Kruger National Park

Volunteer holiday with cheetahs

October 26th, 2009

Voluntourism is still one of the major buzzwords when it comes to holidays, but according to Acacia Africa, a softer version where charitable pursuits are juxtaposed with adventure is winning out with today’s travellers. The tour operator’s new 9-day Cheetah & Kruger Combination Voluntour is the perfect example.

Heath Ashcroft, Marketing Director of Acacia Africa, comments: “A growing number of travellers are looking to give something back to the host country they are visiting, hence our decision to launch a dedicated voluntour section late last year. However, adventurers still want to experience the destination as a whole, whether that’s enjoying the traditional African safari, participating in village visits or travelling off the beaten track on a overland journey.”

A “hands on” experience, Acacia Africa’s new itinerary includes opportunities to be directly involved in the care and rehabilitation of animals at the “Race Against Extinction Project; volunteers working in close proximity with the brown hyena, suni antelope, wild dog, cheetah, and a wide variety of vulture species. Adventurers can also enjoy Big Five safaris in the Kruger National Park, two days of game viewing completing the tour.

An established venture, the project, which is set in the foothills of the beautiful Magaliesberg Mountains, is one of the oldest conservation volunteer schemes for the African cheetah and has been in operation for 37 years.

£1,085pp (based on two sharing) + local payment from £94pp.  The price includes all tour highlights, transport, accommodation, park fees, sleeping mat, road tolls and taxes, meals as indicated, camping and cooking equipment and services of driver and tour leader. Excludes, visas, travel insurance, flights, departure taxes, airport transfers, tips, sleeping bag and items of a personal nature. Accommodation is based in single, twin, triple and quad rooms with shared bathroom facilities (5-nights), twin share rondavels at a private lodge (one-night) and pre-erected two person dome tents (two-nights).

Departures Monday, Wednesday & Saturday year round..

Contact Acacia Africa on 020 7706 4700, email info@acacia-africa.com or visit www.acacia-africa.com for further information

African wildlife news

September 17th, 2009

Excellent article on “Saving Africa’s ‘unicorn’, the okapi” . Conservationists are working with local communities to protect the okapi, and its rainforest habitat, in the aftermath of a brutal civil war. Now, as a semblance of peace has settled over Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the okapi’s prospects have further dimmed, for its home is increasingly seen as a rich source of timber, minerals, and bush meat to help the war-torn country rebuild. Here

The oldest known silverback in the wild has died in Rwanda at the age of 35

Kruger Park is losing white rhinos to poachers. South Africa has lost 33 rhinos to poachers this year, 28 of them were illegally killed along the eastern boundary with Mozambique.

Saving gorillas by bringing healthcare to local people in Uganda, an interview with Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka. Here

Wildlife webcam in South Africa

September 6th, 2009 Watch this video! Here’s another high quality African wildife webcam this time from Nkorho Bush Lodge near Kruger in South Africa. It is supported by a forum of animals seen on the cam. Visit

Wheelchair accessible safari

August 24th, 2009

Good post here by Scott Rains on going on safari for the disabled. He recommends Kruger National Park. He notes:

Kruger Park is, as guides will endlessly tell you, larger than the Netherlands. (South Africa has a long Dutch history). It teems with bird, animal, and big game wildlife. The infrastructure is well-maintained for visitors and the staff I encountered was friendly and competent.

Leopard kills crocodile

July 29th, 2009

Remarkable series of photos by wildlife photographer Hal Brindley of a leopard killing a crocodile. Read the rest of this entry