Travelscope: South Africa - On Safari!
Airs Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. on KPBS TV
Thursday, April 12, 2012
In the fourth season of TRAVELSCOPE, award-winning travel journalist and author Joseph Rosendo shares his personal perspective on cultural tourism from spots close to home as well as exotic worldwide locales. Shot in high definition, the series continues to enlighten and entertain viewers with thrilling destinations on five continents and personal encounters with diverse peoples.
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This season, Rosendo treks into the Australian bush in pursuit of kangaroos, koalas and emus, embarks on an elephant-back safari in South Africa, discovers off-the-beaten-path gems in Bangkok, and traces the history, legends and traditions of the medieval festival of Fasnacht in Germany.
Using the elegant Lion Sands accommodations as his home base he heads out in search of the Big Five and encounters lions, African elephants, Cape buffalos and black rhinoceros.
He rounds out his wildlife tour at Camp Jabulani when he literally rubs shoulders with two cheetahs at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre then joins other camp guests atop a team of rescued elephants on safari through the African bush.
As an important complement to the animal adventures, he visits the local villages and schools in order to understand more about the native culture and discover how they coexist with and benefit from tourism.