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Macbanana Butterfly Dome

The Macbanana butterfly dome offers visitors an opportunity to get up close and personal with these delicate insects while learning about their environment. The guides are friendly, well trained and very knowledgeable about the species of butterflies in the dome. If you’re lucky. you might see one emerging from a pupa. We were not so lucky, but it was fascinating seeing the pupae and eggs as the guide pointed them out. Butterflies are incredibly sensitive to environmental change and sadly many of South Africa’s indigenous forest and grassland areas are under threat. Butterflies are dependent on specific varieties of vegetation, or host plants, for laying their eggs, feeding and pollinating. If these host plants are removed then the delicate habitat is altered and the butterflies become threatened. Macbanana makes learning about nature interesting and interactive. Its great fun for the whole family and it may just get your kids off their... read more

The Marine Ramble

The Ramsgate marine ramble is a 6 to 7 kilometer walk. The paths are well kept and easy to follow but expect to get your feet wet crossing secluded empty beaches and small lagoon areas. There are a number of places you can start from,  depending on how long or far you wish to walk. Keep in mind that it is an “out and back” trail so you will be coming back along the same route. If you only want to go one way, organize a car to pick you up at the finish. The trail starts from Margate’s tidal pool located about 1 and half kilometers south from the main beach. The first +-3km of the trail is a beach walk. There are no markers just follow the beach towards Ramsgate and enjoy the secluded scenery. Start your walk from the beach or the road. Head towards Ramsgate beach.Cross... read more

The Ramsgate Whale Deck

One of the most charming aspects of visiting the KwaZulu Natal south coast is its abundance of lush tropical vegetation and the variety of both marine and animal wildlife. The Ramsgate whale and dolphin viewing deck was built in 2009 by the Ramsgate Conservancy NGO and has since become a favourite place to explore for holiday makers. Following the Conservancy’s success in building the deck they also added the Whale Deck Enviro Centre in late 2010. The Enviro Centre is used for various environmental awareness projects and fund raisers but it’s also a great little function... read more

Bellevue Guest Lodge

Bellevue is the ideal retreat for the nature lover. Owners Sally and Paul Booker are passionate about their little piece of paradise, and work tirelessly to rehabilitate and conserve it. The resort consists of a Guest House, and a Guest Lodge and is the perfect place to get back in touch with nature. Bellevue Guest Lodge is a homely self-catering retreat situated on a bio diverse stretch of coastal forest, with beautiful indigenous gardens. The home sleeps 2-24 people, and is serviced. Self-catering units include Bellevue Lodge, which sleeps 12, Bellevue House (8) and the beautifully appointed 4-bed Bellevue Cottage. Enjoy the warm coastal hospitality at its best while you enjoy the fresh South Coast air and sunshine next to the pool or taking in the natural beauty of the surroundings. You could go for a walk around the lodge and see more than 170 different tree species, or... read more

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