A long belated Madagascar tale…

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Madagascar!I settle myself in a chair under one of the few lights … My feet are off the sand and away from the many small crawly things bound by a desire to sample my soft and succulent human skin, gratefully, I take off my shoes. It’s the first time all week that there’s been any shoes to take off. It’s also the dirtiest I’ve seen my feet for months. My ankles are caked with dust and tainted a funny orangey-brown colour, and my feet are patterned with artful brown dots, I expect a result of the ‘breathing holes’ in my newly inherited shoes. For this last minute inheritance I am almost as grateful as for the relief of finally taking them off…Welcome to the Wild!

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Entabeni Guest House – Camps Bay

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Entabeni Guest HouseNot to long ago Entabeni offered Jenman Safaris a ‘night stay’ at their luxurious guest house located in Camps Bay, Cape Town. I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to stay at the Entabeni Guest House on the Saturday night with my boyfriend. The weather was fantastic that Saturday… typical Cape Town summer weather! I had only seen pictures of Entabeni on our capetownsafaris.com website and was very excited to see it in person, and of course stay there.

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Rhino Airlift!

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Rhino AirliftSource: Isimangaliso Website, Images supplied by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife.

Visitors to the Eastern Shores section of iSimangaliso were enthralled in early September by the sight of a black rhino dangling in a net below a helicopter. As part of the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion programme and Park management strategy, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority contributed two black rhino to be relocated to designated reserves according to the project. This initiative ensures that the populations of the endangered species are steadily re-establishing themselves in suitable private as well as provincial and national reserves.

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Aquila Educational – 4 star private game reserve

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Jenman Safaris at AquilaSaturday, 05:30 am! While everybody in Cape Town was still sleeping, four brave women from Jenman African Safaris were wide awake and made their way through the snowy mountains of the Western Cape – ready to face hungry lions, huge elephants and fat hippos!

We were invited to see the Aquila Game Reserve… After a fabulous breakfast (and some sparkling wine at 8am) we boarded our Land Cruiser for a 2 and a half hour game drive. It was great fun and we saw a lot of animals on the drive – particularly the white rhinos were very impressive!

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The Cape Outdoor Adventure and Travel Experience

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Patti at Outdoor showThe Cape Outdoor Adventure and Travel Experience opened its doors for the 13th year. Held at the Bien Donne Agricultural Farm between Franschhoek and Paarl from Friday 2 October to Sunday 4 October, this year’s Cape Outdoor Show delighted visitors with desirable holiday destinations, tantalizing taste sensations and fantastic outdoor items. The exhibition catered for the whole family, including our furry extended family – yes, ‘social’ dogs on leads were catered for as well.

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Kayaking in Hermanus with the whales

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Whale watchingI am an intern for Jenman Safaris and I decided that it was about time to go on a little tour! I went with a group of 20 travellers to Hermanus for a whale-watching trip… We departed on Friday evening and spent the night in Kleinmond which is quite close to Hermanus (as we had to leave early the next morning). After an awesome braai that evening we went to bed early to make sure that we would be ready for the following day.

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Jenman Safaris shares Client Feedback

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Jenman African SafarisWe have included some unedited guest comments from our travelers below – you can read what they have to say about there safari adventure with Jenman Safaris… We also have an entire page dedicated it guest feedback on our Jenman Safaris website. Have a look at some comments below and if you have any stories you wish to share then feel free to comment or even enter our blog competition where you can win a USD 1000 travel voucher!

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Dangerous hiking in Cape Town

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Climbing Table Mountain“You will both enjoy and be left with a feeling of accomplishment. Dry day best.” Is how our good friend Brian Georgeson described out planned climb of Kasteel Buttress in his usual brief style. Well, I’d driven through Camps Bay a few days before and had a good look at Kasteel Buttress, and all I saw was a solid wall of rock which only a sticky- footed gecko could clamber up. And the first rains of the winter had arrived, flooding some parts of Cape Town. So it was with more than a little trepidation that I trudged up the Kasteelpoort path after Brian and Bruce.”

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Hwange and the hungry rangers

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Wild Dog Conservation ProjectSource: Go Magazine
Jenny wants to take me to the Painted Dog Conservation Project (Zimbabwe),  which is an organisation that works to protect African wild dogs. Inside their building (it’s got an amazing thatched dome) there is a child-friendly display where you can learn more about wild dogs. You can see the project is well funded – computers hum happily in the offices.

The rehabilitation centre is directly behind the offices, where eight wild dogs are resident at the moment.

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Some funny stories from Safari…

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We thought that this week we would share some funny anecdotes from some recent safaris. Below are two funny stories from Andree (Jenman Safaris tour guide), on his first guided tour around Botswana with a group of German clients. We hope these stories will make you laugh and brighten your day. Enjoy!

