WIN WITH KZN WILDLIFE
ENTRANTS INTO THE 2017 HONEYDEW CAPITAL K STAND A CHANCE TO WIN A TWO-NIGHT STAY, INCLUDING PARK ACCESS, FOR FOUR PEOPLE AT EITHER OF KZN WILDLIFE’S DIDIMA CAMP, NTSHONDWE CAMP OR SODWANA BAY RESORT.
It is a hiker’s paradise providing routes that range from a few hours to several days. For the travellers less inclined to physical activity or whose time is limited, Mike’s Pass provides an opportunity to drive to the top of the Little Berg near the head of Didima Gorge for stunning views of the main escarpment and the adjacent lowlands.
While hiking, a wide variety of vegetation and animals can be seen in the extensive grasslands and forest patches common to this part of the Drakensberg.
Overhead the uncomplicated flight of a Bearded vulture (Lammergeyer) while closer at hand Malachite sun birds display from protea to protea, a noisy troop of baboons bark at the intruders in their territory and a family of Mountain reed buck show their white tails as they race up a nearby slope.
Didima Camp is themed to the San People and their rock art and a contemporary intuitive interpretive Centre which allows Didima Camp visitors a glimpse into the lives of these first people who lived in the Didima – Cathedral Peak area.
Virtually invisible until the moment of arrival, Ntshondwe, Ithala’s main camp, is ingeniously camouflaged against a plateau at the foot of the cliffs of the Ngotshe mountain. Towering above the camp, horizontal contours of pink and russet sandstone offset vertically jagged spires of dolerite rock. These provide the ideal haven for raptors, their calls echoing from rock face to crevice as they soar into the sky in territorial display. Ntshondwe’s 39 thatched chalets blend into a lush setting of acacias, wild figs, cabbage trees and other indigenous flora. A variety of self-catering chalets, with two to six beds each, some of which have being designed for use by the handicapped, are available, while 28 other chalets without catering facilities are geared for tour groups and conference delegates.
These are situated around the visitors’ centre which has a fully licensed restaurant, a bar and an open game viewing deck which overlooks a small pan. Other amenities include a swimming pool built around a giant rock, a fully- equipped conference centre, and an imaginatively stocked curio shop which also carries a range of basic provisions.
Sodwana Bay National Park is situated within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. This wonderful resort set in the sheltered bay on the Maputaland coast attracts many visitors all year round to discover its many hidden treasures.
The Resort’s accommodation is uniquely style, symbolic of the dwellings of the San people who once lived in these mountains.
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