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A Beginner’s Guide to Birdwatching

There are many outdoor activities to enjoy when you visit the Drakensberg, and it comes as no surprise that birdwatching consistently proves to be one of the most popular, especially considering the vast indigenous birdlife in the area. The wetland surrounding Oaklands Country Manor is home to no less than 5 seriously endangered bird species […]


Drakensberg in Full Bloom

While embracing all that the scenic uKhahlamba mountain range has to offer to anticipate a spectacular show of wildlife and nature this summer, though the winter this year may have hit the region hard, the rain the season brought with it has revitalised the area promising stunning scenes of wild plants with brightly-coloured flowers. A […]


Permaculture: Back to Basics

Are you about to venture into creating your own stunning and highly beneficial permaculture garden? Go back to basics and let nature do most of the groundwork. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind as you trudge dig in… Often people’s interest in permaculture is purely inspired by aesthetics and influenced by conventional […]

Oaklands Maloti Drakensberg Vulture Project

Saving the Vultures of the Maloti-Drakensberg

At Oaklands, we’re firm believers in the saying birds of a feather flock together. You love birds. We love birds. Let’s join up and support the bird-loving initiative Maloti-Drakensberg Vulture Project. The Maloti-Drakensberg Vulture Project We mean, really, our feathered friends inspired the popular expression. Now is a better time than ever to return the […]

Oaklands New Year Permacutlure garden

A New Year. A New Permaculture Garden.

Happy New Year! Why not ring it in by turning a new leaf? Forget about self-improvement… We’re talking permaculture gardens. Here are some tips to get your very own started! Eat Healthier with Permaculture This is probably the most sure-fire way to stick to your ‘eat healthier resolution’ in the New Year. Let’s face it; […]


Summer Birding in the Drakensberg

Birds of a feather flock together… Especially when summer sets in in the Drakensberg. If you’re an avid birder, now is a better time than ever to plan a birding holiday at Oaklands. A Birding Paradise There’s no need to gallivant through the KwaZulu-Natal countryside on a wild goose chase to tick off your feathered […]

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The Benefits of Fermented Foods

So Oaklands’ fermented foods have caught your eye, but you’re a bit nervous to give them a try? Throw away those fungi fears because fermentation has plenty of health benefits! Flavourful Fermentation Flavour is one of the benefits of fermented foods. Low and behold, some of your favourite foods are probably fermented. If you love things […]


The Benefits of Permaculture Gardens

Calling all aspiring eco-warriors! Come take a leaf out of Oaklands’ permaculture book. We’ve got loads of gardening tips that’ll benefit both you and the environment! Gardening Made Easy If you’re looking to grow a garden minus the effort, then permaculture is your answer. Once they’re established, these gardens pretty much take care of themselves. […]