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  • The 10 Best Breakfast Spots in Cape Town

    By Matthew Sterne |

    The accolades are pouring in for Cape Town’s restaurants as the city’s creative concepts, local flavours and unique settings catch the attention of the critics. It's the restaurants and their dinner offerings that really impress but breakfast options in the Mother City can hold their own too. From bakeries to diners to five-star hotels, we scaled a mountain of poached eggs, roasted tomatoes and homemade bread to find the best place in Cape Town for the day’s most important meal. Jason's‘Cape Town’s favourite bakery’ Breakfast times: 7:30 - 12:00 (weekdays), 8:00 - 12:00 (Saturdays), closed on Sundays Cost: R20 - R70 Telephone +27214245644 Address: 185 Bree Street (corner of Bloem Street), City Centre Jason’s, on the trendy Bree Street, has quickly become a CBD stalwart known for its exceptional artisanal baked goods. The aptly-named dish, The Bomb, is one of the most popular options and is a croissant with a poached egg, bacon and Emmental cheese. It’s the Saturday morning doussants that really get the people talking, though, with queues around the corner almost every weekend. I went with a French colleague and she gave the croissants her nod of approval. So you know they’re good. Villa 47‘Uncomplicated quality’ Breakfast times: 07:00 - 11:30 (weekdays), 08:30 - 11:30 (Saturdays), closed on Sundays Cost: R65 - R80 Telephone:  +021 418 2740 Address: 47 Bree Street, City Centre At the other end of Bree Street and also a stellar breakfast experience is Villa 47. This Italian restaurant known for its simple, yet quality, pastas brings that philosophy to its breakfasts. There are five classic breakfast options such as scrambled eggs with Spanish chorizo, eggs benedict with pancetta or salmon and croissant with scrambled eggs and Italian pancetta. There are five fresh fruit juice mixes and coffees to go with it. Clarke’s Bar and Dining Room [caption id="attachment_30820" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo Credit: Clarke's Bar[/caption] ‘Cape Town cool with an all-day breakfast’ Breakfast times: 8:00 - 16:00 Cost: R30 - R70 Telephone +2721 424 7648 Address: 133 Bree Street, City Centre Occupying prime position in the City Bowl’s buzzing Bree Street, Clarke’s Bar & Dining Room serves up a satisfying array of all-day breakfast options. Old favourites feature alongside unusual concoctions such as their Hash Eggs—eggs benedict with a twist—and Huevos Rancheros—a traditional dish hailing from Mexico. Health nuts will fawn over the house-made granola and grapefruit brulee. As if you need more reason to go, a morning special between 8 and 9 includes 2 eggs on your choice of bread and a coffee or juice for R30. Don’t have time to pop in for long? Grab a takeaway coffee between 7 and 8 on weekdays for only R12. Radisson Blu‘Breakfast buffet with a view’ Breakfast times: 6:30 - 10:30 (weekdays), 6:30 - 11:00 (weekends) Cost: R220 Telephone +27 21 441 3000 Address: Beach Road, Granger Bay While seagulls soar above you, waves lap nearby and boats coast past, you can indulge in the Radisson’s breakfast buffet feast. Their large patio can seat 200 people and has heaters for the colder winter mornings. There is an array of freshly squeezed-in-front-of-you juices, muesli, yoghurt, fruit, cheeses, bread, cold meats and salmon. There are the usual suspects for the hot breakfast; sausages, crispy and soft bacon, eggs, mushrooms and vegetable quiches. Waffles, pancakes and eggs are made to order. If you go I’d suggest taking your time and enjoying the view of Robben Island and Table Bay. Manna Epicure‘A Kloof Street classic’ Breakfast times: 08:00 - 16:00, Sundays 08:00 - 15:00 Cost: R30 - R95 Telephone +27214262413 Address: 151 Kloof Street, Gardens Hailed as a dynamic fusion of South African and French cuisines, Manna Epicure is not just a fine dining restaurant but also a wonderful breakfast choice. With elegant decor, white tables and outside counters facing the street, Manna Epicure has proven to be a very popular place to start your day in Cape Town. Their classic breakfast (pictured) and coconut breakfast (two eggs, smoked salmon trout and avocado on coconut bread) are two winners but the in-house bakery is really what