KwaZulu-Natal- Shaka's Heaven on Earth

Written by Andrew Muigai


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To see wildlife you can travel torepparttar Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Park, 175 km torepparttar 146507 northeast of Durban. This combination ofrepparttar 146508 game reserves of Hluhluwe and Umfolozi occupies 960 sq km. The park is mostly savannah grasslands and low acacia bush, but has a forested mountainous section. You will seerepparttar 146509 famed "big five"- lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino. The park is well known for its very successful black and white rhino conservation efforts. Other animal species to look out for include impala, blue wildebeest, waterbuck, zebra, nyala, kudu, bushbuck, warthog, cheetah, hyena, jackal and giraffe. Birding is great and over 300 species are on record.

You can see game on guided walks, but for obvious reasons, an armed ranger must accompany you. The less adventurous will have an equally satisfying game viewing experience aboard a vehicle. Accommodation inrepparttar 146510 Umfolozi reserve is available at various bush camps at Sontuli, Nselweni and Mndindini and atrepparttar 146511 self-catering cottages and tented camp at Mpila. At Hluhluwe,repparttar 146512 well-positioned Hilltop Camp offers accommodation ranging from a luxury lodge to self-catering chalets and rondavels. The dry season inrepparttar 146513 Hluhluwe-Umfolozi area falls between May and August, while most offrepparttar 146514 rains fall withinrepparttar 146515 rest ofrepparttar 146516 year.

Torepparttar 146517 northeast of KwaZulu Natal isrepparttar 146518 Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, which stretches along a 280 km coastline from Cape St Lucia to Kozi Bay nearrepparttar 146519 Mozambique border. This first rate eco-tourism paradise, is an amalgamation of a number of protected areas including - Lake St Lucia, St Lucia and Maputaland Marine Reserves, Coastal Forest Reserve andrepparttar 146520 Kosi Bay Natural Reserve. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1999,repparttar 146521 official bulletin justifying this distinction highlightedrepparttar 146522 existence of 5 ecosystems resulting in an exceptional diversity of species and actual ongoing speciation.

The park is a tropical and subtropical interface and has landforms that include coral reefs, sandy beaches, coastal dunes, lakes, swamps, and reed and papyrus wetlands. It occupies more than 3200 sq km, but supports more animal species than larger parks. Here you can find hippos, turtles, crocodiles, rhino, leopard and sharks. The birding is unsurpassed and more than 530 species are on record. The numerous activities possible include- fishing, hiking, boating, diving, game viewing and whale and bird watching. You can seek accommodation withinrepparttar 146523 park or nearby towns inrepparttar 146524 range of basic camps and luxury game lodges to hotels and self-catering chalets.

Sodwana Bay Nature Reserve, which falls withinrepparttar 146525 Greater St Lucia Wetland Park is a haven for sport fishing, boating, snorkeling and scuba diving. The underwater world, andrepparttar 146526 coral reefs in particular are outstanding, andrepparttar 146527 marine life plenty. This is one ofrepparttar 146528 world's top diving destinations. You can visit year round, but conditions for diving are best April to September. Water temperatures vary from about 20 degrees C and can reach 29 degrees C in summer. Take time off from water sports for a guided to see loggerhead and leatherback turtles. There is good accommodation for most budgets nearby.

The Drakenberg Mountains on KwaZulu-Natal's western border are one of South Africa's most outstanding attractions. Rising 3282 m above sea level,repparttar 146529 spectacular 200 km long mountain ranges were named byrepparttar 146530 martial minded Zulu as uKhahlamba or "Barrier of Spears". The thoroughly photogenic "Amphitheatre" is very impressive and is popular with visitors. This is a rock wall with a height of 500m and stretching for 5 km. Many adventure activities are available here inrepparttar 146531 most scenic of surroundings, including- hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, paragliding, white-water rafting, birding, and fly and trout fishing.

There are several parks and game reserves aroundrepparttar 146532 Drakensberg Mountains,repparttar 146533 most prominent of which isrepparttar 146534 2430 sq km uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000 mainly for two reasons; first for its remarkable physical charm and biological diversity, and second to highlightrepparttar 146535 outstanding collection of San rock art. Scattered over 600 sites; there are more than 35,000 well-preserved artworks, with scenes depicting hunting, dancing, fighting and food gathering. The oldest paintings are estimated to date back 2400 years, with more recent ones less than 200 years old.

