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East African Safari Night – 19 Sep 2018

East African Safari Night – 19 Sep 2018

Join us for a TRAVEL TALK & VIDEO SHOW: in Search of Wildlife in the Serengeti & Masai Mara Wednesday, September 19th       7:00 – 9:00pm At: 221- 8678 Greenall Avenue, Burnaby @ Personal Travel Management, just east of Boundary at Marine Way   Experience a Day on Safari, brought to life by fabulous photography – presented by Claudia Stuart, director of Bushtops Enjoy tales from our recent trips, all while nibbling on tasty snacks and sipping some smooth wine! Contact Christine Boecker by Sep 14th to reserve FREE* tickets for you and your friend(s)  Phone: 604.338.9211 chris@travelboecker.com *An item for the local Foodbank is appreciated   ABOUT THE LEGACY SAFARI: I’ve often been asked to escort a safari in my homeland, so here’s your opportunity to join me in South Africa, and to leave a Legacy worth celebrating! In May 2019 I will be hosting a small group of wildlife enthusiasts on our National Geographic Legacy Safari at a five-star lodge in the legendary Kruger Park for an eye-opening and life-changing Legacy Safari to preserve the Black Rhino for future generations. A substantial portion of the tour price will be donated to the Black Rhino Guardianship Program, safeguarding black rhino in the region through increased monitoring. Our luxury Legacy Safari explores the icons of Africa from historic Cape Town and surrounding Winelands to the legendary Kruger Park Big Five wilderness, culminating in the grassy plains and rolling hills of the iconic Masai Mara. This sustainable safari is especially curated for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, foodies, wine-lovers and culture vultures. TRΛVELBOECKER ΛDVENTURES works with the best, hand-picked travel partners around the globe, such as Bushtops...
My Father’s Legacy

My Father’s Legacy

Consider joining me in May 2019 at the 5*Singita Lebombo Lodge on a Legacy Safari to the iconic Kruger National Park in South Africa for an eye-opening and life-changing journey — travel with purpose and preserve the Black Rhino for future generations. I have loved the Lebombo Mountains ever since I was a child. They are a narrow range in South Africa that stretches from Hluhluwe in KwaZulu Natal to Punda Maria in the Limpopo. It is here that my family scattered my father’s ashes in July 2012, from a gentle vista overlooking the land and animals he loved, with a view of the Kruger National Park to the west, Mozambique to the east, and Swaziland to the south. My father, Wolf Boecker, immigrated to South Africa in the 1950’s, followed shortly by my mother Erika, his young and adventurous bride. Together they settled first in the Cape, and then Johannesburg, making a life for themselves far from war-torn Europe. They raised four children, my two brothers, a sister and me. My parents shared a deep love for nature and, starting in my early childhood they would load all four children into our old stationwagon, along with a great clatter of pots and pans, provisions and a heavy old canvas tent, and we would head for “the bush”. Winter months are always a good time to view game but the nights are chilly. We would hunker down in our old tent, padding the stretchers and the floor with newspaper to keep out the cold. In the evening, we would sit around the magical bush campfire with other bush enthusiasts and...
Black Rhino Guardianship Program, Kruger Park

Black Rhino Guardianship Program, Kruger Park

by Dr. Nikki le Roex & Cathy Dreyer | Scientific & Ranger Services, SANParks Kruger Park Black Rhino Guardianship Program: The Kruger National Park is a stronghold for the now critically-endangered black rhino, and the protection of this population is essential. However, following the poaching surge in 2008, black rhino numbers in Kruger declined dramatically, and greater understanding of black rhino movements and behaviour is urgently required to provide additional protection. In 2017, the Kruger Park Black Rhino Guardianship Program was initiated in southern Kruger. This program aims to safeguard the population through increased monitoring and understanding of black rhino movements. [Our National Geographic Legacy Safari to Singita Kruger Park supports this program!] One of the methods employed by the program is to fit satellite tracking collars on adult female and sub-adult male black rhino. Analysis of the collar data will enable the team to prioritize the protection of breeding females and follow the dispersal of young males in southern Kruger National Park. (See update below) Greater understanding of black rhino movements, the indication of poaching hotspots, progressive veterinary interventions and targeted security initiatives will give black rhino in the Kruger National Park the best chance of survival in the face of unrelenting poaching pressure. Learn more about how we can save the Kruger Park Black Rhino together!   Black Rhino Guardian Program Update – June 2018 Collared Black Rhino Recent changes in the manufacture of the rhino satellite foot collars have proven to be problematic, with physical, technological and [the animals’] welfare issues arising over the last few months. As such, we have ceased the collaring component of the Black Rhino...
One Thousand and One Nights in Egypt

One Thousand and One Nights in Egypt

Oh, how quickly history comes alive in Egypt! My Egyptian adventure begins in Cairo, an ancient city that has grown to 30 million inhabitants, where the smell of dust and diesel is forgotten as I gaze in awe at the Sphinx and Great Pyramids of Giza…

Together we can save the Rhino!

