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Volume 17. Issue 57. 19th July 2017. View Online
KwaZulu Fam - Declan was in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa

Tourism KwaZulu-Natal (TKZN) hosted a 10 day educational Fam trip to their province in the south east of South Africa and Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) was the sole travel trade media representative from both Britain and Ireland on the tour reporting exclusively for Travelbiz.

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Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) makes friends!
Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) makes friends!
KwaZulu Fam - Flying to South Africa with Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines, often referred to as “The New Spirit of Africa”, hosted Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) on their service to Durban via Addis Ababa to attend the Tourism KwaZulu-Natal educational in the South African province.

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Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) is on Cloud Nine on the Ethiopian Airlines flight on route to Durban, South Africa via Addis Ababa
Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) is on Cloud Nine on the Ethiopian Airlines flight on route to Durban, South Africa via Addis Ababa
KwaZulu Fam - Umhlanga Rocks Durban

On arrival at King Shaka International Airport Durban, Declan was met by Reggie Sithole (Region Coordinator Tourism KwaZulu-Natal) and Debbie Marshall (Guide)

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Chef preparing flambé prawns using Jameson Irish whiskey
Chef preparing flambé prawns using Jameson Irish whiskey
KwaZulu Fam - Nambiti Private Game Reserve

Nambiti Private Game Reserve covers an area of over 22,000 acres, is malaria free and is the only game reserve in the area with the Big 5 (Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Leopard and Rhinoceros)

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Dressed for a dawn game drive
Dressed for a dawn game drive
KwaZulu Fam - Zulu culture, reptiles, Segways, and fashion

The day started with a visit to the Phezulu Safari Park in the scenic Valley of a 1,000 Hills area, just a half hours drive from the centre of Durban, where we experienced traditional Zulu culture and customs.

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Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) in front of Moses Mabhida Stadium Durban
Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) in front of Moses Mabhida Stadium Durban
KwaZulu Fam - The historical battlefield sites of KwaZulu-Natal

We visited two famous battlefield sites in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift

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A colonial memorial
A colonial memorial
KwaZulu Fam - The Drakensberg Mountains

The Drakensberg mountain range, known to the Zulus as the Barrier of Spears, is an imposing wall of rock that rises to 3,000m, is situated in an UNESCO World Heritage site

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The zip liners
The zip liners
KwaZulu Fam - Time to relax and chill out

After our various adventures and activities it was now time to chill out and relax.   Our KZN hosts took us to the Fordoun, a Boutique Spa and Hotel.

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Gordon Manning (Irish Sun) enjoying a welcome cocktail at the Fordoun Spa and Hotel
Gordon Manning (Irish Sun) enjoying a welcome cocktail at the Fordoun Spa and Hotel
KwaZulu Fam - KZN’s oldest craft brewery and Nelson Mandela’s Capture Site

We begin our day by visiting a brewery, as you do!   Not just any brewery, the Nottingham Road Brewing Company is the oldest craft brewery in KZN and opened in 1996.

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Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)
Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)
KwaZulu Fam - Feedback session with Tourism KwaZulu-Natal

Following a leisurely morning at the Tsogo Sun Garden Court Hotel in Umhlanga, where we stayed for our final two nights, the Marketing Department of TKZN held a feedback session with all the participants

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Bongani Mthiyane (GM Marketing) and Reggie Sithole (Region Coordinator) (both Tourism KwaZulu-Natal) with Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)
Bongani Mthiyane (GM Marketing) and Reggie Sithole (Region Coordinator) (both Tourism KwaZulu-Natal) with Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)
KwaZulu Fam - An extravaganza of flutters, fashion, feasts and fun

‘July Fever’ comes once a year on the first Saturday of July when Africa’s greatest horse racing, the Durban July takes place.

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A local ‘A list’ celebrity with Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)
A local ‘A list’ celebrity with Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz)
KwaZulu Fam - It’s home...but a final stop in Ethiopians Training centre in Addis

On the way back to Ireland, Declan Mescall (Features Editor Travelbiz) called in for a behind the scenes tour of Ethiopian Airways Aviation Academy in Addis.

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Zehabta Birhanemeskel Haile (Sr. Sales & Services Officer Ethiopian Aviation Academy)
Zehabta Birhanemeskel Haile (Sr. Sales & Services Officer Ethiopian Aviation Academy)
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