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... Sodwana Bay!
Sodwana Bay is located on the east coast of South Africa within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and is one of the top ten scuba diving destinations in the world. That's what we are here for! It seems slightly surreal that we have finally made it. A year ago, when visiting the Bazaruto Archipelago in Mozambique, our dive instructor Wouter, told us about this place, he had worked here and loved it and said we absolutely had to go, ...
Up bright and early at 5 AM. We ate breakfast, packed bag lunches and were off to canoe and game walk. After a quick ten minutes in the open air Land Rover we arrived at the riverbanks where we were given a quick briefing on how much space to leave the hippos floating in the river. As hippos are the most deadly creature to humans in Africa I was sure to pay close attention. We were also told how to cope with crocodiles and the procedure if one's ...
... always a mission! We'll be sorry to leave Mkhuze, it's proved a small friendly park with lots of game. Not so many facilities as some larger reserves but all that's needed.
Matuma Rest Camp in Mkhuze has several different types of accommodation - chalets, cottages and safari tents sleeping from two to six people. There is a small takeaway (Rhino-Dine-O!) which serves great food and a swimming pool. The camp is unfenced so game wanders through next to the accommodation. We woke ...
KZN Part II
Now it was time for the Wildlife Ranchers meeting. This was to be
held at the Nkwazi Lake Lodge, overlooking the Jozini Lake in the
Pongola Game Reserve, the owner of which was a prominent member of
the WRSA. Lucy and I got there a bit early so that we could have some
time to tweak her presentation and get some other work done. Let me
paint the scene for you as we finally entered the conference room, it
was fairly comical. About 50 ...
... who were digging-out the biggest rocks with crow-bars. It turned out they were doing this as punishment for something, so their supervising adult (with whipping stick) wasn't very amused. We got back to our base at Hawane just in time for the evening's thunder and lightening. Young Sibebe's chest is clearing and mouth ulcers are improved and he's eating again. His house mother is getting some calories back into ...
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Pongola Game Reserve (South) on Lake Jozini (Pongolapoort Dam), Pongola | 5 star lodgefrom $437
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