Author: Cheryl King

Mtunzini Conservancy’s Annual Birding Weekend – 5 Good Reasons to Attend

This past weekend I attended Mtunzini Conservancy’s 14th Annual Birding Weekend.   Below are five good reasons why you should attend. 1.  It’s all about the Birds Mtunzini and surrounding forests is the home to spectacular birds. The Majestic Palmnut Vulture, Mangrove Kingfisher, African Finfoot, Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Green Barbet and Green Malkhoha to name a few. On Saturday morning we visited Ongoye Forest home to the Green Barbet. Despite our guides’ persistence, and the Barbet constantly responding, he failed to make an appearance. My highlight was amazing views of three Yellow-Streaked Greenbuls. These birds clamber through the creepers...

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Bucket List Friday – Visit the Ancient Pyramids of Giza

The massive pyramids of Giza are impressive and deserve to be on our bucket list. It never was on mine, but when we went on a diving trip to the Red Sea we spent two days in Cairo. I was in awe of this ancient world wonder and had to pinch myself to believe I was really there.   Standing in front of the Great Sphinx was also amazing. This huge statue with the body of a lion and head of a human is overpowering. Apparently it is the oldest monumental sculpture in Egypt, built around 2588-2532 BC.  A mighty long...

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Bucket List Friday – From losing weight to Gorilla Trekking

What’s on your bucket list? Mine is as long as a toilet roll, from losing 10kgs to visiting the Antarctica.  I probably have more chance of visiting Polar Bears than losing weight. That’s another story….. Bucket List Friday posts will share with you either what I have done or would love to do before I die. Hope you will be inspired. Please share with me what’s on your list. A huge bucket list wish for many people is to visit the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda. I’m happy to report that I have done this and the memory will...

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Yellow-Billed Kites and a Competition with my Father

Each year toward the end of July most South African birdwatchers scour the skies for Yellow-Billed Kites in anticipation of their return to our part of Africa to breed. Facebook is full birders announcing their first sighting for the season. Today I was with a group of birdwatchers at Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve, the first topic of conversation was who had seen their first kite.   Every year it was a tradition for my father and myself to compete as to who would see the first Yellow-Billed Kite. Dad always won. He had retired in Scottburgh and would go walking...

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A Perfect Half Way Stop and Pet Friendly

If you’re looking for a pet friendly restaurant along the N3, visit The Little Church Tea Garden in Van Reenen. Not being a fan of fast stereo-type food provided by the busy, often over-crowded food chains, I always stop here for lunch. Service is quick and efficient. This haven is also pet friendly and your furry friend will love the visit as much as you do. Let him explore the garden and huge field in front while you relax with a cup of tea. Tami was relocating to Johannesburg so I travelled with her and Nixon to see her...

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