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  • Our Adopted Rhino Don and Edyta his Polish Keeper: Part 2

    By Matthew Sterne |

    We recently shared part one of an interview with Edyta Wozna, who is one of the caregivers of Don English, Rhino Africa’s adopted orphaned rhino. Don's mother was killed by poachers in South Africa’s Kruger National Park in July 2015. In the interview, Edyta sheds light on the process of an orphan rhino arriving from the wild into the Care for Wild sanctuary and shared some of what happened in the days and weeks following Don’s arrival at the sanctuary. In part two of the interview series, we wanted to get to know Don a little better: Given the circumstances behind the death of Don’s mother, is Don friendly to humans? It's so important to set out here that it is not our goal to get an orphaned rhino to be friendly to humans. Eventually all of our orphans at Care for Wild will be released onto a fully monitored, high security tract of land, so that they will be able to live a wild life. However, as the team, we need to be able to interact with the rhino so that we can feed and rehabilitate it. We don’t know if Don saw his mother being killed, but he was definitely wary of us at the beginning. But, as soon as he saw Warren, another one of our young orphaned rhinos, interacting with us, he immediately became more relaxed. The fact that Warren was not anxious made Don feel at ease. Does Don get on well with his “room-mates” Warren and Oz? Oh yes. You must know that he is the smallest, but he has the biggest attitude. He has never been scared and from the beginning he made it known that he would not be pushed around. The three of them are best mates – each with a very distinct personality. Tell us more about Don’s personality. I would say cheeky, clever and very loving … oh and he loves his bottle. At feeding time he is the first to arrive. He loves to cuddle. If you rub Don’s tummy he will immediately lie down, encouraging you to scratch for as long as you can. Although he is shorter than the other two, Don is quite stocky I would say, and his is the hairiest, which adds to his cuteness. He’s definitely the “baby”, so Warren and Oz teach him. For example, he was too lazy to start eating grass, but when he saw Oz doing it, he decided to try. Lastly, he loves his mud bath, but what rhino doesn’t! Can you describe Don’s typical daily routine? Yes, his first feed is in the early morning, just as the sun is coming up. He gets one and a half litres of milk and one liter of a medicinal mixture that soothes any problems in the gut. In total, he has six bottle feeds per day and he is now eating approximately one kilogram of solid food per day in the form of grasses. We also add dung from the other rhinos in the sanctuary into Don’s boma. It’s important for Don, Warren and Oz to eat this dung as it contains natural bacteria that is good for the gut. We spend time stimulating all three rhinos, often by playing with them, but they are definitely getting to the stage where they are keeping themselves busy. Depending on how hot it is, the rhinos get one or two mud baths every day. Edyta, what’s the hardest part of your job? When an orphan rhino arrives at the sanctuary and you put everything you have into trying to get that individual through the first few days and then it doesn’t make it. There’s nothing as hard as that. But the reality is that you learn from it and hopefully you’ll have more experience for the next arrival. For regular updates you can also follow Don’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. Are you interested in adopting an orphaned rhino? There are ten more rhinos at the Care for Wild 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 state-of-the-art security. For more information, contact us here.

