Bulungula

Bulungula

 [Pascal Bennet ]

Situated on one of the world’s most beautiful, unspoilt beaches in the heart of a traditional Xhosa village, the eco-friendly Bulungula Lodge has been described as “spectacular” by the Lonely Planet and “one of the World’s ultimate ethical travel experiences” by The Rough Guide.  read more HERE

Wild Coast – Easter Cape, South Africa

Inspire me #12

Inspire me #12

[Green Renaisance]

“Madiba – your legacy will live on.   You will always inspire us –   thank you.”   Green Renaisance

 

One in a Thousand

One in a Thousand

[Green Renaissance]

“The Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve is part of the Ponta do Ouro-Kosi Bay TFCA, Africa’s first marine TFCA and part of the Lubombo TFCA.   Around 77% of the marine turtles monitored in Mozambique nest in the Marine Reserve.   It is thus the most important leatherback and loggerhead turtle nesting ground along the Mozambican coast.  What makes the Marine Reserve’s turtle monitoring programme all the more exciting, is that it links up with the turtle monitoring programme of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site, that is now in its 43rd season.  Good news for turtles!” [Green Renaisance visit their site HERE]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Winds may be rising
  • It walks up the beach, plodding
  • You are absolutely awestruck
  • Maybe they’ve been doing it for 60 millions of years
  • It’s something that you don’t forget
  • It knows exactly what its going to do
  • It builds a nest
  • It carefully crafts a hole
  • It lays its eggs
  • Its beyond comprehension how this can actually happen
  • In the wild, naturally
  • Thousands of hatchlings
  • Entering the water
  • All sorts of things
  • Making good progress
  • Numbers are increasing
  • A huge responsibility
  • We’ve made a difference

 Read more about this Marine Conservation Project  HERE

 

 

Makeba, makes my body dance for you

Makeba, makes my body dance for you

 [JAINVEVO]

Jeanne Galice, known professionally as Jain, is a French singer-songwriter. Her debut album, Zanaka, was released in November 2015. 

Makeba, is an ode to the South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba, read more HERE

 

Join the Treevolution

Join the Treevolution

 [Green Pop Treevolution]

In March 2017, Greenpop will be hosting their 7th annual Reforest Fest in the ancient Platbos Forest Reserve. But this isn’t just your ordinary festival! It is a chance to (re)connect with yourself, your fellow humans and with nature, help plant thousands of trees, dance to amazing live music, learn from eco-workshops, eat delicious food and much more. Last year, Greenpop planted 8.000 trees and this year they aim to plant another 8.000 trees ! Join them for a weekend of positive action and celebration ! Read more HERE

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Leaves under your feet
  • The dappled light through the trees
  • That you’re not just simply here on this earth
  • To go to work
  • To answer phone calls
  • To accept a more purposeful call
  • The wilderness
  • Just be in nature
  • Dance beneath the moonlight
  • Under a blanket of stars
  • Expand your mind
  • Use your imagination
  • Create something beautiful
  • Be part of replanting a forest
  • Growing a legacy
  • Reconnect with nature
  • Magic happens
  • Get back to your roots
  • Re-grow the southern most forest in Africa

platbos-indigenous-forest

Platbos.co.za
I wrote this song for you

I wrote this song for you

 [Jeremy Loops]
Jeremy Hewitt, (born 4 March 1984), known by his stage name Jeremy Loops, is a South African  singer and songwriter.

I’ve been warm and I’ve been cold

It’s been drifting in my bones

It’s been a long long year

Another time another place

It’s been happening every day

It’s just good to have you here

Seen you know some things

And you’ll stretch them on

What you didn’t I know

What you did I sa-a-w

And what you see that I didn’t know

Now, What you told me to…

You watch out

See I wrote it for you

See I I wrote it for you for you and you and you and you and you and you and you and you and yoooooo

Say you walk, you take and stroll

down the way to the sun

So close to your heart

And it will take you alive

It will burn you up inside

But you know there’s – going home

See I wrote it for you

See I See I wrote it for you

Cause you told me to Cause I told you to

See I wrote it for you  See I wrote it for you

See I Cause you sing it out

Sing it out

Remix

 
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Africa’s Hippest City

Africa’s Hippest City

[Calvin Thompson]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • A popular destination for markets
  • People have returned to their roots
  • By shopping local again
  • Quite a number of years ago
  • Fast on their tracks
  • By the ocean
  • Very vibby and very relaxed
  • People that are trendy
  • It’s got longevity about it
  • A diversity of people who are really good at what they do
  • Cape town  itself is quite diverse
  • Grundy amazing style
  • On a wine farm
  • Drinking craft beer
  • Hand-picking your wines
  • Instead of shopping at malls nowadays
  • A commercial space
  • Going where the locals go
  • People to meet
  • Make friends

