Wild magazine Summer 2018-2019 PREVIEW

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Spot the top ticks in 19 national parks

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48 38 4 Letters 9 The Wild Parks Challenge Family road trip to four unforgettable reserves 10 24 hours in Hluhluwe Top sightings by the dozen 14 Trip planner These braai spots are perfect for summer (and other seasons) KIDS 88 Mom knows best Small animal families

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60 DESTINATIONS 16 Three cheers for Addo Enjoy a trio of overnight venues, from budget to luxe 24 Day trip to see ellies Why an Addo outing is great for kids 38 Hike the Olifants This backpacking trail takes you deep into Kruger 60 Water babies welcome The Cape’s best eco-pools and swimming holes

PEOPLE IN PARKS 48 Kruger guides come home Meet two members of the Makuleke working in their ancestral land 56 Rising stars of science How Kruger’s young researchers are changing the game BOTANY 82 Wild pear Learn why this tree got its common name


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NATURE 26 Elephant crowd control Can Addo manage the grey giants’ impact? 30 No easy prey A look at survival strategies 44 Water wise Keeping the Olifants River pure 68 Best birding list See the top ticks in our national parks 78 Magnificent marabous These unlovely birds are environmental heroes

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WILD CARD 90 Parks protocol Look after our beaches when you holiday all year round 93 Become a member 94 Map of the Wild parks 96 Competition Win a stay in Addo’s Matyholweni Rest Camp PHOTOGRAPHY 84 A full day’s shutter action The tips you need to shoot from dawn till dusk – and beyond

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Nature, the ultimate playground

Golden Gate Highlands National Park: Camping from R248 for two. Rondavels from R878 for two. Hotel room from R1 377 for two. Reservations (012) 428 9111 E-mail reservations@sanparks.org www.sanparks.org


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Our Wild Card, and the family teddy bear, came along on a discovery of CapeNature gems. By Lisa Hobson

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4 1 Admiring the scenery in Anysberg. 2 Rocherpan’s hide is brilliant for birding. 3 The boma at Gamkaberg’s Sweet Thorn Camp where we spent a leisurely evening. 4 The family teddy came along for the ride.

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iving in such an incredible and diverse country, we feel we should all make the effort to see more of it. So when CapeNature had a winter special on accommodation, we took the opportunity to go on an epic road trip with our family Wild Card. The family teddy bear came along, too. Our trip started in Grahamstown and took us through Graaff-Reinet all the way to the West Coast and Northern Cape, and back home through Bloemfontein. The route took in wonderful areas we normally would not have travelled to or through. We made many a pit stop at farm stalls, admired fascinating fauna and flora, loved the wide open spaces and got giddy in breathtaking passes. We shared our journey on Facebook and it is amazing how many friends have said they now plan to do a similar trip. Our favourite CapeNature destinations were Algeria in the Cederberg, Rocherpan, and Sweet Thorn Camp in Gamkaberg Nature Reserve, all spectacular in their own way. What an amazing experience it was. You won’t be disappointed. /

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24 HOURS IN

HLUHLUWE H L U H L U W E - I M F O L O Z I PA R K

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Incredibly laid-back game and a secretive forest trail at Hilltop Resort are take-home memories of an overnight stay in Africa’s oldest proclaimed nature reserve. By Romi Boom

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Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is synonymous with rhino. The creation of this game reserve in 1895 saved the white rhino from extinction. www.wildcard.co.za

he feast of the uninvited begins as our table is set for lunch at Maphumulo picnic site. Enter a handsome nyala bull, unfazed by human presence. Shortly afterwards the big boy is joined by an equally casual ewe. The pair browse awhile, then saunter along. I’m so excited I can hardly swallow my tuna salad. Our late-morning entry through Memorial Gate has already produced top-class action: a rhino sighting just alongside the road, their trust in humanity tragic. Then we find ourselves gridlocked in a zebra traffic jam. Are these animals laid-back or what? At IsiVivane what appears to be a pile of stones turns out to be a cairn of great cultural and historical interest. These cairns were used by the Zulu people to mark the place where a traveller had died. The body was covered with stones to protect it from scavengers. People passing the cairn would pick up a stone, spit on it and throw it on the IsiVivane as a sign of respect. They believed that by doing this, the spirits would protect them for the rest of their journey. Arriving at Hilltop, resort manager Matt Jackson asks whether we’ve seen the lioness and her cubs at Magangeni. Following the introduction of new males from Tembe Ele­ phant Park, a litter of eight cubs was killed. “Absolutely heartbreaking,” says Matt, “especially to us who watched them grow up.” The course of nature is not ours to judge, we agree, grateful that at least the lioness has new cubs, albeit three only. I promise to go look for her between sections 19 and 20. Just when we give up hope, there she is, right in the middle of SUMMER 2018/2019 WILD 11


