Return of cheetahs to Free State in South Africa

Two male cheetahs were released at the Laohu Valley Reserve in the Free State this week as part of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s (EWT) Carnivore Conservation Programme to save the animals from extinction. Wild cheetahs were eliminated in Free State during the colonial period, and the two young males are the first ones to be reintroduced in the land after more than 100 years.

EWT’s Carnivore C…

Could South Africa’s elephants be facing the same poaching crisis as the rhino?

Elephant poaching in South Africa

In less than a decade, South Africa’s once healthy rhino population went from well protected and fairly safe, to a critically small population with fears of extinction in the near future. And now, there is reason to believe that South Africa’s elephant population could follow the exact same route.  Warnings are out that poachers can start to close in on the sou…

Could South Africa’s elephants be facing the same poaching crisis as the rhino?

Elephant poaching in South Africa

In less than a decade, South Africa’s once healthy rhino population went from well protected and fairly safe, to a critically small population with fears of extinction in the near future. And now, there is reason to believe that South Africa’s elephant population could follow the exact same route.  Warnings are out that poachers can start to close in on the sou…

Return of cheetahs to Free State in South Africa

Two male cheetahs were released at the Laohu Valley Reserve in the Free State this week as part of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s (EWT) Carnivore Conservation Programme to save the animals from extinction. Wild cheetahs were eliminated in Free State during the colonial period, and the two young males are the first ones to be reintroduced in the land after more than 100 years.

EWT’s Carnivore C…

Could South Africa’s elephants be facing the same poaching crisis as the rhino?

Elephant poaching in South Africa

In less than a decade, South Africa’s once healthy rhino population went from well protected and fairly safe, to a critically small population with fears of extinction in the near future. And now, there is reason to believe that South Africa’s elephant population could follow the exact same route.  Warnings are out that poachers can start to close in on the sou…

New world cultural heritage in Namibia!

In 2007, Namibia got its first World Cultural Heritage: the Rock Carvings of Twyfelfontein.

In June 2013 the UNESCO decided to add a second one: The Namib Sand Sea.

On its homepage the UNESCO states: “Namib Sand Sea is the only coastal desert in the world that includes extensive dune fields influenced by fog. Covering an area of over three million hectares and a buffer zone of 899,500 hectar…

New world cultural heritage in Namibia!

In 2007, Namibia got its first World Cultural Heritage: the Rock Carvings of Twyfelfontein.

In June 2013 the UNESCO decided to add a second one: The Namib Sand Sea.

On its homepage the UNESCO states: “Namib Sand Sea is the only coastal desert in the world that includes extensive dune fields influenced by fog. Covering an area of over three million hectares and a buffer zone of 899,500 hectar…

New world cultural heritage in Namibia!

In 2007, Namibia got its first World Cultural Heritage: the Rock Carvings of Twyfelfontein.

In June 2013 the UNESCO decided to add a second one: The Namib Sand Sea.

On its homepage the UNESCO states: “Namib Sand Sea is the only coastal desert in the world that includes extensive dune fields influenced by fog. Covering an area of over three million hectares and a buffer zone of 899,500 hectar…

The weakening S. African Rand – good or bad?

The Rand (South African Currency) has been in free-fall recently and there are sectors of the economy such as our exporters who are delighted with increased revenues (as they are able to sell their good for a higher price or they are able to undercut their opposition in other countries) and they are backed by the unions who believe the more South Africa can export, the more jobs will be created. T…

The weakening S. African Rand – good or bad?

The Rand (South African Currency) has been in free-fall recently and there are sectors of the economy such as our exporters who are delighted with increased revenues (as they are able to sell their good for a higher price or they are able to undercut their opposition in other countries) and they are backed by the unions who believe the more South Africa can export, the more jobs will be created. T…

Trees & festivities in Livingstone, Zambia

There is a music festival of a new kind being planned in Livingstone, Zambia. Earth Fest is a combined music and sustainability festival, and will take place in combination with Greenpop’s Trees for Zambia initiative. 

In merely two and a half years, Greenpop has achieved many international successes.  With their aim of making a greener and sustainable lifestyle popular, possible, and accessibl…

Trees & festivities in Livingstone, Zambia

There is a music festival of a new kind being planned in Livingstone, Zambia. Earth Fest is a combined music and sustainability festival, and will take place in combination with Greenpop’s Trees for Zambia initiative. 

In merely two and a half years, Greenpop has achieved many international successes.  With their aim of making a greener and sustainable lifestyle popular, possible, and accessibl…

Follow the Green Flag for excellent hiking in South Africa

South Africa Green Trail Hiking System

South Africa is well-known for its impressive mountain regions, with deep valleys and coastline borders.  Many a foreign traveler heads for the mountains shortly after arrival in South Africa.  With the variety in mountain landscapes from the Cape’s folded mountains to the cathedral peaks of the Drakensberge, there are many options to choose from and a hik…

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – Is it time to say goodbye?

Madiba, as Nelson Mandela is affectionately known in South Africa, has become rather frail over the last few years and has spent a lot of time in hospital recently. His condition seems to be more serious this time, but the family and authorities seems to be keeping mum on his true condition.
 
There seems to be an extra veil of secrecy about the state of his health which naturally leads to specu…

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – Is it time to say goodbye?

Madiba, as Nelson Mandela is affectionately known in South Africa, has become rather frail over the last few years and has spent a lot of time in hospital recently. His condition seems to be more serious this time, but the family and authorities seems to be keeping mum on his true condition.
 
There seems to be an extra veil of secrecy about the state of his health which naturally leads to specu…

Follow the Green Flag for excellent hiking in South Africa

South Africa Green Trail Hiking System

South Africa is well-known for its impressive mountain regions, with deep valleys and coastline borders.  Many a foreign traveler heads for the mountains shortly after arrival in South Africa.  With the variety in mountain landscapes from the Cape’s folded mountains to the cathedral peaks of the Drakensberge, there are many options to choose from and a hik…

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela – Is it time to say goodbye?

Madiba, as Nelson Mandela is affectionately known in South Africa, has become rather frail over the last few years and has spent a lot of time in hospital recently. His condition seems to be more serious this time, but the family and authorities seems to be keeping mum on his true condition.
 
There seems to be an extra veil of secrecy about the state of his health which naturally leads to specu…

Bomb attacks threaten peace in Arusha, Tanzania

The tourist hub of Arusha has been rocked by a series of unfortunate events which escalated into riots today, with unexpected clashes between opposition party loyalists and the police. A bomb attack on the evening of Saturday June 15th, is believed to be the cause of the riot. The attack took place at a political election rally organized by the main opposition party, Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maende…

Bomb attacks threaten peace in Arusha, Tanzania

The tourist hub of Arusha has been rocked by a series of unfortunate events which escalated into riots today, with unexpected clashes between opposition party loyalists and the police. A bomb attack on the evening of Saturday June 15th, is believed to be the cause of the riot. The attack took place at a political election rally organized by the main opposition party, Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maende…

Bomb attacks threaten peace in Arusha, Tanzania

The tourist hub of Arusha has been rocked by a series of unfortunate events which escalated into riots today, with unexpected clashes between opposition party loyalists and the police. A bomb attack on the evening of Saturday June 15th, is believed to be the cause of the riot. The attack took place at a political election rally organized by the main opposition party, Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maende…