MISSION STATEMENT - Newsletter Feb by sdsdfqw21


									www.greenrhino.co.za                                                        THE DIPLOMAT’S GUIDE TO TRAVEL IN AFRICA
  FEBRUARY/MARCH 2010                                                                                                   Volume 78
                                                                                     Our services include
                                                                                     *    Accommodation - hotels, game lodges, guest
                                                                                          houses, bed and breakfasts, tented camps and self
 Welcome to SOUTHERN AFRICA! We trust your stay here will be a pleasant                   catering resorts
 and interesting one, and we know that whilst you are living and working here, you
 will certainly want to see as much of our beautiful country as possible.          *      Tours and transfers in most major areas, ie Kruger
                                                                                          National Park, Cape Town, Pretoria and
 You will also find that many of your family and friends will be coming out here to       Johannesburg City, Cradle of Humanking, Sun City
 visit you, and whilst you will be all too eager to travel around with them, and point    etc.
 out some of the wonderful discoveries you will have made on your travels, this will
 not always be possible. Life as a Diplomat is a very busy one, and your holidays *       Package tours, including Victoria Falls, Sun City,
 are very precious, so we'd like to introduce you to the Green Rhino African Travel       Cape Town, Durban, Mozambique and the Islands,
                                                                                          Botswana, Mauritius, Seychelles, Madagascar,
 Team who will be your friends and travel advisors throughout your stay in this
                                                                                          Zambia, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar
                                                                                     *    Family accommodation and getaways specifically
 Cynthia is based in Cape Town and Janet in Mpumalanga, near to the Kruger                geared for children and small groups (away
 National Park. We regularly travel to Pretoria and Maputo to visit you all, so           weekends are popular in many of the Embassies)
 watch out for our free cocktail functions and travel promotions, to which you will
 be invited once we have your contact details on our data base.                     *     Coaches and air charter, including local flights and
                                                                                          Car Hire
 We have many years of experience in putting together tour and travel
 programmes and itineraries and in making suggestions for your weekends away, *           Conferences and team building.
 short stay safaris, fly-in packages and many other options. Our services are free
                                                                                   *      Golfing and other sporting weekend venues in all
 to you, and in fact we are very often able to offer you substantial discounts            areas
 through our many contacts in the African Travel Industry.
                                                                                     *    Weddings

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        turn            MISSION STATEMENT

 T      he Rhino is an iconic image of Africa and conjures up visions of excitement and
       wonderment. It’s very existence relies on successful conservation, care and dedicated
       management. This in essence has been the inspiration behind our ‘Green Rhino’ brand.
 Our commitment to you is to provide the most memorable experiences and inspirational
 journeys as you get to know this spectacular and vast continent, while at the same time
 acknowledging our own role in supporting the people and the wildlife of Africa. We aim to
 promote ethical destinations and responsible tourism, so that you can be assured that the money
 you spend will make a difference.
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        ACCOLADES FROM FRIENDS                                                   Just wanted to thank you for organising a wonderful trip for me.
                                                                                  I love to travel and am not usually fazed by a new country but when I said
             AND CLIENTS                                                         I was going to Africa every person I spoke to here in Australia had some
                                                                                 horror story to tell me
Hope this message finds you well. Happy and healthy 2010!                        But my stay in Africa was perfect - the accommodation/meals where
                                                                                 way beyond expectations, the service was fantastic and everyone I
I am back in New York from a delightful and relaxing holiday in Africa.          came across were helpful and very friendly. And the things I saw -
Hard to get used to gloves, hats and coats!                                      wow! The animals, Victoria Falls, Capetown and the Garden Route -
                                                                                 all unbelievably beautiful.
I would like to thank you once again for your enormous help and                  Thanks again - I had a great time.
attention to detail regarding the planning of our (rather complicated) trip.     Le-Anne
Obviously there were problems along the way, some frustration and fear
(I will never forget that drive from the airport to Johannesburg!!!!) – but at    My husband and I, along with 4 friends, spent two nights at Shawu
the end everything ended well and everyone is happy and delighted. It is          Camp. This was part of a three week holiday visit to Southern
really once in a lifetime experience! I do hope that there will be a              Africa. Shawu Camp was just marvelous. Our game guide was
chance to meet you some time – although I feel as if I know you already           excellent and very informative. The food was very good, the ambiance
very well!                                                                        was unbeatable and the game viewing outstanding. Shawu was
                                                                                  particularly fine because we felt the entire
                                                                                  staff made such an effort to make our visit memorable. And, they
Green Rhino has proved all the wonderful reputation that it has and be
                                                                                  did. They were so accommodating and dealt with any requests very
assured that we will continue to recommend you to our friends and other
                                                                                  quickly and graciously. Jonathon was a wonderful host. I just wanted to
people traveling to Africa!
                                                                                  let you know how pleased we were with our experience at Shawu. We
                                                                                  are certainly recommending it to friends, especially those who have
Beka Vuco                                                                         time for only one "safari" in their business travels.
New York                                                                          Anne Blacksten
                                                                                  U SA
Happy new year. I just wanted to let you know how wonderful our holiday
in Cape Town & Plettenburg were. Thanks so much for your                          I just wanted to write to you to let you know that everything on our trip
recommendations of lodging. The Oceana was nice and we were just as               went exactly according to the plans, all the organizations were great
happy to be in lovely Camps Bay as in the heart of Cape Town.                     and we enjoyed a lot South Africa! A great big thanks to you for creating
Cornerway House in Plett was fantastic; a perfect, "homey," place to              all the preparations for us so that our trip was very smooth and so that
spend Christmas as a family. They couldn't have been more hospitable              we had a chance to see a lot in short time!
and helpful. I don't think we could have found as lovely a place on our
own. So once again, thank you very much!                                          Sodwana Bay lodge was nice and relaxed place for scuba diving, and a
                                                                                  lot of people we met also told us that is the best place for divers! And
All the best for 2010.                                                            then going to the Hluhluwe River Lodge, (I finally managed to learn to
Laura Rumpf                                                                       pronounce the word!), that lodge certainly was a good price/quality
                                                                                  relation, we were given personal attention by the staff and the cottage
Just wanted you to know what a great time I had last week at the Hlosi
                                                                                  was really nice! Would definitely recommend that lodge as well.
Reserve Lodge near Port Elizabeth. It was a great place and the staff
                                                                                   We are glad to recommend your services to our friends!
there were fantastic. There was plenty of customer service with warmth.
The food was in abundance and fabulously delicious. The lodges were
                                                                                  THANK YOU!
beautifully decorated and spacious. I was there for a total of 6 drives,
                                                                                  Satu & Tomi
and eventually I was able to see all the big 5 – minus the leopard.
                                                                                 Hi All
All-in-all, this lodge I would rate a good 8+ on a scale of 1-10. Thanks for      Happy New Year!
the recommendation.                                                               I just wanted to send you a note to thank you so much for organising our
 Lola                                                                            holiday to South Africa and thank you for the accommodation you
                                                                                 suggested as we had the holiday of a life time thanks to you. The highlight
Dear Green Rhino                                                                 for me was the Safari. Everything about our stay at the Bukela lodge was
                                                                                 amazing. Our ranger, Stuart, was so knowledgable and never made you
We just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our brief stay at             feel stupid for asking a question that maybe obvious to him. The food was
Entabeni Wildside Camp. The tents are cozy and cute and the staff,               out of this world although I've now got to hit the gym to get rid of the extra
rangers, food, etc were all quite good. They really try to make sure you         pounds I'm carrying! The staff were just excellent. The same can be said
have a good time. We saw a good range of animals, and the terrain is             about our stay in Hermanus. What a lovely guesthouse, (Schulphoek) host
stunning. The drive up and down the mountain was a highlight!                    and beautiful town. Thank you for suggeting we stay there for 2 nights. Our
                                                                                 stay in Port Elizabeth, (Ibhayi) Knysna (Knysna Hollow) and Franschhoek
Please pass our compliments along to the Wildside staff.                         (Oliphantshoek ) were also amazing. The accommodation in V&A
Warm regards,                                                                    waterfront was luxury, in a fantatic location. We even got to see the
Heidi and James Inder                                                            England Cricket team so Chris was extremely happy! Back to reality now
                                                                                 and back to work!
www.greenrhino.co.za                                                              Thanks again.
                                                                                 Nicky, British High Commission, Lagos/Nigeria
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NEW, NEW, NEW!                                                                      Each suite embraces a spacious bedroom, sumptuous Victorian-style
                                                                                    bathroom, living-area with all mod-cons and a secluded patio
                                                                                    overlooking the African bush. The elegant bathrooms blend old and
                                                                                    new influences - a romantic Victorian bathtub, modern power shower,
                                                                                    and a range of amenities for decadent bathing. Every suite offers air-
                                                                                    conditioning, mini-bar, safe, DVD player, satellite television and
                                                                                    By day many guests choose to relax outside on the raised patio
                                                                                    overlooking tropical gardens and a waterhole, which attracts a
                                                                                    constant flow of animals, including elephant, buffalo, kudu and
                                                                                    waterbuck. The swimming pool provides welcome respite during the
                                                                                    heat of the day, and guests can laze around the pool or enjoy cocktails
                                                                                    within full view of the surrounding wildlife.

