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SPECIAL HOLIDAY FEATURE
CALLING all Kimba the
White Lion fans: i-to-i is
looking for volunteers to work
with white lion cubs on a new
i-to-i project in South Africa.
The research and conserva-
tion project is based on a
wildlife reserve near
Johannesburg which has
around 50 resident lions,
including the rare 'white' ani-
mals made famous in the
1970s cartoon series.
Volunteers are needed to
help care for the cubs --- as
well as their parents! -- which
involves working with rangers
to feed and look after the ani-
mals and maintain the reserve
itself. At the same time,
they'll help researchers devel-
op their understanding of the
conservation needs of the
lions: their blondness (caused
by a recessive colour gene)
puts them at a disadvantage
in the wild.
Volunteers stay in shared
rooms in comfortable chalets
with private bathrooms,
alongside the cub enclosure.
There is a common lounge
area and a swimming pool.
In their spare time, there
are opportunities for horse-
back safaris and to explore
The new Live with Lion
Cubs in South Africa project
costs $2655 per person for two
weeks and volunteers can stay
up to four weeks for $800 per
additional week. This includes
all meals, accommodation,
supervision and tuition, serv-
ices of the in-country co-
ordinator and transfers. The
project operates year-round.
SAFARI specialists Bench International
have introduced an exclusive Kenya by
Air program which uses a 12-seat private
aircraft to visit the country's leading wild-
life reserves on an eight-day itinerary.
It includes two nights at Karen Blixen
Camp in the Masai Mara Game Reserve
followed by visits to Amboseli National
Park East and West Tsavo game parks and
Mzima Springs with its big hippo popula-
The deal costs from $5950 and includes
flights, luxury accommodation with all
meals, wildlife guide, day and night game
viewing expeditions and bushwalking at
the various wildlife reserves.
The new program will begin in
November and offer year-round wildlife
experiences, luxury lodgings and first-
Phone (02) 9290-2877 or 1800-221-451,
&BEYOND (formerly CC Africa), in
partnership with their social develop-
ment arm &Beyond Foundation, has dis-
tributed more than 5000 Hippo water
rollers to local communities throughout
Africa in the past 10 years.
The water roller makes collecting water
easier and less time consuming. The drum
holds 90 litreS, as opposed to the usual
five-litre containers traditionally carried
on the heads of women and children.
The drum is rolled along the ground by
a stainless steel handle and can also be
stood upright to store water in the home.
One of the harsh realities faced by
many African communities is the lack of
convenient access to clean water. Many
women and children walk more than a
kilometre every day to fetch water.
When pushed, the relative weight of the
roller is about 12kg, so even children can
roll the container with ease.
YOU CAN HELP OUT -- See the majestic lions in Africa.
ACHANCE to sail aboard the biggest
ocean liner ever to visit Western
Australia -- Queen Mary 2 -- has become
much more affordable with the release
by Cruise Express of a new shorter
Cruise Safari package from Perth to
Africa next March.
Instead of boarding the huge Queen
Mary 2 in Sydney to sail to Africa, the
new shorter cruise sectors mean WA
travellers can now board the luxurious
liner from their doorstop in Fremantle
on March 14, 2010, cutting six nights
and around $1800 off the full Africa
Bigger than 25,000 African male ele-
phants and towering 23 storeys, the
3000-passenger Queen Mary 2 will be
the largest liner to ever visit WA with
her 13 bars, 10 restaurants, five pools,
an 8000-book library, the first planetari-
um at sea and the biggest ballroom on
the seven seas.
Cruise Express has released two new
shorter Cruise Safari packages to
Africa from Perth, priced from $4190
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