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Ndumo Game Reserve, the understated beauty in Northern Kwa Zulu Natal

  The Zulu word Ndumo means ‘that is famous’.  The northern Natal game reserve Ndumo, on the Mocambique border, is more a well kept secret than famous.  As a famous musician it would be more Tracey Chapman than Freddy Mercury. Being a smaller park, distances within the park are all relatively short.  The hide at Ezulweni hide on Nyamithi pan ... Read More »

Shapes of Africa – Sea fresh food at a magical backpackers

Long ago I had a vivid recurring dream, in it I discovered a previously unknown room, filled with dazzling treasure in my Grandmother’s house.  Last night had the same feel as that dream. A few times a year I visit family in Durban and Umdloti.  Much loved favourites like the Bush Tavern in Umdloti are experienced with ritual comfort and satisfaction.  On a previous ... Read More »

Blyde River Cabin, thoughtful, tranquility

The walls of my childhood bedroom were adorned with prints and posters, and of course my mother’s art.  One poster print captured my imagination, it was a Heath Robinson illustration for A Midsummer Nights Dream.  The same elusive feeling captured by the artist, stirred at Blyde River Cabin.  The misty, rainy weather during our stay did not detract from the ... Read More »

Borakalolo National Park – North West Province

I would love to recommend Phudufudu camp at Borakalolo National Park, but I can’t.  This bushveld getaway is only 2 hours drive from home in Jo’burg.  The park has a beautiful dam, well stocked for fishing.  The picturesque scenery and natural beauty should make for a special game reserve experience.  Sadly the accommodation is simply an embarrassment. Perhaps I was ... Read More »

MOSU LODGE AT MOKALA NATIONAL PARK

I’m married to a “Life’s a journey, enjoy the ride” kinda guy.  This is most evident when we are on a road trip.  If there is a choice between a tarred national road and a windey, windey dirt road.  The latter will win hands down.  In most cases I appreciate his way. Long ago we found that the direct route ... Read More »

Desolation and life abundant at Tankwa Karoo National Park

Natal is home, the place where all of my inner cogs slot together.  The Karoo is where I find inner peace.  In the Karoo the small, solid centre of my Russian doll self rejoices as outer shells are cast off.  Our one night at Tankwa Karoo National Park, was not enough.  A minimum of 2 nights should be spent there, ... Read More »

Winters Drift, travelling through time and tasting wine in Elgin

The setting of Winters Drift tasting station, puts the wine’s best foot forward before a sip is taken.  Train stations are imbued with an air of romance and a sense of adventure.  I had never heard of Winters Drift wines before but we noticed that they have notched up some impressive awards.  We particularly loved the Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir ... Read More »

A not so fruitful drive through Ceres

Expectations are funny old things.  I expected less than nothing from Williston in the Karoo and was enchanted.  I had great expectations for Ceres and was sorely disappointed.  My perception was that Ceres is the fruit capital of South Africa.  I envisaged a valley of plenty, brimming with natural abundance.  Little short of Disneyesque perfection.  I pictured farm stalls selling ... Read More »

The Ark Restaurant & Doppies Bar in Williston

The magical Karoo can pull some marvellous surprises from its hat.  On our off the beaten track route from Jo’burg to Cape Town, we left Prieska at 5am.  Carnarvon was still in dreamland when we passed through.  Breakfast became a gnawing priority, but the dot on our map representing Williston didn’t inspire much hope.  Plans were made to find a ... Read More »