                                                                                    In the evenings, the plush bar area is a natural gathering place and
THE HIDE ANNOUNCES REFURBISHMENT PLANS                                              guests are encouraged to visit the handsomely-stocked wine cellar
                                                                                    that boasts a selection of connoisseur's favourites from France and
                                                                                    South Africa. The elegant dining area is in a class of its own and offers
The Hide, situated on the eastern boundary of Hwange National Park, has             the definitive fine dining experience in Victoria Falls. Service is
consistently been voted “Best Tented Safari Camp in Zimbabwe” since                 impeccable and the food superb, with the emphasis on fresh local
1995. . The Camp was opened in 1992 and has undergone two major                     ingredients, lovingly prepared by a master-chef.
refurbishments since opening, and has announced plans for their third
refurbishment in 2010.                                                              The Stanley & Livingstone consistently earns accolades for best hotel,
                                                                                    restaurant, hospitality and service in Victoria Falls and proudly takes
The camp will be closed for refurbishment from the 13th January until the           its place amongst the finest hotels in Africa. Our staff regularly receive
14th February 2010 and these upgrades will include significant work to the          accolades for their outstanding service and attention to detail, and
A-frame, the main meeting area of the camp and all of its facilities; the           they are dedicated to ensuring that each stay here is memorable.
construction of a new building to host the reception office and curio shop; a       Read the guest comment book during your stay!
new large pool with a teak deck and outside bar area; the relocation and
redesign of two tents and general improvements to the other 8 tents.;             THE RIVER CLUB ZAMBIA– FIVE STAR LUXURY
enlarging the outside breakfast and boma areas; improving the kitchen
facilities, refuse disposal and developing the vegetable garden and tree          The River Club, with its Edwardian-style house and manicured lawns on
nursery.                                                                          the banks of the swift-flowing Zambezi River where hippo and crocodile
                                                                                  float, seems to straddle the continents of Africa and Europe.
The Hide will have some rooms available as from the 15th February. This
will include 6 tents while dining will take place in a temporary site set up in   Ten luxury chalets are spread out amongst the riverine vegetation,
close proximity.                                                                  comprising luxurious bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms, most being split-
                                                                                  level. Their originality stems from the fact that one side is completely open
Gavin Rennie, General Manager confirmed that, “The camp will reopen               to the river, so that there is an uninterrupted vista of the Zambezi and its far
completely on the 1st April 2010, our main goal and motto is to always offer      bank from both bed and bathtub. Each room looks west into glorious
“The Ultimate Safari and Wildlife Experience in Zimbabwe”.                        African sunsets best viewed from the privacy of a ball and claw bath, brim-
                                                                                  full with bubbles. All have a concertina screen door or window across the
GREEN RHINO IS OFFERING SOME WONDERFUL PACKAGES TO                                front of the bedroom and/or bathroom.
                                                                                  Activities include sundowner cruises, visits to the Victoria Falls, Simonga
                                                                                  Village, local markets and Livingstone town. Livingstone is rich in history
  TWO MORE WONDERFUL LODGES YOU CAN STAY AT WHILST                                and certainly worth exploring. It dates back to 1905 when the famous
  VISITING VICTORIA FALLS                                                         Victoria Falls bridge, spanning the Zambezi River, was completed in April
                                                                                  of that year. Many of the town amenities date back to the early 1900s,
  THE STANLEY AND LIVINGSTONE – ZIMBABWE.                                         including the recently renovated 18-hole golf course (1908), the country's
  5 STAR LUXURY                                                                   first synagogue (1928) and later on its Museum (1953) where many of
                                                                                  David Livingstone's personal possessions are on display today.
  The elegant Stanley and Livingstone is set within the game-rich
  Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve, just 10-minutes drive away                 Also on offer is a variety of adrenaline-loaded activities at extra cost:
  from the world famous Victoria Falls.                                           white water rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling,
                                                                                  and helicopter flights over the Falls.
  Representing the grandeur of a bygone era and catering for the
  most discerning guests, this boutique hotel allows you to                       Although The River Club is not a traditional safari camp, elephants can
  experience one of Africa's great highlights and the myriad                      often be seen in the Zambezi National Park opposite and hippo are
  adventures available around Victoria Falls, in utmost glamour and               regularly seen and heard in the river itself. Game drives are also offered
  style.                                                                          into the nearby Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park where there is an abundance
                                                                                  of general game species like buffalo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and impala.
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There is rich bird life in the area, including several rarer species such as    The main camp is located between the Marico River and a small
Schalow's Turaco, African Finfoot, Half-collared Kingfisher, African            tributary of the Marico. The main area comprises an open plan lounge,
Skimmer (seasonal), Rock Pratincole (seasonal) and Collared Palm-               dining and reception area, with the pool and bar area offering views of
Thrush. There are leisurely nature trails around the lodge, boat cruises        the gully and river to the north. A traditional ‘lapa’ falls within a glade of
and island walks.                                                               natural riverine forest. The décor of the camp has a strong Afro-Asian
                                                                                Safari ambience to it, with use of natural stone, fibres, cloth and carpets
The Zambezi River offers ample fishing opportunities. Tiger fishing is an       as well as metal and wood featuring prominently throughout the camp.
unforgettable challenge for keen fishermen, particularly during the             The influence of the river is very apparent, with the trees, birds and
warmer months. There are several varieties of bream () that are also a          water providing a peaceful and tranquil mood within the camp.
good catch. For the more sporting, try catching them on fly!
                                                                                When it comes to environmentally sensitive and culturally rich areas,
              Madikwe Game Reserve                                              there is a very fine line between enhancing the region and destroying it,
                                                                                even though the two actions sound worlds apart. Destroying the
                  DON’T MISS OUR MADIKWE
                                                                                environment is not necessarily based solely on inappropriate
                 PROMOTION TO BE HELD AT                                        development because by excluding the community, there could be
                   CRICKLEWOOD LODGE,                                           worse consequences. It is with this point in mind that The Nature
                WATERKLOOF ON 22 APRIL 2010                                     Workshop is enhancing the community and in turn the environment
 Madikwe Game Reserve is one of the few reserves in Southern Africa,
 which is malaria free. Located in South Africa along the Botswana
 border and 20 kilometres from Gaberone, the Reserve lies within a              Due to this exceptionally rich ecological setting, Madikwe is home to a
 transition region between lowveld bushveld and the Kalahari thornveld.         tremendous diversity of fauna and flora, including the black and white
 As a result the region is host to an incredible diversity of species from      rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. The camp
 both ecosystems.                                                               is a superb walking and open vehicle safari destination where guests
 Geographically the region has enormous volcanic intrusions known as            are accompanied by well-trained and informative rangers who are able
 Inselbergs, wide open plains and the riverine environment along the            to interpret the many safari encounters.
 Marico River in the east of the reserve.
                                                                                The local community has essentially shaped the footprint of the area
                                                                                and in order to preserve the rich heritage and culture, it makes logical
        LOOKING FOR A CONFERENCE VENUE?                                         and rightful sense to involve them as they had such a big part in the
   Contact us on info@greenrhino.co.za or consult our                           area’s origin in the first place. With admirable intentions and the
             website www.greenrhino.co.za                                       community’s support, The Nature Workshop’s involvement in Thakadu
                                                                                River Camp is sure to be equally as successful as its forerunner.

