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uMgungundlovu District Municipality

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  • Day290

    Midlands Meander

    June 18, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Durch schöne Hügellandschaft gehts weiter, wir schauen in lustige Antiquitätenshops, die heißen wie 'Treasures and Trash' oder 'The ugly Duckling'. Im Piggly Wiggly, einer hübschen Familienbelustigungsanlage mit Essen und Kunsthandwerk machen wir Mittagspause und im Chocolate Heaven gibts ein kleines Dessert 😉.
    Als wir später am Bierfassl vorbeikommen, brauchen wir sofort eine weitere Pause 😃. Vielleicht ist es die einzige Skihütte Afrikas - keine Ahnung, auf alle Fälle lustig! Es gibt Bratwurst, Sauerkraut und Schnitzel - schade das wir schon gegessen haben! Aber Glühwein mit Stollen und Bienenstich geht noch - ist ja egal wovon uns schlecht wird 😋😏!
    Nun haben wir genug gesehen und gegessen und fahren zügig nach Bergville, wo wir uns für fünf Nächte in ein niedliches BnB einquartiert haben.
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  • Day9

    Pietermaritzburg & Midlands Meander

    December 26, 2006 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Een zeer woelige nacht, waarschijnlijk nog stroompannes want er was omgeschakeld naar onze vertrouwde diesel. Deze ging wat trager maar omstreeks 5,30u kwamen we toch aan in Pietermaritzburg. Er was veel mist onderweg en het had hard geregend in Boughton het vorige station. Om 6u mochten we gaan ontbijten en dan wisten we pas welke uitstap we konden maken. De wandeluitstap was volgeboekt en de battlefields waren gecanceld dus werd het de Midlands Meander met Penny.
    Het Pietermaritzburg station is zeer oud, in 1893 werd Mahatma Ghandi hier uit de trein gezet omdat hij een kleurling was! Ervoor staat nog steeds een standbeeld van hem. Onze trein blijft hier heel de dag staan.
    De Midland Meander in KwaZulu-Natal is een mix van meer dan 160 gelegenheden om te eten, te drinken, te slapen, te shoppen en in het algemeen om plezier te maken. Gestart als een collectief van ambachtslieden die trachtten de bezoekers van de platgetreden paden naar hun studio's en gallerijen te lokken.
    Het belooft een warme dag te worden, eerst gaan we naar Howick falls we komen aan om 8,30u en moeten om 10u terug aan het busje zijn. Er zijn nog veel winkeltjes gesloten en de straatventers zijn nog aan het uitpakken dus besluiten we een hike te maken naar de voet van de waterval. Een 1,2 km wandeling helemaal naar beneden door wilde begroeiing en omring door het oorverdovend geshirp van cicaden.
    We hadden natuurlijk geen sneakers aan dus was het voorzichtig gaan over de vochtige grond, en warm werd het inderdaad tot 28°!
    De volgende stop was aan Piggly Wiggly een farm shop eigenlijk hadden we niets nodig maar een pakje chips gaat er altijd wel in.
    Een resem van shops werd ons gepresenteerd: kaas, potterie, kleding, lederwaren, schoenen, noem het en we kwamen het tegen.
    Om 5u moegeshopt terug aan de trein gelukkig is het een heel eind tot Durban.
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  • Day21

    It rained and it rained and it rained...

    February 5, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Of course we woke at 06h00 - and we had arranged for our stuff to be portered back to the car at 08h00 - so we were ready early!!
    In the end we left The Old Hatchery just after 8.
    And it was cloudy and rainy all the way to Ladysmith.
    There was a turnoff to Marutswa Forest so we had a look. Perhaps it's not open on Sundays. Trails laid out, but empty office. Not for the foot-hearted or decrepit, so we left. Had to negotiate goats.
    We had a coffee break at Howick after checking the Falls (which were not very full).
    By the time we got to Ladysmith it was pouring! We had Sunday buffet lunch at the Royal Hotel for auld lang syne (we celebrated Bill's 60th there in 2003 with Peter and Merryn Brunt).
    The rain stopped for us to get to the car but was pouring again when we reached Naunton's Guest House about 11 km out on the Newcastle road.
    The rest of the day was spent sleeping and watching the rain. And reading the Sunday Crimes.
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  • Day3

    Day 3 - Hilton stop over

    October 20, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Everyone was happy to arrive at the 4 Star Protea Hilton Hotel a little earlier than expected.

