Durban Off The Beaten Path

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    CROC PARK

    by LoriPori Written Apr 13, 2005

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    Located a short drive from Durban is the CROC PARK .Hans and I were fascinated with these huge creatures. We were there when it was feeding time and the keeper threw huge chunks of raw meat for the crocs to eat. They were not too ambitious though and the keeper had to prod them to get them to eat. "Come Come" he repeated, but their bellies were probably still too full.

    Huge Crocodile
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    CROC PARK --- ZULU HUTS AND MORE

    by LoriPori Written Apr 13, 2005

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    The Croc Park had more than just crocodiles. They had a set-up of a Zulu Village, complete with grass huts. The village was high up a hill, overlooking the Indian Ocean. I crawled into one of these huts too and was amazed at how much room there was in it and how it felt warm and cozy inside, though a little stinky.

    Hans in Zulu Hut
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    CROC PARK -- SNAKES --BIRDS -- BABY CROCS

    by LoriPori Written Apr 13, 2005

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    The Croc Park also had a lovely pond, teeming with beautiful pink flamingoes.
    One section of the Park was dedicated to the raising of baby crocs and there were dozens of them.
    In the accompanying photo, Hans is seen with the "Snake Man" showing him a handful of snakes, Ewww.

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    BIRD SANCTUARY

    by LoriPori Updated Apr 28, 2005

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    After visiting the Croc Park, our brother-in-law took us to the BIRD SANCTUARY. It had numerous kinds of exotic birds, some of which I have never seen before, indiginous only to South Africa. The one pictured here was a beautiful colored bird, which I believe to be a Red-Billed Toucan.

    Beautiful Bird - Toucan
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    CROC PARK ---- FLAP-NECKED CHAMELEON

    by LoriPori Written Apr 19, 2005

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    While at the Croc Park, we saw many different critters like this little guy being held by the "Snake Man". I have identified it as a FLAP-NECKED CHAMELEON. It is almost fluorescent green in colour and has two toes on each of its four feet. He certainly was an interesting little fellow.

    Flap-necked Chameleon
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    BIRD SANCTUARY

    by LoriPori Updated Apr 29, 2005

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    Native to Sub-Saharan Africa, this unusual bird with its bright blue feathers is a VULTERINE GUINEA FOWL. I had a hard time finding out what it was, so Glenn (BwanaBrown) came to my rescue and identified it for me. Thanks Glenn, you were right on about it being a Guinea Fowl.

    Vulturine Guinea Fowl
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    PRETORIA --- VOORTREKKER MONUMENT

    by LoriPori Updated Apr 19, 2005

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    One of Pretoria's most impressive buildings is the VOORTREKKER MONUMENT.Dedicated to the history of the Boers and how they settled in South Africa and the difficulties that they encountered, not unlike the settlers who came to America. On the walls inside the Monument are carvings detailing the history of these brave people.
    Hans and I walked up the stairs of the Monument and were awarded with beautiful views of Pretoria.
    I believe the entry fee was around 25 rands.

    Voortrekker Monument
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    White Water Rafting at Zingela

    by GerryFM Written Oct 30, 2003

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    Situated in the picturesque area of Weenen in the Kwazulu NAtal Midlands (a couple of hours drive west of Durban) you can enjoy a fun packed excursion to Zingela for some exciting white water rafting and/ or abseiling.

    The major summer activity is white-water rafting, and the most exciting time to do this is between November and May.

    The 30km stretch of river known as the canyon provides some of the most thrilling white water in the country. The South African leg of the Camel White-Water Challenge took place at Zingela and the venue received rave reviews from participants and organisers.

    A wide choice of river-rafting packages is available - from half a day to four days on the river. One man Kayaks, two man crocs and eight man rafts are used on the river, in accordance with water levels and the groups abilities.

    Safety is a priority, and all guides are trained by SARA. No previous rafting experience is necessary

    Lets take to the Rapids!!!
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    PRETORIA --- CHURCH SQUARE

    by LoriPori Updated Apr 19, 2005

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    Putting Pretoria in the "Off the Beaten Path" section, is a bit of a stretch because PRETORIA is actually located north of Johannesburg. Since Hans has a cousin who lives there, we went up to visit him, his lovely wife and two boys. They did an awesome job of showing us around their city. In the heart of the city is the CHURCH SQUARE. In the middle of the Square is a statue of President Kruger.

