Author: Cheryl King

Step into the Past (Part 1) – Hyde Park Barracks

Sydney boasts “living museums” and a visit to any one of them is a fascinating.   I found myself being transported back in time and got good insight on how the people occupying those buildings lived. I think the main reason for this is the enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides available. Their enlightening stories of each building had me spellbound . By the end of the tour I felt like I knew the families who had lived there.   Added to that, many times we were invited to touch, feel, smell the displayed items. We were even invited to sit on...

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What you need to know when visiting Mkuze Game Reserve

This little gem is part of Isimangaliso Wetland Park and is well worth a visit especially if you are a keen birdwatcher. It hosts over 450 different species and has a wide range of habitats including sand forest, acacia savannah, woodland, riverine forests, rivers, pans, grasslands, cliffs and rocky ridges. You need a minimum of two to five days to do this reserve any justice. I wouldn’t for the less than three. Due to the diverse habitat you will find black and white rhino, elephant, giraffe, the beautiful nyala, wilderbeest, warthog (my favorite animal), hippo, impala and other small...

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Day 3 – Morning around Nsumu Pan

Just as the sun was rising I found myself making coffee and at the same time packing a picnic basket for breakfast at Nsumu Pan. One of my best moments is sitting in a game reserve, drinking coffee dunking a rusk while listening to the cacophony of birds celebrating the beginning of a new day. It’s amazing how much a person sees just sitting quietly. In just a few minutes I saw a pair of Yellowbellied greenbuls, a Whitethroated Robin-chat, starling, a raptor fly-over and a small family of Nyala. We planned to get to Nsumu Pan in time...

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Day 2 – Enchanting Walk through the Fig Forest in Mkuze Game Reserve

The Fig Forest Walk along the uMkhuze River is truly enchanting. A guided walk through it is a must for any visitor to uMkhuze. The best time to go is in the morning, however all the morning walks were fully booked so we had to settle for the afternoon walk.   After meeting our guide, Patrick Mathe and along with a few other visitors at Reception we climbed onto a game vehicle and headed for the forest. All along the way Patrick kept us informed on the various birds and animals we passed. Now again he would stop for...

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Day 1 – Weekend in Mkuze Game Reserve

It has been many years since I last visited uMkhuze so this year, instead of visiting Ndumu like I normally do, I decided to spend the weekend in this magical game reserve in Zululand, Kwa Zulu Natal. The drive from the gate to Mantuma Camp where we had booked a safari tent is about 10 Km. As soon as we drove through the gate, off went the safety belts and air conditioner and down went all four windows.   Ah, the sights, smells and sounds of the bush warm my  soul.   I had three whole days to drink in this pleasure...

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