Friday, November 2, 2012

New Bank notes for SA

The establishment of the new banknotes to be released in early November 2012 is advantageous for tourism. It serves as a symbol of an icon that is well known and respected worldwide, namely Nelson Mandela on one side and the Big Five on the other. The second advantage is that it prevents the circulation of counterfeit money because of the improved security features.Tourists should familiarize themselves with the security features of the new banknotes in order to be able to identify their authenticity by utilizing the look, feel and tilt method.

The look: Identify the security, technical and design features incorporated both on the front and the back of the banknote. These features are the watermark, main motif, security thread, unique numbering, Coat of Arms, perfect print registration, micro-printingand the size of the new banknotes.

The feel: Feel the texture of the banknote paper. Some printing of the banknotes is raised from the surface of the paper. Intaglio, or raised printing, is a printing technique that gives the banknote a unique and rough feel, quite unlike the printing on a newspaper or book, which has a smooth feel to it. Raised printing is applied on the new banknotes on both sides of the banknotes.

The tilt: (Hidden/latent image); when you hold a new banknote almost horizontally to your eyes, the denomination numeral appears in the band below the image of Nelson Mandela.

South African Reserve Bank

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Rhino death toll climbs to 455

455 rhinos have been lost to poaching this year, according to the latest figures released by the Department of Environmental Affairs.
This total is already more than the figure for the whole of last year, when 448 rhinos were lost to illegal poaching activities.

The Kruger National Park has lost 272 rhinos to poaching. KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the North West provinces continue to be the hardest hit by poachers, collectively accounting for the loss of 150 rhinos. A total of 207 arrests have been made in connection with rhino poaching.

The department urges members of the public to report incidents of rhino poaching or any tip-offs that could lead to arrests and prevention of illegal killings to 0800 205 005

Article courtesy of Tourism Update

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Cure for Malaria?

Good news regarding the treatment of Malaria but we will need to wait a few years.

Researchers at the University of Cape Town have announced that they have made a huge breakthrough in research for a cure for malaria. They discovered a compound that has the potential to cure malaria in a single dose.
An effective treatment for malaria would have the potential to considerably boost tourism to the continent as the fear of contracting the disease remains a major deterrent to many tourists. This will be good for tourism to Africa.

So far, the drug has had a 100% success rate on animals. The next step in the research is to prepare the compound for human trials.
In addition to treating the disease, the compound might be able to block transmission of the parasite from person to person and could potentially lead to the eradication of the malaria altogether.

If the compound is successful, it is expected to be available on the market by 2020.

Dorine Reinstein- Tourism Update

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tours of South Africa- Exceeding Your Expectations Every Time

When planning your next holiday, why not choose to go on safari in South Africa? Here at Go Safari, we are well known by tourists and locals alike for being the company that offers some of the finest and most adventurous tours for South Africa and holiday packages to the best national parks in the country. We are a company that organises Safari adventures from the bookings of private game lodges to the organising of your itinerary (according to your specifications). We do everything in our power to make sure that your tours for South Africa meet-and exceed- all expectations EVERY TIME. Here are a few examples of some of the exciting tours for South Africa that we can organise for you:

Madikwe Game Reserve: 3rd largest game reserve in South Africa, bordering on Botswana, is only 3.5 hours drive from Johannesburg. Regarded one of the finest conservation areas in Africa, offering the Big Five and all the plains antelope, is also Malaria free. One of the leading tours for South Africa options.
Pilanesberg  National Park: 4th largest game reserve in South Africa and only 2 hours rive from Johannesburg. This is an ideal reserve for a short 2 or 3 day safari. Home of the big five and also Malaria Free.
The Kruger Park: The largest game reserve in SA. With its unique & unmatched biodiversity, 147 species of mammal, 492 of birds and 118 of reptiles, along with 628 types of trees, shrubs and grasses as well as thousands of insects, The Kruger Park is in a league of its own. No other national park in the world can offer this.
When it comes to tours for South Africa, we at Go Safari are the experts. We can make your visit to South Africa one to remember!

Stay in Private Lodges in Kruger
If peace and quiet is what you are after, then there are no better places to stay than the stunning lodges in Kruger. Private game lodges in Kruger are nestled in pure nature and surrounded by the animals. As you sleep you will be able to hear the roar of the lion and the pitter patter of the impala. Staying in private game lodges in Kruger will transform your holiday into something more amazing than you could ever imagine! Good food, 5 star accommodation, great game viewing and a stunning location make the private game lodges in the Kruger Park a safari to remember and a must visit on any visit to South Africa.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Looking for Lodges in Kruger?

The Kruger Park is the epitome of a great safari holiday. If you wish to stay at The Kruger Park and are looking for lodges in Kruger that will give you the best experience possible, then contact us at Go Safari. Go Safari only uses selected private game lodges in the Kruger Park and Greater Kruger Park or within privately owned Big 5 reserves. The entire “bush/safari experience” at these lodges is much better, being private game lodges, the main advantage is there are no public vehicles allowed so all your game drives are on special 4x4 open safari vehicles driven by field guides and on tracks and gravel roads. This allows much better animal sightings, you get closer to the animals and there is nothing more exhilarating than sitting on an open vehicle a few meters from a lion with no other vehicles spoiling the sighting. These lodges in Kruger can generally offer good game viewing as the field guides talk to each other and have a fair idea as to where the animals are and know where to look for which species.

Article courtesy To book your lodge in the Kruger contact Go Safari.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Photo weekender in Chobe

This package is sure to be a highlight on your summer calendar. Fine-tune your photography skills by using the latest camera equipment and be instructed by a top wildlife photographer in Chobe, Botswana in just one weekend. The bush is teeming with top-knotch game from crocs, hippos, elephants through to the big cats. You’ll have your own window seat and you get to take your image card home at the end of it. All-in-all it makes for a great bush weekend away.

Cost: US$1600 (approximately R12 800) a person sharing including all flights including taxes (bonus), transfers, dinner and breakfast, accommodation at Mowana 4 star lodge (double bonus), photographic equipment (triple bonus), eight game activities on a boat or vehicle, daily workshops by an expert photographer, refreshments and park fees.

To book this wonderful weekend contact Go Safari.

4x4 Trails in Kruger

One way to broaden your ‘bush horizon’ is to drive to remoter parts of nature using a 4×4. Getting off the beaten track in the Kruger National Park, to go where few people have been before will allow you to find secluded and wilder bushveld that is often not accessible to normal vehicles. This is an extremely relaxed trail that will allow you ample time to stop and look at game, take photos and get an overall bush experience. Camp under the stars in the bush amongst the animals. Trails can vary from 3 to 9 days and don't worry if you do not have your own 4x4 vehicle - we can hire a fully equiped vehicle for you.

Experience the bush as it is supposed to be.

Contact Go Safari to make a booking