Makalali Main Lodge – reviewed

  The Good Traverse rights on 27000 ha [reclaimed bushveld] offers all-year access to the Big 5 including Black Rhino. Spacious rooms have an outside shower, an outside patio [two chairs ...

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Off-road safari

We enjoy letting our hair down once in a while & the best way to do that [in our world] is on a 5*-safari. This silver spoon doesn't come cheaply - ...

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To the trees!

Once a year, every year, I celebrate a birthday; another ring on what is becoming a trunk rather than a stem. It's a collection of hoops Methuselah hisself might envy, quietly of course. ...

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Birding – an on-demand generation

Weaned on rarity reports, has birding become the outdoor poster child for an on-demand generation? It's pay-per-view reporting - pick & choose - get there - tick it. Load it - boast it & confine the field-clip ...

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Phinda – the evolution of conservation

In 1990 Dave Varty's [Londolozi] vision of community-based tourism; a model sustained by good business practice & not on donor funds, was born. CC Africa - [now &Beyond] was formed to ...

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Rhino – Africa unite

There are two schools of thought on the future of Africa's wildlife. In their purest forms the first is the preservation of wild animals in non-consumptive wilderness / sanctuaries; i.e. ...

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Dreamcatcher

For an enchanted moment, the ship must have held its breath.  Plucked from a fairy-tale, somewhere forward of the port bow, a Sooty Albatross took to the skies, soared into view and ...

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Africa update – Lions

Moral-decrepitude is the non-negotiable, basic premise on which the South African captive-bred lion 'hunting' industry relies. The 21st century has its challenges. Existential issues confront humanity across a broad front. The media's focus ...

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Wind – the truth

'..... it would break the laws of physics if emissions and fuel use didn’t go down when wind was contributing.' - (American Wind Energy Association) Is wind energy, endorsed by co-sponsors ...

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Crime – Africa’s wildlife

The Guardian's proposed poll on whether South Africa should shoot rhino-poachers on sight is an absurdity. The answer is NO. Quite frankly and let's be fair, the insinuation that Africa's ...

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Bush-diving for tail

We joined the other foot soldiers & travelled down to Cape Town for the piper's Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes); the sub-region's 1st-confirmed sighting ie: a giga. The fact that the bird ...

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“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” —Oscar Wilde.