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MARCH - MAY 2015

TAKING DURBAN

TO THE WORLD Looking Good at 90!

THE COMRADES CELEBRATES 90TH EDITION OF THE WORLD’S OLDEST AND LARGEST ULTRAMARATHON

INDABA 2015

AFRICA’S LARGEST TRAVEL TRADE SHOW RETURNS TO THE DURBAN ICC

BUILDING ON THE PHENOMENAL SUCCESS OF 2014

Going to the Races

B AC K A W I N N E R T H I S D U R B A N J U LY W I T H TA L E N T E D LO CA L D E S I G N E R S

K WA Z U LU - NATA L’ S P R E M I E R E T OU R I SM A N D L I F E ST Y L E M AG A Z I N E THE ULTIMATE IN DINING, ART, CULTURE, ACCOMMODATION, ACTIVITIES, ADVENTURE AND MORE FROM THE ZULU KINGDOM


#7 DURBAN ‘52 Places to Go in 2015’

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INDABA 2015

Africa’s largest travel trade show returns to the Durban ICC

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GOING TO THE RACES

Back a winner this Durban July with talented local designers

TAKING DURBAN TO THE WORLD

Building on the phenomenal success of 2014

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LOOKING GOOD AT 90!

The Comrades celebrates the 90th edition of the world’s oldest and largest ultramarathon

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FEATURES

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WHATS ON

Michael Buble, Chris Brown’s X Live Tour - plus much more!

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REGULARS ACCOMMODATION 17

ACTIVITIES 31

We only list quality, so you know you’ll enjoy your stay

Durban isn’t called “South Africa’s playground” for nothing!

We know all the best places in town, so you’ll eat like a Zulu King!

A proper scoop on what’s happening and where

Who doesn’t love taking home something with memories attached to it

Party like a rockstar, and know we won’t send you somewhere dodgy

We have some serious talent here in KZN

Lasting memories are made of diamonds, tanzanite & gold!

Brush up on some fascinating history, and learn about our heritage

Fancy a treat 5  Durban style?

Durban boasts some of the best!

We’ve got you covered - from taxis to ambulances

DINING 21 SHOPPING 24

WHAT’S ON 33 BARS AND NIGHTLIFE 34

ART 27

JEWELLERS 36

MUSEUMS 28

SPAS & WELLNESS 37

MARKETS 29 ENTERTAINMENT 30 Catch a show at the theatre, or roll with laughter at a live comedy show

SERVICES 39 EXPLORE KZN 44 Why not take a little road trip to see all that KZN has to offer?

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INDABA 2015 Africa’s Top Travel Show has come a long way in Durban...

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NDABA is the biggest platform for African tourism businesses to meet global buyers and showcase their products and services. The three-day event brings together Africa’s best tourism and travel trade offerings, attracting potential clients from all over the world.

In 1979 the first Tourism INDABA took place in Johannesburg. It was no doubt a very small gathering of stakeholders, hoping to make an impact on the industry. In subsequent years, the INDABA remained a limited affair, holding their first Durban event in 1987 - at the then Durban Exhibition Centre - drawing a crowd of just 188 exhibitors. The event didn’t visit the sunny shores of Durban again for two years until 1990, when the Durban Exhibition Centre once again hosted the event – managing only slightly better than before by drawing 200 exhibitors. The Durban Exhibition Centre then hosted the INDABA for a further five years from 1992 to 1997, with a special travel workshop replacing the INDABA in 1994 due to the first South African democratic elections. The total number of exhibitors for this five year period was an impressive 1830 - a number that spurred further growth for the event.

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Meanwhile construction of the Durban ICC had begun in 1994 and was officially opened on 8 August 1997 by President Nelson Mandela, which has seen the event held here even since. In 2000, it took over management of the Durban Exhibition Centre and in 2004 the ICC Arena expansion was officially opened on the site of the old Durban Prison. The resulting complex, now called the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Conference Centre Complex (ICC Durban, ICC Arena and DEC-Durban Exhibition Centre), is the largest flat floor, column-free exhibitions and meetings space in Africa. Scott Langley, Marketing and Sales Manager at the ICC Stated in an interview with The SA-Mag; “The whole project ran smoothly with government backing. At the time it was an extremely ambitious concept to approve a convention centre, as there was nothing like it anywhere in South Africa. There was a lot of history there and the new building has retained the old guard tower and a couple of the external walls, one of which has a number 5Durban


of murals painted by artists, which depict the civil rights struggle in South Africa and in particular the Bill of Rights; We have kept these historical monuments as a reminder of our past and we feel this is quite apt, given that the building is now very much a centre of enlightenment and emancipation through the events that we host. We feel it is good to hold the extremes in parallel” In the past 17 years, the Durban hosted INDABA has attracted many thousands of international buyers, exhibitors and media representatives. The event doubled in size in 2006, with number of visitors peaking in 2010 when the event saw a staggering total of 1820 Exhibitors. More than 400 exhibitors have already booked their places on the tradeshow floor for 2015 - and this number no doubt set to soar as the event draws near. South African Tourism is working to make sure that INDABA 2015 exceeds the business expectations of both exhibitors and buyers. Chief Executive Officer, Mr Thulani Nzima said: “Every single INDABA element must give exhibitors an unrivalled and effective platform to showcase their products and services and to do business. INDABA belongs to them. INDABA is the single biggest platform for African tourism businesses to come and meet global buyer delegates. This tradeshow attracts the cream and the best cross section of the African tourism and travel trade which in turn, attracts the best buyers in the world to INDABA.” This year Tourism INDABA and ‘We Are Africa’ will collaborate again, as they did in 2014, under the banner: ‘Two Shows One Africa’ – bringing both the Cape Town event and the Durban event under one banner. Nzima is optimistic that it will be a successful partnership, bringing the best exposure possible to African tourism products and seeking to “firmly establish the week of 4-11 May 2015 as the continent’s not-to-be-missed travel showcase.” For more information, visit http://www.indaba-southafrica.co.za 

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ashion has always been a huge part of going to the races, with many men and women opting for a day at the races to see, and be seen. Over the years, fashion has changed, but the golden standard as set by Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady still prevails, with wide brimmed hats, eccentric accessories, new-age materials and brave models. The Durban July has taken on the role of being one of the biggest fashion events of the year in South Africa, giving designers and fashionistas a spectacular opportunity to “strut their stuff ” and be noticed! Greyville Racetrack - always the gracious host – has managed year after year, to entice young designers, fashionistas and punters alike to take part in the gleeful frivolity of fancy-dress, as some may call it.

Ken Teddell, the marketing manager for Gold Circle announced recently that the theme (as there is always a theme at the races) would be “The Captains Table”. This is a rather broad theme, and allows decadent indulgence for designers and fashionistas, as the underlying theme is “posh” – just as if one was dining at the coveted Captains Table! This year’s poem The Captain’s Table explains: The anticipation mounts, the crew are prepped and ready The passengers are welcomed, the excitement… yes, it’s heady The cruise ship’s mighty horn booms, we’re off on our way We jostle for position, to enjoy this thrill-packed day We’ll party with old friends, maybe make some new Dress posh to impress, who knows who we’ll bump into But what we’re really after, the ultimate it seems, The exclusive gilt-edged invite, the one you see in dreams The era is irrelevant, it’s always been the same When one’s invited to The Captain’s Table, one has to up one’s game Dress is all important, whether you be King or Queen You’ll feel like a celebrity, the place to see… and be seen Crystal and silver will shine, splendid food and fine wine The Vodacom Durban July – a massive ship, sail with us, enjoy the trip. … 5Durban

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We predict quite a few handsome young men will be sporting nautical apparel and perhaps some interesting headgear. It is really a year to absolutely go wild, or tone it down… as you wish – the best dressed will certainly impress! This year the Durban July will see patrons of the event not just being at the races, but on quite the cruise too! Of course, as your top source for all the best that Durban has to offer, we have sniffed around our own back yard for some of the most inspirational

Akshar Choudree Fine Jewellery Akshar Choudree Fine Jewellery was an inevitable consequence of the energy, zest, passion and enthusiasm which lay nascent in the young Gemologist from the age of 15. Success in a high-end, luxury market demands meticulous and exquisite designs matched by quality materials, a mantra religiously adhered to at Akshar Choudree Fine Jewellery. Style and sleek design intrigued Akshar from a young age which prompted him to design, craft and fashion his first piece at the age of 15, his first foray into the world of jewellery design. http://www.askarchoudree.com info@aksharchoudree.com Zimbali Golf Estate 076 936 6960 Amanda May By Amanda Govender Amanda May is a brand of women’s wear created by a desire to design and make beautiful clothes. The label is focused on developing and marketing high-end fashion. A signature style for readyto-wear garments that are simple yet sophisticated with a natural confidence. The company designs and creates the ranges in-house while outsourcing the manufacturing workforce from all local suppliers and home industries. The company is passionate about supporting and empowering the local communities. http://www.amandamay.co.za amanda@amandamay.co.za 8A Lynton Road, Kloof 031 764 0294 / 082 375 9488 Amanda Laird Cherry Amanda is one of a small handful of South African designers who has historically fused the development of her clothes with that of

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role-players and fashion designers in KZN. After all, there is no better place to look - with so many talented designers burgeoning with skill, you’re sure to be noticed this year! From clothing to handbags – Durban designers shine for the Durban July! Below is a list of just a few of the amazingly talented people we have here; So back a winner this Durban July... go local! 

the country. 
Her collections over the past decade have presented a different kind of reconciliation process, one which unites our intersecting histories into a collective present. On the ramp, she is both an artist and a story-teller, Telling her own personal stories with cloth and thread in much the same way that cultures have done all over the world even before the construction of the first needle. And, although locally informed, her cloth-based narratives nonetheless manage to consistently wow the local and international fashion press. http://www.amandalairdcherry.com studio@lairdcherry.co.za Unit 17 Rio Ridge Building, 18 Ivy Road, Umgeni, Durban 031 312 2575 / 086 011 0339 Becca Blair Designs

Having recently returned from London and having been inspired by London fashion, the Becca Blair online store has a fantastic collection of bags, all made in Durban. http://www.beccablairdesigns.co.uk beccablairdesigns@gmail.com Durban Brenda Quin While designing clothes that will make any woman feel like a glamour icon, Brenda has dressed many of the ladies we look to - Miss South Africa, Model of the Year, Miss Teen Africa and Business Woman of the Year contestants - and they continue to come back for more. Brenda has also been involved in countless bridal fairs, fashion shows and race days. She has been an invited designer at MTN Fashion Week, the eThekweni Municipality SMME Fashion Show and the Vodacom Durban July. http://www.divadesigns.co.za diva@telkomsa.net PO Box 995, Hillcrest, 3650 031 208 4470 / 086 260 3800 / 083 661 6333

Bianca Warren Bianca’s success is undeniable, this talented designer has created a powerful brand, and her couture just somehow has that majical magnetism to it. This woman knows what women want, and has proven that with collection after collection, gown after gown – her loyal fans will tell you; “she knows pretty” http://www.biancawarren.com bianca@biancawarren.com Shop G12 The Square, Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Umhlanga 031 827 4955 / 031 827 4955 / 082 465 5640 Dale Mccarthy & Jane Wolff Specializing in bespoke bridal gowns, occasion wear and Victorian-inspired corsets, multi-award winners Jane Wolff and Dale McCarthy have combined their two distinct signatures as designers to become one of classic, vintage beauty with a fearless contemporary flavour. http://www.mccarthywolff.co.za studio@mccarthywolff.co.za 7 Naboom Close, Glen Anil, Durban, 4051 084 379 9708 (Dale) / 076 412 7302 (Jane) Genna Wae-Webster Wae West Couture was founded in 2009 with the mission of “being out there and going against the norm, breaking out of your comfort zone and pushing your personal limitations - never be afraid to be true to yourself!” Selected by the KZNFC to take part in the 2012 Summer Collection for the MBJFW. Products include lingerie, couture and ready-to-wear outfits - including made to order garmets. Genna is also the founder of SAM: South African Made. http://samestoresa.co.za genna@samstoresa.co.za SAM:South African Made, Shop 23 Umhlanga Centre, 185 Ridge Road, Umhlanga, Durban 082 568 3682

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Jeanie Nel Hats being The order of the day on the track, this talented woman will make your mad-hatter dreams come true! In 2007 she started making hats for herself and ladies from her Church. After that, her Proudly South African “Hatz by Jeanie” was born. In 2013 she opened her own Studio. Her cliental events include the Durban July, weddings, mother and bride, fancy dress parties and bespoke hats and fascinators. hatzbyjeanie@gmail.com Shop 10 Fyndene Centre, 8 Cradock Avenue, Fynnlands, Bluff, Durban 073 985 3949 Khanyisile Khoza K2 Design Studio Jewelry is designed to make a statement - and a difference. Since the company’s inception, Khanyi has been donating some of the profits on each piece of jewelry to the charity of the purchaser’s choice. The K2 Design Studio collection of earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings uses 18k gold, sterling silver, and various precious and semi-precious stones. Khanyi draws inspiration from her travels around the world and from her art history background. http://www.k2ds.co.za khanyisile@k2ds.co.za 45/51 Union Main Centre, Josiah Gumede Road, Pinetown 031 702 3941 (Tel) / 079 042 9756 (Cell) Karen Monk-Klijnstra Having spent 7 years working both commercially and privately in fashion, multi-award winning designer Karen Monk-Klijnstra launched her label in 2001. Karen started her working career in fashion forecasting for Promostyl in Paris. This was closely followed by her design work at Lee Jeans and Lotto Italian Sportswear in both men’s and ladies wear. She is a frequent and fiercely passionate contributor to South Africa’s premier shows which include showcasing at SA Fashion Week, AFI Fashion Weeks (Durban, Cape Town and Jo’burg) and Design Indaba several years running (1999 to date). www.karenmonkklijnstra.com karen@karenmonkklijnstra.com 25 Inkonka Road, Kloof, Durban 031 764 3147 / 082 377 3494

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Kathrin Kidger Kathrin Kidger established her signature label in 2009. Prior to this she supplied the Space and other boutiques with her diffusion label Reine (Est. 2004). Kathrin Kidger creates beautiful pieces for woman between the ages of 24-58 (the moderate market). She manufactures locally and carries both a ready to wear line and upscale events wear garments. Kathrin Kidger now has a store in La Lucia Mall and the bustling Gateway Shopping Centre, her couture is well defined and classy, with a unique look for any woman, whatever your taste. http://www.reine.co.za kathrin@reine.co.za Shop 103 La Lucia Mall, 90 William Campbell Drive, La Lucia, Durban 031 562 0222 / 031 303 9750

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Lynette Douglas Lynette Douglas is a London-trained milliner who makes exciting hats to order. Her bespoke headgear has been featured in galleries and shops throughout South Africa and she supplies hats worldwide. Her work is imaginative and unusual with hand-sewn details. www.beautifulhats.biz douglas18@telkomsa.net Durban 031 561 3361 / 078 391 6842 Nicole Theresa Hoyer I take pride in the work that I do and the garments that I create. During my time at DUT I was a competitor in the top 20 in the Vodacom Durban July in 2009 and 2010. In my third year fashion show in 2010 I was awarded the most innovative range award. These accolades added to my confidence and inspired me to create more ranges, for my B-Tech degree I made a range that was shown at the 2012 third year fashion show. All these experiences have contributed to my eagerness to continue in this industry and contribute to South African fashion. www.nicolehoyerdesigns.weebly.com nicolehoyer222@hotmail.com 031 572 5966 / 072 607 3949

Bianca Warren Shop G12 The Square Umhlanga Rocks Drive Umhlanga http://www.biancawarren.com bianca@biancawarren.com 031 827 4955 031 827 4955 082 465 5640

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TAKING DURBAN TO THE WORLD The city of Durban has been winning hearts and holiday budgets across the world, and 2014 was certainly a good year as far as international media attention goes, with everyone from The New York Times to the New 7 Wonders group finding this little piece of paradise far too appealing to overlook. By Meredith Haywood

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only truly South African city, with a rich cultural heritage, and a working society of all races and creeds - nowhere else in the world will one find such a rich tapestry of culture and diversity. The city is alive and growing, with burgeoning talent everywhere. “Street Art” has become commonplace, and it has transfigured some of the less beautiful parts of the city into spectacular works of art.

Most South Africans will tell you that Durban is favoured for the pristine, Miami style beaches and promenade, the fantastic weather, and genuinely good value for money, among other things. For the longest time Durban has (unintentionally) remained one of the best kept secrets from most international travelers, but the recent spike in attention – and development - seems to be steering the tourism sector in Durban toward international greatness, with international tourists being romanced and attracted by the plethora of cultural experiences, tropical holiday weather, and just about the most beautiful scenery in the country. Durban is slowly becoming a gateway to tourists seeking the full “beach & bush” safari experience, and most will find themselves enchanted by the cultural diversity. Durban is the

2014 saw the revival of the 8 Morrison warehouse, located in the heart of the Rivertown Precinct, 2 city blocks east of the International Convention Centre. This 1905 warehouse (old beer hall) bought by Propertuity (developers of the Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg) has since become a hub for creativity, lifestyle and culture in the city. This, together with the I Heart Market at Moses Mabhida Stadium has created a fantastic “handcrafted” movement, where clever and crafty purveyors of their crafts are introduced to the growing population of “buy handmade” aware shoppers, and is without a doubt one of the best places to find unique wares in Durban.

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ccording to recent statistics released by Durban Tourism, Durban appears to be far in the lead when it comes to a top regional destination. Over 70% of visitors to the KwaZulu-Natal province opted to visit Durban, with the sunny seaside city being a clear favourite among domestic travelers – Durban is, after all, South Africa’s playground.

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The past year also saw the development continuing on the beachfront promenade, which stretches from Umhlanga to Ushaka Marine World and, when completed will certainly be a world class stretch of some of the finest coast Africa has to offer. Dotted along these golden beaches one will find prestigious hotels, lavish homes and some of the best fun one could hope to have. The Estuary at the Umgeni River mouth is set to be renewed, and the Durban Green Corridor initiative is bringing eco-tourism to the forefront, offering fantastic nature and cultural experiences just a stones throw from the bustling city.

