Green Matters

Green Matters

Prestigious Wins

Decanter recognizes South Africa’s reputation as a world class wine producer & Chelsea Flower Show awards it a gold ... Read More

A Beacon That Welcomes

You've seen so many images of Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain - which IS a World Heritage Site with good ... Read More

Signs That You’ve Been To Africa

This smile-inducing list of ''Signs That You’ve Been to Africa'' got us wondering what your take home impression of Africa is? Please share it with us on our Facebook page ... Read More

Windows on Biodiversity

South Africa is home to nearly 10% of the world’s plant species ... hence its theme at this year’s Chelsea Flower Show in London, the most prestigious flower show in the world ... Read More

Ethical Photos?

Fed up with being treated like a human safari during township tours in Cape Town, some ''locals'' responded. See how the ''privileged'' reacted ... Read More
The Most Beautiful Places in Africa

The Most Beautiful Places in Africa

Africa has something for everyone. Landscapes as diverse as its animal kingdoms. See these images from bone-dry deserts to iconic urban skylines ... Read More

Only a ‘Small Window of Time’

Other than massive investment in Africa’s mines, China is also a big market for elephant tusks & rhino horn, which has driven poaching to alarming heights ... Read More

The Voice Of Our Planet

David Attenborough "probably has done more than any single individual to crystallize for the world why taking climate change seriously is a moral and an existential imperative" ... Read More

Spring is in the air

The Cape Town Flower Show showcases sustainability within urban living & celebrates the Cape’s floral bounty & beauty ... Read More
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A Legacy Project of Vast Proportions

The idea is simple and elegant: use green tourism to fight poverty. Compassionate capitalism, creating a socio-economic shift that will change realities forever ... Read More

P is for People, not Parking Bays

PARK(ing) Day is an annual, open-source global event to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into temporary public places, or 'parklets' ... Read More

Responsible “petting”

Do you want to pat/walk/feed a lion cub or ride an elephant? Look at the bigger picture ethically & see what happens to the animals long after you've left ... Read More

Find out about ‘Fynbos’

Take a spring-filled garden tour that showcases South Africa's unique floral abundance & travel around The Cape Peninsula with its staggering 2,285 flowering plants ... Read More

Shooting Stars in Africa

When on safari .. Look Up! There’s a good chance the stars will be brighter in Africa than they are wherever you’re from - & Look Down! for the 'Little Five ... Read More

Cape Floral Kingdom’s Gems

A secluded garden that's a little piece of paradise, a ‘window’ onto South Africa's fascinating biodiversity and gateway to the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve ... Read More

Crowing About Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the world’s top places in which to ''be & see'', but don't just take our word for it, see the accolades and awards the city has received ... Read More

Images That Inspire

''The future of wildlife is in our hands” is the theme of this year’s UN-sponsored World Wildlife Day. We need images that inspire us to care and act to save our planet ... Read More

Extreme Wanderlust

A new take on long distance travel - expressly for sex, where it's not the journey that matters, it's the destination! ... Read More

Reconnection to Nature’s Blueprint

Acclaimed sculptor Dylan Lewis' garden expresses the deep seated themes of his work, including the notion of an 'untamed wilderness' ... Read More

Beautiful Blue Beaches

Cape town is listed as one of only five places around the world to view penguins in their natural habitat ... Read More

The dawn of the “Anthropocene”

The indelible imprint left by human beings on Earth has become so clear that it justifies naming a new geological epoch after itself ... Read More

It’s Time To Care

In South Africa we urgently need to stamp out the cruelty around animal rearing industries once and for all ... Read More

Get involved … gift a tree

Think globally, Act locally. Gift a tree this Festive Season & give an everlasting gift to someone less fortunate in a barren and dusty settlement ... Read More

Crossing Oceans and Connecting People

''There are stories out there of solutions, hope, and leadership. Stories that can build a sustainable future, when we come together to protect what we love. That is what Hōkūle'a has always done'' ... Read More

Award Winners – Responsible Tourism

Shining a light on the best of the best, these awards aim to surprise & inspire tourists & the tourism industry by what it is possible globally ... Read More

