Safari & Wildlife Matters

Safari & Wildlife Matters

Hope For Us Humans

Hope For Us Humans

David Marchese's interview with Jane Goodall, in The New York Times inspires: 'Traveling the world I see so many projects of restoration, animal and plant species being rescued from the brink of extinction, people tackling what seemed impossible and not giving up. These are the stories that ... give people hope'' ... Read More
The Best Time For A Safari

The Best Time For A Safari

Africa is a vast continent straddling the equator, boasting six time zones. It's a vast area of profoundly differing vegetation, climates, topography and animal life that occupies the myriad niches provided by these variations. The good news is that there is always a good safari season in Africa. You just need to know what you want to see and where you’d like to see it – then the ‘when’ becomes pretty simple ... Read More
Wanderlust Explained by a Child of Africa

Wanderlust Explained by a Child of Africa

I sit here quietly thinking about what it means to me to be a visitor to South Africa or even African. It seems easier to explain the effect that this land has on me ... which creates a frisson of excitement, passion each and every day, a vivid, immediate sense of being alive found nowhere else ... ... Read More
We’re Part of the Solution

We’re Part of the Solution

Biodiversity is our most valuable but least appreciated resource – Edward O. Wilson. When biodiversity has a problem, humanity has a problem. Despite all our technological advances we are completely dependent on healthy and vibrant ecosystems for everything life-giving. Biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better ... Read More
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Environmental Investment

Conservation is about protecting a shrinking asset. We need to think about environmental investing. Go from the defensive to the offensive. Look at the big role ecotourism plays in conservation in Africa. If Covid has taught us one thing, it’s that our choices matter. ... Read More
Much Good News

Much Good News

Lots of Causes to Celebrate! South Africa has just taken steps to end its multimillion-dollar lion-breeding industry. The voice of our planet - David Attenborough - is still fighting the good fight, another year on. And ''The Octopus Teacher'' gets Oscar gold for the Best Documentary. ... Read More
''One of World's Best''

”One of World’s Best”

Travel + Leisure is one of the world’s most influential travel publications. Each year they publish their must-visit places. Cape Town's Camps Bay has just been included among the greats in its ’25 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World’. It's my go-to place of solace in my universe that I feel immensely priveleged to share with you ... Read More
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Regenerative Travel

The New York Times declared the next phase in tourism to be “regenerative travel” (or leaving a place better than you found it.) Eminent travel journalist Sophy Roberts asks what will be the right way to travel in future? Michael Lorentz shares the inspiring comeback story of Chad’s Zakouma National Park  ... Read More
Great Plains Conservation

Numbers Really Do Matter

World Wildlife Day is about celebrating, enjoying and respecting wildlife. It's also about making us think just how close wildlife is to the tipping point to extinction. And what's being done by wildlife warriors to bring it back from this destiny. Hear how they respect, understand and afford dignity to wildlife. And put their lives on the line ... Read More
Moments of Magic

Moments of Magic

The documentary My Octopus Teacher ushered in a new approach to nature filmmaking, where interaction between humans and other creatures takes center stage. The book Sea Change is as equally visually and textually stunning. Yo-Yo Ma says it ''invites us to explore further and love more deeply'' ... Read More
The Mystique Of Africa

The Mystique Of Africa

There is something about the mystique of Africa, called mal d'Afrika. The symptoms are extraordinary. There is no known remedy. Your life will never be the same again. When you are in the African bush, far away from familiar surroundings, you feel as though you have come home ... Read More
An Expedition of Hope

An Expedition of Hope

''Life is all about the excitement of what lies ahead. To touch hearts is one thing, but to forever change lives for the better - this is what truly makes life worth living. The gift of life is to use it for something that will outlast us”. Which one of Africa’s most colourful modern-day explorers, Kingsley Holgate does - big time, using adventure to improve and save lives. ... Read More
Random Acts of Wildness

Random Acts of Wildness

“A lot of little random acts of wildness can lead to something amazing” since we are actively turning to nature for comfort and solace in a very scary time. Join in. Become more conscious of the biodiversity crisis and more aware of other species ... Read More
Don’t pooh-pooh it 'til you try it

Don’t pooh-pooh it ’til you try it

This unusual gin with its ‘Proudly South African’ status is a worthy winner of the Most Compelling Foodie Story category in The African Travel and Tourism Awards  ... Read More
Captivating Win

Captivating Win

The mission of the Blood Lions Campaign is to increase awareness around interactive captivity wildlife attractions & “canned” hunting. It is a “call to action” around how to treat wildlife ethically ... Read More
Garth Owen-Smith

An African Conservation Hero

Visionary pioneer Garth Owen-Smith said: 'Conserving our natural environment will not make you materially rich, but there is no greater satisfaction than having made our planet a better place to live on, even if it is just in a very small way’ ... Read More
Crises Create Opportinities

Crises Create Opportinities

Could this be a once-in-a-century opportunity to reset the economy and to escape the clutches of high-carbon industry that have caused the climate catastrophe? It's a lifetime chance to shape the future, not just respond to it, and requires a collaborative approach between all spheres of society ... Read More
An Epic Journey. The longest-ever recorded in history

An Epic Journey. The longest-ever recorded in history

How about a good news travel story? Apart from record-breaking, isnt this journey so inspiring? Outdoing any bird, fish or mammal ever tracked. It's the longest-ever recorded of any animal in history! ... Read More
Ray of Hope / Revenge of the Pangolin?