catches our attention. There is a selection of homemade bread to choose from: coconut, gluten-free, rye, country, pecan nut & raisin or ciabatta - and of course, the croissants! The half price breakfast between eight and nine every morning is even more motivation to go. Starlings‘Hidden (behind a hedge) gem’ Breakfast times: 7 -12 (Weekdays), 8-12:30 (Saturdays), 8-13:00 (Sundays) Cost: R20 - R85 Telephone +2721 671 6875 Address: 94 Belvedere Road, Claremont This converted house in Claremont is easy to miss, but I don’t recommend doing that as it’s a charming little place to start your day. It still has that homely feeling with local friends meeting for breakfast, the waiters remembering their names and decor your grandmother would envy. The leafy courtyard is a wonderful feature but it’s the food that people come back for. Homemade Bulgarian yoghurt, poached eggs with parmesan and basil pesto, free-range chicken livers, avocado, homemade pesto, roasted tomatoes and toast, and the perennial eggs benedict are the most popular items on the menu. Four & Twenty‘The ultimate spot for a girls’ breakfast’ Breakfast Times: Tuesday – Saturday 08h30 – 15h30, Sunday 09h00 – 14h30 Cost: R65 - R112 Telephone +2721 762 0975 Address: 23 Wolfe Street, Chelsea Village, Wynberg Women in Cape Town are fanatical about this place, almost frighteningly so. But one look at this place and it’s easy to understand why. This whimsical cafe and pantry is tucked away in Chelsea Village and has a French inspiration behind it. And that's fair enough, as the owners dreamt up the concept while eating macaroons below the Eiffel Tower. Their food is straight-up delicious. They have actual Green Eggs and Ham, which is fresh basil hollandaise with poached eggs and topped with pan-crisped hickory-smoked ham and rocket. Another popular choice is Oriental Eggs Be-Lean, which is pan-fried mixed exotic mushrooms, with poached eggs, on Indonesia-umami hollandaise, sesame-crusted crispy bacon garnished with edamame beans. The cakes and cupcakes are especially good too. Jarryd’s [caption id="attachment_30821" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Photo Credit: Jarryd's[/caption] ‘The best breakfast spot on the Atlantic Seaboard’ Breakfast times: 07:00 - 16:30 Cost: R20 - R90 Address: 90 Regent Road, Sea Point This highly-rated breakfast spot in Sea Point ticks all the right boxes. The menu is a challenging one as it’s all so mouth-wateringly enticing. As they say themselves, ‘Jarryd’s is not about re-inventing the wheel but more about doing the classics really, really well.’ There is room, however, for some creativity as can be seen in their oven-roasted chorizo frittata, an array of breakfast scrambles and their very popular sweet corn fritters with bacon, homemade tomato relish, avocado and baby spinach. If you’re looking to have a morning walk on the Sea Point promenade then this is the place we recommend it ends. Hemelhuijs‘Delicious breakfast with a South African twist’ Breakfast times: All day from 9:00am onwards Cost: R45 - R75 Telephone +2721 418 2042 Address: 1 Waterkant Street, City Centre With a menu that looks like a coffee book you know you’re in good hands in the pristine and welcoming Hemelhuijs. Their juices alone are worth going for with options like grapefruit, pear and cabbage, and winter melon, celery and ginger. The carefully sourced ingredients and the famous ‘mosbolletjie’ bread have won over a legion of staunch supporters for this oasis in the city. And their all-day breakfast options with items like mieliepap, onion smoor, grilled farm sausage and home-made potato rosti are just another reason why. Signal Restaurant at Cape Grace‘The classiest breakfast in town’ Breakfast times: 06:00 - 11:00 Cost: R95 - R225 Telephone +2721 410 7080 Address: Cape Grace, West Quay Road, V&A Waterfront One of Cape Town’s finest and grandest restaurants, the Cape Grace, offers a breakfast fit for kings. The options are simple (little, hot, continental or full breakfast), but the food is not. Signal takes it all to the next level. Pancakes come with caramelised apple and smoke pork belly, sweetcorn fritters come with guacamole and rashers of crispy bacon, and eggs benedict comes with gammon or smoked salmon. If you're looking to treat yourself, this is the breakfast for you.

