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I am ready for 2010. Are you (photograph)
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I am ready for 2010. Are you (photograph)

This photograph of a young cheetah was sent to us by Cecillie from Emdoneni Lodge Cat Rehabilitation Centre in Hluhluwe, KwaZulu Natal. The Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre cares for wild Cheetahs, Serval Cats, African Wildcats and Caracal (Lynx), which have been orphaned or injured in the wild and are in need of care and rehabilitation ... Photograph: I am ready for 2010. Are you? - By and © Endoneni Lodge View and photograph these amazing animals at the Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Centre. They offer educational tours daily, with feedings during the afternoon tour and an informative t...
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Mariannhill Monastery – a gentle space of beauty and peace
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Mariannhill Monastery – a gentle space of beauty and peace

I'm looking at the incredible interior of the church of the Monastery of Mariannhill and realising why, despite its being years since last I was here, it had such a profound effect on me as a 16-year-old. During my third year of high school I sang with a choir that recorded Franz Schubert's mass no 2 in G standing within this sanctuary. It was one of the most intense experiences of my life. The sound we managed to evoke in this place of God was not only incredible, it was impressive and, as young people only beginning to form opinions and views on the world, I felt I had touched something w...
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Izibindi Zulu Lodge – gameviewing, battlefields and Zulu culture
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Izibindi Zulu Lodge – gameviewing, battlefields and Zulu culture

Isibindi Zulu Lodge in Rorke's Drift, KwaZulu Natal, is a peaceful bushveld retreat with accommodation designed in an architectural celebration of the Zulu nation. It offers a host of activities for those wanting to experience a combination of gameviewing, battlefields and Zulu cultural experiences. "We found Isibindi quite unique, with it's beehive lodges and warm casual setting and atmosphere.  Darren and Candy and all the staff were ultra accommodating, friendly, helpful, and informative,  With Darren as the chef, the food was exceptional and the ambience of our dinner under the night ...
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Peaks, Valleys and Champagne … in the Drakensberg
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Peaks, Valleys and Champagne … in the Drakensberg

One of my favourite holiday spots is the Drakensberg in KwaZulu Natal. Don’t get me wrong, I love the beach and there is nothing better than an early morning swim in the Indian Ocean, but the Drakensberg offers just as good a holiday and there is no need to watch out for jellyfish and sand in your sarmies! The Northern and Central Drakensberg falls into four valleys; Champagne Valley, Didima Valley, Amphitheatre Valley and finally the Middledale Pass Valley in the Northern Berg. Big peaks in the Champagne Valley are Cathkin and Champagne Castle with peaks of 3149 and 3248 metres resp...
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Let’s go camping – the best campsites in KwaZulu-Natal
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Let’s go camping – the best campsites in KwaZulu-Natal

It's virtually that time of the year again, when a beach holiday for the family looms on the horizon and visions of just how one is going to wiggle one's way into one's swim attire with a fair amount of grace occupies one's thoughts, if only for a moment. The rest of the time is taken up with trying to find the right campsite whilst dithering about how best to fit the entire house and the kitchen sink into the boot of the car! The KwaZulu-Natal coastline is the most obvious choice when it comes to endless summer and warm waters. Along this strip of coastline between Port Edward and Durban i...
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Mpila Camp, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve
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Mpila Camp, Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

KwaZulu Natal is a wonderful destination to visit during winter, since its mild temperatures allow you to escape the chill of other parts of the country.  As part of our travels, we chose a visit to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, which was established in 1895, and is the oldest game park in Africa ... One of the attractions of selecting this reserve, and Mpila camp in particular, was that I could meet my young boys’ desire to camp, without having to sacrifice my need for a little comfort and some basic amenities. In fact the two bedded tents with en suite showers are anything bu...
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Exploring Mkuze Game Reserve
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Exploring Mkuze Game Reserve

Aside from the fact that it feels as though one drives forever from Durban to get to Mkuze Game Reserve along the N2, it was this journey that prepared my mind and soul for the necessary unwind that must first take place before spending any time in a reserve. And by that evening, I could appreciate the transition that took me along the northern coast of KwaZulu Natal into the heart of Zululand for what it was - a journey into stillness countered by the wild and untamed beauty that is the Zulu heartland ... Whilst you can fly into Richards Bay or even Ulundi, my advice is that you don't. ...
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Giraffe in Mkuze Game Reserve photo
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Giraffe in Mkuze Game Reserve photo

