There are two types of summer holiday-makers in South Africa. The ones who prefer beach holidays – salty, sandy days of lounging in the sun, reading a book or filling a crossword. And the buzz-seekers – those who like zooming across the water on jet-skis or being dragged behind a boat…
Captive Bred Lions destined for canned hunting or slaughter for their bones are not protected by South Africa’s animal welfare laws. The Departments responsible for their welfare and regulating the industry are simply ‘passing the buck’. According to Karen Trendler of the Wildlife Trade and Trafficking unit of the National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA), theContinue reading “Welfare of SA’s ‘bone lions’ sidelined by DEA, DAFF”
Human-wildlife interactions with iconic big cats including lions, cheetahs and their cubs are being promoted via the Ranch Protea Hotel in Limpopo, owned by Marriott International, despite statements distancing themselves from such activities.
“I had made a terrible mistake…” wildlife biologist Steve Boyes says, describing the day when he and his research assistant were thrown off their mekoro into the waters of the Cuito river by an angry hippopotamus. When he saw a rustling in the reeds, he immediately thought they were approaching a crocodile and headed to deeper water,Continue reading “Into the Okavango with SA’s NatGeo Adventurer”
South Africans have this interesting fascination with rain which, understandably, has a lot to do with the greater part of the country being a semi-desert, arid place. And for the people who are directly dependent on the rainfall and seasons, like my farming family, rain is always an otherworldly blessing. It’s like experiencing a miracleContinue reading “When it rains in South Africa…”
Sutherland is what you’d call a perfect winter weekend breakaway destination in South Africa. While it may seem like a sleepy town at first glance, it offers all the iconic Karoo charm plus a few extras. Sutherland’s charm is linked directly to the weather. See, Sutherland is one of only a few places inContinue reading “Snow, stars, serenity, Sutherland”
Mother Nature rules in the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast a little bit more than in any other part of SA; a fact that I’ve learnt first-hand. Time isn’t really important there. Roads aren’t either. Neither are cars. Or cellphone reception. Nor is any other basic detail that makes the modern, capitalist world function. But there isContinue reading “A flame-grilled road trip through the Eastern Cape”