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CONTENTS Welcome.................................................2 Whale Heritage Site...........................3 MSC Cruises...........................................6 Magical Book.........................................7 KZN Freedom Route...........................7 Family Fun & Adventure....................8 Do Summer Do KZN....................... 16 Spotlight on Entertainment.......... 22 Durban.................................................. 23 PMB / Midlands................................. 30 Zululand............................................... 32 Battlefields.......................................... 34 North Coast........................................ 36 Drakensberg........................................ 38 South Coast........................................ 40 Elephant Coast................................... 43


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SANIBONANI and Welcome to the Exceptional Zulu Kingdom


Accommodation Guide

Meetings Industry Guide

Explore the East3Route

Tourism Tattler

KZN Tourist Map

Travellers Tips

KZN Travel Guide

Wedding Planner




North Coast


PMB & Midlands


South Coast

Elephant Coast


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The festive season is finally here and we are excited to welcome the thousands of holidaymakers heading towards to KwaZuluNatal for their well-deserved summer holiday with their friends and family. The festive season for us is always a highlight of all the work that we have done throughout the year in promoting the province as THE must-visit destination. Holidaymakers will also be spoilt for choice of great accommodation establishments this season, some which have recently won the National Lilizela Tourism Awards for their excellent service. • MAHAI Caravan Park Royal Natal is a beautifully situated campsite featuring 120 large campsites nestled along the Mahai River with magnificent mountains forming the backdrop in the Royal Natal National Park. All campsites have shared cold-water taps and are serviced by five, modern ablution blocks with hot baths and showers, flush toilets, laundry machines and dishwashing facilities. For more info, contact Welile Mtshali on 079 589 2766 or email: • Pleasant Places Country Guest House: THERE are many reasons to enjoy a wonderful stay at Pleasant Places Country Guest House and whether the initial reason for your stay is an occasion, sporting event, school function, the various attractions of the Midlands Meander will help you unwind and escape the stresses of daily routines. Established in 1997, the four-star country house has been completely renovated, in September 2017, with all rooms and public spaces redesigned and updated by an award winning interior decorator. For more information, contact Pleasant Places Country Guest House on 078 768 2319 or  email: • The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa: NESTLED in the majestic Oribi Gorge and a 90-minute drive from Durban is The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa. The lodge offers ultra-luxurious accommodation, a conference/ meeting room and a wine cellar ideal for private functions. Hiking or mountain biking through the indigenous forests and grasslands provides a great way to unwind. With over 255 different bird species, including several resident fish eagles, the endangered ground hornbills and the Cape vulture, the Gorge also caters for the avid birdwatcher. For more information, contact The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa on 039 687 4000 or email • BAYALA Game Lodge is nestled within 30 000 ha of unspoiled wilderness. Bayala Game Lodge has 24 newly renovated thatch-roofed en-suite rooms decorated with neutral bushveld colours throughout. The lodge boasts beautiful and restful lounges, bars and relaxed, informal dining inside or outside, where its chefs produce a line-up of dining experiences. One can enjoy a traditional braai under the stars or a boma dinner. Be astonished by the aesthetic views of the big five among beautiful zebra, giraffe and various other plains game with one of the lodge’s experienced rangers on an open safari vehicle. For more information, contact

Bayala Game Lodge on 035 562 0498 or 035 562 0420, email: • Ekhaya Boutique Hotel: OFFERING luxury accommodation in Westville, Durban, the Ekhaya Boutique Hotel offers a home away from home experience for the discerning travellers. It offers a personalised guest experience, for both the leisure and corporate travellers. Located 10 minutes west of Durban, Ekhaya Boutique Hotel is also three minutes away from Westwood Mall and five minutes away from The Pavilion Shopping Centre with easy access to and from the M13 and N3. For more information, contact Ekhaya Boutique Hotel on 031 266 0950 or email: • The Oyster Box Hotel: THE world-famous hotel Oyster Box, overlooking the iconic Umhlanga lighthouse and the Indian Ocean, has claimed the Lilizela Awards top honour in the five-star hotel category. With all the colonial charm of a bygone era, the 86room hotel has been hailed as the epitome of modern elegance and comfort. As well as its range of venues for wining and dining, including the popular Palm Court where a traditional high tea is served daily with a live piano accompaniment, there is also a spa, two swimming pools set in a tropical gardens, a 24-seater movie theatre and a private library. For more information, contact Oyster Box on 031 514 5000; email:; or visit To ensure that holidaymakers feel safe and secure in KZN, we loaded useful information on our travel APP, the KZN Travel Guide ranging from safety tips, emergency services must do activities in the province as well as well a detailed events calendar full of activities to keep any holidaymaker entertained. Our Information Offices will also be opened throughout the season, so holidaymakers can have access to any information they may need to ensure that they truly have a memorable time in the province. We urge all our holidaymakers to use registered and graded establishments whenever you visit the province to avoid any disappointments. If in doubt, please visit the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa website ( For those who have not finalized their accommodation yet, visit our website,, where you can access travel packages from products from across the province in real time. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our tourism partners and our holidaymakers an exceptional and memorable holiday season in the Zulu Kingdom. Please follow us on social media and post your best images enjoying some activities in KZN with the #DoKZN on all our social networks, Facebook (KZNTourism), Instagram (@tourismkzn_official), Twitter (@Tourism KZN), YouTube (KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Authority) and Pintrest (KZN Tourism) over the festive season.

Bluff, Durban achieves International Whale Heritage Site status Spearheaded by Helga du Preez and Melissa Lee, of Soul of South Durban (SODURBA) Community Tourism Association, the campaign to bid for Whale Heritage Site status for eThekwini has seen fruition. Inspired by the World Whale Conference held in Durban in June 2017, du Preez, supported by WILDOCEANS’ Rachel Kramer, Matthew Cocks of WESSA and Bluff ward councillor JP Prinsloo worked assiduously with the Bluff Steering Committee to meet the criteria required by the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) to apply for certification. Established by the WCA, Whale Heritage Sites are an initiative aimed at increasing the protection and conservation of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) and their habitats while also contributing to sustainable livelihoods, the arts, science and education. Whale Heritage Site (WHS) status is granted to those places around the world where cetaceans are celebrated through art, education, research and cultural events; where sustainable practices and livelihoods are continually improved to ensure the health of cetacean habitats and the long-term economic health of human communities; and where respectful coexistence with cetaceans is supported through law, policy and cooperation. Whale Heritage Sites are high sea or coastal marine areas, and less often

freshwater rivers and lakes, where cetaceans live, and the associated land areas. Whale Heritage Sites are identified against criteria that interweave natural and cultural elements and acknowledge critical places that, for reasons of physical and social geography, are sites where people can coexist with cetaceans in an authentic and respectful way. “Whale Heritage Sites are becoming the gold standard for responsible whale watching destinations worldwide,” said Jean-Michel Cousteau, honorary president of the World Cetacean Alliance, which runs the certification initiative. The Bluff offers an historic whaling station and many opportunities for whale and dolphin watching along the extensive coast. This presents an opportunity for tourists to take a cultural and environmental journey from the cruel, irresponsible activities of commercial whaling to the respect these magnificent animals now deserve from conservation authorities around the world.

an annual Welcoming of the Whales Festival attended by more than 6000 people in 2019, a Whale Sports festival, establishing view sites, whale themed art installations along the whale heritage route and a 3m whale sculpture called Destiny. Welcoming of the Whales Festival Saturday 27th June 2020, not to be missed! Dylan Walker, CEO of the World Cetacean Alliance said, “We would like to thank The Bluff Steering Committee for the outstanding work undertaken that has culminated in this certification. We view the Bluff as a wonderful example of how a small, but dedicated, group of people working tirelessly can develop responsible and sustainable tourism with associated benefits for local human and cetacean communities in an area that faces many other environmental and social challenges.” Proud partners:

The future success of the Whale Heritage Site status will rely heavily on building partnerships and getting private investment. Another key success factor will be the response by the city of eThekwini and their drive towards supporting this fledgling industry. The combined efforts of SODURBA, WILDOCEANS (a programme of the WILDTRUST), WESSA Treasure Beach, the councillor and local municipal officials has proved successful. These successes include

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DEC-JAN HIGHLIGHTS 29 November – 7 December MATRIC RAGE – BALLITO 1 Dec 18:00 ZACK KNIGHT LIVE IN SA Durban ICC. (031 360 1000)

13-15 Dec 19:00 DOLPHINS BY STARLIGHT uShaka Marine World Dolphinarium. (Computicket) 15 Dec MUSIC AT MAKARANGA FEATURING JEREMY LOOPS Webtickets 16 Dec 12:00 MNINI DAM EXTRAVAGANZA Mnini Dam. (083 514 1685)

1 Dec 17:00 INDIAN IDOLS RELOADED’ sees the Idols return by public demand, with the winner of Indian Idols, Salman Ali, first runner up, Ankush Bhardwaj, and top-five performers Nitin Kumar and Kunal Pandit, who are set to electrify audiences with their dynamic performances – The Globe, Suncoast Casino. 5 December CHRISTMAS WITH DRAKENSBERG BOYS CHOIR PMB City Hall, Pietermaritzburg Tickets from

16 Dec 09:00 SEKUSILE SUMMER PICNIC MUSIC EXPERIENCE is a music and entertainment event featuring Maskandi artists, DJs and other performing artists – JL Dube Stadium, Inanda.

7 Dec 14:00 5TH INK HOP FESTIVAL Peoples Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium

21 Dec 20:00 BIG BANGER COMEDY hosted by Skhumba Hlophe provides a platform for SA’s best up-and-coming comedians – The Globe at Suncoast. (Book at Computicket)

7 Dec 19:00 BRAVE COMBAT FEDERATION SA featuring 20 national and international fighters Sibaya Sun Park. (Computicket)

22 Dec 12:00 VOX MUSIC ON THE LAWN FT MATTHEW MOLE 10 Ranleigh Crescent, Durban North. (Book via Webtickets) 22 December BLYTHDALE MARKET PRAWN FESTIVAL 2019 Blythedale. Tel: 061 820 3518 26 Dec DURBAN JAZZ FESTIVAL Hazelmere Dam. (082 792 9693)

12-30 Dec 18:30 DURBAN BOTANIC GARDENS’ TRAIL OF LIGHTS is KZN’s biggest and brightest holiday event, which this year boasts a bigger trail, new displays, over 1 million lights, nightly entertainment, live music, a festive market and holiday activities. (Tickets available at Webtickets) 13 Dec 18:00 INDONI MR AND MISS SOUTH AFRICA 2020 Durban ICC. (Webtickets) 4

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29 December – 1 January SMOKING DRAGON MUSIC FESTIVAL Amphitheatre Backpackers, R74, Bergville, Northern Drakensberg. Tel: 082 855 9767 31 December BALLITO NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY Sandra Rd & Crush Night Club, Ballito 31 Dec 11TH ANNUAL GOSPEL ALL STARS Durban Workshop Centrum Park.

31 Dec 18:00 FACT DURBAN ROCKS People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium. (Webtickets) 31 Dec 10:00 UNYAKA NYE FESTIVAL 2020 promises an epic New Year’s rave set in the picturesque biosphere of Hazelmere Dam & Nature Reserve, with ample camp sites, swimming and water sports, and the biggest stages and headliners, including Faithless from the UK with Sister Bliss, psychedelic sounds from Ranji (Israel) and Brazilian basslines from Shapeless. (Book via Computicket) 1 Jan 11:00 WOZE DURBAN PICNIC is a family-oriented picnic that morphs into a music festival later in the evening with performing artists and DJs – Greyville Convention Centre, Inner Fields. (Computicket) 24 January 120TH ANNIVERSARY BATTLE OF SPIONKOP Spionkop Tel: Ray Heron – 082 573 0225


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IT’S THE SEASON FOR SUMMER WITH MSC CRUISES MSC Cruises, the leading cruise line in South Africa, celebrated the arrival of MSC Orchestra with glitz, glamour and absolute grace. The over 2 000 guests who attended the launch were treated to an awe-inspiring show in the ship’s beautiful Covent Garden theatre, followed by a sumptuous gala dinner, culminating in performances by world-class South African acts, Mi Casa and Pascal & Pearce. “This is the first time MSC Orchestra is visiting South African shores and we are proud to welcome her to Durban,” says Ross Volk, Managing Director at MSC Cruises South Africa. “South Africans have shown us how much they enjoy cruising, and we know that this beautiful ship will not disappoint.” In its last cruise season, from November 2018 to April 2019, MSC Cruises saw a 25% increase in guest numbers compared to the same period in 2017/2018. Cruising is becoming an increasingly popular option for South Africans, as it is an all-inclusive and affordable vacation for all types of holidaymakers. Food, accommodation, and almost all activities are included in the cruise fare, which greatly appeals to the constrained budgets of many South Africans. A cruise holiday offers something for everyone, from the adventurous sporty types, to people who prefer a more relaxed vibe. Children under the age of 18 cruise for free if they stay in the same cabin as their parents, and there is a range of free kids’ clubs to entertain them. Local cruises can last anywhere from 3 to 11 nights, accommodating all kinds of holiday budgets. MSC Orchestra will be doing 39 cruises in Southern African waters over the next six months, travelling to destinations such as Pomene, Cape Town, Portuguese Island, Mauritius and Walvis Bay. MSC Orchestra boasts a diverse mix of facilities and activities, including 5 restaurants, 8 bars, a theatre, 2 pools, a gym and a spa. The concept of growing demand from consumers for cruise holidays has also led to MSC Cruises’ decision to bring two ships to South African shores for next year’s 2020/2021 cruise season. We look forward to welcoming over 100,000 South Africans onboard MSC Orchestra over the next six months, and we know they will enjoy their time with us,” concluded Volk. 6

