Afrikaans

Afrikaans is spoken in South Africa and Namibia. It is a West Germanic language and a daughter language of Dutch, originating in its 17th century dialects. While the number of total speakers of Afrikaans is unknown, estimates range between 15 and 23 million. Lekker dat jy die taal probeer praat! = Nice that you tried …

Nairobi

Photo: Francisco Anzola, Ambassadeur Nairobi is the capital and largest city of Kenya. The name “Nairobi” comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyrobi, which translates to “cold water.” Main street: Kenyatta Avenue! Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/7AukawSVHJiMQTBA6 In addition to its urban core, the city has Nairobi National Park, a large game reserve known for breeding endangered black …

Cape Verde

Photo: Rock pools Cape Verde is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. Located 570 kilometers (350 miles) west of the Cape Verde Peninsula in West Africa, the islands cover a combined area of slightly over 4,000 square kilometers (1,500 square miles). HeadlinesHow a mysterious ghost ship …

Maropeng, Cradle of Humankind

Photo: Flowcomm, Visitors’ Center The Maropeng Visitors Centre – maropeng.co.za – opened in 2005. The site comprises the Sterkfontein Caves, where about 35% of the world’s hominid fossils have been found. Maropeng means “the place where we come from.” The Cradle of Humankind is a paleoanthropological site about 50 km (31 mi) northwest of Johannesburg, …

Wild Africa

Photo: lukas.b0, Giraffe Planeta.com launches this guide to Wild Africa – the country’s biodiversity, wildlife, parks and protected areas and the opportunities for ecotourism and conscious local responsible travel. Questions What would locals like visitors to know about responsible travel and wildlife tourism in Africa? HeadlinesWhy Black Lives Don’t Matter in Kenya’s Colonial ‘Conservancies’ – …

Seychelles

Photo: UNEP Seychelles is an archipelago and country in the Indian Ocean. The 115-island country, whose capital is Victoria, lies 1,500 km (932 miles) east of mainland East Africa. With a population of roughly 92,000, it has the smallest population of any sovereign country in Africa. Natural WorldCousin is a 27-hectare granitic island located 2 km west …

Kirstenbosch

Photo: Flowcomm, Garden After the pandemic: places we would like to visit: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Key LinksSituated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, Kirstenbosch is internationally acclaimed as one of the seven most magnificent botanical gardens in the world.[email protected] Google Maps Embedded Tweets Elsewhere on the Webhttps://tools.bgci.org/garden.php?id=183?id=183https://web.archive.org/web/20080504105043/http://www.hort.wisc.edu/mastergardener/Features/botgardens/kirstenbosch/kirstenbosch.htm/botanicalsociety.org.za/ WikipediaKirstenbosch_National_Botanical_Garden is an important botanical garden nestled …

Madagascar

Photo: Stéphanie Carrière/IRD, Water Alternatives, Irrigated Landscape Madagascar is an island in the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of southern Africa, east of Mozambique. It is the fourth largest island in the world. The capital is Antananarivo. [email protected]@[email protected]@ilemadagascar Tourism Portalsmadagascar-tourisme.com – @ilemadagascar Parksfapbm.org/en – @FAPBMMarojejy National ParkMadagascar’s Marine Jewel – the Barren Isles archipelago …

South Africa’s 2020 Biodiversity Research and Evidence Indaba

Poster This week South Africa hosts the 2020 Biodiversity Research and Evidence Indaba under the theme “Ecological restoration and scientific capacity for the post 2020 agenda.” Hashtag: #BiodiversityResearch2020 Key LinksDepartment of Environment, Forestry and FisheriesMedia releases Questions What are the key take-aways from the event? Are videos available from the event? Are resources / publications …