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Africa Namibia Travel & Tips Information

In Namibia, upon the parched palate of a vast and contradictory land, the realities of thirst have created a plethora of idiosyncratic societies. The shifting dunes of the Namib Desert are honeycombed with the greatest variety of living creatures of any dunelands around the world.

The desolate Skeleton Coast, monument to by-gone maritime disasters, contrasts with the vibey holiday atmosphere of the quaint German settlement of Swakopmund. Within the precincts of Etosha Pan, the lake of a mother's tears, where perimeter waterholes enclose the salt expanse, great herds of game are on a perpetual pub-crawl. This provides some of the most magnificent gameviewing opportunities anywhere.

Inland, in surrealist Damaraland, you'll encounter various social curiosities, including the Petrified Forest; Welwitschia Mirabilis, the thousand year old underground tree; the statuesque Kokerboom; and the diminutive …Read More

Welgevonden Game Reserve

A new breeding herd of 53 Cape Buffalo has been introduced in the Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg, outside Vaalwater. The acquisition forms part of a multi-million Rand game purchase programme within the 35 000 hectare privately owned reserve which is widely known for its exceptional Big 5 game viewing.

The game introduction is partly financed through an interest-free loan from the owners of one of the leading 5-star lodges within the reserve, Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa, Frank and Myriam Vogel, and their MF Foundation.

With conservation and sustainability at the core of its ethos, Welgevonden Game Reserve is advised by a Scientific Steering Committee on the reserve’s scientific and ecological management. Following many years of academic research into the specific nutritional conditions on the reserve, Professor Herbert Prins of …Read More

Le Mirage Resort & Spa

Le Mirage Resort & Spa is probably the most unique accommodation in the Namib Desert. It is situated a mere 21 km from the Sesriem, entrance gate to Sossusvlei making it one of the closest lodge to Sossusvlei and the ideal place to stay when you want to visit the highest dunes in the world! Guests are accommodated in 27 luxury rooms (8 Camelthorn and 19 Oasis), most offering a spectacular view of the Namib Desert.

The lodge has a spacious restaurant sheltering guests against the harsh desert climate. A highlight at the lodge is our wellness centre which is specialized in massages, pedicures, manicures and de-stress programmes.

In the large courtyard guests can retreat at the swimming pool, sheltered from the desert in a flourishing garden oasis. We offer quad bike …Read More

CAPE DIAMOND EXCHANGE

Cape Diamond Exchange is a gem of a jewellery boutique, a few steps from Greenmarket Square. We have been trusted since 1991, with clients who rave about the truly unique and individualized bespoke items our master jewelers have created for them. We offer a superior selection of stones including certified Diamonds and Tanzanite, a rare and fascinating gemstone with a blue-purple luster that brings the wearer peace, clarity, and joy. Everyone should own a Tanzanite Stone, locals and visitors alike.

As important is the atmosphere in the shop; we love our work and sharing it is such a pleasure. If you’re looking for a truly exceptional gift or an engagement ring worthy of your beloved, but have no idea where to start, we are your helpful friends in the heart of …Read More

Can tourism alleviate global poverty?

Wouldn’t it be great if something as simple and pleasurable as international travel could help end something as grinding and enduring as global poverty? After all, the industry is booming, growing at least 4% a year since the 1960s (with a brief slowdown in 2009), according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

In 2016, over 1.3 billion international tourists spent an estimated US$1.4 trillion. That’s the equivalent of Australia’s gross domestic product, dispersed around the world.

The UN has even declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, heralding the role of international travel in reducing poverty. But how much global tourism money really makes its way to poor countries?
That big tourism pie
Researchers from Griffith University and University of Surrey provide a mechanism to get find out – …Read More

why Africa still attracts hunters

Africa is known as one of the best safari destinations in the world. Its vast grass plains, forests, deserts, mountains, big lakes and beautiful coastlines make it hugely attractive.

What makes it even more appealing is the abundance of game, such as elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo, giraffe and plentiful antelope species like gemsbok, kudu, eland and wildebeest. All have a certain allure for those wanting just to see them in their natural habitat, as well as those interested in hunting.

The main reason hunters hunt is not to kill animals, but to experience the thrill of hunting and nature. Nevertheless, hunting remains a controversial pastime. This has not diminished its appeal. In fact a number of countries use it to their advantage.