  • A Closer Look at 6 of South Africa's Incredible Wildlife Artists

    By Matthew Sterne |

    How does one take home an African sunset? Or the stare of a leopard? Or the awe that is felt when overwhelmed by the grandness of Victoria Falls? For more and more African travellers, the answer is art. South Africa is home to an immense wealth of talented artists across a range of mediums. To find out more about these artists I caught up with Robert Rosenberg, the Marketing Director for Fine Art Portfolio. ‘The artists spend most of their time in the bush creating their art and we act as the link between the artist and the customer. Our galleries provide a broad cross-section of contemporary South African artists. We sell everything from original paintings to limited editions to bronze sculptures, ceramics and hand-picked objets d’art and upmarket curios. Not the kind of thing you see on the side of the road or in Green Market Square but something that is special and tells a story and is still at an accessible price point. ‘We try to offer a broad offering to everyone and encourage people to come in and have a look and ask questions. We won’t tell you what you need, rather come and see what you want.’ With over 5,000 artworks by over 200 South African artists, the galleries offer one of the largest selections of South African fine art for sale. They have four galleries, two in the V&A Waterfront, one in the Winelands, and one in Johannesburg. Here are six of their most popular artists. SUE DICKINSON'Sue is South Africa’s foremost wildlife watercolour artist. She is widely collected and has excellent technique. Watercolour is totally unforgiving, one wrong move will ruin the artwork. With Sue, what she leaves out is as important as what she puts in. It looks effortless but takes a lifetime to be that good. Such clarity is phenomenal. That is why she is so widely collected. She is our most popular limited edition artist.’ VINCENT REID ‘His originals are done only with pencil, so there is a huge amount of very fine detail so they take a huge amount of time to make. People love the stark contrast of black and white. It looks lifelike but it’s done with just a pencil.’ Whenever possible Vincent travels with his family to the wild bushveld of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana to study and photograph the African bush. These first-hand experiences provide creative inspiration and an abundance of source material for creating future works. DAVID BUCKLOW‘David Bucklow paints photo-realistic with acrylic and then covers it with a varnish. He spent years and years trying to perfect the eyes. He says that if you can get the eyes right, the whole painting comes together. If you look at his leopard painting, for example, they’re so piercing they follow you around the room. That enchanting look he gets with his work is what holds and enchants people.’ MAURO CHIARLA ‘Chiarla was born in Italy but moved to South Africa when he was a small child. He was heavily influenced by the Mediterranean artists because of the strong Italian connections. The big masters that he aspired to was the likes of Matisse, Cezanne, Monet and Manet. You can see it in his fluid composition and warmer brush strokes. He has taken the best of those influencers and used it in his work in South Africa.’ ERROL NORBURY ‘He bought a farm to better study the baobab tree. And travelled around Madagascar to see them more. He’s well known for his baobabs and has done lots of vineyard and Winelands scenes,’ Robert says. Errol Norbury’s choice of subject matter is wide and varied – seascapes, still lives, aircraft, landscapes and of course, wildlife and his beloved bushveld scenes. ARDMORE CERAMICS ‘Ardmore is South Africa’s foremost ceramic collection and is collected around the world. Collectors include Queen Elizabeth II, the White House and Oprah Winfrey. Each piece is handmade and a collaboration between two or more artists. It began through an upliftment program that has grown into a thriving business. They have a studio in the Natal Midlands, the luxurious Rovos Rail stops near it on the way down to Durban. Fée Halsted teaches the skill and asks the artists to pour themselves into the artwork. She encourages the sculptors and artists to put their heritage and culture and stories into the artwork.’ Fine Art Portfolio offers packaging and worldwide shipping. When you buy pieces like this you want to make sure they get home and Fine Art Portfolio makes sure they do. To find out more visit their website, Fine Art Portfolio.   

