Lion’s River

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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Lion’s River | The Candle Dipping Shop

This lovely little shop has the potential to keep children amused for ages with it's candle dipping and painting and sand art offerings. With a wide selection of candles to choose from, ranging in price from R9 up to over R60 depending on size, kids can choose butterflies, cats, boats, cars and much more. Once a selection has been made, it costs R4 extra to dip and paint. Beginning with light col...
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Day 12 | Farm Stalls, Reminiscing with Madiba and Chilli Chocolate

For a Tuesday, I didn’t have much work, so we got to go exploring a little further afield today for the first time. Our first stop was Piggly Wiggly, where my brother, Trevor, has a wine shop – Meander Fine Wines. We spent some time looking around at all the centre has to offer, and Damian playing on the jungle gyms before deciding we would come back with Damian’s wheelchair so he can try his hand...
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Lion’s River | Belgian Chocolate Shop

"If there isn't chocolate in heaven, I ain't going" - I don't know who said this, but I'm sure they'd find solace at Florentine's. With chocolate in every imaginable form for someone as indecisive as I am, it is almost hellish having to choose - budget in mind! I had been given a dark chilli truffle on a visit here a few years ago, so of course that was a definite - now for the rest. Damian chose...
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Lion’s River | Nelson Mandela Capture Site

I consider it a serendipitous stroke of favour that we found ourselves at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site Apartheid Museum today. At this significant time in our Tata’s life, it was fitting to walk this path today and acknowledge his struggle and journey. It wasn’t a planned visit, but most definitely a moving one. Driving from Lidgetton towards Midmar, the actual capture site is on the right hand...
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Lion’s River | Piggly Wiggly Centre

Piggly Wiggly Centre is home to a variety of speciality shops with an assortment of enticing products and treats. The shops encircle a playground and miniature golf course - entertainment for the kiddies while mom and dad shop or enjoy a bite to eat. Shops include: Midlands Fine Wines offering wine sales and tasting of wines from Natal and the Cape, and an alfresco dining area with platters to c...
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