Funds generated by hunting in some countries are used for …Read More

One big happy cat family

It is the little ones that claim a big portion of our hearts and when Bahati, one of our resident leopards, gave birth to three cubs in early February we were very excited.

A few of our guests were able to see the cubs when they were less than a month old. Two lucky guests even saw Bahati moving one of her cubs across a river and into a nearby thicket.

As wildlife in camp continued to thrive we were more than happy to welcome a bushbuck and her young baby into our resident wildlife family. Guests frequently saw them grazing along the paths in the early morning before game drives.

Our resident dwarf mongooses were also around; friendlier than ever. Four babies were born in the past few months and we’re enjoying …Read More

Africa as safari destination

More than 30 million tourists visit Africa every year. Over half of the international arrivals are for business purposes, and may partake in tourist activities as well, while 15% travel for pure tourism and 30% visit friends and family.

Tourists select the continent as a destination for wildlife viewing and to enjoy the sunny skies. Africa is the world’s number one destination for safaris which range from the exotic to the very simple.

The tourism industry is one of the most important for the continent: it provided 12.8 million people with jobs, directly and indirectly, in 2011. Tourism in 2012 contributed over US$36 billion or 2.8% of the continent’s GDP.

The continent’s vast and diverse nature makes it complex and difficult to decide on the best region for a safari. But the east, …Read More

Discover Bwabwata National Park Namibia

This beautiful and often overlooked region of Namibia boasts amazing birdlife, varied wildlife and stunning wetland scenery. Many excellent lodges are available including Lianshulu Lodge, Ichingo Lodge and the Ichobezi Houseboat, Impalila Island Lodge and Divava Okavango Lodge. Explore this fascinating area which is soon to be part of the world's largest Transfrontier Conservation Area - the Kavango Zambezi (KaZa) Transfrontier Conservation Area.

Coinciding with the "International Year of Deserts and Desertification" Gondwana Desert Collection in partnership with Open Africa and other stakeholders have launched a wide-ranging tourism route through the 4 deserts of Namibia. This aptly named "Four Deserts Route, Namibia" covers the whole of southern Namibia from the Tropic of Capricorn down to the Orange River.

In the east is the Kalahari Desert with its red sand dunes that are …Read More

Southern Africa, a setting of magnificent beauty.

Southern Africa is home to a mass variety of beautiful locations and activities that are unique and can't be duplicated elsewhere in the world. For anyone who has interest in enriching their life with striking scenery, atmosphere or vast expanses of isolated terrain, this is the continent to consider.

From the Arid Kalahari to the tropical Mozambique, an enormous assortment of species of wildlife and plant life alike can be observed in and about Southern Africa.

Mozambique is stunning with its cultural richness and is home to perfect beaches. It is known as an excellent spot for diving and one can enjoy surfing, snorkelling, fishing and more luxury experiences than one can fit in a day. The waters of the Indian Ocean are warm, and are home to a great multiplicity of …Read More

Tigerfishing on the Chobe River

People have been flocking to the banks of the Chobe River to fly-fish in the incredible waters for such a long time, it’s no wonder this is one of the best experiences to be had in Botswana. The Chobe river has its origins in Angola where it is called the Cuando River. As it snakes its way through Namibia into Botswana and eventually meets the Zambezi, it transforms the land in the most incredible way. Attracting all manner and wildlife and birds, these water systems are vital for the surrounding landscape. The Cuando is called the Chobe River in Botswana, and attracts anglers from all over the world due to the abundance of fish, wildlife and birds.

When to hit the waters

The best time to fish in the Chobe is from …Read More

Why conservation scientists are listening to nature

The world is noisy.

In cities, we find ourselves constantly surrounded by the moan of motors, the screech of sirens, and the prattle of people. So much so, that we often crave the peace and quiet of the countryside.

But silence is hard to find, even in nature. Animals chirp, roar, squeak, squawk, and howl to attract mates, defend territories, locate prey or even just find their way around. Wind whistles, rain hammers and streams gurgle. The sea thunders. Even under the water’s surface, a cacophony of unknown snaps, boings, ripples and other melodies still surround you.

Together, this symphony is the natural soundscape.

