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Luxury living at The Farmstead, Royal Malewane

The Farmstead at Royal Malewane in the Greater Kruger National Park is set to open its doors on 1 May.
The Farmstead has a main lodge area, three Luxury Farm Suites, and The Farmhouse. Each of the Luxury Farm Suites has a spacious bedroom and en-suite bathroom with a bath, shower and outdoor shower. Large front and back verandas along with a deck and private pool overlook the bush.
The Farmhouse is a private villa, and has three full-sized bedrooms along with a children’s bedroom. The villa offers private services including a chef, housekeeper and butler, and outdoors is a deck with a large swimming pool. A double spa treatment room and gym complete the offering. Guests will also have their own private safari vehicle with dedicated ranger and tracker. The villa is offered as four individual units, but is ideal for the exclusive use of up to 14 guests.
The Farmstead is part of a broader project to uplift the local communities. The land is leased from the local community who, at the end of the lease, will have the land and asset revert to them, with the option to continue working with The Royal Portfolio. The group also employs and develops members of the local community.
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South Africa grabs fifth spot as most ‘Instagrammable’ country in the world

Big 7 Travel put together a list of 192 destinations, and all countries were ranked according to best places to visit, as well as their visual allure and popularity on Instagram.

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It’s no surprise, really, considering that Instagram has become vacationers and travellers’ preferred platform when it comes to sharing holiday snaps and trying to make the neighbours jealous.
The winners were chosen “via a comprehensive scoring system that analysed the number of hashtags per destination,” as well as information from Big 7 Travel’s user surveys and votes cast by a panel of travel experts. The site explains:
“These are the places where you’ll find sweeping stretches of beach, ancient monuments, kitsch cocktail bars and more street art than you can possibly imagine.”
South Africa achieved a rating of 80.94%, trailing behind Austalia’s 89.98%, Hong Hong’s 86.99%, Canada’s 82.84% and Indonesia’s 81.10%. A large chunk of our rating is thanks to Cape Town’s natural beauty, clifftop views and turquoise waters.

Big 7 Media creates highly shareable content across three channels – Big 7 Travel, Big 7 Hotels and Big 7 Food.
Our travel-obsessed audience of 1.5 million come to us for trusted recommendations, holiday inspiration and the hottest travel trends.

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GREAT LIMPOPO TRANSFRONTIER PARK TAKES ANOTHER STEP FORWARD

GREAT LIMPOPO TRANSFRONTIER PARK TAKES ANOTHER STEP FORWARD TOWARDS FRUITION
The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Peace Park which was a remarkable step forward for our country when in 2002 the then presidents Mandela, Mugabe and Chissano signed a Treaty, agreeing to the creation of a vast game reserve totalling six million acres and spanning three countries. The park links the Limpopo National Park in Mozambique; Kruger National Park in South Africa; Gonarezhou National Park, Manjinji Pan Sanctuary and Malipati Safari Area in Zimbabwe, as well as two areas between Kruger and Gonarezhou, namely the Sengwe communal land in Zimbabwe and the Makuleke region in South Africa into one huge conservation area of 35 000 km² .

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Included in the terms of the Treaty was an agreement to symbolically remove the long-standing military fence which had divided Mozambique and South Africa for decades, allowing wildlife to once again roam freely as they had done prior to the turn of the previous century.

On the 5th of December 2018, yet another major milestone in conservation was achieved at the signing of the Cooperative Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area Agreement. This agreement provides for all private reserves, neighbours and land owners bordering Kruger National Park, including neighbours in Mozambique, to cooperate towards a common cause of conservation, regional economic regeneration and ecosystem protection.

We pay tribute to South African National Parks for its leadership and fortitude in bringing all parties together to achieve this milestone agreement representing a giant leap forward for conservation and the expansion of land under wildlife.  The creation of a Transfrontier wildlife free-movement zone has now been expanded to 7.5 million acres in size. This inclusive arrangement incorporates all land owners and stakeholders in an achievement unique to Africa, suggesting that future meaningful wildlife range expansion could become a central tenant of sustainable development in Africa.

Article courtesy of Londolozi Private Game Reserve

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NEW MASHATU EUPHORBIA LODGE TO OPEN IN 2020

‘The cat is out the bag’, and it’s a big one at that. Mashatu Euphorbia is the much anticipated 5-star camp on Mashatu and will begin welcoming guests in June 2020. Mashatu Euphorbia be will be unique when compared to camps throughout the rest of Botswana, situated high up on a cliff face, with a never-ending view over the massive, rolling plains of Mashatu.

The villas, designed with curves and slopes, the roofs of which resemble the seed of the Mopane tree, an incredibly valuable food resource on Mashatu that sustains the wildlife populations in the dry season.

