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Congratulations To The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance!

Cape Town Tourism extend their warmest congratulations to Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and The Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary for being announced as Provincial Winner of the Lilizela Awards 2014 for Visitor Experience – Wildlife Encounters. These Awards recognise and reward tourism players and businesses who work passionately and with pride to deliver a world class product and service. Have a look at what The South African Animal Alliance Sanctuaries are like by clicking here.

Cruelty Uncovered At A Korean ‘monkey School’

caged in Korea at a Monkey School

An investigation by ADI into the Korean Monkey School - which forces monkeys to perform in degrading shows - revealed shocking conditions behind the scenes and cruelty to the animals during training. This video shows the suffering you don't see when you visit an animal show.  Find out more and how you can get involved at http://bit.ly/1c5IMbi. Animals in entertainment. It's no fun for the animals.  Animal Defenders International www.ad-international.org...

Adi Uncovers Cruelty At Korean ‘monkey School’

Primate abuse in Korea

An investigation by ADI into a Korean “attraction” that forces monkeys to perform in degrading shows has revealed shocking conditions behind the scenes.   At the Monkey School, which is located in Gamgyori in South Korea, ADI found:   To make the monkeys walk on their hind legs, their hands are tied behind their backs - in the secretly filmed ADI video workers laugh as a terrified monkey repeatedly falls on his face   Monkeys kept in squalid ...

Compassionate Travel: Our Advice

There are simple, practical steps you can take on holiday to prevent animals suffering   What to avoid   Before you travel, ask if your tour operator has a policy on animal protection – and encourage them to introduce one if they don’t. And once you’re away, help to protect animals by following these practical tips:   Wild animals belong in the wild. If you do want to see animals when you travel, observe them in their natural habitat ...

All Dinosaurs May Have Had Feathers

dinos had feathers

Newly Discovered Fossils Hint That All Dinosaurs May Have Had Feathers! Over 30 species of non-avian dinosaurs have been confirmed to have feathers, either from direct fossilized evidence of feathers, or other indicators, such as quill knobs. Up until now, all of those dinosaurs were confirmed to be carnivorous theropods, like Velociraptor and the ancestors of birds. However, fossilized remains of a new type of herbivorous dinosaur indicate that all dinosaurs may have had feathe...

At Monkeyland In South Africa Horse And Baboons Are Friends

unlikely best friends

At first glance you would think this pair were the best of friends.   But this baboon hitched an uninvited lift on the back of Jericho the horse.   They were caught lazing in the sun together at Monkeyland and Birds of Eden animal sanctuary in the Western Cape of South Africa.   Sanctuary worker Claire Hamilton, 55, said the baboons are a wild troop who have roamed the area for 26 years – but are usually shy around humans and horses.   ...

At Monkeyland In South Africa Horse And Baboons Are Friends

The unlikely friendship of a horse and baboon

At first glance you would think this pair were the best of friends.   But this baboon hitched an uninvited lift on the back of Jericho the horse.   They were caught lazing in the sun together at Monkeyland and Birds of Eden animal sanctuary in the Western Cape of South Africa.   Sanctuary worker Claire Hamilton, 55, said the baboons are a wild troop who have roamed the area for 26 years – but are usually shy around humans and horses.   ...

Meet The Famous Monkeyland Baboons And Horses

The famous Monkeyland Horses and wild Baboons

IT might have started out as just a little bit of monkeying around, but the antics of a troop of baboons and a rather bemused horse are making waves in Plettenberg Bay. When a female member of the troop, perhaps tired of travelling on foot, decided to hitch a horseback ride, staff at Monkeyland watched in delight. Members of her troop have now followed suit and film-makers and photographers are flocking to the popular Garden Route getaway to snap the rare phenomenon. Monkeyland ma...

The 60-second Biography

Martin Hatchuel Executive summary Freelance writer & communicator for hire: specialist in tourism. Background in science, with a powerful ability to translate scientific concepts and jargon into language the lay public can understand. Also experienced in project management of web sites (with strong abilities in developing site architecture, creating content, etc.) and of print and advertising projects (brochures, adverts, etc.). And I enjoy making photographs and videos, and writi...

The 60-second Biography

Martin Hatchuel: The 60-second biography Executive summary Freelance writer & communicator for hire: specialist in tourism. Background in science, with a powerful ability to translate scientific concepts and jargon into language the lay public can understand. Also experienced in project management of web sites (with strong abilities in developing site architecture, creating content, etc.) and of print and advertising projects (brochures, adverts, etc.). And I enjoy making photogra...

More On Deterring Visiting Baboons

WHEN BABOONS ARE RAIDING YOUR HOME: The first question to ask yourself when you feel that your wild neighbors are crossing boundaries, entering your property or home and taking what you feel should belong to you, is “what is attracting these baboons here?” Once you have discovered whether it is an exotic fruit tree, your compost heap, black garbage bag or the fruit bowl left on your kitchen table, you then have the choice to remove the attraction. The answer to avoid having your p...

Industry Holds Breath As Damage Sets In

While the tourism trade continues to engage with the Department of Home Affairs regarding concerns with new regulations, these have already hurt travel from at least one of SA’s growth markets: China.   Cullinan Holdings CEO, Michael Tollman, told Tourism Update the impact of the immigration regulations could already be felt on inbound tourism from China. Tollman has submitted two letters to Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, outlining the effects of the Immigration Act.

Forest Guided Tours

Forest Guided Tours offers unique and specially fashioned Guided Walks and Tours into Knysna's lush, emerald Forests - bringing to light the wonders of the Forest's Flora,Fauna,Legend and Lore.

Braaivleis + National Braai Day

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The word braaivleis (English  /ˈbraɪfleɪs/; Afrikaans pronunciation: [ˈbrɑe.flæɪs]) is Afrikaans for "grilled meat." A typical braai on a small braai standThe word braai (plural braaie) is Afrikaans for "barbecue" or "grill" and is a social custom in Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Zambia. The term originated with the Afrikaner people, but has since been adopted by South Africans of many ethnic b...

Laughable, Risible And Amusing Complaints Made By Holidaymakers To Travel Agents

1.I was bitten by a mosquito - no-one said they could bite. 2.I think it should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts. 3.It's lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during "siesta" time - this should be banned. 4.On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food at all.