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THE MOST MAGICAL BOOK SET IN THE AFRICAN BUSH SINCE BORN FREE by the Daily mail UK This sequel of Lawrence’s book “The Elephant Whisperer” is now available in paperback and audio, and has been translated into French, German and will soon be into Dutch too. This bestselling book has just been released in the United States. It is available in all South African bookstores and for more information visit:

Explore! KwaZulu-Natal the

Freedom Route


ROUTE DETAILS: ex Durban or Pietermaritzburg. DAILY departures Durban: 8:00am: North Beach Tourism: 2 K.E. Mafinge Rd, Golden Mile ROUTE: • Phoenix Settlement - Built for Gandhi family in 1904 • Ohlange InstituteTourism John Dube - essayist, philosopher, educator, politician, publisher, editor, novelist and poet, indeed a remarkable man. He was the first president of the ANC, founded the newspaper Ilanga • PMB Tourism Hub • PMB Railway Station • Old Prison Project Gateway • Arya Samaj Manaye Hall • Mandela Capture Site/ Tourism Hub • PMB/North Beach Tourism •

KWAZULU NATAL FREEDOM ROUTE…. Home to global legends. SPECIAL RATES FOR DECEMBER @ R450pp excl lunch. Lunch SPECIAL is available at the Capture Site @ R50pp Sun 1 Dec 2019 - Sun 12 Jan 2020.

Listen as Team KZN Freedom Route Tour Guides relate unforgettable and fascinating snippets or longer tales of triumph that influenced lives, restored dignity and changed history at each of the four authentic iconic unique locations along The Freedom Route Tour. Follow in their footprints, visit historical locations and discover hidden heritage gems.

DAILY departures Pietermaritzburg 10:30am: PMB Tourism Hub, 283 Langalibalele Str

ROUTE: • Tourism Hub PMB • PMB Railway Station • Old Prison Project Gateway • Arya Samaj Manaye Hall • Mandela Capture Site • Tourism Hub PMB BOOK your Seat and Follow legendary footsteps to FREEDOM Tel 033 345 3175 or Whats App 083 632 2420 or •


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NO DOUBT, THE BEST WAY TO VIEW WHALES AND DOLPHINS UP CLOSE IS FROM A BOAT THE ISLE OF CAPRI CRUISES offers an exhilarating 2 hour cruise into the ocean on their boat “Bafana”, to view one of the world’s most magnificent mammals, the Humpback Whale! The trip takes you into the Indian Ocean and close to the Mozambican current to encounter them at close range. All trips have friendly and fully qualified whale tour guides on board, to share their vast knowledge of the ocean and its creatures with you. Every year, from June to November, whales can frequently be seen off the KwaZulu-Natal coast on their migratory route, from the Southern Oceans to the warmer tropical waters for mating and giving birth, and on their return, heading for the nutrient rich waters of Antarctica. By law, you are not allowed to approach within 300m from a whale, unless you are aboard a boat permitted by the Department of Marine and Coastal Management. Permit holders are all members of the South African Boat-Based Whale Watching Association and as such are required to adhere to a strict code of conduct and to undergo training. The Isle of Capri Cruises boasts one of two whale watching permits awarded in Durban.

We also offer: • Hourly Harbour Cruises from 10am - 4pm (conditions apply) • Sea Cruises at 12.30pm and 2.30pm • Educational School Trips • Boat Rides • Party Cruises • Fishing

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Woza Moya, the economic empowerment project of the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust, is the craft hub of KZN. Woza Moya assists over 350 crafters impacted by HIV/AIDS, helping each person earn a sustainable income through the making of exceptional crafts. We have a wide variety of beautiful products made for all occasions by the talented team of crafters.

Shop online at : 26 Old Main Road Hillcrest Woza Moya Embocraft 237 Old Main Road Bothas Hill 163 Lilian Ngoyi Road, Windermere Centre +27 (0) 31 765 5866 |

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KZN THINGS TO DO • MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM ACTIVITIES: There are two ways to get to the top of the 106m high arch. There’s the SkyCar ride for those who can’t wait to reach the top which departs on the hour, every hour from 10h00 to 17h00 Tuesday – Sunday (weather permitting), and then there’s the Adventure Walk for those who are up for a bit of a workout. Take in the scenery as you make your way up the 500 steps. It’s a leisurely 20-minute walk to the top. • Big swing : The Big Rush Big Swing has been officially named the world’s tallest swing by the Guinness Book of Records since 14 May 2011. Not your average swing, the aptly named Big Swing allows you to take the thrilling leap swinging out into a massive 220m arc where you soar into the centre of the stadium. • Segway gliding tours: Explore everything the stadium has to offer while you effortlessly and smoothly coast through its ins-and-outs. Whether you just want to go on the Moses Mabhida All Access Tour, or want to cover the promenade and beyond, there’s a wide range of Segway Gliding Tours to suit every glider. Delegates will be required to wear closed shoes with proper grip soles. No high heels or slops for these tours. • Ushaka Marine World : South Africa’s most loved marine theme park, uShaka Marine World is a 16-hectare theme park which was opened on 30 April 2004 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It comprises 8 sections: uShaka Sea World, uShaka Wet ‘n Wild, uShaka Sea Animal Encounters Island, uShaka Beach, uShaka Village Walk, uShaka Kids World, uShaka Dangerous Creatures and Chimp & Zee. https:// • Phezulu Safari Park : an exciting tourism venue, situated in Botha’s Hill, only 35 km’s from central Durban. This picturesque park has magnificent views of the world-famous Valley of a 1000 Hills.At Phezulu village, the world famous Gasa clan has over the last 30 years, allowed visitors to Phezulu the opportunity to savour the taste and feel the rhythm of Africa. Visitors are taken into traditional beehive shaped thatched huts, where the various artifacts, beliefs and rituals are explained, giving foreigners an insight into the fascinating Zulu culture. The Zulu dancing show is impressive with the dancers in their traditional garb, showing off their skills with grace, agility and humour- a truly unforgettable experience! Take park in Zulu spear and shield making. (show times are 10:00, 11:30, 14:00 and 15:30). Phezulu also offers a Crocodile and Snake Park where knowledgeable guides will take our guests on a tour. • Inanda Heritage Route and KwaMuhle Museum : The Inanda Heritage Route takes in some of the most important historical sites of Durban. Winding its way through the Inanda Valley, it provides a critical snapshot of South African history. The Phoenix Settlement, established by Mahatma Ghandi, the Inanda Seminary, being the first secondary school for African girls, John Dube’s gravesite and the Ohlange Institute, where former President Nelson Mandela cast his first vote, all form part of this route. • Wild 5 activities at Oribi Gorge about 2:30

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hours south of Durban: Experience the longest gorge swing in South Africa (165m) and the longest of its kind in the world. • Lake eland for the Zip lining: About 2:30 hours south of Durban, This is the longest zip line tour in Africa. The Tour consists of 14 zip lines starting at the top of the Gorge. The most memorable zip line is number 6 which soars over the 300m high Gorge. The views from that height are breathtaking and you are left feeling exhilarated when you reach platform 7. • Karkloof Canopy Tour : Ziplining canopy tour which is about 2 hours out of Durban begins with a detailed safety briefing followed by a Kitting up session where fully body harness, pulleys and climbing equipment are put on and checked for safety. All groups are escorted through the forest canopy by a lead guide and a safety guide to ensure your safety as you slide from tree to tree. This comes with a light lunch. • Mandela Capture Site : Situated 1:30 hours out of Durban, This is a place in the history of South Africa, which has enormous significance because it’s where Nelson Mandela long walk to freedom was interrupted for 27 years on the R103, the old main road 5km from Howick, where he was ‘ captured ‘ on his return journey to Johannesburg. • King Shaka memorial : 30 minutes from King Shaka International airport proceed to KwaDukuza to visit King Shaka Memorial center. A 20-minute slide show on the history of King Shaka can be viewed and there is also a small curio shop and an Interpretative Centre. Shaka was born in Zululand in 1787, his mother being Princess Nandi, and his father, the Zulu King, Senzangakhona. In 1816, on the death of his father, Shaka, became King of the Zulus. At this time, he was living at his royal settlement, “Bulawayo” in the heart, of Zululand. He was engaged in forming a vast and very effective Zulu army of warriors (Impi). heritageproduct-king-shakas-visitors-centre-43 • Microlighting : About 40 minutes north of Durban, experience the scenic views of the north coast from a birds view point with regular sightings of Dolphin, Sharks, Wales, Turtles, Stingrays and numerous other marine life, while enjoying the sub tropical climate of KwaZuluNatal’s Dolphin Coast. • The Luthuli Museum : A site of international historical Significance that celebrates the life and legacy of a human rights champion, an exemplary African leader and the recipient of the 1960 Nobel Peace Prize, Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli. • Shakaland : Situated just 160km north of the city 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. A visit to South Africa is not complete without a visit to Shakaland – one of the most famous cultural attractions in Africa. Experience traditional Zulu culture and customs on this

tour of Shakaland near Eshowe and enjoy the grace and energy of the Zulu dancers. 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. shakaland/ • Elephant Coast, KwaZulu-Natal: Home to the world-renowned Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. It is characterized by untouched wetlands teeming with birdlife, Big Five bush breakaways and beautiful beaches that bring sea turtles to the shore to lay their eggs in one of nature’s most time-honored ceremonies. • iSimangaliso Wetland park : It stretches 220km from Cape St Lucia to the Mozambique border and is a World Heritage Site. It is dominated by Lake St Lucia and the St Lucia Estuary with its network of coastal lakes, dunes, subtropical forests, swamps and wetland systems that are a haven for indigenous fauna and flora. • Sani Pass Tours : The Sani Pass is a spectacular mountain road and the only vehicle route over the Drakensberg escarpment and into the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. It is the gateway to the ‘Roof of Africa’ scenic route that links the spectacular scenery of the Drakensberg with the mountains of northern Lesotho. Proceed to Mokhotlong village to get a feel for the unique way of life of the Basotho people. Walls of sandstone, cascading rivers, hair-raising bends and a fascinating history are just some of the highlights as a 4x4 vehicle takes you through the Barrier of Spears and into the Kingdom of Lesotho. A Passport is required for this tour. • Hot Air Ballooning in the KZN Midlands: Gently rising from the ground up to a height of around 10 to 20 meters and slowly sailing through the air for an hour or so, you will be awe-struck by the panoramic view which becomes ever clearer as the sun rises higher in the sky. • Gondola Ride at the Point Waterfront : Did you know that you don’t need to go to the canals of Venice Italy to experience the magic and romance of a gondola ride? You and your sweetheart can enjoy a laid back hour or two on a romantic gondola ride, just floating down the canals without a care in the world, right here in Durban. Departure for this is from Zulumoon Gondola Rides at Durban’s Point Waterfront next to uShaka Marine World, so once you’re back from your trip along the canals, you could spend some time at the water park, enjoying the rides or going on a sight-seeing tour. Make sure that you go when it’s cool, i.e. early or late in the afternoon as the midday sun can get pretty hot! • Moonlit Horseback Beach Rides: Watch the sun setting and the moon rising on the beach from horseback. You will enjoy a magical adventure on a 12km horse trail bathed in the light of the moon. These specially romantic and magical rides take you along their regular beach trail, but leaving in the late afternoon when you are likely to see the magnificent changing colours of the sky as the sun is setting over the horizon, experience the magical sight of the moon rising over the sea, and to be able to ride through the bush with only the light of the moon showing you the way and learning to really trust your steed.

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Little Switzerland Resort A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN

Set in a 2000 hectare private reserve of jagged cliffs, indigenous forests, mountain streams and breathtaking views. Hike. Bike. Breathe huge gulps of mountain air. Meditate. Enjoy a cocktail while basking in the grand view across Africa’s oldest mountain range. Swim. Relax.Canter. Dine. Dream. Fly-fish a mountain lake at dawn. Jog. Ride. Relax as afternoon shadows lengthen. Rejuvenate at the spa.Conference facilities, Hotel accommodation and self catering chalets. Unsurpassed luxury at affordable rates. Visit Little Switzerland Mountain Resort and see how much you can fit into your stay.

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Tel +2736 438 2500, Fax +2736 438 2517 Email: Website: LITTLE SWITZERLAND RESORT

Only 2 hours from Durban and 45 minutes from Richards Bay. Experience the best Safari and finest cuisine at the oldest Private Game Reserve in Zululand.

EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, SAFARI LODGE, LUXURY TENTED CAMP AND CONFERENCE CENTRE Elephant Safari Lodge - Luxury, stylish décor and gourmet cuisine. In airconditioned chalets. Luxury Tented Camp - Authentic African bush experience. Conference Centre - Up to 25 delegates. Visit our website for special package on offer, or call us on 073 266 8577 / 082 259 9732 or email us on

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Your Official “Big 7”Destination

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A banquet of live entertainment is on offer as we slip into holiday mode…

The Playhouse Company has an exciting spectrum of shows lined for the Festive Season! Sure to delight Durban’s residents and visitors alike, is the world premiere of BIGLY YUGE, award winning playwright Clinton Marius’s latest comedy romp, scripted for and featuring an ace trio of Durban TV and stage actors - Bongani Mbatha, Mduduzi Nombela and Xolani ‘XD Black’ Dlamini. Ask any plus-size person what life is like at the heavier end of the scale. You’ll hear good, some bad, some funny stories. These highs and lows are brought to the stage in this entertaining musical comedy directed by SA entertainment luminary, Tony Kgoroge. Produced by Moving Acts Productions in association with The Playhouse Company, the production runs in The Loft from 4 to 15 December. Other Playhouse attractions include: FUDUKAZI MAGIC, a children’s story-telling classic by master of the genre, Dr Gcina Mhlophe plays in the Grand Foyer till 7 December); A CHRISTMAS CAROL: THE STORY OF SCROOGE, VERONICA PAEPER’S CHRISTMAS BALLET from Cape Town City Ballet, featuring 40 dancers and the KZNPO (Opera Theatre, 6 – 8 December); and A Festive Season Celebration,The Playhouse Company’s year-end gala Concert, in the Drama Theatre on 21 and 22 December, with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and Playhouse Choral and soloists performing a mixture of soul stirring gospel numbers and a medley of Christmas classics. Directed by Ralph Lawson, this is one for the whole family, and will leave you feeling festive and loving the Christmas spirit. Also on the cards, for comedy lovers, JOKER IS QUEEN is a festive extravaganza of laughter starring Leeanda Reddy and Kaseran Pillay in the Drama Theatre on 13 and 14 December, will take you on a journey of cultural delight. Keeping zany company with oddballs and misfits for characters, this energetic and authentic production, brought to you by the Playhouse Company, is a festive treat showcasing the best of the best on the laughter high wire. Playhouse bookings through Webtickets, call Playhouse Box Office 031-369 9540 (office hours, or log onto 22 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN Dec-Jan 2020

KickstArt family end-of-year 2019 pantomime is a spectacular new production based on the classic book by Lewis Carroll, ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND, which lights up Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre stage through December until 5 January. This new version of Alice in Wonderland, offers a glorious array of zany, topsyturvy characters, including colourful puppets as well as magical scenery, vibrant costumes, topical jokes and toe-tapping songs. Written and directed by Steven Stead, and designed by Greg King, the show stars Georgina Mabbett as Alice, with Liesl Coppin as the Queen of Hearts, Belinda Henwood as the White Queen, Mthokozisi Zulu as the White Rabbi, Blessing Xaba as Nurse Nora Knowalot, Lyle Buxton as the Mad Hatter, Roland Perold as the Knave of Hearts, and Ewok Iain Robinson and James Cuningham as Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee. Ticket Prices: Adults R250 / R200 / R150. Children, Students, Pensioners R200 / R180 / R120. Schools’ and Preview Performances: R140 throughout (No discounts). Book at Computicket.

following this is BARRY THOMSON AND THE REALS SILLY SEASON SHOW DOWN (20 – 24 December); WISH YOU WERE HERE, a Pink Floyd tribute (27 – 31 December); John and Mim Erasmus’s children’s entertainment SUZY GLOBE TROTS plays from 9 – 21 December. And PLATFORM JAZZ will get you shimmying and flapping and your toes definitely tapping at their new show due to be staged the last 2 weekends in January 2020. Don those spats , boas and fascinators and come and join the party for THE GREAT GATSBY (17 to 26 January).

Prepare to hear new songs in an old style and old songs in a new style! The favourites by Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller and Louis Armstrong are on the programme. Cathy “Hotlips” Peacock on trumpet , Kirsten “the kitten” Sayers on Clarinet , Jeff “Papa Wok” Robinson on sax and newcomer Andrea “The Italian” Bolloco on trombone complete the frontline whilst Melvin Peters on keys, “Bashful” Bruce Baker on drums and Andreas “Bullfiddle” Kappen on bass complete the rhythm section. Durban’s best loved actor Bryan Hiles is on vocals.

The Rhumbelow suburban theatre chain is ever fecund in its choice of live entertainment. Running

in the Umbilo venue till 16 December, is the Neil Diamond Tribute show, HOT AUGUST NIGHT;

Aaron and Lisa present their latest comedy outing, FAMILY THERAPY at Tinas in Kloof from 12 to 24 December. Join your favourite duo as they they take a wild dive into the world of the family and investigate what makes them tick or explode. For further details about these and other shows on the busy Rhumbelow theatre roster, visit, or you can log onto https:/// or email


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It is going to be a bumper festive season this year as large numbers of visitors are expected to head for Durban’s shores to enjoy a memorable summer holiday, and the City is ready with warm smiles and open arms. Enjoy the beach festivities and fun of this season, but whatever you do, take some time to enjoy the city to its fullest extent and experience the special charm that Durban, gateway to the Zulu Kingdom, has to offer. This year the newly extended promenade is likely to be on everybody’s ‘let’s explore’ list… whether that be on foot, by bicycle or even by rickshaw. This is the next step in the massive Waterfront development that when completed will see the emergence of two skyscrapers to the city’s skyline – a development project that will roll out in several phases over the next few years. But for now, visitors will be able to enjoy the additional 750metres of promenade that not only makes access to uShaka Marine World, as well as the Vetch’s beach easier, but links the harbour mouth to Blue Lagoon. New restaurants and cafes as well as public rest rooms are part of the promenade extension. The extensive beaches of along Durban’s famed Golden Mile (now in the region of 8km) and the warm Indian Ocean have always a drawcard for visitors… along with a variety of sea and sand experiences. From building sandcastles with the kids to soaking up the sun and taking to the waves - body boarding, SUP and surfing are just a few of the options. Never surfed before? No problem, head to Addington Beach where there are several surf schools happy to teach you how. Stroll along the promenade, stopping occasionally for an ice-cream, a masala pineapple on a stick or just to enjoy the view – the Moyo pier is a great spot to watch ships entering and leaving the harbour, which, as Africa’s biggest container terminal, is always a hive of activity. Shop for crafts from

the several stalls along the promenade, or pop to a local market for some food, fashion and creative design. Kids will enjoy visiting Mini Town and Durban Fun World with its cable car rides, carousel, arcade games and other fun entertainment for the whole family. Take advantage of Durban’s world-class shopping, fine dining restaurants and unique arts and culture. Be sure to pop into one of the upmarket shopping centres offering brand name shops as well as quirky boutiques or browse around one of the craft markets – a few favourites include the I Heart Market at the Hay Store, the Shongweni Farmers Market as well as the Essenwood Fleamarket to get the local vibe, ferret out a handmade treasure and stock up on Christmas gifts. Pop into the Victoria Street Market, with its numerous stalls selling everything from brassware, woven baskets, wooden articles to meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. Over the next two months Durban will once again offer the best experiences and events to you the visitor, whether you’re a local Durbanite taking some timeout, a South African from further afield, or someone from beyond our shores or borders. Every Durban experience has a warm African flavour about it that will touch your heart and soul wherever you visit. But whatever your plans are this summer, just make sure you #Do KZN and #Do SUMMER in real #DURBAN style!!

Enjoying a masala pineapple kebab at the beach is a very Durban thing to do - the tangy sweetness of a pineapple grown in the warm Zululand sun combined with the spiciness of an Indian chilli spice mix is quintessentially Durban. It is also said that the heat of the chilli helps to cool down the heat of the day… try one and let us know.

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DURBAN STREET MAP AND TOURIST INFORMATION & SERVICES STREET NAME CHANGES NEW NAME.................................FORMER NAME Anton Lembede..........................Smith St Archie Gumede..........................Old Fort Place Bertha Mkhize.............................Victoria St Bertha Mkhize.............................Victoria St Braam Fischer..............................Ordinance Rd Charlotte Maxeke......................Beatrice St Che Guevara................................Moore Rd Chris Ntuli....................................Old Dutch Rd David Webster.............................Leopold St Denis Hurley................................Queen St Dorothy Nyembe.......................Gardiner St Dr Goonam..................................Prince Edward Dr Langalibalele Dube..............Winder St Dr Pixley Kaseme.......................West St Dr Yusuf Dadoo...........................Grey St Dullah Omar................................Masonic Grove Esther Roberts.............................Frere Rd Felix Dlamini................................Brickfield Rd Florence Nzama.........................Prince Alfred Ingcuce..........................................Albert St Isaiah Ntshangase.....................Walter Gilbert Joe Slovo.......................................Field St John Zikhali..................................Sydenham Joseph Nduli................................Russell St Julius Nyerere..............................Warwick Av K E Masinga.................................Old Fort Rd Khuzimpi Shezi...........................Williams Road King Dinuzulu (North).............Berea Rd (North) King Dinuzulu (South)..............Berea Rd (South) Lena Ahrens.................................Manning Rd Lilian Ngoyi..................................Windermere M L Sultan....................................Centenary Magwaza Maphalala.................Gale St Mahatma Gandhi......................Point Rd Margaret Mncadi........................Victoria Embankment Masabalala Yengwa...................NMR Masobiya Mdluli.........................Fisher St Mathews Meyiwa......................First Av & Stamfordhill Maud Mfusi..................................St Georges Monty Naicker............................Pine St O R Tambo....................................Marine Parade Peter Mokaba..............................North Ridge & Ridge Rd Problem Mkhize..........................Cowey Road & .........................................................Edith Benson RD Naidu......................................Stanley Copley Samora Machel...........................Aliwal Street Sandile Thusi................................Argyle Rd Smiso Nkwanyana.....................Goble Rd Stephen Dlamini........................Essenwood Sylvester Ntuli............................Brickhill Road • Parks & Gardens Durban Botanic Gardens..............031-309 1170 AIRPORT King Shaka International ACSA Help desk...........................032-436 6758 ACSA Info.....................................032-436 6585 Flight Info.....................................032 436 6000 24 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN Dec-Jan 2020

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ATTRACTIONS Suncoast.......................................031-328 3000 uShaka...........................................031-328 8000 Sibaya.............................................031-538 2000 • Museums Durban Natural Science Museum City Hall, Smith Street.............031-311 2256 Open daily: 08:30 -16:00; Sun 11:00 - 16:00 Kwa Muhle Museum ................031-311 2223 130 Ordnance Road; Open Mon - Sat • Parks & Gardens Durban Botanic Gardens............031-309 1170 Guide tours available Mitchell Park................................031-312 2318 • Natal Sharks Board.................031-566 0400 • Umgeni Bird Park....................031-579 4600 • Snake Park.................................073-156 9606 Minitown......................................031-33 7892 CONSULATES & EMBASSIES Argentina.................................................012 430 3527 Australia...................................................012 423 6000 Austria......................................................012 452 9155 Belgian......................................................011 912 9600

British........................................................012 421 7500 Botswana.................................................011 403 3748 Canada......................................................012 422 2300 Chile..........................................................031 564 0743 China.........................................................031 563 4534 Denmark..................................................031 267 8410 Eswatini....................................................012 344 1910 France.......................................................012 425 1600 Germany..................................................031 266 3920 Greece.......................................................086 188 8828 India...........................................................031 332 7020 Lesotho.....................................................031 307 2323 Mauritius..................................................031 207 9370 Mozambique...........................................031 303 7130 Netherlands............................................012 425 4500 New Zealand..........................................012 435 9000 Norway.....................................................012 364 3700 Pakistan....................................................012 362 4072 Paraguay..................................................012 347 1047 Portugal....................................................031 312 4854 Seychelles................................................012 348 0270 Spain..........................................................012 460 0123 Sweden.....................................................012 426 6400 United States of America...................031 305 7600

MEDICAL SERVICES City-med Services.....................031-309 1378 Ambulance...................................10177 • Hospitals Addington ...................................031-327 2000 Entabeni - South Ridge ..........031-204 1300 Parklands - Hopelands.............031-208 8181 St Augustines ..............................031-268 5000 Westville, Spine Rd....................031-265 0911 Umhlanga.....................................031-560 5500 • Medical Centres....................... North Beach ...............................031-332 6060 Gateway /Umhlanga................031-566 2777 Dental Centre .............................031-304 3000 Dental Emergency.....................031-564 2152 POLICE Flying Squad................................10111 SAPS ..............................................031-325 4259 Metro Police/Traffic..................031-306 4422 TAXI Eagle Taxis....................................031-337 8333 Lighthouse Cabs.........................083-440 8650 Mozzies..........................................031-263 0467 Umhlanga Rocks Taxi/ U-Cabs...........................................031-561 1846 Zippy Cabs...................................031-202 7067 HOT AIR BALLOONING Hot Air Ballooning KZN...........083 446 9423

