Tourist Attractions and Accomodation

Bazley Beach - MacNicol's - Caravan & Camping Resort

Bazley Beach, only 90 kms from Durban on the South Coast is the home of the well renowned MacNicol's Caravan and Camping Resort. The MacNicol family have been running this resort on the north bank of the Ifafa Lagoon for over 30 years and built up a great reputation as a family resort catering to the SA domestic market. The resort has access to the extensive Ifafa Lagoon and direct access onto the endless beaches. The resort has fully serviced caravan sites and a combination of Bungalows and Log Cabins. There are activities for bird lovers, trails, shore & lagoon fishing along with the wide open beaches for swimming. The resort has entertainment activities, pools recreational hall, volley ball, pubs, canoeing, and a shop, to mentions a few more of the attractions. Contact : macnicol@scottburgh.co.za or see www.macnicol.co.za

Bergville - Dalmore Guest Farm

Dalmore Guest farm is an active farm lying between Bergville & Winterton. The farmhouse was built in 1913 but fell into serious disrepair and used as labourers housing. The farmhouse has been recently restored by the Blackburn family and is now a well established Guest Lodge offering both self catering and meals. The farm borders the upper reaches of the Spionkop Dam and is close to the Nature Reserve and Spionkop battle field.

Drakensberg (South) - Lake Navarone

Lake Navarone, is a resort situated in the foothills of the Southern Drakensburg. The accommodation is self catering cottages on the banks of two lakes nestled in the protected valley. The resort has a wide variety of activities, such as fishing, canoeing and numerous trails. It is also close to the Drakensburg Gardens Golf and Time Share resort and the Garden Castle Nature Reserve. This album has images of the accommodation, stunning views, walks and flora in the resort.

Drakensberg - Cathedral Peak Hotel

Drakensberg Cathedral Peak Hotel was established in the 1930's by the Albert Van Der Riet and continues to be a family owned and run hotel. The area in which the hotel is established is part of the Drakensberg World Heritage area and nestles in the foothills of the mountains dominated by the Cathedral Peaks. The hotel caters on a full board basis and has activities ranging from golf to tennis, bowls, hikes, helicopter flights, fishing and much more. The hotel has been expanded considerably, however the original sandstone footprint still takes centre stage.

Drakensberg - Cavern Berg Hotel

The award winning Cavern Berg hotel is nestled into the mountains in the Oliviershoek area of the Drakensberg. The hotel is built on one of the old Boer farms in the area and is surrounded by the mountains and forest. The forest attracted early attention for it timber and in particular its giant yellowwood trees. The saw pits used to carve up this timber are still evident on the nature trails surrounding the hotel. The hotel was established in the late 1930's by Bill and Ruth Carte is still in family hands to this day. Many additions have been done over the years to the facilities and the accommodation.

Drakensburg - Didima & Cathedral Peak

Didima and Cathedral Peak are resorts situated in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains, a World Heritage site. Cathedral Peak is a well known hotel which is popular with families and has numerous attractions like the golf course and usual games facilities. As with Didima which has a self catering, with access to dining facilities, one of the main attractions is the numerous mountain hikes and trails. At Didima there is also a chapel and comprehensive rock art centre. This album features some of what can be expected by a visitor to these resorts with the Berg as its backdrop landscape.

Dundee - Blood River - eNcome Museum

The eNcome Museum is situated across the river from the Blood River Monument. The eNcome Museum records the events that took place here in 1838, giving the history and backdrop to the defeat of the Zulu impi by the Boers. The Museum also gives a graet deal of information on the Zulu Kingdom, it's heritage and lineage. The site also has large auditorium and conference centre.

Durban Beaches & Beachfront

Durban's Golden beaches provide a paradise for bathers, surfers, jet skis , walking, and many more activities catered for along the eight kilometres of beachfront from the harbour mouth to Blue Lagoon. This album has photos along this beach area with a range of varying moods from sunrise to sunset along with aerial views of the beaches.

