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hereThe Living Collective adds The Villa to its portfolio

Filed in KwaZulu-Natal, News, Places to Stay by on May 10, 2021
The Living Collective adds The Villa to its portfolio

The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is known for its majestic views of the countryside and its tranquility. It is also home to The Living Collective (TLC), a full-service self-catering accommodation rental company.  The company offers a unique selection of modern and luxury homes and apartments that cater to clients with short to medium term leasing needs. The […]

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hereAmakhosi Safari Lodge, a haven for cheetah

Amakhosi Safari Lodge, a haven for cheetah

Amakhosi Safari Lodge, where I had heard about cheetah cubs that romp with abandon, elephants that get so close that you can almost touch them, and rhino that munch grass sedately as you watch from nearby. That the Mkhuze River runs through it, and that the views from the rocky hilltops are spectacular. That the […]

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hereBaobab Ridge for a REAL safari experience

Baobab Ridge for a REAL safari experience

I am at Baobab Ridge, and over many years of spending time in the bush, I have come to learn that there is a big difference between a game drive and an actual safari experience. For some, the extent of a game drive is ticking the Big Five and a few other list-worthy animals and, […]

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hereConservation and community at Babanango Game Reserve

Conservation and community at Babanango Game Reserve

The view is compelling, as is the conversation. I’m sitting on the deck at Zulu Rock, one of the lodges within Babanango Game Reserve (BGR), chatting to COO Jeffrey van Staden to get to the nitty-gritty of what’s involved in the setting up a conservation and community partnership as is the case with BGR and […]

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hereMhondoro Safari Lodge

Mhondoro Safari Lodge

I was at the luxurious 5-star Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa, in the 35,000-hectare Welgevonden Game Reserve in Limpopo, a mere 2h45-minute drive from Johannesburg. Its location within the magnificent Waterberg Mountain range ensures breath-taking scenery amid rock strewn mountains, pristine water courses and diverse vegetation. A deep roar filled the void between us and […]

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hereBabanango Game Reserve, a conservation success story in the making

Babanango Game Reserve, a conservation success story in the making

I was at Zulu Rock Lodge in the Babanango Game Reserve (BGR), located in the heart of South Africa’s beautiful northern KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Its mountainside location ensured sweeping views across a dramatic wilderness, the grasslands and savanna punctuated with rocky outcrops and the White Umfolozi river in the distance. A chorus of birds proclaims the […]

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hereiSimangaliso Wetland Park & St Lucia – things to do

iSimangaliso Wetland Park & St Lucia – things to do

Central to the region is the little town of St Lucia which lies at the southern-most entrance to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage site that stretches all the way from Kosi Bay in the north, to beyond St Lucia in the south to include Maphelane Nature Reserve. iSimangaliso is high on the ‘must […]

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hereBabanango Game Reserve, the fulfilment of a dream

Babanango Game Reserve, the fulfilment of a dream

‘I love it when a plan comes together’ said Hannibal Smith of the A-Team, words that could just as well be uttered by Jeff van Staden, COO of African Habitat Conservancy (AHC). Especially when he looks around at what is becoming one of South Africa’s conservation and community success stories – the Babanango Game Reserve, […]

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hereMtunzini – explore nature’s bounty

Mtunzini – explore nature’s bounty

Mtunzini, meaning ‘Place in the Shade’, is an unspoilt coastal town with much to offer the birding or wildlife enthusiast. The town, situated on a hill overlooking the coastline, has pristine dune forest and an estuary lined with mangrove swamp forest. The Umlalazi Nature Reserve in Mtunzini offers visitors wonderful opportunities to experience both land […]

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hereQambathi Mountain Lodge

Qambathi Mountain Lodge

Qambathi Mountain Lodge in the southern Drakensberg is the ideal location for exploring this spectacular UNESCO Heritage Site with it’s mountain splendour, history and culture – or just take the time to relax in the tranquil surroundings. An old farmhouse has been lovingly restored and now boasts wonderfully quirky decor – handmade & locally sourced, […]

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