06 April 2020

South African National Parks (SANParks) has released a new destination video showcasing Golden Gate Highlands National Park!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has released a new destination video showcasing Golden Gate Highlands National Park in South Africa's north-eastern Free State. Nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains, the National Park's most notable features are its golden, ochre amd deeply eroded sandstone cliffs and outcrops as well as its numerous caves and shelters displaying San rock paintings. Golden Gate Highlands National Park consists of 340 km² and is home to a variety of wildlife, including Bearded Vulture, Bald Ibis, Black Wildebeest, Eland and Oribi.



Golden Gate Highlands National Park is located close to the villages of Clarens and Kestell, in the upper regions of the Little Caledon River. The National Park is situated 320km from Johannesburg, 330km from Bloemfontein and 350km from Pietermaritzburg. Accommodation in the National Park is available at the Golden Gate Highland Hotel, the Glen Reenen Rest Camp, the Highlands Mountain Retreat, the Basutho Cultural Village, the Noordt Brabant Guest House and the Wilgenhof Environmental Education Centre.

03 April 2020

South African National Parks (SANParks) has released a new destination video showcasing Bontebok National Park!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has released a new destination video showcasing Bontebok National Park in South Africa's Western Cape. Established in 1931 to ensure the preservation of the Bontebok, the smallest of South Africa's 19 National Parks is today home to about 200 Bonteboks and a variety of other indigenous species such as Grey Rhebok, Cape Grysbok, Duiker, Red Hartebeest and Cape Mountain Zebra, as well as Stanley's bustard, Secretary bird and the Blue crane.



Bontebok National Park is is situated 6 km south from the picturesque and historic town of Swellendam, in the foothills of the Langeberg Mountains. The National Park is easily accessible from the N2 that runs from Cape Town (approx. 240km) along the Garden Route to Port Elizabeth (approx. 540 km). Due to its small size of about 3 900 ha visitors can drive around the whole the National Park in a few hours. The present road network provides two major game drive loops that can be completed in 1-2 hours respectively, depending on game viewing stops. Lang Elsie's Kraal Rest Camp is the only rest camp in Bontebok National Park. It is the first rest camp in South African National Parks to be built according to a "Touching the Earth Lightly" design and provides accommodation in either self catering chalets or cottages. There are braai facilities and guests are able to picnic on the banks of the Breede River.

02 April 2020

Zambia has closed the gates to the Victoria Falls!

Zambia has closed the gates to the Victoria Falls, the world's largest waterfall, on 01 April 2020 until further notice as a measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The Victoria Falls, which is located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe on the Zambezi River, is one of Seven Wonders of the World and one of Zambia's most visited tourist destinations. Zimbabwe has also closed gates to the Falls in line with the 21-day lockdown in the country.

Western Cape: CapeNature to re-open its Nature Reserves on 24 April 2020!

All 25 Nature Reserves in South Africa's Western Cape managed by CapeNature are closed to the public since 25 March 2020. They will remain closed during the country-wide lockdown (26 March 2020 - 16 April 2020) and are set to re-open on 24 April 2020. Visitors who confirmed bookings with CapeNature for the period between 25 March 2020 and 24 April 2020 will have their bookings moved to a later date of their choice, outside of the closure period, or have the option to be reimbursed. Please contact CapeNature for further informations regarding bookings or booking amendments.

01 April 2020

South Africa: Follow live-streamed game drives through the African bush from your living room!

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, travel bans, lockdowns and quarantines, luxury travel company &Beyond and wildlife broadcaster WildEarth have teamed up to broadcast two live-streamed personalised game drives through the African bush per day during the month of April 2020. Each excursion is around three hours and is getting streamed in real-time on Youtube and Facebook. The game drives are taking place in the &Beyond Ngala Private Game Reserve, which shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park, as well as in the Djuma Private Game Reserve, which forms part of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. You can view the safaris between 06:00am – 09:00am CAT (sunrise dependent) and between 15:30pm – 18:30pm CAT (sunset dependent). Viewers can interact with the guides by asking questions on YouTube or using #wildearth on Twitter. Awesome! Kudos &Beyond & WildEarth!

South African Tourism: "Don’t Travel Now So You Can Travel Later"! (video)

South Africa's national tourism board, South African Tourism, has unveiled a the new campaign "Don’t Travel Now So You Can Travel Later" to promote social/physical distancing and self-isolation to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. The campaign's two 90-second videos are both showing beautiful scenes of empty tourist attractions, places and streets in South Africa combined with a touching message of positivity for the future. Kudos South African Tourism!
"We will travel again, and we will gather again. For us to all to travel tomorrow, we have to stay home today."


Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls National Park is temporarily closed!

According to Zimbabwean state-owned daily newspaper The Herald (online edition, 01 April 2020), the gates to the famous Victoria Falls have been closed to the public in line with the 21-day lockdown in Zimbabwe to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The Victoria Falls National Park, which includes the Victoria Falls Rainforest and the Victoria Falls, closed on 30 March 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the number of visitors to the Victoria Falls Rainforest drastically dropped to less than 10 per day from between 500 and 1 000 during the previous week.