Nimba Stolen Ebola Rice Case Resurfaces

first_imgNimba County’s stolen Ebola rice case, which was thrown out of court recently over the prosecution’s failure to present evidence, is said to have resurfaced and the suspects are expected back in court today.The case resurfaced after the Nimba Legislative Caucus mounted pressure on the Ministry of Justice to re-file the case for prosecution without delay.  Senator Thomas S. Grupee, Chairman of the Nimba Legislative Caucus, told the Radio Saclepea Morning Show last Tuesday that the Nimba County Attorney had been ordered to gather all evidence on the case for immediate prosecution.He said the act of stealing rice intended for Ebola victims was a very bad thing, and should be considered as “a crime against humanity”.  He demanded that those involved in stealing food intended for the sick or people in quarantine, should not go unpunished.Senator Grupee added that the caucus will not rest until all those involved are brought to justice to serve as a deterrent against such a shameful crime.On 31st October 2014 the Ganta Magisterial Court threw out the stolen Ebola Rice case involving four Nimba Health Workers and a business woman indefinitely, because the prosecution filed in a motion to have the case “Nulleprosequi” due to insufficient evidence.The prosecution, represented by Attorney James Boayou,  said he could not prosecute the case in the absence of the plaintiff, who is the County Health Services Director Ramsey Leesala.Ganta City Solicitor, Attorney Boayou, said “I declared the case Nulleprosequi until the complainer can come and explain the details of the case to me.”But Senator Grupee said they are making sure that the plaintiff, the Health Officer under whose custody the items were stolen, will be present at the court to back the case.Since the case was thrown out of court, nothing has been heard from the Nimba County Health Team from whose warehouse the items were stolen and who did not turn up for the hearing.There has been administrative wrangling between the leadership of Nimba and the county caucus over the handling of funds intended for the fight against Ebola.The tussle led to the subsequent dismissal of Teeko Yorlay from the post of Assistant Superintendent for Development after the case reached the plenary of the parliament where a vote of no confidence was imposed on him and Supt. Fong Zuagele.The County Health Team has come under criticism recently for what was alleged as single handedly managing the budget allotted by the government for the Bahn Health Center.The issue of the single handed management of the budget led the Bahn Health Board, headed by one Joseph Menlor, to resign because of what it claimed as non compliance, undermining and ostracizing.Even though, the County Health Authority said the money had been used to undertake some development projects for the Bahn Health Center, using the funds in the absence of the board with the accountant based in Sanniquellie, still created serious concern and suspicion among the citizens. The stolen Ebola rice case began on 1st October 2014 when the LNP Ganta Detail arrested a vehicle marked TP. 766 with about 200 bags of 25kg rice, 15 five- gallon containers of vegetable oil and 10 bags of beans.  These items were part of the food consignment donated to Nimba by the World Food Program (WFP) for those under quarantine from Ebola.The bags of rice were loaded on a mini truck headed for Saclepea from Sanniquellie when it was arrested by police in Ganta.  It was believed to be without a way bill.However, those accused of involvement in the alleged illegal removal of the rice, namely C. Paul Nyanzee of County Community Health Service, Director Var Bleh, Ware House Manager, Sarah Lawehyee, Kou Yelibor, County Mental Health Officer and  businesswoman Kou Kouh of Saclepea, had all been exonerated by the court and freed to resume their normal activities.They were arrested by the Liberian National Police on charges including criminal facilitation, criminal conspiracy and theft of property and sent to court.In the same development, the Karnplay City Mayor was linked to another stolen Ebola food case involving bulgur wheat distributed by the ADRA in Karnplay.  She denied any link with the crime, but the stolen food items were discovered outside the ware house.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“I’m Back With Vigor to Work

