Posted by Louise de Waal

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

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

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

Serengeti Highway Proposal – An overview

Serengeti Highway Proposal – An overview

The proposed Serengeti Highway has been a concern for many people, including members of the tourist industry, for some time now. As markers for the route are being laid down, the story is getting increased interest from the international press. The road is currently proposed to run from Arusha to Musoma, cutting directly through the … Continue reading

Dahab Learning to Dive Family Holiday

Dahab Learning to Dive Family Holiday

Sheona Small from Glasgow, Scotland, booked a Learning to Dive in the Red Sea family holiday with BAOBAB Travel in April 2007. The family, mum, dad and 4 children (two of which under 12 years old) stayed at Inmo Divers Home in Dahab, where 4 people did a PADI Open Water scuba-diving course and the … Continue reading

Namibia Explorer Safari Review

Namibia Explorer Safari Review

Ian Hemmings from the West Midlands in the UK joint a small group departure to Namibia in March 2009. This Wild Dog Namibia Explorer Safari, visiting both northern and southern Namibia, runs weekly departing on a Tuesday. I embarked on my first ever safari in Namibia and I cannot fault the service I had from … Continue reading

How to build a lodge – Chole Mjini

How to build a lodge – Chole Mjini

You set sail for Chole island’s mangrove-lined shores, and as the first treehouses hove into view, the last vestiges of the 21st Century recede: no roads, no cars, no electricity, no computers, no mobile phones. Just a star-filled sky, flickering candles, superb food, great company, and the timeless luxuries of space, privacy, and utter peace. … Continue reading