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Monkeyland, Birds Of Eden, Nov 20

The plan was to take the bus in the evening to go to Plettenburg Bay, but met a few people at the Knysna Backpackers who were driving down to Plett after a visit to Monkeyland and Birds of Eden. They were kind enough to offer me a ride and I tagged along. Thanks Ilse, Hanvis and Charmaine :) Monkeyland is a 12 hectare sanctuary providing a guided tour of the place. Basic rule - don't feed the monkeys, don't touch them and when looking up, keep your mouth closed, you don't know what a monkey wo...

Lemur Lookalikes Are Two New Species, Dna Says

Mar. 26, 2013 — Scientists have identified two new species of mouse lemur, the saucer-eyed, teacup-sized primates native to the African island of Madagascar. The new study brings the number of recognized mouse lemur species to 20, making them the most diverse group of lemurs known. But because these shy, nocturnal primates look so much alike, it's only possible to tell them apart with genetic sequencing.

Hunting For Meat Impacts On Rainforest, Fruit Tree Seed Dispersal

Mar. 20, 2013 — Hunting for meat in the African rainforests has halved the number of primates. However, the hunting also has other negative consequences. The decline in the number of primates causes a reduction in the dispersal of seed by the primates, and this leads to a reduction in the numbers of important fruit trees and changes to the rainforest. This has been shown in new research from Lund University in Sweden.

Birds Of Eden, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay

By Timothy Twidle 2010: Birds of Eden at The Crags, Plettenberg Bay on The Garden Route is the largest free flight, single dome aviary in the world. The sanctuary provides a home to unwanted birds and covers an area of 22 000 square metres. Birds of Eden was four and a half years in the building and opened on 15 December 2005, the brainchild of local business person Tony Blignaut. Today the meshed enclosure provides refuge for some 3000 birds, comprising 220 species. The growth in the popul...

Bringing Up Baby

As dawn breaks the forest comes alive and the air is filled with a cacophony of shrieks, squeals, chirrups and squawks. It’s baby season!    Those that have not already had their young are either busy making them or preparing for imminent births.   In the wild, animals and birds will generally synchronise the births of their young to coincide with a time when food is at its most plentiful. This is never an issue here; in fact some 200kg of fruit, vegetables and seeds ...

Maldives Is Not A Paradise For All

I just received this email from's Jeremy Waiser It is so shocking that I thought it is worth posting online. It's hard to believe, but a 15-year-old rape survivor has been sentenced to be whipped 100 times in public! Let's put an end to this lunacy by hitting the Maldives government where it hurts: the tourism industry. The girl's stepfather is accused of raping her for years and murdering the baby she bore. Now the court says she must be flogged for &ldq...

Senior Keeper - Rare Species Conservation Centre.

The following opportunity has arisen at RSCC: SENIOR KEEPER Full Time Permanent position. Hours: March to October 8.00am - 18.00pm (includes weekends and bank holidays) Salary: £16,000 - £18,000 Plus performance bonuses Depending upon experience. NO ACCOMMODATION IS PROVIDED. Closing date for applications: April 5th. Start Date: 1st May 2013.

A Paradise For Rescued Birds

written by Janine Erasmus The Birds of Eden avian sanctuary, located 16km east of Plettenberg Bay on the picturesque Garden Route in the Western Cape, is the biggest single-dome free flight aviary in the world. It’s a home and a haven for exotic birds and miniature monkeys who would otherwise struggle to survive in the wild. Situated in Eden Municipality – hence the name – the sanctuary opened in December 2005 and is a popular attraction on the Garden Route.

Keeper: Great Apes

Twycross Zoo – East Midland Zoological Society (TZEMS), the World Primate Centre, holds a large variety of primates - every species of great ape (gorilla, chimpanzee, bonobo, orang-utan) plus a range of other primates including gibbons, lemurs, callitrichids, cebids and guenons to name a few! We have impressive breeding records for most of these species and recent changes to husbandry practices has enabled more natural groupings and enclosure modifications. We have more to do!

Some Travel Quips

We’re lost but we’re making good time. It’s easier to find a traveling companion than to get rid of one. The strength of the turbulence is directly proportional to the temperature of your coffee.

Green Solution For Medical Waste

Cape Town - A machine that incinerates hazardous medical waste into ash within minutes is set to make the disposal of waste green while reducing the risk of infection. The Newster medical waste steriliser, to be launched in South Africa soon, grinds potentially infectious waste into dry solid waste, and also sterilises it. The device, which resembles a small washing machine, can dispose of any kind of medical waste, from needles, syringes and small glass bottles to nappies, bandages and body pa...

Fttsa Take Further Steps Towards Making Dinokeng A Responsible Tourism Destination

Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa and Gauteng Tourism Authority take further steps towards making Dinokeng a responsible tourism destination.

Itb Berlin 2013 - 6 To 10 March 2013

ITB Berlin 2013: World’s largest tourism policy summit provides significant impetus for growth. More than 100 ministers of tourism and state secretaries from around the world – increase in international buyers and business deals – attendance at the ITB Berlin Convention and eTravel World grew by 25 per cent Berlin, 11 March 2013 – ITB Berlin 2013 was by far the world’s largest meeting place of international tourism policy decision-makers and business leaders. The ...

The Gsa

Be part of Africa's largest tourism event, the May Travel Indaba 2013. Let The GSA market your travel brand to more than 13000 International and Local delegates from the travel industry. You may be well aware that Indaba is the largest tourism marketing event on the African calendar and one of the top three "must visit" events of its kind on the global calendar. Every year The GSA presents our popular GSA May Indaba edition to delegates from all over the world, an entrenched ritual in...

The Trouble With Google

As Google's domination of search continues, Holiday Extras head of SEO Steve Hill believes the industry should be concerned. Here, he explains why... "The power and influence of Google is both inspiring and formidable for web businesses, while the potential for free exposure to millions of customers is hugely exciting.

Independent Agents Swamped By Recruitment Enquiries

Independent agents have reported a surge in recruitment enquiries from both Thomas Cook and TUI agents since TC announced redundancies and shop closures last week. Barrhead Travel has invited Thomas Cook staff, whose jobs are under threat, to start sending in their applications for jobs with the independent. Chairman Bill Munro said Barrhead is looking for staff for five new shops currently in the pipeline.

The Getaway Show - Cape Town

Three days and counting to the opening of the Cape's leading travel and outdoor show - the Getaway Show. The event has grown exponentially and this year our exhibits have increased by 30% which means bigger marquees and a fuller and busier Show. We're confident visitors will arrive in their thousands to enjoy a superb day out with friends and family.

Tukulu Wines To Carry Ethical Seal

Fives wines from the Tukulu range will feature South Africa's recently introduced ethical seal. These are its 2009 Unwooded Syrah, 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 and 2010 Pinotage, 2011 Organic Chardonnay and 2012 Chenin Blanc. Granted by the Wine and Agricultural Industry Ethical Trade Association (WIETA) for complying with its code of good conduct, Tukulu is amongst the first to display the seal.

Fair Trade Tourism Standard Under Review

Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) is in the process of revising its certification standard. The revision will not only ensure its continued alignment with the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC) but also enable the certification of a wider range of tourism products in the southern African region.

Individual Employee Tax A Huge Challenge For Incentive Travellers

European companies’ willingness to not only reward their employees with incentive trips but also, in some cases, pay for their workers’ increased tax liability, is a testament to the effectiveness of incentive travel as a motivational tool, delivering the return on investment companies desire. Yet, individual employee tax for incentive travellers in countries such as France, Germany and The Netherlands, remains a significant challenge for SA’s DMCs.