“Durban is currently producing millionaires faster than any other city in South Africa”

With all this going on, it is hard to believe that the city of Durban could possibly have any more up its’ sleeve, but think again! Durban is currently producing millionaires faster than any other city in South Africa, and with this comes some serious luxury – The northern suburbs of Durban have become a playground for the rich and famous, and is surely a destination of choice for discerning luxury travelers. Durban has long been known for warm and gracious hospitality, and this seems set for growth and an injection of luxury, with Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World planning large scale development and expansion. With the USA, UK & Europe being the city’s top source for international tourists, the City is obviously doing something right – 2014 saw over 7 million local and international tourists visit Durban (an increase of around 12% on 2013 figures), the majority of whom visited during

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DURBAN’S RECENT INTERNATIONAL ACCOLADES AND AWARDS ‘Durban On The Up - South Africa’s business travel hot spots of Johannesburg and Cape Town are facing competition from the country’s rising star - the city of Durban’ - AIR France / KLM Club Africa ‘We predict that with its important and busy seaport Durban will be this year’s fastest growing city in Africa; and will be the second fastest growing tourism city of the 132 cities we have surveyed worldwide’ - Master Card Global Destination City Index, June 2012 ‘Durban is South Africa’s Brightest Beacon’ - African Business Review, July 2012 ‘Durban is SA’s secret jewel’ - New York Magazine, Winter Travel 2013 Special. ‘Durban is South Africa’s friendliest city’ - Anholt-GfK Roper City Brand Index, September 2013 ‘Durban and Cape Town rank as Africa’s top two business tourism destinations for meetings and events’ International Congress and Convention Association ‘Durban is one of the world’s top 10 most underrated cities’ - CNN, May 2014 ‘Durban’s Umhlanga Pier is the most beautiful pier in the world’ - CNN, July 2014 ‘Africa’s Leading Meetings & Conference Centre’ - Durban ICC for an unprecedented 13th time by the World Travel Awards, September 2014 ‘The coolest city in South Africa you’ve never seen’ - CNN, September 2014 ‘Durban voted as one of the 7 Official New7Wonders Cities of the World’ - New7Wonders Cities, December 2014 ‘Durban named #7 in the prestigious annual list “52 Places to Go in 2015”’ - New York Times, January 2015

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he Comrades was run for the first time on 24 May 1921 (Empire Day) and, with the exception of a break during World War II, has been run every year since. The move toward this ultramarathon was started by World War I veteran Vic Clapham, to commemorate the South African soldiers killed during the war. Clapham, who had endured a 2,700-kilometre route march through sweltering German East Africa, wanted the memorial to be a unique test of the physical endurance of the entrants. The constitution of the race states that one of its primary aims is to “celebrate mankind’s spirit over adversity.” 1920s - Forty-eight runners entered the first race in 1921, but only thirty-four elected to start. The course at the time was tarred only for the final few kilometres into Durban. A time limit of 12 hours was set and Bill Rowan became the inaugural winner, clocking 08:59 to win by 41 minutes ahead of Harry Phillips. Of the 34 starters, only 16 completed the race. Arthur Newton entered and won the race for the first time in 1922. He went on to win the race five times and emerge as the dominant Comrades runner of the 1920s. When he completed the down run in 06:56 in 1923, there were only a handful of spectators on hand to witness the finish because so few thought it possible that the race could be run so quickly. The first woman to run the race was Frances Hayward in 1923, but her entry was refused, so she was an unofficial entrant. She completed the event in 11:35 and although she was not awarded a Comrades medal, the other runners and spectators presented her with a silver tea service and a rose bowl. In 1924 the Comrades had its fewest starters ever - just 24. Four years later, in 1928, the time limit for the race was reduced by an hour to 11 hours. 1930s - Hardy Ballington emerged as the dominant runner, recording four victories in 1933, 1934, 1936 and 1938. The winner of the 1930 race, Wally Hayward, became one of the greatest legends of the Comrades Marathon, winning a further four times in the fifties, and becoming the oldest man to complete the race in 1989. In 1932 Geraldine Watson, an unofficial entrant, became the first woman to complete both the up run and the down run. 1940s - After Ballington’s domination of the 1930s, Comrades was stopped during the war years from 1941 to 1945. In 1948 a Comrades tradition was born when race official Max Trimborn, instead of firing the customary starter’s gun, gave a loud imitation of a cock’s crow. That tradition still continues to the present day, with Trimborn’s recorded voice played over loudspeakers at the starting line. 1950s - A full twenty years after he won the race for the first time, Wally Hayward recorded his second victory and followed that up with wins in 1951, 1953 and 1954. He represented South Africa at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, where he finished tenth in the marathon. Hayward retired from the Comrades after establishing new records for both the up and down runs and equaling the five wins of Newton and Ballington. In 1958, the race was won for the first time by Jackie Mekler, who went on to win the race five times, finishing second twice and third twice. 1960s - The Comrades grew considerably, from 104 starters in 1960 to 703 starters in 1969. Due to the bigger fields, cut-off points were introduced at Drummond and Cato Ridge. Mekler became the first man to break the six-hour barrier in 1960, finishing in 5:56:32. The 1961 winner was George Claassen, a school principal and father of well-known Wynand Claassen, Springbok rugby captain during 198183. Claassen junior also finished the Comrades ten times in later years. In 1962, the race attracted foreign entries for the first time as the Road Runners Club of England sent over four of the best long-distance runners in Britain. English runner John Smith won the race, an up run, in under six hours, missing out on the course record by 33 seconds. Watching the stragglers come in hours later, Smith commented to former winner Bill Cochrane that the other people completing the race were getting as much applause as he had received. “You are now witnessing the spirit of the Comrades,” replied Cochrane.

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“ one of its primary aims is to ‘celebrate mankind’s spirit over adversity’ ” In 1965, English runner Bernard Gomersall broke Mekler’s down run record with a time of 5:51:09. In 1967, Manie Kuhn and Tommy Malone were involved in the closest finish in the history of the race. Malone appeared to be on his way to a comfortable win and was handed the traditional message from the Mayor of Pietermaritzburg to the Mayor of Durban at Tollgate with a lead of two minutes over Kuhn. He entered the stadium in the lead with only 80 metres left to go. Suddenly Kuhn appeared only 15 metres behind and closed in quickly. Malone put in a burst for the line, but with only 15 metres left he fell to the ground with cramps. He attempted to get up again, but with the line within reach Kuhn flew past to grab victory. The mayoral message was forgotten as both runners embraced. 1970s - The Comrades had over 1,000 starters for the first time in 1971, with over 3,000 in 1979. 1975 was a momentous year in the history of the Comrades Marathon - apart from this year marking the Golden Jubilee, the 50th running of this world classic long distance race, it was also noteworthy for the introduction of a number of innovations and indeed a substantial character change in the race. For the first time in its long history the event was officially opened to runners of all race groups as well as female competitors. In the same year, Vincent Rakabele finished 20th to become the first black runner to officially win a medal. Elizabeth Cavanaugh became the first women’s winner in a shade over 10 hours. 1976 saw the emergence of Alan Robb, who won the first of his four Comrades titles. Robb repeated his win in 1977, 1978 and 1980, including breaking the tape in Durban in 1978 in a record 5:29:14, almost 20 minutes and four kilometres ahead of runner-up Dave Wright. 5Durban


Comrades Marathon

LOOKING GOOD AT 90! This year, The Comrades celebrates its 90th edition and will see over 20,000 runners take on the “up” race from Durban to Pietermaritzburg. We take a look at the long, proud history behind the world’s oldest and largest ultramarathon.

1980s - The Comrades began with a field of 4,207 in 1980 and topped 5,000 for the first time in 1983. In 1981, Bruce Fordyce won the first of his eventual nine Comrades titles. An outspoken critic of apartheid, Fordyce and a number of other athletes initially decided to boycott the 1981 event when organisers announced that they would associate it with the 20th anniversary of the Republic of South Africa. Fordyce ultimately competed wearing a black armband to signal his protest. He repeated his victories in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 (a record 5:24:07 down run), 1987, 1988 (a record 5:27:42 for the up run), and 1990. In 1989, Sam Tshabalala became the first black winner of the Comrades. Schoolteacher Frith van der Merwe won the women’s race in 1988 in a time of 6:32:56. In 1989, Van der Merwe ran 5:54:43, obliterating the women’s record and finishing fifteenth overall. In the same year Wally Hayward entered the race at the age of 79 and finished in 9:44:15. He repeated the feat in the 1989 Comrades, where he completed the race with only two minutes to spare and at the age of 80 became the oldest man to complete the Comrades. 1990s - The size of the starting field was in the region of 12,000 to 14,000 runners. In 1995 prize money was introduced, attracting more foreign competitors. The traditional race day of May 31, formerly Republic Day, was changed to June 16, the anniversary of the Soweto uprising. In 1992 Charl Mattheus, crossed the finish line first, but was later disqualified 5Durban

after testing positive for a banned substance. He claimed it was contained in medicine he had taken for a sore throat, but Jetman Msutu was elevated to the winner, thus becoming the second black winner of the Comrades. In a sad twist for Mattheus, the substance for which he was banned was later removed from the IAAF’s banned substance list since all evidence pointed to it having no performance enhancing properties. Mattheus also suffered much negativity in the public eye but later managed to redeem his clean image with an emphatic faultless win in the 1997 down run beating a strong local and international field. 2000s - The 75th anniversary of the Comrades Marathon in 2000 was the largest ever staged, with a massive field of 23,961. An extra hour was allowed for bronze medal finishers to celebrate the milestone. In 2010, on its 85th anniversary, the race gained a place in the Guinness World Records as the ultramarathon with the most runners. 14,343 athletes - the largest field since the turn of the millennium - finished in the allowed 12 hours. Identical twin sisters Olesya and Elena Nurgalieva won a combined ten Comrades titles from 2003–2013, while three-time champion Stephen Muzhingi became the first non-South African winner from Africa in 2009. Stephen Muzhingi also became the first athlete to win three races in a row (2009, 2010 and 2011) since Bruce Fordyce in the eighties. Russian runner Leonid Shvetsov set both down and up course records in 2007 and 2008, respectively. The Comrades has come a long way since that 34-runner race of 1921, however the spirit of sacrifice, selflessness, comradery and courage that the race embodies remains true to this day. We wish the best of luck to all those competing in this year’s milestone event 

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ACCOMMODATION

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COWRIE COVE GUEST HOUSE Tel: +27 (0)31 572 6171 http://www.cowriecoveguesthouse.co.za Cowrie Cove Guest House is a five star establishment in Umhlanga. Situated on unspoilt beach in La Lucia, Cowrie Cove promises to be the Guest House of choice for the discerning travelers and businessmen alike. Visitors can always be assured of a warm welcome and a choice of coffees, Espressos or Cappuccinos while we check you into your luxury accommodation. 4 Cowrie Terrance, uMhlanga SOUTHERN SUN ELANGENI & MAHARANI HOTEL Tel: +27 (0)31 362 1300 http://www.tsogosunhotels.com Situated on the spectacular Durban beachfront, Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani is undoubtedly the brightest star on the Golden Mile. The city’s finest beaches lie metres away, from the long boardwalk and many other local attractions. While leisure travellers favour the hotel for its location, family-friendly facilities and attention to detail, business travellers will also find plenty to add to their comfort at this stylish Southern Sun hotel. 63 Snell Parade, Durban

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WOODHALL GUESTHOUSE Tel: +27 (0)31 266 6057 http://www.woodhallguesthouse.co.za Woodhall Guesthouse is an historic and original Tudor house set amongst tranquil gardens within a guarded estate in Westville. With a grand triple-volume entrance hall, boasting a vaulted cork panelled ceiling, parquet floors, partridge, walnut and teak wooden panelled walls. Custom made fittings and crystal chandeliers continue this stately reception throughout the house, and the 9 gorgeous suites. 24 Kings Avenue, Westville AFRICAN PRIDE AUDACIA +27 (0)31 303 9520 http://www.africanpridehotels.com A beautifully restored Colonial Mansion, built in 1928, on the slopes of Durban’s Berea overlooking the Indian Ocean. All our rooms have balconies that provide 180 degree views of the city and the ocean, while our Coach House offers private courtyards with outside spa baths and outdoor showers. We offer a personalised service to all our esteemed guests, so whether you are in town for business or leisure, our team will ensure a fantastic stay. 11 Sir Arthur Road, Morningside, Durban

VALLEY LODGE Tel: +27 (0)31 765 6408 http://www.valleylodge.net There is a sense of retreat, a few minutes from the vibrant village of Hillcrest and 20 minutes from the famous Durban beaches. Perfect for the discerning business executive and spacious enough for tourists wanting space and a home away from home. Each guest can dine in the comfort of their own suite with self-catering facilities, or in the elegant dining room situated in the main house, where scrumptious breakfasts are served daily and an a-la- carte menu is available for lunches and dinners. 2 Valley Drive, Hillcrest THE HILTON DURBAN Tel: +27 (0)31 366 8100 http://www.durban.hilton.com One of the best-reviewed hotels in Durban, this five-star property is renowned for its service and great location in the heart of the city and next door to International Convention Center. Awarded the 2013 World Travel Award for Best Business Hotel in South Africa. As at all Hilton Worldwide properties, authentic and personalized service is the highest priority at Hilton Durban. 12-14 Walnut Road, Durban

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THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL Tel: +27 (0)31 561 2211 http://www.beverlyhillshotel.co.za The sun-drenched coastline of uMhlanga Rocks is one of the premier coastal locations in South Africa, and is a spectacularly romantic setting for the Beverly Hills Hotel. The luxurious Beverly Hills hotel attracts local and international guests who indulge in the near-perfect sub-tropical weather that the region has to offer. The proximity of this hotel to the unspoilt beaches of uMhlanga, surrounding tourist attractions and landmarks makes it the ideal destination for rest, rejuvenation and exploration. Lighthouse Road, uMlhanga

TEREMOK MARINE LODGE AND SPA Tel: +27 (0)31 561 5848 http://www.teremok.co.za This luxurious five-star boutique lodge is situated in the leafy, quiet suburb of Umhlanga. Prestigiously positioned on Marine Drive, just 1km from the ever-popular Umhlanga Village Centre, award-winning Teremok Marine provides a serene, homeaway-from-home experience for the most discerning of business executives and leisure travelers alike. This impeccably decorated lodge boasts 8 luxury suites, as well as a spa offering a wide range of face and body treatments for lodge guests. 49 Marine Drive, uMhlanga

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SANCHIA GUESTHOUSE Tel: +27 (0)31 572 5742 http://www.sanchia.co.za Incorporating stylish yet comfortable trends with breathtaking views, this luxurious home-away-from-home caters to the more discerning leisure and business traveler who enjoys the intimacy of a guesthouse or bed and breakfast, with the class and elegance of a 5-star hotel. Offering luxurious accommodation and exceptional service, careful attention has been paid to every detail to ensure that every stay is most pleasant and memorable. 4 Savell Avenue, Glenashley, Durban North

SANDALS GUESTHOUSE Tel: +27 (0)31 561 3973 http://www.sandalsumhlanga.co.za Centrally situated in a quiet residential area, just 200 meters from the beach and one block away from uMhlanga Village, where there is an abundance of top class restaurants and coffee shops. Our four 5-star luxury en-suite rooms are all uniquely and individually styled in warm earthy tones. For tranquility and some light stress relief, you can relax and soak up the sun around our beautiful swimming pool, whilst taking in the view of the sea from the expansive patio or enjoy a sundowner while watching the Umhlanga sunsets from our open bar area. 39 Chartwell Drive, uMhlanga

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ACCOMMODATION USHAKA MANOR GUESTHOUSE Tel: +27 (0)31 561 2028 http://www.ushakamanor.co.za With a choice of six luxury suites, or a twobedroomed self-catering unit, each tastefully decorated to provide the comforts that only a home can. Combining style and warmth with generous hospitality and personal service, situated in the heart of Umhlanga Rocks, within walking distance to shops and beach, ideally positioned for business or leisure. Adventure activities can all be arranged through reception. 24 Stanley Grace Crescent, uMhlanga

ESSENWOOD HOUSE Tel: +27 (0)31 207 4547 http://www.essenwoodhouse.co.za With gorgeous views of the city and Indian Ocean from high on Durban’s trendy Berea, Essenwood House’s quiet & peaceful surroundings offer a relaxing oasis. Six beautifully appointed spacious bedrooms have large bathrooms, with separate baths and showers. These include four rooms that have their own private verandas, of which three have private entrances. 630 Stephen Dlamini Road (old Essenwood Road)

PROTEA HOTEL EDWARD Tel: +27 (0)31 337 3681 http://www.proteahotels.com A rare example of South African’s Art Deco, Hotel Edward overlooks the Indian Ocean from its position right on Durban’s Golden Mile. It features a panoramic roof-top pool, ideal for sunbathing and sundown cocktails. Guests will add their name to the long list of princes and presidents, millionaires and celebrities that stayed overnight since the Protea Hotel Edward Durban opened its doors in 1911. 149 OR Tambo Parade, North Beach

COASTLANDS UMHLANGA HOTEL AND CONVENTION CENTRE Tel: +27 (0)31 514 6500 http://www.coastlands.co.za Just a 15-minute drive from King Shaka International Airport in La Mercy, this 4-star hotel offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and a flatscreen TV. Facilities include an outdoor pool and sun deck. Set overlooking the Dolphin Coast, Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel and Convention Centre offers air-conditioned rooms featuring a modern interior decorated with warm colours. All rooms have a minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, and an en suite bathroom. 329 Umhlanga Rocks Drive, uMhlanga

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AUBERGE HOLLANDAISE Tel: +27 (0)31 564 8568 http://www.ahguesthouse.co.za Ideally situated in the prestigious coastal suburb of Durban North, Auberge Hollandaise is a luxurious five star guesthouse tailored to the discerning corporate traveller and both local and international leisure traveller. Opulent comfort is standard with warm wooden floors, sumptuous décor and thoughtful attention to the smallest detail. A stylish and contemporary 5 star boardroom featuring all the essential mod-cons is available for strategy sessions, brainstorming meetings and business indabas for up to 20 guests. After a long day of work or play, the poolside bar and patio are the perfect place to linger longer and toast your success. 106 Kenneth Kaunda Drive, Durban North

