KwaZulu Natal has it all – pulsating city life in Durban, dramatic mountain vistas, evocative battlefields, exciting Big Five safaris, age-old Zulu traditions, vibrant and colourful Indian community, magnificent sub-tropical beaches, crucial wetlands and outstanding coral reefs.
KwaZulu Natal is a place of great natural beauty and is home to two of South Africa’s World Heritage Sites: the Ukahlamba Drakensberg Park and the Isimangaliso Wetlands Park. The Drakensberg is the highest mountain range in Southern Africa – soaring basalt cliffs and golden sandstone ramparts tower over rolling grasslands, steep-sided valleys, rocky gorges and ancient San rock art. The Isimangaliso Wetland Park is a 28,000 hectare Reserve encompassing an immense variety of habitats ranging from coral reefs and beaches to coastal forests, from salt and fresh water marshes to the open waters of Lake St Lucia and from lush coastal plains to drier woodland areas.
The Battlefields region abounds in evocative symbols of South Africa’s turbulent past. Bloody battles were fought on the plains in several South African wars such as the Anglo-Zulu War and the Anglo-Boer War. Battlefields such as Isandlwana, Rorke’s Drift, Majuba, Spioenkop, Elandslaagte and the siege of Ladysmith are brought to life by raconteur tour guides.
KwaZulu Natal is a great scuba diving and beach destination. Sodwana Bay is regarded as one of the top 5 dive sites in the world and its reefs are home to an astonishing variety of marine creatures. Where else can you dive coral reefs and wrecks with sharks, dolphins, turtles, whales and over 1200 species of fish? Aliwal Shoal is regarded as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. In winter Ragged Tooth sharks migrate to Aliwal Shoal in vast numbers, making for exciting diving.
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I grew up on a farm in the Eastern Cape of South Africa where from a young age we hosted many international guests in our family run lodge and this is where I began my love for tourism, conservation and building interpersonal relationships with people who at the time felt like they came from worlds away. I was blessed to be raised in the beautiful South African bushveld where I cultivated an intense passion for photography which I still enjoy today.
I have been privileged to meet incredible people and see amazing areas of Southern Africa which I truly want others to experience for themselves, not just through photographs. I thrive on listening to stories that other people tell around the boma fire or dinner table while I am visiting these places and thoroughly enjoy sharing our experiences of living in Africa with them. I very quickly realised that there are two types of traveller: the “once in a lifetime” client who has saved for this and only this trip to Africa and the seasoned traveller who is blessed with the means to travel regularly to different destinations. Both types of client deserve and require the same amount of planning, assistance and attention to detail when organising their travels to Africa. I have seen how my fellow consultants always go the extra mile for every client and the joy that this brings all of us when clients send us feedback on their experiences – This makes our hearts happy!