Peace-of-Eden WildLife  EcoTours & Team Building 2011 
In this edition
Forthcoming EcoTours & Corporate WildLife Team Building Adventures in 2011
 
 
 
Not to be missed Marketing Opportunity offering Internaitonal Exposure
Happy New Year - hope 2011 is full of adventure & smiles most of the time and comfort when times are tough. I am excited to let you know about the WildLife EcoTours & Corporate WildLife Team Building Adventures in 2011. Get your diaries out and start planning!

Additional good news is that I have become a part of the EcoGuide team as the Regional Publisher for the Southern African edition. Consequently you have the opportunity to advertize in the fastest growing international Ecotourism magazine in the world! Advertizing in this magazine offers you Overseas exposure to over 100,000 travellers planning their next trip...to your Ecodestination...or to participate on your Ecotour?  Read more...

I know sometimes the costs of these trips seem too expensive, but I selectively chose special choosen accommodation venues, wilderness spaces, endangered animals and tribes. I work with researchers and guides who are ethical, knowlegable and care and respect the animals they bring us into close contact with. I cannot organize these experiences and offer you my expertise without charging something. But most importantly you are worth investing in yourself in this way. Follow your heart. Go for it.

 Looking forward to seeing you soon on one of these uniquely reflective, inspiring and adventorous experiences.

Enjoy & Take Care,

Mandy Young

Wild Dogs, Eles & Dolphins
26th February - 6th March, 2011
25th November - 4th December, 2011
 
At the beginning of the EcoTour we travel to Thanda game reserve, Kwa-Zulu Natal where wild dog research and tracking is one of the most exciting feature in a Reserve that also hosts the big 5 and an award winning Game Lodge. (Sadly we won't be staying in the luxury of the Lodge, our accommodation is more rustic, unless you feel like spoiling yourself?)


After days of tracking wild dogs we transfer to Pongola Game Reserve, where we live on the edge of an escarpment overlooking the Pongola river as it flows into Jozini dam. From here we enjoy panoramic sundowner views with wild life in abundance feeding on the green-grassed watery shores below. The main feature here are several families of elephants I know well. 

The last few endless days of this varied experience is highlighted by swimming with sociable, playful dolphins in their watery underworld off Mozambican shores.

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Maasai Warriors &  the Wildlife Wilderness experience of Beho Beho

24th June - 3rd July, 2011
A Corporate WildLife TeamBuilding Experience or EcoTour

We are a part of Nature, in fact us humans are one of the most sucessful and influential species in the world - for good and bad. Alienated from our earth-connected beginnings many of us live stressful, confused, boring city lives.

In order to change working environments and lifestyles that make us unhappy we need to return to our roots in nature to find some answers. A great place to begin is in the vast wilderness wildlife space of Beho Beho in the Selous Game Reserve. Here we can spend leisurely hours watching wild dogs, elephants, many buck species, cheetahs, leopards, lion, buffalo, rhino, hippos and the various bird, insect and animal species who know how to be happy in their natural habitat. It is possible to stay here for days without seeing any other human beings. We are uniquely accommodated in ‘bandas’ - local stone constructions, thatched in palm leaves, but with one wall totally open to the bush.

After 5 adventurous days at Beho Beho we transfer to northern Kenya to be inspired and equipped by the Ilingwesi tribe of the Maasai. Activities include weapon training, animal tracking,  medicine making from local plants & bush survival learnt whilst constructing shelters, finding water and making fire without matches! To be our facilitators the Ilingwesi combine as a tribal team and we learn much about connecting that fosters our own team building in an unforgettable, hands-on, take-home kind of way. Suddenly we find we are released again to dream our destiny with courage, confidence and a new-found competence. 

 
 
 
Baboon Walks, Cape Town
3rd Saturday of every month
 
One evening last week my husband made a great lamb curry. "Where is the rice, love?" he called. I had to rack my brain, I knew we had bought a packet that should have lasted many meals. "Oh yes", I replied, "Eric went off with it the other day". He began to laugh at my matter-of-fact response. How many people in the world don't have rice to cook for their supper because the Alpha male of the local baboon troop had invited himself into our pantry and exited not only with the rice, but leaving a messy trail behind him.

We feel so privileged to share space with these intelligent, comical and often conniving beings. We are definitiely prepared to forfeit a grain of rice of two for the enjoment of their company. However many people are scared of them, hate them, swear at them. Maybe because they remind us so much of ourselves. Wouldn't you help yourself to some tasty available protein-rich food that would give you the calories you needed for a whole day in one meal if you could instead of working hard all day to find enough veld food to survive? Heck, that one fortuitous meal means you can lie around, mate and get groomed.

If you want to learn a little more about yourself - your own truth, so that you can live with love, join us on a Baboon walk.

 
Naro Bushmen of the Kalahari, Vic Falls & WildDog Tracking in Hwange
3rd - 12th June 2011
Prestigious Corporate WildLifeTeam Building Opportunity or an unforgettable WildLife EcoTour
 
This Corporate Wildlife Team Building Adventure begins in the Kalahari desert withThe Naro Bushmen. When I first met them I knew I had been transferred back in time to an ancient wisdom that was teaching me how to live considerately with the land. They know how to laugh, love and hunt together: Rope for spring hare traps are made from 'mother-in-laws tongue'. Knowledge of medicine for fertility, to reduce fever, heal burns etc. are passed down from generation to generation. The Bushmen interpret the tracks in the sand and tell us the cheetah killed the gemsbok here after it veered to the right in full flight. They advise, people can be angry with one another, but not for too long, you need to work it out if you are going to live closely. They are one of the most ancient civilizations in our world today and we are not sure how much longer their heritage and lifestyle will survive as their land becomes encroached upon by agricultural, industrial and mining enterprises.  
 