SUNCOAST TOWERS HOTEL Tel: +27 (0)31 314 7878 http://www.tsogosunhotels.com A tranquil 37 room boutique hotel - here you can enjoy a host of decadent features that enhance your stay. Choose from enticing en-suite room options such as Premier Rooms, Junior Suites and Luxury Suites, each of which includes free WiFi, tea and coffee station, as well as indulgent private bathrooms with separate bath and shower. Our lavishly appointed Penthouse Suite includes a living area, kitchen, study and even a personal butler to add to the experience of coastal luxury. Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World, 20 Battery Beach Road, Durban

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ENDLESS HORIZONS +27 (0)31 564 0360 http://www.endlesshorizons.co.za This sumptuous hotel offers contemporaryclassic elegance in naturally beautiful surroundings, exquisite food and generous hospitality. Guests can enjoy our tastefully furnished lounge, spacious alfresco deck, inviting infinity pool and stylishly appointed superior and deluxe rooms. All this, coupled with attention to detail and personalized service. 108 Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Durban North

THE QUAYS ON TIMEBALL Tel: +27 (0)31 903 8818 http://www.quays.co.za Quays on Timeball is a 10-storey, top-of-therange apartment block. The ground floor of the apartment block consists of restaurant and retail outlets, and the remaining floors accommodate 20 two and three bedroom apartments and 6 luxurious penthouses. Well appointed and equipped with gorgeous views of the canal below, the building also features direct access to the watersports club and beaches, and is very near to Ushaka Marine World. 31 Signal Road, Durban WESTVILLE B&B Tel: +27 (0)31 266 5867 http://www.westvillebandb.co.za Westville Bed & Breakfast is a 5 star B&B in the beautifull suburb of Westville, Durban. Rated number one in Westville on TripAdvisor, owners Emma and Nic Jacobs offer personal and professional service.With 15 stunning guest rooms across three prime properties, each room is named after an artist and indivudually decorated.Each house has a pool and garden, and there is a 30 seater Conference Venue. WIFI. 8A and 9 Haven Road, Westville THREE CITIES RIVERSIDE HOTEL & SPA Tel: +27 (0)31 563 0600 http://www.riversidehotel.co.za Enjoy romantic views of the sunset over the Indian Ocean and the warm Durban vibe at the four star Three Cities Riverside Hotel & Spa. Situated on the banks of Umgeni River, the river facing rooms offer captivating views and the most versatile travel requirements for both business and leisure travellers. 10 Kenneth Kaunda Road, Durban North THE OYSTER BOX HOTEL Tel: +27 (0)31 514 5000 http://www.oysterboxhotel.co.za Colonial in style, with direct beach access and views over the warm Indian Ocean and iconic lighthouse, the legendary Oyster Box is renowned for its fine dining, magnificent views, world-class facilities and exceptional service. Indulge in the sumptuous High Tea served in the Palm Court restaurant. Enjoy sundowners and views ‘to die for’ from the Lighthouse or Oyster Bars or unwind at the pool or in the award-winning Spa. The city of Durban, world-renowned game-reserves, the Drakensberg Mountains and Battlefields are all within easy access. Lighthouse Road, uMhlanga

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DINING

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RESTAURANT ILE MAURICE Tel: +27 (0)31 561 7606 http://www.ilemauricerestaurant.co.za On warm evenings sit out on the sun deck and watch the sun go down, as you enjoy magnificent food, romantic evenings and the true Mauritian warm hospitality. Specialities include Rougaille de Boeuf - slices of fillet cooked with onions, garlic, ginger, chilli and fresh coriander; Prawn Chicken Curry - a typical Mauritian curry with Chinese and French influence and the Crevettes Calamare Creole - prawns and calamari the Creole way with coconut milk. The desserts are a must but the choice between the Crepes Suzettes, Banane au Coco Flambee and other delicious desserts is not an easy one! 9 McCausland Crescent, uMhlanga CAFE 1999 Tel: +27 (0)31 202 3406 http://www.cafe1999.co.za Cafe 1999 offers a dining experience to excite the senses: a vibrant ambiance, gracious service and a delectable menu in the heart of Durban’s trendy Berea. The menu is au fait with the seasons, using only the finest local and imported ingredients and culminating in fresh and innovative seasonal dishes. Cafe 1999 remains a firm favourite for locals and visitors alike. 117 Vause Road Berea

THE PALM COURT Tel: +27 (0)31 514 5000 http://www.oysterbox.co.za Inspired by the hotel’s original, colonial architecture The Palm Court, with its lush green palms, natural sunlight and elegant chandeliers is a favourite spot for a delcious Buffet Breakfast, including fresh Oysters and Sparkling Wine, traditional High Tea or a quiet place to have a meeting. Oyster Box Hotel, Lighthouse Road, uMhlanga BELUGA RESTAURANT Tel: +27 (0)31 584 7430 http://www.beluga.co.za Although Beluga began as a “fine dining” restaurant, the menu has evolved to include full Sushi, Dim Sum, Wine, Cocktail and À la Carte menus. The main menu is now so varied that we find it hard to highlight certain items, but we will say that we take pride in ensuring we work the ingredients to their greatest advantage as we only use the best: vegetables straight from the market, fresh fish and seafood, and the best game, beef and lamb available. Shop G343 and G347, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, uMhlanga

BEL PUNTO RESTAURANT Tel: +27 (0)31 568 2407 http://www.belpunto.co.za There is a feel of the Med at Bel Punto, a stylish spot with a large indoor dining area and an equally large terrace with uninterrupted views of the ocean. Bel Punto is a modern, casual chic Restaurant. It is a family run, authentic Italian Restaurant (owned by Italians) specializing in seafood, steaks, poultry, game and Italian specialties. Umdloti Centre, 1 South Beach Road, Umdloti Beach AL FIRENZE RISTORANTE AND PIZZERIA Tel: +27 (0)31 572 5559 http://www.alfirenze.co.za One of Durban’s culinary gems, this unpretentious eatery has a warm and welcoming vibe, offering diners simple and tasty dishes. There is something pleasingly old-fashioned about this casual trattoria with its red checked tablecloths, flags and aromas of the wood-fired oven. It’s down-to-earth charm at its best and the ever-present buzz proves that that’s just what people enjoy! 21 Ray Paul Drive, La Lucia


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LA VUE LUXURY FLOATING RESTAURANT Tel: +27 (0)74 072 4909 http://www.la-vue.co.za A luxurious venue on water, La Vue is the largest floating restaurant and events venue in South Africa. Open six days a week, this 85ft luxury catamaran offers a variety of recreational entertainment options. Set sail on this magnificent 200 passenger vessel and live your own “city experience” 18 Boatmans Road, Wilson’s Wharf AFRO’S CHICKEN SHOP Tel: +27 (0)71 522 3070 http://www.afroschicken.co.za Afro’s Chicken Shop is a famous little yellow container situated right on the beachfront promenade, just a few metres from the sands of North Beach. Although new, it is highly sought after by locals and visitors alike, serving arguably the best, most succulant chicken strips and burgers in Durban. With a view over the Indian ocean and relaxed beach vibe, it is the ideal stop after a swim or walk along the beach! 2 OR Tambo Parade, North Beach, Durban THE GRILL ROOM Tel: +27 (0)31 514 5000 http://www.oysterbox.co.za When it comes to the legends associated with The Oyster Box, one of its finest gems is the celebrated Grill Room Restaurant. With a history stretching back almost 60 years, The Grill Room has always been the epitome of style and fine dining in Durban. The Oyster Box Hotel, Lighthouse Road, uMhlanga THE GREEDY BUDDHA Tel: +27 (0)31 563 1919 http://www.greedybuddha.co.za Tapas is originally a Spanish concept designed to provide small portions of food for sharing. Our menu is inspired by popular dishes from South East Asian countries like China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam. We aim to present these dishes using a worldly influence that celebrates our South African cosmopolitan society. 59 Adelaide Tambo Drive, Durban North

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MUNDO VIDA RESTAURANT Tel: +27 (0)31 568 2286 http://www.mundovida.co.za With its prime location on Umdloti Beach, Mundo Vida offers patrons seafood and bistro fare in a casual, yet professional environment. Escape into our culinary world of superior produce, exceptional cuisine, eclectic wines and acute attention to service detail. Our contemporary menu honours both our produce and great chefs who’ve gone before, by fusing traditional cooking methods with modern influences and tastes. 1 South Beach Road, Umdloti

9TH AVENUE BISTRO Tel: +27 (0)31 312 9134 http:// www.9thavenuebistro.co.za 9th Avenue Bistro has continued to remain at the forefront of the Durban dining scene since its inception in 2001, consistently winning awards and remaining ranked among the top restaurants in the country. Showcasing fresh seasonal cuisine, the menu is constantly evolving and diners are encouraged to try the six course tasting menu. The winelist changes regularly and concentrates on smaller boutique wineries offering some of SA’s finest. 2 Avonmore Centre, 9th Avenue, Morningside

THE SUGAR CLUB Tel: +27 (0)31 561 2211 http://www.beverlyhillshotel.co.za The stylish Sugar Club restaurant offers dramatic views of the Indian Ocean in a romantic setting . Specialising in international cuisine, only the finest local produce is used, and each dish crafted into works of art to create an exceptional culinary experience. The Sugar Club has been accredited with membership of the Chaine de Rotisseurs, affirming it’s standing as a truly unique and memorable dining experience. Open seven days a week for breakfast and dinner, with sumptuous Sunday lunches served as a highlight to the week. Beverly Hills Hotel, Lighthouse Road, uMhlanga

DARUMA JAPANESE RESTAURANT Tel: +27 (0)31 337 0423 http://www.daruma.co.za Japanese cuisine is unique to the Japanese archipelago where it originated and developed over the centuries. The majority of Japanese dishes are contrived to accent the natural flavours of fresh fish. We carefully select the best grade of meat and seafood from local suppliers. An old Japanese saying holds - “If you have the pleasant experience of eating something that you have not tasted before, your life will be lengthened by 75 days.” Ground floor, Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel, 63 Snell Parade, Durban

MARCO PAULO Tel: +27 (0)31 502 2221 http://www.marcopaulo.co.za Local favourite bistro restaurant Marco Paulo lies in the heart of Mount Edgecombe’s country club district. It is always a treat to visit, and the friendly staff value their clientele, are wonderful hosts and will bend over backwards to cater to particular requests. Shop 3, Accord House, 2 Golf Course Drive, Mount Edgecombe

THE GRILL JICHANA Tel: +27 (0)31 362 1300 A modern and stylish Grill House that offers a short and sizzling menu. From prime beef cuts and Karoo lamb to free-range chicken, fish and vegetarian dishes. Guests can enjoy great food in a convivial African ambience with simple, friendly and quick service. Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, 63 Snell Parade, Durban

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REMO’S ORIGINALE Tel: +27 (0)31 539 5955 http://www.remos.co.za Remo’s Originale is a bustling restaurant and bar very well known for its quality of food. The addition of our artisan bakery nextdoor adds a wonderfully “European” experience - think fresh artisan bread, cakes, croissants, quiches, brownies, imported meats and cheeses, olive oils, pasta and sauces to name a few. It screams Europe in the heart of suburban Durban. Shop 21 Flanders Mall, 14 Flanders Drive, Mount Edgecombe REMO’S VILLAGGIO Tel: +27 (0)31 561 7143 http://www.remos.co.za In 2012 Remo’s expanded and the much anticipated Villaggio store was opened in Umhlanga Village. A charming and exciting venue for an all day, all night hot spot certain to become your local after your first visit. The unique and beautiful bar lends itself to an afternoon drink with friends or a late night aperitif. Shop 2/3 Protea Mall, uMhlanga HARVEY’S RESTAURANT Tel: +27 (0)31 561 4977 http://www.harveysrestaurant.co.za Harvey’s has benchmarked innovative food and fine dining in Durban for over twenty years, elegantly evolving over the years into a dramatic edifice, ensconced in buzzing Umhlanga.Consistently winning awards for the last twenty years, Harvey’s has fast become one of Durban’s consistently frequented venues with a wonderful collection of regulars and glitterati. 189 Ridge Road, uMhlanga

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LITTLE HAVANA Tel: +27 (0)31 561 7589 http://www.littlehavana.co.za Set above the buzzing Granada Square in Umhlanga, Little Havana offers patrons a fresh and airy indoor-outdoor dining experience. Decorated with a hint of Cuba, a dash of plantations, and a touch of colonial, Little Havana’s design and decor create a space that’s elegant and relaxed yet sophisticated, making it the perfect choice for anything from a meal with family and friends, to a private celebration or business get together. Granada Square, 16 Chartwell Drive, uMhlanga

GREEN MANGO RESTAURANT Tel: +27 (0)31 312 7054 http://www.thegreenmango.co.za The Green Mango was opened in 2005 and inspired by the famous “Green Mango” restaurant in Thailand. It is the brainchild of two well-known Durban Restaurateurs and master Thai/sushi chef Watchara Sirbajanakul. The Green Mango has become famous for Thai, Japanese and Sushi Dishes, along with the Chef ’s daily specials, which one should always enquire about. Shop 12a Avonmore Centre, 9th Avenue, Morningside

ROMA REVOLVING RESTAURANT Tel: +27 (0)31 337 6707 http://www.roma.co.za Opened in February 1973, Roma is a Durban experience not to be missed - it is a genuine revolving restaurant overlooking the whole of Durban and surrounding areas with excellent sea and bay views. Roma’s speed control mechanism allows for a revolution of anything between 60 and 90 minutes. Specialising in Italian cuisine, delicacies include continental dishes, seafood and fresh game dishes. 32nd Floor John Ross House, Margret Mncadi Avenue, Durban

THE OCEAN TERRACE Tel: +27 (0)31 514 5000 http://www.oysterbox.co.za The Mediterranean inspired Ocean Terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean is the Oyster Box’s casual dining restaurant. A Bistro-style menu offers everything from freshly caught seafood, fish and chips and burgers, to tasty homemade Pizza baked in the wood-fire oven. In addition, a full English breakfast Buffet and an a la carte menu are available. Enjoy live entertainment on Saturdays and Sundays, as you enjoy a delicious meal, sundowner or cocktail. Oyster Box Hotel, Lighthouse Road, uMhlanga

CHINA PLATE Tel: +27 (0)31 564 6437 http://chinaplate.webs.com George trained as a Master Chef in Shanghai and on his travels became a regular chef to President Arap Moi of Kenya. Spreading his wings now sees George in his own restaurant here, where we welcome you to our warm hospitality and friendly service. Park Boulevard Centre, 11 Brownsdrift Road

RAINBOW TERRACE Tel: +27 (0)31 366 8100 http://www.durban.hilton.com Choose from the buffet of seasonal specialties including local seafood, Midland veal and Indian cuisine in this laid-back Durban restaurant. Savor à la carte favorites and South African wines here at the Hilton Durban hotel. Relax on a leather banquette amid African motifs. Hilton Hotel, 12-14 Walnut Road, Durban

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SHOPPING

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GATEWAY THEATRE OF SHOPPING Tel: +27 (0)31 514 0500 http://www.gatewayworld.co.za Described as both the largest shopping centre in Africa and the largest in the southern hemisphere, Gateway Theatre of Shopping offers fashion, fun, variety and entertainment for the upmarket shopper. We have everything under one roof for the techno savvy, the fashion forward, party animals and socialites. We offer a gateway to satisfy every whim, a place where you can leave all your troubles behind. We’re more than just a shopping centre - we’re a destination. That’s why everyone loves Gateway. 1 Palm Boulevard, uMhlanga

THE CRESCENT AT UMHLANGA RIDGE Tel: +27 (0)31 566 2887 http://www.thecrescent.co.za The Crescent Umhlanga Ridge is an elevated centre of high convenience that houses approximately 60 interesting and essential tenants. The unique circular design of the centre in a somewhat protected outdoor environment allows for exceptional convenience (in that parking where customers wish to shop is easy) as well as allowing for a close and warm environment making access to all the stores in the surrounding vicinity effortless. 1-3 Sunset Crescent, uMhlanga LA LUCIA MALL Tel: +27 (0)31 562 8420 http://www.laluciamall.co.za La Lucia Mall is an exclusive shopping destination situated on the beautiful East Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Offering a wide range of over 130 international, national and local retail, restaurants and service related businesses under one roof, the mall is conveniently located in the heart of La Lucia. 90 William Campbell Drive, La Lucia

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MUSGRAVE CENTRE Tel: +27 (0)31 277 8420 http://www.musgravecentre.co.za Musgrave Centre is located in the cosmopolitan suburb of Musgrave on the Berea. With its convenience and style, it’s the perfect shopping destination for locals and international visitors alike. Musgrave has recently undergone extensive renovations. The result is a modern, aesthetically pleasing and stylish shopper’s paradise. Treat yourself and enjoy the freedom of choice our expanded selection of stores offer you. Feel at ease when you visit the place where you can live the good life. 115 Musgrave Road, Berea BALLITO LIFESTYLE CENTRE Tel: +27 (0)32 946 3923 http://www.ballitolifestylecentre.co.za Ballito Lifestyle Centre provides a convenient shopping oasis for residents and holidaymakers alike. A place where international trends and local flavour mix perfectly to create a hub of fun and non-stop entertainment. It’s a place where a fun day of shopping for yourself or your loved ones can end in a cool sundowner, a mouthwatering meal and loads of laughs. The casual, alfrescostyle shopping centre offers an open-skied, friendly and welcoming shopping experience with customer satisfaction our top priority. Main Road, Ballito

THE PAVILION SHOPPING CENTRE Tel: +27 (0)31 275 9800 http://www.thepav.co.za The Pavilion Shopping Centre is conveniently situated just 5 minutes from Durban, and offers a plethora of activities to suit the most discerning shopper. Choose to shop at 230 of the funkiest retail outlets around, or choose to satisfy your craving for sumptuous cuisine at one of 40 restaurants. The 14 exceptional jewellery outlets make shopping for gifts a treat, while the amusement area, Skate Park and 12 cinemas will keep the kids enthralled for hours. Jack Martens Drive, Westville GALLERIA MALL Tel: +27 (0)31 904 2233 http://www.galleria.co.za Situated on the sapphire coastline of Amanzimtoti, Galleria is a regional shopping centre deluxe. With combination of retail giants as well as exclusive boutiques, plus entertainment, fashion, dining and more, Galleria offers the retail therapy that everybody deserves. The centre encompasses an all-in-one shopping experience - balancing convenience with entertainment in a safe, modern shopping environment - just for you. So whether it’s shopping for everyday essentials, a search for something more stylish, or just a fun night out, Galleria is the place to meet! Cnr Moss Kolnik and Arbour Road, Amanzimtoti

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SHOPPING

SAM - SOUTH AFRICAN MADE Tel: +27 (0)82 568 3682 http://www.samstoresa.co.za Gopal’s Bags & Luggage is a family-run business that has over 40 year’s experience in the retail industry. From our first store in Durban’s Beatrice Street, we have since grown to an established brand with stores throughout the city offering the best in travel, fashion and leather goods. Umhlanga Centre, 185 Ridge Road, uMhlanga

GOPALS BAGS & LUGGAGE Tel: +27 (0)31 5662007 http://www.gopals.co.za Gopal’s Bags & Luggage is a family-run business that has over 40 year’s experience in the retail industry. From our first store in Durban’s Beatrice Street, we have since grown to an established brand with stores throughout the city offering the best in travel, fashion and leather goods. Shop 89, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, uMhlanga

THE SPACE Tel: +27 (0)31 566 3166 Gateway, +27 (0)31 265 1292 Pavilion http://www.thespace.co.za Established in 1999, housing some of the most creative fashion designers in South Africa, and an ever-changing home-ware component, The Space celebrates individual style. With one of the largest selections of exclusive South African designer apparel, there is something for everyone in this whimsical and funky store. The growing selection of random gifts and cute little trinkets is an ever changing inspiration for gifting. Shop F130, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, uMhlanga Shop 331, The Pavilion Shopping Centre, Westville

DIRTY INDIGO Tel: +27 (0)71 637 9073 http://www.facebook.com/DirtyIndigo Dirty indigo was conceived out of a need for authentic localism. Cut and sewn locally each item is touched by the hand of its creators from its conception of artwork to the pulling of each print through a traditional hand held screen. Available from most markets, check out our Markets page to see when the next market will be, and you’re sure to find Dirty Indigo there! Alternatively you can contact them via Facebook and order your very own special item!