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the road, a house tabby out for a stroll. No sign of the cubs, not surprisingly. Hopefully she hid them really well. Early the next morning, after a hearty breakfast at Mpunyane Restaurant, we head straight for the resort’s Umbhombe forest trail. The first thing we notice on the two-kilometre trail is thorny rope, aka monkey rope, which twists its spikes, vine-like, around trunks alongside watercourses. Known as umhluhluwe in Zulu, hence the name of the park, the plant plays an important role in the community. The thin, well-armed branchlets are woven into muzzles for young calves to prevent them from suckling from their mothers when weaning. The sharp thorns prick the cow’s udders and she will not let the calf feed. Aware that black rhino enjoy the bark, leaves and fallen seed, we are comforted to know that the rest camp, including Umbhombe trail, is fenced. We hear the emerald-spotted wooddove calling “My mother is dead, my father is dead, all my relatives are dead, oh oh oh oh.” Legend has it that the bird remembers the wars of Shaka’s time. Forest birds are far more vocal than grassland or waterbirds because they need to keep in contact with each other, declare territories and find mates in thick cover where they often cannot see each other. The leaf litter crackles underfoot, so I stand stock-still and try my utmost to identify the call of a red-capped robinchat. I fail miserably. These little forest dwellers have been known to copy up to 30 other calls, including doves, eagles,

owls and even barking dogs. Other forest animals are equally furtive and very good at not being seen thanks to tricks of stealth and camouflage to hide their presence. Though reintroduced to the park, blue duikers are locally extinct, unlike forest pigs that are fairly abundant and forage on the forest floor late at night. No sign of either on our early morning walk. What we do admire are Natal milkplum, common hook-thorn, white milkwood, ankle thorn, thorn pear and pink wild pear (see page 82) thanks to the botanists who have identified them for visitors. In KwaZulu-Natal there are over 750 indigenous tree species, 11 times more than the whole of Europe. Just then a bushbuck appears from the dense woodland, unperturbed by our presence. We follow it to the swimming pool, which marks one end of the trail, and among the chalets, where it grazes happily below a weeping wattle. Soon it is joined by a vervet monkey, then another and a few more. A nyala ewe dawdles past the petrol pumps, and the rest camp begins to resemble a sanctuary for wild animals. Which, in a way, it obviously is. With just 24 hours in Hluhluwe I’ve missed out on much, most regrettably a visit to the game capture complex at the Centenary Centre, but I’ve experienced and seen more than any visitor to a game reserve could wish for. I fondly remember the zebra outside my window at first light, Zululand’s rolling hills in the distance. How wild is that! /

TRIP PLANNER

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park lies some 230 km north of Durban.

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Getting there Follow the N2 highway to Mtubatuba, then the R618 to the park entrance. Accommodation Chalets for self-catering with breakfast R1 800 a night for two people, R2 160 in peak holiday season. Secluded bush lodge R7 200 for eight people, R7 560 in peak season. Conservation fees R220 an adult, R110 a child, free with a Wild Card. Present card, ID and confirmation letter. Bookings Ezemvelo Central Reservations 033-845-1000, www.kznwildlife.com


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IN FULL FIG umBombe is the Zulu name for the common wild fig. There are 19 species of fig tree in KZN, 14 of which are found in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi. All southern African figs are edible to humans and form an important food source for hornbills, bats, monkeys and antelope.