first_imgThe re-appointed Commissioner of Caldwell, Madam Alexine Mendscole-Howard, has assured the residents of her vigor (strength) to develop the township.In an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, April 21, at her office in Caldwell, Commissioner Howard indicated that her leadership will not go after residents who are engaged in spreading falsehood just to gain political relevance, but will work around the clock and develop every community in Caldwell.Her statement was in direct reaction to what she termed “misinformation” that residents in the township recently spread indicating that she abandoned her job during the height of the Ebola crisis.Based on the rumor, some of the residents reportedly recommended someone else to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to head the township.“I don’t have a problem with that because the President has the political power to hire anybody of her choice in government; but my being away was to seek further medical check-up, and I ask God to vindicate me from those lies against,” she explained.She maintains that why in the US undergoing medical treatment, she wrote a formal letter to the Superintendent of Montserrado County, and copied the Minister of Internal Affairs (MIA), informing authorities there that she was undergoing a serious surgery in the United States.She said being reinstated as Commissioner of Caldwell did not surprise her because her bosses were informed appropriately about everything she did.“All the propaganda they ran against me did not move me at all because on April 6, I received a letter from President Sirleaf stating that I had been reinstated.”Comm. Howard said it was another political plus for her and the people of Caldwell, “because I’m back with vigor to move the township forward.”“The idea crafted by some unscrupulous residents to steal and sell land that does not belong to them since they are tricky and crooked is not going to work with me and my staff,” she warned.Comm. Howard said she has announced to the residents that she is back so that the people in Caldwell will know that somebody has their interest at heart and that her administration will work with them to achieve their development objectives.Additionally, she said that her administration does not only have the interest of the residents at heart, but she has personally advocated for the Land Commissioner to establish a sub office in Caldwell to settle some of the land related disputes.She then called on residents to rally around her administration to ensure that the township is on par with other developing townships.At the same, Comm. Howard has declared that her administration will be more robust in dealing with issues of the township nowadays rather than being lenient administratively.She expressed gratitude to the President for affording her another opportunity to serve her people in the township.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dana Cranston and team Canada to begin FIVB Grand Prix schedule tonight

first_imgTonight’s game will be on Sportsnet One beginning at 7 p.m. local time. This weekend will be a busy one for Cranston and team Canada as they play three games in three days. After tonight’s game they’ll play Poland on Saturday and Belgium on Sunday.After this weekend the team will make their way to Leuven, Belgium for another set of three games beginning on Friday. They’ll take on Belgium, Argentina, and the Netherlands respectively.Starting August 8 the team will be in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Over that weekend they’ll be squaring off with Cuba, Argentina, and Peru. – Advertisement -This marks the first time since 2003 that Canada has taken part in the tournament and is seen as the premier international women’s volleyball tournament.The schedule and TV coverage can be seen by clicking here.last_img

