Photo tips for conservation areas
Make the most of your trip to the parks with the inside scoop on photo opportunities from conservationists Peter Chadwick and Arne Purves.
On Track by Chris and Mathilde Stuart
This compact ID guide to animal tracks in Southern and East Africa will fit neatly into your pocket.
Lions released in Mountain Zebra
Visitors to Mountain Zebra National Park near Cradock should look out for lion after the release of three big cats.
GAZING AT GAZILLIONS OF STARS IN THE CEDERBERG
Where better than the darkest part of the Cederberg to watch Scorpio chase Orion? At Bushmans Kloof in the far north of the Wilderness Area, the stellar show is jaw-dropping – and it’s tailor-made for beginners. By Romi Boom
How not to film lions
Lions are mostly nocturnal. So if you want to film them doing most of the things they do, you need to become nocturnal. This takes time, and often involves a lot of nodding off until you get the hang of it. By Robert Waldron.
Flowers everywhere at Matjiesrivier
If you visit Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve in the southern part of the Cederberg in April and May, you’re in for a treat. Autumn is not when you’d expect a floral display in the Cederberg – but we were entertained by a bloomy show this past weekend. By Romi Boom
Booking at all 22 National Parks
You’ll be pleased to hear that you can make a booking for your next trip through the SANParks reservation office based in Cape Town. Lydia Lakey of SANParks explains.
New boardwalk at Agulhas
Plan a day trip to Agulhas National Park to view the southernmost tip of Africa and the iconic lighthouse. Thanks to a new boardwalk, it’s now even easier to visit.
Dodging the limelight!
More often than not wild animals seem rather camera shy, turning their back on film crew and often walking off into the thicker bush where they can carry on what they are doing with some degree of privacy.
Dogs working for Namaqua
In Namaqualand farmers used to set traps for leopard, caracal and jackal to protect their flocks. But a clever project by the national park is using Anatolian shepherd dogs to ward off predators instead.