After learning from them and laughing and tracking together we fly over one of the wonders of the world, the thunderous waters of the Victoria Falls. Other than walking in the rain forest alongisde this heart-wrenching, expansive waterfall we enjoy two unique evenings - the first watching the tribal dancers of the area and the second aboard an old steam train that trundles into the National Park. There is still more...

We travel to Hwange for 3 nights at Somalisa, a luxury tented camp on the edge of a frequently visited waterhole in the heart of the Game Reserve. We spend early mornings tracking and learning life insights from another endangered team - the African Wild Dogs or Painted Hunting Dogs as I prefer to call them. Our guide is Greg Rasmussen with over 20 years of Wild Dog Conservation experience who has established the most comprehensive WildLife Conservation Project I have yet to discover.

 
 
Klein Karoo Meerkats & Addo Eles

2nd - 7th September, 2011

There is a group of ethically habituated meerkats just outside of Oudtshoorn, in the Meerkat Magic valley where no manual indicated they existed until located by Grant McIlrath, the habituation master behind the series Meerkat Manor.  Grant has spent many patient hours winning the trust of these comical, endearing creatures and because they trust him we can walk with them as if in our own unedited wildlife documentary.
 

Our accomodation is at Bufflesdrift in tented luxury on the edge of a waterhole. At night we hear the buffaw of hippo laughter and in the evening we enjoy guided tours into the surrounding craggy, red-stoned Karoo wilderness where we may share our sun-setting sundowners watching a rhino or two or being watched by the curious down-their-long-neck-nose stares of giraffe. 

Sadly we leave but with the anticipation of more...Life is truly abundant as we enjoy gracious living and friendly hospitality of  Camp Figtree. What a view! Daily trips are taken into Addo elephant park to enjoy the antics of elephants, the roars of lions, perky-tailed warthog families and so much more.

 
Romantic Hikes & Dolphin Swims, Cinque Terre, Italy
30th September - 9th October, 2011
Ever been to Italy?
 
 
One of my favorite places in Italy is Cinque Terre, which true to its name, is five fishing villages clinging to coastal hillsides, connected by wandering walkways perched above the torqoise depths of the tranquil Medierranean Sea.  This experience offers time to frolic with friendly Bottlenose dolphins within the protected waters of a Marine Reserve.  Their endearing interactions offer to guests feelings of self-acceptance and heartwarming delight.
 

Days not spent with the dolphins are spent hiking between fishing villages experiencing Italian community, cuisine and passion.  Apparently the Meditteranean diet is the most healthy in the world and did you know the language originated from a poet, Dante - no wander the Italians are so poetic and romantic!
 
Whale Trail & Baboon/Marine/Star Trails, De Hoop Nature Reserve, Western Cape

12th - 16th August, 2011

The Whale Trail reaches 55 km from Potberg to Koppie Alleen in the Western Cape, and includes 5 overnight stops. There is an opportunity to explore the unsurpassed natural diversity of the De Hoop Nature Reserve, where endemic fynbos fragrances mingle with the salty sea air of this marine protected area. Hikers mingle & marvel not only at the abundance of indigenous plants and the scarce sightings of the last remaining western cape vultures, but become excited by the main visual feature...
 








...the whales! De Hoop is world-renowned as one of the best whale-watching spots, especially between June & December, when many of these gentle bathing giants give birth to their young just a mere kilometer from the beach.
 
 
Carnivore Week - Wild Dogs & Lions, Luanga Valley Wilderness, Zambia

25th March - 1st April 2011

Wild Dog Week has now been renamed Carnivore Week because 8 exciting, activity-filled days are spent not only observing several packs of monitored, researched African Wild Dogs in the Luangwa Valley, Zimbabwe, but also the lion prides that they interact with. This is a unique opportunity to not only observe and spend time with these two exciting animal species, but to have experts to help interpret their behavioral patterns and interactions.

The Luangwa valley, covering 9000sq.km and marks the end of the Great Rift Valley. It is one of the last unspoilt wilderness wildlife sanctuary's in Africa traveresed by the Luangwa River with her oxbow lagoons, woodland plains and valleys which draw a huge host of game - including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo & over 450 species of birds.

Your daily hosts are members of the African Wild Dog Conservation (AWDC) team which has been operating in Zambia since 1998 to conserve the endangered African Wild Dogs.  They will take you tracking and share many interesting research understandings of the animals in the area.

Daily we will digest & translate these unique wildlife experiences  during self-reflective discussion groups into tangible take-home teambuilding life insights.

 
Surviving with the Bushmen
Article written for Effective Living and Women on Top Magazines.

The small Cessna flew effortlessly over endless desert bush shrub, interrupted below by glimpses of ruler-white roads, a few square farm houses and several more rondawels with stick-like farm workers sitting on the steps.  Above, curdling grey skies with lumpy clouds looking like sub-standard mattress-stuffing, opened up, and we stretched towards the landing strip like a large grasshopper.  Neeltjie and her team were there to meet us.  We did not spend long saying hello, as we quickly lunched on mushroom quiche, dumped our travel bags in stone-brick chalets, took a longing drool at the cool pool waters, and then bundled into the game vehicle.  The Bushmen were waiting. 

A 20-minute drive and we were there.  We peered around two low bushes and awe-struck engaged eye-to-eye with bare-chested men, women, boys, girls, toddlers, wrinkled old people and babies.  They were animal-skin clad with soft leathery brown skin and protruding bottoms.  They were for real.  

  
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