How does checking out some gorgeous butterflies at the same time as contributing to the local community sound? Next time you’re visiting iSimangaliso’s Lake St Lucia or Cape Vidal north of Durban on the KwaZulu-Natal coast, allow time to stop at Isiphaphalazi Butterfly House. You'll find it a few kilometres west of St Lucia on the main road from Mtubatuba. Look for the signs to the Manukelana organic nursery and Butterfly House at Khula Village and you’ll enter another world.
What’s missing from this scene? You might say all sorts of things, like lush green grass, spring flowers, or lions – and you’d be right. But something else is missing that’s much more important. And it’s good that it's missing.
Four cheetah were introduced to South Africa's Mountain Zebra National Park (MZNP) in 2007. Now there are 17 of them and because seven are collared, you can join a guide to go tracking them by radio telemetry.
As soon as we booked to visit Mkhuze Game Reserve in the far north of KwaZulu-Natal, people who had been disappointed with its general air of neglect in recent years started peppering us with their negative thoughts. Then I heard through an Ezemvelo source that there’d been a change of management at the park, so I was keen to see for myself if a new broom does sweep clean.
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