Author: Cheryl King

Cape Gannet Colony on Bird Island – A Spectacle not to be Missed

There is a lot to do in Lamberts Bay, but the highlight is a visit to the Cape Gannet Colony on Bird Island. Not only will birders and nature lovers be spellbound, every visitor will be, including children At the entrance introduce yourself to Driftwood Harry. This huge statue of a seaman made from driftwood and regarded as the Guardian of the Sea and all its creatures was interesting and amusing. I couldn’t resist having a photo taken of myself holding his hand. The path to the hide is covered in seashells and it is here you have your...

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St Lucia – One Day is not Enough

While sitting at Sunset Jetty admiring a resplendent sunset we met a young Spanish couple. We started  chatting and they asked what there was to do in St Lucia – they only had one day. “One day!” (I thought). “How crazy is that, you need a minimum of 3 days”. Oops, then I remembered I was only in St Lucia (part of Isimangaliso Wetland Park) for a day.   This was our itinerary: Our first stop was the beach.  A scenic boardwalk takes you to the beach along the estuary.   To get to the beach we followed the scenic boardwalk...

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Bucket List Friday – Visit the West Coast during the Flower Season

Another bucket list wish is to celebrate spring on the West Coast and Namaqualand. This only happens in August and September each year. It also depends on the rainfall. Last year, after spending a weekend birding off Simonstown Harbour we drove up the West Coast looking for birds. The wildflowers had not even entered my head – only the birds I wanted to see. Just past the entrance in the West Coast National Park we found our first bird – the Northern Black Korhaan standing among an array for bright colourful daisies. What a sighting. Celebrate spring on the West...

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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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