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1 At Maphumolo picnic site you’ll find animals grazing placidly among the tables, like this fine-looking nyala bull. 2 Information boards decode the botanical riches of the indigenous forest. 3 The park takes its name from the Zulu word for thorny rope, a spiny climber that is abundant in the area. 4 Visitors can self-drive the game loops or opt for guided game drives in safari vehicles.

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Remember to pack your own braai grid and firewood or charcoal.

Bontebok National Park

Nothing says summer like blue skies and braai fires. Have a mini-holiday with your Wild Card and pop into a park for the day. By Magriet Kruger

The water baby recommends

The beach bum recommends

Bontebok National Park

West Coast National Park

Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland

On a sultry summer’s day you’ll want to stake your place at this braai site next to the Breede River as early as possible. Here you can spend the entire day lounging under shade trees, playing games on the grass and cooling off in the river. There are picnic tables and braai spots scattered along the riverbank, with plenty of space for the kids to burn off energy. An ablution block with toilets and showers add to the convenience. Die Stroom has a function centre with an expansive wooden deck that can be hired for big groups.

Is this the prettiest place to braai in the country? With Instagram-worthy views of Langebaan Lagoon’s turquoise water, the braai spots at Preekstoel are in high demand. It’s a mere 20m down to the soft white sand of the beach below, where you can enjoy a leisurely picnic in the shelter of the dunes. Kids will love playing in the calm, warm water – see if you can spot any harmless sand sharks. Note that no alcohol is allowed at Preekstoel and that these braai spots are claimed on a first-come, first-served basis.

There’s something deeply restful about looking out over rolling green hills. After a day at Mlilwane, spent in the company of amiable warthogs, chirruping birds and those undulating hillscapes, you’ll feel completely revived. The camp’s main braai areas for day visitors are located behind reception, just a few steps away from a sparkling pool. Round out your visit with an adventurous activity: join a guided horse trail or rent a mountain bike. You’ll be rewarded with close-up sightings of the sanctuary’s zebra, nyala and blesbok.

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Preekstoel,

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The game lover recommends

Fonteinkloof,

Mountain Zebra National Park In this beautiful corner of the Karoo, you can combine your braai with game viewing. Head out on one of the loops or 4x4 trails to search for the park’s namesake animal, as well as buffalo, lion and cheetah. During the hottest hours of the day, take a leaf out of the animals’ book and rest up. Grassy Fonteinkloof picnic site boasts several braai stands, a large pool and an ablution block with showers. Just the spot to recharge your batteries and head out refreshed for the next round of sightings.

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PARK IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Addo has the densest population of elephants in the world.

GRAND VIEWS Watching ellies over bubbly at Gorah Elephant Camp. You won’t want to budge.


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he lone giant follows a slithering trail, despite the direct shortcut across the veld to the waterhole in front of Gorah manor house. Slowly, surely, the elephant weaves its way, padded feet leaving their imprint in a winding footpath made by dozens before him. Visitors to Addo Elephant National Park are familiar with this scene. Find yourself a glugging, slurping and swigging spot, whether at popular Hapoor waterhole or any of the numerous pans and dams, and your entertainment is ready made. Always the elephants appear in no hurry to reach their destination, yet in no time they arrive at the waterside, spraying themselves and wallowing in enjoyment. Their pleasure becomes your delight, no matter how many times you witness the ritual. Drinks are on the house!

I’m in Addo to try out three very different kinds of accommodation: a budget option, a comfortable stay and a break-the-bank indulgence. Gorah Elephant Camp, a 5 000-hectare private concession in the heart of the main game area of Addo Elephant National Park, has luxurious tented suites and a gracious manor house overlooking a waterhole teeming with game. Matyholweni Rest Camp, easily reached through its own entrance near the town of Colchester, just off the N2, has chalets with satellite TV, air-conditioning and a well-equipped kitchenette. Umsintsi Cottage in the Woody Cape section of the park, near the coastal dunefields, offers quaint double-storey lodgings in the far reaches of the Alexandria forest.

1 The elegant homestead at Gorah Elephant Camp. 2 Matyholweni Rest Camp’s thatched chalets are cosy and comfortable. 3 Umsintsi Cottage sits on a raised platform within the indigenous forest. www.wildcard.co.za

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Lit by paraffin lamps, the expansive stoep at Gorah evokes the golden age of game safaris.

