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A Visit to the Minerva Museum and Private Nature Reserve
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A Visit to the Minerva Museum and Private Nature Reserve

Many of you might, like me, not know very much about the Minerva Museum and Private Nature Reserve or for that matter have even heard of them. To put you in the picture, the museum is a Natural Heritage Site and is part of the private nature reserve at the very top of a hill overlooking the Byrne Valley in Richmond, KwaZulu Natal. The museum is a fascinating place. The owner, Malcom Anderson has been collecting treasures for over 50 years ... the oldest item on display is a jaw harp which he got when he was nine! The museum has a large collection of old cars – all of these are under cover j...
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Beauty and Wellness in Pietermaritzburg
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Beauty and Wellness in Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg is the formal capital city of KwaZulu Natal, second only to Durban in terms of tourist appeal. While it may be popular for many things, every busy traveller needs time out, and there is no better way to relax and escape the stress of the ‘real world’ than by indulging in health and beauty treatments. Here are some of Pietermaritzburg’s best retreats for weary bodies and minds ... The Karkloof Spa Wellness & Wildlife Retreat This spa is acclaimed for its eco-friendly status, as well as for its detox and weight-loss programmes. These programmes are tailored to each ...
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Arts and Crafts in KwaZulu Natal
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Arts and Crafts in KwaZulu Natal

Exploring the arts and crafts of a destination means getting to know the culture and vibe of that place, immersing yourself in its essence. South Africa has a complex and fascinating history, and the arts and crafts produced here often tell a poignant story of yesteryear. Therefore, it is a enchanting destination and visitors are encouraged to amble around the craft markets and stop at the street vendors to get a taste of this heritage and creativity. KwaZulu Natal is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the country and the world to be a part of its gorgeo...
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Richards Bay for Outdoor Enthusiasts
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Richards Bay for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Richards Bay is a beautiful coastal town in the balmy South African province of KwaZulu Natal. Situated on a lagoon, there is plenty of natural splendour that defines this small holiday hub, which is also known for its almost year-round temperate conditions. In addition, Richards Bay is home to one of the biggest harbours in the country. In such natural magnificence, being outdoors is a must, at least for part of your stay in KwaZulu Natal. Richards Bay does not disappoint in terms of offering a variety of things to do and see within the beauty of the outdoors. Richards Bay for Outdoor E...
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Rock Climbing in KwaZulu Natal
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Rock Climbing in KwaZulu Natal

The landscape of KwaZulu Natal is an exquisitely varied one. There are a number of hilly and mountainous areas, which make this a fabulous destination for mountain climbers. Of course, these mountainous retreats are great for more than just climbing. Walking, hiking, camping and cycling are also popular pastimes in this natural splendour. The main rock climbing areas are, naturally, the Drakensberg Mountains and the area comprising Monteseel Crag, Shongweni and Kloof Gorge. Rock Climbing in KwaZulu Natal Monteseel Crag Monteseel Crag boasts around 300 different mountain climbing routes...
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The KwaZulu Natal Beer Route
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The KwaZulu Natal Beer Route

There are few things as welcome and refreshing on a hot, South African summer’s day than a crisp, cold beer. Its golden hues, perfect white head and delightful bubbles that excite and satisfy every thirsty cell in your body make for one of the world’s most popular and refreshing beverages. KwaZulu Natal has long been a popular tourist destination for a number of reasons, not least of all its stunning beaches and year-round temperate weather conditions. However, the Beer Route (or Brew Route, as it is affectionately known) is a recent addition to the tourist offering, and promises something ...
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Top Nature Reserves of the Elephant Coast
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Top Nature Reserves of the Elephant Coast

The Elephant Coast is a wild, unspoilt part of the magnificent KwaZulu Natal Province of South Africa. It stretches up, almost meeting the Mozambique border, and is lush and fertile. It is acclaimed for the dune elephants, a herd of African Elephants that have been living here for generations. Exploring the nature reserves of the Elephant Coast allows you to appreciate the natural abundance, the flora and fauna, in a close, personal way. Each of the reserves offers something unique, and boasts its own appeal. Visitors to South African and KwaZulu Natal are urged to take time in discovering ...
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Burnedale Centre and Pottery Gallery – A Review
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Burnedale Centre and Pottery Gallery – A Review

