Madikwe is one of South Africa’s largest game reserve, situated against the Botswana border. It is home to 66 mammals species and over 300 resident and migrant bird species. They say to enter Madikwe is to stand at the very threshold of wilderness Africa. This is a near-perfect ecological environment where every plant, animal, insect forms an essential part of an intricate web of survival. In Madikwe, life and death are complimentary for the continued existence of the natural system where man is reminded that his very existence through the ages has been rooted in such an intricate design.
by Sophie on 8 July 2013
by Sophie on 1 January 2012
“It is easy to be overwhelmed by feelings of hopelessness as we look around the world. We are losing species at a terrible rate, the balance of nature is disturbed, and we are destroying our beautiful planet. We have fear about water supplies, where future energy will come from – and most recently the developed world has been mired in an economic crisis. But in spite of all this I do have hope. And my hope is based on four factors:
The Human Brain
Firstly, we have at last begun to understand and face up to the problems that threaten us and the survival of life on Earth as we know it. Surely we can use our problem-solving abilities, our brains, to find ways to live in harmony with nature.
The Indomitable Human Spirit
There are so many people who have dreamed seemingly unattainable dreams and, because they never gave up, achieved their goals against all the odds, or blazed a path along which others could follow.
The Resilience of Nature
My third reason for hope is the incredible resilience of nature. I have seen renewal time and again, including animal species brought back from the brink of extinction.
The Determination of Young People
My final reason for hope lies in the tremendous energy, enthusiasm and commitment of young people around the world. As they find out about the environmental and social problems that are now part of their heritage, they want to right the wrongs. Young people, when informed and empowered, when they realize that what they do truly makes a difference, can indeed change the world. We should never underestimate the power of determined young people.
So let’s move forward in this new millennium with hope, for without it all we can do is eat and drink the last of our resources as we watch our planet slowly die. Let’s have faith in ourselves, in our intellect, in our staunch spirit and in our young people. And let’s do the work that needs to be done, with love and compassion.”
by Sophie on 31 December 2011
“Green Route: ±20km, 480m Ascent, Moderate. Don’t let the distance fool you; this is 20km of single track, bush tunnels, bridges, boardwalks and lung bursting climbs. It’s a good work out while having the best time ever on two wheels.”
… and the best way to celebrate New Year’s eve.