                                                                                 Scheduled daily charters are available via the Federal Air Madikwe
                                                                                Charter Joint Venture Partnership. Lodge tariffs include luxury
                                                                                accommodation, two fabulous game drives per day and all meals.

                                                                                For rates and additional information on Thakadu River Camp, please
                                                                                contact GREEN RHINO AFRICAN TRAVEL. info@greenrhino.co.za
River of dreams
                                                                                          and now for something totally new....
After the recent successful launch of Buffalo Ridge Safari Lodge, a five
star lodge situated on a prime site in the west of the Madikwe Game
Reserve, The Nature Workshop, a company specialising in lodge
development, management and marketing, is proud to be the driver
behind a similar new project.                                                  After check in, the guests with children are
                                                                               introduced to the chef and given a chance
Thakadu River Camp is a 24-bed tented camp set within the riverine             to inform us on special dietary needs,
canopy along the banks of the Marico River in the eastern sector of the        preferred times for meals, allergies, etc,
Madikwe Game Reserve. The camp comprises 12 tented suites, each                concerning the kids. All children will be
with their own viewing deck overlooking the Marico River.                      issued with an activity booklet that will
                                                                               include games, mazes and colouring-in
Thakadu River Camp (which means aardvark in Tswana) is a wholly-               activities.
owned, Community-based Tented Safari Camp within Madikwe Game
Reserve. The Tented Camp, located on the banks of the Marico River, is         Our policy is to allow children over six on
an ecotourism partnership between North-West Parks, the Molatedi               the first game drive, giving the guide,
Community and the operator, The Madikwe Collection. The community              parents and other guests the opportunity to
has a 45-year lease to operate a commercial lodge with traversing rights       determine if they would like to join the usual
across the Reserve. The concept is unique in South Africa in that the          daily game drives, or whether they should
community owns the development, with substantial benefits accruing to          be taken out on their own, for shorter
the community itself.                                                          “bumbles”. Children under the age of six
                                                                               will be taken on the “bumbles”.
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Those who stay behind during normal game drive times will be looked after
by our nannies (at a baby-sitting rate). While parents are on the morning
game drive, the nannies will stay with the kids until they wake up and then
take them down to the main lodge for breakfast. Afterwards, they will
entertain them until the parents return from drive.
After breakfast, these children go on a 1 hour (more or less) drive (bumble)     Dunes Country House Winner In New Eastern
to one of the waterholes with a ranger. Before heading off on their drive, the
kids are issued with a work book (those old enough), where they can tick off     Cape Adventure Awards
the things they’ve seen (dung, animals, spoor, birds and trees). The one         The Dunes Country House in St Francis Bay scooped top honours in the
with the most ticks gets a surprise on arrival back to camp.                     'Best For Conservation Of Wildlife and Habitat' category at the Inaugural
                                                                                 Eastern Cape 'Adventure Province' Tourism Awards. The Eastern Cape,
During afternoon game drives, the kids that do not go on normal game             recently rebranded as the 'Adventure Province', launched the new awards
drive get to go on a treasure hunt to find nests, bones, eggs, snakes skins      aim to showcase the outstanding tourism offerings available in the area
and other items. We then give them an educational talk on all the items          and to celebrate its tourism diversity. Recognising service excellence in
found and add other bush tales.                                                  accommodation, cultural heritage, adventure and biodiversity as well as
                                                                                 the unique skills and warmth of its people, the awards criteria include a
In the evenings, on special occasions, the younger kids get to have their        commitment to transformation, good leadership and customer focus.
own, private dinner with one of the chefs, allowing them to make their own
treats. IE: bread on a stick, boerewors rolls, marshmallow braai                 The Dunes Country House is set in a 600 hectare private nature reserve,
(barbeque), etc… To end the evening off, we talk about the stars and tell        bordered on one side by a pristine shifting sand dune system with a
interesting stories about the animals and bush.* Alternatively, meals will be    number of historical midden sites. The remainder consists of indigenous
provided in their room or children can eat dinner with their parents.            coastal fynbos and an extensive rejuvenated wetland system. A 5-year
                                                                                 campaign to remove alien rooikranz resulted not just in the successful
On other evenings, they get to assemble their own pizzas and decorate            rehabilitation of an area of land, but also attracted the 'homecoming
their cupcakes for dessert.                                                      revolution' of a large number of frogs and toads, some rare. In order to
                                                                                 monitor which species were in residence, The Dunes launched an evening
All other free time is spent drawing, clay modeling, building puzzles,           frog safari, which allows guests to spend time in the wetland helping to
swimming and relaxing by the pool. Kits are also available in the lodge for      create a species data base. This novel idea has received positive approval
T-shirt painting, scrap-booking and beading (at an extra cost)*.                 from visitors, and adds another dimension to the 'must see' wildlife of the
                                                                                 Eastern Cape.
There is always a watchful eye of a nanny available, to ensure they are
kept busy and safe, while the parents can relax and enjoy their stay.            The awards ceremony was a formal affair with the beaded table decor
                                                                                 created by local community artists, and attended by a number of
On departure of the family, the child / children are issued with a “Thakadu      dignitaries from the tourism industry and provincial government. The
Safari Lodge Bush Experience Certificate”.                                       Eastern Cape Tourism Master Plan was also launched at the event. It will
                                                                                 now be known as the 'Adventure Province'.
*All baby-sitting and extra activity kits are at an extra cost
                                                                                 CYNTHIA VISITED THE DUNES IN OCTOBER LAST
*All scheduled bumbles, kid’s meals and activities are included in normal
                                                                                 YEAR AND WENT ON THEIR FROGGING SAFARI – SHE
                                                                                 SAYS: “I DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT BUT
                                                                                 REALLY ENJOYED IT, I COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT
                                                                                 THERE WERE SO MANY DIFFERENT SPECIES OF
                                                                                 FROGS, NOR THAT SOME OF THEM WERE AS SMALL
                                                                                 AS MY NAIL AND YET COULD MAKE THE MOST
                                                                                 A M A Z I N G A M O U N T O F N O I S E – I H I G H LY
                                                                                 RECOMMEND THIS, ITS DIFFERENT, FUN AND
                                                                                 INFORMATIVE, CHILDREN WILL LOVE IT”
                 FTTSA Media Releases 2009
                  FTTSA MEDIA RELEASE
                     04 November 2009

"Community-based Tourism at its Best"FTTSA Certifies Thakadu
River Camp in the North West Province
FTTSA welcomes Thakadu River Camp to the FTTSA-certified
community. Based in the eastern sector of the Big 5, malaria free,
Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province, this lodge is
wholly owned by the Molatedi community. This brings the number of
FTTSA-certified community-owned and emerging tourism
businesses to nine, which constitutes 16% of FTTSA's overall client
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                                                                                SOME INTERESTING CAPE FACTS

                                                                                „h A first observatory, established in 1821, gave the suburb where it
                                                                                   resides its name. Every day at 12:00 an electric signal is sent from
                                                                                   the observatory to the Noon Gun on Signal Hill to fire the gun.
                                                                                „h Table Mountain is home to more plant species than the entire
                                                                                   British isles or New Zealand 470 species in total.
                                                                                „h Table Mountain sandstone is said to be over 450 million years old
                                                                                „h The Slangkoppunt Lighthouse near Kommetjie is the tallest cast
                                                                                   iron lighthouse in SA and the Green Point Lighthouse is the oldest,
                                                                                   the light was first lit in 1824 - one can take a tour of it and other
                                                                                   lighthouses in the Cape
                                                                                „h Over 21 million visitors annually visit the V&A Waterfront which was
                                                                                   named after Queen Victoria and her son Alfred
                                                                                „h Jan Van Riebeeck planted the first vineyards over 350 years ago
Cynthia on her “frogging safari” - note headlight on her head!
                                                                                „h Stellenbosch is the the second oldest town in SA
                 CYNTHIA ALSO VISITED                                           „h Shebeen is a shop in a township that sells liquor BUT did you know
                   HILLSNEK SAFARIS                                                that this is a Gaelic word which means ittle shop nd was coined by
 HillsNek is an exclusive use safari Lodge situated in a secluded corner of        Irish Policemen in the Cape and referred to unlicensed little shops
the Big Five Amakhola Game Reserve in the malaria free Eastern Cape                selling alcohol situated usually in the townships.
with the same owners as the above Dunes Country House. The Lodge                „h Simon Town is the principal base for the SA Navy and was founded
accommodates 6 people in three luxury canvas safari tents with the                 in 1671
emphasis on LUXURY from the ball and claw baths, white percale linen,
heated bed sheets, this is a must for a small group of friends or family                    DON’T MISS THE NAMAQUALAND
wishing to spend quality time together without anybody else encroaching                     FLOWERS……..JULY TO OCTOBER.
on their privacy. We went to celebrate my friend’s 50th birthday – it was                         BUT BOOK NOW!!!
perfect, you have your own dedicated Host, Chef, Ranger and land-rover
which allows you to customize your safari experience from cuisine to
game-viewing. We were spoilt rotten, the meals were delicious and the
champagne breakfast set up as a surprise on the top of a mountain on the
morning of my friend’s 50th was the cherry on the top. If you are looking for
something special, this is it!!!

