Adventure & Activities

A socially and environmentally responsible way to explore South Africa

A socially and environmentally responsible way to explore South Africa

Recent trends in tourist activity demonstrate a change in the way people travel. Tourists and travel operators alike are recognizing the significance of responsible travel, or as CREST defines it, “travel that minimizes negative impacts, brings economic benefits to host communities, and preserves the cultural and natural resources of the destinations.” A treasure trove of […]

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Dubai – ancient and modern

Dubai – ancient and modern

I use the term ancient rather loosely, as Dubai was only founded around the 1800s – it was once however a region inhabited by Bedouins who made a living fishing, searching for pearls and herding sheep and goats. Where ancient dhows transported livestock and merchandise across the creek, where camels were used as transport and […]

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Fordoun’s green pastures and ‘green’ initiatives

Filed in Community, Environment, Spas by on May 23, 2014
Fordoun’s green pastures and ‘green’ initiatives

Not only is Fordoun situated in the green pastures of a successful Nottingham Road dairy farm, it is also firmly committed to the environment through a number of ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL INITIATIVES. CRANE FOUNDATION – A number of years ago Fordoun donated 150 hectares of natural veld and wetland adjoining the estate, to the KwaZulu-Natal […]

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24 hours in Soweto…

24 hours in Soweto…

Many tourists never visit Soweto unless it’s a quick foray to the Apartheid museum, a tour on an air-conditioned bus or perhaps a game at the stadium – and so Soweto remains one of South Africa’s most enigmatic destinations. But this is steadily changing as innovative entrepreneurs find ways to open up the sprawling neighbourhoods […]

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Things to do in KwaZulu-Natal

Things to do in KwaZulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal is all about cultural diversity and multi-cultural traditions, sophistication and style, an enticing destination that invites exploration – an alluring and fascinating place, with spectacular mountain peaks, expansive golden beaches, exciting wildlife experiences, legendary Zulu kings and reminders of its Colonial past. Durban, gateway to the province, is a sophisticated cosmopolitan city, a fusion of East, West and African culture, […]

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The hunted…

The hunted…

Safety briefing dealt with and under strict instruction of silence, we headed into the Acacia thicket. My heart was pounding and I felt myself breaking into a sweat which, I’m ashamed to say, could not entirely be attributed to the oppressive heat of the day or the physical exertion. I was quite sure the thumping […]

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Tiger fishing on Jozini

Tiger fishing on Jozini

When you mention tiger fishing in southern Africa, the obvious spots that come to mind are the Zambezi River and Kariba.  Little do most people realise that we have a tiger fishing hot-spot right on our doorstep – the Jozini Dam , also known as the  Pongolapoort Lake, which is located in northern KwaZulu-Natal  along […]

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Granny Mouse, a glorious place to unwind…

Granny Mouse, a glorious place to unwind…

It was a glorious autumn morning, a chill filled the air and all around the plane trees were shedding their leaves. Our welcome was warm and our new suite absolutely superb. It didn’t take long for us to forget the hectic work schedules we’d left behind. My husband and I had been invited up for […]

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Changing views…

Changing views…

We woke to glorious sunshine, the sun’s early morning rays reflecting ochre on the sandstone cliffs of the spectacular Oribi Gorge. Quite a change to the dramatic display of sound and light of the night before as we dined to the sound of background music interspersed with that of thunder. These are just some of […]

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Fast food… cycling the Tour de Tuli

Fast food… cycling the Tour de Tuli

Three elephant charges, sightings of leopard, hyena, buffalo and lion… lion on a zebra kill with hyena and jackal in close attendance, wildebeest, giraffe, zebra, eland and lots of general game.  The Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area plays host to a cycling tour like no other….the Medscheme Tour de Tuli, a mountain bike tour with […]

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