Ray of Hope / Revenge of the Pangolin?

“Many of the pandemic scares we’ve seen in the 21st century are the result of viruses that exist in nature being able to suddenly ‘jump’ and infect humans.” Though trade in pangolin meat and scales has been banned internationally, domestic sales of medicines containing pangolin scales are still allowed in China  ... Read More
Time for The World's Greatest Places

Time for The World’s Greatest Places

The World's 100 Greatest Places of 2019 of TIME magazine revealed three Southern Africa inclusions. Lekkerwater and Omaanda to stay in, Wolfgat to dine at.   ... Read More
The Most Beautiful Places in Africa

The Most Beautiful Places in Africa

Out of a compilation of The 50 Most Beautiful Places in the World by Conde Nast Traveler, here are five of their greatest African hits: awe-inspiring wonders and out-of-this-world landscapes for the very top of your travel list  ... Read More
The Elephant In The Room

The Elephant In The Room

A behind-the-scenes look at the global wildlife tourism industry that shows how animals are treated once the selfie-taking crowds have gone  ... Read More
Wanderlust Renegades : Part 4

Wanderlust Renegades : Part 4

We shine shine the spotlight on game-changers who make the way we see, taste, sail, and circle the world that much more incredible. Peter Fearnhead, the tenacious co-founder and CEO of African Parks, is helping to write a hopeful chapter in a conservation narrative typically dominated by heartbreak and loss ... Read More
Why Jimmy Fallon Wanted a South African on The Tonight Show

Why Jimmy Fallon Wanted a South African on The Tonight Show

When Jimmy Fallon heard that one of SA's finest wildlife photographers was Martha Stewart's ranger on her "incredible" SA safari, he just had to interview him. ... Read More
What a Teenager Said To Jane Goodall

What a Teenager Said To Jane Goodall

A young South African has made a big splash at the World Economic Forum (WEF) with legendary wildlife activist Jane Goodall MBE ... Read More
Arms of an Angel

Arms of an Angel

Winner of the People's Choice for the Photographer of the Year 2017: The British Natural History Museum - a very tender African moment between rescuer & gorilla ... Read More
And the winning photo is ....

And the winning photo is ….

If you followed the Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year's weekly summary, you'll be delighted to see who the 2017 winners are! ... Read More
Signs That You've Been To Africa

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? If you’ve eagerly read through this list and grinned smugly every time a point applied to you, please share yours with us on our Facebook page. If not , we'll help. Just ask. ... Read More
The Voice Of Our Planet

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
Responsible "petting"

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
T&L's World’s Best Cities Award

T&L’s World’s Best Cities Award

Add to your bucket list! T&L's awards of the most beloved cities on earth show how dynamic our world really is - especially in Africa ... Read More
Shooting Stars in Africa

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
Images That Inspire

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
Inspiring Luxury Brands

Inspiring Luxury Brands

Ardmore is collaborating with French luxury brand Hermès to produce a collection of silk scarves ... Read More
Reconnection to Nature's Blueprint

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

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
Get involved … gift a tree

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
Personal pleasure vs. Earth’s sixth extinction

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
Evolutionary Chicanery

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
Africa’s a Country, Right? Myths You Probably Believe

Africa’s a Country, Right? Myths You Probably Believe

To combat the myths and negative impressions that the media can sometimes convey about Africa – reporting only on its disasters and catastrophes, see the hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou ... Read More
Fund-raiser For Royal Conservation Project

Fund-raiser For Royal Conservation Project

''Conservation is as much about people and community programmes as it is about wildlife protection,” says Prince Harry whose charity Tusk works to save the African elephant & rhino ... 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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Safe Haven for the ”Littlest Hobo”

Uncanny second generation rescue of the ''littlest hobo'' by the family of renowned Zululand conservationist Lawrence Anthony ... Read More
Elephant Whisperer, Lawrence Anthony

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
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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
African Wild Dogs

Triple Bottom Line Champions

Raise your glass to an innovative local company producing distinctive wines while conserving African wild dogs & their habitat. Painted Wolf Wines is an advocate for the conservation of this highly endangered species and the protection of the diminishing wild spaces of Africa ... Read More
Leopard at night

A Thrill Inducing Sight in the Wild

Who would have thought that this is what can be captured on camera high up in the Helderberg hills of Somerset West? South Africa has a new national treasure, in more senses than one! Sightings of leopard, honey badgers and caracal captured by Vergelegen’s Biodiversity Project. ... Read More
Born Wild

A True African Adventure of Epic Proportions

The extraordinary story of one man's passions. Part missionary, part madman, he belongs to a select species of human that has sought both refuge and meaning in a life dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the animal kingdom ... Read More
Discover what's Sizzling ...

Discover what’s Sizzling …

A Taste of the Cape is about what’s sizzling around Cape Town. We want to discover more about our back yards - and create a community. Join in! ... Read More