                                                                                 Once the rains fall, the transformation begins. Once seemingly
                                                                                 barren hills and valleys are now slowly being covered by
                                                                                 countless wild flowers in an array of colours.

                                                                                 The Cape Floral Region was declared a Word Heritage Site in 2004.
                                                                                 The heritage site spans eight protected areas and displays the most
                                                                                 important examples of the Cape Floral Region. The sites are – Table
                                                                                 Mountain, the Cederberg Wilderness Area, the Boland Mountain
                                                                                 Complex, the Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Areas, De Hoop Nature
                                                                                 Reserve, the Boosmansbos Wilderness Area, the Swartberg
                                                                                 Mountains and the Baviaanskloof, which runs across from the Western
                                                                                 Cape into the Eastern Cape Province.
                                                                                 The Cape Floral Kingdom is listed as the smallest of the world’s six
                                                                                 plant kingdoms. It only covers 0.04% of the earth surface. Rediscover
                                                                                 the richest variety of the 8 600 species, of which 68% are endemic. The
                                                                                 Cape Peninsula area offers more plant species that the entire UK!

                                                                                 The annual flower season is from July – October, weather permitting.
                                                                                 After the rain the carpets of flowers appear as from nowhere – and
                                                                                 visitors rejoice in the variety of bright yellow, orange and pure whites
                                                                                 that meets the eye in all directions. The duration of the flower season
                                                                                 depends on the hot berg winds, and the rain pattern.
                                                                                 The flowers start blooming in the north and then spread to the south as
                                                                                 t h e       w e a t h e r          b e c o m e s         w a r m e r .
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                                                                              The Overberg area is characterised by quaint towns, a blossoming wine
 Fynbos blooms throughout the year, but is more magnificent                   industry and delicious local dishes. We stopped in Napier on the Sunday
 during late winter and spring.                                               for lunch on a boiling hot day – freshly home-made ice cold ginger beer
                                                                              cooled us down at the Napier Coffee Shop where they serve breakfast all
 The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is the only botanical             day and their lunches are all made with fresh ingredients – another
 garden in the world that is situated in a World Heritage Site.               wonderful find where I had to buy their fig and cashew nut biscotti, bottled
 Rediscover the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden in                    figs, whole-wheat bread just out of the oven.... I can go on forever.
 Hangklip/Kleinmond and the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden
 in Worcester.                                                                The 36 000 hectares of De Hoop conservation area is a World Heritage
                                                                              Site comprising rich biodiversity with over 70 kilometres of pristine
 During the flower season there are a variety of flower shows to              coastline. A 19 km vlei (wetland) stretches across the reserve, which is on
 choose from – The West Coast towns offer the most flowers shows.             the Ramsar list of Wetlands of International Importance. This is arguably
                                                                              the most unspoiled section of the Cape coast.
 Flower viewing tips:
 *     Always stand with your back to the sun, or drive with the sun
       behind you he flowers always face the sun
 *     The flowers are at their best on the hottest time of the day from
       11:00 to 5:00
 *     Stop and walk amongst the flowers you will be amazed at the
       variety of minute flowers amongst the greater masses
      Namaqualand is a part of the Paleo-tropical plant kingdom,
      with links to the desert and savanna vegetation of the rest of
      Africa. The sandy sun-baked plains and ancient granite
      whalebacks are transformed into vast natural wonderland after
      winter rains, draing botanists from all over the world to
      experience the annual miracle.

 No two visits are the same the timing and quantity of the rain               The De Hoop Collection offers a wide range of accommodation. From
 showers determine the colours and variety of flowers that appear. A          camping and caravanning sites and affordable self-catering chalets to
 rule of thumb is that flowers appear first (July) at the coast and north     more luxurious self-catering cottages and five-star fully catered
 of springbok, with the mountains around Kamieskroon at their best            lodges. There is something for everyone, from families travelling on a
 into September. Daisies of every description, gaudy vygies like              limited budget, couples seeking a comfortable but affordable breakaway to
 oversized cushions, amazing quiver trees and fragrant evening-               top-end fully inclusive weddings and honeymoons
 flowering bulbs jostle for space before the drying east wind calls a
 halt to such exuberance and the tiny seeds are again covered by
 windblown and or carefully buried by the ants, to wait for the next          We stayed in one of the beautifully appointed cottages, white linen,
 spring.                                                                      comfortable beds, the table laid with sparkling cutlery, wineglasses and
                                                                              serviettes on arrival, it just all looked so inviting – you immediately started
 The Richtersveld National park in the northwestern corner of the             to relax. There are braai facilities outside each cottage (wood and
 region is a true rugged mountain desert, appealing to self sufficient        firelighters are available to buy at the reception), the kitchens have stoves,
 travelers with 4x4 vehicles. Guided tours into this wild area can be         microwaves etc AND there is a fantastic restaurant which one can simply
 arranged locally to experience the strange succulent, jagged                 walk to…. called The Fig Tree. We braaied the first night, something you
 mountains and lonely campsites of this destination.                          just have to do when out in nature and then treated ourselves to a super
                                                                              dinner the next evening. The are open all day so one can go for a lovely
                                                                              beach walk and then have breakfast or they can even pack a picnic basket
                                                                              for you.
Popular literature calls De Hoop Nature Reserve ‘the jewel of the Western
Cape” – and I cannot believe that living in Cape Town, I had never visited
before and this “jewel” is only 3hrs away from my doorstep. But, now that I
have found it, it has instantly become my most favorite place to escape for
a couple of days of pure relaxation.

 I left Cape Town at 10am on a Friday and got back to the City on the
Sunday at 5pm and felt like I had been away for a week – that is what De
Hoop does for you. If you are not lucky enough to live in Cape Town, do not
despair, I am sure that at some stage you will want to go down the Garden
Route or go and see the whales, De Hoop is an ideal stop over en route
from the Cape Winelands to Plettenberg Bay. It is in the Overberg region
near the southern tip of Africa and can be approached from either
Bredasdorp or Swellendam.
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                                                                                Whether you are into multi-day trails or a simple hour walk, the
                                                                                Reserve is ideal to walk amongst the flora and fauna. Hikers and
                                                                                cyclists have close-up encounters with bontebok, Cape mountain
                                                                                zebra, eland, red hartebeest, baboons and ostrich.

The spectacular beaches with their tidal pools and the sand dunes are
amazing, particularly when they drop down into the aquamarine sea, I was
completely enthralled. They have two well trained young field guides who
will take you on walks on the seashore and into the sand dunes, or on a
birding walk or game walk, even star gazing. We booked Alfonso for a            The best land based whale-watching!
morning walk on the seashore at low tide and spent 3 hrs scrambling over
rocks and peering into rock pools – it was wonderful and very educational –     Every year, some 40% of the world’s southern right whales come to
fantastic for children too. Swimming in the tidal pools is also very special,   these shores to breed. Females and their calves swim in the clear
snorkeling fantastic.                                                           waters, while males put on spectacular displays. These endangered
                                                                                mammals ensure that the De Hoop Reserve in South Africa is one of
                                                                                the world's best land based whale-watching areas. As a marine
                                                                                reserve and World Heritage Site, De Hoop guarantees a safe nursery for
                                                                                these pods of visiting cetaceans. They come so close to the shore that
                                                                                visitors can relax on the un-spoilt sand dunes, watching in awe as
                                                                                these beautiful creatures calve, blow, breach and belly-flop.