WHITE SUMMER FASHION BOUTIQUE Tel: +27 (0)71 403 8552 http://www.whitesummer.co.za White Summer is an intimate ladies fashion boutique that stocks a diverse range of South African design labels. Fashion never stands still, and neither do we. We are constantly changing and introducing new labels and looking out for the seasons must haves. We also have an in house White Summer range, which has relaxed easy to wear pieces. We strive to always offer a good quality product and a shopping experience that is always new and interesting. Ballito Junction, Ballito

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BIANCA WARREN DESIGNS Tel: +27 (0)31 827 4955 http://www.biancawarren.com Bianca Warren is a proudly South Africa woman’s wear brand based in Durban. All design and manufacturing is done in house by herself and her extremely talented machinists. We specialize in commercial wear as well as evening cocktail and wedding dresses. After finishing at Durban university having studied fashion design and textiles Bianca won best commercial range on show followed by Sa fashion week she now supplies stores nationwide with her commercial wear and has two flag ship stores. The Square, 250 Umhlanga Rocks Drive, uMhlanga

COLLEEN EITZEN Tel: +27 (0)31 717 2761 http://www.colleeneitzen.co.za Colleen is an award winning South African Designer, having wowed the crowd at 2014 Durban Fashion Fair and many other shows, her collection is both elegant and edgy. This KZN bred talent is sure to please even the most sophisticated fashionista. Her full collection is stocked at The Space nationwide! The Space, Shop F130 ,Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, uMhlanga The Space, Shop 331, The Pavilion Shopping Centre, Westville 100% CO-OP Tel: +27 (0)31 584 7550 http://www.100-percent.co.za Purveyor of fine South African fashion and interesting, quirky goodies, 100% Co-Op stocks local, South African & Durban Based Designer Clothing and goods including AfroChic designer Lables – All available at budget friendly prices. Featuring designers like Sane Ndlovu, Burkimina and many others, there truly is something for everyone. You are sure to find a cute trinket or jewelry piece too! Shop F211 ,Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, uMhlanga ROLLIN VINTAGE Tel: +27 (0)74 507 7558 http://www.rollin-vintage.blogspot.com Based in Glenwood, Durban – This clever team makes use of those odd bits and bobs of silverware left forlorn and lost to the world, and up-cycle the pieces into interesting and sometimes truly breathtaking designer jewelry. From “Fork-Elephants” to “Teaspoon-wrap rings” and “Spoons full of Africa”. these guys are truly talented. You can also order custom made jewelry from your very own treasured pieces! This quirky team is sure to have something you will absolutely love! Available at Wonder Market, Market at the Square and I Heart Market 5Durban


ART

We have some serious talent here in KZN... SPRINGBUCK ART AND JEWELLERS Tel: +27 (0)31 304 8451 http://www.springbuckart.co.za A family owned business has for over 45 years, specialised in the supply of authentic and high quality merchandise to discerning souvenir collectors at excellent and competitive prices. We offer an extraordinary selection of the finest African arts and crafts and jewellery all under one roof. Unique designed gold and diamond/elephant hair, and semi-precious stone jewellery can be purchased tax-free by Foreign Tourists. We also offer shipping worldwide, so you can shop to your hearts content! Shop 2A&2B, The Workshop Centre, Samora Machel Street, Durban AFRICAN ART CENTRE Tel: +27 (0)31 312 3804/5 http://www.afriart.org.za The Durban African Art Centre Association provides thousands of unemployed artists and craftspeople with opportunities of selfemployment, economic upliftment and the ability to earn a sustainable living. We reach out to some of the poorest communities in KZN; the youth, rural women, the disabled, the unemployed and persons affected by HIV & AIDS. We have built a reputation for supplying specialized, high quality, hand crafted products. Every purchase made provides a sustainable income for more than 1000 crafters supported by the Centre. 94 Florida Road, Morningside, Durban THE DODDS ART GALLERY Tel: +27 (0)31 220 2041 http://www.thedoddsgallery.co.za Situated in the calming environment of the Green With Envy nursery and restaurant, we offer a beautifully lit and airy art gallery. The gallery aims to showcase excellent works of art by inspirational South African artists, specializing in originals of current top SA artists and old masters. Works by 63 artists are always on display. They will source any art you require. The Dodds Art Gallery has a new exhibition every six weeks and aims to bring to Durban, renowned artists who have never had solo exhibitions before. Owned and run by Michelle Dodds who has been dealing with South African art for the past 14 years we continue to please the public with our excellent displays of rather amazing South African art . We also do framing and restoration of paintings. 281 Vause Road, Berea, Durban ANDREW WALFORD POTTERY GALLERY Tel: +27 (0)31 769 1363 Indigenous bush surrounds this mountain studio and working alongside Gumede, his Zulu handyman, Andrew draws much inspiration for his decoration from the many trees and birds there. Andrew Walford is one of the few potters who digs his own stoneware clay and meticulously prepares it to his own high standard. Working in the Japanese tradition with thick chun glazes sifted by hand from wood ash, colours of rich resonant tenmokus, fatty whites and shades of celadon, he then decorates the pots with specially imported Japanese brushes. The kiln which he designed and built himself is fired about eight times a year with paraffin oil to a temperature of 1380 degrees Celsius. It takes 18 hours to fire and 3 days to cool. B9 Zig Zag Farm, Shongweni

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ARTSPACE DURBAN Tel: +27 (0)31 312 0793 http://www.artspace-durban.com artSPACE durban (aSd) offers a contemporary arts gallery adjacent to and in collaboration with dedicated artists’ studio spaces that offer tenancy to artists both local and foreign. artSPACE durban exhibits work of emerging and established artists and provides a space for artists to converge and interact with one another. aSd encourages the public to view the exhibitions to help open up a dialogue between them and the artistic community. artSPACE durban exhibits a variety of art media from paintings to installation works. The gallery caters to all tastes and is also an educational tool in giving the public access to the variety of art being produced by a wide range of artists. artSPACE durban is centrally located with plenty of public transport available, as well as parking. 3 Millar Road, Durban 1000 HILLS ARTS AND CRAFTS VILLAGE Keddah is an african art, curio and gift store, stocking the best and most interesting pieces for you to take home as your memento of your African holiday. From hides to teacups, and everything in between, our colourful trinkets are all of the highest quality, to last a lifetime 168 Old Main Road, Bothas Hill, Durban KEDDAH Tel: +27 (0)31 566 3281 Keddah is an african art, curio and gift store, stocking the best and most interesting pieces for you to take home as your memento of your African holiday. From hides to teacups, and everything in between, our colourful trinkets are all of the highest quality, to last a lifetime Shop F243, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, uMhlanga THE GREEN GALLERY Tel: +27 (0)31 502 2757 http://www.thegreengalleryart.com The Green Gallery houses an extensive selection of extraordinary art by renowned local artists, making visiting the gallery a delightful experience. The ladies combine their knowledge, insight and enthusiasm to create a gallery of international standards. Shop 19, Flanders Mall, Flanders Drive, Mount Edgecombe ETCHINGS ART GALLERY Tel: +27 (0)31 563 6431 http://etchingsart.co.za Etchings etc was started in 1993 by Garnet, an architect and Wendy, an interior designer, who saw the development of the gallery as an extension of their talents and disciplines, and are able to offer well-sourced and selected pieces, backed up by high quality and inventive framing. Shop 10, Park Boulevard, 11 Browns Drift Road, Durban North

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MUSEUMS

Brush up on some fascinating history, and learn about our heritage

PORT NATAL MARITIME MUSEUM Backed by a panoramic view of Durban Harbour, the Port Natal Maritime Museum offers an insight into the influence of maritime culture on local life whilst also reflecting on the rigors and romance of lives lived at sea. Amazing voyages, dramatic tales and old yet inspiring collections form the basis of an unforgettable experience with attractions including the multi-ton floating vessels. Durban Yacht Mole Monday to Saturday 08:30 - 16:00 Sundays & Public Holidays 11:00 - 16:00 Closed : Good Friday & Christmas Day LUTHULI MUSEUM Chief Albert Luthuli was an extraordinary South African leader who set the standard for peace, humanity, equality and non-racism on the African continent. The Luthuli Museum is about six kilometres from the N2 highway along the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Visitors can walk through his original 1927 home, sit under the tree where he met United States senator Robert Kennedy or listen to his original Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. 3233 Nokukhanya Luthuli Street, Groutville The Museum is open every day of the week. It is closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. http://www.luthulimuseum.org.za

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TATHAM ART GALLERY Tel: +27 (0)33 392 2810 http://www.tatham.org.za The Tatham Art Gallery, one of the major art museums in South Africa. The core collection, founded in 1903 by Ada Tatham, is Victorian and Edwardian in character, expanded with a gift of over four hundred British and French artworks and objects d’art from Colonel Robert Whitwell between 1923 and 1926. The South African collection, initially acquired to complement the European collection, now includes traditional and contemporary art and craft from South Africa and KwaZulu-Natal. Permanent displays are complemented by regular temporary shows. Old Supreme Court Building, Pietermaritzburg OLD COURT HOUSE Tel: +27 (0)31 311 2229 Explore the Durban Room with a replica of an early sugar cane press, Henry Francis Fynn’s Cottage, an early pharmacy, haberdashery store and the Costume Room. 77 Samore Machel Str, Durban Open: Mon-Sat: 8:30-16:00, Sat: 08:30-12:30 Closed: Sun & Holidays

OLD HOUSE MUSEUM Tel: +27 (0)31 311 2261 The site of the Old House Museum was donated to the city by George Churton Collins, built by the Town Council and opened in 1954. The museum features a recreation of the home of one Sir John Robinson, Natal”s first Prime Minister, who also owned the Natal Mercury, Durban’s daily morning paper. The house with its antique furniture, set in parklike gardens, offers visitors respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life and provides a glimpse into the lifestyle of the upper middle class settlers. Time-travellers can reflect on an era when the use of wagons was almost as common as our use of cars today and how a former Prime Minister was smuggled from Dundee to Greytown in a post cart. 31 Diakonia Street, Durban Open: Mon-Sat 8:30-16:00 Closed: Weekends and Holidays

DURBAN CITY HALL Tel: +27 (0)31 311 2264/9 Durban Art Gallery Tel: +27 (0)31 311 2256 Natural Science Museum The City Hall was built in the early 1900s due to the rapid growth of Durban, which had resulted in the original town hall taking on a new mantle as the Durban post office. The city fathers commissioned the new town hall in 1903, choosing what they termed a ‘bold and progressive’ design submitted by architect Stanley Hudson. Hudson set about creating a replica of the Belfast City Hall in Northern Ireland. In addition to the mayor’s parlour and municipal chambers, the building houses a public library, auditorium, and the Durban Art Gallery and Natural Science Museum. The art gallery showcases an array of South African and international artworks, while the museum displays a selection of fossils – including that of a dodo – animals, birds, reptiles and insects. Durban City Hall, Anton Lembede St, Durban

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MARKETS

Durban boasts some of the best!

I HEART MARKET http://www.iheartmarket.blogspot.com Nestled under the iconic arches of Moses Mabhida Stadium is where you’ll find the I Heart Market. After three and half years of trading and huge support from the fellow Durbanites, it has blossomed into one of South Africa’s largest design markets. True to the spirit in which it was first conceived, all products are carefully selected for originality and design appeal – from locally made and designed jewellery, art, fashion, home décor and accessories to environmentally friendly upcycled or repurposed goods, and highly desirable second hand gems. First Saturday of every month 9am-2pm, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Isaiah Ntshangase Rd, Durban MARKET AT THE SQUARE http://www.themarketco.co.za Welcome to Umhlanga’s first night market, Market at the Square! The Market Co. team wanted to do something different in Durban by creating a unique and exclusive market such as this, a space where people can spend their leisure time once a month on a Friday evening. Think open-air, festival lights, artisan wares, delicious specialised food, and live entertainment, a stellar setting for marketgoers to meander through. Essentially, this is Umhlanga’s trendiest new gathering– an event not to be missed! The Last Friday of every month 6pm-10pm, Granada Square Courtyard, 16 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga ESSENWOOD CRAFT MARKET http://www.essenwoodmarket.com Set under a glorious canopy of luscious, evergreen trees, this keeps the day cool and makes for a very pleasant meander through the aisles of stalls arrayed with beautiful, unique and interesting products. Our traders produce merchandise of the highest quality and are an invaluable source for African curios, arts & crafts, unique designs of hand crafted jewellery and fashion clothing, just to mention a few. Saturdays 9am-2pm. Berea Park, Essenwood Road, Durban 5Durban

UP MARKET http://www.upmarketumhlanga.co.za The hottest new trend market offering Durbanites the very best in local products, design and artisanal foods. Upmarket Umhlanga takes place in the enclosed parking area every Sunday at the Umhlanga Centre, come rain or shine - we’re undercover! Offering a great day out for the whole family, Upmarket Umhlanga has something for everyone. See the creative energy and vibrancy of Durban come alive, where you can get anything from art pieces, crafts, fashion, foods, gifts and more. Every Sunday 9am-2pm Umhlanga Centre, Ridge Road, Umhlanga SHONGWENI FARMERS MARKET http://www.shongwenimarket.co.za This market oozes with stereotypical country charm. Treat yourself with breakfast and, from your vantage point on a hay bale, decide your method of attack. Peruse stalls at a leisurely pace as hands-on producers passionately talk you through their wares from traditional English sausages to decadent baked goods, handcrafted organic cheeses, breads and rustic French staples like terrines and rillettes. You’ll also find Middle Eastern and Mediterranean specialities from baklava to falafel. Every Saturday 6:30am - 10:30am Cnr Alvestone and Kassier Roads, Shongweni

THE STABLES LIFESTYLE MARKET http://www.stableslifestylemarket.co.za This local gem retains the look and feel of the old stables, with lanes being named after famous race horses. The market consists of about 100 stables, each one having been transformed into an attractive shop or business. A diverse range of food outlets are also on offer, as well as live music / entertainment and bar facilities. Wed/Fri/Sat 6pm-10pm, Sun 10am-5pm, 9 Jaco Jackson Drive, Durban THE LITCHI ORCHARD http://www.litchiorchard.co.za A lovely country market in an open shed set amongst the litchi trees. Get your fix of tasty food stuffs & enjoy a bit of traditional trading bustle. Live music and kids entertainment also on offer. Day Market: Second Saturday of every month from 9am to 2pm. Night Market: Last Friday of every month. Seaforth Avenue, Foxhill (Umhlali) WONDER MARKET http://www.wondermarket.co.za Wonder Market - last Sunday of every month! Representing KwaZulu-Natal’s best in craft, design and food in a beautiful location for friends and family to come together. It’s a day that is sure to inspire with all the creative young talent that is represented. The Wonder Market supports the local community and is truly a community event each month offering food, craft and treasure. Last Sunday of every month 9am-2pm, Chris Saunders Park, 14 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga

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ENTERTAINMENT

Catch a show at the theatre, or roll with laughter at a live comedy show

THE CATALINA THEATRE Tel: +27 (0)31 837 5999 http://www.catalinatheatre.com Created to be the voice of Durban’s playwrights, poets and musicians, Catalina UnLtd is constantly on the search for new works – and this is what makes us unique! Not to mention the setting - which is probably the most beautiful in the city, with its panoramic views of the harbour. Whether it is comedy or drama, musical theatre or poetry, you are promised a theatrical journey of a lifetime. So let your imagination take flight each and every time you visit the Catalina. Take a mental note of all who showcase their productions for this is a stepping stone into the annals of Durban’s theatrical history. At Catalina there is a seat in our house to suit every artistic taste and personality. 18 Boatman’s Road - Entrance #2, Wilson’s Wharf, Durban

