What’s Hot – Best of Zululand

What’s Hot

Voucher Winners

Voting pays off Guess who had KFC? Dwayne Bisshoff won a R100 KFC voucher simply by voting for his favourite Zululand businesses Voucher winner Voting paid off for Isabelle Sander, who wins a R400 Spar / Tops voucher Second time lucky How lucky can you...

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3 Free Car Games to Play with the Kids

Avoid the annoying question ‘are we there yet’ with games so fun, they make the journey as good as reaching the destination. [caption id="attachment_6598" align="aligncenter" width="555"] Three girls (6-8 years) sitting on rear seat of car on road trip[/caption] SCAVENGER BINGO This fun game combines...

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Easy-peasy banana pancakes

Need an activity for the kids during the school holidays? Why not turn breakfast into the event of the day? These two-ingredient pancakes are so simple, you could leave the kids to make them on their own! All you need is 1 medium banana and...

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5 Ways to prep your home for a show day

Repaint the walls in neutral colours As much as you love your burgundy red wall, it might put off potential buyers. Painting your walls in neutral tans and whites will allow viewers to focus on the space and not individual décor.   Pay attention to...

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Talking rugby

Super Rugby season is with us, and whether you’re a Bull, a Lion, a Cheetah or a Shark, make rugby time family time this season and score all round!   BEST BUTCHERY: Bluff Meat Supply Richards Bay BEST LIQUOR STORE: Tops 5 Ways   Proudly...

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The ultimate guide to a clutter free home

As the weather turns cooler, there’s no doubt we’ll all be opting to hibernate indoors rather than participate in our usual social gatherings, but what could be worse than lazing about in unwanted clutter? In fact, the idea of returning home to a messy space...

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Handyman Stan

Whether it’s fixing up glitches and hitches, or starting a whole new DIY project, the good news is that while one can outsource almost anything these days, doing it yourself also has huge value. Either way, you win! BEST OF ZULULAND: DIY /  HOME IMPROVEMENT...

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Alfresco dining

Take it outside Serve it outdoors and drink in a little fresh air, open space and a slower pace of life.   BEST OUTDOOR DINING: Porky's   Chef Reuben Riffle and Robertsons have just the nibbles:   Mid-Summer Lunch Salad [caption id="attachment_6436" align="aligncenter" width="555"] Image...

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Travelling with children

Kids become bored, anxious and restless very quickly when it comes to travel. Smooth those holiday travel blues by being prepped before you depart. Here’s how: Get there early. Flying? Be well prepared, get there early so you can breeze though the formalities and spend...

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Escape town

The Easter holidays are upon us – make sure you get a bit of down time by planning your escape now. Nine great travel tips – in no particular order Take travel insurance Bookings through credit cards usually offer generous travel insurance, as do many...

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Rise and shine

Breakfast isn’t just about kick-starting you day – whether you spend it with family, a partner or alone - it’s also a great time to cultivate and maintain friendships. Make a conscious effort to schedule an early breakfast with a colleague or client, or get...

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Be prepared in case of emergency

The kids are back at school and it’s admin time for the year ahead. One thing you really shouldn’t shirk is your family’s medical needs for the next 12 months. Now’s the time to resolve outstanding 2016 medical aid issues, tweak your coverage going forward...

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Brilliant burgers

Admit it! You’re still on holiday – well almost. The kids still are, and there’s not that much to do at work. Better still, the festive rush has rushed by and many feel this is the time of year they actually get to relax a...

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New Year, new you

Nothing tastes as good as getting in shape feels Come early January, most of us are carrying a little more 'left over festive cheer' than we’d like, and are ready to turn to 'new leaf' thoughts with the energy they require. Besides helping you look...

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Get the party started

Whatever kind of party you’re having, nibbles are more or less a must-have. Serve them early to help line those stomachs and your friends will love you even more.   Say cheese [caption id="attachment_5789" align="alignnone" width="379"] Photo: Ten22 Studio[/caption] An array of paired cheeses served...

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Party tricks

While some of us may be planning a trad New Year’s party, there are many who’d love something a little different. We loved these ideas from Marie Claire on not-so-typical streamers-and-sparklers shindigs. One Last Hurrah [caption id="attachment_5782" align="alignnone" width="379"] Getty Design by Jennifer Chalet[/caption]  ...

