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April 11th, 2016, by Sherwin Banda

As one of the founding members of the TreadRight Foundation a not-for-profit organization established by parent company The Travel Corporation and its family of brands, African Travel in partnership with the TreadRight, collaborates and contributes to help ensure that the communities and environments we visit remain vibrant for generations to come. To date, TreadRight has supported more than 35 sustainable tourism projects worldwide with the guiding principle of encouraging sustainable tourism development through conservation, leadership and support for communities. 

TreadRight’s past project partners include WWF, Conservation International and the National Trust in the UK. Current initiatives include sponsoring the National Geographic Society’s inaugural “World Legacy Awards,” helping to combat wildlife crime with WildAid, and empowering individuals with the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise.

WildAid is a successful wildlife protection organization with a proven track record. African Travel is helping to fund WildAid’s “Conservation through Communication” campaign, which reduces demand for illegal wildlife products by utilizing poignant multimedia campaigns, education initiatives and celebrity endorsements.

 

Escape To a Reserve Where Your Spirit Roams Free

March 1st, 2016, by Sherwin Banda

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat is an ecological oasis designed to allow guests to embrace the essence of life and restore themselves through the nature’s powerful healing energy. This malaria and predator-free reserve is situated at the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, 270km from Cape Town in the heart of Rooibos country. Bushmans Kloof is best described as a family-run sanctuary of beauty and timeless tranquility set amidst wide open plains, majestic rock formations and crystal clear waterfalls.

      

Deeply rooted in nature, Bushmans Kloof focuses on offering solace to the body, mind and spirit. The intimate spa and riverside spa gazebo are inspired by the unique holistic healing qualities so special to this area and include ancient treatments and remedies complemented by indigenous rooibos, flowers and plants.

       

Walk with wildlife, breathe fresh air rich with the scent of fynbos, and enrich your mind with the tales of the ancient Bushman. Activities are literally limitless, including nature drives, walking and hiking trails, exceptional rock art sites, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing and swimming in clear rock pools.

Inhale the beauty and succumb to the peace. Arrive as you are, but depart renewed in tranquility.

 

Spring Into Africa

February 24th, 2016, by Sherwin Banda

As spring draws near, I am reminded of the annual displays of wildflowers that burst into life in South Africa. It is without a doubt my favorite time of year – the landscape is transformed into a kaleidoscope of colors as Mother Earth puts on a floral spectacle to celebrate rebirth and the changing of the seasons.

Born and raised in Cape Town, I took a regular springtime pilgrimage to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, voted one of the best gardens in the world. Few gardens can match the sheer grandeur of Kirstenbosch’s backdrop, framed along the eastern slopes of regal Table Mountain. Whenever our guests are pondering activities from September to November, I always suggest Kirstenbosch.

                    

For an even more thrilling springtime gateway, escape to Botswana’s Chobe River before venturing into the Okavango Delta. In my opinion, the Okavango is the closest thing to Eden we have left on this planet. The delta is a year-round destination filled with wildlife and the largest elephant population in the world. Native plants and animals have synchronized their biological cycles to adapt to the seasonal rains and floods, and during an afternoon game drive the road can easily become impassable as scores of elephant family herds make their way to the river to drink, bathe and play. The delta is also home to some of the world’s most endangered species of large mammals, such as the cheetah, white rhinoceros, black rhinoceros, African wild dog and lion.

                  

Africa is magical, inspirational, and life changing; when you visit during the spring, the experience is life changing.

 

 

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