Success stories and strategies to help save our endangered animals

It’s Endangered Species Day today, Friday the 19th of May 2017. And with wildlife so very close to our hearts at Specials4Africa, we’re backing the ‘laws of attraction’ theory and giving out a good dose of positive thinking around this issue – we can only be proactive and positive – there is no space for a defeatist attitude in this arena! But, if I’m honest about it, while...

Bush baby

As parents, there are certain situations in our children’s lives that we plan for and anticipate, and, with the help of a dog-eared, tea-stained copy of Parenting 101, have somehow managed to navigate and survive. You know, the first roll over (cushions strategically placed at the ready), first trip to the mall (look at you go, collapsing the stroller and holding baby while keeping the eggs...

Choosing the Madikwe experience that’s right for you

Many South Africans believe that Madikwe is overpriced, but sadly this is a great misconception - if you know where to travel and when. Yes, there are luxury and ultra-luxury lodges within the reserve that suit the spend of overseas guests, but there are a few gems that locals will find worth the superb safari experience in a malaria-free environment. Here is a breakdown of the varying...

Visit the Entabeni Conservancy this summer

The ‘Place of the Mountain’ is truly a South African treasure. Entabeni Safari Conservancy is located in the Waterberg Biosphere World Heritage site and is a malaria-free, Big 5 reserve that comprises over 22 000ha of pristine land. Natural diversity within Entabeni is impressive, with over 55 large mammal species and 380 bird species to be found. Notable and frequent sightings include...

History of the Kruger National Park

  For many wildlife lovers, the Kruger National Park is the ultimate go-to location for great sightings and outdoor experiences under unpolluted night skies. But, a great deal of visitors are unaware of the park’s history; how it came to be such an icon and national treasure – not to mention one of South Africa’s most popular tourism destinations. Before the Kruger This...

The Madikwe Rare Bird Checklist

Birdwatching is a highly rewarding pastime. But searching for rare bird species is even more of an adrenaline rush. There is something special about having an encounter with a rare bird, the more elusive inhabitants of the wild. Many of us go might not even realize we are in the presence of an infrequent species, but, more often than not, sightings of such birds are based on pure luck. To be a...

What makes Madikwe special?

Madikwe Game Reserve is an ongoing success story. Prior to 1991, this region of land in the North-West Province was far from pristine – extensive cattle grazing, poor agricultural maintenance and economic depression made this an area hardly worth remembering. But it was in August of that year when the new 60 000ha Madikwe Game Reserve was announced, a joint-management, community upliftment...

5 Affordable Getaways To Check Out This Summer

This summer, take advantage of these affordable and recommended destinations across South Africa.   Pilanesberg Tented Safari Camp The newly-opened Pilanesberg Tented Safari Camp offers something special in the Pilanesberg National Park. As the name implies, tented accommodation is provided within the popular Manyane resort, and each of the two-sleeper, raised tented units come...

Basic Tips for Better Safari Photography

In recent years, wildlife photography has shifted from a niche pursuit firmly into the mainstream, and safari-goers across South Africa and beyond are becoming increasingly interested in capturing their own iconic images from the bush. For any of you who are new to or looking to join this wildlife photography revolution, here are a few basic tips to help you in the field: Light is...

South Africa’s cutest wildlife moments caught on camera

The best moments in nature often present themselves when least expected. And by best moments, I’m referring to the encounters that can trigger fantastic emotions. Awe, surprise and excitement are some of the more standard reactions felt while on a game drive. But sometimes one is privileged enough to see newly-born and young animals too, sparking ‘oohs