Weekly MP Report from Jay Hill

first_imgMP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.“Beyond the Budget: Parliament Examining Diverse List of Legislation” Our Conservative Government’s plan to steer Canada through this global economic downturn is – and should be – the primary focus of parliamentary and operational efforts by the Government of Canada.  Yet you may be wondering ‘what else is going on in Ottawa’? Budget legislation may capture the headlines, but other government bills currently under examination in Parliament propose reforms and initiatives that will also make an important difference to Canadians.  The following is a brief selection: Consumer Product SafetyBill C-6 will modernize existing product safety laws to further protect the health and safety of Canadians.  These amendments would strengthen the government’s ability to act swiftly when unsafe products are identified, through stricter bans on the manufacture, importation, advertisement and sale of unsafe products, along with increased fines and penalties.  Recall powers and the tracking of unsafe products through the supply chain will also be enhanced. Transportation of Dangerous GoodsBill C-9 would enhance and modernize legislation and regulations to better ensure the safety of Canadians when dangerous goods are handled, transported and imported.  Among other measures, improved tracking and security, more security training and screening for personnel working with dangerous goods, and strengthened enforcement, will help boost public safety.  The amendments will also maintain trade and market access which is vital to our economic interests. Organized CrimeBill C-14 would address the lethal impact of gangs and organized crime on Canadian families and communities.  This legislation would make murders connected to organized crime activity automatically first-degree, meaning life imprisonment.  It would also create a new offence for drive-by and other reckless shootings and the sentence would be increased if the offence was committed for a criminal organization or with a handgun. Drug CrimesBill C-15 would impose mandatory prison sentences for serious drug crimes specifically for those who produce and sell illegal drugs.  This is another tool to fight back against gangs and organized crime.  Mandatory jail time would be even further increased for those dealing drugs to youth or near a school or an area normally frequented by youth. Environmental EnforcementBill C-16 would crack-down on polluters, poachers and wildlife smugglers.  Many of Canada’s environmental laws have not been updated in over two decades.  These amendments would, for the first time, impose mandatory fines for serious environmental offences and give enforcement officers new powers to investigate cases.  In addition, fines imposed by the courts would go to the Environmental Damages Fund which provides funding to local environmental improvement initiatives.  Arctic WatersBill C-3 moves to further protect Canada’s sovereignty in the north and safeguard Arctic waters from pollution.  This legislation will give Canada more control over marine activity in the Canadian Arctic and to help ensure that ships do not pollute our waters. Our Conservative Government continues to develop and draft additional legislation to be introduced in Parliament in the near future, such as a bill to limit the use of “credit for time served”, whereby convicted criminals receive “2 for 1” or even “3 for 1” credit for time served prior to sentencing. You can keep up to date on all legislation tabled in Parliament at www.parl.gc.ca. – Advertisement –last_img read more

BC Care Providers fight for better strategies to help aging population

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. — It appears that it could be just about ‘put up or shut up time’ for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Elected last fall after bushels of expensive promises, he’s now playing dodge ball with questions about how big a deficit he’s prepared to run to keep those promises — while also boosting an economy many fear is headed toward another recession.To date, he has only said that he has instructed the Finance Minister to put together a strong budget that will be focused on growth, while remaining fiscally responsible, and reflecting the needs of Canadians.- Advertisement -In terms of definition, that ranks a close second to Abbott and Costello’s ‘Who’s On First’ comedy routine, and it offers nothing in terms of assurances to groups like the BC Care Providers Association.It is advocating for more healthcare for seniors, and CEO Daniel Fontaine is hoping the countries Health Ministers will do much better explanatory job this week than the Prime Minister, and take steps toward the implementation of a national dementia strategy at their meeting in Vancouver.Meantime, Mr. Fontaine echoed the same unfair to B.C. sentiments as Premier Clark and Health Minister Terry Lake expressed last week regarding the federal health care funding formula.Advertisement The meeting is set to get underway tomorrow and Mr. Lake is suggesting it will be an opportunity to discuss health issues in a broader way than was possible with the Harper government.While the aforementioned Grit health care promises would cost billions, the Trudeau Liberals have spun that, with another word borrowed from the Obama Democrats, and are referring to the spending of taxpayer dollars, as an ‘investment.’last_img read more

Mom gets 60 years in son’s scalding death

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A woman convicted of killing her 3-year-old son by plunging him into scalding water as punishment for soiling his diaper was sentenced Friday to 60 years in prison. Valerie Kennedy, 32, was convicted last month of manslaughter and child abuse in the death of Jaquez Mason. Authorities said she plunged her son into the water on Christmas Day 2005. The boy suffered severe burns and went a week without treatment before dying.last_img read more

