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Celebrate South African National Parks Week with a Guided Walk Along the Cape Point Coastline

National Parks and Nature Reserves: A South African Field GuideThe South African National Parks Week, which takes place from 8 to 13 September 2014, will be kicked off with a guided marine walk along the majestic Cape Point coastline set to take place on Monday and Wednesday next week.

The event is free but space is limited to 30 people per walk so don’t delay, book now!

For more on our country’s finest parks and reserves have a look at National Parks and Nature Reserves: A South African Field Guide by Chris Stuart and Mathilde Stuart.

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Niel le Roux resenseer 80 Gays Around the World deur Brent Meersman

80 Gays Around the WorldUitspraak: wortel

In die voorwoord meld hierdie bekende Mail & Guardian-joernalis dat hy deur 60 lande en sewe kontinente gereis het op ’n sending om uit te vind hoe mans wat seksueel aangetrokke voel tot mekaar in verskillende wêrelddele hulle seksueel uitleef, met homself as aanbod vir seks.

Die eindresultaat is meer van ’n uitstekende reisgids as wat dit die antropologiese verslag is wat die doelwit impliseer.


Visit South African National Parks For Free Next Week, Courtesy of SANParks

National Parks and Nature ReservesPark lovers are in for a treat! South African National Parks (SANParks), is offering free entry to all parks for South Africans during the South African National Parks Week from 8 to 13 September.

The week forms part of the SANParks “Know Your National Parks” campaign. Avid nature park enthusiasts can consult Chris and Mathilde Stuart’s National Parks and Nature Reserves: A South African Field Guide to prepare for a week of knowledge and fun.

Pretoria – South African National Parks (SANParks) is opening up its parks during South African National Parks Week with free, open access to all South Africans.

This year’s parks week is scheduled for September 8 to 12. The official opening will be launched by the Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs, Barbara Thomson at Tsitsikamma, Garden Route National Park in the Western Cape.

Follow South African National Parks Week on Twitter by using the hashtag #SANationalParksWeek:

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The Charm of the Desert Explored in this Excerpt from The Historical Karoo by Chris Schoeman

The Historical KarooFor many people, the Karoo is just an inconveniently large and unrelentingly hot patch of dust in the middle of South Africa. But it is land filled with history. The Historical Karoo by Chris Schoeman colours in the dry landscape by pointing out the landmarks and places of historical interest.

The Historical Karoo is organised by the three main routes through the Karoo, with short histories and interesting stories about each town along the way. This excerpt, shared by Namibiana Buchdepot, is about Wagenaarskraal and an introduction to the Karoo.

Read the excerpt:

In the Karoo you seem to be going up a winding ascent, like the ramps that lead to an Indian fortress. You are forever pulling up an incline between hills, making for a corner round one of the ranges. You feel that when you get round that corner you will at last see something: you arrive and only see another incline, two more ranges, and another corner, surely this time with something to arrive at beyond. You arrive and arrive, and the more you arrive, and once more you see the same vast nothing you are coming from. Believe it or not, that is the very charm of a desert – the unfenced emptiness, the space, the freedom, the unbroken arch of the sky.

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Podcast: Kingsley Holgate Chats about His Latest Adventure on Lake Turkana

Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great ExplorersKingsley Holgate, the author of Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great Explorers, chatted to OFM about his recent trip around Lake Turkana, the world’s largest desert lake.

Holgate is a humanitarian who uses his adventures to raise awareness for important issues. He and his convoy of land rovers drove a total of 17 000 km journey to Turkana – from South Africa all the way up to the lake in Ethiopia and back. They used the journey for malaria awareness, distributing mosquito nets to young children and pregnant mothers along the way.

Listen to the podcast:

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A New Route for Every Weekend in the Updated Edition of Mike Lundy's Easy Walks in the Cape Peninsula

Easy Walks in the Cape PeninsulaPresenting Mike Lundy’s Easy Walks in the Cape Peninsula, an informative guide to inspire everyone, whether fit or unfit, elderly or very young, to “get out there and do it”!

Easy Walks in the Cape Peninsula introduces an undemanding walk – in and around Cape Town – for every weekend of the year.

These walks have been carefully chosen because of particular points of interest such as

  • waterfalls
  • caves
  • unusual flora or
  • spectacular views

Each includes an accurate map, an easy-to-follow route description, information on the average hiking time and the availability of water, as well as practical advice on mountain safety and weather conditions, interspersed with historical anecdotes and environmental notes.

For this seventh edition, all route descriptions and maps have been meticulously updated, and it also includes a brand new walk.

About the author

Mike Lundy is well known among hikers and has authored or co-authored seven books on hiking, including Weekend trails in the Western Cape. He is a regular contributor on hiking to the press and radio and a tour guide for Table Mountain National Parks. His exceptional service to the hiking community has been recognised with a merit award from the Hiking Federation of South Africa.

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