Author: Cheryl King

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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Green Corridor (Part 2) – A Visit to John Dube’s Ohlanga Institute in Inanda

With International Mandela Day coming up we decided to visit the Ohlange Institute in Inanda.  Nelson Mandela cast his  first vote in a new Democratic South Africa at this high school.  I always wondered why.  With my visit, arranged through Durban’s Green Corridor   I was hoping to find out. John Langalibalele Dube was the founder of the Ohlange Institute in 1900.  He is however best  known as the first president of the ANC.  Unknown to most of us, he was also a pastor, author, musician and founding editor of the Ilange newspaper. “I have come to report Mr President, that South Africa is now free After...

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Malagasy Pond Heron – My First Serious Twitch

Birdwatching in South Africa is always exciting. When we received a report that a Malagasy Pond Heron was seen in Mziki Dam, pandemonium once again erupted. Birders stopped what they were doing, cancelled all previous plans and headed for Zululand. I decided to join the mayhem along with Ian Gordon, Dave and Penny Rimmer. Our plan was to first drive through Hluhluwe Game Reserve and look for another celebrity, the Striped Crake seen at Thiyeni Bird Hide. By the time we arrived at the hide we had clocked up almost 100 birds (seen and heard), our tummy worms were...

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Green Corridor (Part 1) : A trip into Inanda Valley Anyone?

When I received an email with the subject “A trip into Inanda Valley Anyone?, my mouse stopped in its tracks. I didn’t hear the phone and my fingers flying over the keyboard came to an immediate halt. Another opportunity to leave home at the crack of dawn, explore, come home drunk with excitement, exhaustion and contentment had just appeared in my in-box. Peter, a local camera club member sent out an email inviting us to explore the Inanda Valley just outside of Durban. Without hesitating, my reply was ‘yes’. Most of the activities and attractions along the route are...

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