Signs of SPRING

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Signs of SPRING

Already we are seeing the signs of Spring; the arrival of green shoots on tree’s, fire breaks changing from black to green and hip horah we are allowed to vacay!

Spring certainly brings with it a sense of celebration as we are once again allowed to put our big toe in the sea, river or pool and of course the observance of new life as we visit the wild and farmlands.

On the N3 Gateway route, we start to note the arrival of migratory birds, who visit our land to escape the treacherous Winters of the Northern Hemisphere. Notably the Amur Falcon and Greater Striped Swallow.

Amur Falcon

We invite our N3 Gateway visitors to celebrate the ‘new life’ by visiting a few of our “Wild” destinations.

Wild Destinations

GwaHumbe Game Lodge & Spa in Mid-Illovo, a game lodge offering 4×4 trails, spa treatments and family-friendly game drives.

Nambiti Private Game Reserve, outside of Ladysmith. A Big 5 private reserve, which promises a wild experience at any one of their 9 lodges.

Albert Falls Game Reserve, outside of Pietermaritzburg, a family-friendly day or overnight venue, offering game viewing within its 784ha reserve. Sightings of giraffe, red hartebeest, zebra and other antelope are available.

Zulu Waters Game Reserve, near Giants Castle, offers a private space for you to overnight, and either enjoy a game drive via game vehicle or horseback.

Ingudlane Game Lodge, just outside of Dundee is home to the unusual White Blesbok.

Weenen Game Reserve, Weenen, a 5 000ha protected area, where one can enjoy game-viewing, walks and picnic-sites.

For those seeking the fresh colours of Spring, come and discover the blooms in the wild.

Nature Destinations

Clarens Village Conservancy, Clarens, have wonderful walks and hikes for you to enjoy. Be on the lookout, as there are 3 types of Erica’s for you to see. Namely: Erica Cerinthoides, Erica Alopecurus, Erica Maestra.

Did you know that Golden Gate Highlands National Park, 15km’s outside of Clarens, contains over 60 species of grasses?

Westville CC Eco-Trail, Westville, a great space for you to run, walk and wander through a forested environment within Durban.

Springside Nature Reserve, Hillcrest. A small hidden suburb reserve which sure packs a punch of a walk for keen nature lovers. Wildflowers, indigenous tree’s, ferns are a delight to see and especially in Spring when new colours emerge.

Vergelegen Nature Reserve, Southern Drakensberg, a rugged reserve that is extremely scenic and offers numerous caves to overnight in. Ensure you pre-book.

Environmental Cleanups

Green Hub – Mangroves

If you are in Durban, head to the Green Hub, Stiebel Place, to learn more about environmental cleanups. Plus you are able to hire canoes, and head on a guided canoe tour to the edge of the mangroves.

Lori Voss

loriv@n3gateway.com

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