Monday, 20 July 2015

Things to do in and around Hluhluwe


Black Rhinos

I was recently asked by a guest what activities are available in and around Hluhluwe and how long should they stay if they want to see a good assortment. So I sat down and made a list and suggested they stay for 2 weeks or more.

Here's why

Game parks

1.    Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Memorial Gate
         -28.068617, 32.141379
         17 km from The Fever Tree
Taken about 3 kms from Memorial Gate in the very late afternoon, 4 June 2015

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Nyalazi Gate
         -28.259543, 32.005874
         46 km from The Fever Tree via the Park
         52 km from The Fever Tree via N2
2.    False Bay Park, part of isiMangaliso Wetland Park
         -27.989694, 32.351225
         14 km from The Fever Tree
3.    Western Shores, part of isiMangaliso Wetland Park
         -28.221837, 32.359294
         45 km from The Fever Tree
4.    Easter Shores, part of isiMangaliso Wetland Park
         -28.357085, 32.419901 (entrance just outside St Lucia)
5.    uMkuze Game Reserve, part of isiMangaliso Wetland Park
         Mshopi Gate, -27.598741, 32.299052
         57.2 km from The Fever Tree
                   Mantuma Camp, -27.590217, 32.216671
                   via N2 70 km from The Fever Tree

Purple crested Turaco (or Loerie, if you are old-school)


Beaches
1.    Sodwana Bay, -27.540467, 32.678543
              95 km from The Fever Tree
2.    St Lucia, -28.372690, 32.428298
                   71 km from The fever Tree
3.    Cape Vidal, -28.1281, 32.5596 (via St Lucia)
                   102 km from The Fever Tree 

Other stuff to do
1.    Bayete Elephant Interaction, Bayete Zulu Game Reserve 074 100 5221
         -27.835781, 32.083896
         39 km from The Fever Tree
2.    Emdoneni Cheetah and Serval Project, 035 562 7000
         -28.102602, 32.274933
         17 km from The Fever Tree
3.    Scuba Diving, Coral Divers @ Sodwana Bay,
         -27.540467, 32.678543
         95 km from The Fever Tree

And then there are the walks, and the horse rides...and...and...and.

If anyone wants to add to the list, please leave a comment with the details.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

A green cave in the making.

I just love cosy courtyards. In fact, I love them to such an extent I have a board on Pinterest  with more than 100 pins that I accumulated for inspiration.

When we bought the property, the courtyard was empty and barren. This was the point where my very fertile imagination came in very handy. I did not see the bland generic walls and the couple of straggly pot plants. I saw a green cave filled with lush foliage and flowers and comfy chairs.

This was the first step to get there.
We put up the main beams for the pergola, making sure all the measurements were correct. At this stage the wood is still unpainted.
They all fit quite nicely....

So they all came down, got painted and went back up again


The covering laths got screwed into place.
The creeper Mondia Whitei planted in the corner started to grow the beginnings of the green cave. 

A bit of furniture and there you are.


Now fast forward a year or two....

And this is now...
The beautiful carved screen was found abandoned on a building site.

The entrance to one of the new suites leading off the courtyard.

The cave is taking shape and what an adventure it is figuring out what grows best where...