Scientists can use acoustic sensors to monitor anything from an entire soundscape all the way down to a single species. Acoustic monitoring has helped us learn more about the behaviour and …Read More

Welgevonden Game Reserve

A new breeding herd of 53 Cape Buffalo has been introduced in the Welgevonden Game Reserve in the Waterberg, outside Vaalwater. The acquisition forms part of a multi-million Rand game purchase programme within the 35 000 hectare privately owned reserve which is widely known for its exceptional Big 5 game viewing.

The game introduction is partly financed through an interest-free loan from the owners of one of the leading 5-star lodges within the reserve, Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa, Frank and Myriam Vogel, and their MF Foundation.

With conservation and sustainability at the core of its ethos, Welgevonden Game Reserve is advised by a Scientific Steering Committee on the reserve’s scientific and ecological management. Following many years of academic research into the specific nutritional conditions on the reserve, Professor Herbert Prins of …Read More

Le Mirage Resort & Spa

Le Mirage Resort & Spa is probably the most unique accommodation in the Namib Desert. It is situated a mere 21 km from the Sesriem, entrance gate to Sossusvlei making it one of the closest lodge to Sossusvlei and the ideal place to stay when you want to visit the highest dunes in the world! Guests are accommodated in 27 luxury rooms (8 Camelthorn and 19 Oasis), most offering a spectacular view of the Namib Desert.

The lodge has a spacious restaurant sheltering guests against the harsh desert climate. A highlight at the lodge is our wellness centre which is specialized in massages, pedicures, manicures and de-stress programmes.

In the large courtyard guests can retreat at the swimming pool, sheltered from the desert in a flourishing garden oasis. We offer quad bike …Read More

CAPE DIAMOND EXCHANGE

Cape Diamond Exchange is a gem of a jewellery boutique, a few steps from Greenmarket Square. We have been trusted since 1991, with clients who rave about the truly unique and individualized bespoke items our master jewelers have created for them. We offer a superior selection of stones including certified Diamonds and Tanzanite, a rare and fascinating gemstone with a blue-purple luster that brings the wearer peace, clarity, and joy. Everyone should own a Tanzanite Stone, locals and visitors alike.

As important is the atmosphere in the shop; we love our work and sharing it is such a pleasure. If you’re looking for a truly exceptional gift or an engagement ring worthy of your beloved, but have no idea where to start, we are your helpful friends in the heart of …Read More

why Africa still attracts hunters

Africa is known as one of the best safari destinations in the world. Its vast grass plains, forests, deserts, mountains, big lakes and beautiful coastlines make it hugely attractive.

What makes it even more appealing is the abundance of game, such as elephant, rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo, giraffe and plentiful antelope species like gemsbok, kudu, eland and wildebeest. All have a certain allure for those wanting just to see them in their natural habitat, as well as those interested in hunting.

The main reason hunters hunt is not to kill animals, but to experience the thrill of hunting and nature. Nevertheless, hunting remains a controversial pastime. This has not diminished its appeal. In fact a number of countries use it to their advantage.

Funds generated by hunting in some countries are used for …Read More

One big happy cat family

It is the little ones that claim a big portion of our hearts and when Bahati, one of our resident leopards, gave birth to three cubs in early February we were very excited.

A few of our guests were able to see the cubs when they were less than a month old. Two lucky guests even saw Bahati moving one of her cubs across a river and into a nearby thicket.

As wildlife in camp continued to thrive we were more than happy to welcome a bushbuck and her young baby into our resident wildlife family. Guests frequently saw them grazing along the paths in the early morning before game drives.

Our resident dwarf mongooses were also around; friendlier than ever. Four babies were born in the past few months and we’re enjoying …Read More

The need for health workers

Health extension workers have been vital in Ethiopia’s rural communities. They have introduced new mothers to the importance of child immunisation, taught households about sanitation and, with the recent introduction of ambulances, they refer women to health centres for antenatal care and skilled birth assistance.

These community health workers are selected from the rural areas they come from. After being trained they return to their communities to provide healthcare services. The programme has been very successful. As a result, international institutions including the World Bank, USAID and the World Health Organisation have commended its programme. And several other African countries have been eagerly following it to see how a community based health programme can be taken to scale.

