Tag: KwaZulu-Natal

Kosi Forest Lodge

Kosi Forest Lodge

Kosi Forest Lodge, situated near the upper lakes of the Kosi Lake system in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, is set within a beautiful sand forest on the banks of Lake Shengeza.  In the heat of the day the shade of the huge Zulu podberry tree (Dialium schlechteri) is most welcome, as is the refreshing drink […]

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Thonga Beach Lodge

Thonga Beach Lodge

When thinking of having a dream, Brett and Paige Gehren come to mind… they dreamed of sharing their passion for protecting the pristine and precious natural wonders of Africa. Through their fierce commitment to conservation and a deep desire to make a difference, Isibindi Africa Lodges was born. We recently had the opportunity of experiencing two […]

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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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Isandlwana… a story of heartache and hope

Isandlwana… a story of heartache and hope

It was a chilly evening as the day gave way to night. The blanket helped, as did a glass of sherry… but the enormity of that fateful day in 1879 sent shivers down my spine. Especially as we were standing atop the iNyoni hill, the very spot where tens of thousands of Zulu warriors had […]

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Escape to Brahman Hills

Escape to Brahman Hills

The second thing I noticed was the sign ‘Recycling Garden’, the walls of rusted corrugated iron and weathered farm implements – the first was the almost life-size Brahman herd ‘grazing’ at the entrance gate. ‘So cool’, I thought to myself… followed by ‘can’t wait to explore’. This set the scene for what was to be […]

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Zululand Conservation Experience

Zululand Conservation Experience

This hands-on conservation volunteer programme covers two unique conservation areas located in the Zululand and Maputaland regions of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and the seaside village of Ponto Do Oura in Mozambique.  This region falls within one of the top 21 Hot Spots for biodiversity on Earth and this unique programme is designed so that participants […]

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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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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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Drakensberg Sun – an environmental success story

Filed in Environment by on January 30, 2014
Drakensberg Sun – an environmental success story

Being situated on the boundaries of the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg  UNESCO World Heritage Site, it stands to reason the Drakensberg Sun Resort would be compelled to be environmentally conscious, and they have done an excellent job, being led not by legislation, but by complete passion. Spend an hour or two with General Manager, Darron Moore or any […]

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Rocktail’s creatures of the deep

Rocktail’s creatures of the deep

GUEST POST – Winnie Graham… A dark shadow appeared from the sea and made its way across the sand. We stopped short in the moonlight to have a better look, and knew we were in luck. The huge creature steadily moving up the beach was a giant leatherback turtle coming ashore to lay her eggs […]

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