Personal pleasure vs. Earth’s sixth extinction

Don Pinnock, in his latest article ‘Proof trophy hunters don’t save a single animal’ asks a series of tough questions ... Read More

Caught our eye – Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay is a quaint fishing village on the coast of False Bay, loved by both locals and visitors alike. This creative haven has plenty of great restaurants, coffee shops, galleries and an assortment of quirky shops from second-hand antique stores to unique local designer stores ... Read More

Cultivating the Future

its World Food Day. Let's consign hunger & malnutrition to the dustbin of history. And forge a society that protects the right to access of food ... Read More

Evolutionary Chicanery

How smelly seeds outsmart dung beetles! A deceptive piece of evolution and one of the best examples of biomimicry for seed dispersion anywhere in the world ... Read More

Flower Mecca

It’s springtime in South Africa and the Western Cape is spectacular beyond dreaming, with the flower mecca of Postberg in the West Coast National Park a mere hour's dive away ... Read More
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Blooming Beautiful

See why The Cape Floral Kingdom is the world’s richest natural garden. What‘s not to brag about our botanical treasure chest? It’s unique. And called ''fynbos'' ... Read More
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The World’s Richest Natural Garden

Cape Town's Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden voted tops by the International Garden Tourism Network (IGTN) in Toronto, Canada ... Read More
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The Most Beautiful Object in South Africa

A deserved recognition for Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden's popular treetop walkway, aka The Boomslang! This favourite experience for locals & tourists alike has just received this top vote from Design Indaba Expo 2015 ... Read More
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How Nepal got to zero poaching

What the world can learn from Nepal's achievement: zero poaching for 365 days - twice! And for Africa's sake, let's hope that the Asian appetite for rhino & elephant can be diminished ... Read More
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Hunters’ eviction of 40,000 Maasai

Tanzania to evict 40,000 Maasai pastoralists from their ancestral land so that the royal family of Dubai can hunt big game ... Read More
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”Make It New”

What a striking timeline of the Cape’s rich craft and design heritage - a must see exhibition currently on display at the V&A Waterfront's just-opened Watershed ... Read More
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“Cape Town is the best city in the world for …”

... blending urban culture with the great outdoors - the top of Table Mountain can feel as pristine as when the Dutch first pitched up in the early 17th century ... Read More

In Flower – and Blossoming

The Keiskamma Art Project is part of a wider thrust to rejuvenate and restore a landscape and a people fractured ... Read More
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We Need a Global Deal

Avaaz.org is a 38-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views & values of the world's people shape global decision-making ... Read More
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Planting The Seeds

Urban or city farms aren’t a new concept, globally. You can find them on rooftops in Bangkok, San Francisco and London ... Read More
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1,000th World Heritage Site

Botswana's Okavango Delta is Africa's last remaining wetland wilderness, a 3,000 square mile patchwork of floodplains, channels, lagoons & thousands upon thousands of islands ... Read More
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Kirstenbosch’s New Walkway

''Boomslang'' - the National Botanical Garden’s walkway, in all its architectural magnificence, looks like it's been part of the forest forever ... Read More
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Chelsea garden winners inspired by history

Congratulation to No Man’s Land, designed by Charlotte Rowe for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, with a Warhorse puppet & its handlers stealing the show on press day ... Read More
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Kirstenbosch: The Most Beautiful Garden in Africa

Kirstenbosch is a name that resonates around the world as the home of a uniquely rich flora in a setting ... Read More
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Celebrating Sustainability at Chelsea Flower Show

Kirstenbosch highlights SA's ecological infrastructure & shows the harmony between nature, architecture and biomimicry ... Read More
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From Bowling Green to Bowl of Greens

The Oranjezicht City Farm is a catalyst for relationship building, nutrition, health, treading lightly on the planet and seeing another way to be in the world ... Read More
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Topical Collaboration

The Keiskamma Kuru Exhibit at the 2013 Kirstenbosch Biennale is a botanical display based on the medicinal and traditional use of plants of southern Africa ... Read More
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Kirstenbosch Gardens’ Centenary Celebration

Kirstenbosch Gardens are a refuge for the Cape's Floral Kingdom & its diverse descendants who have shaped history from Stone Age man to Khoi herders & colonialists ... Read More
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Support Slow Food Projects

They are models of sustainable agriculture and assert everyone's right to good, clean and fair food ... Read More
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Centennial Celebrants

Milestone year for Kirstenbosch Garden, along with the Chelsea Flower Show, where it's just won its 33 gold medal ... Read More
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Actions. Speak. Louder.