                                                                                Quite simply, De Hoop offers some of the best and most accessible
                                                                                whale-watching opportunities in the world. Seven whale species have
                                                                                been recorded in the waters off De Hoop but it is the southern right that is
                                                                                most common. Other less common whale species are the Bryde's whale
                                                                                and the rare humpback. The reserve, which is a treasure-trove of natural
                                                                                assets protected in a relatively undisturbed state, is approximately 36 000
                                                                                hectares in size excluding its Marine Protected Area, which extends a
                                                                                further three nautical miles (5 km) out to sea. The size of the Marine
                                                                                Protected Area makes it one of the largest in Africa.
This is the ultimate family getaway – it’s a safe, outdoor destination
                                                                                I can’t wait to go back! If you are interested in more information or would
with almost year-round sunshine. Children of all ages will relish the
                                                                                like to book one of the delightful cottages at De Hoop, please give me a call
freedom to explore the reserve. The endless beach, towering sand dunes,
                                                                                or send an email – I would like to keep this special place a secret…… but
inter tidal rock pools and diverse fauna and flora provide a natural
                                                                                think that it’s one of those “secrets” that one just has to share!
playground for kids to learn.

There is plenty to do that so you are spoilt for choice – a 2-night stay will
only leave your family wanting more..

Cyclists are welcome to use any of the gravel roads laid out in the western
sector of the reserve as long as they take care not to trample the natural
vegetation. If frolicking whales and blankets of yellow, orange and red
flowers appeal to you, plan cycling in the spring. There are mountain
bikes to hire as well, either by the hour or on a daily rate.
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        Shindzela Bushveld Birds weekend                                           Court Classique Suite Hotel, Pretoria has just gotten
           Thornybush Game Reserve                                                 a whole lot classier! In order to further enhance guest experience, safety
                                                                                   & security this multi-award winning, four-star hotel started reviewing
              Kruger National Park                                                 and revamping various aspects of the property during 2009. Completed
                                                                                   projects include:
2 – 5 April 2010
3 nights / 4 days self drive                                                       *           R100 000 investment into a tate-of-the-art security system
R3, 975.00 per person sharing                                                                  with a number additional cameras installed in key areas of the
                                                                                               property and
We are pleased to offer bird enthusiasts a long weekend in the bush, with a
focus on walking and birding. This is an introduction to the “Bushveld             *           R400 000 investment in the epainting and maintenance of
Birds” of the lowveld. The long weekend package includes game drives                           the exteriorof the property. This was a 12 week process,
and bush walks, with a focus on ticking off your bird list and learning more                   which was completed in December 2009.
about the bushveld birds of the area. The Timbavati has over 350 recorded
species of birds. Guests joining us for a birding walking safari will each         For 2010, the property is planning a ofts-refurbishment of all 58 suites
receive a handy first time birders tick list, and a Birding CD with the calls of   sample suite, Room 32, is already available for inspection and use, but the
our bushveld birds.                                                                remainder of the suites will be upgraded in time for the 2010 FIFA World
                                                                                   Cup. Beds in all 58 suites were already replaced in a previous upgrade
                                                                                   cycle and this R4.3 million projec will now include key, in-room items that
Bushveld Birds CD: This new sound guide to the calls of 50 common                  contribute to the overall quality and comfort of the guest experience, such
bushveld species includes comments on the purpose of the sounds such               as the replacement of air-conditioning systems, carpets, curtains, all linens
as song, call, behaviour or other useful tips.                                     & television sets. Suites will also be entirely repainted o the inside, the
                                                                                   existing quality furniture pieces will be refurbished and key-entry doors will
Some of the featured birdcalls are;                                                be replaced with keycard access systems.

 Arrow-marked Babbler, Black-collared Barbet, Crested Barbet, Chinspot             The Court Classique Suite Hotel, Pretoria looks forward to welcoming
Batis, Brubru, Grey-headed Bush-Shrike, Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike,               guests in the same unrivalled class as we have always done, with a fresh
Green-backed Camaroptera, Rattling Cisticola, Burchell’s Coucal, Long-             coat of care.
billed Crombec, Diderick Cuckoo, Red-chested Cuckoo, Cape Turtle
Dove, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Laughing Dove, Red-eyed Dove,
Fork-tailed Drongo, African Fish Eagle, African Paradise Flycatcher,
Crested Francolin, Grey Go-away-bird, Egyptian Goose, Sombre
Greenbul, Helmeted Guineafowl, African Hoopoe, Red-billed Hornbill,
Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Woodland
Kingfisher, Red-crested Korhaan, Red-faced Mousebird, Fiery-necked                     25 MARCH – BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION, Pretoria.
Nightjar, Black-headed Oriole, Black-backed Puffback, White-browed                     (Presentation on The Battlefields by Isandlwana Lodge)
Scrub-Robin, Magpie Shrike, Southern White-crowned Shrike, Southern
Grey-headed Sparrow, Natal Spurfowl, Swainson’s Spurfowl, Cape                         22 APRIL – CRICKLEWOOD MANOR, Pretoria – Madikwe
Glossy Starling, White-bellied Sunbird, Black-crowned Tchagra, Brown-                  Promotion
crowned Tchagra, Southern Black Tit, Blue Waxbill, Stierling’s Wren-
Warbler, and Green Wood-Hoopoe.                                                        26 MAY – SOUP AND SHERRY, Court Classique Boutique Hotel,

                                                                                       27 MAY – SOUTHERN SUN HOTEL, Maputo

                                                                                       10 JUNE – 17 JULY FIFA WORLD CUP

                                                                                       12 AUGUST – Pretoria (Venue to be advised) FAIR TRADE IN

                                                                                       15 SEPTEMBER – US EMBASSY, Pretoria

                                                                                       16 SEPTEMBER – POLANA HOTEL, Maputo

                                                                                       27 OCTOBER – CANADIAN HIGH COMMISSION, Pretoria

                                                                                       30 NOVEMBER –THE CAPITAL HOUSE PRETORIA.
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FEBRUARY/MARCH 2010                                                                                                                            page 10
           SERENGETI - THE GREAT                                              ZANZIBAR – AN ADD ON OPTION
                                                                              THE ZANZIBAR MYSTIQUE
Famous for its annual wildebeest migration, the Serengeti in North            Zanzibar is a working town, not a theme park or Disneyworld. The famous
Western Tanzania is the nation’s largest national park spanning over 14       old Arabic style buildings used by the explorers are still in use, the streets
000 sq kms. It continues into Kenya in the north as the Masai Mara            are narrow, busy, noisy and sometimes dirty. The communications
National Park and to the southeast in Tanzania as the Ngorongoro Crater       infrastructure is variable - please do not expect instant confirmations of
Conservation Area.                                                            bookings or for things to be done while you wait. What you can expect is a
                                                                              truly helpful, well mannered people who will do their best to assist you.
Every year thousands of Wildebeest and other antelope start massing on        There is a certain pleasure in not being treated as a tourist, and mixing with
the southern Serengeti Plains in late February and March to begin their       people as they go about their daily tasks unconcerned with your presence
annual migration, which follows the rain and sweet grass north to the         - do not spoil it by expecting things to be clean, and of a first world
Masai Mara. At about this time and within a 10 day period, approximately      environment, or to be bowed and scraped to by obsequious waiters, or
500 000 calves are dropped (born) en masse, a scene which enhances            your meals to arrive instantly. Enter into the spirit of the island, relax, and
this wildlife spectacle.                                                      let the friendly, helpful people assist you. If this type of holiday does not
                                                                              appeal, please do not ruin your vacation with false expectations - the
Don’t miss the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the Calving          romantic Zanzibar of old is there, but is found only by the diligent
season, when thousands of wildebeest are born every day during this
time. Apart from its main attraction of wildebeest, the wildlife of the       BEACHES
Serengeti also offers lion, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, leopard, elephant,       The beaches in Zanzibar are a paradise, interspersed with picturesque
gazelle and a variety of other wildlife.                                      fishing villages, where the people live a simple way of life, unchanged over
                                                                              the years. There are more than 25 fantastic beaches in Zanzibar, and some
Why not let GREEN RHINO help you plan your trip for this once-in-a-           are so peaceful and remote that the only noise breaking the silence is likely
lifetime experience                                                           to be the ocean.

