Category Archives: Durban

Hippos’ Daily Sightings Of People

Patience is required…

Look, can you see them…?
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Waiting for a sighting of hippos
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…to sight one of these river horses, better known as a hippopotamus or better yet, a whole herd of them – they wallow in the shallows with their feet rooted in the mud of the bottom of the lake.

He was this close…
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People waiting to see hippos, and hippos waiting to see people – boatloads of them!

 

Last Week’s Story in Instagram Photos

Last week Che and I were still in KZN and not able to blog daily, so I decided to post a daily photo telling a story about our day. All taken with my iPhone.

On our way out of the Hluhluwe Game Reserve, we got some good sightings in a short space of time. One of those sightings was this trio of zebras out for a leisurely walk. I think we startled them a bit as you see in the video below.

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

Interesting rock formation in the Umdloti tidal pool.

Looking for hippos on a blue boat…

Boating St Lucia looking for hippos

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I love grass umbrellas, they remind me of tropical holidays.”

It had been a while since I’d been to the Durban beachfront. I remember many happy holidays strolling along it with my family, stopping at all the vendors wanting to buy all they had on offer and running towards the ice cream vendor before he cycled away in search of groups of kids tugging at their parents’ sleeves, a clear indication that no trip to the seaside was complete without this treat.

Today’s travel quote…

Last Week and a Bit of This One in Instagram Photos

Che and I spent last week at the beautiful Zimbali resort on the KwaZulu Natal north coast. We met up with my colleagues from around the world and their families to enjoy our annual innovation week and get together.

Note to my email subscribers: Sometimes the Instagram pics don’t come across on email. In that case, just click on the link above to see them on the site. I hope WordPress fixes this soon.

agile42 innovation week, amazing to be with my international colleagues again

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At the week’s end we bussed a few hours further north to Lake St. Lucia where we enjoyed a boat cruise encountering crocodiles and hippopotami in their natural habitat. And we ended off with a safari weekend at Bonamanzi Game Lodge and the Hluhluwe Game Reserve.

I love the pic below of Che with the setting sun behind him on Lake St. Lucia.

Cruising on Lake St Lucia with Che. Now the fun part of the coach camp begins with the @agile42 family

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Crocodile feeding at Bonamanzi…I stayed well away from the main action.

Watching crocodile feeding time at 🌅 #safarizululand #crocodilefeedingtime

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Sunset colours…my usual sunset photo.

We were treated to 4 out of the Big Five. We missed seeing the leopard, notoriously playing hard to get.  On our way out of the reserve, we got some good sightings in a short space of time. Check this video out…

You may remember that last year we all came together in Barcelona. This year our innovation week was here in sunny South Africa.

Che and I have extended this trip to Durban by spending an additional few days enjoying warm days at Umdloti Beach village before heading back to cool Johannesburg on Thursday.

View over the Indian Ocean from our Airbnb…

#viewfrommywindow #umdlotibeach #instagrammeronholiday

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In all the years I have been coming to Umdloti Beach I don’t remember this rock formation. Perhaps I never noticed it and perhaps the ocean has eroded it into its current shape.

Yesterday was a grey blustery day, good for walking but not good for swimming in the ocean – so we didn’t.

Today’s walkabout, blustery day it was #instagrammeronholiday #umdlotibeach #beachwalking #durbanrocks #durbanskies

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A Sunrise Photo This Time!

Gosh, this week was busy and I optimised for time with Che at home in the evenings and did no blogging!

I went to Durban to do some coaching and stayed overnight at Fairlight Beach House in Umdloti north of Umhlanga. Che and I have stayed there before and it’s gorgeous and has prime location on the beach front. It is also built on an elevation so the views are astounding.

I’m not usually a sunrise person, preferring to sleep in until the last responsible moment and as a result this blog has tons of sunset photos. Before this sunsrise photo there are only 2 others.

Umdloti sunrise  ©2016 Regina Martins
Umdloti sunrise
©2016 Regina Martins

The morning before going to work was rather relaxing. I had breakfast in the sunny front room and while there a naughty monkey came rushing in and grabbed a packet of butter from one of the other tables. The little thief looked around furtively before rushing out with his bounty. Imagine if he’d managed to grab some sugar…imagine the sugar high.

The day manager told me that the day before a monkey had pulled the same stunt, this time grabbing a muffin from beneath the cloth covering the plate. Monkey, muffin and cloth went flying up into the tree. The muffins must indeed be worth it.

The Durban weather was gorgeous and it was wonderful to get away from cold Joburg even for a day.

There’s lots to do this weekend – I’m going to be getting ready for spending 10 days delivering training in Cape Town next week, and I’ll also be here later on today and on the weekend, so I hope to see you back.

Regina