Ithala Game Reserve was once part of the old Pongola Game Reserve, the first to be proclaimed in South Africa, and is now administered by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife. Situated in the Northern Natal Mountains near Louwsburg on the R69, and just 42km from Vryheid, Ithala is a short detour off Route 66 and well worth a visit. On offer is a modern up-market facility, situated within an authentic 30 000ha African […]

One of the ‘must see’ conservation areas in South Africa, uMkhuze Game Reserve is one of the oldest in the world. Established in 1912, the park covers 38,000 ha of varied habitat, ranging from the forested banks of the uMkhuzi River, to the dry sand forest, wooded open grassland, as well as reed-beds and pans. Exploring uMkhuze Game Reserve you will find flat and undulating grasslands, with the Nsumo Pan being […]

Guest author Gwynne Howells takes us on a journey of discovering the ancient forests of KwaZulu-Natal, and how life has adapted around them since the beginning of time. Today, forests occupy approximately one-third of Earth’s land area, account for over two-thirds of the leaf area of land plants, and contain about 70% of carbon present in living things. They have been held in reverence in folklore and worshiped in ancient religions. […]

Ubizane Wildlife Reserve Revamp – Ubizane Wildlife Reserve is situated four kilometers from Hluhluwe Town, and on the access road to Hluhluwe-Umfolozi National Park. A mere two and a half hour’s drive from Durban’s King Shaka airport makes this a very accessible destination to experience the local bush life, including the Greater St Lucia World Heritage Site. At the summit of Ubizane, Zulu for the Place of Calling,  is where the […]

Karoo anti fracking group wins court order: This week saw a win for the Karoo Action Group in their fight to prevent fracking in the Karoo region. We pick up this story published in the Business Day with their permission: “A PRETORIA judge yesterday ordered Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu to supply anti-fracking lobby group Treasure the Karoo Action Group with an affidavit stating why the Department of Mineral Resources […]

Sasol shelves fracking plans: The decision by Sasol not to pursue hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in the Karoo has been a welcome one in the fight against this dirty and unsafe practice. This is a continuing and pressing problem of international importance. It has the potential of  jeopardizing our waterways,  as part of the process includes injecting toxic chemicals into shale to extract natural gas trapped deep within the ground. […]