The world class uShaka Marine World, situated in Durban, South Africa, opened its turnstiles to the general public on April 30th 2004. uShaka has fast positioned itself as a key attraction on Durban’s Golden Mile, offering a world of entertainment, excitement, fun and uniqueness.
uShaka has brought together cultures, like no other place in Africa – into a safe, secure and clean environment that resonates the sound of fun, laughter and the spirit of togetherness. Entertainment is non-stop, extending from the daytime operations of Sea World, Wet ‘n Wild, and uShaka Beach, to the night time festivities of the Village Walk.” – uShaka Website
The National Environmental Management Protected Areas Act mandates SANParks to create destinations for nature-based tourism in a manner that is not harmful to the environment. As SANParks is primarily a self-funding entity generating approximately 80% of its operating budget from its ecotourism business; fulfilment of its conservation mandate is heavily reliant on a thriving and sustainable tourism operations.
SANParks’ business operations are founded on three important core pillars:
Conservation – the primary mandate of the organisation is the conservation of South Africa’s biodiversity, landscapes and associated heritage assets through a system of national parks.
Responsible Tourism – the organisation has a significant role in the promotion of South Africa’s nature-based tourism, or ecotourism business targeted at both international and domestic tourism markets. The eco-tourism pillar of the business architecture provides for the organisation’s self-generated revenues from commercial operations that are necessary to supplement government funding of conservation management. A significant element of the ecotourism pillar is the Commercialisation Strategy, which (through the implementation of Public Private Partnerships) SANParks has adopted to expand tourism products and the generation of additional revenue for funding of conservation and socio-economic development.
Socio-Economic Development – SANParks has taken a strategic decision to expand its role in the developmental support provided to neighbouring communities as an entity of the developmental state. In addition, SANParks is required to build constituencies at international, national and local levels, in support of conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of South Africa through its corporate social investment. It has to ensure that a broad base of South Africans participate and get involved in biodiversity initiatives, and further that all its operations have a synergistic existence with neighbouring or surrounding communities for their educational and socio-economic benefit, hence enabling the broader society to be connected to national parks.
SANParks is on a positive trajectory towards making the management of its conservation and tourism estate relevant to the people of South Africa and the World, by ensuring co-operative governance and the continued flow of socio-economic benefits.
It is the end of winter and the dawning of spring. Birds are singing. Flowers are blooming. The leaves are budding out. And the village and country folk from all around the nearby shires gather in Sherwood Forest for a festive season. Musicians, bards, gypsies, merchants, artisans and chefs all gather under the protection of Robin of Loxley, known as the outlaw Robin Hood, to celebrate Spring, break bread, sing, dance, and give thanks for another rebirth of nature.
Sherwood Forest Faire is a privately-held company run by a small team with the support of hundreds of volunteers who share our vision: to create a beautiful, magical place that is consistent with our six core values:
Authenticity, Community, Escape, Quality, Family, Fun
Remo’s is an Italian restaurant founded by Renzo and Franco Scribante, born in 2007, in memory of their late brother, Remo Giuseppe Scribante. It is this undeniable Fratelli, or brotherhood, that fuelled the conception of this Italian restaurant chain. What was once a school boy dream, became a flourishing café and soon grew into a well-established brand with stores across the country. Remo’s has grown into a family-oriented franchise with three stores located in Mount Edgecombe (Durban), Sunninghill (Johannesburg) and Baakens Valley (Port Elizabeth).
Remos is all about celebrating and passing on a crucial family traditions, appreciating the kitchen, having family and friends gather around the table; because that’s where everything happens. It is a special place for old and new memories.
Every part of Remo’s belongs to someone. From the delicious recipes handed down from mother to son, to the one-of-a-kind Scribante paintings, to the black and white family photos adorning the walls, to the hand-picked and imported La Dolce Vita coffee served by our friendly baristas. Our Italian-inspired eatery is our home – the perfect Italian restaurant to celebrate the love of family with authentic, feel-good food inspired by traditional, Italian cuisine, made by passionate people with real, quality ingredients.
Boulder is a city at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, in northern Colorado. To the west, the trail-lined Flatirons are craggy rock formations overlooking the city. Downtown’s pedestrian Pearl Street Mall includes art galleries, cafes, restaurants and boutiques. The University of Colorado Boulder campus is home to the Fiske Planetarium and the Museum of Natural History, with zoology and anthropology exhibits.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of Historic Hotels of America, The Stanley Hotel is famous for its old world charm. Offering four different Estes Park accommodation experiences including historic rooms, modern apartment-style residences for extended stays, and expansive condominiums on the legendary grounds overlooking Rocky Mountain National Park. The Stanley offers over 14,000 square feet of sophisticated meeting and event space equipped with modern amenities and several stunning indoor and outdoor wedding venues. Only an hour away from Denver, it is the ideal destination for your Colorado vacation getaway.
The Butterfly Pavilion is an Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited nonprofit invertebrate zoo home to thousands of animals from all over the world! Experience their indoor tropical conservatory with over 1,600 free-flying butterflies, hold Rosie their famous tarantula, explore incredible adaptations of sea stars, bees, beetles, spiders, and so much more!
The Butterfly Pavilion work to foster an appreciation of invertebrates by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation.
Run away from your daily routine, come to Bedford for three days of fresh air and inspiration. This year the annual Bedford Garden Festival (19-21 October 2018) – now in its 14th year – is an Eastern Cape Midlands country lifestyle adventure that attracts visitors from all over South Africa. For three days gardeners and nature-loving families will explore our country roads, discovering our magnificent farm gardens and making new friends.
Come to Bedford for more open gardens, plant nurseries, two market hubs, lots of shopping, live music, warm hospitality and the scrumptious food we are known for. Extras include history talks/walks, visits to a nationally renowned butterfly collection at Huntly Glen Farm, golf and a Sunday midday garden concert.
Beaver Creek Mountain is renowned for its stunning beauty and welcoming atmosphere, providing access to every level of skier. You’ll delight in the meticulously groomed corduroy runs as you explore 1,800 acres of terrain, as you dip into each of the three distinct base areas while discovering everything from your new favorite run to a mountaintop candy shop. By the end of the ski day, you’ll have worked up an appetite for our beloved 3 p.m. tradition: Cookie Time. Enjoy complimentary cookies, served fresh out of the oven at the base of the mountain. Gain a nuanced appreciation for the mountain as you fine tune your skills with the Ivy League of Ski Schools. Their veteran instructors and lesson offerings can accommodate everything from small group learning to private family instruction. Beaver Creek may be home to incredible corduroy and family-friendly terrain, but its Birds of Prey course also has a reputation for being a formidable stop on the Men’s Alpine Ski World Cup—as we are the only mountain in the U.S. to regularly host the international race series.