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Summer Specials at Walkersons Hotel & Spa | Dullstroom

These summer specials at Walkersons Hotel & Spa are not to be missed!

Nestled in the rolling hills of the Mpumalanga highveld, outside the hamlet of Dullstroom, Walkersons presents endless vistas and unrivalled serenity. The hotel awaits discerning guests who have selected Walkersons as their destination of choice for a variety of personal interests.

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FREE Wildlife Desktop Backgrounds | October

Another month has flown by and summer is well on its way here in South Africa! For this months desktop backgrounds I thought I would move away from the usual wildlife shots and try something different for a change.

The first image is of the Earth’s only natural satellite and the fifth largest satellite in the Solar System, the Moon. The second image is a black and white picture of the magnificaent Olifants River in the Kruger National Park. Which is your favourite?

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The Bakubung Gate in Pilanesberg goes up in flames!

On the 20th of September 2010 a small fire that started outside Pilanesberg National Park turned into disaster when it spread to the Bakubung Gate of Pilanesberg. Staff inside the structures were hauled out of the burning offices without their personal or other effects but luckily, no-one was injured in the blaze.

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Free Screensavers of African Wildlife | Get yours for FREE NOW!

I was recently approached by Micheal Theys of Africa Freak with a great concept of providing images for a FREE downloadable screensaver for PC & Mac computers. Not more than a couple of weeks down the road the screensaver is ready for download!

Check them out and let me know what you think!

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Where to go on Safari: National Parks versus Private Game Reserves

Visitors to South Africa often ask where they should go for their safari. It is (possibly) a once in a lifetime experience and you want to be certain that you get the best out of your trip to Africa. Kruger National Park is well known across the world, but does this mean that this is where you should go when you visit South Africa?

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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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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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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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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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Act for Conservation on World Environment Day

World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June every year. It aims to focus global awareness on the importance of the environment and to stimulate political attention and action for a healthy planet. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment.

The theme for World Environment Day 2010 is ‘Many Species. One Planet. One Future.’ This theme supports the International Year of Biodiversity 2010, a global campaign designed to encourage worldwide action to safeguard biodiversity, the intricate network of life.

See how you can act for conservation on World Environment day and the other 364 days of the year!

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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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Pilanesberg National Park | Day Trips & Tours

Situated just two and a half hours from JHB, Pilanesberg provides the perfect location for a day in the wild. Perfect for travelers with a spare day in hand, this package includes:

* return transfers from JHB,
* breakfast,
* lunch,
* refreshments,
* all park entry fees,
* and a fully qualified (MSc Ecology & Conservation, FGASA) private guide!

Fully inclusive, private guided overnight safaris with a variety of accommodation options to Pilanesberg are also available on request!

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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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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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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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South Africa’s National Bird Threatened by Illegal Trade | Media Release

With the lure of the supposed status acquired by keeping cranes in a private garden or shopping centre, a demand is created for cranes, which places pressure on the wild populations. Many unsuspecting people then become involved in illegal trade, as they find birds quite readily available.

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World Cup Soccer Specials!!

Moya Wa Tenga Safaris is committed to providing professional services at an affordable rate during the World Cup period. Some of our services over this period include: Day Trips to Pilanesberg National Park from R 1950.00pp* Private Chauffeur services in an air-conditioned vehicle for up to 7 passengers from R 4 950.00/day* Day Trips to [...]

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Objection to Coal Mine Near Mapungubwe World Heritage Site | A media Release from The EWT

Despite the fact that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process on access and fuel storage for Vele is still under way and a water license has not been approved, Coal of Africa Limited has recently been awarded ‘unconditional new order mining rights’!

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How private guided safaris benefit you!

Having a Private Guide to accompany you on your safari has many benefits and is more affordable than most realise! Brad Leontsinis touches on some of the benefits of private guided safaris.

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