Posts by Characterstays

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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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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