DURBAN - Kwa Muhle Museum - S 29.51.151 E 31.01.445

Durban's Kwa Muhle Museum was the former offices of the Port Natal Bantu Affairs Board but now features displays reating to the Apartheid " Durban System " and the struggle for dignity by its citizens.

Durban - Marine Parade

Durban Marine Parade (O.R.Tambo Parade) is a feast of images covering the impressive beach front flats, hotels , Finlayson Pools, Promenade, Ushaka Marine World, Amphitheatre, Natal Command, Suncoast Casino, Art Deco buildings and aerial views of the beach front among many other images.

Giants Castle & St Andrews Church

Giants Castle in the Drackensberg Mountains (a world heritage site,is the site of many of the protected Bushmen paintings found in the area with a comprehensive display in the protected caves. Ezemvelo Conservation runs well kept accommodation in the close proximity of the Bushmen Caves. En route to the caves, one comes across Rock 75 which is a carving into the rock made by the 75th Regiment in 1874 under the leadership of Colonel A.W.Durnford.(Isandlwana fame) His mission was to prevent stock theft by the Amahlubi tribe hiding out in Lesotho. The St Andrews Retreat B & B was formerly a sanstone church built by E.A.Thompson to serve the area and the Weenen County College & Weston College. The Chuch is beautifully restored with fine stain glass windows and plaques to those who lost their lives in WWI. The cemetery has graves of some of the early residents of the area, like J.W.Moor (died 1907), one of the first owners of Hertford.

Hluhluwe Game Reserve

Hluhluwe Game Reserve is the oldest reserve in KZN and is home to the big five and many more species. The reserve has a varied geography from the hills where the Hilltop Camp is situated, down to the lower levels of the Hluhluwe river. This album has images of some of the flora, fauna, and accommodation which includes Hilltop and some of the bush camps for smaller parties. Hluhluwe is the northern reserve making up the combines Umfolosi - Hluhluwe Park.

Howick - Umgeni Valley Reserve

The Umgeni ValleyNature Reserve is to the north east of Howick and comprises upper grasslands inhabited with antelope, and the lower Umgeni River valley below the Howick falls. The Reserve is owned and controlled by WESSA and has an environmental education centre, chalets and lodges. The reserve has many antelope and an abundance of birdlife and is traversable by car and designated walking trails.

Ithala Game Reserve

Ithala Game Reserve was established in 1972 totalling 29653 ha from previously farmed land. The reserve is particularly interesting due to the diversity of its natural resources. There is montane forest in the upper reaches to bushveldt down on the banks of the Pongola River, that runs through the reserve. Elephant have recently been introduced alongside the many other mammals and birds that make this such an interesting reserve. There are several bush camps and the main Ntshondwe (pointed/ peaks) camp with either self catering facilities or access to the camp restaurant. This album has selected images of some of the flora, fauna and facilities. The reserve can be accessed by air or by vehicle and is near Louwsberg.

Ixopo - Koronga Valley Guest Farm

Koronga Valley Guest Farm, on the southern outskirts of Ixopo, is a resort that caters for a wide variety of visitors who either want some peace and quiet, want to explore the area, or are involved in sporting events and outings. The Guest farm has basic but clean facilities, with a pub and restaurant. This album features the buildings, accommodation, flora, and the original cottage built in the mid 1900's.

Kamberg - Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse set in the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains ( a World Heritage site). Aside from a must for the romantic and Gourmet "specialist" , the setting of this country lodge is a photographer's dream. The Lodge, which is owned and operated by Richard and Mouse Poynton has the old farmhouse as it's core accomodation, and is set in well manicured gardens, overlooking a tranquil lake. The interior decor and memorabilia provide some sense of the pioneer and colonial era. This album has images of this well known and respected establishment.

