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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

After a hearty breakfast we climbed into our canoes and headed for Kualefu (the ‘Far-away Place’) – 90 km’s downstream. It was a 3 day trip along the shores of the Lower Zambezi National Park. Gently floating down the river we saw many species of birds – just the thing for me! There is nothing quite like sitting in the front of a canoe on a huge expanse of water and watching the eagles swoop down to catch their dinner – just a few meters away from us…

What is it about the African bush?

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.

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…

Prince rescues Gorillas!

Prince rescues Gorillas!

Recently Christine Boecker attended a conference on conservation and responsible, sustainable travel in Africa. Most inspirational was the story told by the Director of Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park, Emmanuel de Merode – who is actually a Belgian Prince!

As a conservationist and anthropologist, de Merode focuses on supporting African wildlife rangers in remote and difficult wildlife reserves, and is instrumental in protecting the Gorilla population in the D.R.C. de Merode now lives at the Virunga park headquarters – far removed from any princely residence in Europe!…

Mountain Gorillas – Gentle Giants

Mountain Gorillas – Gentle Giants

The Virunga Mountains are a chain of eight volcanoes in East Africa that form a border between Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo…

Many species live among the trees that fringe the base of the (mostly-dormant) volcanoes, including water buffalo, golden monkey, duiker and elephant. However it was the huge mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) that attracted the American zoologist Dian Fossey. She observed this endangered species for eighteen years from a Rwandan camp that she created between two of the volcanoes, Karisimbi and Visoke…

Volunteering on an African Game Reserve

Volunteering on an African Game Reserve

If you are looking for excitement, adventure and a lot of fun on your trip then African Wildlife Volunteering is a wonderful option. I have been a volunteer at a game reserve for four weeks now and it has exceeded my expectations. Being an ecologist, I was looking forward to getting up close and personal with South Africa’s wildlife and I have not been disappointed.

The main focus of each day is the family of lions on the reserve. Normally we would go out and find the male (he has a collar) at the beginning of each day and record the behavior of all five lions before moving on. This is my favorite part of the day. Even if you are not a morning person (I am not) I am eager to get up at whatever time necessary…

Ever paddled a flying canoe?

Ever paddled a flying canoe?

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 tenting – the rainy season only starts in late October.

After a hearty breakfast we climbed into our canoes and headed for Kualefu (the ‘Far-away Place’) – 90 kilometres downstream. Our 3 day paddle hugged the shores of the Lower Zambezi National Park. A strong headwind during the first few hours tested my shoulders and arms. After a delicious lunch on the river bank under a shady tree and a quick massage I was ready to carry on. Luckily the wind had subsided and it was easy going from then on…

Oreteti – Bejeweled Wishing Tree

Oreteti – Bejeweled Wishing Tree

Overlooking Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Crater stands an old bejeweled fig tree, fondly known as “Oreteti” to the Maasai people. This ficus thonningii is of great spiritual significance to the local clans.

‘Oreteti’ was a place where women, usually older women, went to pray for healing, the end of a drought or other misfortune. They would leave a metal or beaded bracelet to cement their prayer, which have slowly become part of the tree. In cases of sever epidemics or droughts, a black sheep would be sacrificed a village elder…