United Against Poaching

United Against Poaching

On the 16th May 2013, Investec Rhino Lifeline, Chipembere Rhino Foundation, and the Forever Wild – Rhino Protection Initiative were approached to assist in the treatment and care for four injured rhinos that had been shot at Elandana Private Game Reserve near Hoedspruit in an attempted poaching incident. Immediately, a team of unparalleled expertise was … Continue reading

Dramatic Elephant Rescue in South Luangwa, Zambia

Dramatic Elephant Rescue in South Luangwa, Zambia

Most conservationists believe that people should not meddle with the natural order and that we should allow nature to run her course however cruel or grim it seems to be. Norman Carr Safaris agrees on the whole, unless a wildlife problem has been created by humans, e.g. in the case of snaring or being trapped in a fence, in … Continue reading

Is Shark Culling the Answer?

Is Shark Culling the Answer?

After the recent shark attack in Fish Hoek, False Bay (South Africa), I was going to just add a comment to my blog Rethink the Shark from Villain to Sophisticate. However when I started writing, I decided that the issues deserve a full blog, so here I get on my shark soapbox once again. What happened? … Continue reading

To Print or Not To Print

To Print or Not To Print

When we started selling holidays ten years ago, we soon realised that the industry could be responsible for large amounts of paper and print consumption. Travel brochures, booking forms, pre-departure information packs, and booking receipts were all going out by post to people around the world. The printer was churning away all day long. We … Continue reading

Our Community project: Dalukhanyo Pre-School

Our Community project: Dalukhanyo Pre-School

BAOBAB Travel has been involved with Dalukhanyo pre-school in Langa, one of the oldest townships near Cape Town, for a number of years now. Many of the working women are single mums and need a safe environment for their children during working hours. Dalukhanyo is one of the few nursery facilities in Langa and fills … Continue reading

West Coast Flower Extravaganza

West Coast Flower Extravaganza

As the mild Cape winter comes to a close in August-September, pockets of spring flowers start to emerge alongside roadside verges. If you have planned your trip to arrive in the city at this time, you have a chance of seeing the brilliant purples, yellows, and reds of the hardy daisy species that start to … Continue reading

The Darling Stagger Slack Packing Trail

The Darling Stagger Slack Packing Trail

Earlier this month (July 2011) the Cape West Coast Trails were launched within the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR). The CWCBR, with the West Coast National Park at its centre, is one of the 6 UNESCO recognised Biosphere Reserves in South Africa. Paul and I were invited to explore the brand new Darling Stagger, … Continue reading

Is Trophy Hunting Sustainable?

Is Trophy Hunting Sustainable?

Trophy hunting in Africa is not an activity of the past, as many tourists on African photographic wildlife safaris may think. Trophy hunting is still as alive as it was 100 years ago with the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, rhino, and buffalo) still being the most popular and most expensive to hunt. However, species … Continue reading

Busting the Myth – Saving the Species

Busting the Myth – Saving the Species

When I opened my Facebook this morning, I read the terribly sad news that Absa, Aquila’s rhino, who has been fighting for his live since Saturday, tragically passed away during the night. For those of you who have not followed the story, poachers came into Aquila Private Game Reserve (2 hrs north of Cape Town) … Continue reading

The Sad Demise of Fred the Baboon

The Sad Demise of Fred the Baboon

Having moved to the Cape Peninsula some years ago, we regularly get visitors from Europe who stay with us and wonder at the local wildlife. Whales, penguins, ostriches and….baboons! Driving along the coastal road past Simon’s Town and on to Cape Point, it is almost impossible not to encounter the Peninsula’s infamous Chacma baboons. In … Continue reading