 

 

 

Missing Africa #2

Missing Africa #2

[Gauteng Tourism Authority]

Maboneng a place of inspiration

An urban neighborhood where residents, businesses and visitors are part of a growing tribe connecting the heart and essence of the city of Johannesburg in South Africa.  Read more here

Click on links below to see my photos from Maboneng :

Africa 1Africa 2Africa 3Africa 4Africa 5Africa 6Africa 7Africa 8

 

Love can

Love can

 [Shaun Jacobs]

Shaun Jacobs, South African singer and songwriter. Listen to more of  Shaun’s songs here

“Love can”

Love can cross borders and love can break walls
Love can unbind us, love can define us
Love can see through what our eyes can’t undo
Love got me thinking love can do anything

Take my hand

It’s not that we’re lost

We’re just plotting a different course than we initially thought

We are free

When we’re on our knees

Put your hand in mine

We’ll make it in time you’ll see

Love can cross borders and love can break walls

Love can unbind us, love can define us

Love can see through what our eyes can’t undo

Love got me thinking love can do anything

Come with me

We’ll find what’s in store

For the heart that is bursting, the soul that is thirsting for more

We are free

Come and see

We’ll make it in time, we’ll find everything we need

Love can cross borders and love can break walls

Love can unbind us, love can define us

Love can see through what our eyes can’t undo

Love got me thinking love can do anything

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Missing Africa

Missing Africa

[Mercedes Benz SA]

If you’re looking for the complete coastal forest experience, Tsitsikamma, in the Eastern Cape has to be on the top of your list. Walk through the ancient forest, chill on the beaches, kayak up rivers and hike some of the most famous trails South Africa has to offer.

Did you know?

Tsitsikamma has the longest slide in South Africa, it is 211m and 50m above ground zero.

The Tsitsikamma National Park forms part of the greater Garden Route National Park. The area is covered by large areas of forest as well as commercial plantations and fynbos. There are also many rivers in the area that have carved deep gorges into the mountains as they wind their way from the plateau to the sea. With a pleasant climate all year round, this is the perfect place to get your adventure on.

Why not leap off the world’s highest commercial bungee jump at Bloukrans Bridge? Or take a idyllic kayak up the Storms River? How about a bird’s-eye view of the forest with a canopy tour? Or an breathtaking hike along the Otter Trail or Dolphin Trail? Why not do it all?

If you love nature, the coast and all that goes with it, then you’ll love Tsitsikamma. With an abundance of bird and marine life (not to mention the cheeky Cape Otter), you can really get in touch with nature.

The Tsitsikamma region of the Western Cape stretches from the Bloukrans River in the west to Eerste Rivier in the east, and from the Tsitsikamma Mountains in the north to the Indian Ocean in the south.

It’s also the largest marine reserve in South Africa and is home to an ancient indigenous rain forest with 116 types of massive trees, including the giant Outeniqua yellowwood tree. There is a great walk that leads to a very special yellowwood called “The Big Tree”. This wooden giant is estimated to be over 800-years old, stands 36.6m high and has a circumference of almost nine metres, it’s not called “The Big Tree” for nothing.

With activities, shops, accommodation and tour operators all readily available, there’s no excuse not to have a go at one of the many, exhilarating and breathtaking adventures on offer. Read more HERE

Map of the area :

msmap

One of the best hikes in the world ! Read more HERE (besthike.com)

Heaven in you

I left you

Then I kissed you on my return

And I watched you

From every corner and every curve

And I wonder

Was it all a blessing or all a curse

But you’ve proven to me

Look at how far we’ve come

Man look at how far we’ve come

Oh oh oh oh I know its true

Oh oh oh oh I know its true yeah

Cause I found a heaven in you

Yeah I found a heaven in you

Oh oh oh oh I know its true

Oh oh oh oh I know its true

I found a heaven in you

I found a heaven in you

Not a doubt in my head

Not one little shadow no

Or love just instead

I think that I found the one I mean,

How could I not

When every picture we’re in makes my heart stop

Yeeaah oohh

Man you take me so higher

Yes you get me so inspired

Oohh you take me so higher

Yeah you get me so inspired

Oh oh oh oh I know its true

Oh oh oh oh I know its true yeah

Cause I found a heaven in you

Yeah I found a heaven in you

 

