All eyes will be on South Africa in June and already the world’s media is reporting on the country in this pre soccer world cup period. If the recent British & Irish Lions rugby and England cricket tours are anything to go by then the soccer will be a huge success. Certainly the new Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban looks like a world class venue.

I noted last year that traffic had increased in volume especially in and around Johannesburg. On this visit Durban and the N3 and N2 highways leading in and out of the city were also congested at various times of the day. However the roads away from city areas were relatively quiet. A reminder again that speed cameras and traffic police are placed at regular intervals on all highways.

I had not been into the mountains for some time so on this trip I grabbed my opportunity to visit the ‘vulture restaurant’ at Giants Castle. My safari article will reveal more as to why I was so keen to visit and what I was rewarded with.

Seeing something new is always very special, seeing something rare is extremely lucky. So seeing a pack of endangered wild dogs on a kill was an incredible experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I very much hope my words and pictures portray and recreate what was a very special moment for me.

Phinda Game Reserve – Mountain LodgeSeveral people had told me about their experiences at Phinda Game Reserve. They were all good, and included words like, stunning, fantastic spectacular, etc. When offered my chance to visit I soon realised why these and many other words are used to describe a stay in this world class reserve. Read more in the article ‘Phinda Experience’.

2010 and soccer will be the main focus this year for South Africa. We here though hope we can encourage visitors to explore and take personal safaris beyond the new stadiums and into the mountains, onto the beaches and through the bush of KZN. Our aim has always been to promote this stunning province well beyond 2010 and to reveal an amazing wealth of biodiversity.


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People say that Africa has an effect on your soul and Mark Henson the ‘author’ of this site is no exception. He first travelled to South Africa and the province of KwaZulu-Natal in 1993 and has been coming and going every year since. Twice now most years!

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