  • 5 Remarkable Animals of Botswana's Epic Wilderness

    By Matthew Sterne |

    Blessed with some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth, Botswana is one of Africa’s greatest treasures. From the Okavango Delta to the Kalahari Desert, Botswana is a wildlife wonderland that is both immense and beguiling. It is in these iconic landscapes that the ruthless nature of the animal kingdom is truly revealed, as well as its beauty. These five classic animals of Botswana are examples of just that. The Buffalo-Hunting Lions of Duba Plains https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIPHupq6kWo On a marshy island in the Okavango Delta, a pride of lions live in close contact with a herd of Cape buffalo. This unique habitat has led the lions to adapt their hunting skills, and the buffalo have become their primary source of prey. Instead of hunting at night, or at least in the cool hours of dawn and dusk, these lions hunt in the middle of the day. The nine lionesses of the Tsaro pride rarely let the herd out of their sight and attack their adopted prey with little of the usual stealth or caution. When hunting, they run directly at their prey. Each month the lions kill about 22 members of the resilient herd that numbers more than a thousand. The buffalo are not easy to take down, though and have learned to fight back against the lions as a unit. The buffalo are capable of fleeing the island, and do so during the dry season, but they always come back and their ongoing epic battle with the lion pride wages on.   The Wild Dogs of Northern Botswana The extensive region of Linyanti, Savuti, Kwando and Selinda in northern Botswana holds one of the most significant populations of wild dog on the continent and has offered excellent sightings for many years. Witnessing the social dynamics and interactions of a pack of wild dogs is one of Africa's most arresting scenes. It is a true delight to have an inside glimpse into their pack dynamics and see them at play. Anywhere in northern Botswana is a solid bet for a wild dog sighting and some of the areas have a reputation as a place to see wild dog dens. Sometime in the dry winter months of May to July, the pack’s alpha female settles into an abandoned porcupine burrow and gives birth to up to ten pups. Fed and looked after by the whole pack, the puppies are adorable and often emerge from underground, yawning and blinking in the sunlight as the day warms up. Meerkats of Makgadikgadi The Makgadikgadi Pans are the remains of an ancient super lake that's believed to have covered a vast percentage of Southern Africa. The pans crisscross their way across the barren wilderness. In the dry season, the pans are an empty, almost apocalyptic collection of cracked mud, but in the wet season they become an oasis and a haven for wildlife as animals flock to the watering holes. One of the great attractions here is waking up with the meerkats. Visitors are up at dawn to witness the meerkats scurry out of their burrows in the harsh morning light. They trickle out and climb onto sandy mounds and face the sun in an effort to warm up, and before long visitors are rewarded with their entertaining antics as the whole clan goes about their morning business. Some forage for insects, some bask in the morning sun and the younger ones tumble around and play with each other. The meerkats are adorable and the best part of the experience is when they have adjusted to your presence and start to climb on you for the best lookout point. The Elephant-Eating Lions of Savuti Savuti is a remote area of the Chobe National Park and is spectacular in the dry season. There are massive herds of buffalo that number up to 2,000, and large numbers of elephants and lions. The large elephant bulls that frequent the Savuti Marsh are aware but seemingly unafraid of the lions, but younger elephants have more reason to be concerned. It is during this dry season that the animals grow desperate. Waterholes become crowded and dangerous places. It is these conditions which led the lions to develop unique hunting habits – preying on the smaller elephants. Sometimes the entire pride is needed to bring the elephant down and they then start eating it while it’s still alive. One elephant will feed an entire pride for a week. This phenomenon is unique to the prides of the Chobe’s Savuti area, normally occurring late in the dry season. The Leopard Triangle Leopards are the most elusive of the Big Five, but Botswana offers some excellent areas to find these magnificent cats. There are three prime areas in Botswana to encounter leopards; Moremi Game Reserve, Okavango Delta and Savuti Game Reserve. Leopard sightings can never be guaranteed. Their whereabouts have a lot to do with the water levels of the Delta as they need dry areas to hunt. As the water level rises or drops, they will move accordingly. Sometimes they can be found in the Delta and at other times you are far more likely to see leopards on its fringes. It's often in the shallow lagoons and grassy floodplains of the Delta's outskirts in the tall forest and thick bush that these special animals can be found. Antelope, birds, monkeys and rodents flourish here - as do the leopards. Further north, far from the Delta, in Savuti Game Reserve, leopards are often found and can be an equally fruitful base from which to search for these great cats.  

