In a bid to make visiting the Kruger National Park more affordable for South Africans, SANParks has announced that, as of 1 November this year, fees will be R62 for locals, R124 for SADC nationals and R248 for international guests.
South Africans touring Kruger National Park in open safari vehicles would no longer have to pay the same rate as foreign visitors.
SANParks said all visitors were normally charged the standard rate for foreigners if they visited the park in open safari vehicles on organised tours which mainly cater for the international market.
One lucky reader could stand the chance of winning a copy of On Track: Quick ID Guide to Southern and East African Animal Tracks by Chris and Mathilde Stuart, courtesy Wildside Magazine.
To enter you simply need to answer the following question and fill out the form on Wildside’s website.
Q: Which organisation are the authors founding members of?
Anyone with a kitchen garden will know how fantastic it feels to cook with your very own organic veggies, herbs and fruits. It’s healthy, tastes a hundred times better than shop-bought varieties, saves money and once you’ve tried it, there’ll be no going back.
New from Struik Nature, Sounds of the African Bush by Gordon King and Doug Newman:
Animals are often heard before they are spotted, and this book serves as an excellent guide to help identify 76 creatures (mammals, birds, amphibians and insects), based primarily on their calls. For each of the species listed, there is a full-colour photograph, distribution map and brief facts about its life history and behaviour.
Key features: An accompanying CD with 76 common animal calls; Photographs and distribution maps for each species; Interesting facts, including habitat, diet and time of calls.
An invaluable resource for nature lovers of all ages, this CD and book will provide a new way of recognising the varied sounds of Africa’s wild areas.
About the author
Gordon King‘s IT training, specifically in data methodology, has helped with the design of various birding projects. Co-founder of the Simply Birding website, he has been published in magazines, including Babble & Chat, and has a passion for photography.
Along with Doug Newman, he is the co-founder of the website www.simplybirding.com.
Doug Newman is an electrical engineer and has had a keen interest in birds, particularly bird calls, from a young age.
Newman has produced this collection of bird sounds to accompany the highly successful Bird Calls for Beginners.
Edgar van Gusling and Andrew Jacobs have been working at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for a total of 82 years. Cape Argus dropped by this wonder of nature, which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year, to talk to these two loyal employees. They will both be flown to Britain to attend the Chelsea Flower Show in London later this month.
Cape Town – Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens was once nothing more than a forest filled with alien vegetation, gravel trails, and corrugated iron toolsheds. That is a far cry from what it is today, but is how it looked when Edgar van Gusling and Andrew Jacobs first came to know the place.
Van Gusling, who retires this year, has worked at the botanical gardens for 45 years, while Jacobs has 37 years service with Kirstenbosch, which celebrates its centenary this year.
Struik Nature Club is running an exciting competition in which one lucky reader stands the chance to win a night’s stay for two at Tambuti Game Lodge as well as a hamper of field guides by Chris and Mathilde Stuart.
To enter, readers need to find and identify six animal tracks hidden on the Struik Nature Club’s website. Fill out your details and the select the six tracks you think they’ve hidden. Good luck!