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Bearded Vulture Photography: Seven tips for first-time photographers

By |2019-10-11T12:27:04+00:00September 6th, 2013|Categories: Animals, Witsieshoek|

Go where the birds are. One of the best sites in South Africa to photograph Bearded Vultures is at Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge’s Vulture Restaurant.  If you have a limited time period, and can’t spend days waiting for a moment to view these rare and endangered birds, Witsieshoek provides one of the most predictable places to see [...]

Witsieshoek re-development

By |2019-10-11T12:27:04+00:00January 28th, 2013|Categories: Redevelopment, Witsieshoek|

Why is Witsieshoek being re-developed? At the end of 2010 the Batlokoa community-owners of Witsieshoek were set to close the Lodge because it had fallen into such a state of disrepair that it was no longer receiving visitors. Dozens of permanent jobs would have been lost, as well as a much-loved Drakensberg destination. Instead, the community appointed [...]

Letter of Condolence on the passing of Mafoto Henrietta Mota.

By |2019-10-11T12:27:04+00:00August 15th, 2012|Categories: Redevelopment, Witsieshoek|

15 August 2012 Letter of Condolence on the passing of Mafoto Henrietta Mota. Dear Morena Mota and the Mota Family I wish to extend the sympathy of all at Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge and at Transfrontier Parks Destinations to you and your family, on the passing of your mother Mafoto Henrietta Mota. Whilst I only had the opportunity [...]

Bearded Vultures at Witsieshoek

By |2019-10-11T12:27:04+00:00September 19th, 2011|Categories: Animals, Witsieshoek|

One of the few places in the world where you can see Bearded Vultures flying freely in the skies is at Witsieshoek. We have a "Vulture Restaurant" where bones are put out for the birds. In addition, one of the resident birds has been tagged by the KZN-Wildlife programme to record details of movement.  Read more about [...]

Drakensberg’s Amphitheatre: Safe hiking options for the inexperienced

By |2019-10-11T12:27:04+00:00September 29th, 2010|Categories: Events, Witsieshoek|

The Amphitheatre Hike is considered the most scenic hike in the Drakensberg.  It's also a very interesting hike because it includes climbing the famous chain ladders of the Sentinel Peak. Keen, but not happy to go alone?  What about joining SA Adventure Trails "Slackpacking"? It's for hikers who do not have the equipment or who are not prepared [...]

Centenary Climb of Sentinel Peak: An MCSA Success

By |2019-10-11T12:27:04+00:00September 6th, 2010|Categories: Events, Witsieshoek|

EVENT: Centenary Climb of Sentinal Peak DATE: 4 September 2010 PLACE: Sentinel Peak On Saturday 4 September 2010, the KZN section of the Mountain Club of South Africa (MCSA) managed a successful mass climb of Drakensberg’s Sentinel Peak with at least 60 people reaching the summit to celebrate the centenary of the first ascent on 29 September 1910. The [...]

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