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Best Places to Stay on the Umhlanga Coast
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Best Places to Stay on the Umhlanga Coast

The best places to stay on the Umhlanga Coast ~ The Umhlanga coastline with its red top stripe lighthouse, whalebone pier, and beach promenade is an all-year-round haunt for its balmy weather, trend-setter restaurants and high-rise hotels and apartments. Often written as uMhlanga, Umhlanga (the ‘hl’ is pronounced ‘ll’ the way the Welsh would say it) is Zulu for ‘place of reeds’ and refers to the beds of reeds that grow on the Ohlanga River north of here, not the fields of sugarcane that grow on the hills. The Umhlanga coastline promises beachside living, the constant sound of the ocean, ...
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Best Places to Stay in Hluhluwe – the doorstep of iSimangaliso Wetland Park & Hluhluwe-iMfolozi
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Best Places to Stay in Hluhluwe – the doorstep of iSimangaliso Wetland Park & Hluhluwe-iMfolozi

The Best places to stay in Hluhluwe, Kwazulu-Natal ~ Hluhluwe lies in the far reaches of the northern coast of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa. Its attraction isn’t so much that it’s a darling little town but that it lies in amongst several private, and national, game farms. So if you’re after a heady African experience of the Elephant Coast with access to two of the country’s top national game reserves - the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi and the iSimangliso Wetland Park - then Hluhluwe is where you want to base yourself. As such Hluhluwe is the best possible base for a bush and beach break! The town ...
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Creighton’s Aloe Festival – A Midlands Event not to be missed
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Creighton’s Aloe Festival – A Midlands Event not to be missed

During the month of July the little village of Creighton in the Natal Midlands comes to life as it hosts the annual Aloe Festival. The festival takes place over the weekend of July 6th to 8th and there are a number of activities on offer; steam train rides, hot air ballooning, trail runs and mountain bike rides... A trail run is the first event on the festival calendar. Starting at 17h30 from Myddelton Farm on Friday, July 6th, this 6.5km run (with a shorter loop for walkers, children and dogs!) promises to be a great start to the weekend. The race fee includes entry to the cheese and w...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve Properly

See the Big 5 closer to Durban than you think ... The Hluhluwe iMfolozi (shla-shloo-wee-om-fa-low-zee - it’s a mouthful but you’ll get used to it) combines two reserves of unmistakably different character. As if to reinforce this idea, there’s a public road dividing the two. Three rivers flow permanently through the park. Two - the Black and White Imfolozi s - etch their way through a series of valleys in the southern section leaving rich riverine vegetation to accompany drier woodland, grassy plains and open savannah for spotting wildlife. Dissecting the Hluhluwe section is the Hlu...
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Best Places to Stay on the Dolphin Coast
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Best Places to Stay on the Dolphin Coast

Best places to stay on the Dolphin Coast, South Africa ~ South Africa’s Dolphin Coast gives you endless summer with long stretches of beach washed by the Indian Ocean and sunrises that give new meaning to ‘waking to the dawn’. You’re in the right place if it’s sea views and oceanside living you’re after. Almost all of our best places to stay on the Dolphin Coast, just north of Durban Accommodation, are in seaside villages like Ballito, Umdloti and Zinkwazi. Most of them are self-catering holiday homes, others are gentle guest houses... Some are right on the edge of the sea, oth...
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Best Places to Stay on the Elephant Coast, South Africa’s True Wilderness Revealed
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Best Places to Stay on the Elephant Coast, South Africa’s True Wilderness Revealed

The Elephant Coast of South Africa is some of the country’s wildest sea frontage north of the Dolphin Coast. It’s typical of what one thinks when one imagines Africa - big game country - with the added bonus of a tropical coastline protected all the way to Mozambique by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (including Lake St Lucia, Charter’s Creek, False Bay Park, Cape Vidal, Sodwana Bay, Mkhuze Game Reserve, Lake Sibaya and Kosi Bay). Once known simply as Maputaland the Elephant Coast South Africa remains a Zulu stronghold. It’s a mystically imbued, legendary wash of ancestral African lan...
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Best Places to Stay in the Drakensberg, South Africa’s Epic Dragonback Mountains
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Best Places to Stay in the Drakensberg, South Africa’s Epic Dragonback Mountains

When it comes to finding the best places to stay in the Drakensberg, South Africa, it all boils down to the view. It’s that simple. If there are mountains outside your window, or you can drink in their tumulticity (this really is a word, and one perfect for these mountains) from your front stoep, then you’re not going to care all that much about the décor, to be honest. Our list of best places to stay in the Drakensberg does both. They give aesthetic pleasure and an eyeball full of mountains! And there’s something here for everyone, from lodge-style luxury, to teepee living... ...
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Best Places to Stay on Battlefields Route in KwaZulu Natal
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Best Places to Stay on Battlefields Route in KwaZulu Natal