Together we can save the Rhino!

See Africa through expert eyes and leave a legacy!
I’ve recently returned from scouting our May 2019 Legacy Safari, safeguarding the Rhino of Kruger Park. Space on this Legacy Safari is limited, so call soon. I look forward to sharing my Africa with you!

Canoeing the mighty Zambezi

Canoeing the mighty Zambezi

My Zambezi River Canoe Safari It was August, the middle of the African winter when I set foot on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. The grass was brown, the trees bare and the midday heat was bearable. It’s the perfect time for game viewing and camping – the rainy season only starts in October. I began my journey at Matetsi Lodge, upstream from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and enjoyed this luxurious camp and the game drives in open Landrovers. My bungalow had it’s own plunge pool and a great view of the Zambezi. It was remote and quiet – except for the birds and crickets, and the occasional laughter of a hippo. The Victoria Falls are something to behold. The African people call it ‘Mosi-i-Tunga’: the Smoke that Thunders. All my senses were bombarded – the roar of the water plunging almost 1000 meters, the spray that soaked me in minutes, the view into that unbelievable chasm … I was in awe. The famous bridge that connects Zimbabwe with Zambia is a favorite spot for Bungi-jumping, but I decided to keep my feet on terra firma! Our canoe trip started from Lake Kariba, so I made my way there and spent a night in a rondawel at the shores of the lake. At night the hippos would graze on the lawns – so I stayed indoors and read a book. Next morning we were off in a truck on our great adventure – it began with crossing the Kafue River on a hand-drawn pont (ferry) en route to Kiambi, our base camp. After a hearty breakfast we...
What is it about the African bush?

What is it about the African bush?

Join us on this virtual African Safari Game Drive   “What is it about the African bush?” This is a question that was put to me recently by a guest on a game drive in the Greater Kruger Park. It was something that at first I struggled to put into words, but once I thought about it, I realized that it wasn’t just one thing. One of the key elements is that nervous excitement when departing on your game drive. You can feel the energy in the vehicle when we leave the lodge – often guests can’t contain it – “what are we going to see today?” This is probably the most asked question of any ranger. That is the beauty, we don’t know either and that is what motivates us to get up early after limited sleep-every day. I have often said to guests that I have the best office in the world, where we are just spectators in a story which has played out since the beginning of time. In a world nowadays which is obsessed with reality shows and soap operas, there are no better real life stories than the ones that unfold in the African bush on a daily basis. Many of you who have been following our lion saga can attest to that. Here we are able to go off road to get our guests as close to the animals without interfering or causing them any stress. This has a huge impact on a safari experience, especially in an open top vehicle as you feel more connected to the animal and its environment. In...
Foodie Alert – Eating Experiences Abound in Cape Town

Foodie Alert – Eating Experiences Abound in Cape Town

Calling all Foodies visiting Cape Town, South Africa

Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards – widely regarded as the most authoritative restaurant poll for foodies – announced Cape Town’s Test Kitchen and La Colombe in first and second place and Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort in seventh position. Restaurants in nearby Somerset West, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch took the other high placings, all of them easily accessible in an hour or so from Cape Town.

Food plays an integral part of any magical journey. These activities will take any Cape Town experience to new heights….

What will our Children see in Africa?

What will our Children see in Africa?

How sustainable are our African Safaris?
More and more travellers are able to full-fill their life-long dream of going on African safaris. It is such a memorable experience and will leave a long-lasting impression on everyone that sets foot on this wondrous continent.
However, the effect is an ever growing need for tourism infrastructure, including lodging, vehicles and staff. We are hearing more and more about human – wildlife conflict, and how the tourism business may affect the very reason we want to go to Africa.

Thankfully more travellers are asking what role their tourism dollar plays in the community, and to what extent their contribution in tourism benefits the environment that sustains the local flora and fauna…