TOURIST INFORMATION For Tourist Information visit Tourism KwaZulu-Natal Shop A1, Treasure World, Ushaka Marine World 1 King Shaka Avenue, Durban...........031 – 816 6600 TOURISM KWAZULU-NATAL (TKZN) Ithala Trade Centre, 29 Canal Quay (signal) Road, Point, Durban.........................................031 – 366 7500 DURBAN TOURISM Head Office 90 Florida Road.....................................031-322 4164 Airport Office.........................................031 322 6046 uShaka Office.........................................031 337 8099 Green Hub Office.................................031 303 8476 Beach Information Office..................031 322 4205 Gateway Office.....................................031 514 0572 Inanda Office.........................................031 519 2555 ThousandHills Tourism........................031 777 1874 Sapphire Coast Tourism......................031 903 7498 Umhlanga Tourism...............................031 561 4257 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN Dec-Jan 2020 25

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WHERE TO SHOP & WHAT TO DO MARKETS & SHOPPING The I t Market (031 582 8242 or features local foodies and designers on the first Saturday of every month, 09:00-14:00, on the Imbizo Lawns, Moses Mabhida Stadium. There’s music, food and crafts at Musgrave Centre’s Roof Top Night Market (031 277 8420) which takes place in the parking lot, Level 5, on the first Friday of the month from 17:00 to 21:30. The Musgrave Market (Melissa 073 625 6725) is wheelchair and animal friendly, and takes place every Saturday from 09:00-15:00 at Berea Park. Attractions include craft and fashion stalls, food stalls, fresh produce stalls and a kiddies’ entertainment area. Antiques, food, fine art, books, fashion, music and more can be found at The Stables Lifestyle Market (031 312 3058), a family and pet-friendly environment situated at Jacko Jackson Drive, next to King’s Park. Opens Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 18:00-22:00, Sundays & public holidays 10:00-17:00. The Victoria Street Market (031 306 4021), Durban’s original Indian market, is situated in Berta Mkhize Street and opens daily to sell everything from brass ornaments, curios and clothing to fish, spices and music. The Amphitheatre Craft Market (031 301 3200) is open every Sunday 09:0016:00 on Durban Beachfront, with the focus on curios and textiles. Located behind Greyville Racecourse, First Avenue, the Greyville Car Boot & Second Hand Clothing Market (083 300 2999) takes place on a Sunday between 05:00 and 15:00. The African Art Centre (031 312 3804), which has recently moved to the Phansi Museum, Roberts House, 500 Esther Roberts Road in Glenwood, nurtures and promotes the work of original artists and craftspeople, and showcases a variety of high quality fine art, Zulu beadwork, ceramics and baskets. Every purchase made provides income and employment for more than 600 artists and crafters currently supported by the Centre.











SPORT HIGHLIGHTS Every Saturday 08:00 Westville Parkrun 5km – Westville Country Club, Link Road, Dawncliffe. Every Saturday 08:00 Amanzimtoti Park Run: 5km run from Amanzimtoti Main Beach. Every Sunday 08:00-10:00 MyRun is a free and safe weekly event offering 2.5km and 5km routes which can be walked or run – Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park, 110 Stockville Rd. (031 769 1527) 1 Dec 06:00-13:00 ‘The Christmas Doggy Dash’ is a fun-filled event aimed at raising funds for the #2025by2025 Sterilisation Campaign and includes a Fun Family Walk with your furbabies; 7km trail run along a spectacular single track; and Christmas Market with lots of goodies, a jumping castle and face-painting for the kids – Giba Gorge MTB Park. 1 Dec Saint Giles 8km & 4km Trail Run – Virginia Preparatory School. (082 492 1995) 1 Dec 06:00 YWP Stainbank Cup 15km run & 10km walk – Yellowwood Park Sports. (083 384 4085 or 031 274 1874) 1 Dec 15:30 Absa Premiership: AmaZulu vs Maritzburg United – King Zwelithini Stadium. 1, 6, 13, 20, 26 & 27 Dec Horseracing at Greyville Racecourse. (031 314 1500) 2 Dec Golf: KZN Monthly Senior – Royal Durban Golf Club. 4 Dec 18:00-20:00 Giba Night Trail Run Series – Giba Gorge MTB Park. (079 508 7268) 7 Dec 20:15 ABSA premiership soccer fixture: Kaizer Chiefs vs Bloemfontein Celtic – Moses Mabhida Stadium. (Computicket) 8 Dec 06:00 Illovo Sugar 15km Christmas Challenge – Westville Athletics Club. (082 414 1783) 10 Dec 17:30 Mzansi Cricket Super League

2019/20: Durban Heat vs Jozi Stars – Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium. 11 Dec 19:30 Absa Premiership Soccer League: Golden Arrows vs Bidvest Wits – Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 14 Dec Soccer: Telkom Knockout Final – Moses Mabhida Stadium. 17 Dec 20:30 Soccer: Bidvest Wits vs Mamelodi Sundowns – Moses Mabhida Stadium. (Computicket) 19 Jan 06:00 Kearsney Striders’ Half Marathon: 10km – Kearsney College. (082 885 0788) 20 Dec 11:00 Clive Barker Honorary Game, celebrating his contribution to South African soccer: Class of 96 vs Africa XI – Moses Mabhida Stadium. (TicketPro) 4 Jan 21:15 Absa Premiership: AmaZulu vs Mamelodi Sundowns – King Zwelithini Stadium. 8 Jan 20:30 Absa Premiership Soccer League: Golden Arrows vs Baroka – Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium. 12 Jan 16:00 Absa Premiership: AmaZulu vs SuperSport United – King Zwelithini Stadium. 12 Jan Inanda Dam Marathon: 15km Run/Walk organised by Stella Sports Club. (060 496 6781 or 081 404 6139) 24 Jan Imperial Nissan Crusaders Running Club 6km Fun Night Run/Walk – Collegians Bowling Club, Blue Lagoon. (082 492 1995) 25 Jan 16:00 Absa Premiership Soccer League: Golden Arrows vs Kaizer Chiefts – Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 26 Jan PDAC 25km Run/Walk – Watercrest Shopping Centre. (061 069 7384) 31 Jan 19:10 Super Rugby: Sharks vs Bulls – Kings Park Stadium. www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN Dec-Jan 2020 27

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN DURBAN - DEC-JAN 26 Nov-11 Jan ‘031 Temptations’ marks Durban’s 23rd festive season adult panto, which this year is all about the fairy tale of the Rainbow Nation, featuring Queer Illa De Lill (Darren King), Frik (Bryan Hiles) and Adele (Philisiwe Ntintili), as well as a special guest appearance by the formidable Anthony Stonier – OnStage@Altitude, Silver Avenue, Stamford Hill. 1 Dec 11:00 ‘Omni Evolution Expo’ is a family-friendly event with musical entertainment, fashion, food stalls, health stations, crafts and a kids’ play zone – Whirling Wheels Club, Stamfordhill. (Book at Computicket) 1 Dec 14:00-16:00 ‘Carols & Kilts’ is the seventh annual production with the Durban Caledonian Society Pipe Band and Friends. – DLI Hall. 1 Dec 18:00 Zack Knight Live in SA – Durban ICC. 1 Dec 17:00 ‘Indian Idols Reloaded’ sees the Idols return by public demand, with the winner of Indian Idols, Salman Ali, first runner up, Ankush Bhardwaj, and top-five performers Nitin Kumar and Kunal Pandit, who are set to electrify audiences with their dynamic performances – The Globe, Suncoast Casino. 3 Dec 19:30 ‘Rising Stars’ featuring Niwedita Bhatta (piano), Alida Esterhuizen (piano), Tasmin Hastings (piano), Bradley Bester (voice), Chanel Bates (voice), Marianthe Panas (voice), Savannah Scoular (recorder), and Lydia Weber (clarinet) – Durban Jewish Centre. (Tickets at door) 5 Dec 16:30 ‘First Thursdays Festive Market’ with more than 45 upmarket pop-up stalls, kids’ zone, live entertainment, art showcase and delicious food served on-the-go from Republik, Stretta, XinYuan and Mythos restaurants – The Colony, 50 Old Main Road, Hillcrest. 5 Dec 19:00 Amsterdam Comedy Club, including music and poetry – Amsterdam, Helen Joseph Road, Glenwood. 5 Dec 18:00-22:00 Christmas Market hosted by First Thursday on the Ridge and Northplace Church – 10 Meridian Drive, Umhlanga. 6 Dec 19:00 The Road to Brave SA with Alpha MMA – Sibaya Sun Park. (Book at Computicket) 6 Dec 16:30-21:30 ‘Westville Night Market’ with live entertainment, great freshly made food and fabulous kids’ activities – Westville Mall. 6-8 Dec 18:30 ‘Christmas Wonderland’ including a wonderland walk-though, Christmas market, live nativity scenes, gingerbread cookie decorating, Christmas photo booth cards, live music, dancing and more – Bluff Eco Park, 55 Grays Inn Road. 7 Dec 16:00-21:00 ‘Christmas Night Market’ with various stalls, including craft, clothing, food and drink, as well as live music – Turning Point Church, 166 Montclair Road. 7 Dec 10:00 Gagasi FM Beach Fest – Blue Lagoon. 7 Dec 14:00 The Kurudi Music Festival presented by the KZN Zulu Royal House Trust is a celebration of Africa and unity through food and music – Jonsson Kings Park Stadium. 7 Dec 14:00 5th INK Hop Festival – Peoples Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium 7 Dec 08:00-13:00 ‘Baby Christmas Party and Mini Market’ boasts exciting stalls, holiday music, gourmet food market, separate baby and toddler play areas, and a chance to meet Father Christmas – Kloof Country Club, 26 Victory Road. (076 329 0217) 7 Dec 14:00 ‘Jam in the Park’ featuring the John Ellis Trio (Tree 63) and Serrotone (Spoonfeedas & Cubic Inch) – The Durban Shongweni Club. (082 789 1976

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or Webtickets) 7-16 Dec 09:00-17:00 ‘The Festive Market’ is known as Hillcrest’s favourite indoor Christmas Market, with over 100 tables of gifts, clothes, treats and Christmas goodies – Hillcrest High School. 7, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 & 28 Dec ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ with authentic artisanal food and drink options, fresh organic produce, homemade deli edibles, unique handmade crafts and incredible live performances from KZN’s most talented artists – Shongweni Farmers & Craft Market. 7 Dec 12:00 ‘Metro FM Heatwave’ presented by Eyadini Lounge in association with Metro FM. – Eyadini Lounge. (Book at Computicket) 7 Dec 18:00 ‘Goduka Music Festival’ featuring a variety of music genres, such as gospel, Maskandi, Kwaito and more – King Zwelithini Stadium. 7 Dec 19:00 ‘Brave Combat Federation SA’ featuring 20 national and international fighters – Sibaya Sun Park. (Computicket) 7 Dec 10:00 ‘Ingabadi Maskandi Festival’ with artists including Igcokama Elisha, Osaziway, Amageza, Udidi Olumashoba, UDlubheke and many more – Princess Magogo Stadium, KwaMashu. (Book via TicketPro) 8 Dec 11:00 ‘Zakwe Home Coming Picnic’ with musician Zakwe, aimed at empowering the youth of the INK area (Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu), bringing them together and also creating job opportunities – KwaMashu Fan Park. 8 Dec 09:00-14:00 Christmas Wonder Market – Chris Saunders Park. 11 Dec 17:00-20:00 SPCA Durban Christmas Night Market – Willowfield Crescent, Springfield Park. 12-30 Dec 18:30 Durban Botanic Gardens’ Trail Of Lights is KZN’s biggest and brightest holiday event, which this year boasts a bigger trail, new displays, over 1 million lights, nightly entertainment, live music, a festive market and holiday activities. 13 Dec 18:00 Indoni Mr and Miss South Africa 2020 – Durban ICC. (Webtickets) 13 Dec 18:00-21:00 ‘Galleria Festive Night Market’ promises an evening of entertainment, food and shopping – Galleria Mall, Cnr Moss Kolnik & Arbour 13-15 Dec 19:00 Dolphins by Starlight – uShaka Marine World Dolphinarium. (Computicket) 14 Dec 11:00 Indoni Cultural Carnival: Carnival route starts at King Dinizulu Park, cnr of Dorothy Nyembe Street and Dr Pixley KaSeme street to Samora Michel street and ends at Gugu Dlamini park. 14 Dec Christmas Time with Platform Jazz – S43, That Brewing Company, 43 Station Drive. 14 Dec 20:00 ‘Rumba On The Dance Floor’ is a sidesplitting comedy featuring Aunty Rumba and her hilarious sidekicks, starring popular South African actress Jailoshini Naidoo and dancing diva Leona Dean and her fabulous dancers who will set the stage on fire in true Bollywood style – The Globe, Suncoast 15 Dec 11:00-17:00 ‘Family Fun Day’ with food, refreshments, live music, and awesome kids’ entertainment which includes a special appearance by Santa; bring picnic blankets, towels and cossies – Kloof Country Club, 26 Victory Road. 15 Dec 10:00-16:00 Body and Mind Christmas Festival with food stalls and practitioners of reiki, hypnotherapy, psychic readings, body stress release and more, as well as NIA and belly dancing shows, face painting, and a variety of products – DLI Hall. 15 Dec 11:00 Durban Spinfest with spinning,

