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.
Travel magazines are fond of producing Top 10 or Top 5 lists of this or that. Following a journey from Middelburg in Mpumalanga to Pongola in KwaZulu-Natal along the N2, here’s my list of the top 5 worst towns and roads in South Africa. It wasn’t even a challenge.
You’d have to be blind not to know that butterflies are pretty, but here are some fun facts about them that you might not know.
How does checking out some gorgeous butterflies at the same time as contributing to the local community sound? Next time you’re visiting iSimangaliso’s Lake St Lucia or Cape Vidal north of Durban on the KwaZulu-Natal coast, allow time to stop at Isiphaphalazi Butterfly House. You'll find it a few kilometres west of St Lucia on the main road from Mtubatuba. Look for the signs to the Manukelana organic nursery and Butterfly House at Khula Village and you’ll enter another world.
As soon as we booked to visit Mkhuze Game Reserve in the far north of KwaZulu-Natal, people who had been disappointed with its general air of neglect in recent years started peppering us with their negative thoughts. Then I heard through an Ezemvelo source that there’d been a change of management at the park, so I was keen to see for myself if a new broom does sweep clean.
By Roxanne Reid
Crossing from Hluhluwe Game Reserve under the R618 into iMfolozi is like crossing into a different world, despite the fact that these two northern KwaZulu-Natal parks are managed as one large conservation area, though both make for great game viewing.
By Roxanne Reid
Enter Hluhluwe Game Reserve at Memorial Gate and you’ll be plunged into a scenic space where roads twist up and down hills, giving spectacular views and offering up the Big Five at the same time. Established back in 1895, Hluhluwe is South Africa's oldest game reserve.
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