ELIZABETH SNEDDON THEATRE Tel: +27 (0)31 260 2296 http://www.sneddontheatre.co.za Founded in 1981 by the late Professor Elizabeth Sneddon, the EST has the proud reputation of being the first theatre to service a drama department at an academic institution. The theatre is now also available for hire by outside companies, and therefore hosts a wide variety of independently produced events, ranging from corporate functions and launches to dance programs, children’s’ shows, music reviews, rock concerts, comedy, satire and drama. In addition, the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre has a close association with the University’s Centre for Creative Arts, playing host to such internationally reputed events as the Durban International Film Festival, Jomba! Contemporary Dance Experience, the Time of the Writer and Poetry Africa festivals. University of Kwazulu-Natal Howard College Campus, Mazisi Kunene Road, Glenwood

OLD MUTUAL MUSIC AT THE LAKE Tel: +27 (0)31 322 4021 http://www.musicatthelake.co.za The Old Mutual Music at the Lake concerts are a splendid way to relax into a Sunday evening in Durban. Set in the Durban Botanical Gardens, the series promises you great music in the surrounds of a picturesque lake setting, beneath a canopy of majestic old trees. Held once a month on a Saturday or Sunday, these open-air concerts cater for all music tastes, from rock, funk and folk to philharmonic orchestral grooves. Bring your friends and family and slip blissfully into another week listening to music on the Durban Botanical Gardens lawns with a bottle of wine and a delicious picnic. Durban Botanical Gardens, 9A John Zikhali Road, Durban

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THE BARNYARD THEATRE GATEWAY Tel: +27 (0)31 566 3045 http://www.barnyardtheatre.co.za The Barnyard Theatre’s 400-seater venue offers Durban theatre-goers a unique experience in evening entertainment. Theatre remains magical because it responds to the communal needs of society and the informal atmosphere at The Barnyard lends itself to this as shows are particularly formatted to ensure that the audience becomes the final cast member. The appeal of The Barnyard, and what distinguishes it from other supper theatres, is that patrons are able to take their own food. Although a new kitchen was added to the venue at the beginning of 2007, The Barnyard retained its “bring your own” food policy, but now provides the convenience of food (gourmet pizzas, platters and hot meals) available in the venue. Shop F222, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, uMhlanga IZULU THEATRE Tel: +27 (0)31 580 5000 http://www.suninternational.com/Sibaya The thatched iZulu Theatre is an open-sided venue ideal for major theatre productions, events and product launches with the capacity to seat up to 577 guests. The dome is the largest thatched dome of its kind in the world. 1 Sibaya Drive, uMhlanga

OYSTER BOX HOTEL DINNER & DANCE Tel: +27 (0)31 514 5000 http://www.oysterboxhotel.com Overseen by Maitre d’, Hendry Pakeree, who has been with the Oyster Box since 1963, the famous Dinner & Dance in the elegant Grill Room every Saturday evening, is a highlight of the Durban weekend calendar. The Stuart May Band provides the live entertainment, as you work your way through the four-course set menu, which is a selection of original Grill Room dishes, Mrs Bea Tollman’s famous personal recipes and contemporary new additions by Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph. The cooking style is classic and makes use of the freshest, seasonal ingredients. Grill Room, Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, uMhlanga Rocks

LIVE THE VENUE Tel: +27 (0)31 580 5000 http://www.livethevenue.co.za Arguably one of the best venues in Durban to showcase live talent. With a large general dancing area surrounded by a bar, seating upstairs and an outside smoking area, there is space enough to cater for everyone’s needs. From exclusive parties & top live performances to product launches and even fashion shows, there is no event that cannot be hosted at LIVE. 166 Mathews Meyiwa Road, Durban THE PLAYHOUSE Tel: +27 (0)31 369 9555 http://www.playhousecompany.com Durban’s Playhouse complex links the city’s present with its past. The current theatre facade preserves two of the city’s most famous landmarks, situated adjacent to each other in central Anton Lembende Street opposite the City Hall, first conceived as cinemas, namely the glamorous Prince’s Theatre, which originated in 1926, and the grand, Tudorstyled Playhouse, which originally opened its doors to public fanfares and capacity house in 1935. The Playhouse Company is eThekwini’s premier theatre organisation and produces a programme of live theatre productions in the fields of music, drama and dance, representative of the diverse cultural groups that comprise the population of KwazuluNatal Opposite City Hall, Anton Lembende Street, Durban KRAKATOA SHOW BAR Tel: +27 (0)31 580 5000 http://www.suninternational.com/Sibaya Krakatoa is Sibaya’s three-tier show bar guaranteed to leave you reeling with sensory satisfaction. The venue features a stage for revues, cabaret and live bands with two massive balconies overlooking the dance floor. The circular dance floor and high tech stage with a 6 x 4,5 metre screen makes this an ideal entertainment venue. 1 Sibaya Drive, uMhlanga 5Durban


ACTIVITIES

Durban isn’t called “South Africa’s playground” for nothing!

HORSEBACK BEACH ADVENTURES Tel: +27 (0)84 467 0752 http://www.horsebeachrides.co.za Horseback Beach Adventures invites you to experience our world famous beach rides, one of Durban’s most exclusive activities! Our trails meander through a hidden area that few in Durban know exists and onto the incredible Reunion Beach. If you too want to go galloping off into the sunset like a movie scene, give us a call! MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM Tel: +27 (0)31 312 9281 http://www.mmstadium.com This iconic 62,760 capacity stadium offers a variety of attractions. Take a trip on the SkyCar or make the 550-step adventure walk to the top of the arch, enjoying panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and Durban. Adrenaline junkies can try the 106-metre tall Big Swing, officially named the world’s tallest swing by the Guinness Book of Records. Segway Gliding Tours allows for guided Segway tours of both Durban’s stunning Golden Mile beach front, as well as the landmark stadium itself. 44 Isaiah Ntshangase Road, Durban

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USHAKA MARINE WORLD Tel: +27 (0)31 328 8000 http://www.ushakamarineworld.co.za Ushaka Marine World is a 16-hectare themed marine park in Durban, located between the beachfront and harbour. It offers a world of ocean activities, rides, oceanarium, amusement park, displays, shopping, and beach activities. uShaka Sea World is the 5th largest aquarium in the world with 32 tanks totalling 17,500 cubic meters of water. Entertainment is non-stop, extending from the day-time operations of Sea World, Wet ‘n Wild, and uShaka Beach, to the night time festivities of the Village Walk. 1 Bell Street, Durban DURBAN SKYDIVE CENTRE Tel: +27 (0)72 214 6040 http://www.skydivedurban.co.za Experience the exhilaration of a tandem skydive, no previous experience is required. Due to Durban’s excellent weather, we are open year round, 7 days a week. During the parachute decent you get the opportunity to fly the canopy - the instructor will take over for the landing. We can film your jump and put it onto DVD for you. Tala Valley Citrus Estate, Tala Valley Rd, Eston

SKY ADVENTURES Tel: +27 (0)73 334 7911 http://www.skyadventures.co.za If you’ve been there and done that and are looking for a thrill to top all the rest, then the sky’s the limit. Sky Adventures offers a variety of aviation flight experiences to both the corporate and private sectors. From aerobatic flights to balloon rides, give us a call! LEARN 2 SURF Tel: +27 (0)83 414 0567 http://www.learn2surf.co.za Learn to surf with SA’s top instructors in Durban – the birth place of surfing in South Africa! Ensure you receive the best and safest introduction to the sport of surfing by choosing Learn 2 Surf ’s professional, SSA Approved Surfing Instructors. KZN ENDURO ADVENTURES Tel: +27 (0)83 565 0292 http://www.kznenduroadventures.co.za Kzn Enduro Adventures offers dirt bike adventures and tours in Kwa-Zulu Natal. We offer full weekend tours as well as day rides to all levels of riders from complete novices to full blown extreme! Valley of a Thousand Hills

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ACTIVITIES KWAZULU-NATAL SHARKS BOARD Tel: +27 (0)31 566 0400 http://www.shark.co.za The only institute of its kind, offering safe bathing to tourists by maintaining shark safety gear at 38 localities, while also conducting research into shark life history and educating the public. Visitors are able to view an audiovisual presentation and shark dissection, from which important data is collected for research purposes. Motor cruisers takes members of the public on a shark safety gear experience to see firsthand the maintenance of the nets off Durban’s Golden Mile at dawn, enjoying the opportunistic viewing of dolphins, whales and seabirds that may be in the area. 1a Herrwood Drive, uMhlanga HAKUNA MATATA CHARTERS Tel: +27 (0)31 307 3782 http://www.hmcharters.co.za Hakuna Matata Charters is based in Durban, South Africa and is proud to be the leading charter boat company. We boast two of the most luxurious 58 foot catamarans, ‘My Girl’ and ‘My Girl Too’. ‘My Girl’ was launched on 7th December 2007 and ‘My Girl Too’ on the 16th October 2008, and have since been providing countless sea-farer’s with memorable experiences out to sea. Durban Marina, off Margaret Mncadi Avenue, Durban

STREET SCENE CITY TOURS Tel: +27 (0)31 321 5079 http://www.streetscene.co.za Street Scene offer a variety of tours across a host of transport mediums - cycle through the heart of Durban, ride a horse in the foothills of the Drakensberg, cruise down the St Lucia river, meander through the Midlands or 4×4 through one of the country’s many game parks. Options keep things interesting. Single and multi-day tours available. 39 Station Dr, Berea, Durban TIM BROWN TOURS Tel: +27 (0)71 453 2781 http://www.timbrowntours.com Durban day safaris and overnight safari tours to visit the ‘Big 5’ nature reserves, Drakensberg mountains and the historical battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, as well as cultural Zulu tours. Tim Brown Tours can also tailor make a safari or tour from Durban to suit your specific requirements. 151 Snell Parade, Durban BAC HELICOPTER CHARTERS Tel: +27 (0)31 569 1531 http://www.bachelicopters.com Your destination is our command! BAC Helicopters charters include spectacular helicopter rides in Durban and surrounding areas. We also offer specialised helicopter tours and trips – picnic flights, coastal scenic helicopter tours, twilight city helicopter trips, low level charters up the Umgeni Valley and more! Unit 6 Greystone Park, 135 Old North Coast Rd, Durban

OCEAN BLUE SCUBA Tel: +27 (0)31 561 8120 http://www.oceanbluescuba.co.za Many reefs and shipwrecks make Durban a superb diving destination. Shallow shore entry dives are available at Vetch’s Pier and along the harbour’s northern breakwater which also includes the Odd Wreck. Boats launch daily from Vetch’s Beach heading to the reefs and wrecks in the area. Wrecks suitable for recreational diving include the Fontao, T-Barge and the mysterious Cooper’s Wreck. Many other wrecks below 40m can also be dived for those with technical diving training. Shop 3, Cabana Beach Resort, 10 Lagoon Drive, uMhlanga DIAL-A-PICNIC DURBAN Tel: +27 (0)82 790 6611 http://www.dialapicnic.co.za Whether you want to plan just a quick happy family picnic and need a basket full of sumptuous goodies, or you want to go all out and surprise that someone special in your life, Dial-A-Picnic will make it a memorable experience. Offering packed picnic baskets and picnic rentals, romantic couples picnics, romantic beach proposal picnics and more, as well as weddings and special events. Dial-APicnic Durban will plan everything down to the finest detail, all you’ll have to do is keep the secret to keep it a surprise, and show up! Dial-a-picnic durban also offers a range of packages and menus, and even a helicopter flight package – now isn’t that romantic!? MADEVU EXECUTIVE CHARTERS Tel: +27 (0)72 336 0450 http://www.madevucharters.co.za Madevu SA, a 55 foot luxury Catamaran Cruiser, sports a beautiful sleek exterior and plush upmarket interior and is licensed to carry 45 guests. We offer an intimate and exclusive venue for discerning clients to have corporate functions and meetings, small weddings, product launches, birthday parties, matric after-parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, sunrise and sunset cruises, engagement celebrations and any other upscale event. Wilson’s Wharf, 18 Boatmans Road, Durban DURBAN COUNTRY CLUB Tel: +27 (0)31 313 1777 http://www.dcclub.co.za A course steeped in tradition and history, Durban Country Club boasts the unique claim of being the only course on the African continent to be rated in the Top 100 Golf Courses of the World by Golf Magazine USA and is rated in the top 11 in South Africa by Golf Digest SA. Isaiah Ntshangase Road, Durban

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S ’ T A WH N O A proper scoop on what’s happening and where

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NWJ BRIDAL SHOW 7-8 MARCH, DURBAN EXHIBITION CENTRE KZN’s largest wedding and function exhibition showcasing over 120 suppliers and hosting around 4000 visitors annually. MICHAEL BUBLE 17 MARCH, MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM Big Concerts is very pleased to confirm that the multi Grammy award winning, Canadian superstar, Michael Buble, will be returning to South Africa. Michael Buble has achieved global sales of 45 million albums in the course of his extraordinary decade long career. His previous “Crazy Love” tour sold out in 80 US cities and was seen by over 2 million fans worldwide.

DECOREX DURBAN 19-22 MARCH, DURBAN EXHIBITION CENTRE KwaZulu-Natal’s leading decor, design and lifestyle exhibition featuring the latest trends, products and services, including delicious foodie experiences and interactive dining and entertaining demonstrations.

APRIL CHRIS BROWN X TOUR LIVE 4 APRIL, MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM Grammy Award winning and multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter CHRIS BROWN returns to South Africa. The Chris Brown X Tour Live in SA concerts are part of a world tour to celebrate the release of his sixth studio album entitled X. THE GRAND WHITE DINNER 25 APRIL South Africa`s Premium Event of the year! The secret Dinner Picnic for friends with style and taste spending an extraordinary afternoon and evening together dressed all in white with a touch of green! http://www.thegrandwhite.com CROWN OF THE RUSSIAN BALLET 28 APRIL, PLAYHOUSE OPERA THEATRE Founded in 1997, the company consists of graduates from the best Russian choreography schools and has toured successfully around the globe. Artistic Director Anatoly Emelianov has prepared a special programme for South Africa devoted to the great Russian composer Tchaikovsky.

MAY TOURISM INDABA 9-11 MAY, DURBAN ICC INDABA is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar. It showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism products, and attracts international buyers and media from across the world. COMRADES MARATHON 31 MAY, CITY HALL, DURBAN The Comrades Marathon is the world’s oldest and largest ultramarathon run over a distance of approximately 90 km | 56.1 miles between the capital of the Kwazulu-Natal Province of South Africa, Pietermaritzburg, and the coastal city of Durban. The first Comrades Marathon took place on 24th May 1921, Empire Day, starting outside the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg with 34 runners. It has continued since then every year with the exception of the war years 1941-1945, with the direction alternating each year between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, the so called up & down runs.


BARS & NIGHTLIFE Party like a rockstar, and know we won’t send you somewhere dodgy

VIRGINIA BAR Tel: +27 (0)31 580 5506 http://www.sibaya.co.za The Virginia Bar is a smoking bar located within the Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, adjacent to the Asia to Africa Restaurant. It offers comfortable couches that exude a mellow and relaxing atmosphere. Take time out to enjoy a refreshing beverage at this great bar. 1 Sibaya Drive, uMhlanga BOULEVARD RESTAURANT AND NIGHTCLUB Tel: +27 (0)31 303 7631 http://www.blvd.co.za Situated in the heart of Durban’s night life centre - Florida Road - Boulevard Nightclub is the place to be seen on a Thursday night. Boasting local and international DJ’s on two dance floors, Boulevard also has a spacious and comfortable outside bar area, as well as a VIP area on the deck with its own bar. 153 Florida Road, Durban

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CONNOR’S PUBLIC HOUSE Tel: +27 (0)31 563 4462 Connor’s Public House plays live music, televises all the sporting action and offers daily specials on their food and drinks menu. A true Irish Pub usually bears the name of the owners. We are the Connor’s, this is our house, and we are open to the public. Most people don’t realise that Pub is short for Public House, which communicates something far greater than a simple watering hole. Meaning is often lost in an abbreviation, and that’s why we’re bringing the ‘Public House’ back. 11 MacKeurtan Avenue, Durban BILLY THE BUM’S Tel: +27 (0)31 303 1988 http://www.billythebums.co.za Billy The Bum’s is a trendy bar located in the popular Berea area. Busy from early evening until late, the comfortable setting is perfect for a drinks evening with friends. Complementing the delicious burgers and tasty finger foods like jalapeño poppers, Billy’s also has some of the best cocktails in Durban! 504 Lillian Ngoyi Road, Morningside, Durban

THE OYSTER BAR Tel: +27 (0)31 514 5000 http://www.oysterboxhotel.com Overlooking the pool and Indian Ocean, the celebrated Oyster Bar is a haven of luxurious tranquility, perfect for enjoying a plate of oysters on ice freshly picked from our own oyster beds and other mouthwatering snacks. Ooh – and don’t forget a glass or two of your favourite chilled champagne! With its gently, rhythmically swaying palm fans and views of the bright blue sea a glance away this is the place to settle down with a friend or two to catch up on the latest news, share the latest stories and savour the here and now. The Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Rd, uMhlanga

RIVETS BAR Tel: +27 (0)31 366 8100 http://www.durban.hilton.com Mingle with business people and leisure guests as you sample cocktails in this vibrant Durban bar with a water wall and leather couches. Enjoy a bar meal or a seafood snack at the Hilton Durban hotel or catch sporting highlights. The Hilton Hotel, 12-14 Walnut Road, Durban

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SUNCOAST CASINO Tel: +27 (0)31 328 3000 http://www.suncoastcasino.co.za Set amongst towering palm trees and nestled against the beachfront along Durban’s “Golden Mile”, you will find 26 hectares of entertainment heaven - Suncoast Casino, Hotels & Entertainment. The complex is a haven of sun and fun with its Miami South Beach Art Deco style architecture, and offers an array of gaming, shopping and entertainment pursuits. Opened in November 2002, SUNCOAST is a gambler’s paradise. The casino is the largest in Durban, boasting 1 450 slot machines and 57 gaming tables, as well as an exclusive Salon Prive called 77 Ocean Drive for higher limit slots and tables. Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World, Suncoast Boulevard, O.R. Tambo Parade, Durban CAFE VACCA MATTA Tel: +27 (0)31 368 6535 http://www.vaccamatta.com Located on the sea facing wing at Suncoast, Café Vacca Matta is rated as one of South Africa’s trendiest Lifestyle Entertainment venues incorporating an all-in-one ocean terrace bar, VIP lounge, restaurant, nightclub and live events facility. Café Vacca Matta offers patrons a breath-taking view of the beautiful Indian Ocean whilst dining, lounging or just simply sipping cocktails on the terrace. Suncoast Casino, Suncoast Boulevard, O.R. Tambo Parade, Durban

