Author: Terry Stallard

THE KING’S EXPERIENCE – PART 3

CONNECTING WITH NATURE… The King’s Experience would not be complete without exploring the stunning natural resources that abound throughout this region: One of KwaZulu-Natal’s most unspoilt, coastal hideaways is at Mtunzini – kilometres of uncrowded beaches and an inviting river lagoon provide a perfect destination for outdoor relaxation and water sport fun. A common interpretation of the town’s name is “place in the shade” but the Milkwood tree (Mthunzi) is where the infamous John Dunn used to sit underneath and have his meetings (izindaba). Thus, the more accurate meaning of the name is “under the Milkwood tree”. We were...

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THE KING’S EXPERIENCE – PART 2

CONNECTING WITH THE COMMUNITY Modern times have altered our historical landscape – The descendants of Britain, Norway and Zululand have forged a community life, in the King Cetshwayo district, that predominantly consists of subsistence and commercial agriculture (sugar cane, timber, essential oils, export quality tea, wildlife, cattle and goats). Trade and service towns have grown and offer a creative array of activities to road trippers and those who prefer to explore the road less travelled… In Mtunzini, we stopped at the Forest Sundowner Restaurant for lunch. It is a popular spot for live entertainment. Nestled in a tranquil, dune...

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THE KING’S EXPERIENCE – PART 1

I recently joined a group of media folk on a journey to explore the King Cetshwayo District Municipality and the thing that impacted me the most is how times have changed and how communities have evolved. The King’s Experience,  taught me how the story of the past is interwoven into the present and makes the tourism encounter that much more meaningful. Steeped in history, this region offers a mixed menu for tourists from dynamic African dancers to agricultural and urban communities with stunning forests and beaches. In other words, there is something to interest everyone. PART 1 – CONNECTING...

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