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    The hills around Melmoth, looking towards Babanango. Sunset.
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    The hills around Melmoth, looking towards Babanango. Sunset.
    Lovely composition.

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    You certainly have an "eye" for spotting great picture compositions. Lovely pics. Thank you for this and your insights into the stories behind them.
    We frequently pass nearby these areas on our way to KNP via Swaziland - maybe we need to explore a bit more on the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    On the shortcut from Nongoma to Hluhluwe, through the Makhowe area. Winter in Zululand.
    Riaan, you just made my day! This is my childhood area where I was born and went to primary school. You would have passed a school on your right (uBumbano LP School) where I learnt to read and write. The village where you took the photo is called eDikwe, just after eMvulazi. The hill across is Ngongolozi as the road climbs up, the road then gently falls into eMphola village (my village), on the other side of the Ngongolozi hill. Drive further you cross iWela river...,in the horizon is Mthwadlana hills on your way to eMakhowe and further into Hluhluwe over the southbound N2! I was there just 2 weeks ago...,thank you for this pic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian.McM View Post
    Lovely composition.
    Thank you Ian. One of the very rare times I shot something on first sight, I like to scout an area to find compositions and then let them digest, later decide on something and then wait for good light to go and shoot it. I was heading to another scene and stopped here, jumped out composed and got the required frames within 5 minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4Wheeler View Post
    Riaan, you just made my day! This is my childhood area where I was born and went to primary school. You would have passed a school on your right (uBumbano LP School) where I learnt to read and write. The village where you took the photo is called eDikwe, just after eMvulazi. The hill across is Ngongolozi as the road climbs up, the road then gently falls into eMphola village (my village), on the other side of the Ngongolozi hill. Drive further you cross iWela river...,in the horizon is Mthwadlana hills on your way to eMakhowe and further into Hluhluwe over the southbound N2! I was there just 2 weeks ago...,thank you for this pic!
    Wheeler, attached cell pic is from those hills looking towards Hluhluwe on the horizon.

    I am glad you enjoyed the pic and that it reminded you of home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    Wheeler, attached cell pic is from those hills looking towards Hluhluwe on the horizon.

    I am glad you enjoyed the pic and that it reminded you of home.
    More memories! Sadly, the driver of our tractor lost control of the Fiat on that bend and he was fatally injured...,thanks for the pic!

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    Cell pic of the Ingwavuma river, looking East, at the bottom of Cecil Mack's Pass where the concrete passway has been blocked by big boulders. I murred into one of the bad wash-aways on the way back up, if it wasn't for a Hilift Jack I would still have been there 10 years later!
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    Cell pic taken between Nquthu and Babanango, not far from Isandhlwana if my memory serves me correct. The "nothingness" here is almost tangible.
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    Fort Nongqayi, Eshowe.
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    Riaan,

    This calls for a guided tour and photographic course combined of the areas covered in the photos. Please put me down!

    Really great pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitsu Fan View Post
    Riaan,
    This calls for a guided tour and photographic course combined of the areas covered in the photos. Please put me down!
    Really great pics.
    Strangely enough, it was one of the reasons ( there were many) for buying a LWB Pajero. Taking small groups and showing them the more intimate parts of my world has always been a pipedream for me. I have done one or two informal ones and the people enjoyed it immensely so it is something that might just be popular.

    As Caranx36 (Rob) mentioned earlier in this thread, the area is rich in history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    Strangely enough, it was one of the reasons ( there were many) for buying a LWB Pajero. Taking small groups and showing them the more intimate parts of my world has always been a pipedream for me. I have done one or two informal ones and the people enjoyed it immensely so it is something that might just be popular.

    As Caranx36 (Rob) mentioned earlier in this thread, the area is rich in history.
    And swambo and I will be exploring sections of Zululand in our Pajero soon! I made a booking with the birding guide you recommended and we're looking forward to our visit immensely.
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    Close up view of the fish kraals at Kosi mouth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens78 View Post
    And swambo and I will be exploring sections of Zululand in our Pajero soon! I made a booking with the birding guide you recommended and we're looking forward to our visit immensely.
    If there is a self-drive tour or outing being organised, we'd also be interested ...

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    My last picture from the Ingwavuma river from 2010. I had spent 4 years here, learning it's moods and learning more about myself, as one does when you have only your shadow as company. Below are the words I posted on a photo forum at the time:



    "Seeing that I have mentioned in a long ago posted image of this river that I need to get away from it ( for the sake of my creativity) and appologised also for boring you, the viewer with the same old same old, I post this, taken yesterday afternoon, as the last one of the Ingwavuma river.
    It has been my lighthouse of sanity and refuge in difficult times and without this place of tranquility and a camera in hand and the means of sharing my thoughts about it, I most probably would not have been here writing this.

    I have learnt lots here, all by myself, with the rolling songs of Heuglin's Robins as background music. But I have shot it to death and can't anymore."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens78 View Post
    And swambo and I will be exploring sections of Zululand in our Pajero soon! I made a booking with the birding guide you recommended and we're looking forward to our visit immensely.
    Wishing you a safe journey and hope you enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fat_Bastard View Post
    If there is a self-drive tour or outing being organised, we'd also be interested ...
    Hi FB; we made a booking with Mr. Sakhamuzi Mhlongo, a Birdlife SA accredited guide specializing in Zululand for 30/12/2016 focusing specifically on Ongoye Forest and its specials and perhaps Mtunzini as well, depending on how things go. It is just Swambo & I, but pehaps if you want to join you can phone him at: nul agt 3 vier drie 6 two two 5 two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    Cell pic of the Ingwavuma river, looking East, at the bottom of Cecil Mack's Pass where the concrete passway has been blocked by big boulders. I murred into one of the bad wash-aways on the way back up, if it wasn't for a Hilift Jack I would still have been there 10 years later!
    Went down the pass a few times whilst in the area

    Once the army insisted we go with an escort, when we got to the bottom it was even more washed away than previously. Managed to get the Cruiser turned around but the Buffel couldnt. The swearing as the troopie had to reverse a LOOOOOONG way back up the pass before turning. We said at the time dont take the Buffel down but nobody would listen.

    Have you been to Border Cave ? One place I wanted to get to but never did.

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    Have sent you a PM - we will be passing through your area mid Jan and returning early Feb.
    Maybe we could get a group together??
    I'm thinking two or three nights camping.
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