Namibia’s Pride – Desert Lions Of The Skeleton Coast

“The image of a lion walking along an isolated beach has captured the imagination of many filmmakers, scientists, and wildlife enthusiasts, and over recent years the story of the desert lion population has unfolded. They have survived against all odds, and continue to strive to exist in one of the worlds harshest environments.

The elusive desert-adapted lions of Namibia can live without water for extended periods. The little moisture they do take in is obtained from the blood of their prey. To find their prey, they need to travel very long distances in search of food, and hunger will drive them to take risks when hunting larger prey. They will also sometimes use the little energy they do have to settle for smaller prey like mice – prey that other lions will see as a waste of time.

Walking over the hot desert sand, their legs tend to be a little bit longer than ‘regular’ lions, while to withstand the cold of the night, their coats are slightly thicker. To cool their bodies down they pant, and sweat through the pads of their paws.
These secretive cats roam the rugged mountains, majestic sand dunes, gravel plains, scrublands and beaches of the Skeleton Coast, in constant danger, everlasting hunger and thirst, and inevitable suffering.”

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Top 8 Places To Pop The Question

If you’re looking for the ultimate in romance, these magnificent places are where you’re sure to get a resounding YES!

Inhassoro – Mozambique

Quietly waiting on the shores of Mozambique, is Rio Azul, an untouched paradise meaning ‘Blue River’. Inhassoro Holiday Resort accommodation at Rio Azul Lodge offers the perfect haven to rest, and restore one’s soul while soaking in the breathtakingly beautiful views of the endlessly blue estuary.
The lodge faces west and enjoys spectacular sunsets in a quiet and peaceful setting of your own personal utopia – the ideal setting for honeymoons.

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Inhassoro Holiday Resort accommodation at Rio Azul Lodge

Inhassoro Holiday Resort Accommodation At Rio Azul Lodge

Okavango Delta – Botswana

Known as ‘Africa’s Last Eden’, the Okavango Delta lying in the heart of Botswana is one of Africa’s truly great wildernesses, and here you will find Botswana Game Reserve & Bush Lodge accommodation at Pom Pom Camp, where hippos grunt and frolic in front of a camp that is surrounded by miles of reeds. In a clear water oasis ‘makoro’s’ offer you a wonderful means of viewing wildlife as you glide between palm fringed islands.
Overlooking a scenic lagoon and quietly nestling under a grove of shady trees, Pom Pom Camp is built and designed in the style of safari camps of old. Large walk-in tents, all with roofless bathrooms enclosed for privacy, offer you a truly unique bush adventure. This is a camp for the safari traditionalist!

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Botswana Game Reserve & Bush Lodge accommodation at Pom Pom Camp

Botswana Game Reserve & Bush Lodge Accommodation At Pom Pom Camp

Gods Window – Mpumalanga

You will feel small and insignificant as you gaze from God’s Window onto the endless savannah of the lowveld – a majestic sight, awe-inspiring evidence of God’s handiwork.
Stay in nearby Graskop, and treat yourself to a ‘once in a lifetime’ experience in Graskop Hotel accommodation at Flycatcher Castle – a magnificent masterpiece set in the style of a 17th century Italian Castle. Besides superb lodgings, guests can indulge their senses with specially prepared Bohemian cooking and classical music at the Rosenkavalier Restaurant.

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Graskop Hotel accommodation at Flycatcher Castle

Graskop Hotel Accommodation At Flycatcher Castle

Drakensberg – KwaZulu Natal

Composed of dramatic contrasts of mighty, rugged peaks, cascading waterfalls, rolling green foothills, tumbling streams and yellowwood forests, the Drakensberg is endowed with the most beautiful scenery imaginable, and is undoubtedly the place that will get you back to nature, and restore your soul.
Discover paradise at the Cathedral Peak Hotel. From its cosy setting in a quiet valley, visitors look out onto a jagged ridge of mountains, where you can watch evening descend on the valley from the hotel patio, then dine in elegance on superb cuisine, and later, gather around a roaring log fire at the well-known late night Harry’s Bar.

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Drakensberg Hotel Accommodation At Cathedral Peak Hotel

Drakensberg Hotel Accommodation At Cathedral Peak Hotel

Mabibi, Lake Sibaya – Zululand, KZN

The intimate, wilderness beach at Thonga Beach LodgeMabibi, Lake Sibaya Holiday Resort accommodation, is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer superb snorkelling and unspoilt off-shore scuba diving, arguably the best in South Africa.
Set above a private, sandy beach and nestled into magnificent coastal dune forest, Thonga Beach Lodge captures the essence of a luxury Robinson Crusoe hideaway. Traditional Thonga fishing villages provided the inspiration for this unique retreat that celebrates the true spirit of Mother Nature.

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Mabibi, Lake Sibaya Holiday Resort Accommodation At Thonga Beach Lodge

Mabibi, Lake Sibaya Holiday Resort Accommodation At Thonga Beach Lodge

Oribi Gorge – South Coast, KZN 

Famous for its dramatic scenery and exhilarating wilderness experiences, the Oribi Gorge offers one of the most spectacular natural wonders of our diverse country.
Oribi Gorge Hotel accommodation is renowned for its luxury at The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa, nestled in an unspoiled part of South Africa’s South Coast region of KwaZulu-Natal.
Our exclusive, luxury villas are built on the edge of the impressive sandstone cliffs offering spectacular views of the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve. From this vantage point, nature’s canvas will display views that are so majestic that you will feel compelled to capture them on film. Come and experience the sheer calm and beauty of nature with us and our constantly “Changing Views”

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Oribi Gorge Hotel Accommodation At The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa

Oribi Gorge Hotel Accommodation At The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa

St. Francis Bay – Eastern Cape

Known as the ‘little Venice’ of the Eastern Cape, the charming little holiday village of St Francis Bay is built around a series of man-made canals and waterways, perfect for boating, swimming and other water sports.
Sandals GuesthouseSt. Francis Bay B&B accommodation, is a thatched roof lodge decorated in an Afro-Caribbean style set amongst lush indigenous milk wood trees. The palm fringed pool, fully licensed pool bar, restaurant all create a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere.