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WAXY O’CONNORS Tel: +27 (0)31 266 2565 http://www.waxys.co.za It’s a place to unwind, take shelter from the cold, or share a few pints with the lads just for the fun of it. Opened in 2001, Waxy O’Connors is an authentic Irish restaurant and pub situated in Westville. In true Irish spirit, Waxy O’Connors is where you can kick back, relax and enjoy your meal and the music. Their robust dishes are a great accompaniment to the rich ale or any other drink for that matter. 124a Jan Hofmeyre Road, Westville

HARRY’S COCKTAIL BAR Tel: +27 (0)31 561 4977 http://www.harrysbar.co.za Harry’s Cocktail Bar is located at Harvey’s Restaurant, an award winning restaurant in uMhlanga. This elegant bar epitomises culture and sophistication, where you can relax on Harry’s couches and enjoy his take on life. Harry’s is fast becoming Durban’s definitive cocktail bar, with chilled vibes, beer on tap and light convivial menus and signature cocktails to be enthralled and captivated by. Harvey’s Restaurant, 189 Ridge Road, uMhlanga

SIBAYA CASINO Tel: +27 (0)31 580 5000 http://www.suninternational.com/sibaya Explore the dizzying array of entertainment and state-of-the-art, technologically advanced gaming that the Sibaya Casino in Durban has to offer. With over 1 200 smart card operated slots incorporating modern touch screen technology and a great selection of Roulette, Blackjack and Poker tables, you’ll be enticed to tango with Lady Luck and stand to walk away a winner. There are smoking and nonsmoking slots and tables sections at the Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, as well as an exclusive Privé area for the high rollers. Drinks are served on the casino floor, with great discounts on selected brands for playing guests. The Sibaya Casino in Durban is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, 1 Sibaya Drive, uMhlanga

THE DUTCH Tel: +27 (0)31 561 6969 http://www.thedutch.co.za An exceptional bar offering the very best in cocktails, wine and craft beer. Combine this with old school live music and a great menu... Welcome to The Dutch! Protea Mall, 1-3 Chartwell Drive, uMhlanga KRAKATOA NIGHT CLUB Tel: +27 (0)31 580 5000 http://www.suninternational.com/sibaya Krakatoa is Sibaya’s three-tier show bar guaranteed to leave you reeling with sensory satisfaction. The venue features a stage for revues, cabaret and live bands with two massive balconies overlooking the dance floor. Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, 1 Sibaya Drive, uMhlanga

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JEWELLERS

Lasting memories are made of diamonds, tanzanite and gold! wink-wink, nudge-nudge!!

MARK GOLD Tel: +27 (0)31 303 4417 http://www.markgold.net For 25 years Mark Gold has set himself apart by maintaining high standards of quality and retaining the tradition of artianship whilst demonstrating a devotion to innovation, detail and design. Each of our jewels is a work of art – created to showcase a striking harmony between design, the finest materials and the use of bright colour. As a brand driven by the culture of pure excellence, we encourage you to express your individuality with our bold and distinctive design. 469 Innes Road, Durban

POULSEN ROBERTSON Tel: +27 (0)31 572 6135 http://www.otto-poulsen.co.za Founded on two trusted family names, Poulsen Robertson has been a household name since 1910. Having been in the bespoke jewellery industry for 98 years, we are clearly different from run-of-the-mill jewellers. Quality, handmade, one-off pieces designed and fashioned in our workshop adorn men and woman around the world - discerning people who are pursuers of fine jewellery. Shop 121, La Lucia Mall, 90 William Campbell Drive, La Lucia

BEVERLEY JEWELLERS Tel: +27 (0)31 265 0466 http://www.beverleyjewellers.co.za There is no mistaking the elements of success at Beverley Jewellers – product, quality and service. With 16 of the world’s leading watch brands in store, no other jeweller in KZN offers a more varied or reputable range of quality watches - these include stunning pieces from Cartier, Frank Muller, Rotary, Baume & Mercier, Omega, IWC, Jaeger Le Coultre, Raymond Weil, Tissot, Mont Blanc, Tag Heuer, Rado, Michel Herbelin, Gucci and Panerai. Shop 157/158, The Pavilion Shopping Centre, Westville

SHIMANSKY JEWELLERS Tel: +27 (0)31 265 0101 http://www.shimansky.com The giving and receiving of a Shimansky creation marks a moment and milestone that will be remembered forever. The experience of buying fine jewellery should be as uniquely personal as the milestone it celebrates. For this reason, we pride ourselves on offering an unforgettable diamond and Tanzanite jewellery buying experience with unrivalled quality, service and attention to detail. Shop 147, The Pavilion Shopping Centre, Westville CHERRY DESIGNS Tel: +27 (0)31 566 5665 http://www.cherrydesign.co.za A place where service meets quality and experience meets integrity. A place where work becomes a craft and the personal experience means everything. A place in which the finished product is more than a shiny piece of silver but a piece of exclusive art that mirrors the passion, originality and creativity of its maker. Shop G318, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga ARTHUR KAPLAN Tel: +27 (0)31 566 6741 http://www.arthurkaplan.co.za Arthur Kaplan is a luxury jewellery and watch retailer with stores located in major shopping centres in South Africa. The business is privately owned and managed, continuing the proud story of family business started by Mr Arthur Kaplan over 40 years ago. Today Arthur Kaplan is managed according to this legacy of personal attention and has earned a reputation as a quality jeweller to discerning clients. Shop G045, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga

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BRETTLANDS FINE JEWELLERS Tel: +27 (0)31 562 8009 http://www.brettlands.co.za Brettlands Fine Jewellers was established in 1986 and specialises in handmade jewellery. Whilst keeping abreast of local and international design trends and technology, Brettland’s focus is on the specific design requirements of the customer – providing a personalised service that matches their needs with new ideas and design trends to ensure a uniquely valuable piece for each customer. Shop 209A, La Lucia Mall, 90 William Campbell Drive, La Lucia

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SPAS & WELLNESS Fancy a treat 5Durban style?

SUN-KISSED SPRAY TANNING Tel: +27 (0)82 568 9438 http://www.sun-kissedspraytan.com Services: Spray Tanning, Mobile & In-Salon 30 Wager Avenue, Prestondale, uMhlanga THE SKIN CLINIC Tel: +27 (0)31 829 3149 http://www.theskinclinic.co.za Services: Facials, Micro-dermabrasion, Massage, Body Treatments, Pedicure, Hair Removal. Products: RegimA & Babor 23 Ennisdale Drive, Durban North THE LASER CLINIC Tel: +27 (0)31 202 6698 (Durban) +27 (0)31 765 8845 (Hillcrest) http://www.laserclinic.co.za Services: Laser Treatments - Hair Removal, Facial and Leg Vein Removal, Pigmented Lesions, Skin Rejuvenation. Beauty- Microdermabrasion, Collagen Induction Therapy, Lamelle Peels and Facials, Dermalogica Facials, Massages, Waxing, Skin Care Products, Tints. Other TreatmentsBotox / Fillers, Permanent Makeup Products: Lamelle, Dermalogica, Dermastine. Suite GO3, Musgrave Park, Musgrave Road, Durban OR Suite 7, Centenary Medical Centre, 55 Old Main Road, Hillcrest LUNATIC FRINGE Tel: +27 (0)31 572 6858 Full service unisex hair salon Glenore Shopping Centre, Park Drive, uMhlanga

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PINK PETALS BEAUTY Tel: +27 (0)31 764 3744 http://www.pinkpetals.co.za Services: Facial, Body Treatments, Manicure, Pedicure, Hair Removal, Makeup, Tanning, Eyelash Extensions, Piercing. Products: Environ, Dermalogica, Bio Sculpture Gel, Gelish, Luscious Lashes, Lamelle, Mama Mio, Essie. Shop 213/232, Kloof Village Mall, Kloof PAMPER ROOMS Tel: +27 (0)31 266 2805 http://www.pamperrooms.co.za Pamper Rooms offer services for all your skin, body, make-up, nail and tanning requirements. We also offer a wide range of superior quality products for you to use at home for maintenance between salon visits. We boast four lovely treatment rooms and four passionate, highly skilled, professional therapists. You all need to take some time out! We invite you to look after your skin, body and stress levels with us. Look good, feel great! 45 Rodger Sishi Road, Westville TERRY SCOTT HAIRFASHION Tel: +27 (0)31 572 6911 http://www.pinkpetals.co.za Full Service Unisex Hair Salon Shop 211, La Lucia Mall, 90 William Campbell Drive, La Lucia AQUA SPA Tel: +27 (0)31 566 4562 http://www.thesquareboutiquehotel.co.za/ The luxury Aqua Spa, situated on the third floor within the Square Boutique Hotel & Spa spoils with personal attention, quality products & revival therapy.With a myriad of facilities and a full range of body and facial treatments, that stimulates & enriches mind, body & soul in a serene & tranquil setting. The Square Boutique Hotel, 250 Umhlanga Rocks Drive, uMhlanga

GERALD WELLS HAIR PROFESSIONALS Tel: +27 (0)31 568 1919 http://www.gerald-wells.com Gerald Wells Hair Professionals in Umdloti is unique in that it has an intimate and tranquil atmosphere, offering a high quality service with all the comforts of a ‘home salon’. The salon has teamed up with La Belle Vie Skin and Body Professionals, who specialise in beauty and personal care. All in all you can receive a complete and holistic hair, skin and body treatment at one unique location. Shop 28, Umdloti Beach Centre, Umdloti 7TH HEAVEN Tel: +27 (0)31 562 1768/9 http://www.7thheaven.co.za Welcome to 7th Heaven one of Umhlanga’s best beauty salons, where Tracey and her team offer you peace and tranquility whilst being treated. No interruptions - just total calm. Come in and relax to soothing music as our therapists provide you the perfect treatment. Services: Facials, Hot Stone Massage, Massage, Spa Body Therapy (Dermalogica), Manicure/pedicure, Hair Removal, Laser Hair Removal. Products: Dermalogica 48 Armstrong Avenue, uMhlanga TEREMOK SPA Tel: +27 (0)31 561 5848 http://www.teremok.co.za Teremok Spa, located at Teremok Marine in Umhlanga, is true to the meaning of the Russian name, being a “little hideaway” for lodge guests and a discerning outside clientele. Services: Teremok Spa offers a wide range of face and body treatments available using products from Dermalogica, Mama Mio and Lillian Terry International, and state-of-the-art BT anti-ageing technology. Teremok Marine, 49 Marine Drive, uMhlanga

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TERRY SCOTT HAIRFASHION Tel: +27 (0)31 265 2959 Full Service Unisex Hair Salon Shop 156, Pavilion Shopping Centre, Westville PAMPER N POLISH BEAUTY CLUB Tel: +27 (0)84 848 0514 Services: Facials, Manicures, Pedicures, Peels, Threading. Products: Gelish 23 Ennisdale Drive, Durban North BODY GURU HAIR AND BEAUTY SALON Tel: +27 (0)31 584 9302/3 www.bodyguruhealthandbeauty.co.za Services: Full service Hair Salon, Full Service Beauty Salon, Laser Hair Removal, Waxing, Facials, Massage, Body Treatments, Spray Tan, Makeup, Eyelash Extensions, Manicure, Pedicure, Nail Art Products: RegimA, QMS, Alexandria, L’Oreal, Bio Sculpture Gel, EZFlow Shop 2 Lincoln On The Lake, 2 High Street, uMhlanga (Behind Chris Saunders Park)

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GERALD WELLS HAIR PROFESSIONALS Tel: +27 (0)31 566 3317/8 http://www.gerald-wells.com Consisting of top stylists from all over the country and a team of highly skilled and experienced staff who are dedicated to meeting your needs. Whether you are looking for something chic and stylish or flamboyant and gorgeous, this salon does it all. Shop G086, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, uMhlanga

THE SPA AT THE OYSTER BOX HOTEL Tel: +27 (0)31 514 5072 Offering an extensive range of carefully crafted treatments along with a well equipped private fitness club, two swimming pools for guests to use at their leisure, exquisite spa dining and ample space to stretch out on the terraces, The Spa defines personal care. Products: B|Africa, Elemis International Spa Range, Mama Mio, Dermalogica Oyster Box Hotel, Lighthouse Road, uMhlanga

GERALD WELLS TREND Tel: +27 (0)31 584 7099 http://www.gerald-wells.com Trend is a specialized salon dedicated to ethnic styles. The talented stylists do wonders with weaves, braiding, dreadlocks, relaxing and any other ethnic style imaginable. The stylists all attend the Gerald Wells in-house academy and are amongst the most skilled hairdressers in the country. The salon uses only the best professional products, which are also available for purchase. Once you have experienced the genius of a Trend hairdresser… you will be truly enchanted! Shop F62/24 Gateway Theatre of Shopping, 1 Palm Boulevard, uMhlanga

CHRYSALIS HAIR AND BEAUTY Tel: +27 (0)31 566 5540 chrysalishairandbeauty.wozaonline.co.za Full Service Unisex Hair & Beauty Salon Products: Wella, Nioxin, Redken, GHD, Cloud 9, Corioliss and more in store Shop 1 African Palm Building, 9 Palm Boulevard, uMhlanga LIME JUICE Tel: +27 (0)32 946 0798 Services: Acrylic, Gel & Silk Nails, Full Service unisex Hair Salon, Manicures, Pedicures 6 Gregory Park, Garlicke Drive, Ballito

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SERVICES & INFO We’ve got you covered - from taxis to ambulances

EMBASSIES AND CONSULATES

BUDGET CAR RENTAL 0861 016 622 www.budget.co.za

BELGIAN CONSULATE 18 Ross Gardens, Morningside, Durban 031 303 2840

EUROPCAR 0861 131 000 www.europcar.co.za

CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA 45 Stirling Cres, Durban North 031 563 4534 FRENCH CONSULATE 52 St Andrews Dve, Broadway, Durban 031 573 1554 GERMAN CONSULATE 9 Kensington Drive, Westville, Durban 031 266 3920 INDIAN CONSULATE GENERAL 2nd floor, 1 Kingsmead Boulevard, Kingsmead Office Park, Durban 031 335 0300 CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE NETHERLANDS 9 Brendon Lane, Cnr Jan Hofmeyer Road, Westville 031 266 9291 CONSULATE GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA Old Mutual Building, 303 Dr Pixley Kaseme Str, Durban 031 305 7600

DURBAN TOURISM DURBAN MAIN OFFICE 031 322 4164 AMANZIMTOTI 031 903 7498 1000 HILLS 031 777 1874 UMHLANGA 031 514 0572 USHAKA MARINE 031 337 8099 KING SHAKA AIRPORT 031 322 6046

AIRPORT INFO KING SHAKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Help Desk 032 436 6758 Airport Info 032 436 6585

MEDICAL SERVICES NETCARE UMHLANGA PRIVATE HOSPITAL 031 560 5500 NETCARE PARKLANDS PRIVATE HOSPITAL BEREA 031 242 4000

EMERGENCY SERVICES AMBULANCE 10177 FIRE 031 361 0000 MOUNTAIN RESCUE 080 000 5133 NETCARE PRIVATE EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICE 082 911 POLICE 10111 SEA RESCUE 031 361 8567

TAXIS EAGLE TAXI CABS 031 337 8333

NETCARE SAINT AUGUSTINE’S PRIVATE HOSPITAL BEREA 031 268 5000

MOZZIE CABS 031 303 5787

LIFE ENTABENI PRIVATE HOSPITAL BEREA 031 204 1300

RIKKI CABS 073 283 5795

LIFE MOUNT EDGECOMBE PRIVATE HOSPITAL 031 537 4000

ZIPPY CABS 031 202 7067

LIFE WESTVILLE PRIVATE HOSPITAL 031 251 6911

OTHER INFO

LOST CREDIT CARDS AMERICAN EXPRESS 0860 102 193 DINERS CLUB 0860 346 377 MASTERCARD 0800 990 418

DIRECTORY ENQUIRIES 1023 DURBAN DIALLING CODE 031 SA DIALLING CODE +27 SA TIME ZONE GMT + 2 hours

VISA 0800 990 475

CAR RENTAL AVIS CAR HIRE 0861 021 111 www.avis.co.za

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE KWAZULU-NATAL WINNERS OF THE WORLD LUXURY HOTEL AWARDS 2014

Best Luxury Game Lodge Global Winner 2014 The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa http://www.thegorge.co.za

Best Luxury Safari Retreat Country Winner - South Africa - 2014 Amakhosi Safari Lodge http://www.amakhosi.com

Best Luxury Spa Hotel Country Winner - South Africa - 2014 Fordoun Hotel and Spa http://www.fordoun.com

Best Luxury Boutique Hotel Country Winner - South Africa - 2014 Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel http://www.endlesshorizons.co.za

World Luxury Hotel Awards The World Luxury Hotel Awards is a recognized global organization providing luxury hotels with recognition for their world class facilities and service excellence provided to guests. Awards are presented to luxury hotels in different categories on a country,continent and global basis. The World Luxury Hotel Awards aim to encourage & raise service standards within the luxury hotel industry. http://www.luxuryhotelawards.com


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EXPLORE KZN

Why not take a little road trip to see all that KZN has to offer?