Lap of luxury For a romantic safari reminiscent of a bygone era, Gorah, a SANParks’ Golden Kudu with a coveted award for its conservation ethic, gets seven stars. While the original homestead with its period furnishing is elegant and refined, the lavish tented suites are plush beyond compare, with a price tag to match. Think polished silver, white linen, crystal glassware, complimentary drinks chest, a centrepiece jar with decadent butterscotch brittle and nougat treats, 300-count cotton sheets, bespoke vanities, the latest travel and natural history titles. Many guests, such as honeymoon couple Alicia and Samir from Düsseldorf, forego one of the twice-daily game drives to simply laze on their own private deck and relish the panorama of endless savanna plains. That evening, the young lovers retreat to a candle lit ‘secret’ corner in front of a warm fire. “We have three days of paradise,” says Alicia, “we couldn’t have chosen a better safari. It was a last-minute booking and we got a really good rate.”

To illustrate the story of this legendary Eastern Cape farm, lodge manager Lara du Randt produces a photo album with before and after pictures. The gracious manor house, a national monument, was built in 1856, enjoyed a heyday, was left to ruin, and rose again as one of the most beautiful camps in South Africa. The name hails from a natural spring, the water of which became known as ‘de Goras’, a reliable resource that dates to the indigenous Stone Age tribes who lived here. Our game drives at Gorah are expertly interpreted by passionate guide Riaan Rall. The bulky nests in the common ghwarrie bush, he explains, are spun by caterpillars. For several months of the year, they feed inside these communal nests of leaves and silk, thereby protecting themselves from birds and other predators. Riaan is on a roll about larvae. He even finds them on the surface of an old kudu horn. A member of the clothes moth family, the horn moth feeds on keratin from the horns and hooves of dead ungulates.

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Bushveld comfort Our next destination is comfortable and cosy, almost completely hidden among Addo’s valley bushveld. The thatched cottages of Matyholweni Rest Camp are cleverly spread out. Matyholweni means “in the bush” in Xhosa and thicket hugs each unit in a tight embrace to enhance privacy. The atmosphere in camp is peaceful until the welcome committee arrives. A pair of confiding southern boubous emerging from the Karoo boer-bean outside our chalet are appreciated, thieving vervet monkeys not. Having been alerted to the mischief-makers at check-in, I am wide awake but cannot stop a lighting-fast fist from stealing a trout sandwich from the plate in front of me. That afternoon we self-drive the loops of the southern section of the park’s main game area. In no time we tick off four of the Big Five species. The buffalo especially are prolific. We marvel at a herd reclining in the spekboom like lazy dogs in the afternoon sun. I take some decent lion pictures, then we call it a day. It’s twilight time and the barbeque sans rascals beckons.

In the forest If this visit to Addo is to be marked by memorable botanical sightings, the coast coral tree is the crown jewel. The spectacular flagbearer of the forest biome at Woody Cape, its orange-scarlet flowers make a splash among the varied forest species. The coral tree can reach 20 metres under favourable conditions and there are some beauties in the reception parking area. Finding Umsintsi (Xhosa for coral tree) cottage can be quite a challenge unless you follow directions closely. Across the road from the entrance to the Langebos huts, you will see the “Bush cottage” sign. From there a 1,6-kilometre bush track leads to an odd, alternativelooking hut on six poles, formerly a Forestry Department lookout station for bush fires. Renovated to accommodate two people, it is an Adam and Eve retreat amid indigenous forest. From the upper deck, en suite bedroom, a 180-degree view across the canopy invites investigation of the short hiking trail among Outeniqua yellowwood, milkwood and white ironwood. With reduced

1 Matyholweni Rest Camp lies concealed among the thicket. 2 Big Five sightings like this magnificent black-maned lion is one of Addo’s drawcards. 3 The southern section offers views of the ocean. www.wildcard.co.za

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PARK IN THE SPOTLIGHT light levels in the dense foliage, as well as the lure of Knysna turaco and bushbuck, mine was a hush-hush hike. It’s the kind of secret space where loud noise is wont to disturb the fairies. If you’re up to more activity, lace up your boots for the 7 km Tree Dassie route through the Langebos section of the coastal forest.

