Visit Injasuti in the Giant's Castle area of the Drakensberg Mountains, a quiet place to rest, hike and fish, where you will find antelope coming up to your bungalow door in the coolness of the day.
Cathkin Peak, Monk's Cowl and Champagne Castle surround it and are easily walkable.
We are going there in January 2009, and my husband is particularly excited as it is his favourite place in South Africa (mine is the Kruger National Park).
It is in the wild, accommodation is very basic, the deer come right up to your door... there are a couple of lovely flowing rivers (Injasuti - `Little Tugela' - and Delmhlwazini rivers) where one can fish (hubby does fly fishing), and it is a place where you can REST.
On the Midlands Meander is an arty route, where there is pottery, paintings and papermaking to be seen.
You can go to the factories and studios and watch the process involved. They have shops on the premises too so you can buy something that catches your eye!
A favourite of mine was Exitus Paper, where they make handmade paper. I used to make handmade paper and products myself when I had a design business in Cape Town, so have a huge love and appraciation for this art form.
One can be so creative in paper making!
I am sure you have heard of the famed North and South beaches of Durban, where you can tan, surf and swim.
Amamzimtoti and Scotberra are beaches I know well as we used to go there on holiday as kids.
I personally prefer these beaches to North and South Beaches in Durban, as even though they do have a lot of people visiting them, they are not as busy as the other two. They are more out of the way too, so this might be why the masses don't flock there as much.
Laterlly my family have enjoyed going to Umhlanga Ricks and Umhloti a lot more... they have a wonderful time :)
The sardine run takes place along the South Coast annually. You can witness it in June and July.
Every year, billions of sardines swim up north along the Wild Coast of South Africa, coming very close to the shore.
It is spectacular to watch (I have yet to see it!), and the fish are frenzied yet controlled apparently.
They feed on plankton and swim near the surface of the water, driven by the cold Benguella current.
As there are so mnay fish, their predators follow! There are literally thousands of humpback whales, sharks, killer whales, gannets, dolphins etc. that swim after the sardines, eager for an easy meal!
The website below gives a diary account of what was spotted, when and where.
the photos are of sharks in Cape Town, but they are the type of shark that appear for the sardine run!
Visit uShaka Marine World in Durban, which has a wide array of sealife, including dolphins (and dolphin displays), sting rays and jellyfish.
This is a delight for younger children especially.
They have a wide variety of sealife, and it is not only an entertaining display, but an educational one for the kids too.
They have plenty of water rides and is the 5th largest aquarium in the world according to its volume of water.
I have mixed feelings re this place, as I prefer animals to be in their natural habitat, and dont like zoos and places like this usually... but there are zoos and marine worlds that are doing conservation and breeding work for certain species, and this is to be applauded.
I am sure that the animals are VERY well cared for and loved by their keepers, but I do just wish that the dolphin that entertains by day can be freed into the sea by night...
The whales come into the coast between July and November, sometimes slightly earlier.
They come in quite close to the shore during their birthing season, which is fabulous to watch.. but do stay clear of them! If you are in a boat do NOT venture close to them, as it will distress the mum and new baby immensely!
Best view points are probably just by standing on the beach as they do come in quite close.
Howick Falls is a waterfall where the Umgeni river plunges over.
It is 300 feet high, and a beautiful sight!
It is found near the small town of Howick in the Natal Midlands, which is 24 kms north of the much larger town of Pietermaritzburg.
There are various trails, for the fit and more energetic, as well as amblers and those who prefer taking things a tad easier.
It is quite touristy, and has local crafts and art for sale.
It is definately worth a visit if you are in the area.
Go rafting down the Umkomaas or Tugela rivers during the hot summer months!
This is great fun, albeit hair-raising at times! There are some fun rapids and some absolutely gorgeous landscapes :)
Ensure you have a hat/cap on at all times, as well as sun screen - applied a few times each day. When you are in the water it is easy to forget the harshness of the sun's rays.
You can hire rafts and canoes there if you dont have your own.
In Dundee, which a good city to be based while touring the battlefields, there is a nice city museum called Talana Museum.
There are several sections in the museum, about ancient rockpainting cave dwellers, about modern zulu beadwork, but also about the mining industry which once thrived here.
There are also several old buildings depicting live from long ago.
A nice museum to spend a few hours.
One of the alternatives driving from the Free State or Johannesburg to KwaZulu Natal is by using the Oliviershoek Pass. The Oliviershoek Pass straddles the border between the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal just a few kilometres to the south of the starkly beautiful Sterkfontein Dam Nature Reserve. The area is a mass of deep dark pine forest that overlooks the northern reaches of the Royal Natal National Park, which boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in Africa.
Founded in Pietermaritzburg in 1896 by James Cameron Todd, an Anglican canon.
n 1901 the school relocated to Balgowan, click for Google map 29° 23' 50" S 30° 3' 23"E
Spent two [2 ] years doing my final years of high school
a memorable experience, pity the academics showed otherwise
Both women and men dance for visitors.
Among the three cultural villages I visited, this experience was the closest to the life in zulu villages in past.
The Midlands. A beautiful, rural regio, north-west of Durban. Small villages, a hilly, kind of 'English' landscape.
Near Ulundi is a museum where the home of the Zulu king Dingane is rebuilt. It gives a nice impression of how a Zulu community looked back then.
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