USPA handed UGX 5m boost ahead of Road Safety Campaign

first_img Tags: Edward BarlowPatrick KanyomoziRoad Safety CampaignStandard CharteredUSPA Standard Chartered’s Edward Barlow (left), hands over the UGX 5m cheque to USPA President Patrick Kanyomozi (right), on Monday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)The Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) has received a huge boost ahead of their annual Road Safety campaign.The umbrella which harbors Sports journalists in Uganda, on Monday, August 12th, received UGX 5m from banking giants Standard Chartered.This was announced at a joint press conference held between the stakeholders at the Standard Chartered Bank headquarters.The Bank once again announced sponsorship of UGX 5,000,000 (Five million shillings only) to facilitate the organization of the Road Safety Campaign as well as jointly implementing an Employee Volunteering initiative which will see USPA and the Bank paint the Mulago Casualty Ward in support of accident victims.Last year the partners jointly executed a successful Blood donation drive under the theme “5 days – 1,000 pints blood donation campaign” that was implemented by Nakasero Blood Transfusion services at Buganda Royal University, IUIU, Makerere University, Mukwano Arcade and Lugazi. The campaign managed to collect over 500 units of blood.While addressing journalists at a press conference, the Head, Operational Risk, Standard Chartered Bank Mr. Edward Barlow said that the partnership the Bank has maintained with USPA over the past 12 years is testament to the Bank’s “Here for good” brand promise and its commitment to contributing to the wellbeing of the communities in which it operates.“We are glad to once again join the USPA road safety campaign to sensitize Ugandans about road safety, said Barlow.“We are grateful for the partnership which has over the years handed us an opportunity to lend our voices to a problem that affects all of us.“I am pleased to announce that this year we are also joining hands with USPA to paint the casualty ward at Mulago Hospital as part of the Road Safety campaign.“Last year we collected blood, this year let us join hands to reach out to the road accident victims and share a message of hope; that we understand the magnitude of their predicament and are doing something to transform mindsets and change attitudes.“Our staff will actively participate in the activities lined up like; painting zebra crossings, marching, holding a remembrance service for our departed among other things.“I urge other stakeholders to join us in this noble cause so we can reach more people.”Mr. Barlow added; “The USPA Road Safety campaign is a worthwhile initiative that Standard Chartered Bank has supported since 2007. The other reason for our steadfast support of this initiative is because Uganda continues to be one of the African countries with the highest rate of road accidents and deaths from reckless driving, over speeding among other factors and as a Bank, we have also lost some of our staff to road accidents.”The president of the Uganda Sports Press Association, Mr. Patrick Kanyomozi while addressing the journalists thanked Standard Chartered for the sponsorship and partnership once again.“As USPA we are grateful that Standard Chartered Bank has been with us all these years, we value this relationship and it is one that we intend to keep for many more years.“Being a part of this campaign for 12 years is a testament to the Bank’s commitment to caring for the communities they serve, something that we have in common.“As a sports journalist’s body we also care for our communities and this initiative helps us accomplish that. This sponsorship is going to help us with the main activities in Lugazi on 24th August which will involve painting zebra crossings, as well as the other activities in the build-up.“We will clean and paint the casualty ward in Mulago Hospital, on top of an awareness campaign that we plan to undertake. We thank Standard Chartered Bank for enabling us to achieve all that we plan to do.”Mr. Kanyomozi concluded by calling upon Ugandans to be more vigilant and caring towards fellow road users to avoid unnecessary road accidents.“There is a need to act immediately and fast to end Road carnage.“All the various agencies that should ensure safer roads should work together to save lives. Public enlightenment should be intensified.“Our roads would be safer if signposts were not vandalized if they were well maintained and a culture of obeying traffic regulations is enforced.“We can change this by creating more awareness through initiatives such as this.”The event started 28 years after the death of four sports journalists, Leo Kabunga, Kenneth Matovu, Simon Peter Ekarot and Francis Batte Junior who perished in a dangerous road accident at Lugazi in 1998.Comments last_img read more

A’s give up early lead as Red Sox complete sweep at Fenway

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.BOSTON – For the second consecutive series the A’s were swept out of town, this time on the heels of a 7-3 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Wednesday afternoon.It is the sixth consecutive loss for Oakland (14-19), who dropped all three in Toronto before doing the same in Boston.The narrative of the Athletics’ series finale against the Red Sox was similar to much of the rest of the road trip: The bats were lacking, …last_img