My trio of Addo experiences could not have been more different, just like the diversity of this amazing park. Whatever your budget or requirements, Addo will deliver in abundance. If you just want to sit and watch that elephant at the waterhole, that’s fine, too. You’ll be in good company. /

Kudu bull in spekboom thicket

TRIP PLANNER Conservation fees R77 an adult, R39 a child, free with a Wild Card Matyholweni Rest Camp R1 771 a night for two people, R263 an extra adult, R132 a child. If you have a long journey ahead, visitors staying here may exit the park before gates officially open the next day, provided you inform reception. Umsintsi Cottage R965 a night for two people. Just before the village Alexandria, turn right at the signboard Kaba Valley. Follow the Woody Cape directions on a gravel road. Gorah Elephant Camp Check out www.gorah.com for special offers. Contact SANParks Central Reservations on 012-428-9111, www. sanparks.org. For Gorah, contact Hunter Hotels on 044-501-1111. 22 WILD SUMMER 2018/2019

ALL YOURS AT NARINA Narina Bush Camp is another way to experience Addo. This rustic camp at the foot of the Zuurberg Mountains is reached by a 45-minute drive outside the park from Main Camp. Check in at Main Camp no later than 15h30. Access to the camp on horseback is possible. Narina is situated in a forest and does not have large wildlife. The camp comprises four tents each with two single beds. There are braai facilities, a kitchen and lapa, but not electricity nor firewood. R1 529 a night for four people, R263 an extra adult, R132 an extra child. Book with SANParks Central Reservations on 012-428-9111 or www.sanparks.org. NEW ZUURBERG HIKE One of the walking trails in the Zuur­ berg section has been extended to

a five-hour, 12 km activity called the Doringnek Hiking Trail. The circular route, which departs from the Zuur­ berg permit office, includes a picnic spot along the way and passes Otto’s pool in which hikers may cool off on hot days. Drinking water, a sunhat and sunblock are essential, especially during summer. Hikers need to start by 12h00 to ensure you make it back in time for gate closure at 17h30. There is no charge for doing the hike but conservation fees are charged for entering the park. Only cash payments are accepted at Zuurberg, or you need a valid permit from one of the other sections of Addo. Activities which can be undertaken in this section include a shorter one-hour hiking trail and one-, three-, five-hour and overnight guided horse trails.

Addo Elephant National Park lies 45 km from Port Elizabeth. The closest entrance gate is Matyholwe­ni in the south. To reach the Main Camp, you can follow the access road through the park, about one and a half hours. Alternatively, from PE take the N2 towards Grahamstown. Take the Motherwell exit and follow the road through the town of Addo to reach the main gate.


Nature, your outdoor lounge

Marakele National Park: Camping from R288 for two. Safari tents from R1 231 for two. Reservations (012) 428 9111 E-mail reservations@sanparks.org www.sanparks.org


PARKS PROTOCOL

Keep it

Summer and beach breaks go together like buffalo and egrets. Play by the rules in these delicate ecological zones. By Janine Stephen

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BEACHCOMBER You can help keep our shoreline pristine by collecting rubbish on your walk or jog.


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eaches are pleasure grounds for human visitors, but finding a balance between people’s needs and good conservation practices is essential. Beach etiquette is simple. The rules are designed to keep everyone safe and to respect others and the environment. Park-specific rules apply to boat launching, water sports and swimming. For example, the gleaming jewel that is Diaz Beach, between Cape Point and Cape of Good Hope in the Table Mountain National Park, is out of bounds due to

dangerous currents. Swimming is always at your own risk and some parks, including CapeNature reserves, don’t allow swimming anywhere except where signposted. No-brainers include no fires except in designated braai areas, no music aside from the sound of the sea, and no alcohol in public places. Most reserves have a strict ‘no pets’ policy, though Table Mountain National Park allows dogs and horses on certain beaches with an annual permit. On Sedgefield Beach in Garden Route National Park, dogs are confined to ‘green zones’. Drones are a no-no in all national parks and commercial filming requires a permit.

