The Postcode Meerkat wide-area surveillance system was officially put into operation in the Kruger National Park at the end of January following completion of the first production model. The system was developed through a partnership between SANParks, Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) and South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
The new surveillance technology and specialised long-range optics installed in the Meerkat system can detect poachers operating under cover of darkness.
Entries have opened for SA Tourism’s fifth annual Lilizela Tourism Awards. Entries close on May 31 and the provincial awards will take place in September, followed by the national awards in October.
The Lilizela Tourism Awards are an initiative of the Department of Tourism, and spearheaded by SA Tourism.
Tintswalo Safari Lodge in the Manyeleti Game Reserve has added a two-bedroom family suite.
The Grant Suite is connected to the main lodge and offers two en-suite bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, a lounge with a private deck and a plunge pool. The suite can accommodate children from the age of nine.
Grant Suite guests can enjoy two game drives a day in a private game-viewing vehicle, a tracker and guide.
SANParks will launch its inaugural Tourism Investment Summit at The Maslow in Sandton on March 27.
Fundisile Mketeni, CEO of SANParks, said the summit would present new investment opportunities, attract developers and financiers, and profile national parks in South Africa as viable investment hubs.
It aims to attract key decision-makers in tourism investments, which include financiers, lenders, developers, tourism retail and services operators, bankers, investment advisers, real estate, property consultants, financial intermediaries, government tourism officials and media.
An additional R494 million (€35.81m) has been allocated for tourism promotion, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced in his 2017 Budget Speech on Wednesday.
The additonal allocation will be welcomed by industry that has long called for government to prioritise the sector.
Gordhan emphasised that tourism was one of the sectors that could be utilised to encourage investment. He said in order to boost investment in the short term, the government must give focused support to labour-intensive sectors, including agriculture, agro-processing and tourism-related services.
Tourism has been identified as a major economic driver in South Africa and other countries across the world. In a recent column, Sisa Ntshona, SA Tourism CEO, said unity and transformation were key to creating a sustainable tourism sector.
Limpopo is an ancient land of myth and legend that is broad, boundless and exquisite. She beckons with a mystic allure that travellers far and wide find impossible to resist. This is the land of the Golden Rhino, the Rain Queen Modjadji, The Kruger National Park, the proud and majestic Baobab Tree. Whatever your pleasure, whatever your game, come and experience the warm hospitality of our people, our mouth-watering cuisine, the diversity of wildlife, the vast landscape, history and a melting pot of cultures that is admirable.
Limpopo is a province of great diversity, offering a wealth of adventure, biosphere and cultural experiences.
Phalaborwa: Limpopo Province is once again poised to receive high volumes of visitors during the 12th edition of the annual Limpopo Marula Festival, especially due to the wide variety and high quality of activities lined up for the event this year.
PLANNING that important romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day can be hard, especially if you are a perfectionist.
But experts advise that getaways for couples should be fun, adventurous and more than just a few nights at a lodge. Jennifer Moller from Travel Counsellors said that couples should look for experiences they want to have before making that decision of booking a getaway.
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