He is one of the pride

He is one of the pride

[60 minutes]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • This is not a circus act
  • Work with captive lions
  • The lions are his equals
  • They rarely take orders
  • He can break every established rule
  • Interacting with these big cats
  • You should never ever turn your back on them
  • They lovingly greet you when come back
  • A truly social cat
  • The biggest misconception is mindless man-eating killer
  • They are designed to kill cause that is how they’ve evolved
  • The truth be known
  • They would rather run away than confront

More about Kevin Richardson

After graduating with a BSc degree, Kevin began his career in exercise and post-operative rehabilitation. He made a dramatic career switch when he was given an opportunity to work with lions at a local lion park.

As a self-taught animal behaviorist, he has broken every safety rule known to man when working with these wild animals. Flouting common misconceptions that breaking an animal’s spirit with sticks and chains is the best way to subdue them, he uses love, understanding and trust to develop personal bonds with them. His unique method of getting to know their individual personalities, what makes each of them angry, happy, upset, or irritated-just like a mother understands a child-has caused them to accept him like one of their own into their fold.

Kevin’s unique relationships with these large predators have opened many doors and captivated the imagination of many people throughout the world.  He has presented and produced several documentaries that detail his relationships with the animals and highlight the plight of lions both in captivity and in the wild.

Kevin has also written a book appropriately named, “Part of the Pride” detailing his work over the years with the large carnivores and is now affectionately known by his fans worldwide as “The Lion Whisperer”.

Read more HERE

Have passion Take chances

Have passion Take chances

[Sprite]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • I started painting murals at the age of 17
  • Everywhere I go it’s been a blessing
  • Visual aspects
  • That is what I love so much about South Africa
  • I’m an artist I didn’t really fall into the bracket of a street artist or a graffiti artist
  • You’ve just got to keep on going
  • A mural has a lifespan
  • It could last for 10 years
  • Create a style that will be acceptable to the community
  • Getting beaten up on the streets
  • People are misunderstood about why they do graffiti
  • We have a passion and we take chances
  • I could create a beautiful piece
  • Just remember your roots
  • And giving back is what it’s all about
  • At the end of the day when you leave, you give back, that’s all
  • You can’t take anything with you,
  • Push the scene, push the culture, push the positivity
  • Let it inspire you
Leave your legacy in Africa

Leave your legacy in Africa

Rhino Africa

Rhino Africa was founded on a passion for the people, wildlife and spectacular landscapes of Africa. For over a decade, we have been tailor-making experiences for our guests from all over the globe. Come join us on our journey, and leave your legacy in Africa.

Three years in the making! This drone video captures the best footage from the most beautiful corners of Africa. Dramatic, stunning and magnificent, this video is a true reflection of this very special continent.

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A place of miracles

A place of miracles

singita.com
Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :
  • Singita’s philosophy is to protect large tracks of land for future generations
  • To preserve and to protect them
  • Nature has evolved over millions and millions of years
  • One of the golden rules in conservation management is that you can’t reverse a process in one day
  • You are seeing business today being run with a much shorter time frame
  • With less strategic thinking than ever before
  • We have built this business block by block
  • To ensure that nature is left to itself, that man does not interfere
  • We have to intervene very quickly, to ensure that areas are protected for the long-term
  • It so incredibly authentic to come to Africa
  • People say to me that they go home looking at life very differently
  • It impacts on you on a spiritual basis, on a physical basis, on a sensory basis
  • There is a  sense of well-being
  • We will only take on new projects if they are as good, if not better, than our existing product offering
  • We look for these painstakingly
  • They are rare they are difficult to find
  • We are building a legacy
  • And that legacy we hope will endure for a long time
A map of the region :

Map of Singita

For further information visit Singita HERE
I didn’t want to – to leave you down south_

I didn’t want to – to leave you down south_

 [Jeremy Loops]
Jeremy Hewitt, (born 4 March 1984), known by his stage name Jeremy Loops, is a South African  singer and songwriter.

“Down South”

(feat. Motheo Moleko)

[Chorus: Jeremy Loops]

I didn’t want to, to  leave you down south

When I said that I will call you, squeeze you a little bit of love

I didn’t want to but it’s good to see you

Tell me how you’re doing

I didn’t want to leave you down south

When I said that I will call you, squeeze you a little bit of love

I didn’t want to

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