Posts by Characterstays

Celebrating the humble Aloe

If you visit any of our beautiful lodges set in pristine parts of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, do ask one of our guides to show you different varieties of Aloe plants. These succulents make great photographs in the setting sun, back-lit or silhouetted. There are over 500 Aloe species and their vibrant orange colours and spiral…

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We are a recognised Fairtrader!

Isibindi Africa is not unreasonably pleased to have made it into an elite caring set of organisations who are officially considered Fairtrade compliant! After many months or rigorous assessment (they don’t just hand this award out!), Isibindi Africa Lodges have made the grade. This makes us incredibly proud to be internationally recognized for our commitment…

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June Lodge Specials

June is one of the loveliest months in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, where the waters are clear and still, the wildlife is active and the evenings are so bright you can see distant constellations of stars with the naked eye. Specialising in indoor and outdoor fireplaces, each of the Isibindi Africa Lodges brings warmth and inspiration to…

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Traditional Zulu Homestay

I can’t wait to wake up in this warm and caring place – a traditional homestay at a Zulu homestead bordering the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi wildlife reserve. Now when you stay at Rhino Ridge Safari lodge, the only luxury lodge set right within this vast game reserve, you can book a homestay with the Nkosi family, who…

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The African Wild Dog

Dr Sharon Grussendorff tells us about one of her favourite wild game sightings: the African Wild Dog.   When I visit a game park, one of the most exciting animal sightings for me is to see a troop of wild dog jogging along the side of the road.  It feels like winning the lottery, because…

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iSimangaliso natural world

There are so few unspoilt places left in the world and one feels it keenly when one enters such a protected natural part of the globe. One of my favourite such places is the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, one of South Africa’s first World Heritage Sites. Passionately protected by the iSimangaliso Authority, this vast expanse of…

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Rock pool awe

By Dr Sharon Grussendorff, regular guest at the Isibindi Africa Lodges, with images from the talented Carl Moller of Thonga Beach Lodge.   Many of us have happy memories of playing on the beach as a child with our bucket and spade, splashing about in the sea and running freely in the sand. Although I…

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Birdwatching in Northern KwaZulu-Natal

Where you can see the widest range of grassland, freshwater, sea and forest birds in one trip (with images by Dr George Hughes)     I held my breath as we do sometimes to stop time when something wonderful has touched us Mary Oliver   Encountering a rare bird species on a walking safari is…

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Thonga Beach Lodge: A site of significance

Thonga Beach Lodge: A site of significance Article and photographs by Dr George Hughes, 7 March 2018 Very few visitors give thought to the site to which they are hoping to visit and in most cases there are simple choices to be considered: Is the site value for money? Is there a nice beach and…

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