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What We Loved about 2016

December 13, 2016

As the end of the year fast approaches, we take a look back over some of the most incredible Instagram images from all around the African continent over the last year.

These talented photographers captured some special moments of the year.

Thank you for these beautiful memories 2016!

The Supermoon of 2016: November, 14 brought the moon closer to earth than it has ever been in the last century.

The Heroes: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya ensuring the survival and protection of Rhinos.

A colourful carmine bee-eater colony photographed in South Luangwa, Zambia.

A photo posted by Will Burrard-Lucas | Wildlife (@willbl) on

Traveller of the Year: From Zimbabwe to South Africa, then back towards the Equatorial regions, the Carmine Bee-eaters in flight, paint the African skies.

A pride of lions under the African night sky. Liuwa Plain, Zambia.

A photo posted by Will Burrard-Lucas | Wildlife (@willbl) on

Heaven and Earth: Lions roam beneath Night skies of the Zambian plains.

Family Matters: A Meerkat of the Makgadikgadi photo bombs a father-son portrait.

Languidly Luxuriating: Leopard relaxes on a tree in the Manyeleti Game Reserve, South Africa.

Yesterday I launched a little side project I've been working on: a hiking/travel blog, Just Wandering (link in my bio). Go check it out and let me know what you think. When trying to describe what excites me most about travel, a whole heap of clichés rise to the surface: it broadens my cultural appreciation, discovering new landscapes, meeting new people who challenge and shape my perspective. And all of those are reasons for me as well. However, the thing that motivates me most to travel is a sense of celebration, of reveling in the diverse and unexpectedly beautiful moments we discover when we take time to walk out the door and just look around. @beautifuldestinations #BDTeam . . . . #kzn #mountains #hiking #justwanderingblog #drakensberg #meetsouthafrica #southafrica #backpacking #giantscuptrail #gardencastle #berg #hike

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Moving Across Mountains: Hiker muses over the majesty of Garden Castle in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

The kingdom of Lesotho 🇱🇸

A photo posted by Kyle Mijlof (@mijlof) on

Sunset skies over The Kingdom of Lesotho.

Double tap if you feel the love ❤️ 📷credit: @ralfie26

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New Life: Mother and baby baboon share an intimate moment in the Kruger Park.

View from the top: Cape Town is beautiful from every angle.

Souls A Light: The world renowned Afrika Burn festival brings thousands of artists and free spirits to the Tankwa Karoo.

Beautiful Kenya ❤️ 📷Credit: @silverless

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First Light in Kenya: Maasai man basks in the promise of a new day.

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Travel Stats South Africa 2016

October 14, 2016
 AccommoDirect.com Travel Stats 2016 
 AccommoDirect.com analysed their travel bookings data over the last 12 months to bring us some interesting travel info and inspiration.
The Most Expensive & Luxurious Destinations
To find the most expensive and luxurious destinations they took the price p/listing p/night, of the top 20 most expensive listings in each area based on their advertised rates.  The clear hot-spots are Clifton, the general Atlantic Seaboard in the Western Cape and luxury Game Reserves in Mpumalanga.
The Most Affordable Destinations
Next, they looked at the most economical area’s p/listing, p/night, for the budget traveller by reviewing the 20 most affordable accommodation in each area. The spread is pretty even, showing there are great affordable options (mostly self-catering, campsites or backpacker) in most destinations across SA.
Travellers’ Top Rated Destinations
They then reviewed the ratings from travellers’ by each area they stayed.  Constantia in Western Cape was the clear winner, followed closely by St Lucia in KZN and Camps Bay came in at #4.   Limpopo attained the #1 spot, beating Western Cape in #2 scored by province.
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This Is South Africa: 14 Incredible Images

July 26, 2016

A selection of some powerful and positive Instagram  photos of a country, so diverse and colourful, that it is difficult not to become infatuated by its charm.

  1. Outdoor Art installations and sculptures all along the Sea point Promenade in Cape Town.

2. Sunsets and Sunrises that are truly deserving of the #SkyPorn hashtag.

Nothing like home.

A photo posted by Cape Town // South Africa (@diaryofalex) on

3. Avenues of purple courtesy of the Jacaranda Trees of Johannesburg.

 

The beautiful Jacaranda trees of the #cityofjohannesburg Photo @shashinaidoo Selected by @craighowes

A photo posted by Johannesburg South Africa (@cityofjohannesburg) on

4. Starry Starry night skies of the Northern Cape, where the heavens are revealed.

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." – Carl Sagan. • Last night was one of the most incredible shooting experiences of my life. Nestled among the arid plains of the Northern Cape is SKA or the Square Kilometer Array, once completed it will form the backbone of the most ambitious instrument ever built by our species. Standing amongst the dishes, under moon and star light for the first time in a long time I felt the unbridled optimism of a Hloni who used to fly his fathers shoes around the garden pretending they were spaceships. • #wanderlust #thecreatorclass #southafrica #letsgosomewhere #liveauthentic #lifeofadventure #justgoshoot #huffpostgram #artofvisuals #mobilemag #neverstopexploring #vscosouthafrica #vsco #livefolk #chasingemotions #peoplescreatives #streetdreamsmag #visualsgang #visualvoicemag #exploretocreate #mighty_killers #supreme_nightshots #africa #astrophotography #sonyimages #sonyimages #thisissouthafrica #stars #astro #natgeospace #universetoday

A photo posted by Respect the nation (@hlonicoleman) on

5. The Tankwa Karoo, a magical stage for artistic expression and gathering of kindred spirits of the annual Afrika Burn Festival.