    Church Square in Pretoria
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    PRETORIA --- JACARANDA TREES

    by LoriPori Updated May 25, 2005

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    As it was spring-time in South Africa, the vibrant violet blossoms on the JACARANDA TREES , were in full bloom. These wonderful trees line most streets in Pretoria. I was in complete awe of them, as I had never seen anything like it, except perhaps the Magnolia Trees in blossom in Biloxi, Mississippi.

    Beautiful Jacaranda Trees
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    Quad Biking in Umdloti

    by GerryFM Updated Oct 31, 2003

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    15 minutes north of Durban is the beautiful area of Umdloti (pronounced Um shlow tea), with its Sugar Cane Plantations, rolling hills and spectacular coastline.

    For an activity of a different nature you can enjoy a quad biking excursion, through the sugar cane plantations and along the rugged coastline.

    An excellent day out!!

    The ride is a 45km round trip traveling completely off-road. It meanders through sugar cane fields, along the Umdloti estuary, with its abundant bird-life, and ends up on the Dolphin Coast. At spectacular view points along this magnificent coastline riders can spot dolphins, whales and whale sharks and can also clearly see the entire bay of Durban, Ballito and Umhlanga from the bush. The riders wind their way along this breath-taking coastline with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean while the powerful breakers crash several 100 meters below them - this feeling of complete freedom can only be cmpared to one that a Zulu Impi would have felt years ago

    Quad Biking Trail north of Durban
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    The brilliant Natal Sharks Board at Umhlanga

    by CatherineReichardt Updated May 18, 2012

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    For me, the Natal Sharks Board is one of the most interesting places to visit in KZN, and a 'must' for anyone with an interest in marine animals.

    The Natal Sharks Board is responsible for shark protection along the KZN coast and this centre was set up as an educational facility to help people better understand the role that sharks play in the marine ecosystem and to explain the shark protection strategy employed.

    Sadly I haven't had the chance to visit in a few years, but when I did, the experience was amazing. Sharks get a bad press, and it is refreshing to understand that they do in fact have value and purpose in their ecosystem, as well as admire the fact that they are so well adapted to their environment that they have survived virtually unchanged for a couple of hundred million years.

    In particular I was fascinated by my reaction to the shark tank. Looking in from the side (from where you can see the business end: the jaws), I was quite laid back, but when I looked down on the tank from above and saw fins protruding, some primeval instinct kicked in, and I was terrified. I'd be interested to know whether anyone else reacts in the same way!

    The visit included an audiovisual presentation fwhich is followed by the opportunity to see the dissection of a shark caught in the nets, which is fascinating, but sadly only now conducted on Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays at 09:00 and 14:00. As a result of this rather unorthodox experience, you certainly come away with a new and better informed opinion on sharks. When I visited, they dissected a ragged toothed shark, a species that has two uteruses, and gives birth to two live pups. Two uteruses in one animal is strange enough, but what is even weirder is to learn that only two pups are born because they predate on their unborn brothers and sisters in the womb! Talk about survival of the fittest - Darwin would have been most impressed!

    The Sharks Board also offers the opportunity to go out on a boat to accompany the crew that clears the nets - although they emphasise that sharks are not often caught, this would be a great opportunity to see dolphins and sea birds. This boat trip leaves Wilson's Wharf on Durban's Marine Parade at 06:30 each morning and oh dear, is yet another item added to my mile-long To Do list!

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    PRETORIA --- INSIDE THE VOORTREKKER MONUMENT

    by LoriPori Updated May 25, 2005

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    When you come inside the VOORTREKKER MONUMENT you will be treated to the sight of beautiful stone carvings of the walls. The carvings depict the history of the Boers as they came to Africa to start a new life and the struggles they faced.

    Stone carvings on the Wall
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    Horse Back Trails on Durban's North Coast

    by GerryFM Written Oct 30, 2003

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    For those of you that have an affinity for horses, and also like to get away from the maddening crowds, what better way to soak up some sun, breathe the fresh sea air and enjoy a canter along the beach.

    About 25 km north of Durban, you will find an incredible coastline stretching north from Umdloti Beach, where you can take a horse back trail along the coast line for some beautiful scenery and basic all round enjoyment

    Picture says it all
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    Burman Bush Park

    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 6, 2005

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    The city of Durban is one large green area, many parks and gardens make this city quiet beautiful.
    One of the more unknown parks is a large area on the outskirts of Morningside and the industrial Umgeni River Valley.
    The Burman Bush Park offers a number of hiking trails and walks right through its lush and green subtropical forest.
    To reach the park travel through Morningside along the end of Windermere Road, the park is on your left hand side.

    Burman Bush Park
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