MIDLANDS & PIETERMARITZBURG

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BATTLEFIELDS 47-48 DRAKENSBERG 49 NORTH COAST 50 ELEPHANT COAST 51-52 ZULULAND 53-54 SOUTH COAST 55

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CROWHURST PLACE Tel: +27 (0)31 767 5202 http://www.crowhurstplace.co.za This breath-taking and lavish 5 Star Manor House is situated in the prestigious suburb of Kloof outside Durban. Offering modern sophistication with old fashioned hospitality. Crowhurst offers guests a relaxed alternative to city hotels along with superb accommodation, conference and function venues, with personal, friendly service. Kloof borders Krantzkloof Nature Reserve which features a wide variety of wildlife and birds who make their homes in the indigenous forest habitat. The Reserve is situated on the Kloof Gorge with the river providing spectacular waterfalls. 74 Everton Road, Kloof

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KARKLOOF CANOPY TOUR Tel: +27 (0)33 330 3415 http://www.karkloofcanopytour.co.za Glide above the amazing Karkloof Forest in the KZN Midlands! A kilometre long zipline divided into 8 separate slides of varying lengths. These slides take you from wooden platforms hidden in the tree tops past a sheer cliff face and a cascading waterfall. Sometimes you will be as high up as 35 metres above the forest canopy! Off Karkloof/Rietvlei Road, follow the signs FORDOUN HOTEL AND SPA Tel: +27(0)33 266 6217 http://www.fordoun.com Fordoun Hotel and Spa offers luxury 5 Star Accommodation in Nottingham Road in the scenic KZN Midlands, which is at the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg. Our fine dining restaurant, Skye Bistro, uses only the freshest local produce available and is open seven days a week for hotel guests and also visitors in search of excellent cuisine in a tranquil setting. We have a wide selection of Spa Treatments, Spa Day Packages and Overnight Spa Packages for you to enjoy during your stay. Nottingham Road, Midlands BUTTERFLIES FOR AFRICA Tel: +27(0)33 387 1356 http://www.butterflies.co.za The Prime attraction of Butterflies for Africa is the impressive walk through butterfly house where visitors are able to come into close contact with butterflies from around the world as they fly freely in an attractive, lush environment. It provides the perfect home for both international and indigenous butterflies and has already become a prime tourist attraction for the region. 37 Willowton Road, Willowton, PMB TALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Tel: +27 (0)87 740 9292 http://www.threecities.co.za/ Three Cities Tala Private Game Reserve is a wildlife conservancy hidden in the hills of a quiet farming community not far from Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. We are ever aware that as guardians of this precious piece of Africa we have a responsibility to pass this sanctuary on to future generations. Tala is ideally located for conferences, weddings, celebrations or simply a short retreat to rejuvenate and relax. R603 Umbumbulu Road, Pietermaritzburg

NELSON MANDELA CAPTURE SITE Tel: +27 (0)71 834 4349 http://www.thecapturesite.co.za Unveiled by President Jacob Zuma in 2012, the unique sculpture by artist Marco Cianfanelli, is made up of 50 steel column constructions between 6.5 metres and 9.5 metres tall that come into alignment to form a portrait of Nelson Mandela against a backdrop of rolling hills and valleys of the Natal midlands. The columns are meant to represent Mandela’s imprisonment at the very place he was captured before being exiled to Robben Island. The site also features a museum where the capture of Madiba in 1962 is documented along with more information about South Africa’s political history. R103 just outside Howick


EXPLORE KZN - MIDLANDS & PMB KARKLOOF SAFARI SPA Tel: +27 (0)33 569 1321 http://www.karkloofsafarispa.com Guests will experience Africa’s most luxurious and largest award winning safari spa. Karkloof Safari Spa wellness & wildlife Retreat is located 20km from Pietermaritzburg, within a private game reserve that is home to 3 of the Big 5 and Africa’s game, breath-taking waterfalls, absorbing topography and more than 300 different species of birdlife. The winner of the Best Luxury Spa at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2012, with 17 luxurious treatment rooms, hydro facilities, flotation pool, sauna / steam rooms and Moroccan Rassoul facilities. Ihlanze Ranch, Otto’s Bluff Road, PMB

DUMA MANZI ECO LODGE AND SPA Tel: +27 (0)31 566 3210 http://www.dumamanzi.co.za Duma Manzi Eco Lodge and Spa is a Wellness and Wildlife retreat, a sanctuary offering unique African wilderness. Nestled in the forest valley, set amongst a backdrop of some of Kwa-Zulu Natal’s most spectacular scenery, lies a small, luxurious boutique EcoLodge, providing the most affordable 5-Star experience with an elegant and personal touch. This extraordinarily beautiful and tranquil African wilderness setting is the ideal retreat for those seeking privacy, exclusivity and absolute serenity. Umkomaas Valley

SWISSLAND CHEESERY Tel: +27 (0)82 418 3440 http://www.swisslandcheese.co.za A visit to the midlands wouldn’t be complete without a bit of cheese tasting at the familyrun Swissland Cheesery. Visitors will be greeted by lush green lawns and grazing goats and can sample a range of goats cheese including chevin and a mild blue cheese, as well as learn about the cheese-making practice that has been handed down from generation to generation. Old Main Road R103, Balgowan

ZULU WATERS GAME RESERVE Tel: +27 (0)36 352 0100 http://www.zuluwatersgamereserve.com Set in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountain range in KwaZulu-Natal, ZuluWaters Game Reserve, a malaria free area, promises a uniquely intimate experience with the African wilderness. To ride adventurously close to the herds of Wildebeest and Buffalo whilst on a guided game trail, casting for wild brown trout in the 15km stretch of Bushmans River or just listening to the sound of the breeze in the grasses, ZuluWaters’s blend of exclusivity and adventure makes for an experience of Africa unlike any other. KZN Midlands

GRANNY MOUSE COUNTRY HOUSE Tel: +27 (0)33 234 4071 http://www.grannymouse.co.za This classic Country House hotel, with its reputation for excellence, is located an hour and a half from Durban and four and a half hours from Johannesburg. Award winning restaurants offer a range of menu items from relaxed Bistro though to Fine Dining in the Eaves restaurant. The refurbished property has retained its reputation for a relaxed gourmet experience, whilst introducing new menus and concepts to diners. The Granny Mouse Spa has three couples rooms with treatments ranging from skincare through to therapeutic massage, supported by a steam room, jacuzzi and hydro bath. Therapists also offer a full make up service and are supported by the Hair Salon for special events. Welcome Home! Balgowan THE UMGENI STEAM RAILWAY Tel: +27 (0)87 808 7715 http://www.umgenisteamrailway.co.za Trains run from Kloof Station (Stokers Arms) to and from Inchanga Station, on the last Sunday of each month along the edge of the picturesque Valley of a 1000 Hills. Inchanga is a colonial station (built in 1895) & is 45 minutes ride away along the old main line. The line was built in the late 1800`s and is one of the oldest active railway lines in South Africa today. At Inchanga Station one will find the popular Inchanga Station Craft Market where many hand crafted items can be found. Numerous food outlets help to satisfy the weary traveller. One can also join the train for the 10:30 departure from Inchanga for Kloof where one can sit down to fine pub fare and an ice cold beer at the Stokers Arms Station Restaurant, and still be in time for the 12:30 train returning to Inchanga. Kloof Station (Stokers Arms Restaurant) Photo by: Bruce Bennett


EXPLORE KZN - BATTLEFIELDS NAMBITI PLAINS PRIVATE GAME LODGE Tel: +27(0)71 680 4584 http://www.nambitiplains.com The Nambiti Plains Lodge, a Five Star African Eco Lodge, lies nestled within the smouldering beauty of a picturesque landscape of the spectacular Nambiti Game Reserve, a private Big Five bush retreat and game conservancy set on 20,000 acres of malaria-free bushveld. The abundance of natural water, perennial rivers and beautiful waterfalls on the Sundays River make Nambiti a unique sanctuary attracting several rare bird species and an enviable array of raptors and vultures. Nambiti Private Game Reserve, Ladysmith

ESIWENI LUXURY SAFARI LODGE Tel: +27(0)31 202 5481 http://www.esiwenilodge.com A hidden jewel in one of the most beautiful private reserves in South Africa. Here You will enjoy the peace and serenity of the great outdoors in the comfort and privacy of your suite. Delight in the traditional French “savoir vivre” dining under the stars, gazing out over the world from your panoramic terrace overlooking the Sunday River. Here you can also encounter the “Big Five” accompanied by your ranger. You will have a unique experience in the heart of Zululand with your family or friends. Esiweni, a dream lodge for an unforgettable one-on-one with nature. Nambiti Private Game Reserve, Ladysmith

LADYSMITH SIEGE MUSEUM Tel: +27(0)36 637 2992 Acclaimed as one of the best Anglo Boer War museums in South Africa, its displays on the famous Siege and Relief of Ladysmith have thrilled countless Boer War enthusiasts. Built in 1884 as a market house, it served as a ration post for civilians during the siege. This museum has a comprehensive display of memorabilia, maps, uniforms, relics and interpretive panels relating to the Siege of Ladysmith and the Anglo Boer War 151 Murchison Street, Ladysmith

THREE TREES AT SPIOENKOP Tel: +27 (0)36 448 1171 http://www.threetreehill.co.za Against the magnificent backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains, and overlooking the secluded Mfazimnyama Valley of the Spioenkop Game Reserve, lies Three Trees at Spioenkop. This intimate, luxury 18 bedded lodge is owner-managed by Simon & Cheryl Blackburn whose passion and enthusiasm for Africa’s wildlife, history and culture is immediately evident. You are welcomed into their home, and invited to experience the warm hospitality, and relaxed atmosphere in their four star family-run lodge. Spioenkop

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ISANDLWANA LODGE Tel: +27(0)34 271 8301 http://www.isandlwana.co.za Isandlwana Lodge offers twelve luxury rooms all en-suite and tastefully decorated in a mixture of traditional and modern styles. The Lodge is carved into the iNyoni rock formation on top of which the Zulu commander stood during the battle of Isandlwana on 22 January 1879. Enjoy unparalleled views from the crisp early light of a sparkling Zulu dawn to the splendour of the African sunset. Rob Gerrard, resident historian, or one of his associates will make history come to life when they relate the stories of the Battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. Isandlwana FUGITIVES’ DRIFT LODGE Tel: +27 (0)34 271 8051 http://www.fugitivesdrift.co.za The Zulu War of 1879 is famous throughout the English-speaking world for the great battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. The spectacular Fugitives’ Drift property, a Natural Heritage Site, overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift, and includes the site where Lts. Melvill and Coghill lost their lives attempting to save the Queen’s Colour of the 1/24th. It was here that David and Nicky Rattray pioneered Heritage Tourism in South Africa and created an award winning lodge for visitors to savour this extraordinary saga. Led by the finest guides in South Africa, thought-provoking and often emotionally charged tours are conducted daily to Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. The reserve offers a choice of accommodation in either the Lodge or the Guest House, both owned by the Rattrays and both with spacious and luxurious en-suite cottages with private verandahs and swimming pools. Fugitives’ Drift Lodge, Rorke’s Drift

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ISIBINDI ZULU LODGE Tel: +27 (0)35 474 1473 http://www.isibindi.co.za/izl Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of the Maputuland coast, KwaZuluNatal, South Africa. This 24-bed luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of the most unspoilt wilderness beaches left on the African continent. Mabibi is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer South Africa’s best snorkelling and fantastic off-shore scuba diving. Isibindi Eco-Reserve Rorkes Drift SPIONKOP LODGE Tel: +27 (0)36 488 1404 http://www.spionkop.co.za Relax by the pool situated on an expansive 700 hectare game farm,Spion Kop Lodge is the perfect base from which you are able to explore battlefields, berg, bush and birds of this region of Kwazulu Natal. The lodge offers visitors an awesome sense of space and beauty, supreme comfort and warm hospitality. The turn of the century farmhouse has been beautifully restored in Natal colonial style. The converted barn now forms the magnificent dining room that boasts spectacular views. Guests savour fine cuisine and excellent service whilst appreciating the African landscape and battlefields. On the R600 between Ladysmith and Winterton

TALANA MUSEUM Tel: +27(0)34 212 2654 http://www.talana.co.za The Zulu name “Talana” meaning “the shelf where precious items are stored” is a most appropriate name for this large and varied museum. The museum comprises 17 buildings, dedicated to subjects as diverse as war and agriculture, mining, industry and domestic life. We are situated just outside the town of Dundee, Kwa Zulu Natal - South Africa, and are within short driving distances of some of the most famous battlefields in the country; Blood River, Rorkes Drift, Fugitives Drift, Isandlwana, Elandslaagte, Spioenkop, Colenso and the Siege of Ladysmith. Battlefield and Heritage Park, Dundee PENNY FARTHING COUNTRY HOUSE Tel: +27 (0)34 642 1925 http://www.pennyf.co.za Penny Farthing is situated on a 3 000 hectare cattle and game farm in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal battlefields and is in close proximity to Rorke’s Drift, Isandlwana and Blood River. The house is built on the original foundations of the colonial home founded by the Vermaak family in 1847. Present owners 5th generation. Foy’s late wife, Marinella was a descendant of Dougald McPhail, a founder of the town of Dundee, and one of the few survivors of the battle of Isandlwana. Foy is a registered tour guide, with a passion for history, and conducts regular tours of the battlefields. Dundee

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CLEOPATRA MOUNTAIN FARMHOUSE Tel: +27 (0)33 267 7243 http://www.cleomountain.com Within a decade, Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse has earned global renown as a romantic gourmet getaway. Nestled in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg, we are a luxury, gourmet lodge dedicated to sumptuous food and rustic luxury. With just 11 rooms we are a haven for those looking to break away from their fast-paced life to enjoy mountain walks, roaring log fires, 7 course dinners and time for relaxation and pampering. We at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse look forward to welcoming you Drakensberg

BUSHMAN’S NEK BERG AND TROUT RESORT Tel: +27(0)33 701 1460 http://www.bushmansnek.co.za Situated in the Southern Drakensberg just 37km from Underberg, Bushman’s Nek Berg and Trout Resort offers a selection of 58 luxury hotel rooms, self-catering apartments and rustic log cabins. With a restaurant serving delectable cuisine and offering regular specials, a wellness spa, horse riding, paintball, conference and wedding facilities and loads of entertainment for the whole family, Bushman’s Nek is bound to captivate your imagination and quench your thirst for outdoor adventure. Bushman’s Nek is surrounded by some of South Africa’s most sought-after picture perfect landscapes, ideal for hiking, exploring or scenic family picnics. Bushman’s Nek Road, Underberg District, Drakensberg

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WILD SKY PARAGLIDING Tel: +27(0)82 395 3298 http://www.wildsky.co.za Bulwer (Amahwaqa) mountain is world famous as a spectacular flying site, both for its views and the fact that we fly all year through all the seasons. It is also a perfect training site for students as it has friendly grassy slopes, and very reliable breezes. The area around Bulwer has many hills and there are ten different take-off sites allowing us to fly in various wind directions The area has spectacular views of the rolling KwaZulu-Natal hills and also the Drakensberg. Bulwer WILD HORSES LODGE Tel: +27(0)58 622 7000 http://www.wildhorses.co.za Bulwer (Amahwaqa) mountain is world famous as a spectacular flying site, both for its views and the fact that we fly all year through all the seasons. It is also a perfect training site for students as it has friendly grassy slopes, and very reliable breezes. The area around Bulwer has many hills and there are ten different take-off sites allowing us to fly in various wind directions The area has spectacular views of the rolling KwaZulu-Natal hills and also the Drakensberg. Sterkfontein Dam, Harrismith

CHAMPAGNE SPORTS RESORT Tel: +27(0)36 468 8000 http://www.champagnesportsresort.com Champagne Sports Resort has been striving to make this award winning resort the perfect place for work and play. This is a difficult balance to achieve but we believe we have created a truly unique destination catering for all guest requirements in an absolutely spectacular setting. Champagne Sports Resort can now accommodate up to 750 delegates at the foot of the majestic Drakensberg mountain range. The 40 new hotel rooms and 4 new luxurious executive suites enables us to offer a total of 152 hotel rooms Central Drakensberg CATHEDRAL PEAK HOTEL Tel: +27(0)36 488 1888 http://www.cathedralpeak.co.za Nestled in the unspoiled surroundings of the Drakensberg mountain range (a World Heritage Site) lies Cathedral Peak Hotel, one of South Africa’s premier resort hotels. Since the hotel first opened to guests in 1939, the van der Riet family has succeeded in offering warm hospitality, combined with exceptional service and value for money. Central Drakensberg

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HOTEL IZULU Tel: +27 (0)32 946 3444 http://www.hotelizulu.com The 5-star Hotel Izulu is situated in Ballito on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. With the personal ambiance Hotel Izulu has to offer, it is the perfect place to commence and or conclude any KwaZulu-Natal holiday adventure. This boutique hotel is a short drive from Durban and ideally situated near to the new King Shaka International Airport -ideal for leisure or business guests. Hotel Izulu’s warm friendly atmosphere and attentive staff contribute to an unforgettable experience of relaxation, peace and tranquility. Rey’s Place, Ballito THE LUTHULI MUSEUM Tel: +27 (0)32 559 6822 http://www.luthulimuseum.org.za The Luthuli Museum was officially opened on 21 August, 2004. It includes the original 1927 home of Chief Albert Luthuli that is situated on 3233 Nokukhanya Luthuli Street, Groutville, KwaDukuza. Today the home is a national monument. Set in lovely landscaped gardens, the grounds provide the ideal setting in which to absorb the history and achievements of a man who became the first African to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace. He was a leader ahead of his time whose commitment to non-violence, non-racialism, democracy and human rights has left an enduring legacy. 3233 Nokukhanya Luthuli Street, Groutville, KwaDukuza

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CRAZY MONKEY BEACH BAR Tel: +27 (0)32 946 2987 http://www.crazymonkey.co.za The crashing waves of the ocean add to the beach vibe of Crazy Monkey in Ballito – the perfect sundowner venue to end a day trip away from Durban. Relax into a cushioned conversation pit, order a mezzo platter with your friends and prepare to dance the night away as the casual eating venue morphs into a hip entertainment spot as the night moves in. 29 Sandra Street, Shop 5, Ballito DIRTY HARRY FISHING CHARTERS Tel: +27 (0)32 946 2303 http://www.dirtyharry.co.za Our flagship, “BIG DIRTY HARRY”, is a magnificent 24ft Tomcat powered by 175 Suzuki outboard motors, which can accommodate up to 9 people. “DIRTY HARRY”, is our impressive 19ft Tomcat boat powered by 115 Yamaha outboards motors, accommodating up to 5 people. We operate from Ballito, the Durban Harbour and up to Sodwana. Hook Line & Sinker, Shop 3, The Circle, Douglas Crowe Drive, Ballito FAIRMONT ZIMBALI LODGE Tel: +27 (0)32 538 5000 http://www.fairmont.com/zimbali-lodge Zimbali Lodge hotel overlooks the incredible Indian Ocean and is surrounded by lush vegetation and beautiful indigenous gardens. It is a 5-Star boutique hotel offering five-star luxury accommodation, and is decorated to complement the natural surrounding forest. The classical architecture is accentuated by warm wood and russet autumn tones. Zimbali Estate, Kwazulu-Natal North Coast