Despite this, Ethiopia has placed little focus on the workers who make up this …Read More

Ramsgate Book Art Festival programme

Acclaimed Artists and Authors at the Ramsgate Book & Art Festival 2018

The final programme for the 4th annual Ramsgate Book & Art Festival reveals acclaimed artists and authors to appeal to all tastes. This colourful, community-driven arts festival will take place from Thursday evening the 2nd of August till Sunday the 5th.
The programme is filled to capacity with an exciting and varied array of authors, artists, entertainment and creative workshops and takes place along the main road of Ramsgate village on the KZN South Coast. Galleries, restaurants, antique shops, courtyards, beach and forest, pubs and a Whale Deck overlooking the ocean are all venues where events unfold. The Festival theme this year is #Connecting, a broad subject encouraging communication in all imaginable spheres – both physical and abstract.

The official opening of the …Read More

One big happy cat family

It is the little ones that claim a big portion of our hearts and when Bahati, one of our resident leopards, gave birth to three cubs in early February we were very excited.

A few of our guests were able to see the cubs when they were less than a month old. Two lucky guests even saw Bahati moving one of her cubs across a river and into a nearby thicket.

As wildlife in camp continued to thrive we were more than happy to welcome a bushbuck and her young baby into our resident wildlife family. Guests frequently saw them grazing along the paths in the early morning before game drives.

Our resident dwarf mongooses were also around; friendlier than ever. Four babies were born in the past few months and we’re enjoying …Read More

World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day: Creating Hope from Hurt

South Africa loses almost three rhinos a day to poaching
Wild rhinos in South Africa could be extinct in 12 years
Ford Wildlife Foundation supports Saving the Survivors conservation efforts

PRETORIA, South Africa, 3 March 2018 - Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) commemorates World Wildlife Day on 3 March 2018 through its continued support of Saving the Survivors, a conservation project that provides specialised veterinary treatment to both endangered wildlife and non-endangered species.

Established in 2012 by veterinarian Dr Johan Marais, Saving the Survivors' main focus is caring for rhinos which have fallen victim to poaching and other traumatic incidents. Fulfilling its promise of "creating hope from hurt", the project has directly saved over 250 rhinos, and indirectly it has saved hundreds more, …Read More

Umntavuma Festival

First Ever Umtamvuna Sardine Festival to Launch in July

Known mainly as a picturesque wedding and film destination, the Umtamvuna area at Port Edward on the KZN South Coast, is also fast becoming a lifestyle tourism destination, with abundant quality experiences all round.

 

Aimed at introducing these experiences to visitors, the first ever Umtamvuna Sardine Festival will be held on 6-8 July 2018 at the festival grounds of easily accessible lifestyle centre, Mattison Square, just off the scenic R61.

 

Celebrate the best the Umtamvuna area has to offer with this inaugural community and family-inspired festival, which is set to become an annual calendar highlight. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of local activities and entertainment, from food & craft stalls, live music, nature reserve running, walking and MTB trails, Zulu and Portuguese …Read More

Go Wild

As the preferred supplier of innovate, high-end tents to leading safari and luxury travel destinations,
our specialty lies in creating sophisticated accommodation that effortlessly blends with its natural
surroundings.
Our offering includes our meru and luxury range. Alternatively, speak to our experienced team
about custom-designing your unique tented camp. Not only can we advise you on camp planning,
flooring and decking, décor and plumbing, but we also provide a maintenance service which
increases the lifespan of your tent. Part of our scope is also to provide you with turnkey solutions.
Here’s to creating a wildly irresistible destination!Read More

Le Mirage Resort & Spa

Le Mirage Resort & Spa is probably the most unique accommodation in the Namib Desert. It is situated a mere 21 km from the Sesriem, entrance gate to Sossusvlei making it one of the closest lodge to Sossusvlei and the ideal place to stay when you want to visit the highest dunes in the world! Guests are accommodated in 27 luxury rooms (8 Camelthorn and 19 Oasis), most offering a spectacular view of the Namib Desert.

The lodge has a spacious restaurant sheltering guests against the harsh desert climate. A highlight at the lodge is our wellness centre which is specialized in massages, pedicures, manicures and de-stress programmes.

In the large courtyard guests can retreat at the swimming pool, sheltered from the desert in a flourishing garden oasis. We offer quad bike …Read More

INKUNDLA THEATRE FESTIVAL 2018

Weeks of auditions, callbacks and an intense 3 day workshop will finally come together for Ray Nkonyeni Municipality's iNkundla Theatre Festival 2018 this Sunday, 29 July 2018. Uvongo Town Hall will be transformed into the South Coast's very own theatre from 09h00 to 17h00. The festival, now in its eighth year, was created to discover, nurture and develop raw local perfomers.