Best Places to Stay on Battlefields Route ~ Blood River, Spioenkop, Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Hlobane, Ulundi, Talana - all of these are major landmarks of South Africa’s Battlefields Route. A route both legendary and fascinating. The Battlefields Route is set in amongst the rolling plains and savannah grasslands of northern KwaZulu-Natal where unusual rock formations and granite koppies served as the backdrop for not one, but three, major wars. The many battles between Boer, Briton and Zulu have left marks and memories behind, woven into stories that make the route a must-do if soaking up ...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Properly

iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a vast reserve on the extreme north end of South Africa’s east coast, known also as the Elephant Coast. It protects over 220 km of pristine coastline with a range of wild and magnificent beaches to enjoy (minus the crowds and beach umbrellas). Where else can you see game in the morning (rhino, giraffe, buck, elephant), snorkel in the sea in the afternoon, and see hippos at night? Watch this .... Considered the largest natural World Heritage Site on the planet, it stretches from the St Lucia Estuary in the south up to the border with Mozambique. It’s also...
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Everything You Need to Know to See the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park Properly
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Everything You Need to Know to See the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park Properly

The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park protects a mountain wonderland; a chain of craggy, ancient fold mountains made up of towering Basalt peaks, interminable rolling gorges and valleys, towering cliffs and sandstone caves. Included in the World Heritage Site is the jagged, green sweep of the Amphitheatre, easily one of the most extraordinary cliff faces on earth. The Amphitheatre’s recognisable, almost flat, plateau extends wall-like for 5 km as it looms over the Drakensberg National Park like a sentinel. A hike to the top, whilst one of the most exciting things to do in the uKhahlamba Drakensber...
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Best Places to Stay on the Midlands Meander
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Best Places to Stay on the Midlands Meander

Picture this: fields of swaying grasslands, slowly ambling cattle chewing the cud, undulating green hills that stretch as far as the eye can see, farmlands - sand roads curving just out of sight, country lanes lined with hedgerows, beautiful mountains off in the distance. No, this enticing description isn’t the British Midlands, despite the essential similarity (and an almost permanent state of sunshine!). This is the KwaZulu Natal Midlands. Country stays at their best. Best explored along the five routes of the Midlands Meander - a well-mapped network of routes that explore a whole selec...
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Stopping for Goat’s Cheese Sarmies at Chane Cheese Farm in Mtubatuba
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Stopping for Goat’s Cheese Sarmies at Chane Cheese Farm in Mtubatuba

A herd of grazing goats greets visitors to Chane Cheese Farm which is situated a short drive from the towns of St Lucia and Mtubatuba. After reading about the farm in a magazine and having been told they make a delicious toasted (goats) cheese sandwiches, my father insisted we pop in on the way home after a few days stay in St Lucia. Delicious meals are served on a spacious wooden deck which has a magical view of timber plantations and sand dunes. A large number of guests can be seated both on the wooden deck and at smaller tables outside the farm shop while a sparking swimming pool ...
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All Aboard the Inchanga Choo Choo
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All Aboard the Inchanga Choo Choo

This past Sunday saw us waking early and heading to Kloof station in time to board the train that departs at 08h30 promptly. The Inchanga Choo Choo is a steam train named Wesley that has been around since the 1930’s and now has the wonderful task of steaming to life on the last Sunday of each month and transporting passengers on a round trip from Kloof to Inchanga... There is something relaxing about sitting back while listening to the clackety-clack of the train while gazing out at the beautiful scenery and rural scenes that make up the Valley of 1000 Hills. Originally the tr...
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5 Stylish Durban Boutique Hotels You Can’t Afford to Miss
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5 Stylish Durban Boutique Hotels You Can’t Afford to Miss

Durban Boutique hotels have obviously not caught on in the balmy seaside city, as a number of our choices below don’t call themselves ‘boutique’. Yet the definition of boutique hotels as upscale residences of less than 100 rooms easily fits the Durban hotels and guest houses we’ve included, and we’re sure you’ll agree. Have a glance through the 5 stylish boutique hotels, Durban The du Boirs Boutique Lodge, Hillfold Road, Waterfall This stylish sanctuary lies just outside of Durban, close to Hillcrest, where Durban’s sticky heat (December to March) is less intense. Their nin...
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KwaZulu-Natal Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend
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KwaZulu-Natal Tented Camps Perfect for a Glamping Weekend

KwaZulu-Natal tented camps come in a variety of guises. They're not all tented camps the way one expects them to be – out in the bush accompanied by the Big 5 experience – except for one, in a private game reserve in the savanna region, just outside Ladysmith. Instead many of them are set in amongst the subtropical and dune forested canopies so typical of KwaZulu-Natal, dripping in monkey ropes and vines synonymous with the province's more humid weather conditions. This selection of KwaZulu-Natal tented camps has a satisfying variety: there's a teepee camp in the Drakensberg, and even...
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