Week 16: South Africa and Kruger National Park

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After a very long day of 7 hours of driving, 11 hours flying and then 9 hours more driving, we have arrived at our temporary home here in South Africa. In the same first day plus a couple of hours, my Africa bird count is at 66 species.

Week 25: A few of my South Africa Favorites

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With no real chance of any internet connection to report whatever new birds I am able to find, I am scheduling this photo essay featuring a few of my favorite pictures from Kruger National Park, South Africa. Trips Kruger National Park Little Big Year South Africa

South Africa’s endemic birds

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My home country of South Africa can only be described as a birding paradise! In this post, I’d like to focus on a small selection of South Africa’s special endemic birds. Cape (or Rufous) Rockjumper is a true South African endemic and restricted to the southwest Cape.

Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa

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The history of Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa is a slightly unusual one. It is a good place for South African birders, as several species are found here and nowhere else in South Africa, and it holds a small number of endemics that it shares with the Mozambique lowlands. The park did have a pack of African Wild Dogs, or Painted Wolves, the species I had gone to Africa to see. Birding Lion South Africa

Birding and Safari-ing South Africa with the ABA

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And so, I went on the American Birding Association Safari to South Africa. It was the right time of year, October–spring in South Africa, the right price, and the right people—president of the American Birding Association Jeff Gordon, energetic emissaries George Armistead and Liz Gordon, and, very importantly, fellow 10,000 Birds beat writer Adam Riley and the staff of Rockjumper, who masterfully organized and guided the ABA Safari. Trips ABA South Africa

Wakkerstroom, South Africa: It’s a Lark

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I’ve not made spectacular progress writing up my trip to Africa earlier this year, so perhaps I should get on that. So instead let’s talk about South Africa’s best kept birding secret (at least outside of the country) Wakkerstroom. This sleepy little village lies about 4 hours south east of Johannesburg in the upland area on the border with KwaZulu Natal. Birding South Africa

Yellow-billed Kites in South Africa

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It is now treated as its own species, confined to Africa and the tip of Arabia (Black Kites also migrate here from Europe and Asia). Birds kites South Africa Last weekend I finally caved and bought a new laptop to replace the one that swan-dived off my bed last November. My desktop simply can’t cope with the number and size of images that modern digital cameras produce, and this meant that I was finally able to start sorting through my many photos I took on my trip.

Pursuing Liberty: Continued Inequality in South Africa.

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Although gradual improvements are being made, South Africa still has plenty of social and economic hurdles to overcome before greater economic equality will be a reality that allows for the growth of meaningful and fulfilling positive liberties for all its citizens. Enlightened Society Equal Rights Right Livelihood apartheid disadvantaged entrepeneurship equal rights inequality politics race socio-economic South Africa

Marmot’s Lead Now Tour: South Africa.

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Marmot’s Lead Now Tour kicked off in South Africa with two major goals. Adventure Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Featured Columnists Inspiring (Wow) Africa Boulder bouldering climb Climbing fundraising NGO non-profit rock climbing South Africa travel world

An Open Letter to the World, from South Africa.

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Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Equal Rights WAYLON: Today Only education equal rights political activism protests South Africa xenophobiaWe can feel the rusty wheels groaning under the weight of young bodies finally holding a failing government accountable.

South Africa’s Biggest Uprising Since the Fall of Apartheid.

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Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Equal Rights Family, Youth, Enlightened Education Sustainability (Business, Entrepreneurship, Livelihood) WAYLON: Today Only Z ADMIN Enlightened Society Featured Today #feesmustfall #nationalshutdown education fees must fall national shut down South Africa student protests youthIn the last few days this has all become too much for the nation's youth. A student uprising has begun, and it continues.

Rhinos Airlifted to Safety in South Africa (PHOTOS)

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No, if you’re in South Africa, it’s probably a rhino. In the continuous effort to save rhinoceros from poachers, conservationists in South Africa are Read More The post Rhinos Airlifted to Safety in South Africa (PHOTOS) appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Rare Elephant Twins Born in South Africa

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An extremely rare set of twin elephants were born this week at a game reserve in South Africa. Curve, a 31-year-old elephant, gave birth to the unnamed babies at Pongola Read More The post Rare Elephant Twins Born in South Africa appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Man Saves Dehydrated Baby Rhino in South Africa

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A man takes it upon himself to save a badly dehydrated baby rhino in South Africa, after most likely losing her mother to poachers. Read More The post Man Saves Dehydrated Baby Rhino in South Africa appeared first on Ecorazzi.

