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    Dallas

    "We're going to visit that African Palace place on Monday with Lynn," she tells me, in between bites of dinner.

    "Eh?" I muster, after spearing a potato. 

    "Some place in Kloof that Lynn says is worth a visit on the holiday." 

    "Never heard of a palace in Kloof. Are you sure she said Kloof?" 

     

    This is the usual mode of communication that transpires between my wife and I these days. Comes with over 30 years of marriage, I guess. 

     

    So on Easter Monday we followed the usually dubious Google maps directions to a property on the edge of the Kloof gorge in Durban, not too far from where we live. On arrival I found myself spinning wheels across a mossy, steep driveway after announcing through an intercom to an inquiring voice on the other side that we were coming to check out the palace. Not quite the way to introduce yourself. A click and automated gate whir later and we emerged at the top of the driveway, to be met with the first eye popping art installation of our visit in the form of a 6 or 8 metre tall steel dragon emerging from the bushes. 

     

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    The entrance to this palace, which is actually a boutique hotel, is flanked by enormous pillars, clad in random tile mosaic, objects d'art adorning practically every inch. 

     

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    Once inside it's a battery of the visual sense. Your eyes can't take it all in. Everywhere you look you are seeing something that was put there on purpose. None of it matches, but you are in the eclectic of all eclectics here and somehow it works as a whole. 

     

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    On one of the walls there is this massive carving that has to be at least 10 metres long. When you get closer to it you are drawn into this magnificent collage of carved animals and jungle that I was absolutely amazed at. How long did this piece take to make? How did they transport it? What is it worth? 

     

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    It's not a massive building, but it is certainly interesting enough to visit. If you are ever in the Durban area why not book yourself in for a night or two at the Ammazulu African Palace? The chocolate cake we had with our coffee was worth the visit alone. 

     

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    All images taken with the Fujifilm X100. 

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    Hi Dallas,
    I love your stories with your wife and receive from us our warmest congratulations for your 30 years and more of married life! 
    The place you have visited is magnificent, a true pleasure for the eyes and thanks for sharing your nice pictures.
    Have a nice evening with your lovely one,
    Daniel M
    P.s. For sure my wife would be absolutely delighted to have a stay at this hotel!🐘

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    50 minutes ago, danielm said:

    Hi Dallas,
    I love your stories with your wife and receive from us our warmest congratulations for your 30 years and more of married life! 
    The place you have visited is magnificent, a true pleasure for the eyes and thanks for sharing your nice pictures.
    Have a nice evening with your lovely one,
    Daniel M
    P.s. For sure my wife would be absolutely delighted to have a stay at this hotel!🐘

     

    Thank you, Daniel! And I wish the same for you and your wife. :) 

     

    We have been together since 1989, so 34 years this year. It’s been a marvelous adventure!  

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    5 hours ago, crowecg said:

    Quite a strange and interesting place.  I guess you've now got a starting location for your safari's once they get going again.

     

    Yes, well, about that... I think it will be a while before I open that door again. The availability of places to do safaris is quite limited these days, meaning that suitable group bookings are hard to find. When I do eventually start it up again I will probably stick to working with Sabi Sands lodges (which is in a different province) so arrival accommodation will likely be in Johannesburg.

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