  • Khumbulani Reaches New Heights with First Playground

    By Matthew Sterne |

    The five-year-olds file out of the school in an orderly line. In these winter months, they’re dressed in jackets and beanies to keep them warm in their stone-cold classrooms, and when they go outside to play in their brand new playground. The children of Khumbulani are very quiet as they walk down the stairs under the watchful eyes of their teachers. This class of thirty children, however, goes through a transformation when their feet hit the green turf of the playground. Like penguins entering the water they come alive when they reach the playground, their natural environment. The order I celebrated moments before disappears like breath on a window. Shrieks of delight and ripples of laughter spread through the elated group as they flock towards the jungle gym. They instantly appear happier, braver and definitely louder. The playground was funded by the charitable German foundation, The Robert Bosch Stiftung, and was completed just last week. It's been a busy year for Khumbulani with the building of their new school and their excursions to places like the Two Oceans Aquarium and Monkeyland. This day care centre in the Cape Town township of Khayelitsha has come a long way from where it started back in 2000. Back then classes were held in Gloria Bebeza's 2-bedroom house. Now Khumbulani has 260 learners, all with HIV Aids-infected and -affected backgrounds. Gloria, Khumbulani’s principal, says, ‘The parents, teachers and children are very, very happy with the playground. The kids love to play outside. It’s very good for their small motor skills and big motor skills. Before we had the playground they used to take a walk around the community, they played on the side of the road. Next to the road. Maybe they ran up and down. Now they are secured and inside the school.’ The benefits of a playground for children is well documented. Part of the appeal is that children get to be around one another. It gets them moving and having fun at the same time. They learn how to take turns and exercise self-control waiting for a swing to open up. Play is the way children learn about themselves and the world. And now Khumbulani's children can benefit from that experience. As Gloria says, ‘There is no fighting, we teach them to share. If you share, everything goes well. They wait their turns and they make friends. It’s easy to make friends in the playground. It’s now their favourite thing at the school.’ Science and Gloria’s comments are one thing, but seeing their unbridled glee is enough to know that this is one very welcome gift.The kids take turns to push each other on the swings and line up for the monkey bars. They climb up the tyres, walk along the beam, go down the slide and then climb up the tires again. You get the impression that they'd do this all day until hunger or sleep intervened. And in the middle of the playground a tree has been planted. The hope is that it will grow tall and strong, as it is for the children, to grant shade and protection in the years to come. The children of Khumbulani still need more assistance, though. It is freezing cold in winter and the children need blankets and heaters. If you’d like to make a donation, small or big, go to our pledge page and make a difference in the lives of these children. If you’d like to do more or have any questions, please contact our CSR Specialist, Teresa: teresa@rhinoafrica.com  

