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Get your work-life balance in place and win a copy of Legendary Safari Guides by Susie Cazenove

Legendary Safari GuidesWork-life balance is an ongoing challenge. In this ever more pressured age, the tensions arise as we inhabit our technology infused days but yearn to view the starry night sky from the wilds of nature.

The challenges of managing time and space, work and leisure, are explored by Wayne Windell in the February issue of The Catalyst.

Small business entrepreneurs are particularly challenged to accommodate both their own and their staff’s needs in the arena of work-life balance.

If you find that you spend most of your time working, and tend to feel overwhelmed by duties and responsibilities, it is recommended that you reserve time for your family, friends and yourself when you plan your day or week. Dedicating daily time to fun and relaxation will lower the production of additional stress hormones, which give rise to poor mental and physical wellbeing.

The Catalyst is giving away three copies of Legendary Safari Guides by Susie Cazenove, because even if you can’t go on safari this week or next, you can probably claim an hour or two for reading about it.

Armchair travellers will delight in this book, which Travel Africa editor, Craig Rix, describes as “wonderful”.

To stand a chance of winning one of three copies, all you have to do is subscribe to The Catalyst and share their post on your social media.

The deadline for entries is 29 February, 2016.

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Susie Casenove Discusses Her Childhood Love for Wild Places in Africa, and How She Made that Her Career

Legendary Safari GuidesSusie Cazenove, author of Legendary Safari Guides, was recently interviewed by Scott Ramsay for Traveller24 about her book and the travelling that inspired it.

In the interview, Cazenove speaks about a memory of the ecstatic feeling she had as a teenager coming home from boarding school in Switzerland. She says “that feeling has never gone away”.

Cazenove goes on to list some of her favourite places to first, some memorable wildlife sightings and share her opinion on wildlife preservation on this continent.

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What does African wilderness and wildlife mean to you, personally?

“I love the landscape, the excitement and diversity of the wildlife, never knowing what you will see next.

“It could be a pack of wild dogs waking around 5 o’clock in the afternoon greeting each other and heading of for the hunt, or elephants drinking in the evening light where each family waits patiently for its turn to be in the water, or the whoop of a hyena and the roar of a lion in the night.

“I like sleeping in a tent listening to the dry leaves crunching under the feet of something walking by and waking with the dawn chorus.

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How did the Cape Fires Affect the Wine Industry? Cathy Marston Explains

Love Your WineIn light of the Cape Fires that ravaged the Peninsula earlier this year, Love Your Wine: Get to grips with what you are drinking author Cathy Marston wrote an article for Food24 about the effects of the fires on Cape wine producers.

White wine drinkers can rest easy. Marston writes that since the 2015 harvest year happened very early most of the white grapes have been picked already, so the fires will not have affected white wine production. On the other hand, however, areas like Stellenbosch and Constantia where the most black grapes are grown were covered in smoke, which can result in some strange-tasting red wines this season.

Read the article in which Marston explains how the Cape Fires may have altered the taste of red wines from the 2015 harvest:

The problems lie with the black grapes used to make red wine. Smoke covered pretty much all the vineyards in Constantia and Cape Point at some point (although farms en route to Hout Bay such as Eagles’ Nest, Constantia Glen and Beau Constantia look to have escaped the worst of it) and that smoke can give unwanted flavours to the wine such as burnt toast, smoked fish, ashtray and other unpleasant tastes.

The problems are two-fold – firstly that these flavours are difficult to detect with any certainty while the wine is being made. You can taste the juice and think it’s fine to go ahead and put it in the bottle only to find when the wine is opened later, these off-flavours have developed and made the wine taste awful.

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Find Out What Makes for the Ultimate Wildlife Experience with Legendary Safari Guides by Susie Cazenove

Legendary Safari GuidesNew from Bookstorm – Legendary Safari Guides by Susie Cazenove:

What makes for the ultimate safari experience? Your guide is the difference between an indifferent experience and a life changing experience.

Legendary Safari Guides is a new edition of Licensed to Guide published in 2004. 24 safari guides are profiled by experienced safari travel promoter, Susie Cazenove. She tells us their stories of adventure and dreams – of following their passion into the wild and of making their guests see Africa in a new light.

Read of the antics of the guides in the early days of Londolozi, of guests having to cling to trees in the face of charging rhinos, of safaris with Mary Leaky and legends of the Masai warriors. The tales tell of a wilderness under increasing threat and these guides’ determination to share the privilege of a truly wild experience with their guests. The stories take the reader from South Africa to Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and Namibia in search of legendary safari guides.

About the author

Susie Cazenove was born and brought up in South Africa before moving to the UK with her English husband. She started work in the travel business in 1988, specialising in African holidays. With her fierce passion for Africa as her inspiration, Susie quickly realised that the success of a safari holiday is largely dependent on the quality of the guides. She has been privileged to travel with some of the best safari guides Africa has ever produced. She first published some of these stories in Licensed to Guide in 2004.

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