Why Not to Ride an Elephant – A Child Explains

Why Not to Ride an Elephant – A Child Explains

Last week we hosted visitors from the United States. They were on a countrywide tour and were in the Eastern Cape to visit our famous Addo elephants. Their highlight, they explained to us, was sure to be the elephant back safari they had booked. I bit my tongue – clearly they did not know how cruel this is to elephants.

 

We too have ridden elephants. It was only when we met Lara Mostert, avid animal rights activist and owner of Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani near Plettenberg Bay, that we gained some in depth knowledge on what constitutes a true animal sanctuary, and how we can all make a difference by being responsible tourists who refuse to support facilities that place economics above ethics.

 

So if elephant back riding is cruel to elephants, how can it be that it is so popular among both tourists and locals? I guess it must be from a lack of information and education as surely most people would not knowingly support cruelty to these majestic and magnificent creatures.

 

When Cian was in Grade 6 last year, he was tasked with preparing an oral to persuade his audience about something he felt strongly about and he chose to tackle the topic of elephant back riding. His words are simple and emotive and I’ll bet they will cause you to think twice before you head off to ride an elephant.

 

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Cruising PE’s Islands with Stampede Cruises

Cruising PE’s Islands with Stampede Cruises

Have you ever noticed a swish looking catamaran cruising along Port Elizabeth’s promenade? We certainly have, and have been itching to be the ones on board, watching the city from the water.  So we booked ourselves tickets on Stampede Cruises and headed down to the harbour on a perfectly still and sunny PE morning.

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The Magic of the Knysna Forest – Camping at Diepwalle

The Magic of the Knysna Forest – Camping at Diepwalle

There is something truly magical that lives in-between the oxygen particles in forest air. Because you can’t see it, it’s hard to put your finger on. But as soon as you start to breathe in the air, a sense of peace and oneness with the world overcomes you.  This ethereal sense of wellness becomes more concentrated the larger the trees and the bigger and older the forest.  Which is why we chose to start our year deep in the middle of the Knysna forest.

 

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#17Adventures – How Did We Do?

#17Adventures – How Did We Do?

One year ago, we published an open letter to the universe, putting our travel dreams out there in the hope that they would morph from happy imaginings into something a bit more tangible.

 

According to Rhonda Byrne, The Great Secret of Life is the law of attraction. The law of attraction says like attracts like, so when you think a thought, you are also attracting like thoughts to you. Thoughts are magnetic, and thoughts have a frequency. As you think thoughts, they are sent out into the Universe, and they magnetically attract all like things that are on the same frequency. Everything sent out returns to the source – you.

 

This year, we put Rhonda’s theory to the test and the Universe delivered tenfold. Perhaps not always in the exact form we had imagined, but pretty darn close. So, on a scale of 1 to 17, how did we do?

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5 NEW Adventure Activities to do in Port Elizabeth This Summer

5 NEW Adventure Activities to do in Port Elizabeth This Summer

If you live in PE, are visiting for the summer holidays or are thinking of visiting Nelson Mandela Bay, this one is for you. The cosmic gods of adventure have aligned and bestowed upon us lucky friendly city people a whopping 5 incredible brand new family activities to delight and entertain us all.

 

So round up your kids and get ready for a holiday full of fun, new things to do for the whole family!

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