drifting and car displays – Durban Centrum Park Workshop. 15 Dec 11:00-20:00 Schweppes Durban Gin Festival showcasing a variety of top gin distillers, amazing food trucks and DJs – The Hay Store. 15 Dec 17:00-21:00 Carols by Pawlight Christmas Market – 105 Haig Road, Parkhill. 16 Dec 10:00-14:00 Phoenix Animal Care & Treatment (PACT) Christmas Fair – Park at La Lucia Mall. 16 Dec 12:00 Mnini Dam Extravaganza – Mnini Dam. (083 514 1685) 16 Dec 12:00-18:30 Sweetwaters Church Christmas Market. (031 916 2653) 16-18 Dec 18:00 Carols by Candlelight hosted by Golden Hours Family Market, 21 Uitsig Rd, Durban North. 16 Dec 16:00 Malusi Mbokazi Book Launch and Live Recording – The Station Urban Event Space. 16 Dec 09:00 ‘Sekusile Summer Picnic Music Experience’ is a music and entertainment event featuring Maskandi artists, DJs and other performing artists – JL Dube Stadium, Inanda. 16 Dec 14:00 ‘INK Kasi Xperience’ celebrating Kasi Living by enhancing the best things about iKasi: music, culture, food and a warm and friendly atmosphere – Princess Magogo Stadium. 20 Dec 19:00 ‘Heroes Reunion’ celebrating Durban’s 80s alternative club scene, spanning Faces, Divisions and the Imperial, with DJ Richard Every – The Winston, Clark Road. 20 Dec 19:30 ‘Veranda Panda Christmas Extravaganza...In Paradise’ features this popular local band and a tropical-themed dance party, swapping snowmen for sand castles and Christmas trees for palm trees – S43, That Brewing Company, 43 Station Drive. (031 303 2747) 20 Dec 20:00 ‘Christmas Comedy Special’ features top comedians Jem Atkins, Rob van Vuuren and Glen Biderman-Pam in a side-splitting comedy feast in the tradition of the popular US TV show ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’ – Gateway Hotel. 20 Dec 20:00 ‘Festival of Funny’ stages a dynamic mix of SA’s best comedians – The Globe at Suncoast Casino. 21 Dec Doek on Fleek All White Picnic – Peoples Park 2 (North), Moses Mabhida Stadium. 21 Dec 20:00 ‘Big Banger Comedy’ hosted by Skhumba Hlophe provides a platform for SA’s best up-and-coming comedians – The Globe at Suncoast. (Book at Computicket) 21 Dec 20:00 ‘The Station 25-Year Reunion’ with original owner and DJ, Richard Every, all the way from Chicago with support from DJ Kevin Louw – S43, That Brewing Company, 43 Station Drive. (031 303 2747) 22 Dec 09:00-14:00 Last-Minute Christmas Wonder Market – Chris Saunders Park. 22 Dec 12:00 Vox Music on the Lawn Ft Matthew Mole – 10 Ranleigh Crescent, Durban North. (Book via Webtickets) 25 Dec 18:00 ‘Durban Underground 2019’ is an upmarket and exclusive Christmas party that is hosted by Durban’s finest, and has become one of the most prestigious events on the South African calendar – Hanger 8, Virginia Airport. 26 Dec Durban Jazz Festival – Hazelmere Dam. (082 792 9693) 26 Dec 10:00 All White Jazz and Old School Music – Whirling Wheels Social & Sports Club, Windermere. (Webtickets) 27&28 Dec 20:00 ‘Family Therapy’ is a new hit musical comedy from Aaron Mcilroy and Lisa Bobbert – Rhumbelow Theatre, Northlands, 50 Margaret Maytom Avenue. (Computicket) 29 Dec 12:00 ‘All White Sunday Rendezvous’ is a very classy rooftop party with an all-white dress theme – Rooftop BBQ, 7 McCausland Crescent 31 Dec 10:00 ‘Unyaka NYE Festival 2020’ promises an epic New Year’s rave set in the picturesque biosphere of Hazelmere Dam & Nature Reserve. (Book via Computicket) 31 Dec 18:00 Fact Durban Rocks – People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium. (Webtickets) 31 Dec 11th Annual Gospel All Stars – Durban Workshop Centrum Park. 1 Jan 11:00 ‘Woze Durban Picnic’ is a familyoriented picnic that morphs into a music festival later in the evening with performing artists and DJs – Greyville Convention Centre, Inner Fields. (Computicket) 1 Jan 14:00 ‘Second Annual Syashosholoza’ in association with Gagasi FM, Isolzwe Newspaper and Ilanga Newspaper, promoting knowledge about lifestyle in the form of music – Inanda Dam.


Enjoy a laid-back family holiday along Umhlanga’s fabulous stretch of coastline. Experience our village vibe and fine dining at an array of delicious eateries Find your best adventure in Umhlanga which offers plenty to do. KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board offers a dynamic audiovisual presentation that has a powerful combination of aerials, slow pans, tight close-ups and superb imagery. The show is highly educational, providing information on subjects such as the sensory biology of sharks and their role as top predators in the marine environment. The show is followed by a shark dissection where you can see the internal anatomy of one of the ocean’s most feared predators. Something to definitely look forward to is the annual SUMMER FESTIVAL: 14-23 December 2019 The theme for this year’s event is Colours of Africa: Embracing all that is Beautiful Take part in loads of family fun, beach events and entertainment activities on offer daily at on Highlights include: 14-23 Dec: Fun and Games at Millenium Stage 10am – 2pm daily. 19 Dec: Carols under the stars takes place at Granada Square 21 Dec: Miss and Mr Umhlanga pageant at noon.

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PIETERMARITZBURG / MIDLANDS The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands has much to keep you busy this summer. Head off the beaten track and as you venture down leafy country lanes grab a coffee and breakfast, watch as early morning markets come to life and shop till you drop at the wealth of creative studios that offer everything from life-size bronze sculptures and wrought iron homeware to intricate glass beads, all fashioned with love and care. Walk through farmlands and forests, cycle across the rolling hills and explore country lanes or just pop into a quaint coffee shop for cappuccino and cheesecake. There’s much to choose from for those preferring the more sedate pursuits of wining, dining and exploring the region at leisure. Pick up a Midlands Meander map and explore some of the routes offering visitors easy directions to a wealth of fabulous cuisine, historic landmarks, artist studios and ‘shop till you drop’ opportunities to find that perfect gift. And talking of gifts, at this time of year there are several Christmas markets selling everything from hand-made gifts and crafts, to fresh produce and décor. Every Saturday and Sunday you can browse the Christmas Gift Exhibition in Howick or check out the Rosetta Christmas Night Market (6th December) and the Baynesfield Christmas Fair (8th December). From an activities and entertainment point of view you won’t be disappointed, check out the diary for details on markets, meandering and a musical events. Much to the delight of visitors, the Midlands is blessed with a host of iconic attractions, including the Natal Railway Museum in Hilton,

Mandela Capture Site near Howick, Karkloof Crane and Conservation Centre, Dargle Valley Pottery, Terbodore Coffee Roasters and Abingdon Wine Estate, a boutique single vineyard winery that conducts tastings and offers meals over weekends and public holidays. Speaking of sustenance, a veritable smorgasbord of culinary offerings makes the Midlands a hugely attractive destination for foodies, be it a day trip or a longer sojourn to sample the wares. Still on unique attractions, the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg is well worth a visit for its superb collection of works in different media.


The Umkomaas River is called the ‘uMkhomazi’ in Zulu – meaning “place of cow whales” because at some point in history whales used to use the Umkomaas River estuary as a place to give birth. The river is 298km long and begins in the Drakensberg at an altitude of over 3,000metres dropping down to sea level at the town of Umkomaas. It is this descent makes it one of South Africa’s best white-water rivers.

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MIDLANDS MAP & TOURISM OFFICES HUCTO - Howick-Umngeni Community Tourism Organisation Tel: 033-330 2355 Cell: 0829327549 E-mail: MSUNDUZI PIETERMARITZBURG TOURISM ASSOCIATION Tel: 033 345 1348 E-mail: MIDLANDS TOURISM ORG Tel: 033 330 2355 E-mail:


THE MIDLANDS AMBLE Tel: 082 300 0147 E-mail:

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN IN THE MIDLANDS DEC-JAN Every Saturday 06H00 - 10H00 Pietermaritzburg Farmer’s Market – Alexandra Park behind Harry Gwala Stadium. Tel: Mike Paulton on 082 886 0687 07H00 – 10H00 Karkloof Farmers’ Market – 26km from Howick off the Karkloof Road. Access gained off the D507. Tel: Andrea 082 820 8986 09H00 – 14H00 Craft Market – City Hall. Contact Michell Wilter. Tel: 033 396 2807 08H00 – Hilton parkrun – Grace College, Hilton Email: Every second Saturday 09H00 - 13H00 Jesmond Dene Craft & Farmer’s Market – 204 Murray Rd, Hayfields, Pietermaritzburg / Tel: 072 822 6950 Every Sunday The Midlands Country Market – Peters Gate Herbal Centre, Lidgetton Tel: 076 412 1320 Every Saturday & Sunday Wine Tasting. Different wines every weekend – Meander Fine Wines. Piggly Wiggly Farm Stall. R102 Dargle Every Sat. Sun. & Public Holiday Albert Falls Miniature Railway – The Horse Shoe, Albert Falls 10h00 – 17h00 Tel: Rob 082 343 9686 First Thursday of every month Kilgobbin Forest Walk – Dargle (09h00 – 11h00) Tel: Barend Booysen - 082 787 0797 First Sunday of every month Boston Forest Walk – Boston (09h00 – 11h00)

Tel: Carol Segal - 083 450 6792 Notties Country Craft Market – Nottingham Road First Wednesday of every month Gartmore Farm Walk – Karkloof (09h00 – 12h00) Tel: Robyn McGillivray - 082 802 8949 First Friday of every month Milestone Forest Walk – Balgowan (09h00 – 11h00) Tel: Marilyn Revesz - 082 427 3365 Second Tuesday of every month Mpophomeni Hills Walk – Mpophomeni (09h00 – 11h00) Tel: Penz Malinga - 071 450 9320 Third Sunday of every month Curry’s Post Conservancy Walk – Curry’s Post (09h00 – 11h00) Tel: Sarah Allen - 076 578 2941 Third Thursday of every month Fort Nottingham Reserve – Lion’s Bush (09h00 – 11h00) Tel: Roy Tabernor - 082 487 0922 Last Tuesday of every month Symmonds Stream Walk – Howick (09h00 – 11h00) Tel: Pam Haynes - 083 456 9202 Last Sunday of every month Beacon Hill Walk – Howick (09h00 to 11h00) Tel:  Eve Hughes - 082 872 4333 Every Saturday & Sunday in December Christmas Gifts Exhibition – St John’s Village Lifestyle Centre, Karkloof Rd, Howick Tel: 033 3304118 1 December KZN Trail Running Summer Series (trail running) – Hilton College, Hilton 5 December Christmas with Drakensberg Boys Choir – PMB

City Hall, Pietermaritzburg Tickets from 6 December Rosetta Country Market (Christmas Night Market from 5pm) – Rosetta Village Dam, Cnr R103 & Kamberg Road Tel: 083 281 9513 7 December WESSA Christmas Evening Run – uMngeni Valley Nature Reserve, Howick 8 December Baynesfield Christmas Country Fair Baynesfield Estate Museum, Baynesfield Tel: 033 251 0001 / Email: 9 December WESSA Bush Day Care – uMngeni Valley Nature Reserve, Howick Tel: 087 460 0600 / Email: 16 December Hilton’s Posh Market – ANEW Hilton Hotel, Hilton / Email: Nottie’s Christmas Market – Linga Lapa, Mount West, Nottingham Road Tel: 076 056 6383 24 December Virginia Trails Xmas Ride – Eston Tel: Linda Schwikkard – 078 345 6123 31 December Flaming Flamingo (trail running) – Lifespark, Merrivale UPCOMING EVENTS: 9 February – Midmar Mile 2020 27-29 February - Dusi Canoe Marathon 2020