Here are some guidelines on when to go:                                       At the northern tip of the island is Nungwi, approached by a road lined
                                                                              by banana palms, mangroves and coconut trees. This is the dhow
                                                                              building capital of Zanzibar island, so it is a good place to see traditional
WILDEBEEST MIGRATION PATTERNS:                                                craftsmen at work.
JAN / FEB / MARCH – wildebeest are in southern plains of the Serengeti,
                                                                              On the west coast of Zanzibar, Mangapwani beach is worth a visit, and
calving takes place, open grasslands, great visibility of animals
                                                                              to the east are the beaches of Matemwe, Pwani Mchangani, Kiwengwa,
                                                                              Uroa, Bwejuu and Jambiani, all with stretches of beautiful and
APRIL / MAY – rainy season in East Africa, great if you don’t want to go in   uncrowded sands.
busy season, game drives can be a bit limited due to road quality in rains.
Rains in the bush tend to be afternoon storms (primarily), rather than        Zanzibar also boasts several small offshore islands which are ideal for a
continuous downpours. Good low season rates available in BOTH Kenya           day-trip. Prison (or Changu) island is the most popular with tourists
and Tanzania                                                                  because it is only a short trip from Stone Town. Originally, it was used by
                                                                              Arabs to detain recalcitrant slaves, and then a jail was built by the
JUNE/JULY – game moving northwards within the Serengeti, through the          British, but it was never actually used. Visitors to Zanzibar will notice a
‘western corridor’ as well as up into the Lobo areas of Serengeti. Crossing   large population of ancient Aldabra tortoises. Other islets near to Stone
the Grumeti river – lots of crocs!                                            Town are Chapwani, Chumbe and Bawe.
JULY/AUG – crossing over the Mara river into neighbouring Kenya. Note
that a good portion of game remains in the Serengeti year round.

AUG / OCT – generally good herds up in the Mara, high season up there –
busy !! Don’t use the big lodges as its just overcrowded…

NOV / DEC – game starting to move southwards back into the Serengeti,
through the central region (Seronera), to commence the whole process

REMEMBER – there is EXCELLENT game viewing in BOTH Kenya and
Tanzania ALL YEAR ROUND – but, the migration patterns are roughly as

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SIGHTSEEING AND TOURS                                                            MALARIA HOTLINE - 0861 MOZZIE (0861 66 99 43)
These may be arranged prior to departure from South Africa, via Wild             IGNORANCE and misinformation about malaria as well as delays in
Frontiers and paid up front, or alternatively may be arranged on arrival via     seeking appropriate treatment inspired GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), a leading
ZANTOURS, situated on Zanzibar in the Old Stonetown.                             pharmaceutical and healthcare company, to fund an independent Malaria
                                                                                 Helpline – 0861 MOZZIE (0861 66 99 43) for travellers.
Stonetown Tour                                                                   The launch of 0861 MOZZIE is aimed at providing information about
Spice Tour                                                                       malaria based on current local and international malaria
Dhow sunset cruise                                                               recommendations. “It's not only tourists and visitors to the African
Prison Island visit with snorkelling                                             continent who need information about malaria, it's the vast majority of
Chumbe Island Marine Park                                                        travelling South Africans as well”, said , corporate affairs manager at GSK.
Jozani Forest to see the Colobus monkeys                                         Says , medical director at SAA Netcare Travel Clinics: “The hotline will
Scuba diving (east or west coast)                                                provide a platform to travellers from where they can get the correct
Safari Blue (swimming with the dolphins)                                         information and take the necessary precautions or alternatively seek the
                                                                                 correct medical advice when showing symptoms”, said Folmer.