COASTAL PARKS South Africans are blessed with a lengthy coastline that stretches west to east in a 2 798 km grin. Parts of this lovely smile are protected. Six national parks boast sandy shores (Addo, Agulhas, Garden Route, Namaqua, Table Mountain and West Coast), as do two Ezemvelo KZN reserves (Amatigulu and Umlalazi) and seven CapeNature beauties (De Hoop, De Mond, Goukamma, Keurbooms, Robberg, Rocherpan and Walker Bay).

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of floating plastic debris, is now the size of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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PARKS PROTOCOL

500 million tons of plastic will be produced annually by 2020

12 billion tons of this plastic will end up in natural areas by 2050 the equivalent of 100 million blue whales, of which only 10 000 to 25 000 are alive today

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of all the plastic ever produced still exists

90% of seabirds examined have plastic in their stomachs

Only 12% has been incinerated

Tyre pressure

The ban on recreational driving on beaches wasn’t universally popular when imposed in 2002, but has had dramatic ecological benefits. The 2018 Bird of the Year, the African black oystercatcher, was in real trouble in the 1980s. Along with other measures such as additional Marine Protected Areas, no vehicles on beaches meant fewer nest disturbances and chick casualties. Numbers are up to 6 700 birds. Other species, such as white-fronted plovers and ghost crabs, have benefited, too. Nature lovers support the ban increasingly on social media. “What kind of a moron churns up a pristine beach in a nature reserve? The driver of a white bakkie [registration number]. Idiot.” – Twitter

Quad bikes count as recreational vehicles. No plastic is fantastic

Beach litter is not always left by visitors. Marine life is under enormous pressure from floods of plastic pollution now floating in the world’s oceans. Much of this originates on land or from shipping, and travels by wind and watercourses to the sea. Currents carry plastic to the remotest corners. Flotsam and jetsam wash up everywhere. Park staff simply can’t keep up. Happily, anyone can help. Besides

Only 9% has been recycled

avoiding single-use plastic, look out for organised events, such as International Coastal Clean-up Day on 15 September, and do your bit. “Thesen Island litter a shocker,” one participant tweeted after a cleanup gathered 16 big bags of trash, 80 per cent of which was plastic. Or go ‘plogging’: jogging and lunging for litter at the same time. Then instead of sad tales of entangled marine life, we can see good-news tweets, too, such as this one: “Little shrimp playing ‘peek-a-boo’ with us along the shoreline of the #Umlalazi River.”

Off the hook

Fishing rules vary from park to park. No-take zones are there to ensure sustainability of fish stocks. Adhere to bag and size limits! Do not collect bait, or remove, damage or disturb any plants or creatures from beaches. SANParks has “always had a position of touching the Earth lightly and not leaving litter you bring into the park behind,” says SANParks communications head Janine Raftopoulos. Look out for PVC pipe disposal bins for used fishing line in certain areas, such as Nature’s Valley and Ezemvelo reserves.

Anglers must take away fishing line, bait boxes, plastic bags and old tackle.

SANParks employs local community members on Working for the Coast projects as part of the Expanded Public Works Programme. These temporary cleaning and rehabilitation jobs provide social investment in neighbouring communities. But there is so much to do that, fear not, picking up litter is not ‘stealing’ someone’s job. /

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See how many of our parks and reserves you can visit in a year – you could win free membership renewal. Visit www.wildcard. co.za to find out more. www.sanparks.org +27 (0)12 428 9111 1 Addo Elephant National Park 2 Agulhas National Park 3 Augrabies Falls National Park 4 Bontebok National Park 5 Camdeboo National Park 6 Golden Gate Highlands National Park 7 Karoo National Park 8 Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park 9 Knysna National Lake Area 10 Kruger National Park 11 Mapungubwe National Park 12 Marakele National Park 13 Mokala National Park 14 Mountain Zebra National Park 15 Namaqua National Park 16 Table Mountain National Park 17 Tankwa Karoo National Park 18 Tsitsikamma National Park 19 West Coast National Park 20 Wilderness national Park 21 |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

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PARKS CHALLENGE

WILD CARD

National parks,

8

RESERVES

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

and resorts

84

IAi-IAis/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park

Namibia

21

N 14

N 10

3

Upington

Augrabies Falls National Park

Orange

Orange

N7

13 N 14

Namaqua National Park

Conserve. Explore. Experience.

