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New requirements for children travelling to South Africa

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Following the publication of the Immigration Amendment Act, new requirements are coming into effect on 1 June 2015 that will impact any cross-border travelling with children under the age of 18.  [Note: The effective date was originally published as 1 July 2014, but has now been extended to 1 June 2015.] The Summary Parents tr

A week-end at Buffelshoek

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The joy, and the challenge, of visiting a game reserve is the unpredictable nature of animal sightings. A recent guest at African Ivory Route’s Buffelshoek Camp who is a veteran bush visitor sent us this magnificent selection of images, taken over two days while on game drives with our guides. His comment was that this [&h

!Xaus Lodge is FTTSA-certified

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!Xaus Lodge have received the coveted FTTSA certification. FTTSA (Fair Trade in Tourism in Southern Africa) is a quality management system that has assessed the Lodge’s performance on the following factors, considered important to Fair Trade: 1. Legal and General Requirements 2. Labour Standards 3. Human Resource Practice

The economies of distance

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The distance your bed linen treks to be laundered is part and parcel of bushveld logistics says Glynn O’Leary, CEO of Transfrontier Parks Destinations (TFPD), when talking about the peculiarities of a bushveld supply chain. My heart sinks every time I have to fill in a form. Physical address? Area? Surely these are simple qu

Ellen Bok accepts Imvelo Award on behalf of !Xaus Lodge

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When she stepped onto the stage at Melrose Arch to accept !Xaus Lodge’s Imvelo Award for Responsible Tourism (Best Practice economic impact category for independent operations), Ellen Bok represented the community owners of this extraordinary success story. Ellen is head Chef at !Xaus Lodge, which is a private concession in th

How to get from Phalaborwa to the Mozambiquan coast – without tears

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Based on various requests recently, here are comprehensive details on travelling by road from Phalaborwa and to Bilene, on the coast in Mozambique.  Through Kruger National Park to Giriyondo Border Post:  Enter Kruger National Park at Phalaborwa gate. Travel in the direction of Letaba Restcamp – Distance is 50km. Travel