Students Create ‘Ranger Drone’ to Protect Rhinos in South Africa

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As poaching rates for rhinos keep growing in South Africa, officials are looking for outside-the-box solutions to save the endangered animals. Read More The post Students Create ‘Ranger Drone’ to Protect Rhinos in South Africa appeared first on Ecorazzi. Surprisingly, one group of students might just have found it. Animals Causes News Science Top News

Saudi Arabian Solar Chosen by South Africa

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A Saudi solar project with gigantic storage could deliver solar at night in South Africa. South Africa’s new renewable energy policy is one of the most professionally discriminating in the world, according to SolarReserve SVP Tom Georgis.

Rhino Poaching Increased Again in South Africa in 2014

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Despite the efforts of conservationists from around the globe, the rate of rhinos poached last year in South Africa was bigger than ever. According to South Africa’s Department of Environmental Read More The post Rhino Poaching Increased Again in South Africa in 2014 appeared first on Ecorazzi.

2014 Was The Worst Year for Rhino Deaths in South Africa

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As the year comes to a close, South Africa has set a new record when it comes to rhino slayings by the hands of poachers. What’s even more startling about the Read More The post 2014 Was The Worst Year for Rhino Deaths in South Africa appeared first on Ecorazzi.

150,000 Sign Petition to Ban Hunter from Returning to South Africa. ~ Laura Ashworth

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Animal Rights (Vegan, Pets, Wildlife) Blog (always click 4 all blogs) Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) WAYLON: Today Only animals awareness hunting lions South Africa How could anyone ever kill a face like this? Or, kill anything for that matter?

Nissan introduces Leaf EV to South Africa with candid camera stunt

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Nissan introduces Leaf EV to South Africa with candid camera stunt : To introduce the all-electric Leaf to the new South African audience, Nissan decided to use a bit of humor by pranking gas station attendants. Combustion oriented cars now have some real competition around the world. The part I like best? No smell

Faith Leaders Prepare For Upcoming Climate Summit In South Africa

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With forty days left till the latest climate conference held in Durban, South Africa, faith leaders are preparing to fight for the environment. Religion climate action climate change solutions Copenhagen Durban faith Muslims South Africa

The difference between America now and Apartheid South Africa then will Shock you.

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America is more unequal (though not racist) than South Africa was under apartheid. His first appearance on the Daily Show–and South African comedian Trevor Noah nails it.

Nobody on the Planet knows what Donald Trump is going to do, but South Africa can Help.

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But there is one thing you can take comfort in from the many nations in Africa. Enlightened Society Funny WAYLON: Today Only african president Daily Show donald trump elections 2016

South Africa to Green its Economy in 2013 with Carbon Tax

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South Africa, among the biggest emitters of greenhouse gases worldwide, plans to introduce its own price on carbon next year. It is one of the BASIC nations (Brazil, South Africa, India and China) responsible for most new greenhouse gas pollution.

I always thought being an American Woman meant I had my Freedom.

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Enlightened Society Equal Rights Inspiring (Wow) america confidence confidence gap freedom not good enough self-doubt South Africa subjective freedom women's rightsAmerican women are independent, spirited, and strong.

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The Most Inspiring Man I’ve met in a Long time—and I get to meet Inspiring folks every day.

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Enlightened Society Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis Waylon Lewis memel post apartheid south africa South Africa starkey hearing Steven AblondiWaylon Lewis talks with Steven Ablondi, founder of Memel.Global.

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Poaching Concerns Likely To Push South Africa, Vietnam And China To Meet

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But now a thriving ivory network between Africa and Asia is decimating elephants, as well as rhinos, as never before in recent decades. More than ninety percent of the rhinos in Africa are located in South Africa, with numbers around 20,000 individuals.