  • Walk on the Wild Side in Kruger: Rhino Walking Safaris

    By Melanie Du Toit |

    I marvel at the sky. I've spent the past 15 minutes watching it morph from a midnight-blue to a deep purple before blooming into a glowing orange. This is dawn in the Kruger National Park and I'm about to witness the sun make its lazy ascent over the horizon. The air is fresh as I inhale, not yet having lost its crisp early-morning edge to the bustle of the day. Our ranger from Rhino Walking Safaris has assured us that this is a superb time to catch sight of the park's nocturnal wildlife - especially its predators - as they gradually wind down and head toward a daytime slumber after a night of hunting. In the expansive interior of South Africa's flagship game-viewing destination, I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to explore the wilderness on foot. Located in a 12,000ha private concession, Rhino Walking Safaris is the only area in the park to offer this type of activity. [caption id="attachment_30613" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Rhino Walking Safaris[/caption] This is a year-round safari destination. The summer months see heavy rain moisten the earth as the surrounding bush is brought to life and awash in greenery. This is also the time of year when travellers have the chance of seeing the circle of life unfold as many animals give birth to their young. In contrast, the dry winters lend themselves to superb game-viewing through sparse vegetation and large concentrations of wildlife around water sources. [caption id="attachment_30642" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Rhino Plains Camp[/caption] I was eager to make the most of my experience here and opted for the all-encompassing 5-night trail experience on offer, with walking safaris at Plains Camp, (weather permitting) a sleep out, and game drives at Rhino Post Safari Lodge. It was a relatively early start at Plains Camp on my first morning there. Escorted by two highly qualified and armed rangers, I was told these treks only take place at this time and again in the late afternoon because the weather is better suited for walking and the wildlife is more active. [caption id="attachment_30612" align="aligncenter" width="1800"] Image Credit: Rhino Plains Camp[/caption] I relished in the sound of the dry grass crunching beneath my feet, causing the grazing antelope a few metres away to pause and watch our group curiously. Our guides were knowledgeable, armed, and showcased a deep respect and love for the wild. I tried to slow my breathing as we passed by springbok and grazing zebra who had paused and cocked their ears in our direction. I was completely on edge and oddly exhilarated as our guides lead us across open plains. Feeling somewhat exposed, I was assured that staying in these open areas was far safer and limited our chances of happening upon or surprising any sleeping animals. It wasn't all about keeping our eyes on the horizon, though. One of our rangers highlighted almost imperceptible indentations in the earth around us. The untrained eye would have skimmed over it, unperturbed, but years of experience unveiled these slight markings to be rhino tracks. Nearby, we spent some time examining bustling dung beetles as they bullied clumps of dirt, earth, and other natural sources into a rotund ball far bigger than themselves. [caption id="attachment_30615" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Rhino Walking Safaris Post Camp[/caption] The weather gods were in my favour on my visit, and a sleep out was possible. While a night in the wild is optional, I don't know why you wouldn't take advantage of this unique experience. Arriving at sunset, I watched the day come to a close and eventually fell asleep to the unique lullaby of Kruger: extended periods of silence punctuated here and there by the bark of a baboon, the low grumble of a lion, and other thrilling calls of the wild. [caption id="attachment_30617" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Rhino Walking Safaris[/caption] My safari was only half-way done at this point when I made my transfer to Rhino Post Safari Lodge, and I was thrilled at the prospect of seeing the landscape from a slightly more elevated (and speedy) vantage point. On our first game drive of the day, I was grateful when the low rumble of our vehicle ceased and spluttered to a halt allowing for a breather. Our game ranger and tracker leapt from its confines to offer steaming beverages and I watched, content, as whispy tendrils of heat rose from my mug and vanished into the morning air. [caption id="attachment_30614" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Rhino Post Safari Lodge[/caption] The past hour had been spent in bleary-eyed (but excited) pursuit of the Kruger's nocturnal wildlife who we were hoping to catch as they retreated to their burrows, dens, and the shade of sprawling acacia trees for their daytime slumber. The ground, the skies, and the trees were alive with the songs and flutterings of all the bird species who called this area home. Following a rewarding jaunt through the surrounding concession, I was eager to head back to the lodge and rest. Later in the day and as the sun began its leisurely descent, signalling the slow approach of nightfall, we embarked on our second game drive. Once darkness cloaked the landscape, a spotlight scanned the horizon for glimpses of the reserve’s nocturnal inhabitants whose reflective gazes gave away their locations. I couldn't help the excited chill that found its way down my spine as the throaty rumble of a lion's roar reverberated across the park, leading me to wonder how soon I could come back here again. [caption id="attachment_30635" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Image Credit: Rhino Post Safari Lodge[/caption]

    Are you ready to take a walk on the wild side like I did? Contact one of our expert consultants today and let us bring you a Kruger experience like no other.

    Please note:

    Children under the age of 12 are not permitted on the walking safaris.

