Friday, August 27, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
Thursday, May 6, 2010
- Hiked the Blyde River Canyon trails through the deepest green canyon in the world
- Walked the Kruger National Park bush trails with a guide
- Visited the cultural villages at Loopspruit, Botshabelo, Jeppe's Reef, Ebutsini and Hazyview
- Mountain biked down the escarpment on the Sabie Trail
- Birdwatched at Wakkerstroom and the Southern Grasslands
- Ridden the escarpment horse trails
- Fished for trout on the dams and rivers of Dullstroom, Belfast, Machadodorp, Wakkerstroom and Waterval Boven
- Swung over the Panorama gorges on a high wire
- Driven the many panoramic routes across the escarpment
- Parasailed over the grasslands of Wakkerstroom and Volksrust
- Stood in awe at the dramatic view of the Blyde River Canyon
- Explored the southern grassland archaeological sites from Ermelo
- Flown in a microlight over the escarpment and lowveld
- Photographed the sculptural wonder of the Bourke's Luck Potholes
- Taken a historical gold mining tour of Pilgrim's Rest and Baberton, or panned for gold
- Taken a night game drive in a game park
- Taken an early morning balloon safari over Kruger
- Run the rapids on the Sabie or Komati River
- Played golf at Skukuza in the Kruger National Park or at the many other courses throughout the province
- Fished the higveld dams for carp or yellow fish
- Tackled a tiger fish in the Komati River in Komatipoort
- Spend a night surrounded by the sounds of an African night
- Walked the Lowveld Botanic Garderns at Nelspruit
- Visited the Sudwala or the Echo Caves
- Eaten the tropical fruits of the Mpumalanga orchards
- Stood at God's Window with the world at your feet
- Spent the day with elephants and enjoyed an elephant back safari
- Visited Chimpanzee Eden
- Just enjoy the wonderful hospitality that Mpumalanga offers
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
The Matsamo Cultural Village is yet another one of our very diverse cultural experiences in Southern Africa. It is situated just outside the border post on the SA side at Jeppes Reef between Swaziland and South African.Matsamo is approximately 50km from the Kruger National Park, on the R570 National road.
Scenic South African Lowveld with unique bio-diversity ranging from mountainous forests to typical lowveld bush.
Warm sunny climate with temperatures varying from September to April in summer between 15 degrees Celsius t night and 36 degrees Celsius during midday. Winters, May to August are especially pleasant with temperatures varying between 5 degrees Celsius at night and 25 degrees Celsius during midday.
Spending time at Matsamo is to share quality time with South Africans in a real African environment enjoying the good things of life presented passionately with real South African excellence. The food, the folk music & dance, the atmosphere, all fuse together into a unique experience, African Quality at its best.The people residing in the various rural villages around Matsamo is predominantly Swazi in custom, tradition and language with a strong Sotho influence and has a well preserved and rich cultural heritage. They are part of the Shongwe clan, once a strong independent group with its own paramount King who in the time of King Mswati II swore allegiance to the Swazi King and helped defend the territory against intruders from the North. As part of the reward for his allegiance and loyalty, Chief Matsamo remained in control of the region as an important Swazi Royalty and absorbed the Sotho clans who lived in the area into his clan. “KA HHOHHO” a folk song, today still frequently sung by the community during festivities, tells the story about the Sotho Clansmen protesting against this Swazi absorption.
Day Tours to our Village
Tourists visiting the park go on a guided tour through the villages, are treated to folk dance and other cultural performing arts and enjoy food and refreshments in the village or in the restaurants. Approximately one hour must be allowed for a tour and at least one and a half hours when a meal is included.
At our Restaurant
The alfresco restaurant “African Theatre”, set in true African aesthetics is nestled in a peaceful setting with cobbling water and a panoramic view. It has two covered wings, each seating 65 people and an open-air terrace seating 70 people. For functions 300 people can be accommodated.
The restaurant “Edladleni” can seat 60 people and is available for private groups.
Buffet breakfast is served 7 days a week from 7h00 until 11h00 and buffet lunch blended with a taste of Afrika from 12h00 to 15h30.
