The Rhino Africa Blog


Archived entries for  February 2014

The Most Endangered Mammal of Them All


Every family has one. The black sheep that the rest of the clan hasn’t quite figured out. Outliers exist in the animal kingdom too and among primates, there is no contest of who earns the title: lemurs.  These endearing creatures are known to digress from the established practices of their kind. A perfect example is […]

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We Found Love in the Market Place

EarthFair Food Market

Conveniently, Rihanna wrote a song that’s perfect for this story; “We found love in a market place.” Before the Riri fans go on a riot, I concede that those aren’t the exact lyrics but the original doesn’t make sense in the context of this story so I’m my sticking to my version. Before embarking on […]

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My Trip | The First Sip is the Deepest

My Trip: Thomases

I’ve never met Mark and Anne Thomas but I’m ninety nine percent sure we’d hit it off. They like travelling. I like travelling. They like wine. I like wine. Their surname is Thomas. My surname is Thomas. At this juncture you may be thinking that ours would be a surface level friendship. To counter that […]

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South Africa’s Big 5 Mountain Bike Trails

The Mountain Biker

Mountain bikers, I’ve discovered since joining the tribe, are a whole other breed of people. A unique species of human whose values, customs and appearance differ drastically from those of, say, urban cyclists. They have some fairly weird jargon, for one; shouting things like, “Give it horns!” as their muscled flanks in skin-tight second-skins push them up […]

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Where Rhinos Picnic: Cape Town & the Winelands


In my earliest picnic memories, light-haired limbs and blonde and brown ringlets roll over each other down endless grassy hills in bollemakiesie races. They flip upside down in handstands, curls washing the earth. Longer limbs chase us, dribbling a ball low across the field. Large hands take ours and lift us onto strong backs. And when […]

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Rhino Africa: In a New York State of Mind

Rhinos at the New York Travel Show

We’re in the business of making dreams come true; it’s hard but someone has to do it.  It’s therefore natural for us to go to the ‘concrete jungle where dreams are made,’ whenever the opportunity strikes and the New York Times Travel Show more than qualifies as an excuse to pack our bags. To get […]

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My Trip | In the Heart of Africa

My Trip | In the Heart of Africa

Anne and Mark Thomas, two uprooted Americans who now call Abu Dhabi home, travelled with us through our bombshell consultant Chantelle last year. After Cape Town and Kruger they stopped in Zambia. Sailors, racers, travellers… and so much more, they’re quite capable of telling this story. So I’ll let them take you to Africa for a change. Read their stories, […]

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My Trip | From the Zambezi to “Ka-ka-na-ka”

Inside Africa

Meet Andy and Fran Browne, two retired American gringos (their words) living in the wild coastal reaches of Playa Hermosa, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Married for 38 years, the couple had often dreamed of coming to Africa, to explore a wilderness of a different kind. And so, late last year, they did just that. Planning and booking their trip through our senior consultant, Helen, […]

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Rhino Africa’s Top 5 Cape Town Restaurants & Bars 2014

Top 5 Cape Town Restaurants & Bars 2014

It being 14 February, we dedicate this year’s foodie list to the romantics of the persistent kind. The crazy beautiful ones with enough staying power to watch The Notebook, Message in a Bottle and P.S I love you in one sitting. The consistently broken-hearted who are still pining for their ex, playing Adele’s ‘Someone I used […]

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My Trip| Lori explores Zimbabwe and Botswana

My-Trip: The Adventures of Lori

If the English-speaking population were to choose a single quote to attest to the virtues of travel and it came down to a popularity contest, it would be a landslide. I wouldn’t have to look at the results to tell you the winner. Mark Twain was, unarguably, a clever man. A wise soul who is […]

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My Trip | The MacKinnons in Namibia

Lamberts Bay Sunset

The Golden Years Many people fantasise and wax lyrical about their plans to start exploring the world once they’ve retired. Once they’ve thrown in the day job, paid the mortgage, married the kids off. Of course we believe in making those fantasies a reality long before then. But the post-retirement years are most definitely an exciting […]

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Drowning in Empanadas | The Horny Grazer Reviews Orinoco


There’s a Spanish phrase that goes, “hoy por tí, mañana por mi” which loosely translates to “today you, tomorrow me”. It’s a great phrase which ‘justifies’ and promotes acts of kindness. I’ll do you this favour today because one day someone will do me a favour. I love the philosophy; acts of kindness breed more […]

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