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Discovering scuba diving with the elderly

A blog by Thonga Beach Lodge dive instructor Lee-Ann Cooper   I grow old… I grow old… I shall wear the bottom of my trousers rolled. Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach? I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach. I have heard the mermaids singing…

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Celebrating all things green, aesthetic and local

“Everyone remembers the wooden bowl that their grandmother had” says Ashley Viljoen, a designer and craftsman specialising in wood homeware and tableware. Viljoen has created the exquisite wooden bowls you will find at Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve. A resident artist in KwaZulu-Natal, Viljoen poignantly describes that the work he produces is a testament to…

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Thonga Blue

In my family, we ascribe different names for colours after our favourite holiday destinations. Oia blue is a deep Prussian blue named after the well-known Santorini village and caldera where we spent one idyllic Mediterranean summer. Cintsa blue is an icy, pale grey-blue, after the lesser-known Eastern Cape beach. And our favourite of course –…

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Anticipatory Delights

When I go on holiday in a lovely place, I get that feeling of looking forward to everything. At Kosi Forest Lodge, the days have a pleasing pattern and I find myself anticipating each delight of the day. I am looking forward to the dinner out at the boma, next to a roaring open fire…

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Pool with a View

Each moment of each day at Plains Tented Camp is a marvel. Here I lie in a swimming pool overlooking the Timbitene Plains. It is a hot, dry day and the pool water is wonderfully cool. A zeal of zebra approach, and we sink low in the water such that all they might see are…

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What would you do if money was no object?

Berenice Meintjes of Characterstays writes the following in her latest post for Isibindi Africa, which was published on Africa Geographic earlier this week… Being a psychologist, I tend to ask a few inappropriate personal questions to people I meet. One of my favourite questions is this: “If money was no object, what would you do with…

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Wild Implausibility

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Here are some creative collective nouns for all things African which you can toss about on your next safari: A zeal of Zebras A sault or a pride of lions A leap of leopards A destruction of wildcats A tower of giraffe An implausibility of gnu A memory of elephant or a parade of elephant…

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Proudly South African

Named “The Drinks Man” by colleagues, Zama Mthembu prides himself on knowing drinks from different countries and his own beloved South Africa. Zama started his training as a barman at Thonga Beach Lodge only one and a half years ago and did well to earn his title in a short space of time.    …

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7 Things to look for when choosing a game lodge

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At Rhino Walking Safaris and Rhino Post Safari Lodge in the Kruger Park, we frequently hear, “there are so many stunning lodges on the Internet, how is a person supposed to choose!” This informative article was written by Nikki Meyer and published on Africa Geographic. It’s true, South Africa boasts an array of incredible lodges…

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