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Kruger – The low down on where to stay, what to do and spotting the Big 5
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Kruger – The low down on where to stay, what to do and spotting the Big 5

The Kruger National Park is undoubtedly THE place to be when it comes to seeing game in what should be their natural environment.  Even if during school holidays the number of people entering the park is questionable, traffic fairly congested, and the tendency of individuals to do silly things like feed hyenas and monkeys (now a constant pest in various rest camps) a sign that even in the Kruger, humans are encroaching on the freedom of the animals within. Despite this Kruger Park is a fantastic experience. One of the world's largest game parks, Kruger has received a  myriad accolades f...
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I Love Hazyview Because …
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I Love Hazyview Because …

Hi, I’m Tina from Böhm’s Zeederberg Country House in Hazyview, Panorama Route, Mpumalanga. Hazyview IS BEST KNOWN FOR its warm friendly climate and people, and being so centrally located to major tourist attractions such as Kruger National Park and Blyde River Canyon. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT God’s Window (surely the closest you will get to heaven on earth)! THE BEST sundowner PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the sundowner deck with a cocktail in hand at Böhm’s Zeederberg Country House. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT Forest Canopy Aerial Trail zooming across the valley in a harness, any fun act...
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Southern Kruger – We review 3 restcamps and hot spots for sighting game
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Southern Kruger – We review 3 restcamps and hot spots for sighting game

The southern Kruger region of the famous National Park lies between the Crocodile River to the south, the Sabie in the north and, in the east, the Lebombo Mountains. Nothing quite prepares you for the park's impact, the trees and hills an unexpected flavour to the picture I had of the bushveld as, well, flat (despite having gone to the Kruger as a child). The southern region gets more rain during the year which translates into more game, shaded by the presence of the Cape chestnut, coral tree, lavender fever berry, and white pear. This part is where one goes if the white rhino is hig...
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A Diversion en Route to Barberton – Boondocks Labyrinth
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A Diversion en Route to Barberton – Boondocks Labyrinth

Stuart and I get off on the wrong foot with one another. It doesn't help that I hear incorrectly when he introduces himself, and proceed to call him by the wrong name until he graciously corrects me when I finally shake his hand at the gate. He bears this inadvertent discourtesy without criticism, gracefully in fact. As he does my challenging tone (I'm a little stressed and Stuart gets the brunt of it. Would it make me look a little better if I added that I don't like talking on cell phones?). I later laugh at Stuart's account of what it takes to hold a telephone conversation up on the h...
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Nukain Mabusa’s Painted Mountain
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Nukain Mabusa’s Painted Mountain

“You can't miss them,” Stuart instructs as we leave Boondocks, “head off that way, go past the whatsit, down a slight dip and they're on your left”. Stuart is busy giving us last minute directions to find Nukain Mabusa's flower garden, advertised on most of the local tourist information we pick up as worth a look-see. We zoot off along the R38, Kaapmuiden behind us, Barberton ahead of us. I'm looking out for a garden. My better half, who as usual has done a bit of homework, is looking out for a series of painted rocks. Neither of us is quite prepared for the non-event of the stone garden. ...
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I Love Malelane Because …
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I Love Malelane Because …

Hi, I’m Peter Jaehne from Khandizwe River Lodge in Malelane. Malelane IS BEST KNOWN FOR its lush, tropical surroundings and proximity to the Kruger National Park. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Malelane Bridge with hippos frolicking below you in river. THE BEST Kruger Park PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Malelane Gate,the entrance gate to the Kruger National Park. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO relax in my swimming pool watching the elephants below the Lodge. WHEN THE WEATHER'S BAD, I LIKE TO watch National Geographic movies about Africa and its beautiful wildlife. I...
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Kaapsehoop – wild horses, blue swallows, historical buildings and time away
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Kaapsehoop – wild horses, blue swallows, historical buildings and time away

We round the corner at the top of the plateau, having left Nelspruit behind and below us, and there suddenly in a clearing in amongst a series of rough sandstone rocks, Kaapsehoop makes its presence known. The gorgeous little hamlet lies high enough above the towns of Nelspruit and Barberton to experience a completely different set of weather patterns. Residents will tell you that you can anticipate a difference of at least five degrees. It's usually a lot cooler up on the mountain, in amidst numerous pine plantations with names like 'Berlin'. Often white blankets of mist swirl in and the w...
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Adam’s Calendar
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Adam’s Calendar

