Posts by Characterstays

Beautiful-ugly beasties of the bush

I just adore these beautiful-ugly beasties – the warthog (a.k.a Pumba in the Lion King). These African hogs just ooze character with their warty faces and compact fat bodies. These warts are actually protective bumps, especially useful when the males fight one another with their tusks. These members of the pig family can only be…

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Give a gift of down time

One could argue that most of us need less productivity and a few less trinkets. This Christmas, consider giving someone you care about the gift of down time – a relaxing stay in great comfort in a beautiful natural environment. Food for the soul, a stay at one of the Isibindi Africa Lodges restores body,…

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So green it hurts

Not only is Isibindi Africa Group Executive Chef Carl Moller an incredible chef, talented photographer and sports enthusiast, he has a heart (and fingers) of green. Listen to this story of one man making a difference in rural KwaZulu-Natal: . “A little while ago I experimented with a few microgreen growing kits and a sprouter. …

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Why I love critters

If you are lucky enough during your stay at Thonga Beach Lodge, you may join Layla Leigh Edeling on a guided forest walk. Her enthusiasm about all things creepy and crawly, feathered and fluffy will infuse your visit and you will look with renewed appreciation under every leaf and stalk. We asked Layla 5 questions…

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Ten reasons to visit Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park

By Philip Briggs from Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park rivals the world-famous Kruger National Park as one of southern Africa’s most alluring safari destinations. Extending over 1000 square kilometres of beautiful green hills, it is the world’s most important rhino sanctuary, and hosts a rich biodiversity including all the Big Five. Climatically, the warm, moist climate of…

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Rave reviews of Rhino Ridge

Our newest and perhaps most glamorous lodge, Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge, is set in the spectacular Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve. This breath-taking lodge is receiving rave reviews on Tripadvisor.     Here are some lovely comments from our guests:   Amy G from Chessington in the UK says: As part of a 2 week trip, my…

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Dolphins – some of our favourite friends

A dream that I have had for a long time is to swim in the ocean with dolphins. Somehow it is a dream that I have had since my childhood, since dolphins feel to me like creatures that belong with more mythical beings such as angels and unicorns. In my imagination dolphins have the power…

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