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Meredith Haywood

Meredith Haywood
I'm the Editor and Creative Director of 5 Star Durban, I Instagram a bit, I cook sometimes, but mostly I write, and edit... a lot... I'm a philanthropist at heart, and I can't resist fluffy bunnies, kittens and puppies... recently I have started to ponder what owning a goat in a flat could be like...

Meandering in the Midlands

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22 Days of the exceptional Zulu Kingdom – Day 15 With so much to offer, the KZN Midlands are a sure fire success – featuring cultural experiences, arts, food, dining, nature and adventure – you’re sure to find your favourite thing to do in the midlands! Highlights: Nelson Mandela Capture …

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KZN & Durban by Air – A view from the top!

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Hot Air Ballooning: The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology Launching from three locations in KZN, for scenic flights in the area; The Drakensberg – the Champagne Valley or central berg, The Midlands Meander – Nottingham Road and Tala Private Game Reserve near Pietermaritzburg or Winterton …

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KZN Beaches boast 25 Blue Flags

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KZN now boasts 25 Blue Flag beaches! KZN was awarded 25 Blue Flags – 9 of those being Full Status and 16 with Pilot Status (P). These are as follows: HIBISCUS COAST Marina Trafalgar Lucien Southport Umzumbe Ramsgate Mpenjati (P) UMDONI MUNICIPALITY Pennington Park Rynie (P) Scottburgh Main (P) KWADUKUZA …

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Isimangaliso Wetland Park – South Africa’s first World Heritage Site

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The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its superlative natural beauty and unique global values. The 332 000 hectare Park contains three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700 year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining …

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Albert Luthuli Museum

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22 DAYS OF THE EXCEPTIONAL ZULU KINGDOM – DAY 10 Albert Luthuli Museum The Luthuli Museum is located in the 1927 home of the late Nobel Peace Prize winner, Chief Albert Luthuli. It was established in honour of the contribution made to South Africa and her people. The essence of …

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KwaZulu-Natal on Horseback

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22 DAYS OF THE EXCEPTIONAL ZULU KINGDOM – DAY 9 The love of horses is shared by many in KZN, and nothing can quite come close to an experience on horseback… Experience the South Coast on horseback: SELSDON PARK ESTATE offers rides through the unspoilt beaches, lush coastal forests with …

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Hluhluwe – A Safari Wonderland

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22 DAYS OF THE EXCEPTIONAL ZULU KINGDOM – DAY 8 Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park The oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa. It consists of 960 km² (96,000 ha) of hilly topography 280 kilometres (170 mi) north of Durban in central Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and is known for its rich wildlife and …

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Giba Gorge : Fun For Everyone

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22 DAYS OF THE EXCEPTIONAL ZULU KINGDOM – DAY 7 The Giba Gorge Nature Reserve is 72ha in extent and comprises predominantly scarp forest and grasslands. There are a number of scenic walks through the reserve. Managing Agency: eThekwini Municipality Type: Nature Reserve Facilities: Self-guided trails (Although there are currently …

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