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ZULULAND Feel the hot African sun, experience the vibrant Zulu culture, gaze upon the Indian Ocean and wander through indigenous forests. This is Zululand, located just north of the Thukela River and extending up to Richards Bay in the north and into the rural heart of the region as you head inland. Zululand is an area of breath-taking hills and valleys, where hiking and nature trails abound, and game viewing opportunities are never far out of reach. It is a place, that is fondly known as the ‘place of the people of heaven’ and the ‘heartland of the Zulu nation’. It’s a place where you’ll be welcomed with warm smiles by the local people, a place of unforgettable wildlife adventures, traditional Zulu culture and heartfelt hospitality. The Zululand Coast with its warm Indian Ocean offers a wealth of opportunities for beach experiences. From the relatively unknown Amatikulu beach and lagoon system to the kilometres of sandy beaches in Mtunzini and the beaches and bays in Richards Bay. Visitors to the Amatikulu Nature Reserve have wonderful opportunities to experience both land and water… canoe and fish in the estuaries, take romantic strolls along the beautiful beach, swim in the sea, spot wonderful birdlife and a variety of small game in the coastal lowland forest and unspoilt grasslands. Or get adventurous on the 4x4 trail, either the conventional way or on a mountain bike - nothing like cycling amongst giraffe and zebra with croaking cisticolas and plainback pipits in the background. In addition to its glorious beaches, the pretty village of Mtunzini, is home to the rare Palmnut vulture, the Raffia Palm Monument and the Umlalazi Nature Reserve. Summer fun activities include boating, canoeing and fishing on the lagoon, bird watching as well as walking through the pristine coastal forest and mangrove swamps - take the easy walk through the mangrove swamp near the main parking area where you’ll see great examples of black and white mangrove as the pretty mangrove crab with its single large claw. Head

to the bustling harbour city of Richards Bay with its vibey Waterfront, popular Alkantstrand Beach and the secluded bay on Pelican Island – its protected beach ideal for family outings. Once you’re all ‘beached out’ head to the Richards Bay Game Reserve, which boasts a huge community of aquatic birds as well as hippo and crocodiles. The lagoon, which offers spectacular wetland scenery is an important nursery ground for marine fish and is home to a number of bird species including flamingo, cormorant and a number of other waders – and if you’re lucky you may get a sighting of the rare pink-backed pelican. The warm Indian Ocean, mangrove swamps and life-giving lagoons give way to rolling green hills and indigenous forests. Find yourself a local birding guide and head into one of these beautiful forests - this time of year is great for birding and the region offers birders the opportunity of some very special birding ‘ticks’. Or head further north to Lake Jozini for some game viewing and tiger fishing – this is the southernmost point in Africa and the only place in South Africa where tiger fishing is readily available. The Lake, which is surrounded by the Pongola Game Reserve and Phongolo Nature, provides spectacular game viewing from the water’s edge, and offers great opportunities for viewing water birds.


The KwaZulu Cultural Museum at Ondini, which was opened in 1984. It houses one of the most representative collections of the rich cultural heritage of the region offers a great overview of Zulu culture and history so is the ideal starting point for visits to the region. It is also famous for is collection of beadwork as well as several items which belonged to King Cetswayo, who ruled the Zulu nation during the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879.

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ZULULAND TOURISM OFFICES ULUNDI TOURISM Tel: 072 748 4250 | Fax: 035 874 5831 VRYHEID TOURISM Abaqulusi Local Council E-mail: Tel: 034 982 2133 X2229 | Fax: 034 982 3497 NONGOMA TOURISM Nongoma Local Council Tel: 035 831 7517 | Fax: 035 831 3153 Cell: 079 936 5163 UPHONGOLO TOURISM Tel: 034 413 1223 | Fax: 034 413 1706 | Cell: 084 728 8974 E-mail: KING CETSWAYO DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY P/Bag x 1025, Richards Bay 3900 Tel: 035 799 2500 | Fax: 035 7898176 E-mail: Website: UMHLATHUZE TOURISM Richards Bay/Empangeni Tel: 035 907 5018 | Fax: 035 907 5000 E-mail: ZULULAND DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY Tel: 035 870 1130 | 035 874 5500 E-mail:

UMLALAZI TOURISM Eshowe/Mtunzini Tel: 035 473 3474 | Fax: 035 474 4733 E-mail: Website: |

PAULPIETERSBURG TOURISM Edumbe Local Council Tel: 034 995 1650 X229 | Fax: 034 995 1192

MTHONJANENI TOURISM ASSOCIATION Melmoth Tel: 035 450 7572 | Fax: 035 450 7572

Daily Fort Nongqayi Museum Village, Eshowe Zululand Historical and Vukani Zulu Cultural Museums, KZN Papermakers (paper from sugar cane), Beautiful Things Gallery, Restaurant, newly opened Eshowe Butterfly Dome. All tours guided. Tel 035 474 2281 or 035 464 5274. Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk and forest trails with qualified Birding Guides. Contact: Mrs Shelley Stuart Tel 035 474 4029. E-mail eshoweboardwalk@ Every Saturday morning Mtunzini Morning Market – Mtunzini Country Club. Tel: 035 340 1147 First Sunday of every month BRide Sundays – Breakfast Ride Sundays – The Farm south of Mtunzini Email: / Whatsapp: 083 406 5342 Every weekend (subject to availability) Golf and Beer Weekends - Eshowe. Every third week of every month for 4 days Royal Nguni Cattle Sale and Mona Market, Nongoma 1 December Suzuki Annual Charity Toy Run – Suzuki Zululand, 22 Bullion Boulevard, Richards Bay Tel: 035 789 3875 7 December Mtonjaneni Lodge Annual Christmas Market Mtonjaneni Lodge, on R34 (R66) halfway between Melmoth & Ulundi. Tel: Rina 035-4500904/5 15 December Ulundi All White Picnic Session 4 – Ulundi Airport, Ulundi. 0861 915 8000 1st Annual Grace upon Grace Gospel Concert – Nkume Sports Field, Eshowe. 0861 915 8000 16 December Umhlatuze Beach Festival 2019 – Alkanstrand, Richards Bay Tel: Umhlathuze Tourism – 035 907 5018 31 December Umgruvo Music Festival – Ulundi Stadium, Ulundi Tel: 079 136 6909

Khekheke: Sangoma First Fruits Ceremony

A REAL ZULU EXPERIENCE Tour rural Zululand from Eshowe with a Zulu guide in your own vehicle. Visit schools, crèches and orphanages and meet ordinary Zulu people in the countryside and townships. Visit a market, sangomas, beaders, potters and nyangas concocting medicines. Daily: 10 to 3 pm. Zulu Village Tour (R595 pp) Zulu Village Tour with Homestay (R795 pp) Weekend Ceremonies: 12 to 5 pm Zulu weddings, Sangoma Healing, (Sun.) Coming of Age. (Sat.) (R595 pp). Starting Venue: Sugar Hill Manor Guesthouse. Also Accommodation: R600 Single. R750 Double. Discounts for group Tours.


February 23rd 2020 Leave Eshowe at 8 am and return about 4.30 pm. Cost R750pp. Light picnic provided. Come along with Zululand Eco-Adventures to experience Khekhekhe’s annual First Fruits ceremony – something you won’t see anywhere else on this earth…

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On the 23rd February each year Khekheke performs the annual First Fruits ceremony (which was originally held by earlier Zulu Kings) at his homestead overlooking the Tugela River. He has messages to impart and history to tell about his ancestor, King Diniswayo, and how he acquired his power over snakes as a young man. The ceremony involves many sangomas, whom he leads, whilst holding a few venomous snakes in his bare hands – and he puts the snakes’ heads in his mouth, demonstrating his power over evil. Much dancing and singing takes place, with the younger generation joining in with more modern songs and dance. This is one of the very rare traditional ceremonies that still takes place today. You can experience this ceremony first hand! The tour leaves from Sugar Hill Manor on the 23rd of February every year. If you would like to experience this unique part of the Zulu culture, please contact Cost: R750 pp (10am-4:30pm includes a light lunch)

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With its picturesque landscapes of grassy plains, rocky hills and undulating valleys it’s hard to imagine the battles that were fought, and the hardships endured. This region, with more recorded battlefields than anywhere else in Africa, is the place to discover another facet of the battles fought between Zulu, Brit and Boer. This is where Shaka, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and General Louis Botha once walked, and where the death of the Prince Imperial of France saw the end of the last Napoleon. For those with specific interest in the battles that took place in the region, there are several significant battles to remember at this time of year. The Battle of Blood River, that culminated on the 16th of December 1838, was a battle between the Zulus and the Boers, so named because the waters of the Ncome River flowed red with the blood of slain Zulus. The Battle of Isandlwana, the first major encounter in the Anglo-Zulu War between the British Empire and the Zulu Kingdom, which took place on the 22nd of January, and the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, which took place later that same day and into the evening. The world-famous 118-day Siege of Ladysmith by Boer forces (2 November 1899 to 28 February 1900), the Battle of Colenso which took place on the 15th of December 1899, the Battle of Spioenkop on the 24th of January 1900, as well as the Battle of the Thukela Heights (12 to 28 February 1900), which was, until WW2, the biggest battle fought by the British in Africa. For those pressed for time, a visit to the Talana Museum in Dundee gives an overview of the battles of the region. And at this time of the year the museum grounds are open into the evening for visitors to enjoy the magnificent display of Christmas lights in the grounds – bring a picnic and enjoy an evening with a difference at the museum. The Battlefields region offers great bush and wildlife experiences too… the Nambiti

Conservancy near Ladysmith with its Big Five experiences, to the quant town of Utrecht, a town within a game park, that is tucked beneath the Balele Mountains and numerous smaller game farms that offer onsite farm-style accommodation. Don’t miss the chance of ‘ticking’ one of the nearly 400 species of bird that have been identified along the Amajuba Birding Meander which offers a wide range of activities for birding enthusiasts, particularly for species where ‘grassveld meets the berg’. A whole range of species normally associated with grassveld, bushveld and mountain habitats are found in the Meander which is well known for its water birds. And talking of water, no summer would be complete without including some water activities. The Ncandu Falls, within the Ncandu State Forest Nature Reserve, is a delightful with a braai and picnic area. As is the Ntshingwayo Dam within the Chelmsford Nature Reserve near Newcastle is perfect for water sports, including water skiing, paddling and angling. The surrounding reserve offers great game viewing opportunities and has the largest population of the rare oribi antelope in South Africa – mountain biking and hiking are popular activities that can be enjoyed in the absence of dangerous game. The Thukela Valley offers a variety of adventure activities from mountain biking along single tracks through bushveld,

Rorkes Drift, known as kwaJimu in Zulu,was a mission station and the former trading post of an Irish merchant by the name of James Rorke. It was located near a drift of the Buffalo Riverwhich at the time formed a border between the British colony of Natal and the Zulu Kingdom.

rocky descents and picturesque plateaus to adrenalin pumping white water rafting through narrow gorges, slower meanders by canoe or a spot of fishing as on takes in the sights and sounds while tempting a yellow fish on fly.

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AMAJUBA DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY Tel: 034 329 7200; E-mail: Newcastle Office 034 315 3318; E-mail: Utrecht Museum 034 331 3249 E-mail: utrechtmuseum@ UMZINYATHI DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY Tel: 034 219 1500 E-mail: Msinga Office Tel: 033 493 0761 E-mail: BATTLEFIELDS ROUTE Tel: 082 802 1643

Amajuba District Municipality Tel: 034 329 7200 | Fax: 034 314 3785 E-mail:

DUNDEE TOURISM Tel: 034 212 2121x2262 E-mail: GREYTOWN MUSEUM 033 413 9124 LADYSMITH TOURISM 036 637 2992 E-mail: UTRECHT TOURISM Gerhardt Smook (Vise-Chairperson) Cell:082 856 2973 Email: Marissa Venter (Secretary); Cell: 082 782 7552 Email:

DEC-JAN EVENTS Every Saturday PARK RUN - Grey Goose Game Lodge, Newcastle Tel: Tanja Parkinson – 034 315 3221 01 December SOCIAL MARKET OSIZWENI EXPERIENCE Khazins Shisanyama, Newcastle SMN Events: 061 436 1717 14 December BUBBLY PICNIC NEWCASTLE Scrapyard Lounge, Newcastle Contact: Zuri Creations 16 December BLOEDRIVIER GELOFTES FEES – Dundee Tel: 082 973 6671 20 December BANGER COMEDY HOSTED BY SKHUMBA – Blackrock Casino, Newcastle 0861 915 8000 21-27 December FOLK & GRIOT FESTIVAL (FAGF) 2019 (Art, music, lifestyle) – Kwantu Villabe, Utrecht Tel: Qalo Gabela – 071 182 0613 27 December AMCOR DAM, NEWCASTLE An annual music event with different genres including local upcoming artists/DJs, gospel, Kwaito, amaPiano, Hip Hop, Maskandi, Old school, RNB, House and national DJs. Sibusiso Mkhulise 076 333 9709 January – date to be confirmed BATTLE OF ISANDLWANA COMMEMORATION & RE-ENACTMENT – Isandlwana Tel: Talana Museum – 034 212 2654 24 January 120TH ANNIVERSARY BATTLE OF SPIONKOP – Spionkop Tel: Ray Heron – 082 573 0225

