KwaZulu-Natal road trip valley of a thousand hills

A first-timer’s guide to the perfect KwaZulu-Natal road trip

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read our Disclosure. Planning your first KwaZulu-Natal road trip? Then you’ve just landed on the perfect page to help you with that! KwaZulu-Natal on the east coast of South Africa is highly undervalued as a tourist destination, and often overlooked in favor of destinations like the Kruger National Park and […]

Hike the Siyaya Trail in the Umlalazi Nature Reserve

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read our Disclosure. The Umlalazi Nature Reserve in Mtunzini is a pristine stretch of coastline known for its rich biodiversity, history and natural beauty. It’s situated at the mouth of the Mlalazi River which bends its way through the reserve and creates a beautiful centrepiece for this stunning region. The thickly […]

Bevan surveying one of the many incredible views from the Phuzamoya Trail.

3 Self-guided hikes in the Ithala Game Reserve

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read our Disclosure. Ithala Game Reserve is one of the only big-game national parks that allows visitors the unique opportunity to do self-guided hiking trails. This was something we took full advantage of during our Ultimate South African Road Trip, and something you should too. Highlights Visit a national park […]

The famous switchbacks that indicate the final stretch of the pass.

Summiting Sani Pass in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read our Disclosure. The famous Sani Pass that links South Africa with Lesotho is one of the few vehicle access routes onto the great uKhahlamba escarpment. The spectacular “Barrier of Spears” has always proved to be a challenge to negotiate. Despite recent improvements in the road condition, Sani Pass still […]

Bevan crossing the uMkhuze river into the Fig Forest

Hike a 900-year-old Fig forest: Mkhuze Game Reserve

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read our Disclosure. When last did you come across a living organism that is over 900-years old? We were amazed to discover that Africa’s last ancient, indigenous fig forest can be found in Mkhuze Game Reserve right on Durban’s doorstep. Highlights Discover a wild Sycamore Fig forest that is over […]

Nyamiti Pan in Ndumo Game Reserve

Ndumo Game Reserve: 10,000 hectares of awesomeness

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read our Disclosure. Bevan and I had never visited Ndumo Game Reserve before. I think this has a lot to do with its location on the South Africa-Mozambique border; if we were that far north in KwaZulu-Natal, it would be because we were en route to Mozambique’s beaches. Given our […]

Bevan at Lala Nek

Sun, snorkeling and sand roads in northern KwaZulu-Natal

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read our Disclosure. Bevan and I have just been fortunate enough to have spent some time in the Coastal Forest section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This area of the park includes the stretch of northern KwaZulu-Natal coastline between Sodwana Bay and Kosi Bay near the Mozambique border. This is a […]

Sunset at Sodwana Bay in northern KwaZulu-Natal

Bush Walks, 1,000 Year Old Trees and the Best Sunsets Ever in iSimangaliso

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read our Disclosure. Hi everyone. We left things off last time inside the Hluhluwe/iMfolozi Game Reserve. Since then, we’ve headed back into the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and had a week characterised by extreme weather that changed just about every plan we had. Somehow though, things have a way of working themselves […]

Hiking in the Entumeni Nature Reserve

3 of our favourite forests in southern Zululand

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read our Disclosure. Barely two hours’ drive north of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province lies Zululand and a veritable Eden of pristine forest habitats. Despite the development that has taken place locally, these forest patches have remained largely untouched and are home to some special bird, mammal and reptile species […]

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Tiger Fishing on Jozini Dam with Shayamanzi

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Welcome to the beautiful Jozini Dam on the northern border of Kwazulu-Natal. (Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for our latest travel videos!) The Shayamanzi on Jozini Dam We’ve just spent the last 2 nights on the Shayamanzi II which is a live-aboard house boat that operates on the Jozini Dam. The good people from Shayamanzi contacted me […]