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The BBC’s Serengeti will inspire the Safari-goer in you!: UK & US screenings

UK wildlife fans can catch up with Serengeti, every Thursday at 8pm on BBC One and the BBC iPlayer. A six-part wildlife drama series narrated by Star Wars star John Boyega and directed by John Downer, the hour-long episodes give a dramatised, semi-fictional account of the animals’ lives. 

Bound to inspire the safari-goer in you, the animal characters have been filmed more intimately than ever before using groundbreaking techniques and pioneering technology, including drone technology and the use of multiple stabilised camera systems. 

From early August, the series will also air in the US on the Discovery channel, where it will be narrated by Lupita Nyong’o, who is known for her role as Nakia in Black Panther and Patsey in 12 Years A Slave.

See the Serengeti with us.

Nat Geo Releases Video Of The Smalleye Stingray: The World’s Largest, Rarest Stingray 

The release of the video coincides with the world’s first study on the Smalleye Stingray, published this month in PeerJ.   Discovered off the Southern Coast of Mozambique, these marine animals are so rare almost nothing is known about them. Find out more here 

Go overland with us and dive into Mozambique 

Bwindi Turns To Technology To Protect Its Wildlife

The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is trialling a technology solution to record incidents of human-wildlife conflict with a view to allowing local communities to better coexist with mountain gorillas and other wildlife.

UWA, the International Gorilla Conservation Programme, a coalition of the World Wildlife Fund and Fauna & Flora International, has teamed up with Inmarsat, a leading mobile satellite communications company, to pilot the use of a mobile-based technology solution that streamlines data-collection of incidences of human-wildlife conflict and provides the opportunity for real-time data transmission

Support the park’s efforts with a visit and go trekking in search of the Silverback and his band in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Robben Island joins list of 20 new protected marine sites in South Africa

South Africa’s Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, recently declared 20 marine sites as protected areas. One of them is Robben Island, the site of the prison where anti-apartheid activists including Nelson Mandela were jailed for decades. 

South Africa already had 23 marine protected areas. It’s nearly doubled this by adding a new network of 20 under an initiative to unlock the country’s blue economy known as Operation Phakisa. This means that 5.4 percent of South Africa’s territorial waters are now conserved, compared to 0.4 percent before the new network was proclaimed.

Flipper up at the site on one of our Cape Town City stays.

Visa waiver for Kiwis!

Great news for our Kiwi travellers, earlier this month, the South African government announced that New Zealand will be added to South Africa’s list of visa-free countries. Scheduled to be implemented in November 2019, this is all the more reason to take up our Three-For-Two promo as you could save thousands of dollars on your adventure. Book before 31 August. T&Cs apply.