World Rhino Day!
Today we celebrate World Rhino Day! As one of the most famous members of "The Big Five" we know exactly how important they are to locals & visitors alike. However, the sad statistic is that 95% of the world’s rhino population has been wiped out in the last four decades.
Here at African Travel, we know that protecting and conserving the environment and wildlife of Africa is one of the biggest missions and challenges facing the industry today. We are very proud to collaborate and contribute to help ensure that the communities and environments we visit remain vibrant for generations to come.
African Travel, Inc in partnership with the TreadRight Foundation, encourages the sustainable development of tourism by supporting programs that benefit the environment, heritage and community. To date, the foundation has supported more than 35 sustainable tourism projects worldwide. One of Treadright projects is a partnership with WildAid to promote the campaign, “When The Buying Stops, The Killing Can Too”. TreadRight has also worked closely with the Wilderness Foundation in Africa, who work with various conservations in Africa to help in the fight to protect the rhino. Protecting Africa’s wildlife is at the heart of what we do!
World Lion Day
Today we celebrate World Lion Day, and we here at African Travel are always happy to share some of favorite facts about one of the most famous members of “The Big Five”. The lion has forever been a symbol of strength, power and ferocity. They are also some of the most loyal and playful creatures you are likely to find on safari.
Here are 10 of our favorite facts about these beautiful creatures.
- African lions are the most social of all the big cats, they live together in “prides.”A pride usually consists of about 15 lions.
- Male lions defend the pride’s territory while females do most of the hunting. Despite this the males always eat first.
- These majestic cats are threatened by habitat loss. The lions is one of the most vulnerable on the IUCN Red List Of Threatened Species.
- The lion is now predominantly found in Africa, with one exception: some still inhabit Sasan-Gir National Park in India.
- You can hear a lion’s roar from as far as 5 miles away.
- A lion can run for short distances at speeds of up to 50 mph and leap as far as 36 feet.
- A good gauge of a male lion’s age is the darkness of his mane. The darker the mane, the older the lion.
- A lion’s heels don’t touch the ground when it walks.
- A lion may sleep up to 20 hours a day.
- Female lions in prides are sisters and live together for life. Their female cubs also stay with the pride, even after they’re grown, but male cubs venture out on their own once they reach maturity.
Looking to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat? Talk to our safari specialists about crafting your once-in-a-lifetime safari to Africa today.
Mrs, Beatrice Tollman's Recipes
Mrs. Beatrice Tollman is the Founder and President of the award-winning Red Carnation Hotel Collection, which includes three properties in South Africa: The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, The Oyster Box and Bushman’s Kloof. These properties are featured on many of our luxury South Africa itineraries.
Recently, Mrs. Bea Tollman was recognized by her peers in the hospitality industry with a 2016 Catey Lifetime Achievement Award for her lifelong commitment to outstanding service, luxury and quality. She is also renowned for her outstanding recipes—many of which are featured in her cookbook “A Life In Food”. These recipes have been perfected over the years and are now staples of the Red Carnation Hotel collection.
To celebrate Bea Tollman’s achievement, we decided to roll up our sleeves and make some of her most requested desserts: Meringue Layer Cake and Honeycomb Ice Cream.
Meringue Layer Cake
This is a favorite at the 5-Star Oyster Box Hotel in Durban South Africa and, after sampling it ourselves, it is easy to see why! This delicious and beautiful dish was a hit with all who tried it.
Ingredients (Serves 6)
- 4 large egg whites
- 220g caster sugar, sieved
- Confectioner’s sugar
- Parchment paper
For the Filling
- 2 egg whites
- 100g caster sugar
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa
- 125g sweet chocolate, melted
Whisk the egg whites in a large clean bowl with an electric hand whisk on a low speed for 45 seconds until they are foaming. Switch to medium speed and whisk for a further 2 minutes, then turn the whisk to high speed until the whites are stiff. Still on high speed, slowly add the sugar one dessert spoon at a time. Spread the mixture onto prepared baking sheets in four 15 cm circles. Place in a pre-heated oven at 140°C and leave for 30 minutes, then turn the oven off and leave for a further 4 hours or overnight.
In the top of a double boiler, over hot but not boiling water, beat the egg whites for the filling until foamy. Gradually beat in the sugar, cocoa, butter and chocolate. When fully combined remove from the heat and leave to firm as it cools. When the filling is firm enough, make a tower of meringue layers with chocolate mix spread over each.
Make a latticework of 10 mm wide strips of parchment paper on top of the final chocolate spread layer on the cake and dust heavily with confectioners sugar. Remove the paper; the sugar will have etched an attractive design.
To enjoy at its peak, the meringue circles should be left to ripen for 24 hours under a glass dome or in a large plastic container, prior to adding the icing and serving.
Honeycomb Ice Cream
This divine and surprisingly easy dessert is the perfect summer treat and was the most fun to make (mostly due to sampling the recipe along the way).
Ingredients (Serves 8)
- 1 cup (250 ml) corn syrup
- 8 oz (250 g) granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 quart (1 liter) premium vanilla ice cream
Dissolve the syrup, sugar and vinegar over a medium heat. Turn the heat up high and boil until the syrup turns into a light caramel color. Remove the pan off the stove and quickly stir in the baking soda. Then pour the mix into a baking pan that has been lined with parchment paper and greased with butter. Leave to cool and harden; do not refrigerate. Once hardened, this brittle and crunchy slab becomes your honeycomb base.
Slightly soften the vanilla ice cream in a chilled ceramic bowl. Carefully break the honeycomb slab into various sizes, none more than 1/2" square, and quickly fold half into the ice cream. Pour the ice cream into a desired ice cream mould or back into original ice cream container and freeze again. Keep the remaining honeycomb in an airtight container to add as a topping to the ice cream when serving.
We hope you enjoy making them as much as we did, and if you are looking to experience some world class cuisine on your next safari, ask our safari specialists about our South Africa Culinary & Wildlife Safari.