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Classical Music meets Rhino Conservation in South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve

In a unique conservation initiative, lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve will be hosting a 6 piece classical musical ensemble for a live performance under the african skies.

This event will form part of a fund raising initiative aimed at addressing the current levels of poaching being experienced in anumber of conservation areas throughout South Africa.

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Madikwe or Pilanesberg: Which should I visit during my safari in South Africa?

First time travellers to South Africa often find themselves having to make the tough task of choosing a wildlife conservation area to visit during their stay. Pilanesberg & Madikwe are very close to one-another and often end up being two of the options that visitors are faced with. This post will hopefully help highlight the pro’s and cons of each of the parks, making your decision an informed and easy one to make!

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Unbeatable Beach & Bush Special | Madikwe and Cape Town

Warm away the winter chills with our unbeatable “Beach & Bush Special”. Spend two nights at the 5 Star Motswiri Private Safari Lodge in the renowned Madikwe Game Reserve and get two free nights in the Aquarius Luxury Suites in Blouberg, Cape Town. All this for only R 5 995.00 per person sharing, thats a saving of more than R 2 000.00 per person!

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International Vulture Awareness Day South Africa | 4 September 2010

The first Saturday of September every year is observed as International Vulture Awareness day by the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Birds of Prey Programme (EWT-BoPP), its partners and associates including provincial conservation bodies and several other NGOs involved in vulture research and conservation in South Africa.

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Free Wildlife Desktop Backgrounds South Africa | September 2010

Get your monthly fix of FREE wildlife desktop backgrounds from South Africa! This months images feature an African Darter and a lone Elephant Bull, both images from the Pilanesberg National Park.

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Destination Review | Umlani Bush Camp | Timbavati South Africa

Umlani Bush Camp in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve is the focus of this month’s destination review. I was lucky enough spend 2 nights there with a group of guests form the USA and found that this is beautiful bushcamp which offers value for money and some incredible game viewing opportunities in one of South Africa’s premier wildlife viewing areas.

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Two guys, a Hilux and 14 000 kilometres! A journey to Kenya in 2011

On the 20th of January 2011 two friends will set off on an epic 70-day road trip through six African countries – South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi and Zimbabwe. They will cover nearly 14000 km in their trusty Toyota Hilux “bakkie” and visit some of the continent’s most famous game reserves and national parks. Find out more and follow them on this incredible journey!

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The Endangered Wildlife Trust launches it’s Rhino Poaching Hotline | 082 404 2128

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), in recognising a dire need to urgently address the rapidly escalating problem of rhino poaching in South Africa, has developed a project to strengthen the security of rhino in South Africa. The EWT Rhino Hotline number is 082 404 2128 . We call on every person who becomes aware of any illegal, or suspicious activities concerning rhino poaching or the sale, movement and or trade in their horns, to please make use of this number in order to get the information to the relevant enforcement agencies.

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Another busy month begins!

I cant believe this is the first opportunity that i’ve had to actually sit down and add a new post to the blog category. Things have been incredibly busy but there are a lot of exciting things happening over the next couple of months as well as some really big projects for the new year! This blog post touches on some of these upcoming events and also has some images I took during a recent trip to Madikwe.

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FREE Wildlife Desktop Backgrounds | August

More FREE desktop backgrounds from the conservation areas of South Africa. Bring your personal computer to life with this months selection of images which include an Impala Lilly, a Wild Dog and some Zebra in Black and White.

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South African Wildlife | The Cheetah

The cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) is a member of the cat family (Felidae) of which both Lion and Leopard are a part of. The Cheetah though, is unique in that it has adapted and evolved for high speed chases over short distances.Check out some of these fascinating adaptations which allow the Cheetah to reach speeds in excess of 100km/hour!

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Travel and Photography tips in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park | South Africa

When people think of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, they think of red sand dunes and massive black-manes lions, but it’s the small things that make this extenisive conservation area such and extraordinary place. Ground squirrels, surricates, and even Cape cobras are all regularly seen and even photographed! So next time your body is craving the African bush, and you know it’s time for somewhere other than the Kruger National Park, head for the Northern Cape…and explore the Kgalagadi.

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Keep it flying South Africa!

I recieved an email with a link to this fantastic site this afternoon and thought that it was well worth sharing! South Africa is really a fantastic country and a nation which will continue to grow from strength to strength. Viva Mzansi viva!

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FREE Wildlife Desktop Backgrounds | July

Check out this months FREE wildlife desktop backgrounds from two of South Africa’s leading photographers!

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Photo-Africa and Moya Wa Tenga Safaris partner up to form a new powerhouse in educational photographic safaris throughout Southern Africa!

After months of preparation we are pleased to announce that Photo-Africa and Moya Wa Tenga Safaris have formed a partnership which promises to revolutionize digital photography workshops and photographic safaris in Southern Africa.

This exciting partnership sees a combined experience of almost 30 years in the photography and hospitality industry come together in one comprehensive package. Gerry van der Walt, Kerry de Bruyn and Andrew Beck each bring their own unique set of skills and flavors to the table.

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Wildlife Photography 101 | Photography Workshop

2 Day Wildlife Photography Workshop
Day 1: 4 September 2010
Day 2: 11 September 2010
Cost: R 1 500.00 pp (includes all meals, limited drinks, course notes and day trip)

Day one will focus on the technical, creative and ethical aspects of wildlife photography whilst the second day will be spent photographing the wildlife and landscapes in Pilanesberg National Park. You will be accompanied by two professional wildlfie photographers and two experienced field guides throughout this fantastic workshop!