A NIGHT IN A TRADITIONAL AFRICAN HOMESTEAD (UMUTI) A night at Emvelo
On your arrival, you will be welcomed by one of our well groomed guides and accompanied to Emvelo, our traditional African homestead. Here we enjoy sharing a taste of Africa's own traditions and customs with our guests. Around the fire at the lidladla ( traditional kitchen), we recall old customs and marvel at the harmony between man and nature in traditional societies. Between the talking and laughter, we enjoy a taste of a variety of interesting traditional dishes.
When the night settles firmly around us it is time for the unforgettable folk dance and music.
Yes, you will experience the best of African Folk dance and music and join in the fun and dance with us. You will feel the rhythm, the joy and the passion with which Africans entertain and play.
After an entertaining hour, it is time for an African barbeque feast with a variety of meats, pap ( a thick porridge made of maize ), jack potatoes, salads and many more dishes to enjoy.
The evening is rounded off with desserts, cheese and biscuits with coffee or tea.
Friday, April 2, 2010
1. The seas around Cape Town are home to the notorious Great White Shark. Shark cage diving lets you get as close as you'll ever want to get to this predator. Visit www.sharkadventures.co.za
2. Drink wine that taste as good as the scenery looks by visiting one of the Cape's spectacular wine routes : Stellenbosch, Constantia, Franschoek, Elgin..... Visit www.wineroute.co.za
3. For wind and sheer beauty, visit the southernmost pinnacle of the Cape Peninsula, Cape Point. Visit www.capepoint.co.za for information on how to get there and hiking in the adjacent nature
4. Take a cold bottle of wine and enjoy the sunset on beautiful Clifton 4th Beach.
5. Eat in a restaurant in Franschoek, home to some of South Arica's best. Our choice goes with Le Quartier Francais or Ruben's. Visit www.franschoek.co.za
6. Johannesburg, the City of Gold, began liefe when gold was discovered in the area. Visit Gold Reef City theme park tour and underground in a gold mine. Visit www.goldreefcity.co.za
7. Nearby Gold Reef City is Soweto. Book a tour with www.sowetotour.com and experience possible the largest and most historic South African township.
8. Visit Johannesburg's Edwardian and Art Deco architectural heart by calling the Parktown and Westcliff Heritage Trust on 011-4823349 to arrange an inner city walking tour. Visit www.parktownheritage.co.za
9. Sun City, trhee hours drive from Johannesburg, is famous for its casino. What most people don't know is that it is also a resort that offers superb hotels and excellent golfing. Visit www.suncity.co.za
10. While you are there, try and spot one or all of the Big Five that roam free in the nearby Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Visit www.pilanesberggamereserve.com
11. Talking of game reserves, no trip to South Africa is complete without experiencing the wide open spaces to abundant animal life of the Kruger National Park. Visit www.krugerpark.com or call 021 - 4687255 For accommodation visit www.khayaumdani.com or www.khayaromantica.com
12. The province of Mpumalanga is spectacularly beautiful (and also the gateway to the Kruger National Park). Do a self-drive tour of the wscarpment, visiting the towns of Sabie, Graskop Ohrigstad and Pelgrims Rest along the way or drive a little further to the magnificent Blyde River Canyon.
13. Ride on the back of an elephant. Call Regent Exclusive Safaris in Hazyview on 0866893283
14. Relax and pamper yourself into a better state of body and mind at Brookdale Spa in the picturesque Natal Midlands. Visit www.brookdale.co.za
15. Go take a hike! Hiking in Drakensberg of KwaZulu Natal is one of South Africa's best kept secrets. Visit www.kznwildlife.com for accommodation and hiking routes.
16. Put your 4x4 driving skills to the test by driving up the Sani Pass from Underberg into Lesotho. Visit www.sanitours.co.za
17. The Otter Trail on the Cape Garden Route is the best way to experience this beautiful part of the country. Visit www.sahikes.co.za
18. While in the area, the vast beaches of Plettenberg Bay have to be seen - and eat fresh oysters in Knysna while you're at it.
19. Go white water rafting in Clarens in the Free State, grade 3 and 4 rapids. Visit www.outrageousadventures.co.za
20. And lastly, did you know that South Africa is a world rock climbing hot spot? Visit www.rocknropeadventures.co.za to see if you have a head for heights.
Friday, January 22, 2010
One of our workers, Phumi, was walking home after work and when she got to King Fisher she saw a male lion, lioness and 2 cubs. This is the second time that someone saw them inside the park. When we were there in November, guests of Khaya Umdani saw them in Soenie as well. This is very good news!