Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Back on the N3...We overnight in Ladysmith, KZN

Our "home" for tonight...
Augustine Ave B&B in Ladysmith
Our hosts, the affable Nicky and Christo.

And "Kat" of several on the property.

Yes it looked welcoming but it was COLD!
That did NOT deter my wife from hopping in for a quick
"cool off" swim after our drive from Johannesburg.
Even Nicky was impressed...

The quirky but welcoming Garage Bar.

All sorts of interesting items to browse through.
This is where we had our dinner,
lamb shank with mash and spinach...DELICIOUS!
and some of the BEST dinner conversation we have enjoyed in a long time.

It has been a while since I last saw one of these...

And even a gym!

The seating area outside our room

A comfy bed with pillows that are in the running for my
Best Pillow Award...
Well done, I am NOT easy to please when it comes to pillows

A proper desk with plenty of electrical outlets.
I am writing this posting seated here.
There is also a coffee and tea station as well as a small fridge...BONUS!
As we are having lamb shank for dinner, the microwave will NOT be used
The B&B has fast Wi-Fi, always a plus for me.

A VERY large bathroom with both a bath AND a shower.
I will be spoiled for choice in the morning

There are two self catering cottages on the property.
Away from the main house, they offer privacy and seclusion,
if that is what you require. 

Situated away from the main house,
they are spacious and well appointed

The garden is a riot of colour and verdant trees.

and in the distance...The Drakensberg.

The garden is light at night and the sound of the water feature
lulled me to sleep.

Morning over KZN.
After a good sleep it is almost time to head of to Howick and the Meander.

The breakfast room in the main house.
Time to find out what is on the menu.
There seem to be dozens of guest houses/ B&B's in Ladysmith.
If you come in via the R103, then the name on the top of the board in the main street
is the Augustine Ave B&B.
And it deserves to be there!
We highly recommend it and it is a pleasure to be in the company of the owners.
Give Nicky a call: 0825700413 for rates and accommodation details


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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Travel & Things, the guest list. 28/03/2015

Listen to a previous broadcast here:

Who else have been guests on my radio show?
Use this link to have a look.

"Travel & Things" is rebroadcast on a Wednesday night
 between 19h00 and 20h00

This is the line-up for "TRAVEL & THINGS" that will air between 10 and 11am on
SATURDAY, 28/03/2015
This unsolicited comment came from an International travel writer:
"Your show is really engaging because it is real people talking knowledgeably about places and happenings that matter, with humour and warmth and with no hype".

1485am broadcasts live from its Johannesburg studio
and nationally on DStv audio channel 869.
Radio Today (@Radio2Day) also streams via its website:
AND on cell phones:

It has been a while since Gaby Burgmer
of Heia Safari Ranch joined me on air.
We will rectify that this Saturday.

The Michael Olivier minute 
Food lover and wine guru, Michael will continue to chat about what is new and "hot".

We head off to the Western Cape.
Frieda Lloyd, from the Hermanus Wine Route chats to me

Jamala Madikwe has just won the prestigious
"Best safari cuisine" Award for the second year in a row.
Rodney Steyn tells me what the award means to the lodge

And finally...
I reconnect with an old friend!
Fiona McIntosh talks about this book.


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I spend a night alone under the stars...TinyeletiTree House at Narina Lodge, Lion Sands, Kruger National Park

If you are staying at either Narina or Tinga,
you are able to book a night in this tree house.
The word Tinyeleti means "Many stars" and I certainly got to experience them

Open to the sky, except for the mozzie net,
it is an ideal spot for a romantic evening.
In 2013, my wife and I spent the evening here,
with the wind howling around us...

On this trip I was here alone as my wife was not on this assignment with me.
The other guests on the vehicle had come to have a look,
and now they were departing...
leaving me to enjoy the solitude 

I watch the sun starting its downward spiral into the west.

A table set for two...
but only one for dinner.

The huge and comfy bed...

My view over the river and if you look closely,
you can see the elephants

There is cold running water as well as a chemical toilet.
No shower or bath facilities.
And no Internet!(which is a good thing)

There was a herd of Elephants playing below me.

Although I could hear the Hippo in the river,
Try as I might I could not find them.
I spotted this particular one earlier in the day

Night approaches

No electricity, but more than enough lanterns to keep the space well lit

Tinyeleti comes alive in the dark

I found that a colony of ants had discovered my dinner before I was able to enjoy it.
Luckily Joe, our ranger, radioed the lodge and a replacement was delivered.
This is the staff leaving after dropping of my meal

Good morning world!

The attention to detail that I found in the lodge,
extended to the tree house as well.
This box contained sugar etc, and was not infiltrated by the ants.

I really liked this kist.
The old wood and rusted fittings gave it a wonderful warm look

If it was any smaller, it might have fitted into my suitcase.
Note to is STILL there.

After a restful night, I await the arrival of the vehicle
to take me on a morning game drive

And here they are!
I have been told that some guests are not able to stay the whole night
as the "bush noises" are foreign and often make them feel uncomfortable.
There is a radio left in the tree house for just such an emergency.
A call will have a ranger dispatched to come and collect the guests
as the lodge is only a few minutes away

To find out more about Tinyeleti,
or, to find out about their other properties,


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