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Posts Tagged ‘Southern Africa’

Every Rhinoceros Matters, Whether #JustOneRhino or Another

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 24 January 2015

This is our contribution to the #JustOneRhino fundraising campaign. It benefits the ambitious and very expensive Rhinos Without Borders goal of translocating 100 rhinoceros from South Africa to Botswana by mid-2015. Click here for more about the #JustOneRhino campaign, including how you can make a donation and be in the running for $30,000 in raffle prizes!

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The Emotional Nature of an African Safari

  • Mark Stodel
  • 2 December 2013

An African safari can have a profound and often life-changing effect on a visitor. That got me thinking: The world is big, and for the travel enthusiast there are many jaw-droppingly gorgeous travel destinations from which to choose. So what is it about an African safari that makes it so special and has people coming back time and time again?

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What Is the Opposite of Local Travel?

  • The Travel Word
  • 31 October 2012

The concept of “local travel” is still sometimes misunderstood. It’s about shifting your travel values so that your are mindful and supportive of local people, the local environment, local culture and local economy. Local travel can also be defined by what it is not. So we’ve asked the staff at The Travel Word to think about the opposite of local travel. What is the very antithesis of local travel? Here are our thoughts.

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Touring the Agricultural Region of Eastern Cape, South Africa

  • Neil Lyon
  • 19 September 2012

The Eastern Cape province of South Africa is a diverse and sunny region where travellers can sink their hands into the earth of farm life in our beautiful country. Learn about the citrus of the Sundays River Hall, the meat of Karoo, the agricultural festivals and the safari experiences on farm lands today rehabilitated as national parks.

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Xhosa: Embracing Love Through a South African Language

  • Ashley Michelle Williams
  • 27 June 2012

For some reason, I don’t think I was that aware of how much diversity existed within South Africa. I hate to be ignorant, but I just didn’t realize the array of languages and cultures that existed within the country. I was surprised to find out that there are actually more than 10 official languages in South Africa, my favorite of which is Xhosa.

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Livingstone, Zambia – Stunning to the Senses

  • Lindy Nauta
  • 20 June 2012

As soon as we get to the plane door, it hits us: dry heat mixed with the smell of the bush. It is instantly recognisable, our senses confirming what our minds already know. We are in the middle of Africa! Specifically, Livingstone, Zambia. A few kilometres away, the ‘Smoke That Thunders’ drifts up to heights of over 400 metres, a plume clearly visible from the air signalling the start of an incredible trip.

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Can Ecotourism Help Save Endangered Species?

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 22 May 2012

We’ve all visited neglected, underfunded and high-traffic tourist parks where wild and endangered animals have become almost tame. Sites such as these, where regulations are inadequately enforced, are unfortunately far too common. On the sunny flip side of this is well-planned ecotourism, the kind that helps conserve many outdoor and wilderness spaces that may be a last hope for endangered species.

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Photo of the Week: Underneath the Baobab Tree, Western Kruger, South Africa

  • Induna Adventures (Photo) Jaco Lubbe (Text)
  • 22 April 2012

This gigantic, magnificent, old-as-time and – some would say – upside-down tree is known as the baobab. A symbol of endurance, strength and conservation. While you are likely to be taken aback by its presence and history, it also gives an exciting feeling of freedom and inspires a desire to explore, as many generations before have done.

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Top Five Volunteering Holidays

  • Tom Marvin
  • 28 March 2012

These days, people are looking for more from their holidays. Jaded by the mass-produced, identikit travel experiences pushed out by large corporations, they’ve tapped into a growing trend to give something back whilst away from home. And who can blame them? Travel is all about gaining new experiences, seeing new places and developing as a person. Volunteering during a holiday gives you all these opportunities.

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Take It Slow: Get off the High-Speed Tour Bus!

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 12 March 2012

You’ve seen them flocking together at every major tourist site: groups of travellers in bright Hawaiian shirts escorted by their tour guides, who lead them around like herds of cattle. They snap photos with their brand-new cameras and are then wrangled back on the bus. One hopes that one day these folk will realise this is no way to see the world, watching the landscapes whirr by instead of savouring the journey.

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