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hereSamara Game Reserve’s conservation success stories

Samara Game Reserve’s conservation success stories

There’s something about spending time in the African bush… the sights, the sounds and the smells that get under your skin and into your heart ensuring that you want – no, need – to return, time and time again. And it’s no different with Samara Game Reserve either. Once will never be enough, especially once […]

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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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I was at Thanda Safari and it was freezing.  And the wind had howled all night… despite this my wake-up call at 5:15 am had me up and waiting to be escorted to the dining area for coffee in no time. I was the only one braving the cold that morning – sometimes you’ve just […]

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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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hereRoad trip… #GreatCapeEscape, part 2

Filed in Eastern Cape, South Africa, Travel, Western Cape by on November 30, 2016
Road trip… #GreatCapeEscape, part 2

Leaving the vineyards and orchards of the Elgin Valley we continue our road trip up the coast towards pretty town of Gansbaai – home to shark cage diving, seasonal whale watching and sublime sunsets over the bay.  There was to be no shark cage diving or whale watching this time around, but I did have […]

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hereRoad trip… #GreatCapeEscape part 1

Filed in Eastern Cape, South Africa, Travel, Western Cape by on October 3, 2016
Road trip… #GreatCapeEscape part 1

The thing with a road trip is that there are always surprises… these sometimes include a curve ball or two but there are always some incredibly memorable moments! This is a brief account of what we called our #GreatCapeEscape which saw us traverse the mighty Drakensberg Mountains from KwaZulu-Natal and the Freestate into the Eastern and Western Cape. What became evident on our journey was the incredible beauty […]

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Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, on our way to the Mgcamabele Community Centre. In some way the Centre is at the centre of everything that Kwandwe is about, so it was fitting to be spending some time there. When Kwandwe first started early in 2000, the vision was to not only develop and restore a piece of […]

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hereVisit 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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hereInto the Rabbit Hole… at Karkloof Canopy Tour

Into the Rabbit Hole… at Karkloof Canopy Tour

How often do you get the opportunity to zip at breakneck speeds through a beautiful forest? And to make it even more enticing, this forest just happens to be one of the larger mistbelt forests in South Africa, boasting a huge number of endemic species of fauna and flora! This magnificent forest is located within […]

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