  • Our Adopted Rhino Don and Edyta his Polish Keeper - Part 1

    By Matthew Sterne |

    At the end of last month we shared the story of Don English, an orphaned white rhino who was found next to a tourist’s car in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, the assumption being that the car’s grey colouring was somehow familiar and comforting for the orphan. Our team here at Rhino Africa has since adopted little Don, who is being cared for at a rhino sanctuary called Care for Wild AFRICA. We recently chatted to Edyta Wozna, who is one of Don’s specialist caregivers at Care for Wild. Edyta, originally from Poland, has been working at the sanctuary for just under a year and was on base the day Don was flown in on a military helicopter. What can you remember from the day that Don arrived at the sanctuary? No one knows exactly how long Don had been without his mother. We know that his mother was poached, and we know that he was suffering from extreme stress and anxiety when he was found, so much so that his heart stopped in the helicopter as he was being transferred to our sanctuary. I don’t know how, but the vet managed to bring Don back to life. He was a fighter from the very beginning. What is the process for the team at the sanctuary when a new orphan arrives? Rhinos are highly sensitive animals and – as you can imagine – rhinos arriving at our sanctuary have just been through an ordeal that pushes them to their limits. Not only do they witness the brutal killing of their mother, but they are then left to fend for themselves in the wild until they are found, which can be many days. We have one rhino, her name is Winter, who lost her ears to hyenas in the days after her mother was killed. It’s also worth bearing in mind that young orphaned rhinos still in the wild no longer have access to their mother’s milk and – starving - are forced to eat grass, which can cause life-threatening stomach impactions. Then, after all of this, there is the process of darting the animal and transferring it in a helicopter to a completely new environment. So when the baby rhinos arrive, apart from any serious injuries that they might have, they are undernourished and highly stressed. We keep them sedated while we set them up in a small container, insert a drip line for fluids and medication, and then ensure, to reduce the stress, we insert earplugs and a blindfold. Rhinos are particularly susceptible to gastric ulcers, especially from stress, so the number one priority is to stabilise the animal, reduce stress and start to reduce the symptoms of dehydration. How long does the rhino stay in the small container? It’s normally two to four days. The founder of our sanctuary, Petronel Nieuwoudt, slowly starts working with the rhino's senses: she touches the rhino, gently talks to it, lets it get used to her smell. We then – as with Don – introduce the orphan into our smallest boma where we keep our youngest animals. Don was introduced a few days after he arrived – he was estimated to be two months when he arrived – and he was so excited to see Warren, who is another of our little orphans. It was almost like he was saying “yay, there are others here!” Who looked after Don in those first few nights in the boma? We have a large team working around the clock at the sanctuary working with all 25 of our rhinos. There is a little night pen located just off the boma, and that is where Don slept at night. During the first few nights, either myself or one of the other caregivers would sleep in a sleeping bag next to Don, just to keep an eye on him. You make sure you take a towel as well – it can be very wet when you wake up in the night being peed on! And was Don okay once he was released into the boma? He was just so happy to see other rhinos. He now shares his boma with Warren and Oz, who both have similar stories to him. Rhinos are incredibly sociable – so the sooner we can get an orphan integrated, the better. He did have a little bit of diarrhea, which you have to keep a close eye on – dehydration can very quickly escalate into a life-threatening situation. He is a champion. Qualified wildlife vets are often at the sanctuary monitoring our animals. Touch wood, after that moment in the helicopter when we thought we were going to lose him there have been no major problems. Look out for part two of this interview in which Edyta shares some of Don’s beautiful character traits and walks us through his daily routine at Care for Wild sanctuary. For regular updates you can also follow Don’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. Are you interested in adopting an orphaned rhino? There are ten more rhinos at the Care for Wild 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 state-of-the-art security. For more information, contact us here.

  • South Africa's Tourism Industry Celebrates as the Childrens' Visa Regulations Are Amended

    By Matthew Sterne |

    Last Friday was a day to remember for our tourism industry. While students across our country will remember it for their victory over the government, for South Africa's tourism industry it was a day we shall never forget; in many respects it was the day our industry was saved. For South Africa's economy, it was the day sanity finally prevailed. Sadly this victory and the opportunity it brings to lives of millions of South Africans has largely gone unnoticed by the media, but then again we have become somewhat accustomed to the lack of “good news” coverage by our media. Politics aside, the retraction of the visa requirements by the Department of Home Affairs is news worth celebrating, as combined with a weaker Rand and our exceptional value for money, it sets the stage for tourism to our shores to once again boom. There are many beautiful places in the world to visit. South Africa is without any doubt a stunningly beautiful country, and while it offers exceptional value and unique experiences, it is not the only choice for long-haul visitors from around the world. It, therefore, does not take a genius to understand that we don't need to make visitors' lives more difficult than they already are, and it is important that we as a country understand and behave as a gateway to our region. A region we are all highly dependent on in inbound tourism. With Johannesburg forming a gateway to the subcontinent, any regulations that affect visitor numbers to South Africa, has a knock on effect to our neighbours, as the past six months have demonstrated. Since the implementation of our Home Affairs Visa regulations earlier this year, we have seen international arrival numbers plummet, with the drop the equivalent to four jumbo jets of passengers arriving daily to our shores. For the first time since 1994, we saw airlines review their commitment to servicing the South African routing. Fortunately sanity finally prevailed, and with the support and lobbying by the airline, tourism and travel industries combined, the government did a complete u-turn on its upgraded visa requirements. So what exactly is the good news, and what do the new regulations look like? In a long and detailed statement, Home Affairs revealed that almost all of the new regulations were being dropped. It was explained that some changes are being introduced immediately, some over the next three months, and some over the next year or so. There are many changes, but at the risk of oversimplification:

    • the demand for unabridged birth certificates to be brought with children coming here is being dropped (but people will be urged to bring them, and will still have to use them to apply for visas);
    • those needing visas will be able to apply through the postal service or use an accredited tourism company, depending on where they are; (for most source markets Visa’s will be issued on arrival and
    • biometric information will be captured at international airports as they arrive.
    Crucially, the demand that South African children travelling out of the country must have their unabridged birth certificates will remain, but the wording around the document will be changed, to make it slightly easier. School principals and those running sports teams who have been severely affected by the regulations will once again be able to sign consent forms to allow the children in and out of the country. So the job of rebuilding our industry and brand South Africa has begun. Whether it is a case of bad politics or not, lessons have been learnt, but we as an industry remain grateful that proper governance won the day, and South Africans can look forward to welcoming guests from around the world by again making their visit to our magical continent as seamless as possible.  

  • A Complete Guide to South Africa's Gorgeous Garden Route

    By Matthew Sterne |

    Along the South Coast of South Africa lies one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world, the stunning Garden Route. With mountains and vineyards on one side, and rocky shores and sandy beaches on the other, the Garden Route waltzes into lists of the world’s best drives. Huffington Post, CNN, Australia’s Traveller Magazine, Business Insider and Rough Guides are just some of the publications that sing the praises of this scenic drive in their ‘Greatest Road Trip’ articles. The Daily Mail writes, “The Garden Route boasts some of the most beautiful stretches of coastline, jam-packed with exotic activities to enjoy along the way. Explorers can enjoy the double majesty of elephants on land and whales close to the shore, forest walks and one of the continent's most unhurried towns.” It is the indigenous vegetation - fynbos, which puts the 'garden' into the Garden Route. The Cape Floral Kingdom (a World Heritage Site) is the smallest of the six floral kingdoms in the world. Even though the biome is a mere dot at the southern tip of Africa, it boasts over 45,000 different plants, over 69% of which are endemic to the region. Interestingly, the diversity of fynbos species is due to its history - the southern hemisphere did not experience the last ice age of 10,000 years ago that wiped out the vegetation of the northern hemisphere. The Garden Route is home to many natural wonders including the Cango Caves, Cape Agulhas (the southern tip of Africa), the Knysna Heads and some of the most majestic mountain passes in the country. The landscapes range from Karoo scrub land to lush coastal forests. The cherry on top of this delicious fynbos cake is the beautiful weather. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the Garden Route has the second mildest climate in the world after Hawaii. Roughly starting in Cape Town and ending in Port Elizabeth, the Garden Route has an incredible list of activities and attractions to choose from. Let’s take a closer look at these attractions, and get this great trip on the road… ROUTE 62 Route 62 is the tourist route that meanders from Cape Town to Oudtshoorn offering the shorter, scenic alternative to the N2 highway. It's an area of dramatic landscapes, towering cliffs, crystal clear streams and an abundance of trees and indigenous flora. Starting in one of the world's great wine regions and ending in the sparse Karoo, Route 62 casts its gentle, captivating spell on all who travel its roads. SWELLENDAM Swellendam is the third oldest town in South Africa with 50 provincial heritage sites in this small town. Halfway between Cape Town and George, Swellendam lies at the base of the Overberg Mountains. Surrounded by wine farms and Cape Dutch country houses with the Breede River passing nearby, there are three main attractions for visitors. Cape Agulhas - This rocky headland is the geographic southern tip of the African continent and the beginning of the dividing line between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. Bontebok National Park - The smallest national park in South Africa is just 5km from the centre of Swellendam. Part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, Bontebok National Park is always boasting something in bloom. Watch the bontebok grazing from your chalet window, or spy on the 200 bird species home to the park from the viewing decks. Marloth Nature Reserve – This peaceful reserve has seven different hiking trails, all varying in difficulty, length and landscape. Marloth offers fynbos-clad mountains, patches of indigenous forests and unspoiled vistas. OUDTSHOORN Oudtshoorn is the largest town in the Klein Karoo, a sun-drenched area