Kamberg - Glengarry Holiday Farm

Glengarry Holiday Farm lies at the upper end of the Kamberg Valley, in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains. The Farm has a variety of accomodation and camping with views towards the mountains. Facilities include golf, bowls, swimming pool, fishing, functions rooms and has a collection of farm animals. The Farm has a lot to offer all ages and is close to Highmoor and other Drakensberg attractions.

Kamberg Valley & Nature Reserve

This gallery has images of Kamberg Nature Reserve, HIghmoor, and images of the Loteni road. These reserves are based in the Drakensburg Mountains which is a World Heritage site. The Kamberg Nature Reserve has many mountain trails like Obathwa Falls and Gladstone's Nose trails, the old Trout Hatchery & Dams and a Rock Art Centre commemorating the Bushman art. There is self catering accommodation in both Highmoor and the Kamberg Nature reserve run by Ezemvelo Wild Life.

Kearsney Manor and Hulett Estate Homes

Kearsney Manor is situated on the original sugar estate built by Sir Liege Hulett in the 1880's. The colonial manor also housed the original Kearsney College now based at Botha's Hill near Hillcrest. The Manor now is an accommodation establishment with 15 bedrooms and is adjacent to the stone chapel and graveyard that is the final resting place for amongst others many of the Hulett and Balcolm families. This album features the Manor interior and exterior, outbuildings and also images of some of the Estate Houses on the original Hulett Estate farm houses, Kirklyvale, Sibton Hall and Melrose House, which are now privately owned. There is also images of the well that supplied the workers on the Kearsney Estate in the late 1800's when tea was grown on the estates before the introduction of sugar. A separate album features the nearby stone chapel and graves associated with the chapel. Also included here are images of the Kearsney Baptist Church and the graves associated with this farm Church.

Mortons Drift - Ukuthula

Ukhutula is the farm bordered on the west by the Umgeni River. The farm is a nature reserve and game farm with small antelope and many bird species. The reserve has about six self catering units and a capture centre which also doubles as an education centre. This album also has images of the Albert Falls Dam wall.

Mkuze Game Reserve & St Lucia False Bay

This album features the Mkuze Game Reserve, home to the big five and False Bay which is on the eastern shores of Lake St Lucia, a World Heritage site. The album gives a taste of what can be expected in the camps and of course the wild life that can be encountered in the park. Both reserves are situated in the north east of KZN about 3 hors drive from Durban. Both entities have camping and self catering facilities.

NAGLE DAM - Umgeni River

Nagle Dam, on the Umgeni River, to the north of Cato Ridge lies in the Valley of a Thousand Hills. The Dam was constructed and opened on 19 April 1950 by the Administrator Denis Shepstone. The dam which lies in the 3500 Msinsi Nature Reserve was built to primarily supply water to the Durban & Pinetown area. An interesting feature of the dam is the diversionary spillway, which is designed to prevent mud laden flood waters entering the dam and causing it to silt up. The dam capacity is 39 million cubic metres, a surface area of 156 hectares, and the mass concrete wall is 44.3m in height and 393m long. The diversionary weir is in the upper reaches of the dam with a system of floodgates for the flood release. The dam surrounds is controlled by Umsinsi Resorts who offer self catering lodges and camping facilities. This album has images of this site and also of the Table Mountain Catholic Mission which is at the upper reaches of the dam outside the reserve.

New Germany - Nature Reserve

New Germany Nature Reserve lies to the east of Pinetown and adjacent to the industrial area of New Germany. The reserve which is in hilly country has a visitors centre, walk through aviary and short trails through the grassland and riverine forest. The album also has elevated views of the Pinetown CBD and New Germany.