Smoke without fire?

An exciting and fascinating 14-day tour through Botswana, Namibia and Zambia comes to an end in Livingstone. The bush-conquerors from Germany are meeting for a final breakfast on the patio of the Waterfront Lodge. Together, they are enjoying their last meal of their safari overlooking the mighty Zambezi River.

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Visiting the Dinosaurs in Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe DinosaursSource: Wild Zambezi newsletter July 2009

Yes, it’s true…. there are (or at least, there once were….hundreds of millions of years ago) dinosaurs in the Zambezi Valley.  It is located in the remote southern part of the World Heritage Site that comprises Mana Pools National Park and the Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas.

Well… to be clear, there are no dinosaurs but only their tracks, fossilized in ancient mud deposits which have emerged out of an eroded modern-day river bed.

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Our Northern Experience Safari with Jenman Safaris

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Northern Experience SafariBy: Jim & Phyllis Conran, Orinda, California, USA

Have a look at this Jenman Safaris review – this review comes from a couple who recently traveled on our Northern Experience safari (Cape Town to Victoria Falls safari). In this blog we have included all the comments as well Garth Jenman’s (managing director of Jenman Safaris) responses:

On the recommendation of a neighbor, we booked a 3 week safari with Jenman.  We also booked an extra week to visit Johannesburg and Cape Town.  This was in July which is the dry season in the region.  This means fewer bugs and mosquitoes and the animals congregate around the water holes making them easier to see.

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Big Five becomes the Big Seven

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Big SevenSource:  www.news24.com
2009 – 06 – 23

Johannesburg – South Africa’s so-called Big Five will soon become the Big Seven, when the whale and the shark are officially added to this tourist attraction, SABC news reported on Tuesday. Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica said the department had decided to add the two ocean predators to the current Big Five, which are the lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo, reported the public broadcaster.

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MADAGASCAR and the political situation!

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Madagascar political situationWe promised to keep you updated with the news and events of the political situation in Madagascar. Below are a few different sources that all report about the recent developments in Madagascar… News about Madagascar includes; ‘Political Rivals agree to a Power-sharing Deal’, ‘ King’s Madagascar initiative bearing fruits’, ‘UN Chief Praises Madagascar Political Deal’,  and ‘MADAGASCAR: New deal could unblock aid pipeline’… We believe all of these reports show how Madagascar has improved and how it will become a popular safari destination once again! Read on for some positive news!

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Green Turtles of Madagascar

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Madagascar Green TurtlesSource: BBC, December 2008, Tim Healy
BBC website

Our reporter Tim Healy journeyed to the north-western part of Madagascar to catch a glimpse of the breeding season for Green Turtles on a small remote tropical island called Nosy Sakatia. As this species prefers to arrive on the sandy shores at night and during high tide, Tim, accompanied by Mr Robert a local community conservationist and Giselle Bakary, Marine Biologist, had to wait until 2am in anticipation of a meeting with this incredible creature. Our first night was unsuccessful, but on the second night we were lucky, and now have the opportunity to present you with our audio encounter and pictures of that night with the Green Turtle.

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Zimbabwe is in the news again…

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Zimbabwe NewsBy Andrew Malone, Visit www.zwnews.com (2 August 2009)

Playfully butting his handler, Tatenda, a young black rhino, is frisky and mischievous. It is feeding time, and his nostrils are flaring at the scent of food. He munches on treats from human hands, and nuzzles his keepers like a dog. He loves a rough tickle under his chin. But Tatenda is in grave danger. He is just 22 months old, but may not live to see his second birthday. His horns are growing rapidly – and that means a man known as ‘Ngwenya’, The Crocodile, may soon come to call.

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Demand for international travel increases!!

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international travel increasesSource: Travel Section of the Weekend Argus – August 2, 2009.
Author: Audrey D’Angelo

Audrey D’Angelo hears that demand for airline seats will be much higher in three month’s time.

International airline travel has never been cheaper than now as airlines, desperate to fill seats, have put special offers on the market. Unfortunately we haven’t experienced the full benefit because passenger arrival and departure taxes are now so high they disguise the extent of the cuts. But, in fact, the airlines’ share of the fare to London and destinations in continental Europe have in some cases been less than R2 000.

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Dreamland is just across the border – Namibia!

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Source: Weekend Argus 18th July 2009
Words and pictures by Brenton Geach

Dreamland NamibiaDreamland is just across the border – Namibia! – Jenman African Safaris In Namibia, you will find endlessly long dirt roads with a scattering of wild animals along the way. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets. No robots or people begging on every corner, just friendly locals. And don’t forget to buy a couple of oranges at Citrusdal to sweeten the dusty ride.