Judge Jones Took Credit for ACLU Writings

first_imgJudge John E. Jones has become somewhat of a celebrity of late, traveling and speaking about his judgment against the Dover, Pennsylvania School Board on December 20, 2005 (see 12/23/2005).  He has stated that he felt his opinion should set forth the case once for all that intelligent design is not science but religion in disguise, and wanted to write it such that it could be used by other courts in other states so that they would not have to argue from scratch.  He has been declared an “original thinker” and has been praised by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the year.    Now it turns out that 90.9% of his 6,004-word opinion about whether intelligent design is science was lifted “virtually verbatim” from ACLU documents.  A new study released today on Evolution News details the comparisons and discusses its implications.  The entire study can be downloaded from Uncommon Descent and Discovery Institute.  Here is the Executive Summary from the study conducted by the Discovery InstituteIn December of 2005, critics of the theory of intelligent design (ID) hailed federal judge John E. Jones’ ruling in Kitzmiller v.  Dover, which declared unconstitutional the reading of a statement about intelligent design in public school science classrooms in Dover, Pennsylvania.  Since the decision was issued, Jones’ 139-page judicial opinion has been lavished with praise as a “masterful decision” based on careful and independent analysis of the evidence.  However, a new analysis of the text of the Kitzmiller decision reveals that nearly all of Judge Jones’ lengthy examination of “whether ID is science” came not from his own efforts or analysis but from wording supplied by ACLU attorneys.  In fact, 90.9% (or 5,458 words) of Judge Jones’ 6,004-word section on intelligent design as science was taken virtually verbatim1 from the ACLU’s proposed “Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law” submitted to Judge Jones nearly a month before his ruling.  Judge Jones even copied several clearly erroneous factual claims made by the ACLU.  The finding that most of Judge Jones’ analysis of intelligent design was apparently not the product of his own original deliberative activity seriously undercuts the credibility of Judge Jones’ examination of the scientific validity of intelligent design.    While it is not uncommon for judges to quote material provided by the lawyers in the case in their rulings, the extent of his borrowing is “stunning,” according to John West, co-author of the study, considering how much credit Jones himself has taken for it.  “For all practical purposes, Jones allowed ACLU attorneys to write nearly the entire section of his opinion analyzing whether intelligent design is science,” West wrote.  “As a result, this central part of Judge Jones’ ruling reflected essentially no original deliberative activity or independent examination of the record on Jones’ part.”  The Discovery Institute had early published an analysis of the arguments used in the Dover decision in a book entitled Traipsing into Evolution.    The next day, this story was picked up by Associated Press, New York Dispatch and World Net Daily and numerous blogs.  Evolution News followed up with an article claiming that wholesale copying of material from the lawyers for one side, while not illegal, is “frowned upon” by the courts.  Judge Jones had no comment.1What “virtually verbatim” means can be easily seen by comparing the side-by-side comparisons of Jones’s decision with the ACLU document.  Jones changed a word here or there, sometimes shortening “intelligent design” to “ID” and other inconsequential changes like listing points as (a) (b) (c) instead of (1) (2) (3), and rearranging parts of sentences, occasionally inserting a phrase, but no schoolteacher would be fooled.  It’s not just the wording that is virtually identical, but the structure of the argument, the points listed, the repetition of factual errors from the ACLU.  That along with the omission of any counter-arguments from the other side makes it incredible that this decision would be hailed as original work of high intellectual rank.Download and read the PDF file.  This revelation is sure to create a large ripple around the web.  The Darwin Party will do its best to do damage control, claiming that such quotation of documentation is common practice for judges (i.e., judges are allowed to plagiarize with reckless abandon).  But this judge has personally taken credit and received adulation for his ruling as if it were his own material.  When the public learns that he borrowed most of it word-for-word from the ACLU, a leftist-secularist-liberal organization despised by many Americans, they may return his little Christmas present with a strong “no, thanks.”    Even those who have no particular feelings about the ACLU should be shocked at how biased Jones was to quote so much from one side – even repeating known inaccuracies – and not give due consideration to material provided by the other side.  He brazenly stated that his court was not an activist court – but now look at how he liberally used material from one of the most liberal activist organizations in the country.  Then, he went around the country speaking, getting a standing O at the Geological Society of America, accepting all this gushing praise for his intellect and originality (Access Research Network contains a list of his 2006 speaking engagements; see also an ad for his upcoming appearance at the Botany and Plant Biology 2007 Conference).  Is this how impartial judges are supposed to behave?  It doesn’t take much intellect to cut and paste.  This gives us an idea of what to do with the Dover decision: drag and drop.    Hopefully this expose will kick the Dover crutch out from under the opponents of intelligent design and make people realize the highly-touted opinion last year came from a very biased source and cannot be trusted.  The time has come for school boards to stop fearing the Dover case and reconsider the issues about intelligent design in education fairly.  Jones’s opinion was not the last word, but the first laugh.  Everyone knows who laughs best.  For example, watch this spoof at Overwhelming Evidence.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Big Seven and more at Addo