    Hilton is a small town (now incorporated into the town of Howick to the North West) that lies on the brow of the escarpment above Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. In 1872 the Reverend WO Newnham opened Hilton College on a large estate a few kilometres north of the town, which is now one of South Africa's leading private schools.Read more

  • Day4

    Day 4 - Rest day in Hilton

    October 21, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Everyone did their own thing. Some went out for a 50km early cycle. A few technical issues with some bikes meant a quick trip into Pietermaritzburg to sort them out with the local bike shop. The rest of us went through to Durban to collect the racing numbers and sort out the Blue Waters hotel for the final day shower arrangements.Read more

  • Day73

    Madiba Capture Site

    April 13, 2018 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Madiba, Nelson Mandela, was captured here and sentenced to his long term in prison. The site is a memorial. It consists of 27 metal posts, one for each year Mandela spent in prison. And from one perspective of the posts, you can see Mandela's image.

  • Day27

    Pietermaritzburg

    July 3, 2010 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    http://www.travelark.org/travel-blog-entry/tofor85/2/1278415820

    It was a bit of a mixed bag really for Matts Birthday in Durban.
    Matt and Dave arrived the day before, so today was our first trip out, the three of us.
    The foremost plan was to go to Lion Park, near Pietermaritzburg.

    It was hardly the most glamourous place i have been to. It was advertised as a drive through a lion game reserve. In reality, it was more like a dozen lions dumped into a small enclosure you can drive next to and watch sleep.

    Dave and I decided to attempt to surprise Matt by taking him quad-biking, which he wanted to do. Our cover story, was we were visiting a 'waterfall' on the way back, the real location being a 'Thrills Park'

    When we arrived, we were to be sorely dissapointed... it was thrills park alright, for all the wrong reasons. The actual location, was in the middle of nowhere, in a poverty striken area.
    There were no completed buildings to this park, one half constructed shack. There was no security. All 'Thrills' were under construction.
    There was no way i was doing anything, leaving my camera in the car to be stolen. The others were to attempt Quad-biking, only to find the bikes so dangerous and unsafe, they decided against it. Fair enough too. When the 'thrill' is potential injury, mugging of death, its not so appealing.

    In the end, we ended up at Pavillion Mall, to play minigolf. The trip there was interesting enough. Not a white person to be seen, and unexplained crowds everywhere... there were buses so full people were hanging out of the door.
    It has been decided that Durban itself is a hole... the city feels unsafe, is drastically polluted, poorly designed, and most of the street names have been changed, making it extremely difficult to navagate. In addition.. traffic is a joke.. and as dangerous as iv ever seen.
    Minigolf, when we arrived was very fun, and we enjoyed dinner at an Italian resteraunt before the days end. Watermelon cocktails are awesome!!!

    Tomorrow is the big semi final between Holland and Uruguay, and im also looking at doing the following over the next few days; Aquarium, Bird Park, maybe Drakensburg, maybe another game park.
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  • Day3

    Day 3 - Mooi River Wimpy

    October 20, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    After a very wet ride of 100km into Mooi River we all decided to get into the bus and drive to Hilton for safety reasons.

    Mooi River (Afrikaans: Mooirivier) is a small town situated at 1,389 m above sea level and 160 km from the coast in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The first European settlement in the area was at Mooi River Drift in 1852. This was formally named Weston in 1866 after the first Governor of Natal, Martin West.Read more

  • Day9

    Ukahlamba (the Drakensberg)

    August 3, 2012 in South Africa ⋅ 🌙 5 °C

    http://www.travelark.org/travel-blog-entry/tofor85/5/1345487568

    Today we enjoyed a cold breakfast at 7am. The days mission; to trek through the Drakensberg Mountains. Our guide Jonathan, lead eight of us from camp, accross the rickety Tebetebe Suspension Bridge. From there, we soon arrived at the start of the Emandindwini Trail, which would take us some 12-15km through the mountains, accross grasslands, rivers and through forests. It was a challenging hike, with rewarding views and a variety of environments. We even managed to spot some Eland along the mountaintops, and I souvenired a fallen porcupine quill from one of the forests. We started the walk around 8.15am, and arrived back at camp around 1.30pm, with little in the way of stopping for rest, sitting to eat a packed lunch in the grass along the way. I finished with plenty of blisters to mark the trip, how I missed my hiking shoes!

    At 3pm, we boarded the truck to learn more about the Zulu way of life, stopping at a nearby Zulu village. This was a great experience, getting to meet and interact with some of the local people, learn of their culture, and join them in their homes. The people were happy, relaxed and appeared to be pleased and accepting of our visit. The children were especially pleased to see foreigners and extremely excited at the prospect of being shown their photo on camera. They then broke out their poses and dance moves!

    Dinner was warthog and potatoes. We turned in around 9am for our last night in the Drakensberg mountains.
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