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Vulture Conservation in South Africa

As southern Africa's only endemic vulture species, the Cape vulture population has been reduced to an estimated 2,900 breeding pairs across its range. Listed as 'Endangered' by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), breeding pairs of Cape vultures are no longer found in Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Namibia, and conservationists in South Africa are working hard at trying to prevent these magnificent birds from becoming extinct altogether. The biggest threat to vultures is humans, as the birds collide with power lines and wind-turbines, are poisoned - either accidently through veterinary medicines present in the carcasses they feed on, or deliberately as some landowners see them as a nuisance – and suffer from food shortages as humans encroach on once uninhabited land and land predators are displaced.

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Ramsar Wetlands: Barberspan and Blesbokspruit

Named for the city in Iran where the treaty was signed in 1971, the Ramsar Convention is an international treaty aimed at conserving wetlands deemed to be of economic, cultural, scientific and recreational value. South Africa currently has 21 RAMSAR recognized wetlands – Barberspan, Blesbokspruit, De Hoop Vlei, De Mond, Natal Drakensberg Park, Kosi Bay, Lake Sibhayi, Langebaan, Ndumo Game Reserve, Nylsvley Nature Reserve, Orange River Mouth, Seekoei-vlei Nature Reserve, St Lucia System, Turtle Beaches and Coral Reefs of Tongaland, Verloren Valei Nature Reserve, Verlorenvlei, and Wilderness Lakes.

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An Abundance of Quality Art at Durban's Art Galleries

With its temperate climate and laid-back vibe, Durban is one of South Africa's top holiday destinations. In addition to its spectacular beaches and entertainment options, Durban is a hub of culture with a host of museums and art galleries to explore, including the Natural Science Museum, Killie Campbell Africana Museum, the Old Court House Museum, Natal Maritime Museum, Artisan Gallery, Fat Tuesday, KZNSA, the Dodds Gallery, the Elizabeth Gordon Gallery, the BAT Centre and the artSPACE durban gallery.

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Whale Watching in Algoa Bay

Winter and spring offer plenty of whale watching opportunities along South Africa's coastline, and on the east coast Algoa Bay is one of South Africa's top spots for this exciting activity. Between June and October each year, southern right whales migrate from the icy waters of Antarctica to mate, give birth and rear their young in warmer waters, putting on a spectacular show of immense power and entertaining acrobatics. Humpback whales can be seen in the area between June and January, and Minke and Bryde’s whales are all year round residents of the bay and the ocean beyond, being particularly active at the end of summer as they take advantage of the annual sardine run.

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Martial Eagle Conservation in Kruger Park

Considered to be one of the world's most powerful avian predators, and the largest eagle in Africa, the martial eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus) is found in various locations throughout sub-Saharan Africa, including in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and Kruger National Park in South Africa. Although martial eagles are at the top of the avian food chain, their interaction with humans has resulted in a decline in numbers to the extent that they are currently listed as 'vulnerable' by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). Seen as a threat to livestock, these magnificent birds of prey have been poisoned and shot by farmers, while habitat destruction, reduction of prey and collisions with power-lines are other factors impacting on martial eagle populations.

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Bamboo: South Africa's Versatile Renewable Resource

Bamboo is gaining recognition worldwide as a valuable renewable resource that, in addition to having innumerable practical uses, has amazing carbon offset properties. Research reveals that a single clump of bamboo is able to absorb up to 1.7 ton CO² in a period of seven years, which is more than any other soil grown plant. Moreover, bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet and is relatively easy to grow. The list of products made from this versatile member of the grass family is seemingly endless and includes floor boards, counter tops, screens, furniture, ceilings, textiles, biofuel, paper, roof sheeting, food, beer, and much, much more. The commercial demand for bamboo is increasing as more consumers recognize the need to play their part in supporting renewable resources and minimizing their carbon footprints.

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Take a Hop-on, Hop-off Tour of Johannesburg – Part 2

Continued from Part 1

Located between the city centre of Johannesburg and the sprawling township of Soweto, Gold Reef City is an edutainment venue like no other. Visitors can take a stroll through a replica historic mining village, descend into an underground mine, and watch a gold bar being poured. The theme park features loads of exciting rides, some of which are definitely not for the faint-hearted. Other features of Gold Reef City are its casino, the Lyric Theatre, and The Town Square, a summertime venue for local bands.

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Take Time Out in Tulbagh

Located on the northern edge of the Breede River Valley in the Cape Winelands district of the Western Cape, the historic town of Tulbagh lies on land that was granted to Dutch and Huguenot settlers by the Dutch Colonial Government almost three centuries ago. When the town was later developed it was named in honor of Ryk Tulbagh, Governor of the Cape Colony from 1751 to 1771. With the majestic Winterhoek Mountain to the north, the Obiqua Mountains to the west, and the Witsenberg Mountains to the east, the unique geography of the area creates a Mediterranean-type climate perfect for growing grapes, and the valley of Tulbagh produces some of South Africa's best white and red wines, as well as top quality olive oil, peaches, pears, plums and wheat.

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