  • Meet the South African Woman Who Has Rehabilitated 26 Baby Rhinos

    By Good Work Foundation |

    Petronel Nieuwoudt is the owner and manager of the largest rhino rehabilitation sanctuary in the world. And she lives there too. Aren’t you afraid, I ask. Of poachers I mean. “No, I’m not afraid,” Petronel says. “God didn’t give us a spirit of fear.” So much of Petronel’s personal philosophy is inspired by the natural world. Like the idea that “fear” is manmade. “Watch the animals,” she tells me, “they do what they are here to do without living in a state of fear.” Even if she was fearful (sometimes), I doubt that would stop a woman like Petronel who was born in to the old stock; the type of folk who believe unwaveringly in the principle that every person is here for a reason. Petronel’s reason, at this point in time, is to save a species. Petronel speaks as much about spirituality as she does about science, and she certainly isn’t shy about her sacred feminine qualities in the company of some of South Africa’s most prominent male wildlife veterinarians, anti-poaching generals and conservationists. She tells me about the time that she ordered her partner, Chris, out of bed in the early hours of a winter’s morning, ordering him to strip down to his underpants and lie next to a month-old orphan rhino in order to support the baby rhino’s body temperature. “You can laugh,” she says, “but in the absence of a mother for that calf, in the absence of a textbook that tells you how to save a stressed rhino, and in the absence of anyone else who wants to wake up at 3am on a remote farm in Mpumalanga, you do what you have to do to keep that animal alive.” I wish there were more people who were born to the old stock. I tell Petronel this and we discuss the fact that young South Africans can’t rest on their laurels. Whether it’s fighting for education, fighting against corruption or fighting for rhino, there is an urgent need for individuals to wake up to their “reason” and respond to a world that needs them. “Do you know how much you must still do?” she asks me directly. “We are not here to simply pass through.” I wasn’t surprised to learn that Petronel grew up on a farm in rural Limpopo province in the 1970s. “Roedtan” is the name of the town, says Petronel, giving a beautiful roll to the ‘r’. Her mother was a teacher and both of her parents were liberals who had a love of conservation and wildlife. “I knew from a young age I had a calling,” says Petronel. “When I left the farm I went to the Rand Afrikaans University and studied journalism. I then moved on to industrial psychology and communications.” That very specific combination was enough to get Petronel a job in the public relations department of the then South African Police Service’s Endangered Species Protection Unit. Petronel moved up the ranks, moving into the undercover unit and becoming a captain. She’s no longer in the force, but the day before I had this conversation with Petronel she had taken a call from a friend who still is. She told me there are 400 rhino poaching cases that are active crime scene investigations in South Africa. “When I heard that number I said to my friend, ‘It’s too much, how do you do it?’ and he replied ‘It’s a calling Petronel’ and that’s all he had to say.” “We don’t do this for the money or the glory,” Petronel laughs. So when did you step out of the force Captain Nieuwoudt? I ask. Petronel answers: “I remember standing next to the carcass of a rhino one day. I realised that I didn’t want to work on this side of the poaching story, chasing the criminal. I wanted to work with people and with the animals that were still alive.” In 2001, with her training in the chemical immobilisation of wildlife, Petronel started a game capture school in Limpopo, which included a breeding project of rare antelope. Ten years later, Petronel’s husband was redeployed to Nelspruit in Mpumalanga and Petronel founded a wildlife rehabilitation centre called Care for Wild AFRICA that took in a variety of animals. “In 2011, rhino poaching was not as bad as it is today,” says Petronel. “When a female rhino was poached leaving an orphan behind, the policy was that nature must take its course. But there were many private owners of rhino in the area, and when mothers died or rejected their calves, I would get a call. The rhino calf would come to the sanctuary and I would look after it until it was well enough to be released back onto the private farm from where it came.” In 2012, as the rhino-poaching crisis worsened, the “no interference” policy was changed and national parks started actively looking for solutions for orphaned rhino. Petronel’s sanctuary had a number of advantages not least of all the fact that Petronel is one of only a handful of experts in South Africa who has experience in the care of orphaned and injured rhino. Today, with a total of 26 rhino, Care for Wild AFRICA is the largest rhino sanctuary in the world and Petronel is part of a team of South Africans writing the textbook of rhino rehabilitation and release. The sanctuary is located on more than 2000 hectares of wildlife reserve and orphaned rhinos that have been with Petronel for years are now roaming free, returning to the safety of the bomas at night. “Will God give you something you can’t handle?” asks Petronel. The question sums up all that I admire about Petronel. She knows why she is here and never doubts the passion that drives her forward. Her reason is her reason. And that’s enough. As for my initial question (aren’t you afraid) Petronel has taken a number of steps to protect the sanctuary, including dehorning the rhino, changing the guard roster often, intensifying security around the bomas and deploying community informants. Deploying informants, I ask surprised. How do you do that? “Remember,” she says. “Don’t underestimate a woman who was once a captain in the police.” Just recently I passed Petronel in Nelspruit. She was on her way to drop off a blood sample with a wildlife vet who had come from Johannesburg. Our bakkies stopped next to each other and our windows dropped. I knew we didn’t have much time for small talk. How is everything? I asked. “Poachers tried to get in last night.” she replied. “They didn’t win.” Sorry to hear that. How did you stop them? “I woke Chris up and we deployed our security team fast enough to scare them. I have to run, I think we have another baby arriving today.” And off Captain Nieuwoudt goes. Helping to save a species. And believing that she will. Are you interested in adopting an orphaned rhino? There are ten more rhinos at the Care for Wild AFRICA sanctuary that need your help – they are looking to be adopted. The cost is $1100 per month, covering all maintenance costs relating to food, shelter and medication as well as rhino monitor and state-of-the-art security. For more information, contact us here. Written by Ryan James