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St. Francis Bay B&B Accommodation At Sandals Guesthouse

St. Francis Bay B&B Accommodation At Sandals Guesthouse

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Vintage Kruger National Park

The mighty Kruger National Park was first proclaimed as the ‘Sabie Game Reserve’ in 1898 by the president of the Transvaal Republic, Paul Kruger. Although he first proposed the need to protect the Lowveld animals in 1884, his revolutionary vision took another 12 years to be realized. Only in 1916 with the appointment of the Game Reserves Commission was the possibility of tourism raised for the first time, then on 31 May 1926 the National Parks Act was announced, and with it the merging of the Sabie and Shingwedzi Game Reserves into the Kruger National Park. The first motorists entered the park in 1927 for a fee of one pound.

In 1928 the provision of amenities for tourists commenced with the construction of the first ‘rest huts’, which were built at Satara, Pretoriuskop and Skukuza (then still known as Reserve or Sabie Bridge), but it was only in 1939 that the luxury of hot water was installed, on condition that gents were only entitled to hot and cold showers, and that hot bathing water for ladies was only available daily between 5 and 9pm.

From such humble beginnings, today the Kruger National Park is the largest game reserve in South Africa. A wildlife sanctuary like no other, it is considered the crown jewel of the country’s national parks, and is rated as the ultimate safari experience.
Take a look at early memories of the Kruger National Park, then visit the WhereToStay.co.za Kruger Park Mpumalanga Game Reserve Accommodation page to see accommodation options on offer.

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Kruger National Park 1931 – Photo via wildcard.co.za

In the early years of the Kruger National Park there was limited accommodation in the form of rondavels, and so camping played a major role. As early as 1931, only five years after the proclamation of the park in 1926, the board acquired the first six ‘cottage tents’ for Satara and Skukuza. Purchases rapidly increased, and by the mid-1930’s several hundred tents were in use in the larger rest camps, such as Pretoriuskop, Skukuza, Satara and Letaba. Many tourists also pitched their own tents, and the congenial atmosphere created by campers and open fires provided a very special experience for early visitors.

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Kruger National Park 1930’s – Photo via wildcard.co.za

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KZN’S MAGNIFICENT HIBISCUS COAST

One can spend forever wandering up and down the beautiful KwaZulu Natal Hibisucs Coast, exploring charming little sea-side towns rich with vibrant cultural heritage, diverse fauna and flora, a multitude of local attractions, and of course, plentiful South Coast accommodation to suit all pockets and tastes. If you’re an avid sun-worshiper, fisherman, surfer, scuba diver … or anyone who loves glorious beaches, numerous places of interest, a wide choice of shopping facilities and activities, gourmet restaurants, entertainment and exciting nightlife, then the sub-tropical paradise of the KwaZulu Natal Hibiscus Coast is definitely the place for your next family vacation.

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Uvongo on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal is a bustling seaside holiday town situated at the mouth of the Ivunga River, where a magnificent waterfall plummets 23m down into the deepest lagoon in the country. Large rock escarpments covered with beautiful, dense foliage shelter Uvongo Beach, where visitors can swim, surf and snorkel in the warm Hibiscus Coast Indian Ocean waters. Uvongo is awash with stunning beachfront accommodation, affording one the most exquisite sea views. Visit Uvongo Self Catering Accommodation.

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VODACOM DURBAN JULY

The most talked about, widely anticipated horse racing event in South Africa, where on 4 July 2015, 56, 000 people are expected to flock to Greyville, Durban, to see and be seen, making this high fashion, fabulous food, society event the highlight of the Durban calender.
The Durban July sets the scene for a fashion extravaganza of note, attracting a multitude of elegant, chic and oddly, interesting outfits, each year bringing with it something completely new and different. This year, the 119th edition of the iconic race’s theme is ‘The Captains Table’, a nautical theme inviting guests to dress formally, as expected for dinner at the Captains Table on a cruise liner. Competitions have  aspiring, emerging and established designers and fashionistas competing for the title of Most Striking Couple, Classic Racewear both Male and Female, and Exceptional Raceday Hat or Fascinator, the winners taking home fabulous prizes, the likes of a Mediterranean voyage and cash.
The ‘happening’ place to be is in the renowned ‘Marquee Village’ alongside the track, which sets the scene for much eating, drinking and merriment. A competition for the best tent is also an annual highlight, with large corporate companies inviting the ‘who’s who’ to attract attention to their tents.
The main event is Race 7 – The Vodacom Durban July, run over 2200m with a wining purse of R3 500 000, and when the sun goes down the legendary ’13th Race’ happens, where the guys strip down for a 100m naked dash to the finish line!

For up-market accommodation overlooking Greyville Racecourse, stay on the Berea, Durban – a much sought after residential suburb teeming with Star Graded establishments, and close to the very popular Florida Road area, famous for it’s pubs, clubs and restaurants.
Visit http://www.wheretostay.co.za/town/berea-durban/accommodation

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