Tag Archives: Indigenous Forests

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It is, in my opinion, kind of impossible  – especially if you’re a first language Afrikaans speaking South African like myself – to visit Knysna and not have Dalene Matthee’s novel, ‘Circles in the Forest’ come to mind. It is just one of those stories where the characters are so real and the setting so vivid, that you’ve walked beneath the ferns of the enchanted forest many […]

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If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter you might have gathered from my gazzillion enthusiastic posts that Katarina and I – under #RTroadtrip on social media – travelled through Gansbaai last week. We were celebrating this desitination’s recent GOLD for Best Responsible Tourism Destination at the International Responsible Tourism Awards in London. I have already written more about our motivations […]

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Jun-2015

Wildlife Safari in Sweden Wolves howling in the dead of night was one of the most spine-tingling sounds we’ve ever heard. We were sitting around an open fire in a dark forest, surrounded by towering trees and a canopy of stars, when the howling filled the sky. Wolves are just one of the many animals you […]

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In the heart of traditional Venda territory, snuggled at the foot of the Luaname Mountains, just above the village of Mukumbani, lies African Ivory Route’s Fundudzi Cultural Camp. Natural forests, lakes, rivers and waterfalls boast with such fertility that there is little wonder why modern tea plantations and forestry flourish between the well populated rural villages. You will need […]

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If someone had to ask me to choose a single tourism destination that successfully works alongside a holistic ecosystem and the preservation of it, it would be Kurisa Moya on the outskirts of Magoesbaskloof. No doubt. Still bathing in the joy of winning Gold at the African Responsible Tourism Awards, I find it quite apt […]

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I recently had the privilege of chatting to Kapawi Ecolodge & Reserve, one of the most remote, ecologically responsible and cultural sensible Amazon Jungle Ecolodges in the world. Within minutes of hearing their stories I knew that a visit to this Amazon Jungle Lodge really contributes to sustainable socio – cultural communities and the protection […]

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17
Mar-2015

Drinking a cool beer in the Red Herring Bar I ponder my stay at Chole Mjini, while traditional dhows with their lopsided sails gracefully pass by. Some stop and drop off a handful of tourists from the neighbouring and bigger Mafia Island to do a guided tour of Chole village others carry drinking water and […]

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So, this January, for the first time in many years, it wasn’t southern Africa for winter break. Instead, we headed for one of the world’s iconic bucket list destinations: Australia. We were smitten from the very moment we had made the decision and still are now after we returned home to the grey and grisly […]

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Durban, surfing, sand, sun, all synonymous with your quintessential South African family holiday destination. We like it here. I live here, know it well and like most Durbanites, love my city. We walk around with a bit of a swagger because we live right by the beach, we don’t have winters … the lifestyle is […]

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Like no other place on Earth, the Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park is alive with mystery and wonder. I thought I knew what to expect here, I came for massive trees, but I left with something much, much bigger. The Mariposa Grove, near Yosemite’s South Entrance, contains about 500 mature giant Sequoias. Giant Sequoias […]

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I have never been a religious person, but standing in the middle of the Madagascan rain forest, an Indri Indri lemur hanging off a tree next to me, another two above me in the forest canopy, almost made me break in song of praise and send a prayer up to the heavens. We were near […]

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“There are places that you visit where you take a tiny piece of it with you, possibly for memory, and then there are the places where you leave a bit of yourself behind, just so you can come back for it.” Jeremy smiles at me as he says this and starts climbing the stone steps […]

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