Weekly Travel News Recap, 12 April: Storm rips through Western Cape, SA to end captive lion breeding, and more

Catch up on all the latest travel news with Drive South Africa.

Each week, our team scours the web for the most interesting, trending, and unusual travel news, conservation news, and motoring news stories. Here are this week’s biggest scoops.

Travel News

An aerial view of Cape Town, South Africa, a popular travel destination.






Conservation News

A male lion in South Africa.


  • South Africa set to ban captive lion breedingAccording to Discover Africa, there are 7,838 captive lions in 342 facilities in South Africa. Many were bred for lion cub petting facilities and canned hunting, but the Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment will now phase out captive breeding over the next two years.



  • President of Botswana threatens to send 20,000 elephants to Germany following conservation disputeFollowing suggestions from the German environmental ministry that there should be harsher limits on the importing of trophies from hunting, Botswanan president Mokgweetsi Masisi has argued that Germans should “live together with the animals, in the way you are trying to tell us to”. He argues that trophy hunting helps keep elephant numbers in check and that limits would impoverish more people in his country. Botswana is currently home to a third of the world’s African elephants.

Automotive News

A petrol pump on a travel adventure in South Africa.

  • Petrol price set to increase again in MayAccording to data from the Central Energy Fund, the petrol price is likely to increase on the first Wednesday in May, while the diesel price is set to decrease slightly. Make sure to use our DSA Fuel Cost Calculator to work out the effect on your monthly fuel budget.





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