Burnedale Centre and Pottery Gallery is a relatively new kid on the block in Umhlali but its well worth a visit – I was suitably impressed. Originally a farm, Burnedale is named after an Irishman, John Burne, who as a young man, came to South Africa as part of the 82nd Foot Connaught Rangers Regiment in 1843.  Years later, in 1861 he finished his years of service, moved to Umhlali and built his home on the current site of Burnedale. The farm and house have now been transformed into a fantastic venue offering a coffee shop, the unique ‘One of a Kind’ where you can find all sorts of gorgeo...
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Mundo Vida in Umdloti – A Review
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Mundo Vida in Umdloti – A Review

A friend of mine from the Eastern Cape was recently in KwaZulu Natal for a 40th birthday party so we used the opportunity to catch up over lunch. Our venue of choice was Mundo Vida in Umdloti.  I had eaten there a number of years ago but it definitely doesn’t fail to impress second time around! Mundo Vida is a stylish, contemporary restaurant located slap bang on the beachfront in Umdloti – any closer to the sea and you’d be wriggling your toes in the sand! The views of the Indian Ocean are magnificent; it’s a superb setting for a long lunch or an early dinner to watch the sunset. The re...
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Sage Café and Deli in Umhlali – A Review
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Sage Café and Deli in Umhlali – A Review

Every girl needs a happy place and for me, that place is Sage Café and Deli in Umhlali.  Situated in the ‘newer’ part of Umhlali, Sage focuses on healthy, freshly prepared meals ranging from breakfasts to light snacks, lunches and delicious cakes. Some of the delights on offer for breakfast are mushrooms on toast (absolutely delicious and an enormous portion to boot), Eggs Benedict, a traditional breakfast, a range of omelettes, the ever popular Sage flapjacks served with bacon, potato rosti with smoked salmon and wholewheat toast with cream cheese, anchovette paste, capers, rocket and Parm...
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Ocean Grove Guest House – Wouldn’t you rather be here?
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Ocean Grove Guest House – Wouldn’t you rather be here?

Wouldn't you rather be here? One of our favourite getaways on the beautiful South Coast of KwaZulu Natal, Ocean Grove Guest House is an elegant, four-star graded guesthouse situated on a large estate in Munster, with beautiful gardens, gorgeous sea views and amazing whale and dolphin sightings. With only five luxury suites you are assured of an exclusive and very private getaway in stunning surroundings ... With its idyllic setting and luxurious rooms, this is an ideal venue for that romantic getaway or honeymoon ... Review by: Sabine, Heidelberg/Germany » We had a very nice stay at t...
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Things To Do In Oliviershoek Pass
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Things To Do In Oliviershoek Pass

The Oliviershoek Pass is situated in the mighty Drakensberg Mountain Range, bordering the Free State and boasting spectacular views of KwaZulu-Natal. The route takes travellers past the mammoth Sterkfontein Dam (the largest earth-wall damn in the country), as well as the Driekloof Dam, Woodstock Dam and Kilburn Dam. In addition to the incredibly beautiful vistas that this pass takes one through, there are also plenty of fabulous holiday activities in this area. Of course, because of the natural abundance and splendour all around, most of these activities are focused on the outdoors. Here ar...
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Zoete Zonde in Ballito
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Zoete Zonde in Ballito

On Monday, January 7th I slipped back into routine again, and with that came the end of the festive season indulging, or should that be overindulging? Luckily for me however the line in the sand was drawn on January 7th which meant I had enough time to slot in a visit to Zoete Zonde on January 6th! My father had read about the coffee shop and because I’m always on the lookout for a decent coffee we popped in on our way home from Ballito. The slogan for Zoete Zonde in Ballito is ‘your sweet sin’ and indeed it is. The menu is substantial enough that one has a fantastic choice of meals but...
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7 Great Gardens To Visit In And Around Durban
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7 Great Gardens To Visit In And Around Durban

The benefits of being in nature are myriad: it improves cognitive function, it restores our ability to use directed attention and working memory (two rather crucial mental talents), it renews a feeling of serenity, and apparently even boosts our immunity. On the flipside of this constantly being exposed to city living, where we must forever be vigilant, avoid obstacles, ignore irrelevant stimili (like our neighbour's music and yapping dogs), sit in front of computers for far too long, and expose ourselves to overcrowding and poor air quality, has negative effects on our health. Seeking o...
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Frogging Safaris
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Frogging Safaris

South Africa may be best known for elephants, rhinos and its impressive predators, but there is a much smaller world that is just as integral a part of our ecosystems. Frogs and other amphibians face the serious threat of extinction, largely due to their extreme sensitivity to their environment and, particularly, to pollution. Frogging safaris help their plight by raising awareness as well as much-needed funds for the ongoing conservation of these very special little creatures. Frogs provide important clues regarding the health and stability of the environment. So, they are not just ...
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