“Oh, sorry, no we don't organise tours to Adams Calendar”, the rather disheveled youth who seems to be managing Koek 'n Pan single handedly through an unanticipated brunch rush, tells me. I good naturedly fail to mention that I've already taken the trouble to fill out the form he thrust in my hands earlier, when I broached a tour to the stones. I'm beginning to wonder if Adam's Calendar is deliberately ellusive and difficult to find for visitors. Perhaps it's fitting that the stones, shrouded in mystery, remain that way ... There is a book lying on the table in front of me called 'Ad...
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I Love Komatipoort Because …
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I Love Komatipoort Because …

Hi, I’m Sue from Trees Too Guest Lodge in Komatipoort, Mpumalanga. Komatipoort IS BEST KNOWN FOR the Crocodile Bridge Gate into the Kruger, being next to the Mozambique and Swaziland borders and for prawns! GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Kruger National Park with an obliging elephant or lion as your backdrop ... subject to availability! THE BEST wildlife PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the section of the Kruger between Crocodile Bridge and Lower Sabie. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the stunning Samora Machel monument or from a micro light flight up the Crocodile River. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOO...
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Nelspruits Lowveld Botanical Garden – a little piece of heaven
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Nelspruits Lowveld Botanical Garden – a little piece of heaven

Nelspruits Lowveld Botanical Garden is where I not only lose, but find my hat. Having dropped it somewhere on the pathways through their incredible African rainforest where my mesmerised self lost track of both time, and my hair covering. I was to have it restored to me by one of the entrance attendants who carefully placed it to one side to wait for my return visit, which obviously I was then destined to make. The Lowveld Botanical Garden lies amidst sprawling strip malls and the Tsogo Sun Casinos in the heart of the 'new' part of town that is given over principally to automobile show room...
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A visit to Nan Hua Buddhist Temple in Bronkhorstspruit
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A visit to Nan Hua Buddhist Temple in Bronkhorstspruit

A visit to Nan Hua Buddhist Temple in Bronkhorstspruit - There is no greater peace than contentment. The best reward in life is peace, something that cannot be given to us by the Buddha or any God. We need to create the conditions and environment for peace within ourselves.  The key to peace is contentment.   (Ven. Master Hsing Yun) I'm standing in the vast reception area of the Nan Hua (flower in the south) Buddhist Temple reading various meaningful passages by the Master Hsing Yun, the founder of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order ... The temple, which is actually a village that take...
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Day Trips from Nelspruit
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Day Trips from Nelspruit

There is a lot more to Nelspruit, or Mbombela, than its proximity to the Kruger National Park alone. It is true that this qualifies as a major attraction for visitors. That it lies within an hour's drive of the huge national park is a tempting possibility for day trips into the park (and is no doubt the reason why everyone in Nelspruit drives around in an SUV). But there is a lot more to do and see within 80 kilometres of the popular Lowveld city, through which the Crocodile River meanders (and continues to wend its way through much of the surrounding countryside; one seems to cross it a my...
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When in Nelspruit: shop ’til you drop
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When in Nelspruit: shop ’til you drop

Nelspruit is fondly known as Nellies by those who live there, and Mbombela by all that is official, although you are still alright for signs on the highway – most of these still indicate Nelspruit, for those as distracted as I am. There has been an official name change. Nelspruit, home of Radio Laeveld 100.5 fm, is called Mbombela. But since this happened only in 2009, and the city was still officially referred to as 'Nelspruit' for the World cup, and all road signs (as I already mentioned) still call the city Nelspruit, there is some obvious confusion. The only people unconcerned are th...
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Anvil Ale – Handcrafted Ale Anyone?
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Anvil Ale – Handcrafted Ale Anyone?

The first indication that Dullstroom is the home of Anvil Ale, a micro brewery that produces artisinal beer exclusively for the town, is the unobtrusive sign, strategically placed at the entrance to the popular weekend town. Admittedly it is at ground level, but it is obvious enough that even I see it, and it indicates that at the other end of the main road is the promise of beer. South African's love their beer, and seeking out an ale house, particularly when on holiday, is something just about everyone who sees the sign is wont to do. So the garden of Anvil Ale House, even at half past th...
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I Love Nelspruit Because …
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I Love Nelspruit Because …

Hi, I’m Charmaine de Lange from Eco Eden Bush Lodge in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. Nelspruit IS BEST KNOWN FOR its excellent climate, bushveld and nearby Kruger National Park. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT God’s Window on the Panorama route, an easy day drive with numerous waterfalls as well as the gold diggers town of Pilgrim’s Rest en route.  The scenery is literally breathtaking as you stand on top of the escarpment, looking into the KNP and Mozambique in the distance. THE BEST action PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT The Big Swing in Graskop or doing white water rafting on the Sabie River. O...
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