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Tipples and toasts

The New Year is almost here, and that said it’s time to get into the spirit of things and polish up those party tricks. Cocktails are a great way of easing into the evening – and expressing a little creativity as you do it. We...

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Shop ’til you drop

Last minute The countdown is on, and despite all your promises to yourself, this year, like every other year before, you find yourself doing the mall trawl along with a thousand other equally disappointed (in themselves) last minute shoppers. If you’re like us, you’re wondering...

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Looking gorgeous!

Haircare with a pinch of salt Has the change of season done a doozy on those locks of yours? Try Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion Oil and Salt Spray to get soft, sea-tossed waves with sheen and tousled texture thanks to the sea mineral complex...

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Fish and chips!

It may have started out a very British dish, but here at home, fish and chips is definitely one of our favourites – especially when it’s enjoyed with a sea view at sunset. And if it’s served in newspaper with a side of mushy peas,...

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Talking turkey!

Pic via www.jamieoliver.com Time to get organised! Christmas is just over six weeks’ away and if you like being organised as we do (hands up all Type As!), now is the ideal time to turn your attention to your festive menu. Butchers and delis are...

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When the sushi craving hits!

Ahhh, there's something so refreshing about sushi! And if you're a lover of it, you know when that craving hits, you have to satisfy it! Whether you're a professional with chop sticks, or suck at it, sushi is one charming dish. Here in Zululand with...

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Cruise in style

Imagine having a bush braai under the African stars, with the backdrop of beautiful Lake Jozini and the awesome Lebombo Mountains? The Shayamanzi luxury Houseboats is fist of its kind in South Africa, offering a magical experience! On board the Shayamanzi Houseboat, you get to soak up the...

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Local theatre production a must see!

We love local and man do we love theatre! Zululand Observer's newshound, Wellington Makwakwa will be showcasing his full theatre production, Death of the Emperor Shaka, in Empangeni on Friday, 4 November. We suggest you save the date as its set to be an incredible rendition...

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Flaming good chicken!

How do you like your bird? Hot? Spicy? Mediterranean? There’s a little spot at the Meerensee Mall that know how to handle their birds and believe us it’s absolutely delicious! Kasi’s Flame Grilled Chicken has gotten it right when it comes to preparing chicken. It’s...

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Top shisanyama spots to try

You’ve got to love a lekker braai! It’s almost Braai Day, which means, it’s time to fire things up. Try something different this Saturday and visit one of the top Shisanyama places around. You’ll not only experience different cultures, but also indulge your taste buds!...

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Exploring Jozini

If you’ve been on Lake Jozini, you must have felt it’s incredible vastness! It feels like a never-ending maze of opaque waters, lazily drifting away into the African sunset. But, if you’re lucky enough to catch a glorious sunny day, the lake shimmers with aqua...

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The House in Zululand

There is a house in Eshowe; they call ‘The House in Zululand.’ It’s an absolute beauty with a story that began almost 130 years ago! The house itself is one of several that were built between 1883 and 1888, when the British occupying force needed...

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Have your say – cast your nominations!

Zululand has so much to offer! Which is why it comes as no surprise that we’re passionate about the people and of course the businesses that thrive here. We’re also proud to announce that our annual Readers' Choice Awards is back, ready to crown new...

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Rustic culinary ‘jol’ at the beach

Interested in a rustic culinary ‘jol’ at the beach? Then you need to pop in at the Prawn Shak cosily situated on the stunning Amatikulu beach for a unique beach restaurant experience. Here you can enjoy a lazy Sunday lunch – a seven-course feast to be...

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5 ways to motivate yourself on a Monday

Hello Monday! We're glad you could join us (that's what we've being saying out aloud at the office this morning, in an effort to get rid of any blueness!) Monday may not be the favourite day of the week for many, but for some it is...

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Best burgers in town!

What makes a good burger? Is it the size, the patty, the condiments, the bun – oh, and what about the fries? It is probably a combination of all of the above and, of course, the pleasure of biting into a burger that oozes with all...

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Pretty ‘flutters’ at the eShowe Butterfly Dome

When last have you spotted a butterfly? These pretty little ‘flutterers’ are becoming more of a rarity these days, and that’s why a trip to the eShowe Butterfly Dome will be so worth it! The dome is part of the Butterfly Route, the first of...