first_imgWhether you want to languish in luxury at an upmarket lodge, experience the sights and sounds of the bush from a safari tent or choose from a host of other affordable accommodation facilities – the world-renowned Addo Elephant National Park has it all.The park has proven itself to be one of South Africa’s most popular tourism destinations, with occupancy rates at its various accommodation facilities running at about 92% throughout the year.Added to this, several contractual partners and private concessions within the park have added an upmarket dimension to the park, attracting international tourists as well as having brought about numerous economic benefits to the park and surrounding community. The park, which was home to just 11 elephant when first proclaimed in 1931, is now sanctuary to more than 450 of these majestic creatures. It is also refuge to the Big Seven – making it one of South Africa’s key tourism destinations.Its 164 233 hectares are inhabited by abundant birdlife and a multitude of wildlife species including lion, black rhino, buffalo, leopard, spotted hyena, zebra, a variety of antelope species, as well as the unique flightless dung beetle. The Great White shark and seasonal Southern Right whale in the marine section complete the Big Seven.Situated in the malaria-free Eastern Cape, only a short drive away from Port Elizabeth, the park stretches across five biomes from the vast Darlington Lake, Zuurberg Mountains and dense bushveld of the Sundays River Valley to the indigenous forests at Woody Cape.These forests hug the largest coastal dune fields south of the Namib, overlooking the park’s marine area at Bird Island and St Croix Island.Privately owned concessionsThe privately owned concessions – Gorah Elephant Camp and Nguni Lodge – and contractual partners – RiverBend Lodge, Darlington Lake Lodge and Intsomi Lodge – when combined with the park’s own facilities, offer the visitor a multitude of choices, both in type of accommodation and price range says South African National Parks (SANParks) Frontier Region communications manager Megan Taplin.A new – and the biggest – contractual addition to the park, the 14 900 hectare Kuzuko Contractual Area has been stocked with elephant, lion, cheetah, black rhino and buffalo.Construction of a 48-bed luxury lodge was recently completed, while future concession and contractual opportunities are also possible within the park, with plans including the introduction of a canoe trail that will operate on the Sundays River – home to the park’s hippos.“A concession, usually signed for a period of 50 years or more, is where a private business is given the rights to operate a business, whether it’s a lodge or an activity, within a national park. The park still owns the land and infrastructure and receives a percentage of the concessionaire’s turnover. Concession opportunities are always put out on public tender to ensure that the process is transparent,” Taplin said.“The advantage to the park is that we can concentrate on our core business, which is biodiversity conservation, while still providing a range of offerings to visitors.”The advantage to concessionaires is that they can operate their businesses within a successful national park while not having to purchase land or set up a conservation system, while the advantage to contractual partners is that SANParks stocks their land with wildlife and runs it according to its conservation principles.“A contractual partner brings land into a national park. They also operate a business, usually a lodge with associated activities on the land, with the park receiving a percentage of the turnover,” Taplin said. “The advantage to SANParks is that we expand the park without having to purchase more land, and, we are able to offer more diversity of product to visitors, as with concessions.”Although somewhat controversial at the time, the commercialisation strategy adopted by SANParks at all of its parks thirteen years ago has today resulted in increased tourism, improved infrastructure in these areas, more jobs for surrounding local communities and broadened black economic empowerment (BEE) participation.Underlying the policy was the re-evaluation of what SANParks considered its core function – the management of biodiversity in protected areas and providing