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July 24, 2012

Photo Essay - Lioness in Water

Lioness in Water
By Michael Lorentz
Mombo Island, Botswana

I returned mid morning to watch this lioness feeding on a giraffe killed two days before on the edge of a floodplain. As the day warmed up and her belly got full, the lioness retreated to the shade of some nearby trees. A flock of vultures were skulking on the surrounding trees and every time the lioness lay down, the vultures would swoop down to feed. Watching her kill being devoured in a pile of squabbling feathers was just too much for the lioness - she would come charging back across the floodplain, the birds exploding into the air. The look in her eyes in this shot clearly tells of her irritation and frustration.




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PROFESSIONAL CATEGORY WINNER - GRANT ATKINSON
July 30, 2012

July Photo Contest Winners

Thank you to all of our July photo contest participants! We had some stunning images submitted and have chosen the following winners:

Professional Winner: Grant Atkinson
Amateur Winner: Marlize Vosser
Under 17 Winner: Jamie Holmes (11yrs)

July 29, 2012

Chimp Trekking in the Virungas

By Richard Coke

Virunga National Park was getting back to normal after a terrible period of instability that saw Hutu rebels taking refuge in the park. Unfortunately the problems have flared up again. We feel very fortunate to have had a window of opportunity to visit

July 28, 2012

The Gorillas of the Virungas

By Michael Lorentz

The highlight of my trip to Virunga National Park was this encounter with mountain gorillas. I’ve always said that if I only had five days left on earth, I’d spend one of them trekking gorillas.

July 27, 2012

Inspiring Destination - Cape Town & Surrounds

Cape Town, one of the most beautiful cities in the world - an urban treasure, combines wonderful interactions with nature in the heart of a thriving metropolis against the backdrop grandeur of Table Mountain.

July 27, 2012

Introducing Safarious

Our very own, Michael Lorentz, is proud to report the launch of his latest venture – SAFARIOUS. This online community introduces the serious wilderness professional to the curious adventurer in a networking forum designed to unite all those who share a passion for the beauty and conservation of the natural world.

July 26, 2012

Property Pick - Birkenhead House & Villa

Birkenhead House & Birkenhead Villa
Hermanus, South Africa

Birkenhead House
A short distance from Cape Town, set high on the magnificent Hermanus cliffs overlooking Walker Bay, is the stately Birkenhead House. This stunning

July 23, 2012

Experience Pick - Kayaking in Walker Bay

Sea kayaking along South Africa's scenic coastline is exhilarating; the sense of freedom experienced while self propelling through the waters of the vast ocean expanse in unrivaled.

From June to December, Walker Bay is the kayaking hot spot. A truly magical experience as the Southern

July 22, 2012

Top 10 in Cape Town

We love Cape Town! A world-class city destination offering an extravagant array of wining, dining and adventure experiences within a hub of culture and history.

At a glance, here are PTA's "Top 10 To-Do's" a well-rounded insight into the diversity of the Mother City.

July 21, 2012

Video Pick - Virunga Crisis

After PTA’s March trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and more specifically experiencing the extraordinary Virunga National Park, we were incredibly touched by this video from the Chief Warden of the Virunga National Park, Emmanuel de Merode.

July 21, 2012

Photo Essay - Amboseli At Sunset

Amboseli, Kenya
by Michael Lorentz

Having spent a couple of hours in the afternoon with a herd of about sixty elephants on the edge of Lake Amboseli, I took this photograph just after five in the afternoon. The light was magical as the wintry sun