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Cowboy Conservation In the Kruger

What do the Kruger National Park and a Texas cowboy have in common? It might sound like an unlikely match, but while part-time cop, businessman, and cowboy Joe Braman, used to live with his family on a remote ranch in Southern Texas, he is now helping to stomp out poaching in the Kruger National Park with his free-running hounds.

Lateral thinking, Theresa Sowry, CEO of the Southern African Wildlife College—a wildlife management and training facility based near Kruger, enlisted Braman’s help after hearing about a unique bloodline of aggressive free-running pack dogs used in Texas law enforcement to track down escaping prison inmates.

A great success so far, Braman and his hounds have helped law enforcement teams in the greater Kruger region catch an unprecedented 145 poachers and confiscate 53 guns, boosting the overall rate of successful arrests and providing a new strategy to fight poaching in Africa.

Check the action out & Read More about this cause here: Texas hounds chase down rhino poachers in South Africa by Paul Steyn. Photography: Sean Viljoen.

Want to pitch in on the poaching crisis? Then give the Kruger a visit, our itineraries starting from just four-days.

Zimbabwe’s Conservation Initiatives Start Paying Off

Described as one of the unsung highlights of Zimbabwe, Matobo National Park is renowned for its rhino walking safaris – the wildlife haunt a regular feature on our tours.

News released in June is evidence that the country’s practice of dehorning rhinos is paying off, with numbers (Matobo home to both the endangered black rhino and the threatened southern white rhino) on the increase.

Go there on our camping and accommodated overland tours or book a small group safari .  While the overland collection is targeted at those aged 18-39 years of age, our small group safaris are open age with travellers from eight years journeying across Africa with us.

Royal Tour Has Grassroots Appeal

Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, have announced on their Instagram account some of the items for their itinerary during their upcoming tour of Southern Africa.

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Today, we are excited to be able to announce details for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s upcoming tour to Africa! 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • In just two weeks, Their Royal Highnesses will embark on this official tour focusing on community, grassroots leadership, women’s and girls’ rights, mental health, HIV/AIDS and the environment. This programme has been many months in the making, and The Duke and Duchess are eager to focus their energies on the great work being done in Southern Africa. From meeting with Archbishop Desmond Tutu to joining ‘Waves for Change’ on Monwabisi Beach, the South Africa programme will be educational and inspiring. The Duke is especially proud to continue the legacy left by his mother with her work in Angola as he joins Halo Trust again in an effort to rid the world of landmines. HRH will also travel to Malawi where he will check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and will be working on the ground supporting local communities. The Duke is particularly proud to be able to deliver an exciting new initiative, a Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy three-country partnership which he designed and consulted with Governments in Namibia, Botswana and Angola to protect forest and wildlife corridors around the Okavango Delta. The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women and girls’ health and education, entrepreneurship and leadership. With such a textured culture and history, Their Royal Highnesses are grateful for the opportunity to connect with those on the ground in Southern Africa and to be inspired by the work being done and learn how they can be better supported. As President and Vice President of The Queens Commonwealth Trust and The Duke’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador, The Duke and Duchess cannot wait to meet with young leaders mobilising change and adding to the beauty of these Commonwealth countries 🇿🇦🇧🇼🇦🇴🇲🇼 • “We look forward to seeing you soon!” • Photo ©️ PA images / Tim Graham – Getty Images / @Sentebale /@AfricanParksNetwork / @YouthAlert

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Parts of the official tour will have a focus on community and grassroots leadership, with the prince scheduled to check in on the British Army’s partnership with African Parks and work on the ground to support local communities in Malawi.

The Duchess will be working with local organisations to promote women’s and girls’ health, education, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Find out how you can focus your tour on giving back when you book with us, as we support several non-profit organisations and local community projects on our tours.