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NORTH COAST The Zulu Kingdom’s North Coast is just the place to celebrate summer and welcome in the New Year with it beautiful beaches, lush coastal forests and great holiday vibe. The region, stretching from Zimbali in the south to the mighty Thukela River in the north, is known as the Dolphin Coast – a playground for the bottlenose dolphins which can be seen frolicking in the waters close to shore all year round. This shoreline offers a perfect combination of golden beaches and sheltered coves for perfect beach fun… sun, surf, fishing, horseback beach rides or snorkelling. Holiday time is all about the fun of being residential village with a wonderful stretch of outdoors, enjoying the sunshine and of course sandy beach and an inviting tidal pool bordered the warm waters of the Indian Ocean – from by rocky cliffs, the main beach is known as the exhilarating surf breaks to paddling in the Catfish Beach. Other popular beaches along shallows with the kids, exploring the rocky this beautiful stretch pf coastline are Zinkwazi shores or relaxing on golden beaches. Ballito Beach, with its equally lovely lagoon, Tinley is the North Coast’s largest town and has Manot Beach, Thompson’s Bay Beach and several excellent swimming beaches as well Umhlali Beach, another favourite for families. as a scenic boardwalk. Not only can you enjoy Beyond the beach, keen golfers will appreciate fabulous walks and great views, but the more the sweeping fairways of Umhlali’s golf course energetic can hike all the way to Salt Rock for at the Umhlali Country Club, the beautiful even more spectacular views - this hike takes setting of Prince’s Grant and the internationally you through a tunnel which is best attempted designed golf course at Zimbali. Adventurous at low tide. The beach also provides some activities abound within a few minutes of the good fishing spots and there are beautiful seafront, along with crocodile and animal farms reefs offshore which will give divers hours of for the curious-minded. River quad biking enjoyment. Legend has it that the name Salt trails, horse riding, coastal microlight trips, Rock originates from King Shaka’s days when beach and offshore angling are just some of his handmaidens used to collect dried salt off the memorable holiday encounters available. the rocks at low tide. Still need to do some Christmas shopping? There is a delightful boardwalk that follows Then check out the Ballito Artisan Craft the shoreline at Willard Beach, Ballito’s main Market at Sugar Rush Park (8th December) for swimming beach. Other popular beaches beautifully handcrafted gifts, art and crafts, as include Clarke Bay and Salmon Bay, which well as delicious food and live entertainment, is popular with the surfing crowd whilst the alternatively shop till you drop at one of several Ballito Tidal Pool remains a firm favourite for up-market Ballito shopping malls. Head to the families with kids. Salt Rock beach is popular Litchi Festival in Salt Rock (some time from for its main swimming beach and tidal pool mid-December when the litchis are ripe) and as does Sheffield beach slightly further north. get picking – entry entitles you to a take home Shaka’s Rock, said to be named after a rocky bag of litchis and the pleasure of feasting while outcrop, believed to have been used by Shaka, you pick. Holiday festivities in Ballito include the great Zulu chief, as a lookout, is a small the Blythedale Market Prawn Festival (1st and

There are three artificial reefs created by the Oceanographic Research Institute that are popular with scuba divers for their wide variety of marine life. During the 1990’s an old Portuguese prawn trawler and a decommissioned floating crane were towed out to sea and sunk. Additionally, a third reef was created when The Fame sunk in these waters in 2000. Additional scuba diving spots are the Sheffield Reef, Big Bream Reef and Lemon Fish reef.

22nd December), 032 Comedy Night (7th December), as well as its popular New Year’s Eve Party.

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NORTH COAST TOURISM OFFICES North Coast Tourism Offices SANGWENI TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE Tel: 072 437 5183 Email: KWADUKUZA TOURISM Tel/Fax: 032-437 5021/5183 Email:

ENTERPRISE ILEMBE Tel: +27(0)32 946 1256 Fax: +27(0)32 946 3515 eMail:

DEC-JAN EVENTS 29 November – 7 December Matric Rage – Ballito 1 December Blythdale Market Prawn Festival 2019 – Blythedale Tel: 061 820 3518 7 December 032 Comedy Night – KwaDukuza Town Hall, KwaDukuza Tel: 0861 915 8000 15 December The Last Chance Classic (MTB) - Sugar Rush Park, Ballito Tel: Gill von Buddenbrock – 079 528 4665 15 December The Big Hill Run - Sugar Rush Park, Ballito Tel: Zeldi Mann – 071 422 0953 19-20 December Summer Revv Fest on Tour with Bike Fest SA™ – Willards Beach, Ballito. Wozani Events – 082 812 7944 21-22 December Summer Revv Fest on Tour with Bike Fest SA™ – Umhloti Beach. Wozani Africa Events – 082 812 7944 22 December Blythdale Market Prawn Festival 2019 – Blythedale. Tel: 061 820 3518 31 December Ballito New Year’s Eve Party – Sandra Rd & Crush Night Club, Ballito

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DRAKENSBERG Summer is a glorious time in the KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg with the mountains resplendent in their shades of green and the mountain streams flowing clear and fresh. This mountain range, which forms an enormous barrier separating KwaZulu-Natal from the Kingdom of Lesotho was named ‘The Dragon Mountain’ by the Dutch Voortrekkers and is known as ‘Ukhahlamba’ by the Zulu people. This treasure trove of biological diversity was named a World Heritage Site in 2000 and is one of only 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to have achieved this status on two accounts – its wealth of rock art (cultural) and exceptional natural beauty and diversity of habitat (natural). With its massive cliffs towering over riverine bush, lush yellowwood forests and cascading waterfalls it is exceptionally popular with hikers and offers several hiking routes on both its lower and upper slopes. There are many marked trails and routes available, from short ambles through indigenous fern forests to more strenuous full day hikes traversing rivers and hillsides to full-on adventuring. Freshening up in a mountain stream and refilling your water bottle under the cascade of a waterfall are one of the bonuses of hiking at this time of year. But be aware that thunderstorms are common during the summer months and although accidents are rare, be sure to complete the Mountain Rescue Register prior to setting off, even for a day walk. Part of each entry fee goes towards the invaluable emergency search and rescue service provided by volunteers of the Mountain Club of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Section. Take a breather and watch vultures as they soar overhead, spiralling effortlessly catching the thermals. Be sure to visit one of the vulture restaurants in the Drakensberg and get a closer look as they settle down on a carcass to squabble over the pickings. Seek out ancient Bushman rock art in one of the many caves in the region – access to the Giants Castle Main Cave is relatively easy, but the Kamberg Cave

takes a bit more effort but is well worth it for its selection of well-preserved rock-art, the evidence of the San people who lived in the area long time ago. Birdwatching is another popular activity, with specials to look out for when hiking the slopes are the Drakensberg rockjumper and the Drakensberg sisken. The lush forests and wetlands of the lower lying areas also yield a variety of sightings – the Marutswa Forest near Bulwer is famous for its Cape parrot sightings, and the kids will love the tangle of trees, monkey ropes and moss covered rocks that resemble something out of The Hobbit. There are also several permanent, mapped trails for mountain biking enthusiasts to enjoy, and paddlers will appreciate the summer rains and the faster flowing rivers – the Drak Challenge 2020 in Underberg (in January) is a popular event. Music lovers will enjoy ‘Christmas in the Berg’ which takes place annually on the campus of the Drakensberg Boys Choir School in the Champagne Castle area over a weekend in December. There is also a wonderful Christmas market with plenty local crafts and goodies for sale. The four-day Smoking Dragon’s New Year Festival, with its variety of acts over different stages is sure to be a hit.

The Thukela Falls in the Northern Drakensberg is the highest waterfall in Africa and is regarded as the second highest in the world. There are a few ways that visitors can access the Falls - by Sentinel trail which leads to the top of Mont Aux Sources and is a 6.4km hard slog 518m up the mountain, by following the Thukela River upstream on a more manageable gradient through the Thukela Gorge for 7km or a quicker, and potentially more hair-raising route via a series of chain ladders.

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DEC-JAN EVENTS 6-8 December Christmas in the Berg Music Festival – Drakensberg Boys Choir School, Dragon Peaks, Central Drakensberg Tel: 036 468 1012 / Tickets – 7 December Fun Dusk Trail Run Series – Drakensberg Brewery, El Mirador Airfield, Central Drakensberg Tel: Belinda – 082 305 3387 7-8 December Eshayamoya Christmas Steam Train & Picnic Trip – Creighton Station, Creighton, Southern Drakensberg Email: / 14 December Fun Dusk Trail Run Series – Drakensberg Brewery, El Mirador Airfield, Central Drakensberg Tel: Belinda – 082 305 3387 21 December Fun Dusk Trail Run Series – Drakensberg Brewery, El Mirador Airfield, Central Drakensberg Tel: Belinda – 082 305 3387 29 December – 1 January Smoking Dragon Music Festival - Amphitheatre Backpackers, R74, Bergville, Northern Drakensberg Tel: 082 855 9767 / 4 January Fun Dusk Trail Run Series – Drakensberg Brewery, El Mirador Airfield, Central Drakensberg Tel: Belinda – 082 305 3387 26 January Sani Pass Flower Walk 2018 - Sani Lodge Backpackers, Southern Drakensberg Tel: 033 7020330 / Email: 31 January Lube & Tube 2020 – Pigs Farm, Winterton, Central Drakensberg Tel: 082 566 5151

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The South Coast is KZN’s ‘holiday heaven’, a place where many South African adults remember spending time as kids, building sandcastles and frolicking in the waves. Not much has changed, and many of these adults now bring their family and friends down to share the experience. Such is the draw of the South Coast, with its choice of golden beaches, picturesque lagoons and rocky coves lined with grassy slopes and coastal forest along the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Summertime is beach time, and with the coastline stretching 120 kilometres from Scottburgh to Port Edward and with 58 beaches to choose from visitors can be assured of a great beach experience. The region boasts seven permanently managed Blue Flag beaches, the highest number in Africa – namely Lucien Beach, Marina Beach, Ramsgate Beach, Southport Beach, Trafalgar Beach, Umzumbe and Hibberdene Beach. Marina Beach is delightful with a lovely, long sandy beach as well as a tidal pool, and the hidden bays and coves provide further opportunities for exploring with the kids. Trafalgar Beach, with its wide grassy verges, subtropical vegetation and wonderful long beach, is a quiet piece of paradise. In addition to a great stretch of beach, Ramsgate Beach offers a warm lagoon with pedal boats, making this a firm favourite with families. Enjoy the summer beach vibe with the ‘South Coast Summer Sizzle’ program and the ‘Woza Summer KZN Beach Tour’, both offering action packed beach festivals and fun for the family to enjoy. But don’t forget to grab that hat and slap on loads of sunscreen! The KZN South Coast has something for everyone… head into nature and explore one of its 35 nature trails, get active with activities like river rafting, surfing, SUP and canoeing, or go horse riding on the beach, shark cage diving or even scuba diving off Aliwal Shoal. You can even walk across suspension bridges, abseil

down a cliff face or leap into the Oribi Gorge at the Oribi Gorge swing. For family fun go on a tractor ride through a banana plantation, walk through a butterfly enclosure, learn about crocodiles and go karting or play paintball. For the fitness fanatics there are several established trails that will have you enjoying the South Coast’s unique blend of fauna and flora whilst trail running or mountain biking. Head to the newly launched KwaNzimakwe Multi-Trail Park, a new route to enjoy culture and heritage experiences in the hinterland. Enjoy the panoramic views of the coastline and hinterland, lush coastal forests, river crossings, diverse 4x4 terrain and a specially designed 4-hour trail - whilst here support the community by popping into a local shop for food and refreshments. Take delight in the abundance of subtropical fruits and vegetables and dress your Christmas table with locally grown nuts, the freshest of fruit, and finish off that family celebration with the strong aroma of freshly ground coffee – locally grown, harvested and processed at the Beaver Creek Coffee Estate. There are several shops and farmstalls offering the abundant produce and artistic wares of the South Coast – great for last minute Christmas shopping. And don’t forget ‘the reason for the season’ by joining the Christmas Celebration on Margate Beach on the 25th December.

There are a couple of the ordinary experiences to be had on the lower South Coast near Port Edward… pick up a local guide and head to KwaXolo where there are a series of caves with San paintings that are said to be over 100,000 years old. Also nearby is the Red Desert, though to be the world’s smallest desert being only 200metres in diameter and 11 hectares in its entirety.

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Ugu South Coast Tourism is welcoming holidaymakers to the KZN South Coast with a colourful Summer Sizzle programme which started on Friday, 13 December and runs until Sunday, 5 January. “For all the best family fun this summer, KZN South Coast is the place to be!” said Phelisa Mangcu, CEO of Ugu South Coast Tourism. “This year’s Summer Sizzle programme will extend across the region, from beaches to hinterland, with lots of fun competitions, ongoing entertainment and great prize giveaways to be won!”

Some of the action taking place includes treasure hunts, sand castle building and face painting competitions; sports’ contests; relaxing in the Chill Lounges; Fun Zones with sack racing, hula hooping, flag racing and balloon blowing; as well as Action Zones with swing ball and monster badminton. The ongoing activity, which runs from 10am to 2pm daily, will extend across many of the KZN South Coast beaches and into Umuziwabantu and Umzumbe hinterland regions.

