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Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Saint Lucia February 12th 2014

We decided to take a drive into the Eastern Shores Wetland Park. This has been in existence for a while but this was our first time visiting it. With quite a lot of game having been introduced to the area we were keen to see what it was like. We were very pleasantly surprised. The roads are good and it is obvious hat a lot of effort has been put into making the area an enjoyable one for visitors. We visited the hide, the picnic spot and the aerial walkway which is a boardwalk at tree height with good views. But we opted to stop for our picnic at one of the waterholes with good views and plenty of shade, althouhg naturally we had to stay in the car. We weren't Lucky enough to see the ... read more

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Ballito February 7th 2014

Friday morning we hitched up the van again and set off for Ballito on the north coast. When we got to Dolphin Caravan Park Rae and Lorraine had already set up camp. That night Jolene and Pierre joined us and we all sat around the fire cooking our supper and catching up on the news of,the last year. Saturday and we got ready for some more to join us. Ken and Heather and Wendy and Barrie were staying the night but we had another seven join us for a braai lunch. There was lots of talking going on, some cooking, some drinking and much discussion of grandchildren as we all tried to find out all the latest news. After the day Visitors had left we sat around another campfire but it seems the years are getting ... read more
Tea and scones - how civilised!

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Umhlanga February 6th 2014

For the next two days we lived in luxury while eating out at some very nice places including lunch at the very opulent refurbished Oyster Box hotel at Umhlanga. Now that is luxury from the colonial days. They were setting out afternoon tea as we left and that is definitely on the agenda next time, looked delicious. We also took a drive around Durban to see the really nicely done up areas along the beachfront and by the harbour. Unfortunately they sit right next to some really derelict buildings so you could be sitting in a lovely waterfront apartment and overlook an abandoned building site. We also drove around Westville to see our old house but now a lot of the properties have electric fences, electronic gates or razor wire perimeters, a sad reflection on how ... read more

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Bergville February 4th 2014

Tuesday morning the weather was better and we hitched up and finally hit the road. A very pleasant and easy drive of about four hours took us to Weenen Game Reserve where we were going to stay the night. We were the only people there, I'm not sure the staff were really pleased to see us as they had been having a very restful time, they were very pleasant though. Andy managed to get in on the pensioner rate so he was happy. We quickly set up camp and took a drive through the reserve. We saw quite a few animals but no rhino. I am told that the rhino have been moved because it is too easy to poach them from this small reserve. Dinner cooked and eaten, sitting listening to the night animal noises ... read more

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Saint Lucia January 28th 2014

We got across the border and it is quite bit nicer than the crossing before. We had a long and boring drive to St. Lucia. We slept and played games for the time to pass. We eventually got there but were all tired by that time so we settled in. There was only a little time before we went on a search for crocodiles and hippos. We were going down the river when a hippo popped up and we took some pictures then as we started to leave it charged us. No one had their cameras out because we were leaving the hippo and going up the river. But you guys believe me right??? The guide explained why it went under the water then came back up. It is because hippos run on the bottom then ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal January 19th 2014

KwaZulu-Natal region was my first destination for touring in South Africa and of my world trip. Once I arrived at the airport in Durban on the 1stday, I took my sandals out of my backpack and transform my trouser in a short -> I was now ready to explore Durban with its 27°C and to begin my long journey ;) After spending half a day walking around Durban, I don’t think that’s the city I will prefer in Africa. It’s a bustling city, where everywhere it’s crowded – especially in the Indian district-. That district was the district, I was looking forward to visiting the most there, and I must say that I was disappointed. There, it was even more crowded than other city area and as it is a relatively poorer district, I didn’t feel ... read more
Marina with CBD in the background
Durban beach
On a terrace in Bergville

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban January 10th 2014

Be The Change You Want To See- (Extracted from the Art of Living by Robin Denton) Your heart is full of a thousand treasures. If you dig deeper within you will find things that will surprise, astound and amaze you! Abilities you thought you never had and wisdom you never thought existed.The world is full of miracles waiting to happen and the biggest one is you. You are the miracle of God and the 7 wonders of the world! YOU!- If you are surrounded by negativity - BE POSITIVE! Be constructve. Be Different... Dont listen to those who say youre not normal.... the world is not normal...it is OUT of balance and needs to be realigned by right thinking people...like YOU!.Be better than what you are perceived to be. Dont accept apathy or indifference. We are ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Shelly Beach November 15th 2013

So...Sunday morning was in Shanghai, than on to Saigon to drop Leslie and Tiffany where they are spending few weeks. On Tuesday I was in Bangkok...time to re-register for the school, find a new flat and sort out the movers...all done! Wednesday was...business as usual in Hong Kong...and from Thursday it was Congo...for a good 11 days of great fun...ok, and some work too. Don't ask me how I deal with it...it's done, that's the most important part. Than this Sunday, it was Lubumbashi-Joburg-Durban...and the drive south to Shelly Beach. I know, one more blog about one of my preferred place in the world...for the diving, the golfing, and obviously few friends... This is hammerheads season...and I mean...middle of the hammerhead sharks season...big time! These guys are shy...and travel in groups...big groups. But at the same ... read more
Yes I know...on some dives..over a 1000 of them!
Wild Coast golf course, pretty amazing place...
Magic...on the last dive...

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Saint Lucia October 31st 2013

Had a wonderful self drive through this park... read more
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Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Saint Lucia October 30th 2013

Went for a day trip up to St Lucia and ended up staying overnight. It was such a beautiful little town and there was so much to see. We went on a cruise up the river and saw so many hippos. Then found a 3 bedroom house that we could stay in for only 750 rand. So we caught up with Boomerang who had also come up (but who had planned on staying away for a few days) and we all decided to stay in the house together. The next day we went to iSimangaliso Wetland park which was just up the road and saw heaps of animals including a rhino up close.... read more
On boat
Hippo tooth, very heavy
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