  • Our Top 5 Photographic Safaris in the Sabi Sand

    By Melanie Du Toit |

    The only thing that might be missing from a safari experience in the Sabi Sand Reserve is a photograph that does justice to the wonders witnessed.  Sharing an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park and its abundant wildlife, there are sure to be endless photo-worthy moments with Africa’s Big 5 all in attendance and an impressive array of bird species. Unsurprisingly, such visions crave documentation - which is easily available in the reserve thanks to the specialised photographic safaris on offer. Here are our top 5 favourite picks: [caption id="attachment_30529" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Londolozi[/caption] Nkorho Bush Lodge A 4-day Digital Photographic Course will ensure safari goers leave Nkorho Bush Lodge with happy hearts and full SD cards. The course is presented by award-winning wildlife photographers who accompany guests on twice-daily game drives. These excursions take place in a private vehicle with an expert ranger and tracker team who will ensure you have plenty of subject-matter for your lens. Set off before the sun is up - a prime time for game-spotting - and break for a refreshment out in the field to help keep that camera hand steady until breakfast. An informative lecture is also on offer covering optimum settings for image formats, camera basics, and digital workflow detailing the process from camera to computer, image optimisation and more. On the second drive of the day, a sundowner break will ensure you don’t become too preoccupied that you miss soaking up the ambience (though you may have to put your drink down to try your talents on an African sunset). [caption id="attachment_30530" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Londolozi[/caption] Londolozi One of a kind and cutting edge, a photographic safari in the renowned Londolozi Reserve is entirely tailored to your interests. Whether it is botany, birding, or capturing images of those magnificent big cats - leopards being particularly well sighted in the area - the talented team at Londolozi will make sure you leave with photographs to last a lifetime. This stretch of African expanse has been the scene of numerous National Geographic and Animal Planet documentaries - and now your own personal documentary can be a part of it, too! Telling stories through photographs is a way of life here, and with the added benefit of their on-site Photographic Studio, visitors can pre-book sessions and equipment before arriving for their Big 5 safari getaway. [caption id="attachment_30528" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Londolozi[/caption] Cheetah Plains The intimate and relaxing Cheetah Plains lodge and reserve is home to specially-designed photographic vehicles and seats, permitting only 4 photographers per vehicle. The vehicle's unique swivel chairs are specifically adapted and ensure that all safari-goers can capture the same image at the same time - completely unobstructed. Their photographic safaris are also ideally complemented by their birding safaris. This Sabi Sand safari experience is led by a guide who is gifted with intrinsic knowledge of the reserve and the art of photography. [caption id="attachment_30532" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Sabi Sabi[/caption] Sabi Sabi  Led by a professional photographer, amateur and seasoned snappers will make their way through the bush in search of the perfect shot following which the photographer is on hand to help review the image and lead post-processing. Visitors can shift from an elephant-portrait showcasing the gentle giant's ears at full spread to an extreme close-up of a hornbill’s patterned feathers. The photographic safari option at Sabi Sabi is available on request and must be pre-booked in advance to ensure that guests get the most out of their experience here. Gear hire is also available. [caption id="attachment_30533" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Image Credit: Sabi Sabi[/caption] Kirkman's Camp With experienced guides who double as experienced photographers, safari goers at Kirkman's Camp can dive into the wealth of knowledge available to them from advice on shutter speed, lenses, and filters to angles and lighting. While holding your breath in anticipation of that perfect shot, allow your rangers to impart their extensive local knowledge of the area and its wildlife on you. Be sure to capture everything in between as this pristine landscape offers up a perfect backdrop of forms and colours illuminated by sunlight filtering through the fresh clean air. This unique safari experience is sure to enrich all future adventures. [caption id="attachment_30527" align="aligncenter" width="2048"] Image Credit: Londolozi[/caption]

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