Rhinos are in trouble right now. We need to take action to try to stop, or at least slow down, the poaching. If we don’t, we may only see them in a few secure zoos in 10 year’s time. We all need to get involved, and for me, signing petitions is not good enough. I’ve started a campaign on the Indiegogo crowd-funding website to raise money to sponsor the tracking dogs of the Specialised Tactical Tracking Unit, a group of volunteers who help the South African Police track down poachers. It’s a small way to help, but if we all help in small ways we can achieve big things. Please have a look at my campaign, donate if you can, and share it! Here’s the link:
Featuring as a guest blogger on the Kubatana Camp blog:
This camp is due to open up soon in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. I visited this area in November 2011, when Explore Gorongosa was the only private camp in operation in the park. Sadly, this camp closed down at the end of the 2012 season, but Asilia Africa stepped in to take over the private concession, with Kubatana due to open in June / July 2013. I look forward to seeing what’s on offer!
Two in the hand…
On a recent visit to Tanda Tula Safari Camp (www.tandatula.com) in the Timbavati Game Reserve, we had just stopped for our morning coffee stop when the tracker carefully plucked two stick insects off the front of the Land-Rover and placed them in the hands of one of the other guests. It looked like a good photo opportunity so I grabbed my camera off the back seat and snapped off a few shots. This one turned out to be the shot of the trip for me. Even though I got photographs of Lions and Elephants and a few other creatures, this photograph speaks out about taking some interest in the smaller things we find around us. In fact, our guide Scotch (yes, that’s his name, and the other guide’s name was Civilized), demonstrated a clear love for the insects and other creatures which are often totally overshadowed by the Big Five. Scotch would explain how he loved this or that insect because it did this or that, always in an endearing manner that really showed how much he enjoyed his job. So, even though the game viewing was not the best I’ve ever had, due in part to the time of the year (the late wet season is a tough time for game viewing in general, due to the abundance of surface water) and the low density of vehicles on the traversing area (which makes for a more exclusive experience as you’re not bumping into another crowd of tourists around every corner), Tanda Tula is one of the nicest lodges I’ve ever visited. Two factors are involved here: first and foremost, the staff; and secondly the actual lodge, which was extremely comfortable without being pretentious and ‘over-the-top’. So a big thumbs up for Tanda Tula, and I hope to return again soon. Cheers!