Tag: KwaZulu-Natal

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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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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Drakensberg Sun’s commitment to conservation

Filed in Conservation by on November 1, 2013
Drakensberg Sun’s commitment to conservation

The Drakensberg Sun Resort ia an ever popular family-orientated hotel and timeshare resort situated at the foot of the Drakensberg Mountains of KwaZulu-Natal within the majestic uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Environmental and conservation management has been top of mind for Drakensberg Sun for many years and is in fact one of the […]

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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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101 things to see on safari at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

Filed in KwaZulu-Natal, Wildlife & Safari by on July 18, 2013
101 things to see on safari at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve

When tasked with finding somewhere that was likely to fulfill the brief for our ‘101 things to see on safari in KZN’, &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve came to mind immediately. With an incredible diversity in habitats and its commitment to conservation, community and the environment it seemed the obvious choice – and they exceeded […]

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Tiny Tracks in the Sand

Tiny Tracks in the Sand

The remote chance of seeing a hatchling Dermochelys coriacae, or Leatherback sea turtle, as they are commonly known, was our primary reason for visiting this pristine beach camp in the northern reaches of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (formerly known as the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park).  We were to discover that Rocktail Beach Camp had […]

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