We are delighted to be working with South African Tourism as our headline destination partner for the 2019 Wildlife & Safari Travel Show.
The birthplace of safari and famed for its wildlife, South Africa is home to some of the world’s most striking landscapes, ancient communities and rare flora and fauna. Home to the renowned Big Five and lesser known Little Five and Marine Big Five (and many other species in between), South Africa has an abundance of wildlife found across its reserves, oceans and skies. Sustainability heroes across South Africa are showing their determination to protect their wildlife and incredible environment, by putting conservation and local people first in everything they do. With world-renowned nature reserves and preservation areas in every province, there’s no shortage of places to explore. South Africa is a dynamic, vibrant destination that offers an unrivalled wealth of experiences to the traveller. Coming this close to nature and wildlife is a sense-tingling reminder of why we have always been inspired by the untouched wild.
South African Tourism is the official tourism agency for the country of South Africa, tasked with marketing and promoting South Africa as a preferred tourism destination in the UK and Ireland, driving visitation to the country and showcasing the breadth of tourism experiences available, both supporting large tourism operators and the SMMEs.
Alison Towner, White Shark Biologist at Marine Dynamics
Born and bred in Lancashire, Alison has been fascinated by sharks and marine life from a very young age. At 20 she graduated from the University of Wales with an honours degree in marine biology, and spent time as scuba-diving instructor before heading to South Africa where she became marine biologist for the Dyer Island Conservation Trust in Gansbaai, on the coast of South Africa. Over the last ten years, Alison has harnessed her passion for sharks and marine wildlife, guiding shark diving trips and taking travellers out on the water to see the Marine Big 5. Gansbaai in the Western Cape of South Africa is an absolute haven for marine wildlife, home to African penguins, white sharks, Southern Right Whales, Cape Fur Seals, dolphins, skates, rays as well as an abundance of birdlife – she challenges anyone to find another place on Earth that can offer such diversity so close to shore. Alison is a true expert and ambassador for marine life and marine conservation, and will be at Wildlife & Safari Travel Show throughout both days, delivering her expert insight into South Africa’s marine wildlife.
Don’t miss Alison’s talk on Saturday 12 October in the WSC Stories theatre 13:20 to 13:50. To find out more, please click here.