Photograph of a Giraffe family in the beautiful Mkuze Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal. Three game viewing hides have been constructed next to the Kubube, Kamasinga, Kwamalibala pans in the Mkuze Game Reserve. Visitors park their cars and enter the hides on foot. Depending on the surface water in the reserve, but normally during the drier winter months, large concentrations of wildlife may be seen at the waterholes ... Useful Links: Mkuze Game Reserve Mkuze Accommodation KwaZulu Natal Accommodation KwaZulu Natal Game Reserves Game Reserves of South Africa Save Save
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Ike’s Bookstore & Collectables in Durban
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Ike’s Bookstore & Collectables in Durban

Get in a room with out of prints ... First editions, second time around to be read more than thrice and passed down through generations; line up in rows on bottle green painted bookshelves at the top of a wise old staircase awaiting bibliophilics. Wooden floors and paper pages fill slow unfolding mornings with Durban sunlight that slants through the corner sash windows defrosting forgotten novels ... this is Ike's Bookstore & Collectables in Durban... Unexpectant afternoons are plump with well-worn rugs and well read favourites. Typed poetry bound in volumes of verse are interspersed wi...
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KwaZulu Natal Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in KwaZulu-Natal
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KwaZulu Natal Adventure – Adrenalin Junkie Activities in KwaZulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal - the part of South Africa endowed with a permanently temperate climate, the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Mountains, the Isimangaliso Wetland Park (Greater St Lucia Wetland Park), the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Park, the Elephant and Hibiscus Coasts, the Dlinza Forest and the Battlefields of the interior. There is enough adventure opportunity here for months of entertainment, never mind days. This is the land of endless summer. The coastal heart of Ethekwini-Durban and the beaches of the north and south coasts offer endless playground material – extreme water sports, sea and wildlife ad...
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Visit the Drakensberg
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Visit the Drakensberg

The Drakensberg mountain range, translated from Dutch as Dragon’s Mountains, is the most extensive in South Africa, spanning a distance of around 1000m, and boasts the highest peak in Southern Africa, Thabana Ntlenyana, at 3482m in height. This particular peak was named by the Lesotho people, and means “nice little mountain” in SeSotho, however, there are many other famous peaks within the range, including Cathedral Peak, Giant’s Castle, and other mysteriously named and majestic peaks ... Visit the Drakensberg ... The famous Blyde River Canyon falls within the furthest northern reaches o...
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Take a ride on the Inchanga Choo Choo
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Take a ride on the Inchanga Choo Choo

The Umgeni Steam Railway is the non-profit society behind the thrilling Inchanga Choo Choo - the train that takes its passengers on the first and last Sunday of every month, twice daily, from Kloof to Inchanga Station in KwaZulu Natal, a beautiful colonial station built in 1895, pulled by a steam locomotive called Maureen. Maureen debuted with the Umgeni Steam Railway after 70 or 80 years’ service with the South African Railways and was originally built by the North British Railway Company in 1912 – no surprise that her capacity for speed has slowed to a limit of 60 kilometres so as not to ...
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Karkloof Safari Spa Ecology and Wildlife Management
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Karkloof Safari Spa Ecology and Wildlife Management

Article by Karkloof Spa, Natal Midlands - At Karkloof Safari Spa we are proud to be custodians of an extraordinarily beautiful piece of land. It is one which reflects changing moods and colour palettes, according to the seasons, and which supports a large variety of plants, mammals, birds, insects, fish and other creatures. Unfortunately, as is the case with most natural areas, it has fallen victim to encroaching plants, most of them alien to this landscape; and to periods in the past, of overgrazing, frequent burning and inadequate environmental management. For the past seven years, two ex...
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KwaZulu Natal with Kids – Things to Do with Children in KwaZulu Natal
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KwaZulu Natal with Kids – Things to Do with Children in KwaZulu Natal

Is it school holidays again?  Battling to keep the kids entertained?  Look no further than this blog for fun filled ideas to make the holidays fly by!  KwaZulu Natal may have sticky, humid summers, but it also has the most wonderful, temperate winters - perfect for spending the day outdoors. If you live in the Ballito area what about a few hours at the Flag Farm Animal Farm?  The farm is located on the N2 North and is open daily from 9am to 4.30pm.  Children will have the opportunity to learn how to milk a cow, feed the chickens or have a pony ride.  There is a tea garden for light meal...
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New Photographs of South Africa
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New Photographs of South Africa

Thanks to everybody that has taken the trouble to submit photographs to us. We've selected some of them to display at South Africa Photographs, July 2009. We'll be uploading more as they come in. Please keep them coming! We particularly liked this one that came in today taken in the Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal ... "The autumn colours of Lake Kamno" - near Underberg, Drakensberg by and © Emma Livesey (South Africa). Save
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