Nottingham Road - Rawdons Hotel

Rawdons Hotel in the KZN Natal Midlands was built by David Rawdon in 1954. David who died in 2010 aged 85 was also the owner of the Lanzerac and Maaitjiesfontein Hotels. The hotel has a deliberate old world charm with a thatch roof and incorporating recently refurbished rooms, The famous Boars Head Pub, gracious lounges and exceptional views over the dams in front of the hotel. The Hotel is in the heart of the Midlands meander and also "hosts" the Notties Artisanal beer brewery. This album has images of the interior and exterior of the hotel and one of the original promotional brochures and menus of the hotel.

Oribi - Lake Eland

Lake Eland is a leisure resort based on the Oribi Flats and also overlooking the steep gorges of the Umzimkulwana river that flows into the Umzimkulu river which enters the sea at Port Shepstone. The views at the resort are a main feature of the resort, along with an extensive zip line, swing bridge over part of the Gorge, Bushman caves, camp site, lakeside cabins and a chapel for the many weddings that use the resort as a venue. The resort also has game such as zebra, giraffe and also the small oribi antelope, a relatively rare species.

Pietermaritzburg - City Hall

PMB City Hall,in Church Street, is a large Victorian structure reaching a height of 47m. It is reputed to be the largest brick structure and has the largest pipe organ in the Southern Hemisphere.The first City Hall built in 1893 burnt in 1895. The new hall was opened in August 1901 by The Duke of Cornwall.The City Hall has a magnificant interior with a Grand Hall, many stain glass windows of the period,office bearer boards,monuments and well fitted out Council Chambers including the Mayor's office. Adjacent to the City Hall is the Carbineer Gardens,Tatham Art Gallery and other Monuments. This Gallery features many of the above items and the exterior views.

PMB - Worlds View

Worlds View above and to the West of PMB is well described and presents vistas as far as the eye can see. The site has a memorial to Engineer Brigadier George Barry Lord and to the Voortrekkers who used this route in the 1830's inter the hinterland and later used by transport riders.

Pumula Hotel - South Coast

Pumula Hotel on the South Coast is a resort aimed mainly at the South African family market. It has direct access onto the wide beaches, a variety of room configurations and activities for both children and adults.

Rorkes Drift Lodge

Rorkes Drift Lodge lies about 5km south of Rorkes Drift on a farm road. The lodge offers self catering accomodation, but will also supply meals by request. Activities of the lodge situated at te base of the Sinquindi Mountains include, tours to the nearbye battlefields, horse rides, walking trails and birding. This album has images of the accomodation, but it is the landscape images looking in the direction of Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift that do the talking. (Lodge contact : 034-6421805) Note : The somewhat rough road adds to the fun and seclusion of this Lodge.

Sani Pass

Spionkop Nature Reserve

Spiokop Nature Reserve is at the base of the 1899 Battlefield hill of the same name, and on the banks of the Spionkop Dam which is on the Tugela River. The reserve has camp sites and self catering accomodation and a ski boat club. The most appealing part of the reserve is its landscapes and many varieties of game. Self drives are possible within the reserve and one can spot many bird species along with a variety of antelope.

Summerhill Stud & Hartford House

Summerhill and Hartford farms form part of the highly successful Summerhill Stud. Both main residences have great historical significance with the Hartford Manor house having been built by the family of the last Prime Minister of Natal. Hartford is also well renowned for its first class accommodation and fine restaurant. Summerhill Stud is the Home of the Champion Breeders and has stabled well known Stallions like Northern Guest, Home Guard & Liloy. A special treat is to be given a tour of the immaculate Estate by the current owner Mick Goss or one of his team.