There’s so much to look forward to this summer with the USCT Summer Sizzle programme – don’t miss out on any of the action! For more information visit, the ‘South Coast Tourism’ Facebook page or @infosouthcoast on Twitter using the #travelsouthcoast #tourismsouthcoast #kznsouthcoast hashtags.

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UGU SOUTH COAST TOURISM Head Office: Tel: 039 682 7944 Website: Regional Information Office | Tel: 039 315 5168 Margate Tel: 039 312 2322 E-mail: Shelly Beach Tel: 039 315 7069/315 5168 E-mail: Scottburgh Tel: 039 976 1364 E-mail:

Pearly Shells is ideally situated within walking distance of the Scottburgh main beach where there is safe bathing, a tidal pool, super tube and mini golf course, and we are reasonably close to shopping centres and restaurants.

Accommodation consists of one, two and three bedroom apartments, as well as 4 spacious PENTHOUSES on the top floor which have spectacular views of the sea and surrounds. Guest can enjoy our lovely blue swimming pool, braai area and Leisure Room. The Leisure Room offers table tennis, a pool table, games and a large screen TV just right for non-beach days and sporting events. For our younger guests under the age of 12 years there is a jungle gym and swings. There is so much to see and do along the South Coast and roads are well maintained.

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WHAT, WHERE & WHEN - DEC-JAN Daily Surf Workshops & Lessons – Pumula Surf Camp & Surf School. Tel: 078 444 7130 Every Tuesday and Thursday 5km Trail run/Walk – Silver Beach, Port Edward at 17:00 Contact Clayton Bekker - Tel: 082 332 5032 Every Saturday Uvongo Park Run – 5km route, St Michaels Beach at 08:00. Umdoni Park Run – Umdoni Park, Pennington / Tel: Gail – 079 182 6371 Scottburgh Flea Market – Corner Arbuthnot & Williamson Street Tel: Mike – 082 932 5986 Every Saturday & Sunday Uvongo Flea Market – Uvongo Tel: Andre van Zyl – 083 459 8982 Every 2nd Saturday Monthly Natural History Talks – Croc World Conservation Centre, Scottburgh. Tel: 039 976 1103 Nolean 30 November - 1 December Island Tribe Provincial Surf Champs – St Michaels Beach. Wozani Africa – 082 812 7944 2 December Umdoni Monthly Open – Umdoni Park Golf Club Tel: Rynardt Crous – 039 975 1320 3 December Ladies Open Day – San Lameer Golf Course Tel: San Lameer Country Club – 039 313 5141 6 December Umdoni Team Challenge – Umdoni Park Golf Club . Tel: Rynardt Crous – 039 975 1320 Mayoral Golf Day Trust Fundraiser – Margate Country Club. Wozani Africa – 082 812 7944 7 December The Harvest Truck Music Festival – Port Edward Beach. Wozani Africa Events – 082 812 7944 Mdabula Ntambo Maskandi Music Festival – Ugu Sport & Leisure Centre, Port Shepstone Tel: 0861 915 8000 8 December Margate Kennel Club Open Dog Show (Agility & Dog Jumping) – Borough Sports Grounds, Port Shepstone. Sharon Derman – 073 601 4622 13-14 December (10h00-14h00) Summer Sizzle 2019 – Umuziwabantu Hinterland 1. Tel: Michael – 078 988 5575 13-14 December (18h00-20h00) One Way Christmas Truck – Various Old Age Homes and Orphanages Michael (One Way Productions) – 078 988 5575 14-24 December (10h00-14h00) Life is a Beach Holiday Programme – Marina Beach. Michael – 078 988 5575 14 December KZN Drag Racing – Dezzi Raceway, District Road D440, Shelly Beach. Elisna - 039 685 4100 The Harvest Truck Music Festival – Voetplaatpark Tel: Wozani Africa Events – 082 812 7944 15 December (10h00-14h00) Summer Sizzle 2019 – Hibberdene Main Beach, Marina Beach & Umzumbe Hinterland 2 Tel: Michael – 078 988 5575 15 December UBC 2019 Summer Fair – Scottburgh CBD, Scott St, Scottburgh. ADV. Brijraj – 072 378 7503 16 December (10h00-14h00) Summer Sizzle 2019 – Ramsgate Beach Tel: Michael – 078 988 5575 17 December (10h00-14h00) Summer Sizzle 2019 – Umzumbe Hinterland 2 & Hibberdene Main Beach Michael (One Way Productions) – 078 988 5575 18 December (10h00-14h00) Summer Sizzle 2019 – Scottburgh Main Beach & Umdoni Hinterland 3 Michael (One Way Productions) – 078 988 5575 18-19 December (10h00-14h00) Summer Sizzle 2019 – Scottburgh Main Beach & Umdoni Hinterland 3 Michael (One Way Productions) – 078 988 5575 20 December (10h00-14h00) Summer Sizzle 2019 – Scottburgh Main Beach & Hibberdene Main Beach

Michael (One Way Productions) – 078 988 5575 21 December Life is a Beach Holiday Programme (Shark Day) –Marina Beach Michael (One Way Productions) – 078 988 5575 The Harvest Truck Music Festival - Margate Beach. Wozani Africa Events – 082 812 7944 21-22 December (10h00-14h00) Summer Sizzle 2019 – Ramsgate Beach & Port Edward Main Beach Michael (One Way Productions) – 078 988 5575 21 - 22 December (18h00-20h00) One Way Christmas Truck – Margate Beach & Area. Michael – 078 988 5575 23-24 December (10h00-14h00) Summer Sizzle 2019 – Margate Main Beach & St Michaels Main Beach Michael (One Way Productions) – 078 988 5575 23-24 December Summer Revv Fest on Tour with Bike Fest SA™ – Scottburgh Beach Tel: Wozani Africa Events – 082 812 7944 25 December (09h00) Christmas Day Service – Margate Main Beach Michael (One Way Productions) – 078 988 5575 26-27 December Summer Revv Fest on Tour with Bike Fest SA™ – Ramsgate Beach Tel: Wozani Africa Events – 082 812 7944 26-29 December (10h00-14h00) Summer Sizzle 2019 – Margate Main Beach & St Michaels Main Beach Michael (One Way Productions) – 078 988 5575 26 December – 1 January (10h00-14h00) Life is a Beach Holiday Programme – Marina Beach Michael (One Way Productions) – 078 988 5575 27 December Jeremy Loops & Snotkop – San Lameer Country Club. Tel: 039 313 0111 / Email – 28 December The Harvest Truck Music Festival – Port Edward Beach. Wozani Africa Events – 082 812 7944 28-29 December Summer Revv Fest on Tour with Bike Fest SA™ – St Michaels Beach Wozani Africa Events – 082 812 7944 30-31 December Summer Revv Fest on Tour with Bike Fest SA™ – Southbroom Beach Tel: Wozani Africa Events – 082 812 7944 30 December (10h00-14h00) Summer Sizzle 2019 – Southport Main Beach & Sunwich Port Main Beach Michael (One Way Productions) – 078 988 5575 31 December (10h00-14h00) Summer Sizzle 2019 – Uvongo Main Beach & Sunwich Port Main Beach Michael (One Way Productions) – 078 988 5575 31 December 5fm Southbroom New Year’s Eve with Chunda Munki – Southbroom Beach Wozani Africa Events – 082 812 7944 Gamalakhe Music Festival – Ugu Sport and Leisure Centre, Port Shepstone 0861 915 8000 1 January (10h00-14h00) Summer Sizzle 2019 – Port Edward Main Beach Michael (One Way Productions) – 078 988 5575 2-3 January (10h00-14h00) Summer Sizzle 2019 – Uvongo Beach & Ray Nkonyeni Hinterland 4 Michael (One Way Productions) – 078 988 5575 4 January (10h00-14h00) Summer Sizzle 2019 – Uvongo Beach plus one other venue still to be confirmed Michael (One Way Productions) – 078 988 5575 The Harvest Truck Music Festival – Port Edward Beach. Wozani Africa Events – 082 812 7944 Umdoni Monthly Open – Umdoni Park Golf Club Tel: Rynardt Crous – 039 975 1320 31 January Umdoni Team Challenge – Umdoni Park Golf Club Tel: Rynardt Crous – 039 975 1320




KwaZulu-Natal’s Elephant Coast is an exceptional area and stretches from Lake St Lucia in the south to Kosi Bay in the north and extends inland across to the Lubombo Mountains in the west. This region, with its incredible variety of habitats and eco-systems, delivers an unforgettable blend of adventure, unspoilt scenery and unique experiences – from extensive beach activities, which include swimming, fishing, snorkelling and diving, to more terrestrial activities like game viewing, birding and hiking. The iSimangaliso Wetland Park is of huge importance and was declared South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in 1999. It incorporates Lake St Lucia, the St Lucia and Maputaland Marine Reserves, the Coastal Forest Reserve, Kosi Bay Nature Reserve and inland includes the Mkuze Game Reserve. There is excellent game and bird viewing on the Eastern and Western Shores as well as uMkhuze section, which host the ‘Big Five’ along with numerous other terrestrial animals. Several thousand head of game that historically occurred in the region, including black and white rhino, elephant, wild dog, cheetah, buffalo, waterbuck and blue wildebeest have been translocated into the Park since 2000. Fauna in the marine reserve includes whales, sharks, coelacanths, turtles, and a myriad of species on its coral reefs. There are more than 530 species of birds, including lesser and greater flamingo, and many migrant species escaping the winter of the northern hemisphere may be seen during the summer months. To enhance your birding experience, be sure to ask for a local, Birdlife South Africa accredited guide. The beaches in the region lend themselves to early morning walks where one can walk for kilometres on a virtually deserted beach. Other activities in St Lucia for all ages include boat cruises on the Lake St Lucia Estuary, boat-based marine tours (pelagic birds and dolphin watching), deep-sea fishing as well as

horse riding on the beach with Bhangazi Horse Safaris. Watching leatherback or loggerhead turtles make their way up the shore to lay their eggs in carefully prepared nests is a bucket-list experience for many and during the summer months (October to March) tours are available at Sodwana Bay and Cape Vidal as well as for guests at Thonga Beach Lodge and Phinda Game Reserve. With the region’s wealth of marine species, snorkelling is popular at a variety of spots along the shore, but the easiest accessibility is at Cape Vidal and Sodwana Bay. There are several operators offering guided snorkelling trips along the coastline, alternatively if you have access to a 4X4 the Kosi Bay mouth will have you marvelling at the marine life in an area aptly called the aquarium. Sodwana Bay, one of the top ten dive destinations in the world, boasts coral reefs containing over 1200 species of fish as well as a variety of underwater seascapes and marine flora and fauna. Kosi Bay, one of the world’s top fly-fishing destinations, offers the opportunity of seeing the famous fish traps, a traditional fishing practice dating back 700 years. This is the only place where all South Africa’s mangrove species occur and is the only stand of naturally occurring Raphia palms. It is a delight for birders, with approximately 250 species of bird, among them the fish eagle and palmnut vulture (who feed on the Raphia palm fruit), white backed heron, night heron as well as purple and reed kingfisher.

The leatherback turtle, the largest living reptile, is also the largest sea turtle and a large adult weighs in at between 500 – 700kg and can grow to almost 2metres in length. What makes them unique among sea turtles is that they don’t have a hard carapace but instead their shell bones are covered by a leather-like ‘skin’.

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DEC-JAN EVENTS Daily Zamimpilo Community Market (fresh produce & craft market) – daily, on N2 between Mtubatuba and Hluhluwe. Tel: 076 436 6990 St Lucia Market (curios and fresh produce) – daily, Mckenzie Street, St Lucia Siyabonga Arts & Craft Market – daily, on the R618 just before the bridge over the St Lucia Estuary, St Lucia Daily - Weather permitting Whale and dolphin watching - with legal permit holders only with Advantage Cruiser from Durban, St Lucia, Sodwana Bay or Richards Bay. www. Every weekday, Saturday & Sunday peak season 10h00 and 12h00. Advantage Cruiser. Two-hour boat cruise on Lake St Lucia to see hippo, crocs and a variety of birdlife from up close. R200.00 per person – children under 12 half price; toddlers under 2yrs, no charge. Contact: 035 590 1259, 035 590 1180 Sunday mornings (out of peak season) 10h00 and 12h00. Advantage Cruiser. Two-hour boat cruise on Lake St Lucia to see hippo, crocs and a variety of birdlife from up close. R160.00 per person – children under 12 half price; toddlers under 2yrs, no charge. Contact: 035 590 1259, 035 590 1180

That special touch and friendly staff will let you come again.

Conveniently situated 600m from the N2 opposite the Golf Course. The elegantly furnished rooms, lounge area, spacious garden and secure parking, are ideally suited for business executives and tourists seeking a safe and relaxing environment.

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Events throughout KwaZulu-Natal for December 2019 and January 2020.

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Events throughout KwaZulu-Natal for December 2019 and January 2020.