Springbok

N 10

N 12

15

www.capenature.co.za +27 (0)21483-0190 1 Anysberg Nature Reserve 2 Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve 3 Bird Island Nature Reserve 4 Boosmansbos Nature Reserve 5 Cederberg Wilderness Area 6 De Hoop Nature Reserve 7 De Mond Nature Reserve 8 Gamkaberg Nature Reserve 9 Goukamma Nature Reserve 10 Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve 11 Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area 12 Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve 13 Jonkershoek Nature Reserve 14 Keurbooms Nature Reserve 15 Kogelberg Nature Reserve 16 Limietberg Nature Reserve 17 Marloth Nature Reserve 18 Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve 19 Outeniqua Nature Reserve 20 Robberg Nature Reserve 21 Rocherpan Nature Reserve 22 Swartberg Nature Reserve 23 Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve 24 Walker Bay Nature Reserve

De

N7

Calvinia

Klawer

3 Lambert’s Bay

St Helena Bay

Saldanha Bay

NORTHERN CAPE

60

Olifants

Clanwilliam

West Coast 19 National Park

Citrusdal

WESTERN CAPE

11 N7

Robben Island

CAPE TOWN

2

Worcester Robertson

13

23 12

False Bay

Hermanus 15

Laingsburg

1

24

21

Oudtshoorn 17

8

10

4

Bontebok National Park 4 7

Heidelberg Breede

6

19 George Knysna

Swellendam

Agulhas National Park 2

N9

N 12

22

Breede

16

Cape Point

Gr

Beaufort West

N1

Table Mountain 16 National Park

N1

Karoo National Park 7

Tankwa Karoo National Park

18

21

Langebaan

17

5

N 12

N2

Tsitsika Nationa

14

18

Mossel Wilderness 20 Bay National 9 Knysna Park National 20 Lake Area 9 KM

0

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0861 GO WILD (46 9453)

wildcard@sanparks.org

Musina

N1

10

LIMPOPO

International: +27 861 46 9453 Fax: 086 502 6704

POLOKWANE Marakele National Park 12

GABORONE

Thabazimbi

Phalaborwa

Tzaneen

Mokopane

N 11

Modimolle

38

Bela-Bela

Botswana

Kruger National Park

Makhado

N 11

Limpopo

Mozambique

Limpopo

Mapungubwe National Park 11

Lydenburg

MPUMALANGA

N1

PRETORIA/ TSHWANE

N4

Rustenburg

Emelaheni

Centurion Midrand Sandton

Mahikeng

Mbombela

N4

Middelburg

MAPUTO Barberton

N 12

JOHANNESBURG

NORTH WEST

N 14

GAUTENG Vereeniging

Potchefstroom

N 17

N 11

Bethal

MBABANE

N2

N 12

Vaal

Vaal Dam N3

N1

Kroonstad

Welkom

Bloemhof Dam

19

N5

Glencoe

Harrismith 21

20

Ladysmith

6

4

Ladybrand

11

MASERU

Estcourt 8

16

13

Caledon

Orange N1

Vanderkloof Dam

14

Lesotho

N6

9

10

N2

Empangeni Tugela

BLOEMFONTEIN

NATAL

N 11

6

Golden Gate Highlands National Park Winburg

Kosi Bay Lake Sibaya

Pongolapoort Dam Lake St Lucia

12 KWAZULU-

2

Kimberley

N 12

17

Newcastle

Bethlehem

FREE STATE

N 10

Swaziland

Piet Retief

Volksrust

Vaal

N8

3

12

Bloemhof

Mokala 13 National Park

Mlilwane Mkhaya Game Wildlife Sanctuary Reserve 2

Ermelo

Klerksdorp

Vryburg

1 Hlane Royal National Park

5

3

Richards Bay

25 Tugela

24 1-2

N3

7

5

Howick

4

15 PIETER-

MARITZBURG 6

3

22 1 North Coast

Umhlanga

DURBAN Amanzimtoti

23 Orange

Kokstad

De Aar

18 Colesberg

Gariep Dam

N9

30

Middelburg

N1

Wild Coast

16

Cradock Mountain Zebra National Park 14

N9

14

18

At Ezemvelo, present your Wild Card + ID + confirmation letter.

