South Africa is becoming more and more popular as a tourist destination and one of the most popular reasons for visiting is the spectacular wildlife. Along with the ‘Big Five’, South Africa is also home to an abundance of mammals, spectacular birdlife and our coasts are visited by dolphins, seals and migrating whales.
However, despite all this wildlife living free in our forests, plains, mountains and coasts there is a disturbing number of facilities offering tourists the opportunity to get ‘hands on’ with wild animals. One can pet lion, tiger and serval cubs, and walk with adult lions and cheetahs. Take a ride on the back of an elephant or even an ostrich, feed monkeys and lemurs or drape a large and dangerous snake around your neck. The list appears to get longer each year with more wild animals being added to the list of those you can ‘cuddle’.
One cannot deny that any interaction with an animal, especially a wild one is an exhilarating experience leaving us feeling quite…special. But is it really ‘special’?
On the 1st of March 2015 at 11am the Introductory #Instawalk of the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance will take place at Birds of Eden. Being our very first #Instawalk we hope to have a memorable occasion. We will only be able to host 20 enthusiastic #Instagrammers so contact Vijver on firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to get your name on the list. The winner of our #InstawalkSV will receive a one year membership for them and a companion worth R1500. This membership allows you and your companion to visit Monkeyland, Birds of Eden as well as Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary as many times as you like during a 365 day period! This membership will open doors to amazing #Wildlifephotography moments that will leave you breathless and who knows…maybe even put you on the map as a serious #WildlifeInstagrammer. We are hoping to have annual #InstawalkSV throughout the year and will keep interested parties updated on the development of them. So what are you waiting for get your name on the list ASAP!
How does one contain the excitement of being recognized for doing what you feel is the right thing to do? Well we here at the South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance has been award for making sure our animals are taken care of while still giving Visitors the Best Experience in a Wildlife Encounter.
The Lilizela awards are setting the standard for global excellence, rewarding those who strive for perfection and spurring arrivals growth and destination competitiveness. The 2nd Annual Lilizela Awards Gala Dinner was held on the 9th of October 2014.
On the 23rd of September 2014, The Western Cape Tourism Office announced the Western Cape Provincial Award winners of the Lilizela Awards. The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary) were thrilled to hear that we have received the award for “Best Visitors Experience at a Wildlife Encounter”.