Author: Cheryl King

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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The Crazy World of Twitchers, a Birdwatcher’s Viewpoint

My dictionary says that a twitcher is “a person or thing that twitches”. The same dictionary states that the meaning of ‘twitch’ is “to give or cause to give a short, sudden jerking or convulsive movement”. Most dictionaries also state that a Twitcher is an enthusiastic bird-watcher – but it is much more than that. You see, a twitcher is a birder who will do everything possible to see a vagrant or very rare bird that arrives in his part of the world. This will include taking time off work, travelling far distances for many hours, forsaking prior commitments...

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