South Africa’s Week of Femicide 2020

After brutal killings of women during the past two weeks, #stopkillingwomen is trending on social media and helping to bring South Africa’s cases of gender-based violence to the surface. Some believe that “frustration and anxiety caused by the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown increased the number of violent attacks in South African households”. Social workers also think…

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Paradise Valley Nature Reserve KwaZulu-Natal South Africa

Paradise Valley Reserve is one of nature’s gems surrounded by the Umbilo River and tucked away near Pinetown and Pietermaritzburg. In 1905, a flood put an end to Durban’s Umbilo Dam. The railway bridge gave way and the ensuing tidal wave killed hundreds of people and destroyed countless homes on the lower Umbilo riverbanks

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Stainbank Reserve, Toti Beaches Durban South Africa

Stainbank Nature Reserve  Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve is an extraordinary mass of vivid green vegetation, made up of flourishing grasslands and thick coastal forests with yellowwood trees. Present in the country for over 100 million years, yellowwood is South Africa’s national tree. The Reserve provides an ideal habitat for indigenous plants and animals. Even insects…

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Durban South Africa Beaches, Verulam, Gandhi

Durban’s beaches are fascinating and beautiful. I’ve been exploring but haven’t found a “favorite” beach yet. November weather is volatile and windy – clear in the high 80s one day, rainy 60s to 70s the next. The storms are proper deluges accompanied by violent cracking thunder and dramatic lightning. Like Oregon, in less than an…

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Umgeni River Bird Park Durban South Africa

Umgeni Park and River This week I discovered one of Durban’s hidden treasures, Umgeni Bird Park. The beautiful park is near the Umgeni River and has open walk-through aviaries with birds on perches, wonderful green vegetation, waterfalls, and rock faces. Bird Show The Free Flight Bird Show features “critically endangered and endangered species like the Wattled Crane,…

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Durban Neighborhoods, Beaches, Townships, and Street Art

Durban and its surrounding areas have hundreds of neighborhoods, townships, villages, suburbs, and beaches. The population is about 3.5 million. Yesterday, I joined a city tour of Durban’s more notable attractions. It was difficult taking photos in the bumpy moving vehicle. Central Durban Central Durban has interesting museums, monuments, markets, galleries, and theaters. Political and…

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Zulu Valley of 1000 Hills South Africa

I got lost on the drive to Valley of 1000 Hills, but had a fun side trip in Kloof. The Valley of 1000 Hills is named for the cliffs rising above the Umgeni River as it flows from the Drakensberg Mountains to the Indian Ocean. The valley’s temperate climate is home to the Zulu People, colorful birds, wildebeest, impala, blesbok,…

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