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Kagga Kamma
Private Game Preserve
Part 1 by Muguette Goufrani


muguetteWith the hectic activities of another ATA Congress occupying every spare moment, I had little time to read the SATOUR travel itinerary. However, I noted that our destination for day two of the Cape Country Tour was a Private game Reserve called "Kagga Kamma. Not expecting anything too far beyond the ordinary, after a rugged 3 hour motor trip from Cape Town, I was little prepared for the amazing 'moonscape' of this spectacular hideout in the rugged Cedarburg Mountains. It was a site that could easily be the movie set for "Jurassic Park" or "Planet of the Apes." As twilight approached, many of the odd rock shapes cast weird shadows, taking the form of wild animals or strange spirit creatures.

While it was late May, there was a chill in the air, so we bundled up aboard the company's Land Rover 4x4 for Kagga's popular Moonlight Safari. What were we searching for? Springbok are the most common game species, although one may encounter Eland, Gemsbok, Black and Blue Wildebeest, Rheebuck, Steenbuck, Duiker, Grysbok, Zebra, Bontebok, Baboon and Ostrich. The area's predators are mainly Caracal, Jackal, Lynx, and the occasional Leopard.

Where Bok and Bushmen Roam
According to the map, Kagga Kamma is located near the Swartruggens Range that separates the Koue Bokkeveld from the endless stretches of Karoo (outback). While there's some similarity to parts of New Mexico or Arizona's Grand Canyon, Kagga Kamma is worlds apart from anything I've yet to encounter. For countless centuries this seemingly barren land was home to the nomadic San (Bushmen), who roamed over a wide area, hunting animals and small reptiles and gathering a wide assortment of roots, berries, insects, medicinal herbs and grasses. One of their favourite snacks is a 'land tortoise,' which they hold in one hand and munch like a Big Mac. The bushmen's amazing rock art, which we saw decorating various caves and crevices nearby, bears witness to their way of life and spiritual paths. Our guide gave us an interesting story on how the local Shamman, could commune with the spirit people through these rock channels linking the center of the earth with the furthest reaches of heaven.

Getting to Kagga Kamma
While there's a strip for light aircraft near the "Bushmen Lodge," we drove 250 km from Cape Town northeast through the famous Cape Wine Country and fruit growing region. We had already tasted the wines at Franschoek, Stellenbosch and the New Beginnings winery, so there was no need to stop for a grape break. The highways were excellent and the communities enroute, such as Paarl, Worcester and Ceres were clean, prosperous looking and bustling with activity. The final segment of the trip led us through some rugged country with scenic vistas that are ideal photo ops.

Media Team Discovers another South African Secret
Our tour party consisted of ATA photographer Robert Eilets of New York, broadcaster Ogo Sow, Africa Travel Magazine editor Jerry W. Bird and myself. During our overnight visit, Ogo Sow interviewed Kagga Kamma's operating staff several times on the air, with a live feed to the USA. Mr. Sow is with Afric Vision, which broadcasts via radio from its New York studios, targeting listeners interested in the African continent. His program is aired weekly over the Cable Vision Network. Our tour conductor/driver was Dan Dunn of Southern Tip Tours, Cape Town. Dan's colorful heritage and family tree (part Zulu, part Scot) is another story. Continued

New Projects for Malawi and Senegal
Two new WTO technical cooperation projects for Africa will be looking at boosting tourism potential in very different destinations - the virtually untapped nation of Malawi in the South and the more mature destination of Senegal in the northwest.

Tanzania's Ecotourism Program
by Charles Kileo, Tanzania Ambassador

Environment Tanzania 21 is a non-profit environment Non Governmental Organization (NGO) established in Tanzania in 1996. It is a community service oriented trustee for the promotion of environmental awareness and environmental protection, though grassroots-based programs of involving and educating the community. Location: Entan 21 is based in Dodoma, Tanzania and will expand its activities to other areas of the country as its environmental message spreads. Continued

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