 Our stunning reserve continues to amaze us all by delivering more and
 more special and surprising sightings of all kinds. Calving season is
 now in full swing and all the local animal species are boasting many
 A really special place to come and view these animals at close range is
 Leopard Mountain’s wonderful hide. Apart from being visited by rhino’s,
 buffalo’s and occasionally elephants, it is an absolute hive of activity at
 almost any time! Here you are constantly surrounded by drinking
 wildebeest, zebra, waterbuck, reedbuck and the warthogs are a                      The Robben Island Tour is a very popular Cape
 pleasure to watch as they mud-bathe together with their new-born.                         Town tourist attraction and we highly
                                                                                    recommend that tickets are booked and purchased
 The birding at the hide is also of very high quality and many special
 species frequent the dense forest around the hide. Lesser honey-guide,           long in advance to avoid disappointment. This can be
 red-faced mouse-bird, bearded scrub-robin, terrestrial brown-bull and                    done online on www.webtickets.co.za
 the scarce pink-throated twinspot are all frequently seen at the hide. A
 group of eight Marabou storks have also been calling Leopard mountain           TOPLESS IN CAPE TOWN
 hide their home for a few weeks now. The short trip to the hide also
 delivers good birding with Jacobin’s cuckoo, black and brown-crowned
 tchagra’s, dusky indigo bird, African harrier-hawk and long-tailed              A list of the Top Ten things to do in Cape Town comes up with
 paradise whydahs only a few of the many great species to be seen.               some must do’s such as Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch, an
 Other birds frequenting the hide include: grey and common waxbill,              extremity-tingling dip in the sea, the Castle, whales in False
 African and Jameson’s fire finches, African pygmy kingfisher and plenty         Bay and the like. But we would venture to add another must-do
 of red-billed oxpeckers which are attracted to the many mammals that            to this list -go topless through the city.
 visit the waterhole.
 The reserve continues to be a great place to view cheetahs and we had           By topless, of course, we mean the Cape Town Topless Bus.
 numerous encounters with two males which were seen in the same                  These are London-type double-decker red buses without a
 vicinity for quite a period. Leopard sightings across the reserve were up
 a little and one of our drives encountered a beautiful specimen crossing        roof, which trundle through the streets of Cape Town allowing
 the road. Black rhino’s were a little more elusive of late, but white rhino’s   passengers to hop on or hop off according to whim.
 abound across our game drive routes. Smaller groups, mothers and
 calves and solitary bulls are usually seen, but occasionally you could          There are two services: the Red Route, which zig-zags
 also encounter large “crashes” consisting of up to eight rhino’s. All the       through the city to all the usual attractions, and the Blue Route,
 rhino’s are in very good condition and many calves are a good sign that
 they do breed well in the ZRR. Our resident rhino bull has also returned        which ventures further afield to Kirstenbosch, Hout Bay and all
 to his favorite waterhole near the lodge after a scuffle with another big       points between.If you would like to know more about the
 bull. We’ve done a few late-night drives recently and have been able to         To p l e s s B u s , y o u c a n c o n t a c t S h a u n a t
 view some elusive nocturnal animals such as porcupines, genets,                 info@openbus.co.za or 021 511-6000.
 white-tailed mongoose and bush-babies. There are also many special
 feathered nocturnal friends                                                              not be the cheapest
                                                                                  We may info@greenrhino.co.za
 such as grass owls, spotted thick-knees and fiery-necked nightjars. We              but we are the BEST!
 again eagerly wait to see what the next month will hold. Certainly it will                    www.greenrhino.co.za
 be a good one...                                                                             info@greenrhino.co.za
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NEWS FROM THE OKAVANGO DELTA – KWANDO                                             Lagoon
SAFARIS – SAFARI CAMPS OF DISTINCTION                                             The Lagoon pack of Wild Dogs has been
Sightings Report                                                                  very active this month being seen several
                                                                                   times on different game drive roads.
December 2009                                                                      On one such occasion the Dogs were
Tau Pan                                                                            followed hunting Impala close to the
Heavy rains in the Central Kalahari                                               2009 den site. The hunt was a success
Game Reserve have transformed the                                                 before some marauding Spotted Hyenas
                                                                                   challenged them for the scraps and took
desert into a blanket of green this                                               away a tasty morsel for breakfast.
Christmas. Festive visitors have been                                             There was an exciting Leopard sighting away to the north of the airstrip
treated to a lush world of migrating antelopes and hungry cats                    recently. A party of guests and guides noticed a commotion early one
at Tau Pan.Tau Pan’s two resident male Lions are a regular                        morning and driving up to the clouds of smoke found a female Leopard
site as they strut their authority on the pan and surrounding                     climbing a tree with a baby Wildebeest in its jaws. Towards the
                                                                                  woodland the helpless mother looked on in bewilderment before
woodland. The two are never far from each other and are                           scampering to safety.
certainly the Kings of Tau Pan. There have been Cheetah                           Elsewhere, the three brother Cheetahs are a frequent sighting, usually
sightings as well. With the synchronised dropping of all the                      to the North and despite the scattered rains large numbers of plains
antelope calves over December there are plenty of vulnerable                      game, Elephants and Buffalos can still be found in the area.
youngsters available for the Cheetahs to hunt. Lucky visitors                     Evening boat cruises are not for the faint of heart at the moment as the
                                                                                  Kwando Channel reaches its lowest level of the year and is crowded by
have also had sightings of rarer animals such as Caracal, Bat                     angry Hippos desperate to remain in deeper waters. Once the Hippos
Eared Fox, Cape Fox and the occasional Leopard sighting.                          have been negotiated however the summer skies provide a dramatic
                                                                                  array of coloured clouds to enjoy while sipping on your Gin and Tonics.
Nxai Pan
Hundreds of Zebra have completed the migration                                    Lebala
from permanent waters to the nutritious new                                       Plenty of Lion sightings this December at Lebala.
grasses of Nxai Pan. Additionally, thousands of                                   One of these occurred on the floodplains close
Wildebeest, Springbok, Giraffe and Gemsbok                                         to camp where three females failed in an
combine to create a rich tapestry of life around                                  attempt to kill a Warthog. The spirited animal
the Nxai Camp. This has provided great opportunity for photographic               managed to plunge down a disused Aardvark
guests to capture nature’s annual miracle and the predators that stalk it.         hole before the foremost Lioness could get a
The multitude of young animals provides unique opportunity for predators          hold of it. A long vigil outside the mound
to prey on weaker opposition.                                                     amounted to nothing and the Lionesses
A Cheetah mother and cub were beautifully photographed walking close              eventually lost interest and disappeared in search of more food.
to the pan. While the mother was very much on a mission to get from A-B           There have been plenty of Cheetah moments this month as well. The year
all the cub seemed to want to do was play and several photographs                 has ended with a female successfully bringing up four cubs to sub adult
captured this special moment. Elsewhere, Lions are spotted on occasion            status through all the trials and tribulations that entails.
flanking the multitudes of game and occasionally can be seen drinking             They are about the age now where she will think about
from the Nxai Camp water hole along with wary Elephants and Giraffes.             leaving them before finding a mate for next season.
Birding is also excellent at this time of the year with all migratory birds       The Lesser Striped Genet that was living in the trees above the dining
present showing off their bright breeding plumage.                                room at Lebala camp has moved on and is nowhere to be seen but there is
                                                                                  still plenty of wildlife to be seen from the viewing decks. Elephants move to
Kwara & Little Kwara                                                              and from the floodplains in the afternoons and in the evenings Hippos
Game has been pumping this December at                                            come from the channel in front of the rooms onto the Lebala ‘lawn’ to graze.
Kwara and Little Kwara. The seven male Lions                                      We also had a small Crocodile basking by the bridge leading to the main
have moved further east towards the camp and                                      area of the camp.
have been a common sight in recent weeks.
They pulled down a Giraffe for Christmas lunch                                    CONTACT GREEN RHINO FOR SOME VERY SPECIAL OFFERS AT
and sat on it for the better part of a week                                       THESE CAMPS AT CERTAIN TIMES OF THE YEAR.
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was spotted by Kwara staff members nosing around the camp early in the
morning but soon disappeared as people starting walking around. Other
Leopards have been seen by the airstrip and on the Shinde Main Road –
always keeping well away from resident Lions. Guests on a night drive had
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of people but this one treated us to almost half an hour of entertainment
which ended in him catching a mouse.
Elsewhere, herds of Elephant and Buffalo are scattering further and
further into the Mopane forests as the pans continue to fill but Elephant
bulls and ‘Dagga Boy’ Buffalos are still seen on the periphery of the
woodlands and down towards camp.
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                                                                            “We even had a special dinner planned for Christmas Eve”, the Citibank
                                                                            executive from London lamented. “We tried everything in our power.
                                                                            The immigration guys were quite severe. We were held in a detention
                                                                            area with illegal citizens. We had no idea we had done anything wrong.
                                                                            They weren’t showing any kind of sympathy towards us” However, one
     Rebecca and Olin Thomason from the American Embassy in                 immigration official was kind enough to allow them to wait in the lounge
      Pretoria won two nights at the Shindzela Bush Camp in the             area. British Airways eventually came to their assistance.
                      Timbavati Game Reserve
                                                                            “They actually said this sort of thing happens quite frequently. I have
  Gareth and Christina Griffiths from the British High Commission in        been here before and I love the country but my wife was in a flood of
     Pretoria won two nights B&B at Falaza Game Park and Spa                tears the entire way home” said Hughes.
                                                                            Last year, Hermann Hirche was denied entry into South Africa after a 12
                                                                            hour flight from London. The German visitor didn’t have the required
     YOU TOO COULD BE THE LUCKY WINNER OF A                                 two unused pages in his passport when he touched down on November
                                                                            27. He had to catch a return flight to London an hour later, spending 36
                WONDERFUL PRIZE.                                            hours in the air over two days.
    SUBSCRIBE TO OUR E-NEWS BY SENDING YOUR                                 German consular staff tried to assist Hirche, but were unable to arrange
                   DETAILS TO                                               a temporary passport for him.
             INFO@GREENRHINO.CO.ZA                                          This incident led the Department of Home Affairs to issue a warning to
                                                                            travellers planning to fly to South Africa to make sure their travel
                                                                            documents were in order.
  EACH MONTH THERE IS A NEW PRIZE TO BE WON,                                At the time, Home Affairs spokesperson, Mantshele Tau said
                ALL YOU NEED TO                                             immigration officials were merely doing their jobs when they refused
  DO TO ENTER, IS PLACE A BOOKING WITH GREEN                                Hirche entry into South Africa. Yesterday Home Affairs spokesperson
                     RHINO.                                                 Jacky Mashapu said the clear pages were essential for immigration
                                                                            officials to be able to make clear stamps on passports.
                                                                            “In terms of immigration regulations of 2002 it is the legal thing to do to
                          GOOD LUCK!!!!                                     have those clean pages for stamps. If there are none, officials are
                                                                            legally obliged to send you home. We need those pages to be able to
DID YOU KNOW THAT GREEN RHINO AFRICAN TRAVEL                                clearly endorse your visit – its an international norm” said Mashapu.
RAISED A TOTAL OF R196 860 FOR CHARITY DURING                               He could not say how many visitors were turned back during the festive
                                                                            season. “Its not high, but we do have such cases”
2009.                                                                       PLEASE THEREFORE ENSURE THAT ALL YOUR VISITORS
                                                                            COMING IN TO SOUTH AFRICA ARE AWARE OF THESE RULES.
Tshwane Place of Safety, Pretoria –                                         THERE IS NOTHING YOUR EMBASSY OR CONSULAR OFFICES
 total R132 220.00 Imagine in Mozambique – total R64                        CAN DO NOR IS THERE ANYTHING GREEN RHINO CAN DO TO
648.00                                                                      ASSIST