a foundation for tourism and recreation. Previously, the parks managed everything in the reserves, from doing laundry to fixing roads and providing hospitality services, often at significant financial loss.Park accommodationThe main camp of the park offers a wide variety of accommodation including chalets, rondavels, guest cottages, safari tents and forest cabins, to suit all tastes and pockets. It also runs at about 92% occupancy throughout the year, making it one of SANParks’ most popular rest camps.A unique feature here is the waterhole lookout point that is floodlit at night, as well as an underground hideaway allowing close encounters with wildlife at the waterhole. Guests also have access to a popular a-la-carte restaurant offering contemporary food with an African influence and a curio shop, both of which are private concessions.The park’s Matyholweni Rest Camp, located near the coastal town of Colchester at the Sundays River Mouth, provides a second gateway into the park.“An agreement between the Mayibuye Ndlovu Development Trust and the park sees a percentage of the turnover from Matyholweni channelled for use in local community projects,” Taplin said. “The trust consists of representatives from eight surrounding communities, local government, the Sundays River Valley Tourism Forum and the park.”For a secluded experience in magical forest, Narina Bush Camp at the foot of the Zuurberg Mountains and on the banks of the Wit River can be reached by car, hiking or horse trail. Visitors can access the camp by crossing a river bridge and walking about 500 metres through forest.The Langebos huts are available to hikers on the two-day Alexandria Hiking Trail, as well as those simply wanting an overnight stay in the forest, while the seven kilometre Dassie Day Trail begins at the huts and the breathtaking Woody Cape coastline of the park is a short drive and walk away.For a more rustic experience, try out Kabouga Cottage near the town of Kirkwood, or the Mvubu Campsite, nestled on the banks of the Sundays River.Private concessions and contractual partnersGorah Elephant Camp, the first private concession in the park, opened in 2000 within the main game area. It boasts ten luxurious tented suites and an elegant farmstead, restored to its 19th century colonial splendour. Guests can explore the bush with experienced rangers in open vehicles, on foot or horseback.RiverBend Lodge, situated in the Nyati area of the Park, offers eight luxurious double suites and inter-leading rooms for families. Longhope Villa has a private house with its own guide and chef. Game drives are conducted inside the national park or in RiverBend’s 5 000 hectare reserve, which is teamed with giraffe, white rhino, gemsbok and the endangered bontebok.Guests can also enjoy mountain drives and walks, tours to RiverBend Citrus Farm and cultural and historical excursions.Nguni River Lodge has spectacular views over a pristine floodplain encircled by mountains. Its eight African-style suites offer spectacular views over a floodplain, with sightings of abundant wildlife. Guided game drives on open land rovers and walks led by professional guides offer close encounters with the Big Five and more.The luxurious Darlington Lake Lodge, which offers only five en-suite rooms and seven en-suite tents, overlooks the lake. The lodge also has a fully equipped conference facility.Intsomi Lodge is situated in the Alexandria Forest along the park’s coastal section. The 1 000 hectare property, Langvlakte, has been the site of recent wildlife introductions by the park. Eight luxury twin-bedded chalets are situated within the majestic indigenous forest.Guests begin their journey at the forest, passing through a valley where indigenous antelope and zebra roam, continuing onto a grassy ridge to overlook an uninterrupted vista of the coastline. An impressive conference centre, in a hideaway setting, offers professional catering. Other activities on offer include guided walks, drives, hikes and horse trails.For alternative nearby accommodation, ranging from comfortable to luxury, visit Greater Addo for a list of guesthouses, guest farms, hotels and game parks in the area.This article was first published in Eastern Cape Madiba Action, winter 2008 edition. Republished here with kind permission.last_img read more