Sunset at the Lotus Temple 🙏🏻 One of the best sunsets at AfrikaBurn ❤️

A photo posted by Isabel 🌎 (@isabelmosk) on

6. Young athletes make the streets and public spaces their stadiums.

Playing ball in Port Elizabeth. Featured Photographer: @shersandrews Tag #Instagram_sa to be featured. 📷

A photo posted by Instagram South Africa (@instagram_sa) on

7. Skateboarding Culture is widespread and outreach initiatives such as Skateistan South Africa  are using Skate Boarding to uplift communities.

Skate session in the @cityofdurban by @chris_legs Tag #cityofdurban to be featured.

A photo posted by Durban, South Africa (@cityofdurban) on

8. South Africans are warm and friendly.

9. The South Coast of KwaZulu Natal has some of the most untouched beaches and rugged coastline.

10. The Good Ol’ VW Kombi is an unofficial National emblem.

When dark turns to light. Thank you @what_my_eyes_see_ for your #HPSAmybestshot submission

A photo posted by Instagram South Africa (@instagram_sa) on

11. South Africans truly love and care for the planet and there are countless organisations and initiatives that focus on creating a better world.

12. South Africa is both a canvas and a muse for many forms of artistic expression and cultural projects.

14. The Kruger National Park, comprised of many public and private Game Reserves, is home to the Kings and Queens of the animal kingdom.

The gold treasure at the end of the rainbow. #thisismytrophy

A photo posted by Beverly Joubert (@beverlyjoubert) on

15. Surrounded by the Cool Atlantic on the West Coast and the warmer Indian Ocean on the East Coast, makes for diverse coastal scenes.

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Ever Seen Inside the Mouth of a Lioness?

May 31, 2016

We don’t recommend trying, but this video will get you closer than you ever will (hopefully), to being locked between the Jaws of this powerful queen of the Sahara.

It is true; lions have impressive canines, which come in handy when hunting, but it is their molars and pre-molars (known as carnassial shear) that do the work of tearing through flesh.
Yup, they are razor sharp.

Don’t just take our word for it, see for yourself:

Filmed by Chrisof Schomen, in the Timbavati, Greater Kruger National Park

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Did you know? A Group of Rhinos are Referred to as a Crash….

May 30, 2016

Which is quite an apt description due to their over-powering size and stature, these larger-than-life mammals can grow up to 6 feet tall and 11 feet in length.

Don’t, however, let these mammoth proportions mislead you. The Rhino is not as slow as one would imagine and is able to reach speed of up to 50 – 60 km per hour (To put this in perspective: Usain Bolt, record holder for the fastest man in the world, can run 44.72 km per hour)

Check out this Close up of a Crash of Curious Rhino grazing around a Go Pro:

Filmed by Christof Schoeman in the Greater Kruger National Park

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A Not So Private Affair

May 18, 2016

Nor is it exclusive…

A lioness is known to mate with more than one partner and up to forty times a day in order to increase her chances of conceiving.

Ovulation is brought on by the act of coitus and is consequently a painful experience for the lioness, who often closes with an angry growl, as opposed to satisfied moan.

Filmed by Corlette Wessels near Mopani, Kruger National Park

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The Silent Language of Elephants

May 10, 2016

Further delving into discoveries about these mysterious creatures  only leads to a deepening of respect for the Elephant. It comes as no surprise that Ellies possess sophisticated capabilities when it comes to communicating across great distances.

Elephants use Seismic (or vibrational) communication, whereby messages via vibrational sounds are transmitted and received through the bottom of their feet and through the earth beneath them. This way the elephant can communicate with other herds to warn against possible danger.

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Filmed by Christof Schoeman in the Greater Kruger National Park

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A Leopard’s Changing Spots

May 4, 2016

Contrary to the age old idiom; “A leopard never changes its spots”, a leopard’s spots do, in fact, transform through it’s life time. As a kitten, the leopard dons baby black markings, which in time develop into the pronounced rosette markings, characteristic of these formidable felines.

Check out this Extreme Close up footage of  a curious Leopard, checking out a Go Pro Camera:

Filmed by Christof Schoeman in the Greater Kruger National Park

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Goliath’s Bow

April 29, 2016

The Goliath Heron – a native of Sub-Saharan Africa – is the largest of the Heron Species and is of impressive size and colouring. A passive and predominantly stationery hunter (this guy literally stands and waits for fish to come). They are not very social creatures and prefer to fly solo. That is unless, of course, it is mating season; in which case they will pull out a few impressive moves to attract a mate.

Watch the Goliath Heron show off with his Graceful Bow.

Filmed by Ds. Fanie Naude, during his recent trip to the Kruger National Park

 

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