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Beautiful Zululand places we have visited

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Right from the get-go, I will apologise for any technical photographic jargon that may creep in, but this blog is meant to excite photographers…but, nothing, absolutely nothing, stops anyone else from reading this.

I consider (no, no, no, I don’t consider, I know!) that I am an amateur photographer and nothing more, nothing less. Firstly, let’s get the definitions out of the way…(oh, and the technical jargon is as I, as an amateur photographer, understand it).

In northern Zululand, the Pongola River was dammed, in the gorge where the river breached the Lebombo mountain range. This has created a large body of water on the western side of the mountains, conveniently sustaining the animals in the poorly watered 30, 000 ha Pongola Game Reserve.

I had returned to work after a 12-day, 4000 kilometre road-trip over the 2015 Christmas/New Year period - and it was now time to take a break! So, during the second week of January my wife Janice and I set off for the Umzolozolo Lodge in the Nambiti Game Reserve.

There is something rather grand with respect to the Royal Natal National Park – it has to be the most magnificent protected area of the Drakensberg, with views of the Amphitheater and surrounding topography. This northern sector of the KwaZulu-Natal uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park has to be the most spectacular of all the various resorts in these mountains.

On a recent extended birding trip, Lana, I and our good friend from Scotland, Gordon MacKinnon visited the Mkhuze Game Reserve, over-nighting at Mantuma Camp.

This in the peak of summer, during one of the most severe droughts in more than 100 years, worst since records were monitored.

Arguably the best preserved San Rock Art is to be found high up in a sandstone shelter in the foothills of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park within the Kamberg Nature Reserve. An area with the greatest concentration of these paintings which date back over a wide expanse of time with some possibly painted nearly 4,000 years ago!

There are numerous Private Game Reserves in South Africa that offer really excellent game viewing.

Well Zimanga Private Game Reserve takes it all a step further, and offers guests the opportunity to see the wild animals and birdlife really close. A photographer’s dream!

The Rhino River Lodge is a 3 star venue located in the ‘developing’ 23,000 ha Zululand Rhino Reserve. A recently proclaimed game reserve in northern Zululand, that I believe in time could rival many of the finer Big Five wildlife destinations in South Africa.

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