Dinokeng’s Responsible Tourism, Gauteng

Dinokeng is a destination that has it all. Just west of Pretoria, it has a large Big Five game reserve, it has authentic experiences in townships, rich birdlife, quaint villages like Cullinan and plenty of accommodation. Now it has another asset – its great feel-good factor thanks to its responsible tourism credentials. more

De Zeekoe Fair Trade Farmstay, Oudtshoorn

Close to Oudtshoorn you’ll find a farmstay that boasts rustic accommodation as well as luxury, that is ethically run and where you'll see plenty of birdlife. The most compelling attraction, though, is the famous habituated meerkats. Go and watch them wake up one morning. more

Bontebok and blesbok

Bontebok and blesbok are two similar but distinct antelope species that came close to extinction. These colourful beasts – especially the bontebok – owe their continued existence to a few stubborn landowners, some fences and one of the first examples of a South African conservation ethic. more

Baboons

Baboons are some of the most widespread primates in South Africa. Here you’ll mostly see the Chacma baboon. What is interesting about them is how very intelligent they are. They learn fast, and along the Cape coast, often eat seafood – or brain food. And they’re very entertaining to watch. more

Wildlife conservation safaris

Wildlife conservation safaris offer a fascinating behind-the-scenes insight into the life and work of wildlife veterinarians and park ecologists. Your safari helps to fund vital conservation work for individual species, and you’ll get an experience you’ll never forget. more

Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden, Mpumalanga

The Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden, set in a forested reserve between Nelspruit and Barberton, has brought hope, peace and some degree of normality to dozens of traumatised chimpanzees from all over Africa. Visiting the sanctuary is a moving and uplifting experience. more

Blue duikers

Blue duikers, with their otherworldly little Javanese faces and secretive ways, are among the smallest antelope in the world. Hardly larger than a scrub hare, they live a secretive life in forests and thickets. But there is a place where you’re practically assured of a sighting. more

Caracals

Caracals, which are very similar to the lynx cats found in the Northern Hemisphere, live secretive lives, mostly emerging in the early dusk to hunt. They are fearless and athletic, their well-developed hindquarters aiding their jumping and climbing abilities. These cats think nothing of bringing down prey far larger than themselves. more

Bushbabies

Bushbabies, also known as galagos, are sweet, furry prosimians that are more closely related to Madagascan lemurs than normal monkeys. With their oversized eyes they hunt for food at night – mostly insects, leaves and tree gum. But it’s by their eerie wails at night that resemble a ghostly crying baby that you’ll first encounter them. more

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was declared in 2000, formalising an ecological entity that was already there. Tourists loved it, but this inspiring wilderness has given rise to something more. Now there are ideas of linking this gigantic conservation areas to others nearby. Desert ecology and tourism will be the winners. more

Sustainable seafood

Sustainable seafood is only a text message away. If you find yourself in a seafood restaurant and want to make an eco-smart choice by ordering something sustainably harvested, all you have to do is consult the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative – and it’s at your fingertips. more

Biodiversity in South Africa

South Africa’s biodiversity springs from the wealth of its ecosystems. An incredibly long coastline, craggy mountains, species-rich deserts, elephant-friendly thickets, montane forests, treed savannahs along with the incomparable Cape Floral Kingdom makes this one of the world's naturally richest countries. more