I remember ages ago reading a blog post by Lola where she mentions visiting KwaZulu-Natal and Durban as a part of “Through the Lens“; a partnership between National Geographic and South African Tourism. Was pretty exciting, I even made the odd suggestions on where to go in KZN (which in retrospect I Read more…
While idly scrolling through my twitter feed (@cctouringsa) I came across a tweet posted by South African Tourism (@GoToSouthAfrica). Following the link supplied, I landed on the home page of Lola Akinmade Akerstrom, a travel photographer and writer whose work has appeared in National Geographic, BBC, CNN, Lonely Planet and a whole bunch more!
Tuesday the 17th marked the first day of a 7-day tour to the Battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal and a “Big-5” Safari. The itinerary I had planned called for firstly a night of Zulu cultural experience, followed by a few days in the battlefields area before spending the remaining days in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve.
The weather was perfect for a tour of the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve over the Easter weekend. I started off early on Friday morning to pick up my guest Olivia and her two children Thomas and Josie (aged 7 & 5). After collecting them from Durban North, we headed straight for Emdoneni Cat Rehabilitation Center.
I had a little time this morning before a short tour to head on down to the beachfront. I was going to find a spot to have a cup of coffee and kill some time, but I got distracted by the nearby “Sunken Gardens” which have been rehabilitated.
There’s two separate stories (as far as I know) as to how the gardens came to be.
I don’t get out on the bike often enough anymore but I couldn’t resist this morning, beautiful blue skies with just a light wind stirring tree tops, it was a day made for cycling! I started out with the intention of getting a little hill training in so headed towards Bothas Hill, some 40km’s outside of Durban. But the day was honestly so fantastic I ended up just cruising on and on, stopping every now and again to take in the views!