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Mpumalanga is known as the home of the Kruger National Park, but here is the Sunrise Province’s list of its Top Ten Unexpected Discoveries. Wakkerstroom and nearby Chrissiesmeer offer the largest populations of endangered bird species in the country. In addition to many water birds – including startlingly pink flamingos – the keen birder might…

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FOUR PAWS Animal Welfare Foundation – who I worked with in April this year – has joined forces with Nu Metro Cinemas to “Rise Up and Roar” for one of the 21st century’s most important conservation causes. From today (Monday, 1 July 2019), Nu Metro moviegoers can go to the movies and contribute towards saving…

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  In follow up to the article that I posted earlier this year: Pangolins in Peril. Rehabilitation after being seized from poachers, I’d like to share the official trailer for Eye of the Pangolin, the story of two men on a mission to share the wonder of all four species of African pangolin on camera for the first…

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By invitation of Manley Communications, and in true Manley style, I was invited a few weeks back to a sneak peek of the reimagined Marly Boutique Hotel & Spa, followed by an indulgent overnight at the charming Alphen Boutique Hotel in Constantia. Collected by chauffeur driven luxury vehicle and transferred to Camps Bay, the afternoon…

The post The Kove Collection: Two boutique hotels and a collection of dining establishments. appeared first on The Incidental Tourist.

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Greenpop, my favourite tree planters, are to host their 8th annual Festival of Action on the Garden Route. The 2019 Eden Festival of Action will be Greenpop’s 8th annual Festival of Action event. Hosted over three weeks from 22-29 June, 30 June -7 July and 7 July – 14 July 2019. They will host high…

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Another dead 12-metre Bryde’s whale was found in False Bay near Cape Town last week after becoming entangled in octopus trap ropes. The traps have been in use by a single company since 1998, under a supposedly “exploratory permit” This article by Conservation Action Trust is offered to help broaden awareness of the issues facing wildlife…

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It had been an exceptional few weeks of travel for me and the spoils continued and I was invited to spend a night of luxury at Tintswalo at Boulders in Simonstown. Choosing a Saturday night and inviting my closest friend Christiane to join me, the break was designed with precious catchup in mind. We drove the coastal…

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The Botswana government announced yesterday they are “lifting the hunting suspension in an orderly and ethical manner”. A decision that seemed inevitable, but nevertheless is an enormous blow for Botswana’s tourism and conservation reputation. Since President Masisi’s announcement last year proposing lifting the hunting ban, this whole process has been a well-orchestrated election campaign, casting…

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President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana categorically denies that his government would ever cull elephants, contradicting the Parliamentary Report proposing culling. However, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism, Kitso Mokaila now proposes elephant ‘cropping’. Having heard Minister Mokaila at the opening of WeAreAfrica’s FUSE event at Spier last week bring home the message that ‘culling’…

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  Waiting to exhale. Unplug and disconnect. In this month’s British Airways ‘High Life South Africa’ in-flight magazine, celebrated travel writer Pippa de Bruyn speaks to a collection of travel writers – myself included – about the secret places we go to regenerate. Pick up a copy when flying BA, or read on below. ‘Travel isn’t…

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