It is almost unthinkable that humans would wantonly destroy our planet through the careless manufacturing and discarding of plastic waste, and yet we are pumping tons and tons of plastic into our ecosystems on a daily basis, endangering not only the wildlife that depend on these habitats but also our own continued existence.
Celebrating South Africa’s beautiful wild places seems like a good way to spend Earth Day 2018, but isn’t it sickening to imagine landscapes like these buried under heaps of trash?
Addo Elephant National Park scenery
Sunrise over the lagoon at the main camp in Agulhas National Park
Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Breede River in Bontebok National Park
Camdeboo National Park scenery
Leokop and a lone paperbark tree in Chelmsford Nature Reserve
Dinokeng Game Reserve Scenery
Ezemvelo Nature Reserve Scenery
Diepwalle Forest, Garden Route National Park
Rondevlei in the Garden Route National Park, seen from the hide
Tsitsikamma coast, Garden Route National Park
Golden Gate Highlands National Park
Ithala Game Reserve
Sunrise on the Eastern Shores, iSimangaliso Wetland Park
Fever trees in Umkhuze Game Reserve
Karoo National Park Landscape
The scenic route through Kgaswane Mountain Reserve
View from Ted’s Place on the Sweni Trail, Kruger National Park
Easter Sunday Sunset over Loskop Dam Nature Reserve
Mapungubwe National Park scenery
Lenong viewpoint is up there, at the towers, in Marakele National Park
Midmar Dam Nature Reserve scenery
Mokala National Park
Scenery at Mountain Zebra National Park
Big herd of roan antelope on the floodplain at Vogelfonteinin Nylsvley Nature Reserve
View over the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve from Oribi Gorge Hotel
Mankwe stream in Pilanesberg National Park
Scenery at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden
Aloes in Queen Elizabeth Nature Reserve
Rietvlei Spruit in the Rietvlei Nature Reserve
Boulders scenery, Table Mountain National Park
Scenery at Cape Point, Table Mountain National Park
Giant’s Castle’s fresh mountain streams
Kamberg Nature Reserve
Reflections at Mahai, Royal Natal National Park
Mangroves lining the lagoon at Umlalazi Nature Reserve
Thank you so very much to everyone that voted for us in this competition. Without your support and encouragement this would not have been possible. We hope to continue sharing our love for South Africa’s wild places (and the creatures that find a safe haven there) with you for a very long time to come!
Our sincere congratulations to all the winners and runners-up in every category, and our thanks as well to the organizers and judges of the 2017 SA Blog Awards.
de Wets Wild was voted Best Environmental Blog in the 2017 South African Blog Awards
de Wets Wild was voted Best Travel Blog in the 2017 South African Blog Awards
If you enjoy de Wets Wild as much as we enjoy sharing our love for South Africa’s wild places and their denizens with you, please vote for us in the 2017 South African Blog Awards.
We’ve entered the categories for “Best Travel Blog” and “Best Environmental Blog”, and you are allowed to vote for us in both. Clicking on the badge below will bring you to the voting site. After voting, you’ll receive an e-mail requiring you to click on a link to confirm your votes.
But the war continues. The brave rangers working daily to protect our natural heritage have not yet given up hope, and neither should we. We’ll continue to do our part to spread the word that rhino horn has no medicinal properties, and by rights should really not be worth any more than fingernails!
Let us celebrate these prehistoric-looking beasts for the magnificent beings that they are, deserving of a place on this planet for eternity.
Thank you very much to everyone who voted for us. Without your support and encouragement we would not even have been mentioned in the list of deserving winners. We hope you’ll continue to visit South Africa’s wonderful wild places and marvel at our magnificent wildlife along with us for many more years to come.
In closing, we’d want to offer our sincere congratulations to all the winners in every category, and our thanks as well to the organizers and judges of the 2016 SA Blog Awards.
The sun has set on our tenth wedding anniversary, and of course we’re going to spend such an auspicious day in one of South Africa’s wild places. We’re exploring the new Dinokeng Game Reserve for the weekend, and we will tell you all about it in upcoming editions of de Wets Wild!