Tala Private Game Reserve - Eston

Tala Private Game Reserve is a 3000 hectare reserve on the R603 Umbumbulu road. The reserve is mainly thornveld and boasts a wide variety of game within one hour drive from Durban. It also has over 250 species of birds. Tala has a wide variety of accomodation varying from self catering to fully catered, and includes conferences and wedding functions. This album shares some images of the game , scenery and accomodation available. Accomodation varies from rustic to upmarket secluded lodges. Contact - reception@tala.co.za

Tendele - Royal Natal National Park

Royal Natal National Park in the northern Drakensburg has some of the most stunning scenery in this mountain range. The park has hiking, trout fishing and camping facilities as well as the well run Tendele accommodation run by Ezemvelo Wildlife. The park was give a "Royal" designation after the visit of the Royal Family in 1947 as guests of Field Marshall Jan Smuts. Unfortunately the hotel burnt down and this national treasure is derelict. The original hostel was built around the home of Walter Coventry in 1903. It was subsequently owned by Messrs FC Williams and then Otto Zunkel, who rebuilt the hotel, creating the hotel that became famous.

Underburg - Drakensburg Gardens & Glengarry

This album features the Drakensburg Garden Hotel and its facilities, The River Bend Timeshare, Fairways Timeshare, Glengarry Country Club and Golf Course and the Castle Gardens Nature Reserve. These resorts are premier tourist destinations in the Southern Berg near Underberg and there are multiple reasons for visiting, including golf, camping, hiking, horse riding and many of the other activities provided by the family orientated hotel.

Umhlanga Rocks & Beach

The quaint cottagey feel of Umhlanga as a remote beach resort is all but gone, to be replaced with a more cosmopolitan brash feel. The beaches remain as some of the premier bathing beaches in KZN,below a long winding promenade of about 2.5 km running from the Hawaan forest in the north to the southern car park. The beach is dominated by world class hotels and resorts such as the Oyster Box, Beverly Hills and many other resorts and apartments. Behind the high rise residential component lies the commercial area with retail shops ,taverns,nite clubs and tourist related outlets. Whatever remains of the old,such as the Umhlanga Country Club are slowly being squeezed out for the new. This being said the Umhlanga beach and surrounds are a valuable and sought after holiday destination. The recent upgrade to the beach front compliments the safe and natural beauty of the beaches on display here. Also included are images of Peace Cottage on the North bank of the Umhlanga Lagoon that is now in a protected estate. This property until recently, was for many generations owned by the Campbell family, one of the early sugar families.

UMHLANGA ROCKS - Park to Park Beach Flats

This album features most of the beach front flats that occur between Durban View Park and Hawaan or Umhlanga Lagoon. All of the apartments are on the beach side of Marine Drive and Lagoon Drive. Amongst the better known are Edge of The Sea, Cabana Beach, Umhlanga Sands, The Oysters and, the Pearls.

UMFOLOSI GAME RESERVE

Umfolosi forms part of the oldest game reserve in KZN known as the Hluhluwe - Umfolosi Game Reserve. This reserve forms the southern entity and has a wide range of flora and fauna including the big five. There is the central camp at Mpila and then several bush camps, mainly on the banks of the Umfolosi river. This gallery features some of the abovementioned and also images of the craft centre and game capture boma. The reserve has self catering units, bush camps and has self drive tours.Organised professional game drives can be arranged. This special reserve is presently under threat from mining interests on its southern boundary.

Weenen Nature Reserve

The Weenen Nature Reserve lies between Estcourt and Weenen, in rugged thorn veld and on an escarpment that overlooks the Bushmans River. The landscapes over the Bushmans are exceptional. The reserve has a large variety of game and has open grasslands and areas of thick indigenous bush. The area had been settled by Zulu families before being driven off by Shaka. There are many kraals that bear testimony to these old settlements. This was followed by settlement by the early Boer trekkers, many of whom were massacred at neighboring, Bloukrans. The area continued to be farmed until the 1930's when the farms were aquired and the Nature Reserve was established. An interesting feature is the remains of the old Estcourt to Weenen rail line that used to traverse the reserve.There are many remnants of the bridges, culverts and embankments in the reserve. The line was opened in 1906 and closed in 1983. The reserve itself caters for campers and has limited accomodation on site. The reserve is adjacent to the old Boer established town of Weenen which is worth a visit. It is also close to many of the old battle fields of the Boer War at the nearbye Colenso.