N6

King William’s Town Bisho

N 10

N2

1

EAST LONDON

Grahamstown

Addo Elephant National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park

Port Alfred Algoa Bay

PORT ELIZABETH

N2 St Francis Bay

ss 9 20 Knysna National Lake Area 9

www.msinsi.co.za +27 (0)31-765-7724 www.biggameparks.org +268-2528-3943 / 4

KM

0

50

100

www.kznwildlife.com +27 (0)33-845-1000 1 Amatigulu Nature Reserve

EASTERN CAPE Queenstown

Graaff-Reinet 5 Camdeboo National Park

South Coast

Port Shepstone

MTHATHA

aufort West

e Knysna

N2

N2

N 10 N 12

Aliwal North

150

www.wildcard.co.za

200 KM

1 Hlane Royal National Park 2 Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary 3 Mkhaya Game Reserve

1 2 3 4 5 6

Albert Falls Dam Bon Accorde Hazelmere Dam Inanda Dam Nagle Dam Shongweni Dam

2 Chelmsford Dam Nature Reserve 3 Cobham Nature Reserve 4 Didima – Cathedral Peak 5 Garden Castle Nature Reserve 6 Giants Castle Nature Reserve 7 Harold Johnson Nature Reserve 8 Highmoor Nature Reserve 9 Hilltop – Hluhluwe Game Reserve 10 Mpila – iMfolozi Game Reserve 11 Injesuthi Nature Reserve 12 Ithala Game Reserve 13 Kamberg Nature Reserve 14 Lotheni Nature Reserve 15 Midmar DamNature Reserve 16 Monks Cowl Nature Reserve 17 Ndumo Game Reserve 18 Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve 19 Phongolo Nature Reserve 20 Royal Natal National Park 21 Spioenkop Dam Nature Reserve 22 Umlalazi Nature Reserve 23 Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve 24 Wagendrift Dam Nature Reserve 25 Weenen Game Reserve

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EXCLUSIVE TO WILD CARD MEMBERS

WIN A STAY Matyholweni Rest Camp A D D O E L E P H A N T N AT I O N A L PA R K

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estled among the thicket, the thatched cottages at Matyholweni have the feel of a real bush hideaway. It’s hard to believe the village of Colchester lies just on the other side of the park fence, making it a convenient stop for fuel and food. Each cottage has an equipped kitchen, en suite bathroom and air-conditioning for sultry summer days. The southern section of Addo Elephant National Park offers visitors matchless opportunities to view big game with the shimmering water of the Indian Ocean in the background. How to enter: Email the answer to the question below along with your name, contact details and valid All Parks Wild Card number to competition@tipafrica.co.za (subject line: Addo). QUESTION: What is the name of the village situated near Matyholweni Rest Camp?

Competition rules and terms The competition is open to valid All Parks Wild Card members only. The prize is a two-night stay for two people at Matyholweni Rest Camp in Addo Elephant National Park and includes accommodation only. The prize is valid until 30 April 2019, excluding weekends and school holidays and subject to availability. SANParks reserves the right to accept and award a booking at its sole discretion. The prize may not be exchanged for cash and is not transferable. Competition closes 31 January 2019. The lucky winner will be selected by a draw and informed by email. Members can check the website, www.wildcard.co.za, to view competition winners. 96 WILD SUMMER 2018/2019


From the sunrise game drive to campfire chats, every day in the Swazi bush is perfect for making memories. You’ll find there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy: hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, big game safaris and cultural experiences. Plus it’s just over four hours from Gauteng. MLILWANE: Beehive huts from R475 a person • Self-catering rondavels from R510 a person HLANE: Rondavels from R475 a person • Self-catering cottages from R505 a person

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