about 250km long and 70km wide where every road crosses a spectacular mountain pass dotted with the fantastic Cape fynbos. Grapes grow here (Calitzdorp produces some of the country's best port), as does lucerne (alfalfa), which is why farmers in the region were able to successfully introduce the ostrich - lucerne is a favorite food of the ostrich. Today the ostrich farms, together with the Cango Caves - a series of subterranean chambers - are the main draws of the region. Ostrich Farms - The ostrich remains the primary source of income for Oudtshoorn, with thousands flocking to see, touch, eat, and even ride the giant birds. There are some 400 ostrich farms, of which Highgate (incidentally, the biggest ostrich farm in the world), Safari, Oudtshoorn, and Cango all have a similar offering. These include an explanation of ostrich farming (from incubation to tanning), guided tours of the farm, the opportunity to sit on an ostrich, and an ostrich "derby." Cango Caves - One of the most popular attractions in the region, the Cango Caves is also one of the great natural wonders of South Africa. A series of spectacular limestone caverns lie in wait for the curious explorer. All are filled with a captivating collection of stalactites, stalagmites and helictites (limestone formations that grow in unusual directions). Outdoors - Include hiking trails, mountain biking, caving, abseiling, rock climbing, quad biking, hot air ballooning, micro-light flights, eco tours, driving across a historical pass and birding. Natural Beauty - Just north of Oudtshoorn en-route to the historic and gorgeous town of Prince Albert, you will find two of the Klein Karoo's largest wilderness areas - the Swartberg Nature Reserve and Gamkaberg Nature Reserve, a succulent botanist's dream destination in the Red Mountain Range. Meerkat Tours - A popular activity is the daily tours of the wild, yet habituated meerkats. These tours commence at sunrise and are dependent on good weather since these little creatures will not venture outside their burrows on cold and rainy days. Guests sit and observe the meerkats as they come out of the burrow into the morning sun and then go about their daily routine of foraging and exploring. Swartberg Pass - Rated one of the most spectacular drives in Africa, the Swartberg Pass offers stupendous views of the Klein Karoo, which lies some 1,220m  below. The road can be hair-raising and is known for its zigzags, twists, and steep gradients on its narrow dirt road. GEORGE Halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, the fast-growing city of George is by no means a highlight of the Garden Route but it is the commercial heart, with the most transport connections and a large choice of restaurants. It's not worth spending too much time in George, as its attractions are few and far from scintillating, and the coastal town of Wilderness, with a number of pleasant lodging options, is just a 10-minute drive away. The best reason to visit George is for its range of world-class golf courses such as Fancourt, which has four courses in George: The Links (premier), Outeniqua, Montagu and Bramble. There is also George and Kingswood.  Pinnacle Point is in nearby Mossel Bay, and Knysna has the impressive Simola and Pezula golf courses.  WILDERNESS Wilderness is idyllically situated between mountains and beaches, with a chain of tranquil lakes locked in between. It’s the only village in South Africa that, together with the five rivers, five natural lakes, two estuaries, surrounding forests and 28 kilometers of coastline, is protected within a 2,612 hectare National Park. Wilderness sports many types of wildlife, in particular, birds. This is a breeding spot for many water birds making it the ideal destination for bird-watchers. The many other types of recreation include hiking, dolphin and whale watching, hang-gliding, paragliding, horse riding, mountain biking, scenic drives, day tours, ferry cruises, angling, boating and other water sports. The famous Map of Africa viewpoint offers a fantastic view of the Kaaimans River Valley and an ocean vista worth stopping to admire. Another great viewpoint is Dolphin Point, which gives a magnificent view of the ocean for miles and was named after the number of dolphins which can be spotted from here on a regular basis, as well as whales in the winter months. Explore the Wilderness area by: • Walking on the endless white beaches. • Hiking through lush natural forests. • Canoeing up the winding Touw River. • Mountain biking on little by-roads or on the beach at low tide. • Driving through the scenic mountain passes to the Karoo. • Playing golf at excellent nearby golf courses. • Watching the dolphins and whales. KNYSNA Knysna is one-half of what is affectionately known as ‘The Heart of the Garden Route’ (with the other half Plettenberg Bay). The town is nestled between the impressive Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, with the world-renowned forests encircling it like a protective emerald green halo. The defining feature