Every day, conservation-led travel company &Beyond seeks to leave our world a better place through our ethos of Care of the Land, Care of the Wildlife and Care of the People. Find out more about our model of sustainable travel and listen to the stories of the people who dedicate themselves to wildlife conservation, caring for rural communities and managing large tracts of protected land and ocean.
What makes travel epic?
1:03:25In conversation with writer and sustainability expert Juliet Kinsman, five voices across three continents came together to share tales of their unforgettable travel experiences to enlighten, enrich and inspire, with interconnected musings on a topic that has never been more vital.Discover epic stories, epic adventures and epic solutions about how travel can make a positive impact. Listen now to discover how travel may not only be life-affirming, but authentic and yes, epic, as it leaves our world a better place.
Protecting the world’s fastest cat with Vincent van der Merwe
49:26Have you ever wanted to know everything there is to know about cheetahs? These iconic big cats are one of Africa’s most important predators; playing a crucial role in all the ecosystems in which they are occur. Cheetahs have been extirpated from 90% of their range across Africa and Asia, but people like Vincent van der Merwe are working tirelessly to see the species rebound. In this podcast, we hear from Vincent on the history of cheetah and the challenges which are facing the species, as well as the importance of the species and the efforts being made to protect and conserve them. We also learn about the concept of metapopulations, and how this management strategy is crucial to bringing the world’s fastest cat back from the edge of extinction.
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Through the wilds of Botswana with Dux Mareja
59:05andBeyond Regional Guide Trainer Dux Mareja unravels the wildlife wonders of Botswana. Find out how the Chobe River in the north attracts abundant animal species, from vast numbers of buffalo to thronging herds of elephant. Discover the mysteries of Savute, whose life-giving channel and marsh fluctuate seemingly unrelated to the seasons. Learn about the varying faces of the Okavango Delta and find out how the flow and ebb of the delta waters influences the wildlife of this unique ecosystem.
Stories from the wild with Damen Pheiffer
36:21Damen Pheiffer is a specialist guide at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve – a reserve that is close to his heart for many reasons. Listen in as we catch up with Damen and learn a little more about him, the events that brought him to Phinda, and hear some of his wild stories and wildlife experiences from his time as a guide.
From butler to Habitat Manager with Barry Mthembu
44:57Barry Mthembu has done it all. After starting in Phinda’s star-in-training programme back in 2003, he eventually went on to become a butler, camp manager, tracker, ranger, head ranger, and now he is Phinda’s Habitat Field Manager, a job which keeps him on his toes and very busy. Barry is a passionate advocate for conservation with local land custodians at its heart, and we chat to him about his background growing up in the communities near andBeyond Phinda, his journey with andBeyond, his day-to-day job as a reserve manager and community liaison, and his goals and hopes for conservation in this region going forward.
Lion conservation in private reserves with Simon Naylor
43:48Phinda conservation manager, Simon Naylor, has been based at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve for 16 years, and he has an immeasurable wealth of knowledge and expertise when it comes to conservation and management of lions. In this podcast we focus on the successes and challenges of lion conservation and management in private, fenced reserves like andBeyond Phinda, but we delve into an abundance of other topics such as the importance of lions in their ecosystems, their conservation status across Africa and Asia, the challenges facing lions as a species, and why it is crucial that we continue to protect them
Empowering communities for 30 years with Dr Andrew Venter
1:04:41Africa Foundation CEO DR Andrew Venter looks back at 30 years of the Foundation’s achievements and highlights the key successes of the past years. Find out what changes have taken place in the past three decades and discover what new projects are to come. Share the excitement of the spirit and vision that will drive Africa Foundation ahead for decades to come.
Sustainability in lodge design with Jonathan Braack & Jack Alexander
27:52In this podcast, we chat to andBeyond Group Sustainability Manager, Jonathan Braack, and architect, Jack Alexander, about sustainability in the design and rebuild of the new andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge. We hear about Jack’s inspiration for the new lodge, and learn about what sustainability in lodge design actually means in terms of architectural choices, building materials, overall design, and environmental considerations. We also chat to Jonathan about the inclusion of new, exciting sustainable practices in energy and water consumption, and waste management, which are now integral to the running and success of andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge.
A guide’s journey with Thulani Mbazini
42:12Thulani Mbazini is an inspirational individual who has worked at andBeyond Phinda Private Game Reserve for thirteen years. He started out as a contractor in the habitat team; clearing alien vegetation and working on the reserve. He then studied and qualified to become a professional tracker, a role he delighted in for almost nine years. He always had his heart firmly set on becoming a guide at andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge; and now, as an established guide within the team at andBeyond Phinda, Thulani has a remarkable story to tell.
Hope spots and the world of marine megafauna with Dr. Andrea Marshall
54:42Dr. Andrea Marshall is a co-founder of the Marine Megafauna Foundation and the principal scientist for their Threatened Species Programme, she’s also a National Geographic Explorer, owner and tour leader for Ray of Hope Expeditions, and the Champion of the Inhambane Seascape Hope Spot. This Hope Spot encompasses the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park in Mozambique, as well as much more of the surrounding waters and coastline. We chat to Andrea about a host of interesting subjects including her background and journey in marine science, the importance of marine megafauna and why they need to be conserved, the role of hope spots in protecting our oceans, and why collaboration in marine science is a key to success in conserving our seascapes.