eco-tourism

The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group on saving water in Cape Town

With Day Zero less than three months away, the city of Cape Town is preparing for the day the taps run dry – and the weeks that follow.

Effective from 1 February, Capetonians will be restricted to 50 litres per person, per day, for at least 150 days, as level 6B water restrictions are implemented. On 12 April or Day Zero, residents will have to collect water from approximately 200 sites across Cape Town where they’ll receive 25 litres of water per person.

Hospitality players, now, more than ever, need to increase their initiatives and contribute every effort in implementing effective…
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The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group on saving water in Cape Town

Team Tane on a mission to Encourage environmental awareness

South African adventure couple Shane and Tarryn Quinnel – Team Tane – are on an expedition across Africa to encourage environmental and cultural awareness. In this photo-essay, they share their encounters with gorillas in Uganda.

Bridging the gap

Author AD Williams said: “When I look into the eyes of an animal I do not see an animal, I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul.” This quote is never truer than when looking into the eyes of a mountain gorilla. Man’s closest relatives after chimpanzees and bonabos, gorillas are a link between us and the animal…
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Team Tane on a mission to Encourage environmental awareness

Shamwari Game Reserve celebrates 25 years of championing conservation travel

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Shamwari Game Reserve is deeply rooted in a heritage of “conserving a vanishing way of life”, as Group General Manager Joe Cloete puts it. Offering a premium safari-meets-wildlife conservation experience in the Eastern Cape for friends, families and even business travellers, the reserve prides itself on being one of South Africa’s most successful private conservation initiatives.

Cloete shared some of the reserve’s milestones from its humble beginnings in 1992 and what patrons can look forward to in the coming years.

Where did it all begin for Shamwari Game Reserve?

We officially opened in 1992, but we…
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Shamwari Game Reserve celebrates 25 years of championing conservation travel

South Africa’s Forests

About half a million hectares (ha) of South Africa’s landmass is covered by natural forests – an additional 39 million (ha) covered by savannah systems. Both these complex systems contribute to the conservation of South Africa’s biodiversity.

Be you a hiker, runner our nature-lover, Forestry South Africa has launched a new resource with information on South Africa’s forestry sector to give you a better appreciation of the role it plays in our ecosystem. Forestry Explained, launched on The United Nations International Day of Forests on 21 March 2017, provides ‘a beginner’s guide to forestry in South Africa’ for all ages. Informative content, from the basics…
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South Africa’s Forests

Five stellar African astro-tourism destinations

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s naming of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, means there’s a greater focus on responsible and sustainable travel across the globe.

Astro-tourism (astronomy-focused holidays) is set to continue to grow as pollutants continue to cloud the sky, making stargazing nearly impossible in some heavily urbanised parts of the world. In 2016, it was reported that 80% of Americans could no longer see the Milky Way, while 60% of Europeans could not see the stars very well at all. Tour operators are therefore offering astro-tourism in the few countries in Africa and across the globe that remain free-enough of light…
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Five stellar African astro-tourism destinations

Thandi’s Story of Hope

On the March 2, 2012, three rhinos were poached in the most brutal and horrific manner at Kariega Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, adding yet another statistic to the increasing number of these magnificent animals being so senselessly slaughtered for their horns. The difference between this attack and others was the indomitable spirit of a female rhino called Thandi, a veterinarian who refused to give in to what appeared to be the inevitable, and the management of Kariega Reserve who were so passionate about their rhinos.

Through the herculean efforts of veterinarian Dr William Fowlds and his…
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Thandi’s Story of Hope