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Where Zulu traditions, ghost stories and wonderful hospitality reside

Where Zulu traditions, ghost stories and wonderful hospitality reside

The early morning mist swirled around the legendary Mountain, its silhouette reflected in the still water. Over the years flickering fires and strange lights have been seen, and weird noises had been heard. From early times the bodies of Shangaan Chiefs had been buried there, and still were… ‘It is a great and strange mountain’ […]

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Zululand Coast – history, culture & conservation

Zululand Coast – history, culture & conservation

An easy road-trip from Durban found us heading towards the Zululand Coast. An area where the golden shores are gently caressed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, offering idyllic beaches and crystal clear waters. Where further inland, are endless rolling hills, meandering valleys, and grassy plains teaming with wildlife. Forest sanctuaries and misty […]

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Visit to a traditional Zulu ‘Umuzi’

Filed in Communities, South Africa, Travel blog by on May 6, 2016
Visit to a traditional Zulu ‘Umuzi’

Be welcomed into a Zulu homestead with the warm, traditional greeting-call of ‘Sawubona!’  Sometimes without electricity and running water, lighting is provided by candlelight, and hot water for ablutions is kept on the boil in a large pot on the communal fire. Each hut is comfortably furnished in the traditional way and form part of […]

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Dining in the Arabian desert

Dining in the Arabian desert

No visit to Dubai would be complete without spending some time in the desert. We had the privilege of experiencing the desert with Platinum Heritage, a safari company committed to responsible tourism and operating with an ethos of conservation, environmental awareness and community upliftment.  This desert safari was unlike most others… no convoys of vehicles, […]

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Arabic hospitality & the tradition of coffee at the Dubai Coffee Museum

Arabic hospitality & the tradition of coffee at the Dubai Coffee Museum

Drinking coffee is integral to Arabic traditions of hospitality, and there is no better place to discover this than at the Coffee Museum in Dubai’s Al Fahidi Historical District. The museum, the largest of its kind in the Middle East, is the brainchild of ‘coffee’nista’ (is there such a word?) Khalid Al Mulla, of coffee […]

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SMCCU – a must do cultural experience in Dubai

SMCCU – a must do cultural experience in Dubai

A great way to start a visit to Dubai is a visit to the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) located in the historic Al Fahidi District in Bur Dubai.  An easy walk from the Al Fahidi Metro Station and down Al Mankhool Road – the variety of shops and businesses giving a glimpse […]

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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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Namibia, a land of contrasts

Filed in Africa, Destination Africa, Namibia by on July 19, 2013
Namibia, a land of contrasts

The Namibian landscape is rugged and the distances are far. Despite this harsh terrain the flora and flora has thrived here, adapting to the ruthless and somewhat unpredictable conditions. The abundance and variety of wildlife is astounding, from big game such as lion and elephant, to antelope, birds, reptiles and much more. The quest to […]

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