Kwazulu Natal

Once a Year, Go Someplace You’ve Never Been

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There is something to be said for going places you’ve never been. There is the anticipation of wondering what you will find, the curiosity in learning more about the differences between where you come from and where you’re going, and the joy in finding commonalities and that in some ways everything is connected. Exploring new places and experiencing different ways of life doesn’t need to involv...
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A Long Walk With Madiba

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I wrote this a few months ago but shared it on my travel blog. I am grateful for those moments in the otherwise hustle and bustle of life to have spent in thought and gratitude to this great man. Hamba Kakuhle Tata... In the heart of the Midlands on a peaceful stretch of road a few kilometres past Piggly Wiggly Country Village in the direction of Midmar Dam, a signboard catches my eye: Nels...
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Howick | Umgeni Valley Reserve

Yesterday I told Damian that we would see the animals at Umgeni today so this is what we did. As any mom should realise, I should have made enquiries before promising. We arrived at reception to be asked what car I drive. "A Renault Scenic," I said. "Is it very low?" the receptionist asked. "Yes it is. Very." I answered - a little cautiously now. She then informed me that the route is a 4x4 road o...
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Midmar | Midmar Dam

It has been on our Midlands to-do-list to cycle at Midmar, so I decided today was the day. R20 entrance fee per person, and soon we were exploring, first by car. I couldn't believe it had taken me so long to discover this jewel of a place to cycle, picnic and just unwind! With long, scenic stretches of tarred roads, it is ideal for road cycling with Damian's buggy - the large expanse of water that...
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Lidgetton Valley Road

A spontaneous country road drive resulted in a delightful rural experience of the Lidgetton Valley with many creatures crossing our paths - shy monkeys peeping at us through the branches and a small eagle, whose species I am not sure of, resting on a fence , before flying off at the sight of me snapping pics. Horses and cows in abundance and beautiful farmland either side. A lovely road I think I ...
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Day 20 | Road Trip, Buddha, and an Opportunity to Teach

Today was a good day. A long awaited visit to the Buddhist Retreat Centre was exactly what Damian and I both needed. 108km from Howick, I found our way via Pietermaritzburg, travelling through rural Kwazulu Natal - trees and valleys in abundance. For some distance we had a vehicle in front of us towing a trailer with a horse in it. The trailer was too wide for one horse, and the poor animal was s...
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Day 19 | An Ideal Office and Miniature Animals

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A gorgeous sunny winter's  day had me move my 'office' outdoors to the braai area, making the work pass quickly and keeping me enveloped in a sense of nature, while soaking in some Vitamin D. As soon as I was done, it was off to Yellowwood Café for tea and cake. The animals are just so cute and the setting ideal on a sunny afternoon - Damian and I had a wonderful time taking it all in and then pl...
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Howick | Yellowwood Restaurant and Café

This lovely restaurant is pleasing as far as both food and family entertainment are concerned. Set on a tranquil farm with a view of the Howick Falls, the property is home to some adorable creatures – all in miniature – miniature horses and miniature donkeys, a dexter bull and a few cows, pot belly pigs, goats, dwarf rabbits, guinea pigs and some chickens. On a sunny day it was a treat to choos...
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