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Update – December 2018 – Travelling in and out of South Africa with children.

Lynda
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It’s changing again ….. documentation requirements for travelling in and out of South Africa are relaxing …….but don’t take a chance! For some years there has been confusion, anger and many tears shed over the anti-child trafficking regulations that the South African government brought into being, which meant that every child leaving and entering South

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Schizo or Schisto – get your head around these little parasites

Lynda
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Schizo or Schisto ? Schistosoma flukes could have your brain confused, wondering why, where and what has caused your symptoms of diarrhoea, fever and a rash.  And it could be anything up to 3 months after you have been wading in a dam fishing, or have taken a dip in a river before symptoms appear

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Is there space for elephants?

Lynda
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Is there space for elephants? There are historical records to tell us that African elephants appeared about 4 million years ago – but there are less than half a million left in the whole of Africa today – and as you read this, another one will have been killed for its ivory tusks. In the

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Hammerheads in your Garden?

Lynda
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Called to “come and look at this!” at a friend’s house in Durban, there was this long, thin black looking worm with a distinctive hammer head, slithering and sliming its way across the bathroom floor. Eeuw!  What on earth is this?   Well, it seems that this is a flatworm that is native to Asia. However,

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Water, Elephants and Potjiekos

Lynda
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April 2016 Things are moving and shaking at Royal Jozini Big 6 Private Estate ! WATER – LAKE JOZINI – still moving down Although water levels are still very low in the lake (45.9% full at time of writing) there has been local rainfall and the bush is green and thriving. The summer of 2015/16

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To chew or to stew? More on those WORMS….

Lynda
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It was fascinating to research information about Mopane Worms as a valuable food resource for the previous article (To Chew or not to Chew). So when Frank Taylor, a man keen on all things wild, wrote to give us more information, we just had to pass this on to you. Mopane Worms are one of

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All you need to know about tick bites

Lynda
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Virtually every pet owner in southern Africa knows to be on the look out for symptoms of tick bite fever, especially in dogs. Known as Biliary, the dog will go off food, be listless, tired and have a fever (with later symptoms showing as pale gums). It is caused by a tiny parasite (Babesia canis)

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What to expect on your first trip to the bush

Lynda
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If you are about to go on your first trip to the bush, be it an independent trip or on an organised safari,  you may wonder what to expect. You’ve seen the Nat Geo Wild documentaries of lion kills and a cheetah at great speed hunting a gazelle. You’ve seen elephant herds and wildebeest migrations

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How do I take my pet on holiday across the border ?

Lynda
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As more and more hotels and guest houses become pet friendly, so more and more people are enjoying taking their pets on holiday with them. After all, most dogs and cats are part of the family. But if you want to take your pet out of South Africa, how complicated is that going to be?

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How fables bring strong messages home

Lynda
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Do you remember, as a child,  being read the story of Hanzel and Gretel?  It frightened the life out of me! Most “fairy” tales were truly scary (I had nightmares). We also sang ring a ring of roses, holding hands and skipping in a circle, little knowing that 400 years before, this little song was

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