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