Ten production troop hopefull that were found over a two week audition process, then intensely trained by critically acclaimed actor, dancer and performer Sduduzo kaMbili. “It's critical to build, polish and shine potential greatness, at the grassroots level, if we're aiming to reap its benefits,” said kaMbili.

The workshop aims to sharpen fundamental acting and stage skills and techniques. “My dedication to the arts was tested to its limit,” expressed Sandisiwe …Read More

Ramsgate Book Art Festival programme

Acclaimed Artists and Authors at the Ramsgate Book & Art Festival 2018

The final programme for the 4th annual Ramsgate Book & Art Festival reveals acclaimed artists and authors to appeal to all tastes. This colourful, community-driven arts festival will take place from Thursday evening the 2nd of August till Sunday the 5th.
The programme is filled to capacity with an exciting and varied array of authors, artists, entertainment and creative workshops and takes place along the main road of Ramsgate village on the KZN South Coast. Galleries, restaurants, antique shops, courtyards, beach and forest, pubs and a Whale Deck overlooking the ocean are all venues where events unfold. The Festival theme this year is #Connecting, a broad subject encouraging communication in all imaginable spheres – both physical and abstract.

The official opening of the …Read More

Can tourism alleviate global poverty?

Wouldn’t it be great if something as simple and pleasurable as international travel could help end something as grinding and enduring as global poverty? After all, the industry is booming, growing at least 4% a year since the 1960s (with a brief slowdown in 2009), according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

In 2016, over 1.3 billion international tourists spent an estimated US$1.4 trillion. That’s the equivalent of Australia’s gross domestic product, dispersed around the world.

The UN has even declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, heralding the role of international travel in reducing poverty. But how much global tourism money really makes its way to poor countries?
That big tourism pie
Researchers from Griffith University and University of Surrey provide a mechanism to get find out – …Read More

The need for health workers

Health extension workers have been vital in Ethiopia’s rural communities. They have introduced new mothers to the importance of child immunisation, taught households about sanitation and, with the recent introduction of ambulances, they refer women to health centres for antenatal care and skilled birth assistance.

These community health workers are selected from the rural areas they come from. After being trained they return to their communities to provide healthcare services. The programme has been very successful. As a result, international institutions including the World Bank, USAID and the World Health Organisation have commended its programme. And several other African countries have been eagerly following it to see how a community based health programme can be taken to scale.

Despite this, Ethiopia has placed little focus on the workers who make up this …Read More

Southern Africa, a setting of magnificent beauty.

Southern Africa is home to a mass variety of beautiful locations and activities that are unique and can't be duplicated elsewhere in the world. For anyone who has interest in enriching their life with striking scenery, atmosphere or vast expanses of isolated terrain, this is the continent to consider.

From the Arid Kalahari to the tropical Mozambique, an enormous assortment of species of wildlife and plant life alike can be observed in and about Southern Africa.

Mozambique is stunning with its cultural richness and is home to perfect beaches. It is known as an excellent spot for diving and one can enjoy surfing, snorkelling, fishing and more luxury experiences than one can fit in a day. The waters of the Indian Ocean are warm, and are home to a great multiplicity of …Read More

Le Mirage Resort & Spa

Le Mirage Resort & Spa is probably the most unique accommodation in the Namib Desert. It is situated a mere 21 km from the Sesriem, entrance gate to Sossusvlei making it one of the closest lodge to Sossusvlei and the ideal place to stay when you want to visit the highest dunes in the world! Guests are accommodated in 27 luxury rooms (8 Camelthorn and 19 Oasis), most offering a spectacular view of the Namib Desert.

The lodge has a spacious restaurant sheltering guests against the harsh desert climate. A highlight at the lodge is our wellness centre which is specialized in massages, pedicures, manicures and de-stress programmes.

