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Duma Zulu - Feel the heartbeat of Africa

“Africa is not just a place. It’s a feeling. Africa is the heart of the world and there are only a few of us who have been touched by her. Africa defines our soul…” - Unknown

The rhythmic sounds of beating drums fill the air. Zulu maidens and brave Zulu warriors tell a captivating story about their culture and beliefs through song and dance and mesmerized guests find themselves deeply immersed in traditional Zulu culture for a brief moment in time.

Whether you are just visiting for a couple of hours as a day visitor or staying overnight, Gooderson’s Dumazulu Lodge and Cultural Village offer guests the opportunity to experience true Zulu hospitality while gaining insight into their local customs and beliefs.

A three-hour drive north of Durban, overnight guests are accommodated in a modern version of a traditional, thatched Zulu hut, equipped with the modern conveniences of a large en-suite bathroom, TV, air-conditioning, and tea-coffee making facilities. No one hut looks the same on the outside as each one is painted in bright colours and represents either a specific tribe or region of Southern Africa. The huts are all arranged in a circle which is representative of the way Zulu villages are traditionally built.


Budget-Friendly Bushlands

Sixty kilometres south of the Cape Town lies a gem of a reserve, home to a rich floral kingdom and a series of spectacular hiking trails.

Tucked away in a little pocket of KZN bushveld lies the charmingly rustic Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge. Situated three hours’ drive north of Durban, Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge offers guests an affordable private game lodge experience.

Set on 10 000 acres, Gooderson Bushlands Game Lodge is home to a variety of animal species including eland, giraffe, impala, zebra, warthog and numerous species of bird.

The Nyala walking trail allows guests the opportunity to view these magnificent creatures up close. If you’re looking for a Big 5 game experience, the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Park and iSimangaliso Wetland Park are both close by.

A raised wooden viewing deck overlooks a small waterhole and offers wonderful views of the open grasslands where plains game graze peacefully without fear of larger predators. It’s a place of serene stillness where guests have an opportunity to spend a few stolen moments relaxing in comfortable armchairs, getting lost in the plot of their favourite novel or immersing themselves in nature. The incessant chatter of the birds fills the air and giraffe stand proud and tall, watching you from their lofty height before moving with grace and elegance across the veld to forage on the luscious leaves of a nearby tree.

Guests are accommodated in cozy wooden cabins equipped with tea and coffee making facilities, en-suite bathroom, air conditioning, hair dryers and some rooms have a mini bar fridge for personal use. The rooms are linked with the main reception areas by a raised wooden walkways, and a sparkling pool lures guests to take a dip in her cool waters, offering welcome relief from hot KZN summer days.


A travellers guide to the Pilanesberg

The Pilanesberg region of the North West Province in South Africa is a tourists playground with the unpretentious Pilanesberg National Park providing the backbone to this thriving tourist destination. Luxury game lodges, family-friendly resort complexes, and numerous adventure activities both in and out of the park all come together to offer guests a unique, diverse and memorable holiday.

An extinct volcano, dating back 1300 million years provides the setting for the dramatic backdrop of Pilanesberg.

The area is named after the Tswana Chief Pilane of the Bakgatla tribe who owned and occupied the land before agreeing to include it as part of the greater Pilanesberg National Park when the then Bophuthatswana government decided to re-introduce wildlife. Although species, such as leopard, occurred naturally in the Pilanesberg area, it was decided to re-introduce the species that had previously occurred in the area historically. Nicknamed Operation Genesis – the project involved the translocation of over 6000
animals which were placed in quarantine enclosures, where they could acclimatize, before being released.


A Passion for Nature

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”
– Albert Einstein

In our annual nature training and field guide feature we are going to be taking a closer look at how their organisation was formed, what drives them to be a part of this industry, the different courses they offer and what sets them apart from their competitors. So if you are just about to leave school and are considering a career in field guiding or nature conservation or you feel trapped in your current career and are looking to make a change, then the next few pages will offer great insight...

