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KZN’s Black Rhino Population Reaches Milestone of 500

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In spite of the poaching crisis, KwaZulu-Natal’s black rhino population has reached a significant milestone. From 411 animals ten years ago, the province is now home to 500 of the critically endangered animals today. The long-term goal is to have 740 black rhino in game reserves in KwaZulu-Natal. Eleven years …

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Another Feather in Durban’s Cap!

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Hot on the heels of several other recent accolades, Durban has just been listed at No.7 on the New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2015,  published on January 9 2015.  The New York Times describes the list as: “Untrammeled oases beckon, once-avoided destinations become must-sees and familiar cities offer new reasons …

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Durban, Africa’s Eastern Gem

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By Dan Booth – Business Traveller USA Always the bridesmaid, Durban seldom takes first place when one thinks of South Africa’s major urban centers; Johannesburg is the country’s magnet for international commerce and charming Capetown, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, claims the spotlight with its grandiose geography and …

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Friday Fan Day Photo Gallery 09/01/2015

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Our selection of the best pics of Durban and KZN this week! If you would like to have your awesome photos featured here, please send them to us by: – Email info@5stardurban.co.za – Post them on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/5stardurban – Or you can also tag us in them on Twitter (#5stardurban / @5stardurban)   A …

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The great canopy tours of KwaZulu-Natal

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22 Days of the Exceptional Zulu Kingdom – Day 21 Drakensberg Canopy Tour: Experience nature like never before as you slide through the forest canopy and enjoy a unique birds-eye view on the world around you.  Set within the magnificent Blue Grotto Forest, the Drakensberg Canopy Tour® is guaranteed to …

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The Drakensberg – Dragon Mountain

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22 Days of the Exceptional Zulu Kingdom – Day 20 The Zulu people named it ‘uKhahlamba’ or the ‘Barrier of Spears’ and the Dutch Voortrekkers ‘The Dragon Mountain’. As South Africa’s highest mountain range, rising to over 3 000 meters, the Drakensberg is a massive and strikingly beautiful rampart of …

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The Battlefields & Nambiti Private Game Reserve – See the big 5

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22 Days of the Exceptional Zulu Kingdom – Day 19 ABOUT NAMBITI One of the more popular private Game Reserves in the country, Nambiti is quintessentially African. With the establishment of successful development programmes, the reserve continues to benefit and enrich the local people, offer guests some of the finest …

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Shakaland – The greatest Zulu experience

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22 Days of the Exceptional Zulu Kingdom – Day 18 Situated in the heart of Zululand between Eshowe and Melmoth, Shakaland nestled on the top of the Entombeni Hills, overlooking the Phobane Lake. Experience the sight of assegaai-wielding warriors, share the fascinating secrets of the Sangomas and witness traditional customs …

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Oribi Gorge & the Wild 5

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22 days of the Exceptional Zulu Kingdom – Day 17 Oribi Gorge is a canyon in southern KwaZulu-Natal, just west of Port Shepstone, which itself is 120 km south of Durban. Oribi Gorge, cut by the Mzimkulwana river, is the eastern gorge of two gorges that cut through the Oribi Flats (flat sugarcane farmlands) of KwaZulu-Natal. …

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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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