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Volume 18. Issue 75. 22nd November 2018. View Online
DISCOVER SOUTH AFRICA WITH TRAVEL FOCUS

It’s breathtaking, it’s captivating, it’s bustling, it’s endless… it’s South Africa! In every province, around every corner, there’s a magic moment waiting to leave you inspired with incredible people underpinning it all. From city life to adventure, wildlife to culture, breathtaking scenery to sun-soaked coasts – discover South Africa.

KwaZulu-Natal

Known for its beaches, mountains and savannah populated by big game, KwaZulu-Natal is a tourist’s paradise.

There is so much to see and do from the dramatic peaks of the Drakensberg Mountain Range to the traditional Zulu villages, magnificent game reserves and historic battle sites, and of course when you just want to relax there is the warm Indian Ocean lapping onto wide sandy beaches.

Durban, KwaZulu-Natal’s biggest city with a sub-tropical climate and water temperatures which rarely drop below 20 degrees C is great for surfing and is often referred to as a melting pot of cultures with the European, Indian and Zulu cultural influences found here. Ushaka Marine World, the largest marine theme park in Africa is well worth a visit.

Take a boat cruise in the St Lucia Wetlands and discover the abundant crocodile and hippo populations (some 8000 strong) in the waters of the estuary, cruises last approx. 2 hours.

Turtle tours are a highlight of this area (November to February only) and take place at night as endangered Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles come onto the beach to lay their eggs.

We highly recommend a stay at The Oyster Box Hotel – situated on Umhlanga’s prestigious beachfront opposite the lighthouse, this award-winning hotel boasts stunning panoramic Indian Ocean views with direct beach access.

Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park is the icon of South Africa’s National parks. The reserve is over 100 years old, 2 million hectares (approximately 20,000 square kilometres) in size and stretches 360KM from north to south.

Kruger’s climate is sub-tropical, with the summer months humid and hot, reaching temperatures of 38 degrees Celsius. From September to May, when the bush is lush, it is a treat to see the babies of the bush, as the animals usually give birth during this time of plenty. During the winter months (May – August), game viewing is easier as the bush is less dense – however, the park is considered to be a year-round destination with strong sightings throughout the year.

ON SAFARI – A TYPICAL DAY

A typical day on safari in Southern Africa follows the rhythm of the African bush. This means an early start – shortly before day break (5:00 am in summer and 6:00 in winter), you will meet up with your ranger for a morning cup of tea or coffee, before setting off in open vehicles. Early mornings are a good time to catch most animals either heading back to their dens after nocturnal activities or starting the morning’s grazing. You will usually stop on your game drive for some coffee and rusks (South African biscuits) before returning to camp at around 9:30 am for a full brunch. You will then have some time at leisure, to either relax by the pool or catch up on some sleep after your early start. Some lodges, depending on the reserve in which they are located, may be able to offer a guided bush walk with a ranger. You will then meet up again at around 3:00 pm for tea, before setting off on your late afternoon game drive. This takes on quite a different element from your morning game drive as the sun sets, and you seek out game with powerful spotlights. This is a good chance to see very elusive nocturnal game. You will normally find a good spot as the sun sinks to enjoy sundowners whilst on your evening game drive. Dinner awaits you as you return to camp at around 7:00 pm.

Getting There

Turkish Airlines are now flying to 3 destinations in South Africa via Istanbul on all the routes Turkish Airlines operate their new A330- 300 series aircraft.

Dublin to Cape Town

Dublin to Johannesburg

Dublin to Durban

Win a trip for two to South Africa

At Travel Focus we just love South Africa and we want you to experience this wonderful country for yourself.  This is the third of three ezines featuring different regions in South Africa.

To be in with a chance to win a trip for two to South Africa, all you have to do is answer the questions in each of the 3 ezines all the answers are in the ezine.

If you missed Quiz 1 & 2 questions.  Click banner 1, 3 or 5 for Quiz 1 and banner 2 & 4 for Quiz 2 ezines.

Send your entry to tailormade@travelfocus.ie and enter the Quiz number in the subject line.

QUIZ 3

Q.1. What is the name of the mountain range in KwaZulu-Natal?

Q.2. Name KwaZulu-Natal’s biggest City?

Q.3. Where in KwaZulu Natal can you do Turtle Tours?

Q4. What area does Kruger National Park Cover?

Q.5. What time does a typical day on safari start in South Africa?

Q.6. What are considered the winter months in Kruger National Park?

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