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South African Birdlife | The Pied Kingfisher

Pied kingfishers (Ceryle rudis) are one of two species which occur in South Africa belonging to the family of Cerylid kingfishers and is reputed to be the world’s longest bird (bill to tail) that is capable of sustained hovering in still air!

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Destination Review | Selous Bush Camp | Mankwe Game Reserve near Pilanesberg

Selous Camp in the Mankwe Game Reserve near Pilanesberg offers safari accommodation in the form of a classic canvas tented camp in the old explorer’s style!

The camp is situated a mere 150km from Johannesburg (2 hours by road), 6km from the Manyane Gate (Pilanesburg National Park), 20km from Sun City, 10km from Pilanesburg International Airport, and is ideal for family getaways & corporate groups.

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Moya Wa Tenga Safaris’ images used in international press!

Images from a number of recent safaris were recently chosen to be used in an international newspaper & magazine article covering South Africa as a tourism destination.

A total of three images were used by the Mexican Reforma Newspaper in their article ‘Belleza indomable’ on ‘Sudáfrica’.

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Destination Review | Morukuru Lodges | Madikwe Game Reserve

Morukuru is situated in the Madikwe Game reserve which is located in the North West Province of South Africa. Morukuru currently offers three seperate villas. Owner’s House, Lodge and Farm House are all part of the unique Morukuru Family experience. The Villas operate on an exclusive basis, so there are never any other guests besides you and those you choose to accompany you. In addition to this, Morukuru owns their own land as well as having traversing rights onto the Greater Madikwe Game Reserve so you’ll not only have the entire property to yourself, but personal staff to attend to your every whim.

There are no set schedules at Morukuru, you are the masters of your stay with them and have complete freedom to do as you wish, when you wish!

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FREE Wildlife Desktop Backgrounds | June

This months FREE desktop backgrounds feature two of South Africa’s BIG 5: Elephant and Lion!

The last month has been incredibly busy with photography opportunities being very limited so I have hauled these images out of my archives.

As always, if you would like to download the file, simply click on the image and then select the “download” button when the image opens in the window.

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Destination Review | Ivory Tree Game Lodge | Pilanesberg

Ivory Tree Game Lodge is situated in the north eastern region of the Pilanesberg National Park, a mere two hours by road transfer from Johannesburg. Ivory Tree Game Lodge is ideal for small groups, families and couples looking to maximise their time in SA by heading out on a one or two night safari.

Moya Wa Tenga Safaris packages include return road transfers.

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Fight to Save the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site Intensifies | Media Release

This is the latest release on the issue surrounding the coal mining around the World heritage site of Mapungubwe. The fight to protect the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape from coal mining heated up this week with the submission of an appeal against the mine by some of the leading non-governmental organisations in South Africa.

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A photographic journey through Pemba in Northern Mozambique | Guest post by Hugo Soeiro

Join our guest blogger Hugo Soeiro on a magical photographic journey as he guides us through the beauty and magic of Pemba in Northern Mozambique. With its calm, crystalline white beaches and untouched coral reefs, Pemba has the third largest natural bay in the world.

This post shows how great a destination Mozambique is for the passionate travel photographer in you!

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FREE Desktop Backgrounds | May

Winter seems to be well on its way here in South Africa with plenty of cold weather over the last couple of weeks. The end of the rainy season marks a transition period where the landscape slowly begins to transform from dense stands of lush green trees and grass, to the more subdued shades of browns and oranges. All in all a great time for photography!

This months images ( Martial Eagle in flight, & two young Lions) were taken during the cold winter months last year. Enjoy!

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South African Wildlife | The Cape Buffalo

A member of the Big 5, the African or Cape Buffalo is the most formidable african bovid. It is not closely related to wild Asian Water Buffalo despite what many tourists to South Africa believe. There are two species on the African continent, the smaller forest dwelling Red Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus) and the larger savanna dwelling Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer caffer).

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40th Earth Day Celebration | How is Planet Earth Doing?

Today, 22 April 2010, is the 40th Celebration of Earth Day.

One of the major problems facing the planet is the loss of biodiversity. We are losing biodiversity at 100 times the rates documented in fossil records.

This post reviews how a conservation NGO (The Endangered Wildlife Trust) is combating this loss of biodiversity.

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South African Birdlife | The European Roller |

Check out our latest post in the Wildlife category which has a look at the gorgeous European Roller and the origins of its scientific and common names.

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FREE Wildlife Desktop Backgrounds | April

This months images are both of lions in black and white. The first is of a lioness stalking through the long grass in the Pilanseberg National Park whilst the second is of an adorable cub.

As always, if you would like to download the file, simply click on the image and then select the “download” button when the image opens in the window.

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Rhino poachers hit Pilanesberg National Park | Black Rhino Killed

An endangered Black Rhino was poached in the Pilanesberg National Park on Wednesday 10 March, the first rhino to be poached in this Park in its 31 year history. The Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust needs YOUR help to prevent future attacks of this nature!

If you would like to make a donation, no matter how small, please follow the links and you will be redirected to the Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust’s debit order page.

Banking Details
Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust
FNB, Cheque account
Branch: 260246 – Mogwase
Account: 62031121255

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