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Do a cy­cle tour in St Lu­cia and learn more about Zulu cul­ture.

SHAKABARKER BIKE TOUR, ST LU­CIA on­gooses scam­per in they’ll have to pay for an ex­tra seat the road­side shrub­bery in the taxi! as we pedal through The ride takes us on a big loop the leafy sub­urbs of St Lu­cia. Our through the sub­urbs, along the guide, Siyabonga Dube, eases es­tu­ary and down to the coast via to a stop un­der an enor­mous a fun board­walk with scary hippo buf­falo thorn tree, lis­ten­ing to and croc­o­dile warn­ing signs, then the sur­round­ing bird calls and through the small-game sec­tion of identifying as many birds as he iSi­man­gal­iso and back into St Lu­cia. can. Be­fore we hit the road again, Along the way, Siyabonga helps he en­ter­tains us with some Zulu us iden­tify more bird calls and stops folk­lore: Ap­par­ently the leaves and to show us a care­fully con­structed branches of a buf­falo thorn house nest be­long­ing to a colony of the spir­its of the dead. If some­one stitch­ing ants. And there’s al­ways hap­pens to be trans­port­ing a time for an­other clas­sic “bush” par­tic­u­lar de­ceased per­son in the story. Birds seen in­clude tu­raco, form of a buf­falo thorn branch, horn­bill and the rare blue-cheeked

Mbee-eater. As we crest a lit­tle hill in­side iSi­man­gal­iso, we star­tle a big herd of ze­bra, not be­fore nearly run­ning over a chameleon that be­comes an in­vol­un­tary model for a few pics… Siyabonga is knowl­edge­able about the fauna and flora of the area, and his sto­ries about Zulu cul­ture are hugely en­ter­tain­ing. About two hours in, we stop for a drink of cold juice and I can’t help but muse about what a fan­tas­tic way this is to learn more about the Ma­puta­land coast. Tours are suit­able for all ages and fit­ness lev­els, and you can make yours as long or short as you’d like. The ter­rain is a com­bi­na­tion of tar, jeep track and a short bout of sin­gle track – all very mel­low. Bikes are pro­vided, but bring a back­pack to carry your cam­era and any snacks you’d like to eat. Where? The Shakabarker of­fice is at Horn­bill House in Horn­bill Street. GPS: S28.37609 E32.41585 Cost: About R250 for three hours (in­clud­ing bike hire). Rides are tai­lored to group size, group fit­ness and du­ra­tion. Con­tact: 035 590 1162; shakabarker.co.za

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