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Why we love St Lucia

The little town St Lucia packs a big punch - and by that we mean there’s plenty to do and see! Even though it’s right at our doorstep, as soon as you reach the town you feel as if you’ve escaped to a little beach...

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Putt putt fun

The best way to get through your Monday is planning your activities for the weekend ahead! Let your hair down, blow off some steam after a hectic week and get your putter working this weekend. Imbuvu Lodge in Richards Bay has an 18-hole putt putt...

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5 wildlife photography tips

Going out on a game drive, but not sure how to capture the best possible photos of the majestic creatures? We asked Zululand Observer’s Larry Bently to share his wildlife photography tips in an effort help novices brush up on their skills the next time...

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Rice or noodles?

We’re drooling over Thai food at the office today! Thank goodness for this little hidden gem, Khrua Thai Food, tucked away in the Meerensee Mall (next to Wimpy). If you haven’t tried their food or sushi, you’ve been missing out! The Thai Prawn Curry is...

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Luxury safari at your doorstep

Photo credit : Christian Sperka These chilly days has gotten us ‘crushing’ on safari game drives, with warm blankets, hot chocolate and beautiful African sunriseS. If you’re looking for a little escape where you can indulge all your five senses – Thanda Safari Private Game...

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The sweet life

Remember the days when school holidays meant makeshift forts, picnics outside, climbing trees and riding bikes around the neighbourbood? With technology and the increased crime rate, school holidays now means sitting in front of the television or computer all day, binging on junk food. Never...

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Getting those kinks out

What’s not to love about a good massage? Especially when you’ve collected quite a few kinks from day-to-day stresses. There are a few places offering spa treatments, but if you’re looking for a holistic experience, then Lavendar Lane in Mtunzini is the answer! We think...

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5 things for ‘out of towners’ to do

Ahh Zululand, you absolute beauty! We have magical sunsets, beautiful beaches, indigenous forests and hiking trails and some of the best game reserves in South Africa. But there’s more to Zululand than meets the eye. Our region is rich in culture, we’re extremely hospitable and...

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Looking for reasons to explore Ongoye Forest? Here are five

Schools out! But instead of the kids watching Natgeo Wild the entire holiday, take them out on a real forest adventure! Ongoye Forest Reserve - situated between Mtunzini, eShowe and Empangeni - falls under the Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife’s jurisdiction. Looking for reasons to explore Ongoye Forest? Here...

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Keen on taking a little road trip?

There’s a quaint little restaurant just outside Mtunzini on the R102 towards Gingindlovu that serves up the best cappuccinos around! The Forage Bistro and Deli is an ideal escape and breath of fresh air. As you walk towards the restaurant you’re instantly charmed by the fragrance...

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The Zululand Trade Fair is back and bigger than ever!

It’s that one time of the year when Zululanders come together to enjoy the simple things in life - good entertainment! This year’s line-up is pretty impressive. From food stalls, (notoriously famous dinky doughnuts), fun fair, Red Bull Freestyle FMX, Zululand Chef of the Year...

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Experience the Zulu culture

What if we told you that you could experience the true spirit of the Zulu culture in a three-day authentic tour? It is possible with the Zululand Eco Tour in Eshowe. With the hustle and bustle of everyday living, being inundated with technology, notifications, messages,...

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Nembula’s Restaurant & Bar

Ready for a tour around the township? Why not start at Nembula’s Restaurant & Bar in eSikhaleni? If you’re looking to experience the authentic local township vibe, then it’s time you visited this place. Think of it as Soweto’s very own Sakhumzi, with a Zululand...

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Paintballin’

Thinking of doing something a little adventurous this weekend? Hold on, we’re not talking about going on a Zululand relic hunt, but rather getting your adrenaline pumping from zero to 100 in 5 seconds flat! If that’s the case, then we have a suggestion –...

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Amakhosi Safari Lodge

Take a trip on the wild side and relish the beauty of Zululand’s breathtaking wildlife. In Zululand we’re blessed with the best of both worlds, bush and beach - and when it comes to the bush, there are a number of spectacular game reserves that...

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5 pizza toppings that’s a must

Say the word pizza and most people instantly start craving those crusty slices of goodness - the stringy cheese, the thick or thin base and, off course, the delight in deciding your choice of favourite toppings. In celebration of the pizza, the team at BOZ...

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