Monthly Archives: January 2014

Places to stay Richards Bay

Empangeni has a wide variety of accommodation establishments to offer the holiday maker, tourist or businessman. The town of Empangeni abounds with B&B accommodation to suit all pockets, guest house accommodation, self catering accommodation, backpackers and lodges.

There is also an abundance of restaurants and Coffee Shops, ranging from Family restaurants, to more intimate Seafood restaurants, as well as pizzarias and take aways.

VBC Guesthouse rooms are spacious and modern with a veranda and fitted with sliding glass doors. The beds are fitted with snow white linen and towels. Hair dryer available on request. Our bathrooms are fitted with state of the art showers and baths for total relaxation.

Empangeni is a town in KwaZulu-Natal Province situated only 15 kilometers from Richards Bay, the main harbour town in KwaZulu Natal. Empangeni is approximately 160 kilometres north of Durban, situated in hilly country side of the Uthungulu District, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The City of uMhlathuze was formed by joining the towns of Empangeni and Richards Bay together. Empangeni overlooks a flat coastal plain and has a sub tropical climate with an average climate of 28.4oC in summer and 14.5oC in winter.

In 1851, the NMS (Norwegian Missionary Society) established a mission station on the banks of the Empangeni river. The Empangeni river was named after the Mpange trees (Treema guineensis) growing along its banks.

Empangeni Accommodation

VBC Guesthouse

Located in Empangeni, is ideal for leisure and family travelers and is conveniently situated near the best dining, entertainment, and other nearby attractions in the uThungulu District Municipality, near Richards BayZulu-land.

Rugby Tours to South Africa

For the majority of South Africans, Rugby is more than just a game. A fierce rivalry exists at provincial level and any loss by the Springboks is treated as a national tragedy. The same can be said for rugby at school level with rugby featuring as the dominant boys sport at most schools be they independent or government, boys only or co ed. Some of the bigger boy’s only rugby playing schools feature as many as ten U18 teams and the first side is run like a professional unit with specialist coaching, sponsorships and gym programs being the norm and not the exception. It is therefore not surprising that South Africa is a popular destination for school Rugby tours.

Rugby tours in South Africa can be co-ordinated to your specifications with an abundance of playing opposition and rugby tournaments readily available. All major cities in South Africa can be considered as tour destinations and even some off the beaten track! Cape Town and Durban feature as the most popular options with their beautiful beaches, warm climates and plenty to do. Apart from rugby matches against South African schools of similar strength and size, specialist rugby coaching clinics and academies are also readily on offer. There are a number of top rugby coaches and ex provincial and International players willing to pass on their rugby skills and knowledge.

Added to this the thrill of an all-access guided stadium tour, allowing touring rugby teams entry to all the VIP areas frequently used by the professional players. Apart from the usual must see Excursions depending on match fixture schedules it may be possible to also include entry to a big Currie cup or super 15 rugby fixture.

The South African school rugby season is played during our Winter and generally runs from the end of March to the end of September.

SA Sports Tours

SA Sports Tours is a full service (SATSA Bondedsports tour operator, specializing in school and club sports tours to South Africa.

We provide custom tours to schools and clubs looking to tour Soutrh Africa with eithersports or cultural groups and handle all the travel arrangements required directly fromSouth AfricaSA Sports Tours is not only SATSA bonded but can offer you 10+ years’ experience in customized group and sports tour travel.

School tours form the core of our business with annual summer (South African winter)Rugby tours proving to be the most popular.

With years of experience, we are aware of the time, logistics and the pressures that accompany international group travel. As a result our services include customized itineraries to suit your schools (or clubs) specific requirements in terms of group size, accommodation, transport, meals, excursions, training sessions and the strength of the opposition for the tour match fixturesWe also assist with flights, visa applications and insurance needs to make your trip as hassle free as possible.

SA Sports Tours will provide you with an affordable, all inclusive, quality tour to a South African destination/s of your choice – contact us now for an itinerary estimate.

Find out more about Sports Tours to South Africa

Why do wild dogs regurgitate their food?

