“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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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.
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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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.
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For those with a passion for golf, South Africa is the ultimate golfing destination. Golfers are spoilt for choice with gorgeous coastal courses perched above the ocean, and inland courses with higher altitudes where the ball flies that much further.
Home to world-class courses, South Africa has also proudly produced world-class golfers including Gary Player, Bobby Locke, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Trevor Immelman, testament to South Africa’s quest for the highest standards when it comes to the game of golf. Whether you’re a scratch golfer or someone yet to take their first swing, South Africa’s courses wait you …
We’ve highlighted just a few wonderful golf courses where you too can experience the closest game to the game we call ‘life’.
Pinnacle Point Golf Course – Mossel Bay, Garden Route, Western Cape
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Pinnacle Point Golf Course is something truly unique for the discerning golfer, and described as “… the best golf course on the planet” by Darren Clarke, 2011 Open Champion. This cliff top fynbos golf course inspires the golfer to play the challenging layout with a level of respect, due to its dramatic views and breathtaking terrain. The 72 par layout is characterized by 7 majestic holes that line the Indian Ocean rock cliffs, four of which are played over ocean and cliff. All 18 holes have been designed to fit the contours of the land. Pinnacle Point has received the ultimate accolade, and is recognized for its outstanding service standards, having been awarded the Compleat Golfer 5-star Experience Award.
This is a bucket list course for any avid golfer who finds himself within an hour of Pinnacle Point.
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