FAIRMONT ZIMBALI RESORT Tel: +27 (0)32 538 5000 http://www.fairmont.com/zimbali-resort An unspoiled shoreline, rolling hills and lush flora have come to define the Zimbali Coastal Resort region. Set along South Africa’s sublime east coast, nestled between a forest reserve and a shimmering sea, the resort’s exquisite natural beauty is dotted with pockets of urban flair and enhanced by the rich Zulu heritage of the KwaZulu-Natal province. Zimbali Estate, Kwazulu-Natal North Coast KING SHAKA MEMORIAL The Shaka Memorial is a provincial heritage site in Stanger in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. It marks the resting place of the Zulu King Shaka near the site where he was assassinated by his half-brothers Dingane and Mhlangana while sitting on a rock near the barracks at his capital Dukuza. Adjacent to the memorial is the rock on which King Shaka was alleged to be sitting at the time of his assassination on 22 September 1828. KwaDukuza/Stanger ZIMBALI HOLIDAY HOME Tel: +27 (0)71 446 9473 http://www.zimbaliholidayhome.com Zimbali Holiday Home is an established accommodation provider in the well-known Zimbali Coastal Resort, boasting over 6 years of satisfied guests. We offer two luxurious self-catering villas in the estate. The 5-star Acaciawood villa, located on 22 Acaciawood Drive, is a large 5 bedroom freestanding house which can accommodate up to 10 adults. While our 4-star Baluwatu villa, located at 3 Baluwatu on Yellowwood Drive, is a 4 bedroom unit which can accommodate a maximum of 8 adults. Both guest houses have magnificent views of the ocean, surrounding natural habitat and a huge span of the Zimbali Country Club’s fairways. Zimbali Coastal Estate, Dolphin Coast 5Durban


EXPLORE KZN - ELEPHANT COAST

PHINDA HOMESTEAD Tel: +27 (0)11 809 4300 andbeyond.com/phinda-homestead/ In this exclusive sole-use safari villa, the beauty of Africa’s wide open spaces is drawn indoors. Large sliding doors in four luxurious suites let in breathtaking vistas of the vast landscape below. Personal touches and the warmth of The Homestead’s dedicated staff, including a private ranger, tracker, butler and chef, bring renowned African hospitality to life. The exclusive use of an open 4x4 safari vehicle allows you to set your own game drive times, while an interactive kitchen caters for informal yet delicious dining. A rim-flow pool on multi-level viewing decks shows off the bush view from dawn to dusk. This is safari luxury on quite another level. Phinda Private Game Reserve PHINDA ROCK LODGE Tel: +27 (0)11 809 4300 andbeyond.com/phinda-rock-lodge/ Carved into the rocky mountainside, Rock Lodge sits in sheer seclusion, suspended in air over the deep valley below. Six stone and adobe suites burrow into the heart of the cliffside, with solid wooden shutters and doors opening out onto a private viewing deck and plunge pool balanced on the very edge of a breathtaking precipice. Warm, intimate interiors and rough hewn walls shelter guests and from everywhere the views are simply breathtaking. Phinda Private Game Reserve

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THONGA BEACH LODGE Tel: +27 (0)35 474 1473 http://www.isibindi.co.za/mabibi Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of the Maputuland coast, KwaZuluNatal, South Africa. This 24-bed luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of the most unspoilt wilderness beaches left on the African continent. Mabibi is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches. Its crystal clear, warm waters offer South Africa’s best snorkelling and fantastic off-shore scuba diving. iSimangaliso Wetland Park Mabibi PHINDA MOUNTAIN LODGE Tel: +27 (0)11 809 4300 andbeyond.com/phinda-mountain-lodge/ With wraparound views of the ancient Ubombo mountain range, Mountain Lodge balances itself majestically above its panoramic surroundings. The 25 suites scattered along the mountainside offer complete privacy and luxury. There’s no end to the choice of taking in the view – spacious verandas with private plunge pools and layered guest areas each provide their own magnificent outlook. Delicious Pan African meals are enjoyed in the dramatic stone and reed boma, lit by the warm glow of dozens of candles and lanterns. Phinda Private Game Reserve

PHINDA FOREST LODGE Tel: +27 (0)11 809 4300 andbeyond.com/phinda-forest-lodge/ Set deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest, the award-winning Forest Lodge fuses architecture and conservation. The lodge was hand built by local artisans, with a minimal footprint on the forest floor – not one tree was felled during construction. An exquisite contradiction, floor-to-ceiling glass walls invite the forest inside, while the dense tree canopy shelters and provides privacy. Floating on stilts above the forest floor while dainty suni graze below, the 16 Zulu Zen suites blend harmoniously into the dappled shade. Phinda Private Game Reserve RHINO RIDGE SAFARI LODGE Tel: +27 (0)35 474 1473 http://www.isibindi.co.za/rhino-ridge Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is situated on the western boundary in the first private concession within Africa’s oldest proclaimed Game Reserve Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, Northern KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Set in a 96 000 hectare park Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge enables guests to enjoy 4 star luxury at a private lodge for the first time within the park, offering spectacular scenery and excellent safari opportunities within the heart of Big 5 territory. Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park

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EXPLORE KZN - ELEPHANT COAST PHINDA VLEI LODGE Tel: +27 (0)11 809 4300 andbeyond.com/phinda-vlei-lodge/ Fringing &Beyond Phinda’s unique vlei (wetland) system at the edge of the sand forest, Vlei Lodge offers an intimate safari experience, with elegant and gracious spaces designed for quiet contemplation of the African wilderness. The six elegant thatched suites look out onto an ever-changing parade of animals on the open vlei. Here you can indulge in game viewing from the comfort of your private plunge pool. Experience delicious dining with an African twist on expansive viewing decks open to the night sky or in a beautiful and remote bush setting. Phinda Private Game Reserve GHOST MOUNTAIN INN Tel: +27 (0)35 573 1025 http://www.ghostmountaininn.co.za At the foot of the legendary Ghost Mountain in Mkuze lies the Ghost Mountain Inn. This intimate and beautiful hotel is the ideal location from which to explore the array of wildlife and coastal reserves in Maputaland and the Elephant Coast. Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the abundance of wildlife and the scenic splendours of this rich and diverse region during game drives, guided walks, cultural excursions and boat cruises in the company of knowledgeable rangers. Those who prefer the relaxing sound of birdsong and the warmth of the African sun will find their respite at the poolside within the glorious gardens of Ghost Mountain Inn. Fish Eagle Road, Mkuze

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WHALE WATCHING Tel: +27 (0)35 590 1259 http://www.advantagetours.co.za Boat-based whale watching (getting as close as 50 metres from the gigantic gentle giants, the Humpback Whales!) aboard the Advantage Cruiser (est. 1991 in St Lucia), a much sought after legal boat-based whale watching permit holder within this World Heritage Site, “The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park” (renamed in Nov 2007 to “The iSimangaliso Wetland Park”) which is located on the southern most tip of the Elephant Coast, KwaZulu Natal. McKenzie Street, St Lucia ST LUCIA KAYAK SAFARIS Tel: +27 (0)35 590 1233 http://www.kayaksafaris.co.za Established in 1999, St Lucia Kayak Safaris have been offering exciting kayaking trips in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park UNESCO World heritage site in St Lucia, South Africa. Quiet tranquility is what we offer with a hint of adventure. Float along with the hippos and crocodiles while fish eagles and herons fly over head. As an official licensed operator, we offer trips to restricted areas such as Catalina Bay as well as snorkeling in the clear waters of Cape Vidal on the Eastern Shores with fun in the surf for the more adventurous. St Lucia Estuary

PHINDA ZUKA LODGE Tel: +27 (0)11 809 4300 andbeyond.com/phinda-zuka-lodge/ Cradled in a valley and surrounded by densely wooded hills studded with aloes, sole-use Zuka Lodge embodies cool, coastal bush style. Four thatched ensuite cottages cluster around a central guest area with an open, interactive kitchen, a large wooden dining table for friends and family, and a cosy fireplace for evening gatherings. With all views pointing towards a busy nearby watering hole, guests are guaranteed never to run out of experiences to share. A private butler, chef, ranger and tracker are ready to indulge your every need and an open 4x4 safari vehicle is provided for exclusive use. Phinda Private Game Reserve THANDA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Tel: +27 (0)35 573 1899 http://www.thanda.com More than a luxury lodge, more than a dream safari destination, more than an African escape… Thanda Private Game Reserve offers an authentically South African wildlife experience matched with sincere commitment to the Zulu culture and passionate conservation of the environment. Meaning ‘love’ in isiZulu, Thanda is a proud member of the Leading Hotels of the World and multiple winner of World’s Leading Luxury Lodge. Hluhluwe

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SHAKALAND Tel: +27 (0)35 460 0912 http://www.shakaland.com Situated just 160km north of Durban is a living monument to Zulu culture. It is from here that people from all over the world come to experience the lifestyles, social systems and rich culture of the Zulu nation. This South African Zulu village offers a comprehensive Zulu experience, from foot-stomping tribal dancing by assegai-wielding warriors in traditional animal skins to consultations with a sangoma (spiritual leader believed to have the ability to communicate with the ancestors) and an inyanga (traditional herbalist). It’s a worthwhile addition to any South African itinerary offering a variety of cultural experiences both for leisure travelers, tourists, conferences and students. Shakaland is more than just a tourist attraction – it is an enriching experience affording a better understanding of the Zulu nation, its people and their intriguing customs. Normanhurst Farm, Nkwalini Zululand SHAYAMANZI HOUSEBOATS Tel: +27 (0)34 413 2299 http://www.shayamanzi.co.za Northern KwaZulu Natal has many natural and splendid beauties, but little can compare with the superb wildlife to be seen on the shores of Lake Jozini (also known as Pongolapoort Lake). On board the Shayamanzi Houseboat, soak up the stunning scenery of the Lebombo Mountains and Pongola Game Reserve. Enjoy calm serenity on the water or the thrill of Tiger fishing! Shayamanzi is all about taking time out to appreciate Africa’s special wonders. Jozini Tiger Lodge, Pongola 5Durban

PAKAMISA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Tel: +27 (0)83 229 1811 http://www.pakamisa.co.za Pakamisa – the name in the language of the Zulu means “to lift up” and we assure our guests that their spirits will soar in this African Shangri-La. Imagine being able to experience the sights, smells, sounds and excitement of the African veld so that you literally become one with the environment. Pakamisa is also home to a collection of magnificent Arabian Horses all superbly trained by the owner. There are few greater thrills than exploring the wild African Bush on horseback. Pakamisa is predator & malaria free, creating a safe environment for a range of activities for adults and children not usually available in BIG 5 Reserves. We offer discerning visitors luxury, comfort and great hospitality with excellent gourmet cuisine amidst the pristine African wilderness. Pakamisa is a perfect base for those wishing to explore Northern Zululand and is conveniently situated on the main route from Kruger Park to Durban. Pongola

ESIKHOTHENI LODGE Tel: +27 (0)83 320 4948 http://www.esikhotheni.co.za Esikhotheni Lodge in KZN celebrates tranquil charm, surrounded by untouched African bush, on a stunning hilltop location overlooking the shimmering Jozini Lake. Superior accommodation is offered in 7 ensuite chalets, positioned for optimum privacy all have private patios with magnificent views. The bathrooms are beautiful, large showers and raised oval baths share stunning views of the lake. Pongola FISH EAGLE SAFARI BOAT Tel: +27 (0)34 435 1123 http://www.fisheaglesafariboat.co.za Enjoy a Breakfast, Lunch or Sundowner cruise while viewing the game grazing along the shores of the lake or simply relax while our friendly crew look after you. This 21 metre luxury day cruise boat with sun deck, bar, kitchen, braai and toilets is ideal for a relaxed trip on the Pongolapoort Dam. Departing from the Mvubu jetty, the Fish Eagle can carry up to 50 people in comfort and safety. Mvubu Jetty, Pongolapoort Dam, Pongola

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MKUZE FALLS PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Tel: +27 (0)34 414 1018 http://www.mkuzefalls.com Situated in the heart of historic Zululand in the South African province of KwaZuluNatal, Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve is one of only two Private Game Reserves in the region where you can view the ‘Big 5’ - lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, and elephant. For bird lovers, nearly 430 species of birds are resident. Experience the unique richness that this peaceful part of Africa has to offer. It is a place of pure tastes and simple delights, celebrating the thrill of nature. The lake cruise is a must for avid birders or the leisure fisherman. This is the place with the sound and beauty of water falling seeps into your soul.... Pongola

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AMAKHOSI SAFARI LODGE Tel: +27 (0)34 414 1157 http://www.amakhosi.com Amakhosi is located in a blend of savannah, wetlands and mountains. The Safari Lodge is situated on the banks of Zululand’s Mkuze River in Amakhosi private game reserve. Artistic décor, African fusion cuisine and prompt attentive service, makes AmaKhosi a bush lodge difficult to match elsewhere in Southern Africa. St. Lucia Wetlands and Sodwana Bay are a mere 2.5 hours away from the lodge and are well worth incorporating into your itinerary. Mozambique and Swaziland is also in close proximity. Pongola

WHITE ELEPHANT SAFARI Tel: +27 (0)34 413 2489 http://www.whiteelephant.co.za Offering game drives and incredible boat cruises on Lake Jozini. The lodge captures the history and romance of a bygone era. Eight luxurious safari tents, each with romantic ball and claw bath, outdoor canvas shower and private patio provide an evocative safari in the Pongola Game Reserve Wilderness. The Bush Camp is an ideal self-catering escape from the busy hurried world for families and friends. Seven spacious thatched en-suite chalets with quality linen and overhead fans, open plan kitchen, dining room, bar, swimming pool and spectacular views ensure a “close to nature”, relaxed ambience. Pongola Game Reserve 5Durban


EXPLORE KZN - SOUTH COAST

THE GORGE PRIVATE GAME LODGE & SPA Tel: +27 (0)39 687 4000 http://www.thegorge.co.za The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa is nestled in an unspoiled part of South Africa’s South Coast region of KwaZulu-Natal, the majestic Oribi Gorge. Situated only 32km from Port Shepstone, it offers one of the most spectacular natural wonders of our diverse country. Our exclusive, luxury villas are built on the edge of the impressive sandstone cliffs offering spectacular views of the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve. From this vantage point, guests can enjoy the sight of the endangered Cape Vultures gliding on the thermals and our ever changing views. Oribi Gorge SHARK CAGE DIVING KZN Tel: +27 (0)82 373 5950 http://www.sharkcagedivingkzn.com Operated by scuba diving expert John Miller who is a pioneer in Shark Cage Diving in KwaZulu Natal. John has 20 years of Scuba Diving experience, both in diving with sharks and diving coral reefs. He, together with his experienced team, will ensure you have the most unforgettable shark diving experience! Landers Dive Centre, Rocky Bay, Park Rynie

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THE VIEW BOUTIQUE HOTEL & SPA Tel: +27 (0)31 903 1556 http://www.hoteltheview.com The View Boutique Hotel & Spa is located in Amanzimtoti on the South Coast of KwaZulu Natal and close to Durban. Wake up in the morning to breathtaking sea views of the Sapphire coast. Built by the Lithgow family as a homestead and then converted to a five star exclusive boutique hotel. Relax in stylish rooms with hand carved beds, crisp white linen, private spa baths and balconies which open onto tropical gardens overlooking two sparkling pools. 9 Hillside Road, Doonsideheights, Amanzimtoti

PEERMONT MONDAZUR Tel: +27 (0)39 313 0011 http://www.mondazur.com The 4-star Peermont Mondazur Hotel and Spa is near Southbroom on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast at San Lameer Golf Estate, and is situated on the banks of the Umhlangamkulu Lagoon with access to a pristine Indian Ocean beach. The intimate hotel offers 40 rooms and suites elegantly decorated in contemporary Indonesian style. In this exclusive and secure beach and golf coastal reserve, guests are surrounded by beauty, luxury and tranquillity. San Lameer

WILD GORGE SWING Tel: +27 (0)82 566 7424 http://www.wild5adventures.co.za The Wild Gorge swing is an unbelievable experience that leaves you breathless yet exhilarated. Situated at the top of Lehr’s Waterfall, this is the highest gorge swing in the world. Hurl yourself (or simply step) off the edge of the waterfall to swing into the gaping depths of the gorge - 165m (55 Storeys). Unlike a bungee, where you are strapped by the ankles, you experience the swing securely and comfortably fastened in a full body harness. Oribi Gorge Hotel, Oribi Gorge

DAYS AT SEA BEACH LODGE Tel: +27 (0)39 313 0013 http://www.daysatsea.co.za The gentle murmur of the Indian Ocean is a constant lullaby. Days at Sea - a luxury hotel with just 6 suites, is a hideaway in the true sense of the word, a refuge for lovers of nature, first-class cuisine and fine wine. Each suite is a world on its own, a masterpiece of design in exquisite shades of aqua blue. The spacious pool set over the ocean is illuminated at night. Above it are the restaurant and lounge with projected images and music ranging from Pavarotti to Café Del Mar. The five-star country house is surrounded by three worldclass golf courses - Wildcoast, San Lameer and Southbroom – and several leading game reserves, home to the “big five”, are within driving distance 39 Effingham Parade, Trafalgar

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5 Star Durban March - May 2015  
5 Star Durban March - May 2015  

5 Star Durban is a glossy quarterly print magazine aimed at high-end tourists to KwaZulu-Natal and locals alike, designed to highlight all t...

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