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uMgungundlovu District Municipality

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  • Day290

    Midlands Meander

    June 18, 2017 in South Africa

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

  • Day3

    Day 3 - Mooi River Wimpy

    October 20, 2017 in South Africa

    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

  • Day73

    Rock Art in uKhahlamba

    April 13 in South Africa

    Art of the San people, well over 1,000 years old.. The second picture, antelope, is actually engraved. Engraving are very rare, only a handful are known. The others are paintings. One is of an eland. The 4th, if you look closely, is two shamans laying hands on a sick person. Amazing to see. The last is a nearby waterfall.
    BTW, that isn't a typo with a capital as the second letter. In Zulu, that often occurs. Haven't found out why.
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  • Day27

    Pietermaritzburg

    July 3, 2010 in South Africa

    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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