A nuclear pack of about six dogs usually consists of one dominant breeding pair and several non-breeding adult male helpers.

The hunting members of a pack return to den where they regurgitate meat for the nursing female and her pups.

Did you know:

  • No two wild dogs are marked exactly the same, making it easy to identify different individuals. Why such a pattern should develop, and how it serves the hunting dog, has long intrigued scientists.
  • Wild dogs are usually on the move over a very large range, covering for example, some 900 square miles in the Serengeti. After a litter is born, however, they will limit their travelling and hunting to areas closer to the den.


Sibuya Game Reserve

Sibuya has recently started team-building & conferencing programmes for companies or conference groups.

If you are planning an African Safari, or want to stay at a Game Reserve in South Africa, or a Game Reserve near the Garden Route, or are looking for that perfect Game Reserve Wedding Venue, then why not visit Sibuya for that ultimate African Bush Experience! Sibuya is a Malaria Free Game Reserve

Catching a snake!

The snake, a large Cape Cobra, was sunning itself on a walkway at Forest Camp. It was relocated in the cooler box with an umbrella as an aid!

During which time Sibuya had a group of Herpetologists in Camp who were in their element at this sighting.

A Herpetologist is someone with a rather unusual interest… Snakes & Amphibians!


Ranger Werner doing his favourite thing…catching a snake!!

Sibuya Game Reserve

Sibuya has recently started team-building & conferencing programmes for companies or conference groups.

If you are planning an African Safari, or want to stay at a Game Reserve in South Africa, or a Game Reserve near the Garden Route, or are looking for that perfect Game Reserve Wedding Venue, then why not visit Sibuya for that ultimate African Bush Experience! Sibuya is a Malaria Free Game Reserve

Empangeni, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Situated in attractive hilly country side, overlooking a flat coastal plain, 90 to 150 metres above sea level with panoramic views of Richards Bay and the Indian Ocean from the higher lying suburbs.

Established as a mission station by the Norwegian Missionary Society on the banks of the Empangeni River in 1851, Empangeni today is one of Zululand’s largest towns. The town serves a large agricultural and timber growing area and has all modern amenities.

The Norwegian Missionary Society established a station on the banks of the Mpangeni River in 1851, which was later moved to Eshowe. The river was named after the profusion of Mpange trees (Treema guineensis) growing along its banks, and the settlement that formed around the station took the Anglicised name of the river.

In 1899 a magistracy was established. The Zululand Railway reached the town in 1903. In 1906 Empangeni became a village.

Activities

Empangeni Art & Crafts Centre

Variety of arts and crafts made by the local communities.

Empangeni Art & Cultural Museum

A fascinating museum boasting regular temporary exhibitions and a permanent display including Zulu heritage art and the Harrison collection of the pioneer sugar farmers

Game Ranches

Hunting/nature trail facilities and accomodation are offered in the area.

Empangeni Country Club

Tennis, Golf, Bowls, Squash or Conferencing in beautiful natural surroundings.

Enseleni Game Reserve

Meaning “lair of the badger” in Zulu, this 295ha reserve includes mangroves, papyrus and many antelope species as some of it’s attractions.

Felix Mill

One of the largest in the country.

Jabulani Crafts

Wonderfully made crafts made by the physically handicapped are for sale.

University of Zululand

The attractive campus of this university, founded in 1959 can be visited

Historical View

Empangeni Museum

Opened in 1996 in the renovated old Town Hall (1916). Art, Zulu cultural heritage, Harrison Collection on pioneer sugar farmers, exhibitions, workshops, talks and video’s

Nature

Enseleni Nature Reserve

Enseleni Nature Reserve was proclaimed on 22 January 1948 and is 293 ha in extent. The reserve consists of coastal grasslands and forest and the Nseleni river provides a freshwater habitat. The reserve is situated north of Empangeni and west of Richards Bay.

Empangeni Accommodation

VBC Guest House

Located in Empangeni, is ideal for leisure and family travelers and is conveniently situated near the best dining, entertainment, and other nearby attractions in the uThungulu District Municipality, near Richards Bay, Zulu-land.