaliso four Day mountain bike challenge

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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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)

DoE says: “Canned lion hunting is legitimate”

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

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Call for trade embargo against Mozambique for failure to address poaching issues

Two international environmental organisations have called on the US government to implement trade sanctions against Mozambique for its official complicity in the ongoing rampant slaughter of elephants and rhinos.

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White-backed vultures mating in the Klaserie

Chloe, recalls her uniques experience: seeing the endangered white-backed vultures mating in Klaserie Private Nature Reserve.

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July is crane spotting month in the Western Cape

It is during the winter months that South Africa’s national bird, the blue crane (Anthropoides paradiseus), are most likely to be seen in flocks.

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Leopard catching duiker… and other wonders

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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Spekboom replaces superstition on Friday the 13th

The children of Narsing Straat Laerskool get their fingers dirty planting indigenous spekbooms at their school. Spekbooms being a hardy drought resistant plant that absorbs large amounts of carbon.

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Welgevonden: A quintessential safari experience

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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Tips for an ‘epic’ Southern African odyssey

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

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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New rules for children travelling to South Africa

From 01 October 2014 new immigration regulations will be implemented in South Africa relating to the entry requirements for children.

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The wilderness area of Imfolozi is totally offlimits to any development whatsoever, where nature remains untransformed by man, and where we resume our rightful place alongside all the other animals, as just one of millions of species which call this place home.

Africa’s oldest wilderness under threat from mining

The Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, home to a diverse range of wildlife is under threat from coal mining.

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Wild iMfolozi wilderness trail- the home of the wild

Scott Ramsay, along with fellow campers, explores the natural wonders along the iMfolozi wilderness trail in South Africa.

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1 ton of pangolin scales from South Africa seized in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Customs authorities have seized just over one ton of pangolin scales from a shipping container which arrived from South Africa.

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Proteas threatened by climate change

It is an uphill battle for South Africa’s national flowers as proteas face the threats of climate change.

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The trade in rhino horn: asset stripping on an apocalyptic scale

The South African government’s plan to legalise rhino horn sales will simply make life easier for the organised crime cartels that are exterminating the species explains Paula Kahumbu.

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A walk on the wildside

There’s an added dimension of excitement and anticipation when walking through the bush as opposed to embarking on the typical game drive.

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Why did South Africa skip a vital conference on illegal wildlife trade?

In London last week, international media scrambled to cover the high-level and much anticipated international conference on illegal wildlife trade. However, there was one notable absentee, namely South Africa.

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Rhino trade conference will see sparks fly!

On the 8th and 9th April, wildlife trade experts, field biologists, academics, tourism experts, conservationists and economists will gather in Pretoria to lay the issue of the trade in rhino horn before the South African people in the court of public opinion. The debate is likely to get pretty intense.

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9 common myths from pro-rhino horn trade advocates

Let’s take a look at the nine most common myths perpetuated by rhino horn trade advocates.

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100 rhino to be moved to Botswana for safekeeping

South African safari operators and conservation groups have said they plan to move up to 100 rhino to Botswana for safekeeping, as poaching levels spike to new highs.

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Botswana’s rhino sanctuary leading the fight against poachers

We go inside the Botswanan rhino sanctuary where not a single animal has been poached in 24 years.

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Rhinos: It’s time for Plan B

We do not get a second chance if we get the economics of rhino trading wrong; all the rhino in the wild will be gone. It is time for a Plan B.

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How South Africans are spending their December holidays

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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Botswana minister in lion trade scandal

Botswana’s Minister of Agriculture, Christian de Graaff, is under fire after he exported a large shipment of lions to a canned hunting outfit in South Africa last month.

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Six million steps

Six Million Steps is a journey of one man hiking the South African coastline. The adventure will take place over roughly 3000 km, effecting change one step at a time.

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Why some people buy rhino horn

A new consumer report finds that rhino horn consumers in Vietnam buy the illegal product as much to raise their social status as to attempt to treat a fever or hangover.

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Legalising the trade in rhino horn and a wilderness of greed

South Africa is pushing hard for the legalisation of trade in rhino horn. With more than 20 tonnes of stockpiled horn the country stands to make a fortune if the CITES ban on the trade is lifted.

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Think before you click

Wildlife photography has never been so popular, so here are some tips to keep you ahead of the rest of the pack.

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Melissa Bachman’s lion hunt – the latest

Melissa Bachman has sparked international outrage after posting a picture on social media, boasting publicly about killing a magnificent male lion in the Maroi Conservancy in South Africa.

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South Africa’s favourite beaches

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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50‌‌‌ | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 9

Here is the line-up for the 50‌‌‌ | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 9, on 21 October 2013. Learn about elephants in parking lots, electronic waste and monitor lizards.

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Fighting rhino poaching together

The South African Department of Environmental Affairs has launched an initiative that aims to get rid of illegitimate and ill-intended rhino anti-poaching operations.

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Great White Shark rams into cage

A 2.5m great white shark managed to ram straight through the viewing gap in a cage on a shark-cage diving trip in Gansbaai.  The cameraman Bryan Plummer had this to say about the incident, [quote]A shark totally ignores the bait and

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