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Snake Bite!

We have been touring with a University group since 2000 – initially, annually the group of students with academic staff would undertake a tour in South Africa of 4 to 6 weeks and the group size varied, on one tour we had as many as 42 students. With groups of this size you would...

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 1 June, 2016 – City Lodge, OR Tambo

On 1st June, we returned home and then to the airport. We were really quite toured out. My travel companion had been on the road for two months and was pleased to take a respite from all the activity. There were a couple of thoughts that I would like to share with you about this...

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 30 – 31 May, 2016 – Phophonyane Falls Nature Reserve

This Phophonyane Falls Nature Reserve is set alongside the Phophonyane Falls and you can hear the water falls from your room. The original homestead is now part of the main buildings. The camp is made up of beehive huts with permanent tent installations that offer en suite...

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 28 – 29 May, 2016 – Foresters Arms, Mhlambanyatsi

On the 28th of May we moved onto the mountainous area of Swaziland and into the forests. The Foresters Arms is a very quaint and peaceful hotel. Beautifully set with very comfortable accommodation and wonderful meals. This was the first time, after moving up from the lowveld,...

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 27 May, 2016 – Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary

At Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, we stayed in the large Beehive huts. Fully equipped with a full en suite bathroom attached. With it being a Friday night, the patrons of the Bushfire Rock Festival made use of the accommodation at Mlilwane and the festivities went on until 04h00....

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 25 – 26 May, 2016 – Summerfield Botanical Gardens, Matsapha Valley, Manzini

The Botanical Gardens are set in a tranquil setting of rolling hills, breath-taking lakes and tropical gardens manicured to perfection. This establishment could be a setting out of a movie! The accommodation is in standalone houses with rooms all individually decorated with art...

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 23 – 24 May, 2016 – Simunye Country Club

From Stone Camp we drove through the Swaziland lowveld and into the heart of the Swazi sugar cane fields to Simunye. What brought us here was Pam’s fascination with the Black Mamba. The lady running the Country Club, Thea Litschka-Koen is the pioneer of snake capture and...

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 21 – 22 May, 2016 – Mkhaya Reserve

In the early days this was cattle country! The Reilly family pioneered the Nguni cattle breed in Southern Africa and this was one of their early farms that has been converted into a wildlife reserve. Today they have black and white rhino, giraffe, kudu and Nyala in great numbers....

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 20 May, 2016 – Shaya Moya Guest Lodge

On leaving Tembe we drove along the coastal road, passing Kosi Bay. This is right on the Mozambique border. We then we turned inland, crossed through Jozini and passing over the dam wall. This is a beautiful dam, with Swaziland on the opposite side to us. We were amazed to see...

Tour of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Swaziland: 18 – 19 May, 2016 – Tembe Elephant Park

This is a reserve of some 30,000 hectares backs onto Ndumo Game Park. Tembe Elephant Park is a concession run by the Tembe Clan of the Zulus’ in conjunction with the Kwa-Zulu Natal Parks Board. With only one camp operating at the moment, it is a fully equipped with luxury tents,...