Fifteen years of guiding, managing and training teams of guides in some of South Africa’s premier game reserve destinations, led Schalk and Candice Pretorius to establish Ulovane Environmental Training, adjacent to and operating in Amakhala Game Reserve, between Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

“This exceptional Malaria free location features interesting geological and paleontological history with a variety of fauna and flora, including the big-five, cheetah, brown hyena, caracal, serval and bat eared foxes,” says Schalk. “It was our dream to establish a training environment where our students would not just receive qualifications, but rather live the experience, sharing in our passion and so the Ulovane Campus was established. To match the dream we ensure a professional, exemplary and sensitive approach to the environment, the comfortable lodge-like accommodation was designed to be off the grid enabling us to practice what we preach,” comments Schalk. “Empowering students with a sound knowledge of nature, whilst stressing the importance of protecting the environment, not just for future generations but for our own survival is critical.


WIN a copy of Running Wild, by David Bristow

Running Wild is the story of an African stallion named Zulu who spent many years running as the lead stallion of a heard of Zebras.
Following in the footsteps of Jock of the Bushveld, Running Wild is an African story for all ages. It is a tale of resilience, courage and endurance, a book that will uplift, enrich and warm every lover of the African bush

WIN a 2 night stay for 2 at Resthaven Guest House

Resthaven Guesthouse situated in the quaint town of Matatiele is set against the backdrop of the Southern Drakensberg. Resthaven Guesthouse is the ideal base from which to explore Lesotho and has all the modern amenities to make your business trip or weekend Adventure a comfortable and memorable one.

Win a two-night stay for two people including breakfast at Resthaven Guest House

Berg & Bush - Trail Riders’ Dream

The Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush takes riders through some of the best scenery and along some of the most incredible trails in South Africa. Starting at Sterkfontein Dam, the Great Trek and Descent takes riders on a winding journey off the escarpment and into the bushveld. With a team dedicated to creating a fun experience on and off the bike, the Berg & Bush is the ideal mountain bike getaway.

If you’re looking for a special adventure on your mountain bike, then look no further than the Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush. The Descent, Great Trek and original 2 Day all take place in October this year, and once again the team has been working hard to prepare trails that increase thrills and limit spills. With an intimate knowledge of the surrounding area, race organiser Gary Green is constantly tweaking the bushveld bliss of his three-day stage race (and the 2 Day). This year, new developments include an upgraded Longdrop Pass down Spioenkop - built by Rob Dormehl of Garden Route Trail Park - and rejuvenated berms on the famous Bell Run. At present, there are also new single track routes being built and added to the event’s trail grail day two. This is a ride that truly is the Holy Trail of mountain biking. “Our aim is always to leave the riders smiling, says Green. “We’ve found that over the years, if you keep improving the trails, and making them more fun, then riders will leave happy and return happy. From the moment last year’s 2 Day event ended, we have been coming up with ideas and plans to improve every aspect of the Berg & Bush.”


Cape of Good Hope - Favourite Day Walks

Sixty kilometres south of the Cape Town lies a gem of a reserve, home to a rich floral kingdom and a series of spectacular hiking trails.

The Cape of Good Hope - or Cape Point, the most south-westerly point of the continent, while not being the actual southerly tip of Africa (that honour is bestowed on Cape Agulhas further east), is without a doubt the most dramatic. The 7 750-hectare reserve, which forms part of the Table Mountain National Park, tapers out into a thin rocky headland like the knobbly end of a lizard’s tail. Here, waves crash onto rocky cliffs, cormorants soar on the wind and an endless expanse of water extends to the horizon.

The site of many a shipwreck in the past, Cape Point is now a celebration of natural beauty. The breath-taking and magnificent scenery is best appreciated on a series of trails that wend their way through the reserve. Over the years, a few have become firm favourites.


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