ONE is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that is asking for your voice. Change starts with you. Join ONE. ... Read More
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Wondrous Interconnectedness

Follow the path of wild elephants who paid loving homage to their friend Lawrence Anthony - the ''Elephant Whisperer'' ... Read More
Boulders Beach near Cape Town in South Africa has a colony of African Penguins which settled there in 1982

Penguin Free Fall

It comes as a shock to learn that the African penguins at Boulders Beach face a daily battle for survival - and their numbers are in precipitous decline ... Read More
Garden and people

The Green and Gold

South African plant bounty goes global ... and endemic flora graces the world's medicine chests and grocery cupboards ... Read More
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Tracks of Giants – an Epic Expedition

''Tracks of Giants'' is a journey across southern Africa to raise awareness of conservation needs by following ancient elephant migration paths on a 5-month, west to east adventure through 6 countries ... Read More

Kirstenbosch’s Gold Winner at Chelsea

Cape Town's Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens' exhibit of some botanical & cultural landscapes which show South Africa’s unique flora ... Read More
Gateways - a Botanical Journey

Gateways – a Botanical Journey

Kirstenbosch's exhibit "Gateways - a botanical journey" at Chelsea's 2012 Flower Show, documents South Africa's unique flora & attractions ... Read More
Stand Up and Be Counted

Stand Up and Be Counted

Vote with you mouse & blow with your whistle ... Table Mountain needs your help to become an ultimate champion & South Africa needs a culture of whistle-blowing ... Read More
A Salute to a Courageous Visionary

A Salute to a Courageous Visionary

Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, an eco warrior & founder of the Green Belt Movement ... Read More
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Straight Scoops for World Leader

Singita Grumeti Reserves in Tanzania just ranked No.1 by Travel+Leisure ''World’s Best Awards 2011'' list of Top 100 Hotels ... Read More
Garden Glory & A Kirstenbosch Gold

Garden Glory & A Kirstenbosch Gold

South Africa's exhibit at this year's Chelsea Flower Show was 'Botanical Landscapes' ... Read More
The Biodiversity Garden - What's not to love?

The Biodiversity Garden – What’s not to love?

Celebrates all that is unique about the Cape, its flora, and the interconnectedness of life ... Read More
A Call to Arms

A Call to Arms

There may be gas beneath our ground in the Karoo. But are we prepared to destroy our environment for 5 to 10 years worth of fossil fuel and further damage our climate? ... Read More
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Wave a Magic Wand! Immortalise Someone

Immortalise your beloved (or your self) via an innovative project to save something only just discovered, yet on the brink of extinction? Something unique ... endangered ... wild ... rare .... beautiful! ... Read More
The Telegraph's 50 Best Hotels in the World

The Telegraph’s 50 Best Hotels in the World

Looking for somewhere inspirational to stay? Two Cape hotels have just been picked by Telegraph travel writers as their all-time favourites in The Telegraph's 50 Best Hotels in the World: Grootbos, outside Hermanus and La Residence in Franschhoek ... Read More
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A Riotous Flaunting of Indigenous Flora

A Riotous Flaunting of Indigenous Flora

''In Bloom'' is an exhibition celebrating indigenous flowers in paint, print, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewellery and flora. It's a riotous flaunting or in Dylan Thomas' words ''the force that through the green fuse drives the flower''. Conceived and curated by Margie Murgatroyd of Africa Nova, it's at the Casa Labia, Muizenberg. ... Read More