Bevan crossing the uMkhuze river into the Fig Forest

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

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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 900-years old. Explore Big 5 territory on foot. […]

Ithala Game Reserve

Ithala Game Reserve: The valley of a thousand mountains

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Ithala Game Reserve totally blew us away! (Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for our latest travel videos!) Ithala Game Reserve just outside Louwsburg in northern KwaZulu-Natal is a relatively new reserve. Established in 1973, the land previously had a number of uses including gold mining. Evidence of varied and poor land use management is visible in some […]

Nyamiti Pan in Ndumo Game Reserve

Ndumo Game Reserve: 10,000 hectares of awesomeness

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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 personal bias to the sea, I can’t say […]

Bevan at Lala Nek

Sun, snorkeling and sand roads in northern KwaZulu-Natal

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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 remote section of coastline, accessible for the most […]

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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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 out. (Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for our latest travel […]

Hiking in the Entumeni Nature Reserve

Our favourite forests in southern Zululand

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Barely two hours’ drive north of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province lies a veritable Eden of pristine forest habitat. 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 that attract international visitors from far afield. The Umlalazi Reserve […]

Mission Rocks

Sad Goodbyes to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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Welcome to our second update from the St Lucia section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. (Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for our latest travel videos!) Expectations exceeded If someone had asked us before we started the trip how long we thought we’d spend in this area, we would have said three days, possibly four to be generous? […]

Trail running group

Trail Running Pilot with KZN Trail Running in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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We’re writing from St Lucia again, but this time we have something a little bit different to report back on: Trail Running (Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for our latest travel videos!) The iSimangaliso and KZN Trail Running Pilot Event We were recently invited to take part in a pilot trail running event in the iSimangaliso Wetland […]

Lake St Lucia estuary

Exploring St Lucia and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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Today we’re writing from the Cape Vidal section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. (Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for our latest travel videos!) The iSimangaliso Wetland Park iSimangaliso is a park that needs no introduction. It was proclaimed as South Africa’s very first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999. It was awarded this status for its unique […]

Exploring the mangrove forest on the banks of the Umlalazi River

Exploring the forests of southern Zululand and Mtunzini

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Hi everyone and welcome to stop number 2 on the Ultimate South African Road Trip: This week we’re visiting Mtunzini. (Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for our latest travel videos!) Mtunzini and the Umlalazi Nature Reserve Mtunzini is a small coastal village about 130 km north of Durban. I’ve lived in Durban my whole life and this […]

Shayamanzi-on-the-Jozini-Dam

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 (www.shayamanzi.co.za) contacted […]