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At mother’s table

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Source: Horizons Magazine, July 2009
Written by: Gary Hirson

Mother’s tableInspired by Table Mountain’s possible status as one of the world’s new seven natural wonders, Gary Hirson decides to scramble up it for a spot of breakfast. He discovers the icon is also setting standards for eco-friendly tourism.

The gigantic stone sculpture of Table Mountain is always breathtaking. So it’s not surprising that the Cape Town icon was this year elected one of 261 natural sites from 222 countries to have made it through to the second round of the global votes race to name the New Seven Wonders of Nature.

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The Bulawayo Club – Historial club re-opens!

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Bulawayo Club re-opensThe reopening of the newly refurbished Bulawayo Club is a milestone event in the revitalization of the Tourism Industry here in Bulawayo, the City of Kings, and in Zimbabwe as a whole.  It reflects the continuing confidence of the directors and management of the Bulawayo-based firm, the Amalinda Collection. Witnessing the gradual decline and possible demise of this historical landmark the firm took to heart the national policy of partnerships and have welded together a sound business that combines both private sector zeal and the interests of the members of this august institution. Through this they have saved for future generations one of the key historical clubs in Zimbabwe.

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Riaan Manser – COMPLETES his Madagascar adventure!

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Riaans Madagascar adventureRound the Outside: PRESS RELEASE

Embargoed until 15h00 (CAT) Wednesday 8th July 2009 South African solo-adventurer Riaan Manser becomes the first person to circumnavigate Madagascar by kayak, alone and unaided Riaan Manser has made history again. On Wednesday the South African solo-adventurer became the first person to circumnavigate Madagascar’s 5000km coastline by kayak, alone and unaided. Eleven months after his departure in August 2008, Manser now stands proudly among the world’s eminent adventurers, having shaken the tag of simply ‘the guy who cycled around Africa’. ‘I never realised how demanding this expedition would be,’ said Manser in May, after being detained on suspicion of being a terrorist. ‘Kayaking Madagascar is exponentially more challenging, both mentally and physically, than Africa ever was.’

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Namibia 4×4 Safari

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Namibia 4x4 SafariWhilst staying at a hostel in Windhoek – the capital of Namibia – I managed to hire a Bakkie with long range fuel tanks, roof tent, camping gear and spare wheels for GDP 30 per day (normally GDP 60 per day just for a basic bakkie so I was well pleased with that!) and toddled off for a trip around Namibia: 1st stop was Swakopmund which I got to via a part tarmac, part gravel road across country and thru the Namib Naukluft park. The scenery changed from barren or sparsely covered hills and valleys thru to the desert terrain of the lower country – with sightings of Impala and Gemsbok (Oryx) as the journey ended. Swakopmund is a nice place but so German it’s unbelievable! – Even down to the deli menus being in German! I stayed at a beachfront campsite overnight and had sundowner drinks at the bar actually on the beach.

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The Cape Town Chacma’s – walking with Baboons!

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Cape Town Chacma's walkSource: The Art of Ink Magazine, Volume 6 – No1

I have already seen baboons as dangerous primates that lurk in trees waiting to attack tourists and steal their food. This remained my uninformed opinion until I embarked on a guided walk with Chacma Baboons in the Southern Cape Peninsula.

Chacma baboons are indigenous to South Africa and at one time they roamed freely in areas such as Clifton and Camps Bay in Cape Town. Due to rapid urbanization of the Cape Peninsula the baboons have been pushed further south; with the highest concentration of baboons now living in the Tokai, Kommetjie, De Gama Park and Scarborough areas.

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Jenman Safaris potjie competition cook-off!

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Jenman potjie competitionEver wondered what our food on tour/safari tastes like? Well, Jenman Safaris was put to the test one evening at the Daddy Long Legs hotel in Cape Town. We were challenged to a cooking competition… Each safari company had to make a potjie (which is similar to a slow cooked stew), the meal was then judged and prizes were handed out… What a GREAT evening we had with lots of fun and laughter!

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Stone Town, Zanzibar!

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stone-townSource: ‘The Art of Ink’ magazine, Volume 6 2009

We got lost on our first day in Stone Town, and our sense of direction did not improve the next day, or the day after that.

Zanzibar is still the best-kept secret in the Indian Ocean, with fascinating history and magnificent beaches. An archipelago made up of Unguja and Pemba Islands and several islets, Zanzibar is located some 40 kilometers from the Tanzanian coast. The archipelago is characterized by beautiful, sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magical Stone Town – said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.

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Indaba 2009 with Jenman Safaris

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indaba-standA while ago Jenman Safaris jetted off to Durban for the INDABA 2009 travel show. This year we had 2 stands – one inside and the other one was an outside stand showing off our custom built 4×4 Landcruiser …yes, a first in Southern Africa! INDABA is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar.

It showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism products, and attracts international visitors and media from across the world.

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