In the large courtyard guests can retreat at the swimming pool, sheltered from the desert in a flourishing garden oasis. We offer quad bike …Read More

INKUNDLA THEATRE FESTIVAL 2018

Weeks of auditions, callbacks and an intense 3 day workshop will finally come together for Ray Nkonyeni Municipality's iNkundla Theatre Festival 2018 this Sunday, 29 July 2018. Uvongo Town Hall will be transformed into the South Coast's very own theatre from 09h00 to 17h00. The festival, now in its eighth year, was created to discover, nurture and develop raw local perfomers.

Ten production troop hopefull that were found over a two week audition process, then intensely trained by critically acclaimed actor, dancer and performer Sduduzo kaMbili. “It's critical to build, polish and shine potential greatness, at the grassroots level, if we're aiming to reap its benefits,” said kaMbili.

The workshop aims to sharpen fundamental acting and stage skills and techniques. “My dedication to the arts was tested to its limit,” expressed Sandisiwe …Read More

Africa as safari destination

More than 30 million tourists visit Africa every year. Over half of the international arrivals are for business purposes, and may partake in tourist activities as well, while 15% travel for pure tourism and 30% visit friends and family.

Tourists select the continent as a destination for wildlife viewing and to enjoy the sunny skies. Africa is the world’s number one destination for safaris which range from the exotic to the very simple.

The tourism industry is one of the most important for the continent: it provided 12.8 million people with jobs, directly and indirectly, in 2011. Tourism in 2012 contributed over US$36 billion or 2.8% of the continent’s GDP.

The continent’s vast and diverse nature makes it complex and difficult to decide on the best region for a safari. But the east, …Read More

New Volvo XC40

New Volvo XC40 is named 2018 European Car of the Year

The new Volvo XC40 small SUV has been named the 2018 European Car of the Year ahead of the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. It is the first win of this prestigious award for Volvo Cars, the premium car maker.

"Winning this award with our new XC40 is perfect timing," said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. "Volvo now has three globally available SUVs in its range for the first time. The XC40 will be a strong contributor to further growth, taking us into a new and fast-growing small SUV segment."

The XC40 win means that the complete line-up of new Volvo SUVs have each been named Car of the Year in either Europe or North America. Both the large …Read More

World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day: Creating Hope from Hurt

South Africa loses almost three rhinos a day to poaching
Wild rhinos in South Africa could be extinct in 12 years
Ford Wildlife Foundation supports Saving the Survivors conservation efforts

PRETORIA, South Africa, 3 March 2018 - Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) commemorates World Wildlife Day on 3 March 2018 through its continued support of Saving the Survivors, a conservation project that provides specialised veterinary treatment to both endangered wildlife and non-endangered species.

Established in 2012 by veterinarian Dr Johan Marais, Saving the Survivors' main focus is caring for rhinos which have fallen victim to poaching and other traumatic incidents. Fulfilling its promise of "creating hope from hurt", the project has directly saved over 250 rhinos, and indirectly it has saved hundreds more, …Read More

Africa Namibia Travel & Tips Information

In Namibia, upon the parched palate of a vast and contradictory land, the realities of thirst have created a plethora of idiosyncratic societies. The shifting dunes of the Namib Desert are honeycombed with the greatest variety of living creatures of any dunelands around the world.

The desolate Skeleton Coast, monument to by-gone maritime disasters, contrasts with the vibey holiday atmosphere of the quaint German settlement of Swakopmund. Within the precincts of Etosha Pan, the lake of a mother's tears, where perimeter waterholes enclose the salt expanse, great herds of game are on a perpetual pub-crawl. This provides some of the most magnificent gameviewing opportunities anywhere.

Inland, in surrealist Damaraland, you'll encounter various social curiosities, including the Petrified Forest; Welwitschia Mirabilis, the thousand year old underground tree; the statuesque Kokerboom; and the diminutive …Read More

Can tourism alleviate global poverty?

Wouldn’t it be great if something as simple and pleasurable as international travel could help end something as grinding and enduring as global poverty? After all, the industry is booming, growing at least 4% a year since the 1960s (with a brief slowdown in 2009), according to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

In 2016, over 1.3 billion international tourists spent an estimated US$1.4 trillion. That’s the equivalent of Australia’s gross domestic product, dispersed around the world.

The UN has even declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, heralding the role of international travel in reducing poverty. But how much global tourism money really makes its way to poor countries?
That big tourism pie
Researchers from Griffith University and University of Surrey provide a mechanism to get find out – …Read More

Ugu South Coast Tourism

Ugu South Coast Tourism celebrates Youth Month with sponsorship of Esayidi TVET laptops

Ugu South Coast Tourism handed over five laptops to the Esayidi TVET College’s Gamalakhe Campus Tourism unit for use by the students in their research and other projects.

