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Underberg – Umzimkulu River Lodge

Umzimkulu River Lodge , on the banks of the Umzimkulu River, is a mere 22 kilometers from Umzimkulu or about 2 hours drive from Durban. Whether its peace, quiet, and relaxation or maybe canoeing, this is the place to go.  The lodge is on the banks of the river, which sets the scene for an […]

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Adamshurst – Boston Road

Adamshurst is named after the first owners William and Ellen Adams who received the farm by way of a grant, and the home built in 1881.  The home with its two gables, has a wide 36 m passage along its width and crossed by a similarly wide passage from front to back.  As well as […]

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Owthorne Farm – Dargle Valley

Owthorne farm in the Dargle Valley was built in 1882 by Charles William Shaw, but still retains most of the original structure. Further images of this farmhouse can be found under Gallery – Old Natal Farms – Dargle Owthorne. A book featuring this farm and many more Old Natal Farms available from Otterley Press in […]

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Dusi Canoe Marathon

Having completed 10 Dusi  Canoe Marathons, it is a great privilege to be a second to my son in law Marc Parker this year. I shot a huge number of images on the race, but this image encapsulates the drama and passion of this signature event in KZN. Despite the environmental depredations in this river […]

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Fort Napier – Officers Mess

A second visit to Fort Napier allowed me to photograph the wood and iron Garrison Officers Mess. Sadly it is in a serious state of neglect. Fort Napier was established on 31 August 1843, and the first British Regiment, the 45th built the Fort. It was last used as a Garrison fort in 1914, but […]

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Durban to PMB – Natal old rail line

The Natal old main Rail line is of great interest to the Railway enthusiasts. I have just published images of the stations and support infrastructure in the GALLERY , under Bridges, Dams, Roads and Rail – Old Natal Rail Line. Many of these structures are being neglected and will eventually disappear. There are a few […]

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Princes Grant Golf Estate

There are some real hidden gems in KZN and Princes Grant Golf Course is no exception, with its verdant greens and fairways, and beautifully designed club house and facilities.The course is built on a portion of the Farm Hyde Park granted to George Prince in 1856, and then owned by Babu Bodasing, where cane and […]

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Lidgetton – Lastingham Country Lodge

Lastingham Country Lodge, presently run by Lynne Holding and Mike McNab, as a B&B, was built in 1911 by the Lidgett’s after whom Lidgetton is named. The Lodge is on 100 acres of the original farm of 5169 acres granted to John Lidgett in 1859. The farm originally, called Riet Vallei belonged to W.S. Pretorius, […]

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Karkloof – Colborne Farm

  Timber in the early days of Natal, was a fairly abundant resource in the south facing slopes of the hills of the Natal Midlands. It is thus not surprising that wood features so strongly for ceilings, floors, doors, and windows. As usual verandas were widely used to keep the homes cool. Colborne Farm, in […]

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Himeville – Peter McKenzie

This post commemorates Peter McKenzie who was a local farmer based at Seaforth, brother of General Duncan McKenzie , but most importantly for me, one of my grandfathers lifelong friends. Benjamin Adam Bland, who for many years worked for the two McKenzie brothers transport riding from Natal, between Delagoa Bay and Barberton, and between Beira […]

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