Following my blog Good, bad or ugly? Riverbed Cycle Challenge, Kgalagadi, and a posting on the SANParks Forum about the proposed event, things got well and truly riled up. Many regular visitors to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park couldn’t believe that the proposed 155km cycle event down the riverbed from Union’s End to Nossob wasn’t just a late April fool’s joke.
The Kalahari. It’s vast and ageless, a semi-desert of photogenic red dunes and star-crammed skies where African animals run wild. Be warned: visit it once and it may capture your heart forever. That's certainly what happened to me, and now you can read about it in my new book.
In 2009 In Search of the African Wild Dog was published, full of beautiful photos and thoughtful text by this week’s guest bloggers Roger and Pat de la Harpe. Then the Endangered Wildlife Trust suggested they should do a book on lions, ‘the next big conservation issue’. That lion book has hit book shelves across South Africa.
The Grade 7 class from the Zenzeleni Waldorf School in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, recently enjoyed a four-day educational camp in the Cederberg with the Cape Leopard Trust. The camps explore themes such as biodiversity, leopard biology, animal tracking, geology, rock art, astronomy and survival skills. Guest blogger, Elizabeth Martins is Education and Outreach Co-ordinator for the Cape Leopard Trust. She tells us more.
Call me crabby but I can’t really see why cycling has a place in the Kgalagadi, where the major concern should be conservation. I’m also deeply dubious of the claim that a mountain bike race down the dry riverbed will raise funds for conservation. Let me tell you why.
I think I have found what I’m looking for. Mkhambathi Nature Reserve on the Eastern Cape's Wild Coast is one of the most photogenic, pristine and priceless places I have been on my Year in the Wild, says guest blogger Scott Ramsay.
The Wildlife ACT Fund Painted Dog Project conducts research on the social behaviour of painted dogs (or wild dogs) and how this affects the success of the reintroduction strategy for the species. As a researcher for Wildlife ACT, guest blogger Shannon Chapman has collected data from all painted dog introductions in KwaZulu-Natal for the past two years. She explains why it's so challenging.
Last week, the South African government lifted the moratorium on fracking in South Africa. Is this the end of the road? In this guest post, Jonathan Deal, Chairman of Treasure Karoo Action Group, vows it’s just the beginning and promises to take it to the Constitutional Court if need be.
In an earlier blog, Kgalagadi developments: have your say, I chuntered on about the proposed developments in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP). I laid out my concerns regarding roads, refuse, sewage, and the quality and supply of water, saying these should be addressed before any further developments were considered.
On our trip to the park in May, the validity of these concerns was amply demonstrated.
Just around the corner from the much more famous and weirdly compelling Owl House in Nieu Bethesda, near Graaff-Reinet in the Karoo, is the Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre, which depicts the fossil history of the area.
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