                                                                           ANYONE FOR MADAGASCAR?
THANKS to all those of you who gave so generously either by
purchasing tickets at our travel club functions or by bidding on           Madagascar: Madagascar is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, off the
the wonderful prizes which the South African Travel Industry               eastern coast of Africa. Madagascar is the 4th largest island in the world. It
so kindly donates throughout the year.                                     is the home to five percent of the world's plant and animal species, 80 per
                                                                           cent of them are unique to Madagascar. Most famous among these
                                                                           species are the lemurs.
                                                                            Madagascar and Mauritania are the only countries not to use a decimal
 PASSPORT PAGES!                                                           currency. Its teeming fertile forests and geographical isolations have
 Article which appeared in one of the newspapers lately.                   served to preserve and propagate 'nature's design laboratory' in a mix
 A well-planned holiday of a lifetime, which included five-star            found nowhere else on earth. Madagascar's forests are a shimmering and
 accommodation and trips to KwaZulu Natal, ended before it could even      seething mass of a trillion stems and dripping leaves.
 begin for a British couple. They were sent Packing, back to chilly
 England, when one of their passports didn’t contain the required number   History & Background: The written history of Madagascar began in the
 of clean pages.                                                           seventh century A.D - when Arabs established trading posts along the
 Banking executive Richard Hughes and his wife Amy arrived at OR           northwest coast. However, the first people who came to Madagascar were
 Tambo International on Christmas Eve on a British Airways flight.         from Southeast Asia, mostly from the Indonesian islands. These people
 Speaking from London, Hughes said that when they reached                  arrived in around the fourth century, probably via East Africa.
 immigration, officials refused to allow them in.
 “My wife didn’t have enough pages and we were put on the first flight     This explains the Malagasy features which are a mixture of Asian
 back. She has an American passport. It was valid and had not expired.     (Austronesian) and African, as well as of the Arabs who came later.
 Our entire holiday was messed up”                                         Because of tropical storms which commonly affect the coast, some of the
 They were planning to head for the Drakensberg and Durban, and            early settlers left the coast and went to live in the centre of the island in the
 everything was booked and paid for.                                       mountains where the weather was cooler and less windy. The people who
                                                                           live in the mountains today have preserved many of the Asian features.
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Scheduled and Tailor-Made Safaris:
 Madagascar is a unique beach and island safari destination off the African        SOCCER WORLD CUP
coast. Below you will find numerous small group (maximum of 10 clients)
safaris that Green Rhino Can offer which run in and around Madagascar.             ACCOMMODATION IN
You can join one of our scheduled camping or lodge safaris or if you'd like,
one of our experienced travel consultants can tailor-make a private safari         CAPE TOWN
to meet your departure date, time period, group size and budget.
There are so many options available to the adventurous traveler, from a
cultural tour, to a beach holiday through to the many special interest tours
like, scuba diving, birding, kite surfing, surfing, fishing etc. We can help you   EVERGREEN COTTAGE, CONSTANTIA, CAPE TOWN
with all your travel arrangements inclusive of flights.                            www.evergreencottage.co.za Min. 3 night stay.

Best Time to travel:                                                               +- 60 sq metres, private, lovely view of garden and back of
With Monsoon time from December through to March the best time to                  Table Mountain. Bedroom with either twin or king bed,
travel to Madagascar is generally in February to December. Madagascar              sliding doors leading onto patio, lounge also with sliding
has two seasons: a hot, rainy season from November to April; and dry               doors onto patio, TV and music centre, bathroom with
season with a cooler temperature from May to October. There is, however,
great variation in climate owing to elevation and position relative to
                                                                                   huge shower, heated towel rails, fitted kitchen. Secure
the dominant winds. The east coast has a subequatorial climate and,                parking behind gates, burglar alarm. Two minutes from
being most directly exposed to the trade winds, has the heaviest rainfall -        Constantia Village and 25 min from Cape Town Stadium,
 averaging as much as 3.5 meters annually!                                         Complimentary WiFi connection and bottle of wine on
Because rain clouds discharge much of their moisture east of the highest           arrival. Contact Cynthia for rates
elevations on the island, the central highlands are drier and, owing to the
altitude, also cooler.
The dry season in the highlands is pleasant and sunny, although
somewhat chilly, especially in the mornings. During this time, the blue
skies of the central highlands are considered by many to be among the
clearest and most beautiful in the world. The west coast is drier than the
east coast and the central highlands because the trade winds lose their
humidity by the time they reach this region. The south-west and the
extreme south are semi-desert; as little as one-third of a meter of rain falls
annually at Toliara (Tulear).

                                                                                    We may not be the
MADAGASCAR INFORMATION                                                               but we are the
• 594,180 sq km • Antananarivo (Tana) (pop 588,000)
• Malagasy Franc • It is hot with sub tropical weather. From November
to March is it's summer which is also known as the hurricane season.
From April to October it is winter, which is dry and the temperature
are mild.
• Eighteen major ethnic groups, including Malayo-Indonesian, African,
Arab, French, Indian, Creole and Comoran
• Malagasy, French •GMT plus three hours                                            www.greenrhino.co.za
FEBRUARY/MARCH 2010                                                                                                                                        page 15

If you look at the Catembe project summary you will see that high on Imagine's
agenda is community development. We believe that many of the problems facing
Mozambique today can best be remedied by encouraging local community self
sustainable development. With this in mind we help refurbish kindergartens and
schools.Many kindergartens and schools require refurbishment, some need
materials / equipment, some need access to water / electricity. Imagine attempts
to meet these needs. We are also forming links between local schools and
schools in England.                                                                                      Lorraine training 15 local store holders (in Magoanine)
                                                                                                                         in basic profit/loss math's

 One of the boys (now a young man) who benefited from                 Training for Life
 such support is Jossy. Now an artist with a growing                  We also promote and provide skills training, market stalls, agricultural
 reputation, Jossy was once a "street boy" living at the              development etc. In so doing we take heed of community wishes, needs and
 Anglican boys rehabilitation centre. His creative work is            talents. Our overall aim is to provide a future for individuals and families by :-
 improving immensely. He will someday be recognised as                promoting skills training for disadvantaged people providing education and job
 a world class talent. Another boy, once from this centre             training for vulnerable youth (older street boys) - giving them a future worth having.
 became the projects first "street boy" to gain entrance to           An ex-street boy of 18 or so with no realistic future to look forward to can easily
 a the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo. Others are              become a problem. By giving them an attainable and rewarding future, we hope to
 working for local businesses or are undertaking job skills           encourage these boys to become law-abiding adults - as well as a great example
 training. Although many of these boys do not have a                  to other boys who may also be approaching this crucial stage in life.
 family, it is good to note that some have returned home.

                                                                     Jossy at his easel

                                                                                                                                           A bakery built to support
                                                                                                                                                   a local
                                                                                                                                              community and to
                                                                                                                                                provide jobs
                                             Judah & Antonio, ex
                                             Street Children, were
                                             given jobsby a local
                                             company. They both
                                             now have a family

                                                                 David, an ex-street boy works for Imagine and makes all the clothes and bedding etc.
                                                                                       for the children's centre and AIDS hospice
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    Bidding was brisk and we raised R56 000 at this   Our Green Rhino cap winners!
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      CONTACT GREEN RHINO ON info@greenrhino.co.za


      DIVE WITH MORAYS IN REMPART SERPENT - the clear warm water and the long coral reef mean that the island has
         varied and spectacular dive sites. You do not need to be qualified, a mask, snorkel and pair of fins is all you need

      EXPLORE PORT LOUIS ON FOOT - Port Louis is like an old Colonial village. Stop by the Natural History Museum,
         visit the market, which covers everything from fish and spices to model ships.

      CLIMB THE THUMB - the Island highest point. Reaching 812m into the sky from sea level, the view from the top is
         spectacular. The summit is an easy two hour climb from the village of La laura

      TAKE A TAXI RIDE AROUND THE ISLAND - here is a road round the Island and taxis are cheap. The beauty of the
         Island can be seen from the coastal road. Remember to agree on the fare in advance.

      HIKE THE BLACK RIVER GORGES NATIONAL PARK - In this 6 794ha park you will find indigenous plants, birds and
         wildlife, a stand of the original ebony forest and beautiful waterfalls.

      SEE GIANT MAN-EATING WATER LILIES - gaze in wonder at the collection of 500 species of indigenous and exotic
         plants, including the giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies which allegedly support a grown man weight.


      CHECK OUT A SUGAR MILL AND TAKE A TRAIN RIDE - tour the former sugar estate of Domaine Les Pailles on a
         narrow-gauge cane train, visit the working sugar mill and stop off for a snort of rum at the Domaine Les Pailles

      PLAY A ROUND OF TROPICAL ISLAND GOLF - take a speedboat at Trou dau Dounce and head to Ile aux Cerfs for
         golf. This is destined to be one of the wonders of the golfing world with a seaview from each hole green fees are
         about R570 and the visitors fees about R1650.

      TAKE AN UNDERWATER WALK IN GRAND BAIE - the islands watersports and party capital. Parasailing, kite
         boarding, dinghy sailing, submarines, water scooters. It all there. Plus there walking under water in an air-filled
         helmet o training is required and you don even need to be able to swim. You walk along the sea floor,
         looking at coral and fish, breathing air pumped from the surface.

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