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Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli

A memorial has recently, in July 2017, been erected in Groutville, to commemorate Albert Luthuli. The memorial has a summary of his life and is a National Heritage site. Albert Luthuli was born in Rhodesia in 1898, but relocated to Umvoti Mission in 1908. From here he taught at Adams Mission (1922). In 1927 he […]

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Centocow Trappist Mission

I recently was in Creighton at the aloe festival, but couldn’t resist another visit to this mission overlooking the Umzimkulu River, built by Francis Pfanner the founder of Marrianhill Monastry, in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The beauty of these buildings, needs to be seen by more people in this province. The drive there […]

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Durban – Sydenham St John & St Raphael Cemetery

There is always a fascination with old graveyards, and this cemetery is no exception, with some of the remains of prominent persons, who made their names and fortunes in Durban’s early development. This post has a few images to reflect this, such as the grave of William Randles. William Randles lived in the area for […]

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Korongo Valley Guest Farm – Ixopo

Korongo Valley Guest Farm may have no pretentions of competing with The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga, but the guest house has all the hospitality that goes with hospitality. The farm caters for travelers, hikers, bikers, and anyone wanting a getaway in the majestic Ixopo hills. ¬†Alan Paton didn’t wax lyrical about this area for […]

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Lords of The Manor (formerly Oatesdale) – Hidcote – Mooi River

I have recently added an album of this well known venue in the KZN Midlands, that was built by Edward Oates, starting in 1887 and completed after the Boer war, when it was used as a school. It became known as Lords of the Manor after a refurbishment in 2007. The property is now run […]

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Nottingham Road – Springrove Dam

If it weren’t for the Springrove Dam, completed in 2013, and which filled very quickly, Durban Metro and Pietermaritzburg would have been in dire straits due to the drought. Springrove Dam, on the Big Mooi releases water downstream, to the Mearns weir, where it is pumped into the Lions River, which feeds into Midmar Dam. […]

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PMB – Old Edendale Road

The old Edendale road is now a back road into the city having been replaced by a wider more direct route. Edendale was originally a farming area on the fringes of the city and the old road would have been a busy route into the city, with stopovers for travelers. Along this route, I discovered […]

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Umhlanga – Dubai here we come

The Village has gone and Dubai is arriving on these Indian Ocean shores. These images illustrate the progress of the Pearls and Oceans developments until June 2017. (Some might differ as to whether this is progress, but each to their own). Certainly the village atmosphere is no more, with the bustle of taxis now mixing […]

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Fern Hill Hotel – Midmar

If you are looking for a getaway that is conveniently located, has a rich history, and a reputation for great cuisine and comfortable rooms, the Fern Hill Hotel near Midmar Dam is an obvious choice. It is also conveniently situated to the Midlands Meander, and the Drakensberg mountains, themselves a World Heritage site. This hotel, […]

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Estcourt – Klipfontein Farm aloes

      From mid May until mid July the aloes in KZN are a spectacle that can’t be missed. Along the freeways, and in some of the rural areas, the rather wintry, sombre landscapes are uplifted with these displays of orange and red. One bucket list item should be the Creighton aloe festival, and […]

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