Life in Balance and African Renaissance Productions are delighted to bring you a selection of short films about our natural world to amaze and inspire you. This is the first of a series. A new film will be posted at the beginning of each week.
Rooisand Bird Hide – opening the vistas to all
To celebrate the international year of Biodiversity and as a result of a generous collaboration amongst The Arabella Western Cape Hotel & Spa, Cape Nature, BirdLife SA, The South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), and Hangklip-Kleinmond Tourism the new bird hide at the Rooisands Nature Reserve in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is going to be a major draw card to the region for twitchers and novice bird watchers alike.
The Cape West Coast is a region rich in
biodiversity and one blessed with incredible
bird life. Langebaan Lagoon draws many a
twitcher (the name for an avid bird lover)
who travel here to view the many migratory
species that make their way to these shores
Exploring Bushmanskloof Wilderness Reserve &
Wellness Retreat, The Cederberg.
Take the N7 to Clanwilliam, and meander
your way for around 3 hours to enter a red
landscape that breathes out history in silent
exhalations from its epicentre.
There’s no doubt that “eco-lodge” is the new
buzzword, but just how can travellers be
sure that the latest, must-visit lodge is indeed
dedicated to the principles of eco-tourism
rather than merely exploiting the phrase
for financial gain? A little research and a
few questions can help ensure your lodge of
choice meets the criteria.
Do the terms fair trade, eco and sustainable
tourism evoke images of primitive facilities
far from civilisation, where cold-running water
is considered a luxury and the closest thing
to romance is sharing your sleeping bag with
the local arachnid and insect populations?