After the Two Oceans and continuing our theme of running, on the 1st June is the mother of all ultra marathon running in South Africa and the world, The Comrades Marathon. This is a race of some pedigree and not only is it the oldest with it having begun in 1921 but it is also by far the largest with an average of 12000 runners competing annually.
There continues to be fallout from Ugandan President Museveni’s s decision to approve new laws in Parliament limiting the freedom of action and speech of the homosexual community in Uganda earlier this year. There has been widespread condemnation from the NGO and political arenas of mostly western nations.
Or at least, in the Cape town seaside suburb of Muizenberg. Much has been made of Cape Town being the World Design Capital 2014 and the city itself topping many lists as the most desirable destination in 2014 (see previous post). What is interesting is the effect it has been having on many Capetonians and how the power of good design and art is revitalising this once down at heel seaside resort.
In 2014, most of Europe, the UK, North America and the majority of the former British colonies and territories will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. These commemorations will be times of reflection, of memory and certainly not of celebration. Much has happened in Africa since 1914 but not many people realise that there was an active and very real war fought during that period. If the Burma campaign of the World War 2 was fought by the forgotten army, the African campaign of World War 1 was the forgotten war.
At this time of year, we see an explosion in the press and online of the Top destinations to visit in the current year. We will not bore you with yet another list but will rather give you a compendium of the recommendations of the best travel media for destinations (in Africa). It is interesting to note how often Cape Town is making it in many of these lists. No surprise for the Cape Town based Uyaphi team but it highlights the facts that the city is World Design capital for 2014 and the significant depreciation of the rand in the last year which has made South Africa a very good value destination.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Nelson Mandela
At the beginning of November, Muizenberg hosted the 19th Cape Town Kite Festival; an annual jamboree which attracted crowds of over 20000. Being good and responsible corporate citizens of Muizenberg, the Uyaphi team witnessed the sublime and the strange over this 2 day festival.
A few weeks we wrote about the scourge of rhino poaching and gave statistics as to the severity of the situation as well as proposing various alternatives to stop this bloody war. In this article we look at two different technological solutions to improve rhino security and diminish its attraction to potential poachers.
The African elephant (of the genus Loxodonta), the iconic symbol of the African plains and bushveld. A animal that is revered across the world not only for its beauty and grace but also unfortunately for its ivory. One of the easier animals to photograph due to it’s size and fact that they are quite difficult to miss! Our team at Uyaphi have taken the greatest of pleasures in the past decade in snapping this selection of Amazing Elephant pictures. Enjoy!
The main event in Munich finished earlier this month on the 5th October. The Windhoek Oktoberfest may not compete with over six million patrons and 7.5 million liters of beer drunk (enough to fill three Olympic swimming pools) but in its own way, it is flying the flag for the reputation of good beer and hospitality in this south western corner of Africa.
In a recent announcement, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) announced the micro-chipping of every horn of every rhino in the country. This is an increasingly high tech solution to the epidemic of rhino poaching which is afflicting every country in Africa and which shows no sign of abating. On the contrary, there is a surge in demand with new countries like Vietnam taking over the mantle from China of leading consumers of rhino horn.
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of a very special family, the Mubare family group in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the south western corner of Uganda. They are of course, gorillas. Why are they so special? They were the first official group or family to be habituated and receive visitors thus starting one of the great safari tourism experiences of our time, gorilla trekking.
In the north east of South Africa, known as the Limpopo province, you will find a mountainous range called the Waterberg. It was so called by the original Afrikaner settlers because of the abundant sources of water; a geological rarity and life giving necessity in this region. Wildlife thrives in this non-malarial environment: giraffe, white rhinoceros, warthog, impala, kudu, klipspringer, blue wildebeest Nile crocodile and hippopotamus all present in abundance.
One of my most formative experiences with these magnificent beasts was about thirty years ago in the Kora Game Reserve in north eastern Kenya working for the internationally renowned game ranger , George Adamson. Our battered Land Rover had broken down (again) about 15 kilometres from camp (kampi ya simba). Setting out in the sweltering midday sun, we were approaching the final track to camp at dusk only to be confronted by a large pride of about 11 lions casually blocking the road. We stared at each other for about half an hour. They couldn’t have been particularly hungry because I lived to tell you this tale but since that day, the die was cast. I was smitten by these creatures. Majestic, dignified and virile yet with a relaxed demeanor and gait.
Kenya remains the premier safari and beach destination in East Africa. Over 1.6m foreign tourists visited the country in 2010, testifying to the country’s enduring popularity. In no particular order, here are 10 good reasons to visit: