Author: ThisIsKZN

What’s the Buzz about Ballito?

From blue sky to blue sea, Ballito on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), offers a ream of opportunities for holidaymakers and residents alike. #ThisIsKZN took a weekend trip to find out about this bourgeoning town. What was traditionally known as a place where people went to retire or for summer holidaymakers to enjoy a spot of fishing and beach bliss, Ballito now “buzzes” seven days a week, 365 days of the year. “It’s quite simple,” said a local resident. “It’s all about the lifestyle!” BALLITO TRAILS My first stop was HOLLA TRAILS, a few kilometres inland, off the...

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Introducing the “Place of Birds” – Manyoni Private Game Reserve

After a decade of hard work and commitment, the Zululand Rhino Reserve has given birth to a new name and identity. Manyoni Private Game Reserve means the “place of birds” in isiZulu and is apt to describe this unique reserve, nestled in the heart of Zululand. This profound shift of identity is precipitated by the need to define more clearly what the reserve has become. The name holds special significance as the Manyoni river, teaming with bird life, winds its way through the centre of the reserve with the catchment area lying west of the park in the Manyoni...

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Discover a portion of Mavela magic…

Perched on a hill in the Mkuze Valley Lowveld, Mavela Game Lodge lies nestled within 22 000 hectares of the Zululand Rhino Reserve. A petite and professional outfit, well suited to those who prefer the intimacy of “glamping” (glamourous camping). I make my way along the dirt road from the N2 Mkuze turn-off to the lodge. It is hot. A guest sits quietly reading on the shaded veranda whilst her son plays in the swimming pool. The air is still and clammy. I have arrived before schedule and make myself comfortable in the communal lounge area with a cup of...

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Food finesse with a touch of fun at Granny Mouse

It was with an air of anticipation and curiosity that I entered the pristinely kept gardens of Granny Mouse Country House and Spa. What did they expect from a lively bunch of travel and food bloggers? The invitation to a “home away from home” experience included a five course meal, paired with Louisvale wines. It all sounded rather grand and formal. With a twinkle in his eye and cheerful disposition, General Manager – Sean Granger greeted us warmly without disclosing too much about the evening’s planned event. He urged us to “check in and feel free to explore”. Closed...

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A serenaded hike from the Siyayi trail

Another blustery spring morning blows in and I decide to settle for dune forest shelter as opposed to a sand-swept beach. It is always a joy to set off alone along the well-cut paths of the Umlalazi nature reserve. I smile in appreciation of the community service project that employs people to keep the reserve clear of litter and trim the paths of storm debris. The optimistic chime of a Natal robin sets the tone as I enter the trail over a wooden bridge from the village green belt area. The dense shrubs, crowned by towering Natal mahoganies and...

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