Justin Mackrory, CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism, said that the organisation is grateful for the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the education of our youth during Youth Month.
“Ugu South Coast Tourism has a close working relationship with the Esayidi TVET College in Gamalakhe, and supports their dedicated efforts to preparing the youth for a career in Tourism.”

The Head of the Travel and Tourism Unit, Nomonde Jabe, expressed the College’s deep gratitude “Ugu South Coast Tourism has over the years contributed, with the sincerest commitment, to the College’s mandate …Read More

World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day: Creating Hope from Hurt

South Africa loses almost three rhinos a day to poaching
Wild rhinos in South Africa could be extinct in 12 years
Ford Wildlife Foundation supports Saving the Survivors conservation efforts

PRETORIA, South Africa, 3 March 2018 - Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) commemorates World Wildlife Day on 3 March 2018 through its continued support of Saving the Survivors, a conservation project that provides specialised veterinary treatment to both endangered wildlife and non-endangered species.

Established in 2012 by veterinarian Dr Johan Marais, Saving the Survivors' main focus is caring for rhinos which have fallen victim to poaching and other traumatic incidents. Fulfilling its promise of "creating hope from hurt", the project has directly saved over 250 rhinos, and indirectly it has saved hundreds more, …Read More

New Volvo XC40

New Volvo XC40 is named 2018 European Car of the Year

The new Volvo XC40 small SUV has been named the 2018 European Car of the Year ahead of the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. It is the first win of this prestigious award for Volvo Cars, the premium car maker.

"Winning this award with our new XC40 is perfect timing," said Håkan Samuelsson, president and CEO of Volvo Cars. "Volvo now has three globally available SUVs in its range for the first time. The XC40 will be a strong contributor to further growth, taking us into a new and fast-growing small SUV segment."

The XC40 win means that the complete line-up of new Volvo SUVs have each been named Car of the Year in either Europe or North America. Both the large …Read More

Umntavuma Festival

First Ever Umtamvuna Sardine Festival to Launch in July

Known mainly as a picturesque wedding and film destination, the Umtamvuna area at Port Edward on the KZN South Coast, is also fast becoming a lifestyle tourism destination, with abundant quality experiences all round.

 

Aimed at introducing these experiences to visitors, the first ever Umtamvuna Sardine Festival will be held on 6-8 July 2018 at the festival grounds of easily accessible lifestyle centre, Mattison Square, just off the scenic R61.

 

Celebrate the best the Umtamvuna area has to offer with this inaugural community and family-inspired festival, which is set to become an annual calendar highlight. Visitors can enjoy a wide range of local activities and entertainment, from food & craft stalls, live music, nature reserve running, walking and MTB trails, Zulu and Portuguese …Read More

Mkhaya Reserve

Roving torch is marking the
365 days countdown to
Botswana’s golden jubilee.
The torch will traverse all
corners of this landlocked country,
enabling all Botswanans to celebrate
this wonderful milestone.
Botswana’s president, Ian Khama,
said recently: “With this torch, I
pledge on behalf of all Batswana that
as we go forward, werecommit to the
core values and principles that have
guided this great Republic since
Independence – that of Democracy,
Unity, Development and Self Reliance.
“As a nation, these principles, as
well as our culture of Botho, will bring
dignity to all and continue to guide
us and future generations. I appeal to
all Batswana to continue to embrace
and uphold them in the spirit of
togetherness, for it is only through
these ideals that we can achieve our
journ

ey of prosperity for all.
“As this torch tours the whole
country, it will symbolize our pledge to
keep the flames of these commitments
burning so that we …Read More

Go Wild

As the preferred supplier of innovate, high-end tents to leading safari and luxury travel destinations,
our specialty lies in creating sophisticated accommodation that effortlessly blends with its natural
surroundings.
Our offering includes our meru and luxury range. Alternatively, speak to our experienced team
about custom-designing your unique tented camp. Not only can we advise you on camp planning,
flooring and decking, décor and plumbing, but we also provide a maintenance service which
increases the lifespan of your tent. Part of our scope is also to provide you with turnkey solutions.
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