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    Default Zululand Members Day Trip Sunday 1/03/2020

    As the next GTG is still some time away we will be doing a day trip to the immediate vicinity in between Empangeni/ Melmoth/ Eshowe. We will be doing a loop via gravel back roads - through the Nkwaleni valley, up towards Ndundulu and then down past Phobane (Goedertrouw) Dam and back via the old Eshowe road to Empangeni. We will stop halfway somewhere and have a light brunch.

    I know the area very well so will lead and share some places and things of interest of the valley and surrounds. If you are interested in Zulu history, bring pen and paper to make notes

    Good ( ish) gravel for the untarred sections and tar the rest of the way so it will be an easy drive.

    We will leave Empangeni 8am, distance to be travelled is approximately 100km in total and we should be back by about 2pm or maybe later.

    Heinz Stegen has put his hand up for the Debben area to get something going again with day trips.

    EDIT AND UPDATE 17/02:

    So the route was driven yesterday and the total distance from Empangeni is 150km.
    We will leave the BP Filling Station ( off the N2 at Empangeni offramp) at 8:30 sharp on the Sunday.
    Due to time constraints we will not be preparing any lunch so I suggest one packs something ( like horrogs for instance ) as we will have a stop over at Phobane ( Goedertrou Lake) for a bite and leg stretch. Thereafter head back to Empangeni, which we should reach at about 1pm.

    We need to have radio contact- as the info about the various places is just easier to share OTA while driving so those who don't have a radio please see if you can borrow one for the weekend, if not please let me know for us to make a plan.

    Afterwards we will gather in Rbay at Pelican Island for a braai and beer. Weather dependant of course.
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    Attending:

    Riaan and The Blonde
    Marais and Estelle
    Gavin Fordham and if he can convince is not yet married to or divorced from missus Nicky
    Markus and Zelda
    Revred
    Graeme and Mel
    Gavin and Jennifer
    MarkBay and Christel
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    iLandy
    Sean and Elaine Slattery ( non members guests of Marais)
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    We would love to join you Riaan but the timing is not good for us right now and it is also quite a long way from Pinetown.
    But GOOD ON YOU for arranging these kind of outings - it keeps our forum going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter1949 View Post
    We would love to join you Riaan but the timing is not good for us right now and it is also quite a long way from Pinetown.
    But GOOD ON YOU for arranging these kind of outings - it keeps our forum going.
    It is far yes Peter. Therefore Heinz will be doing something for you folk in the colonies with the bright and lots of lights
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    The point is, and for information to others who may be in the general area at the time:

    Riaan is VERY well versed in that area of the country and is a fluent Zulu speaker.
    He is a landscape photographer of note. Many of his outstanding pictures are on this forum.

    He has lived his life there and has intimate and detailed knowledge, not only of the Zulu culture and history of the area but also of the flora etc.

    If you are interested in any of those topics - make plan to be there.
    You will not be disappointed.
    Answering the call of the wild is just so much beter than answering the telephone.
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    Markus and Zelda attending

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    Default Re: Zululand Members Day Trip Sunday 1/03/2020

    I will join

    Rev and I will try to convince swambo

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    Gavin and Jennifer would love to join you if South of the Tugela residents can gatecrash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markus and Zelda View Post
    Markus and Zelda attending
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    I will join

    Rev and I will try to convince swambo
    Quote Originally Posted by Gavin49 - (Ad Rem) View Post
    Gavin and Jennifer would love to join you if South of the Tugela residents can gatecrash.
    Sharp.

    Gavin you are most welcome by the way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    Sharp.

    Gavin you are most welcome by the way.
    Looking forward to it.
    Many thanks.

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    Mark and Christel we will be there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markbay View Post
    Mark and Christel we will be there
    Awesome Mark, will be great to see you and the missus again.
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    Default Re: Zululand Members Day Trip Sunday 1/03/2020

    Would like to join but will save the next trip for the KZN GTG camp weekend rather.

    I see the Hobbit will be joining you

    Is there any rum distilleries on that route? Asking for a friend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Would like to join but will save the next trip for the KZN GTG camp weekend rather.

    I see the Hobbit will be joining you

    Is there any rum distilleries on that route? Asking for a friend?

    The rum distillery is some distance away and not on route. Just as well as we might then be back only on Wednesday, which Wednesday being debatable..
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    Riaan, Please publish the meeting point in due course. I may decide at the last minute to gatecrash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian.McM View Post
    Riaan, Please publish the meeting point in due course. I may decide at the last minute to gatecrash.
    Will do Ian. I must say that I am humbled by the fact that you and others from the colony, 200km away consider joining a day trip with me and Marais.

    Starting time I will also then adjust to accommodate due to the travelling distance.

    If you can't make it, I will do a guided tour of the historically important birthplace of the Zulu nation, which we will be visiting on this trip for you and your missus at any time that suits you.
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    Add us in.
    Not too far for us, Empangeni is just an hour away and I do drive a Land Rover!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graeme mcConnachie View Post
    Add us in.
    Not too far for us, Empangeni is just an hour away and I do drive a Land Rover!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    Will do Ian. I must say that I am humbled by the fact that you and others from the colony, 200km away consider joining a day trip with me and Marais.

    Starting time I will also then adjust to accommodate due to the travelling distance.

    If you can't make it, I will do a guided tour of the historically important birthplace of the Zulu nation, which we will be visiting on this trip for you and your missus at any time that suits you.
    Riaan, An 8.30am start for the Durbanites? One doesn't want to leave too late because you then catch all the beach traffic on the way home

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    Frans and Swambo are non-members but will join as my guests.

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