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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 – Where Boer, Briton and Zulu brazened it out
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Best Places to Stay on Battlefields Route – Where Boer, Briton and Zulu brazened it out

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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15 Reasons to Visit Durban, At LEAST Once in Your Life
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15 Reasons to Visit Durban, At LEAST Once in Your Life

Visit Durban ... Described by CNN as 'the coolest city in South Africa you've never seen'. And ranked higher by Mercer in its annual Quality of Living survey than both Cape Town and Johannesburg, for yet another year, South Africa's east coast city has taken its rightful place as one of the best cities in the country to visit. But accolades aside. Why should you visit? Here are 15 reasons to visit Durban, at least once in your life... The laid-back lifestyle When it comes to the laid-back stakes of coastal cities in South Africa, Durban wins hands down. Slops and shorts are stand...
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The 9 Best Small Towns in KwaZulu-Natal
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The 9 Best Small Towns in KwaZulu-Natal

What’s so great about the small towns in KwaZulu-Natal? Well, first of all there’s a lot to be said for small-town living. People love the experience, even if it’s only for a weekend, or a few days. And secondly, KwaZulu-Natal has some of the best subtropical all-year-practically-summer weather that makes a stay in any of the towns below, a seriously good option all year round. Here is our list of 9 best small towns in KwaZulu-Natal... Nottingham Road Think green rolling Drakensberg foothills, fly-fishing dams, sheep farms, historical sites, a Victorian country tavern, a rustic brew...
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The Inanda Heritage Route – A Must Do
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The Inanda Heritage Route – A Must Do

To explore a wealth of information on the rich history and culture of Durban's Inanda, so little of which has been recorded in the annuls of history, take the Inanda Heritage Route. Just outside Durban is a generous, green valley through which sprawls the township of the same name. Inanda (eNanda), which is isiZulu for 'a pleasant place', is also known as the Freedom Valley, and for good reason. It is where the seeds of the country's liberation were planted; a valley imbued in history that explores both sung and unsung African heroes. Inanda is where Gandhi built his Phoenix settlemen...
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots In KwaZulu Natal
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20 Best Secret Scenic Spots In KwaZulu Natal

The next in our series on where to find the 'secret' spots not normally advertised by travel brochures for perfect scenic #instagram pics, this one explores KwaZulu Natal. KwaZulu Natal is only just coming of age. Durban, its capital, was voted one of the top 10 of the 52 Places to Go in 2015 by the New York Times, and dubbed by CNN as 'the coolest city in South Africa you've never seen'. It then ranked even higher than Cape Town and Johannesburg on Mercer's 2015 Quality of Living survey. But other than the province's beaches, the Midlands, and the Drakensberg where do you go for incredi...
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Green Durban – 9 Sustainable Sites In The City
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Green Durban – 9 Sustainable Sites In The City

Durban's focus is a lot more green than one thinks and finding sustainable projects, green spaces, heritage sites and businesses with an eco core in Durban is not difficult. The city's major green focus in the build up to the Soccer World Cup 2010, followed by COP17 (the United Nations Climate Change Conference hosted in Durban in November and December 2011), resulted in a green legacy that has done anything but fade from the city's agenda. The good news, for those after a more responsible holiday when in the city of beaches, there is plenty to find and do, beginning with these 9 sustain...
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