Scholars have in recent years studied San rock art closely andrepparttar 146536 consensus now is that this is not merely representation art but it has some spiritual content. Atrepparttar 146537 Kamberg Rock Art Centre, you can learn more aboutrepparttar 146538 San people, and how to interpretrepparttar 146539 symbolic and spiritual content of their art. Inrepparttar 146540 Drakensberg region, there is a very wide range of accommodation including - basic bed & breakfasts, guesthouses, camps, hotels, and luxury resorts. The rains come in summer between October and April, withrepparttar 146541 rest ofrepparttar 146542 year being mostly dry. Beware that winter nights can get extremely chilly and of sudden thunderstorms in summer.

Descending fromrepparttar 146543 Drakensberg, you can visitrepparttar 146544 battlefield sites, where some of South Africa's most vicious battles were fought. The protagonists were Zulu, Boer and British who engaged one another inrepparttar 146545 nineteenth and early twentieth century. The hottest battles were fought in areas around Colenso, Weenen, Dundee, Estcourt, Glencoe, Ladysmith,Newcastle, Utrecht, Volksrust, Vryheid and Winterton.

The Voortrekkers had headed north away fromrepparttar 146546 Cape Colony to escape British control. After crossingrepparttar 146547 Drakensberg, just likerepparttar 146548 Zulu people earlier, they believed they had reached "Heaven on Earth". Conflicts over land and other resources were inevitable and in several episodes between 1836-1852,repparttar 146549 two parties sought a resolution through arms. Next camerepparttar 146550 Anglo-Zulu war of 1879. The British eventually won, but they met a number of disasters as they had initially underestimatedrepparttar 146551 Zulu army. This isrepparttar 146552 war that brokerepparttar 146553 hearts of Bonaparte royalists after Prince Louis Napoleon - an observer withrepparttar 146554 British party- succumbed to multiple assegai thrusts.

The British were busy making war again, this time onrepparttar 146555 Boers between 1880-81. They lostrepparttar 146556 war, made peace but sought a rematch inrepparttar 146557 Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. This second engagement attracted worldwide attention, and it wasrepparttar 146558 first war ever recorded on film. Two ofrepparttar 146559 giants ofrepparttar 146560 twentieth century were witnesses - Churchill as a reporter, and Gandhi as a stretcher-bearer. It is advisable to tour with an accredited battlefield guide, who will retellrepparttar 146561 story ofrepparttar 146562 battles at various sites. While inrepparttar 146563 area, there are opportunities to learn about Zulu history and culture, and also to buy local arts and crafts.

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So Practical Using Messenger Bag

Written by Rose Anne


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Today, you find messenger bags for many walks of life from leather business cases from Victorinox to funky camera bags from Crumpler. Traditional messenger bag companies like Manhattan Portage and Timbuk2 continue to provide students and messengers alike with interesting yet functional product.

Letís see whatrepparttar students have to say about this messenger bags. A student from Idaho said that she lovesrepparttar 146460 bag because it is roomy and holds tons of stuff in a very organized fashion. While in Dickinson, a student claimed that he is lucky for having messenger bag because everything forrepparttar 146461 whole classes can be putted there. And beside, there are several small pockets inrepparttar 146462 front that can be used to stash money, keys, make-up, etc.

Such comments were made after they purchase messenger bags online. In fact, itís easier to buy messenger bags online because you can find so many messenger bags that you can choose. Also it is easy to order. You can return after purchase if you feel not comfortable with it.

You can always update your image with a messenger bag and go to work or school in style, just likerepparttar 146463 students who have given their comments above.

Better come to your computer find your messenger bags and order! If not youíre going to missrepparttar 146464 trend. Happy searching!

Rose Anne affectionate on bags, handbags, luggage, etc has made her become bags reviewer. Her experiences on bags can be helpful for those who need more information about a certain kind of bags. Visit her Website http://www.mybagsguide.com.


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