Posts by Characterstays

In search of sea turtles

Late summer in South Africa means balmy days, cool, calm seas and one of our very favourite things – turtle nesting and hatching. Head to to Thonga Beach Lodge to witness this marvel as tiny little hatchlings struggle their way across the golden sands into the sea. We highly recommend you pick up a copy…

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The little school that could

This is a little school that warms our hearts – a remote rural school near Thonga Beach Lodge, Mabibi Primary. Thanks to donations made by Thonga Beach Lodge and its guests, Pie Blight was able to purchase new school supplies for Mabibi Primary.   The donations included a beautiful map of South Africa and a…

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Eight reasons to fall in love with iSimangaliso Wetland Park

By Roxanne Konkol from Discover Africa While most international safari-goers look to Kruger National Park for their African safari, there’s a corner of South Africa that is sometimes overlooked. Right next to the border of Mozambique in the north of Kwazulu-Natal and about two and a half hours drive from Durban, this great ecosystem is…

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An honest review of a safari in KwaZulu-Natal

Experienced traveller Ellen Cassaer submitted her review of a safari to KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, organised by Sun Safaris. Describing herself as a highly critical guest, Ellen’s favourite establishment on her trip was Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge. This is what she had to say about her experience of this luxury bush lodge in Hluhluwe / iMfolozi…

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For the love of holidays (and words)

  Definition: ‘Preposterous’ – contrary to reason or common sense, utterly absurd or ridiculous, outrageous, impossible, harebrained, balmy, laughable   Holidays are not easily come by. First, there’s all the work – the hard work before the holiday, saving enough money, finding the right gap in everyone’s schedules, getting enough done to take the time…

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Give the gift of togetherness to celebrate a special person

When you ask many older people what they would like most for their birthdays or special celebrations, they will often say that they would love to have all their family together. What better way to celebrate a much-loved person than to club together and book a holiday in a special destination which can be enjoyed…

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Idyllic wedding venue

Whether your ultimate wedding fantasy is barefoot luxury on a misty white and blue beach, or, a safari setting with lamp-lit tables under open African skies in the bush, at Isibindi Africa, we understand that nature and romance go together perfectly.     So different from a concrete functions room at a standard hotel, we…

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Isibindi Zulu Lodge Community Engagement

When one goes on holiday in a developing country, it is inspiring to know that your investment goes beyond your own wellbeing. See how far your contribution to a stay at Isibindi Zulu Lodge goes in terms of supporting the neighbouring Amoibe community in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.     The Isibindi Eco-Reserve has assisted the…

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