Big-game trophies not welcome aboard, says Delta

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airline with direct flights to South Africa, just put up a big roadblock for American hunters hoping to bring home animal trophies. Africa Green Travel News South Africa Xtras Airlines and big-game trophies Delta Airlines and big-game trophies

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Tumultuous Beginning To Climate Summit In South Africa

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Some nations continue to be hopeful that an agreement will be made within the next few years, however, if the opening of the climate summit in Durban, South Africa is any indication it will not be occurring anytime soon.

Week 17: Kruger NP, Crocodile Bridge to Lower Sabie

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This Mocking Cliff Chat was found at a rest stop on the fare south eastern side of the park. Trips Crocodile Bridge Camp Kruger National Park Little Big Year Lower Sabie Camp South Africa

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No two scaups are equal

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At this point, let us travel in time, back to the last day of the year 2001, and down to the Lowveld National Botanical Garden in Nelspruit, in South Africa’s province of Mpumalanga. Trips Serbia South Africa turacos waterbirds

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Southern Black Bustards

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And if you like bustards, you could do a lot worse than the plains, deserts, fynbos and grasslands of Southern Africa, which hold a number of species including several endemics. Birds bustard Cape Town South AfricaI love bustards.

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Birding Cape Town

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I’m not certain why the Cape of Good Hope is the cape everyone talks about, it isn’t the southernmost point in Africa (that goes to Cape Agulhas, 150 kilometres to the south east). Birding Cape Town South Africa Urban BirdingI’m a big fan of city birding.

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The Sunbird and the Parasite

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Back to the site, and back from 6 weeks in Africa (with four weeks gloriously cut off from any news of an election kind… I highly recommend it). The species is found in the highlands of Eastern Africa, but in South Africa they live down to sea-level in places like Cape Town.

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The Cape Wildflower Spectacle

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However South Africa doesn’t meet either of these criteria, but one special factor nevertheless carries it into this auspicious list of 17 nations – the Cape Florisitic Kingdom. of Africa’s landmass yet supports nearly 20% of the continent’s flora!

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Madikwe; Paradise Restored

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Madikwe , in South Africa, wasn’t a site of importance before it came into existence. And so South Africa’s fifth largest park came to be (it’s worth remembering that its largest park, Kruger, is the size of Israel) on marginal land that no one in particular could do much with. My books weren’t helping much so I had resorted to looking for large green areas on Google Maps on the border of South Africa and Botswana, and I happened on Madikwe.

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Industrial designer conceives Hawk solar light for South Africa's impoverished citizens

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Murray Sharp is an industrial designer who, along with a team, has designed the Hawk or solar light aimed at providing lighting solutions for the disadvantaged sections of people living in South Africa’s Alexandra township in Eastrand.

African Penguins in Peril

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I grew up in one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Cape Town, South Africa. In fact, there is no other region in Africa that offers such a fantastic level of endemism in such an accessible location. Birding Birds penguins South Africa Worldwide Birding Adventure

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Rooi Els and Betty’s Bay

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So, last time I promised to write about some of the other birding spots around Cape Town in South Africa. It turned out they were a Brit and Aussie being shown around by a local guide, Nick from Birding Africa. Trips Cape Town South Africa

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Drakensberg Rockjumpers

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A couple of years ago Adam posted a story on this site that so entranced me that when I went to South Africa a bit over a year ago the location he described was top of my bucket list. The Drakensberg Rockjumper is one of two species in the rockjumper family, one of those recent splits that came about when people realised that not everything in Africa could be lumped with known European families. Birds KwaZulu Natal South Africa

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Cape Town Fire. {Poem}

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Green Literary Journal WAYLON: Today Only Cape Town South Africa community healing nature poetry rebirth wildfires There is a fire on the mountain, let it awaken the fire in your soul.

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Why an ‘Unknown’ South African Comedian is the Best Thing for the Daily Show since Jon Stewart.

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Blog (always click 4 all blogs) WAYLON: Today Only Daily Show Jon Stewart South Africa Trevor Noah He’s young, he’s mixed-race, and he’s non-American.

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Impala Jousting

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The Impala is an slim, elegant antelope which is seen over most of sub-Saharan Africa, wherever there are a few Acacia bushes or some grass. Birding Impala South Africa Young males are turned out of the maternal herds once they reach an age at which they begin to compete with the dominant male. They form bachelor herds where they test their strength against their peers, finding their natural place in the hierarchy.

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