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THE CHALLENGE - WHAT TO DO FIRST

...making a decision about what to do first, what to do in the middle and then how to end up - because time overruns always get in the way

THE SOLUTION

...you face a bewildering variety of options and no doubt your friends and family have their ideas about what should happen on a first trip to Africa. In response Tony has sketched a few options or modules - the elements of which are flexible. He would like you to spend time reviewing each itinerary along with the highlights in the slide show at the top of the page and then talk to him. Or Barbara, or both.
The military history of this region with its now silent battlefields and green windblown hillsides is marked by memorials to those who died in those battles. Historians speak of these times as providing a notable landmark in the timeline of British imperialism in Southern Africa - a time when the British fought the Zulu and the Boer fought the British. The Zulu Kingdom was a monarchy in Southern Africa in the 1800’s and extended along the coast of the Indian Ocean from the present day Tugela river in the south to the Pongola river in the north. Under Shaka this small kingdom came to dominate the local tribes in much of present day Kwa Zulu Natal province. The expansionist policies of the Zulu nation brought it into conflict with the Settlers from the Cape and ultimately the British Empire towards the end of the 1800’s. Displacement and subjugation of indigenous people and conflict with settlers led to a series of skirmishes and eventually a number of pitched battles were fought between the British and the Zulu nation. A stunning opening victory by the Zulu at Isandlwana was followed by a series of bloody battles ending with a British victory and the loss of Zulu independence. These battles took place in a region of great natural beauty where in the north of the province, important national reserves have been established to provide protection for the threatened rhino species on the sub continent. The iMfolozi and Hluhluwe reserves today carry not only the largest populations of black and white rhinos on the sub continent but provide significant restocking opportunities for wildlife reserves worldwide. Lake St Lucia is Africa’s largest Estuarine system, located along the coast and measures 80 kms by some 23 kms. This World Heritage site is called the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and is home to over 800 hippos and 1200 crocodiles along with huge flocks of busy pelicans, flamingos, ducks and a variety of waders. Offshore and along this seventy mile wilderness beach one can view rhinos and humped backed whales within minutes of each other. The topographic diversity in this province is such that a four hour drive separates the balmy sub tropical beaches around Durban from the summit of the Drakensberg Mtns, 10 000 ft above sea level, where the winter snows turn these mountains glacial white.
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Kingdom of the Zulu
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THE CHALLENGE - WHAT TO DO FIRST

...making a decision about what to do first, what to do in the middle and then how to end up - because time overruns always get in the way

THE SOLUTION

...you face a bewildering variety of options and no doubt your friends and family have their ideas about what should happen on a first trip to Africa. In response Tony has sketched a few options or modules - the elements of which are flexible. He would like you to spend time reviewing each itinerary along with the highlights in the slide show at the top of the page and then talk to him. Or Barbara, or both.
Kingdom of the Zulu
The military history of this region with its now silent battlefields and green windblown hillsides is marked by memorials to those who died in those battles. Historians speak of these times as providing a notable landmark in the timeline of British imperialism in Southern Africa - a time when the British fought the Zulu and the Boer fought the British. The Zulu Kingdom was a monarchy in Southern Africa in the 1800’s and extended along the coast of the Indian Ocean from the present day Tugela river in the south to the Pongola river in the north. Under Shaka this small kingdom came to dominate the local tribes in much of present day Kwa Zulu Natal province. The expansionist policies of the Zulu nation brought it into conflict with the Settlers from the Cape and ultimately the British Empire towards the end of the 1800’s. Displacement and subjugation of indigenous people and conflict with settlers led to a series of skirmishes and eventually a number of pitched battles were fought between the British and the Zulu nation. A stunning opening victory by the Zulu at Isandlwana was followed by a series of bloody battles ending with a British victory and the loss of Zulu independence. These battles took place in a region of great natural beauty where in the north of the province, important national reserves have been established to provide protection for the threatened rhino species on the sub continent. The iMfolozi and Hluhluwe reserves today carry not only the largest populations of black and white rhinos on the sub continent but provide significant restocking opportunities for wildlife reserves worldwide. Lake St Lucia is Africa’s largest Estuarine system, located along the coast and measures 80 kms by some 23 kms. This World Heritage site is called the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and is home to over 800 hippos and 1200 crocodiles along with huge flocks of busy pelicans, flamingos, ducks and a variety of waders. Offshore and along this seventy mile wilderness beach one can view rhinos and humped backed whales within minutes of each other. The topographic diversity in this province is such that a four hour drive separates the balmy sub tropical beaches around Durban from the summit of the Drakensberg Mtns, 10 000 ft above sea level, where the winter snows turn these mountains glacial white.
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Tomkinson  A SAFARI AND HUNTING LEGEND T
CONTACT TONY