of Knysna is its large lagoon, which is protected from the sea by the 'Heads' towering over the lagoon. Knysna has the largest areas of indigenous forests left in South Africa, which until recently was home to the elusive Knysna forest elephants. Knysna Heads - Capture post-card worthy photographs from the Eastern Head viewpoint. The opposite viewpoint is equally spectacular. For a 360-degree view from Plettenberg Bay all the way to Mosselbay, one can drive out to the Spitskop viewpoint. For the more adventurous, you could also abseil the Heads! Knysna Forests - Exploring the forests is another popular activity, as are lagoon-based excursions; several companies run boat trips on the lagoon, home to 200 species of fish and a variety of birds. Featherbed Nature Reserve - This privately owned nature reserve on the western head of Knysna is a National Heritage Site and home to the endangered blue duiker antelope. Guests are ferried over and then drive up the head to enjoy the magnificent views of the lagoon, town, and ocean. Qualified guides then lead the visitors down through milkwood forests and coastal flora onto the cliffs and coastal caves. The Seven Passes Scenic Drive - is considered a definite "must do" when in the area. This 75km route spans between Knysna & George, over seven mountain passes, past several historic bridges and will keep you mesmerised for about 2 ½ hours. PLETTENBERG BAY AND SURROUNDS The Portuguese sailors who first set eyes on Plettenberg Bay or simply “Plett” named it Bahia Formosa, the "Beautiful Bay", and with several miles of white sand beaches, backed by the far-off outline of the Tsitsikamma Mountains and lapped by an endless succession of warm waves, you’d probably agree. Over the years, its beauty has inevitably drawn an ever-increasing string of admirers, but in the off season, when the vast majority of holiday homes stand empty, a far more laid-back atmosphere prevails. Plett boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa and has four premier “Blue Flag” status beaches, which are Robberg, Lookout Beach, Keurboomstrand and Nature’s Valley.  Further down the coast towards Port Elizabeth the fantastic surf and unique tours are a major drawcard for the more adventurous travellers. Robberg Nature Reserve - Robberg, situated 8km south of Plett, is not only a nature reserve with beautiful walking trails, but also a national monument. Rocks from this region date back 120 million years and evidence of middle and later Stone Age inhabitation has been found in a few of the caves along the peninsula.  Bungee Jump – One of the highest jumps in the world at Bloukrans Bridge - an astonishing 216 meters! Paragliding/Sky Diving - What better way to see the area then from a bird’s-eye view? Paragliding over the forests and Knysna lagoon is a favourite pastime, or make your way to Plettenberg Bay and enjoy the thrill of skydiving (tandem skydive from 10,000 feet, with a 35 second freefall). Tenikwe Wildlife Awareness Centre - Start the day off with an exhilarating stroll through Tsitsikamma Indigenous Forest and Cape Floral Fynbos as you join the Tenikwa cheetahs on their daily walk. Thereafter join a guided one-hour walking tour to meet the rest of the cats and endangered wildlife at Tenikwa (African wild cat, black-footed cat, serval and caracal) where you will learn about their struggle to survive in the wild. Monkeyland - Take a stroll through the primate sanctuary situated in the Craggs. This is a noisy, in-your-face-and-up-your-nose kind of experience as you actually walk through the large cage that the monkeys are in. Birds of Eden - This is the world’s largest free-flight aviary. The sanctuary incorporates an indigenous forest with waterfalls and elevated walkways. Previously caged birds from every corner of the globe live here in free flight. Tree Top Canopy Tours - Zip-line around the tops of the forest, harnessed in, you zip between tall trees of Tsitsikamma with a bird’s eye view of the forest below. Whale Watching - Plettenberg Bay is a great spot for whale and dolphin watching and there are numerous boat-based whale watching trips & ocean safaris on offer. Keurbooms River – Visitors can choose from an array of water-based activities on the river such as kite-surfing, kayaking or sailing on a catamaran into the ocean. The Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour – This is a unique eco-wilderness adventure that takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest. The first of its kind in Africa, the canopy tour involves traversing from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 30 meters above the forest floor. Jeffreys Bay – Considred one of the best surfing destinations in the world, J-Bay, as it’s known to locals, has been attracting the surfing crowds for decades. According to surfing experts, it’s the best right-hand ride in the world. If you would like to find out how you can experience one of the best scenic drives and regions in the world, contact us for your free, no-obligation quote.

