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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.

Growth Forecast For Tourism In Satoday's News

The travel and tourism sector in South Africa is expected to grow 3.6% during 2014, while globally, the sector is expected to grow by 4.3%. This is according to World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which undertakes an economic analysis of the impact of the travel and tourism sector in 184 countries every year.

Say No To Extinction

Support The Endangered Wildlife Trust by ordering your Tekkie Tax stickers NOW! The Challenge! The inaugural Tekkie Tax campaign in 2013 was a huge success with R2.4 million being raised for many NGOs in various sectors. This year the campaign launches on Friday, the 30th of May, and you can show your support for the Endangered Wildlife Trust by placing your order for stickers with Debbie Thiart at or call on 011 372 3600011 372 3600/1! Each sticker is R10 and en...

Fee Hikes At Attractions A Headache For Guides

Tour operators believe local attractions should be more cognisant of the way they operate as fee increases cause frustration, which, in some cases results in attractions being left off itineraries. Allan Theron of Western Cape Tours, says his clients usually pay for themselves on private tours but when he had a group from Estonia on a coach tour of Cape Town he needed to charge them beforehand. He says he confirmed the rates with a number of tourist sites last year but when he contac...

Birds Of Eden A Must See

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Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar Official Trailer #1 (2014)

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Wtm Vision Conference – Cape Town To Profile Fast-growing African Travel Industry

The latest forecasts for Africa’s rapidly growing travel and tourism industry will be unveiled at the World Travel Market (WTM) Africa Vision Conference - Cape Town. The WTM Vision Conference – Cape Town, which takes place during the inaugural WTM Africa on Friday 2 May, will also debate the crucial impact of mobile on the tourism industry and showcase the best mobile apps and case studies.

Traveling Zoos And Petting Zoos

Traveling zoos and petting zoos are bad news for animals and humans. They subject animals to the stress of transport, alien environments, irregular feeding and watering, mishandling, and crowds of strangers. Many children and adults have been mauled by tigers, primates, and other animals who are used as props in photo shoots, and countless people have been sickened—and some have died—after contracting diseases from animals in petting zoos.

City Hints At ‘canned Hunting’

THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality does not want to give annual rates rebates to the Kragga Kamma Game Park and Seaview Predator Park, saying it cannot be sure that the two game parks are not participating in “canned hunting”.

Sa Post-production Of Us Tv Series 'first-rate'

Johannesburg post-production company Refinery has been praised for "first rate" work on SAF3, a new TV series from Baywatch creator Gregory J Bonann that is currently screening in the United States. It is the first major international TV series to be post-produced entirely in South Africa. Made by Baywatch creator Gregory J Bonann, SAF3 is currently screening in the United States after shooting wrapped in Cape Town in December last year.