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Mont Aux Sources Hotel

Our original booking to stay at Mont Aux Sources Hotel in the Drakensberg had been made for the week before this visit.  Unfortunately nearly half way there we were forced to turn around and return home because our house was broken into.  Luckily Esme at reservations was very understanding and accommodating in postponing our booking by one week.  This time ... Read More »

Okavango Delta memories – It can never be the same

I am so very privileged, I have memories shared by few which now no one else can create.  Sadly my children will never experience the Okavango swamps in the raw as I did in the 70’s.  You can go to the Okavango swamps now, you will have to go on a proper tour and pay a few limbs worth.   You ... Read More »

Not so rough on the Bluff

In my school days the inhabitants of the Bluff in Durban were labelled “rough and tough”.  I currently live in Boksburg which would be the Johannesburg equivalent, so the jokes on me now.  I have not visited the Bluff for about 20 years.  While we were in Durban I saw a pic of the Bluff’s Brighton Beach on the ‘I ... Read More »

Culamoya Chimes – Harmony in the Natal Midlands

The Natal Midlands breath magic and poetry, there is art in nature and nature in art.  The hills are alive and they sing to you, if you go to Culamoya Chimes this transfers from metaphor to reality.  A breeze blows through you and the cobwebs fall away. Frik and Lola are examples of pure good folk and you feel it ... Read More »

Durban Botanical Gardens

The Durban Botanical Gardens has been around since 1849.  She is a tranquil, stately green thread running through the history of the city.  A constant on the life line of my journey through life. She calls to comfort and enchant, revealing a new treasure with each visit, previously unexplored or buried in memory.  Always different and always the same. The ... Read More »

The Wine Cellar Rosetta – Wine and the best flavoured coffees

When driving through Rosetta in the Natal Midlands there is one place where we always have to stop.  There is no choice in the matter.  That place is The Wine Cellar.  The cosy wine cellar housing special wines has magnetic allure, however this is not the reason why we must stop.  When we have space in the car and time ... Read More »

Zandspruit Padstal

On the trip between Joburg and Durban we stopped at Zandspruit Padstal (about 50km from Harrismith on the N3) for a leg stretch.  As a rule we try to avoid the busy chain food outlets at petrol stations which are overpriced and have zero appeal.  Stopping at a Padstal we feel that the holiday has begun before reaching our destination. ... Read More »

Hebron Haven – A Gem in the Natal Midlands

On our travels we generally feel ‘so many places, so little time’.  We love discovering new locations.  There are only two instances where we return to the same spot repeatedly.  One is Augrabies National Park, the other is Hebron Haven in the Natal Midlands.  We like the accommodation at Augrabies but our reason there is logistical, we are there to ... Read More »

Homeward bound?

There’s an ache in my sternum as we drive out of Durban. Each road familiar, mapped in my psyche. No specific memories occupy my mind but flashes of impressions associated with each place, passing like trees seen from the car window, intangible in my visions periphery. Fleeting emotions and reminders that this is where I belong. Subliminal, wordless poetry, striking ... Read More »