  • Wildlife ACT Conservation - Nature Should Be The Key Element That Connects Us All

    By Matthew Sterne |

    Rhino Africa is a passionate supporter of Wildlife ACT who work to save threatened and endangered African wildlife species such as wild dog, cheetah and rhino from extinction. This was written by Wildlife ACT's new digital marketing manager, Galen Schultz, who recently joined the inspiring team. I’ve heard that if you have been exposed to nature as a child, the awe and wonder of it can be readily reawakened within you as an adult. Despite eight consecutive years of city living, this is exactly what happened to me recently when I joined up with Wildlife ACT. Having been born to bundu-bashing parents and having grown up in Zululand, I spent an extensive part of my childhood in the African bush. There is much one takes for granted as a child, but chasing nostalgia as an adult is very different to reconnecting with something deep within you. I recently had the opportunity to join a conservation group called Wildlife ACT in Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park in Zululand, South Africa. The team consists of 20+ individuals, who are some of the most dedicated and inspirational people I have ever met. The introductory week involved seeing rhinos, lions, elephants, buffalo and much more, just meters away from the vehicle. However, a real highlight was my first encounter with African wild dogs, which I have since learnt are the second most endangered canid in Africa after the Ethiopian wolf. Let me paint a little picture. One morning I joined a Wildlife ACT monitor and a group of conservation volunteers from around the world. We awoke at 4:30 am (during Winter) to track some African wild dogs before sunrise. There they were playing together – seemingly oblivious to our presence. Then they were on the hunt. It still amazes me how wild animals seem to completely ignore the heavily-grunting metal machines we ride! Just meters away from us they ran – darting off in different directions to follow a scent. A hyena appeared – hot on their trail. Our monitor was basically able to follow the hyena bumper-to-tail as it tracked the wild dogs pursuing breakfast. Who can say they’ve done that? This entire experience constituted a single morning with Wildlife ACT. It’s easy enough to watch video footage of similar occurrences, but to witness it first-hand is something else entirely. It’s a life experience that will not be soon forgotten. Animal sightings aside, the whole experience was a lot more than that. Being among nature conservationists who speak with such passion, and witnessing how hard they work towards a common cause, fuelled me with inspiration and vigour. Emotions were stirred further when one of the founding members spoke about why Wildlife ACT does what they do. A rough statistic shows that about 90% of us will find media around wildlife conservation simply too much to bear, which is understandable when we consider the everyday pressures of modern living. It’s so easy to feel hopeless about our threatened planet – to avoid the truths and fail to act, when one is bombarded with worldly concerns – the population crisis, the countries at war, global warming; the politics of it all. However, there IS hope because of organisations like Wildlife ACT. I witnessed the commitment of its members first-hand. They are working tirelessly to save our endangered species and natural habitats. And by doing this they are, in fact, saving YOU! It feels incredibly grown-up to fully digest and realise this. In just one week, I have been affected enough to know that wildlife conservation is something worth supporting in whatever capacity we have. Africa is the cradle of life, but is under threat. The UN projected population of the continent by the year 2100 (85 years time) is estimated to be over four billion people (the current population is about 1.15 billion). But let’s not lose hope. There are avenues to get involved and be a part of something larger than ourselves. Reconnecting with nature has had such a positive effect on my being. Shakespeare once said, “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin”. It could be, and should be, the key element that connects us all. https://youtu.be/GiKuhmxacBc

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