The attributes of this camp are many, but some key features include:

  • Completely ‘green,’ using solar, heat exchanges and advanced waste technology systems
  • The feeling of exclusivity, with only 8 suites
  • Characteristically of Mashatu, there will be 2 WC’s and two showers in each villa; inside and outdoors respectively. A ‘loo with a view’; and spectacular views at that
  • Heated pools for each suite

Mashatu, takes its name from the locally sacrosanct Mashatu or Nyala Berry Tree which grow very big and boast beautiful dark green, lush foliage. Known as the “Land of Giants” for the exceptionally large animals that roam this terrain, the wildlife, landscapes and vegetation are truly awe-inspring.

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CONGRATULATIONS CAPE TOWN – VOTED THE WORLD’S GREATEST CITY!

It comes as no surprise that Cape Town has been voted the Greatest City on Earth in the Telegraph Travel Awards survey for 2018, making this the sixth year in a row that the Mother City has claimed the top spot.

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The Telegraph Travel Awards performs an annual survey to find out Telegraph Travel readers’ favourite cities.

Over 45 000 readers responded to the survey and Cape Town was placed at number one, above popular cities such as NewYork and Tokyo.
Venice surprisingly dropped down to seventh place after having held a spot in the top three for six years in a row. Meanwhile, Seville, a small city in Spain, is slowly climbing the ranks, going from holding 13th place three years ago to holding fourth place in 2018.
Sydney, Florence and New York held their positions from last year’s awards.
From Table Mountain to wine farms, to local hospitality, to the penguins of Boulders beach to cosmopolitan charm of the city, not to mention the laid-back Capetonian lifestyle, there are dozens of reasons tourists and locals flock to the Mother City’s shores.
Top 10 cities in the world as voted by the Telegraph Travel Readers (UK)
1. Cape Town
2. Tokyo
3. Vancouver
4. Seville
5. Sydney
6. New York
7. Venice
8. Florence
9. Rome
10. San Francisco

Here are a number of reasons why our beloved city was voted the Greatest on Earth this year.
1. The exquisite Winelands

2. Our beautiful beaches and the city’s unreal natural landscape

3. Table Mountain, the city’s iconic landmark

4. The African penguins who waddle along Boulders Beach

5. World-class accommodations

6. Friendly locals who are open, curious and render genuine hospitality

7. Culture – a heritage of African traditions and influences of Europe & Asia

8. Variety – quite literally “a world in one city” and filled with surprises

9. Amazing flora with 8000 indigenous species alone in the Cape of Good Hope biosphere

10. English-speaking with excellent infrastructure & accommodations

11. Sumptuous food with a variety of fresh, succulent fruits and vegetables and flavorsome meats and fish Shopping:

12. Shopping – from roadside stalls to shopping malls – all at great prices!

13. A change of perspective – a journey here helps one better understand others and oneself

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Adapted from of cape{town}etc.com feature


 

INTERNATIONAL CHEETAH DAY

TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL CHEETAH DAY

The world’s fastest land animal is racing against extinction and the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) invites wildlife lovers from all over the globe to celebrate this feline on 4 December. This year marks the fifth anniversary of this International Cheetah Day, designed to generate awareness for the cheetah, which, with fewer than 10,000 remaining in the wild, is sadly Africa’s most endangered big cat.

The cheetah is not only the fastest, but it is also the oldest of all the big cats. It has survived more than three million years through the Ice Age and a genetic bottleneck, but its numbers have declined by 90% in the last 100-years due to human-wildlife conflict and habitat loss. With so few cheetah remaining in the wild, the world’s cheetah population is at great risk of extinction.

With more than 40-years’ experience working with the species, Dr. Marker is widely recognized as a leading expert on the cheetah. In 1990, after witnessing the wild cheetahs being exterminated by African farmers, she launched CCF and permanently relocated to Namibia to do something about this crisis.

International Cheetah Day aims to educate young learners about the species, its plight, and inspire people of all ages to get involved with conservation efforts.

A few fun facts about the cheetah.

1. The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal. They can run 70 mph (or 110 kph), which is as fast as cars drive on the highway. The cheetah can reach its top speed in just 3 seconds!

2. The cheetah has a long, muscular tail that has a flat shape. The tail almost functions like a rudder on a boat because they use it to help control their steering and keep their balance when running very fast.

3. Cheetahs have “tear marks” that run from the inside corners of their eyes down to the outside edges of their mouth. These marks help reflect the glare of the sun when they are hunting during the day. They work just like the black marks that football players put under their eyes during the games. These marks also work like the sights on a rifle, to help the cheetah “aim” and stay focused on their prey when they are hunting.

4. The cheetah’s fur is covered in solid black spots, and so is their skin! The black fur actually grows out of the black spots on their skin.

5. When cheetahs are running full speed, their stride (length between steps) is 6-7 meters (21 feet). Their feet only touch the ground twice during each stride.

6. Cheetahs are carnivores, and feed mostly on smaller antelope like springbok, steenbok, Thomson’s gazelle, and duiker. They usually chase down their prey and then bite its throat, killing it by suffocation.

7. A mother cheetah usually cares for anywhere from 2 to 8 cubs per litter, but cubs are often the target of other predators and many do not survive past the first year.

 

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