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CONTENTS Issue 96
CONTENTS Welcome.................................................2 Feb-March Highlights.........................4 Heartlands..............................................6 Drakondale Girls...................................6 Family Fun & Adventure....................9 Water safety....................................... 12 Do Romance Do KZN...................... 13 Spotlight on Entertainment.......... 20 Durban.................................................. 23 PMB / Midlands................................. 30 Elephant Coast................................... 32 Zululand............................................... 34 Battlefields.......................................... 36 North Coast........................................ 38 Drakensberg........................................ 40 South Coast........................................ 42 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS PRODUCTION, DESIGN & LAYOUT LOGO GRAPHICS +27(0)31-564 3425 Email: email@example.com EDITORIAL TEAM: Tessa Buhrmann Events: Tessa Buhrmann Entertainment: William CharltonPerkins Advertising: Fiona Fryer and Roaleen Buttery To advertise your events please send dates and information to: firstname.lastname@example.org COVER: A Romantic Fairytale Proposal: Sandeep and Dhavini got engaged in a hot air balloon at Tala Valley KZN. ©Hot Air Ballooning SA Photo courtesy: DRENE PLUNKETT
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SANIBONANI and Welcome to the Exceptional Zulu Kingdom KwaZulu-Natal Government focusing on growing the tourism sector WE welcome all visitors to KwaZulu-Natal as we start what promises to be an exciting year for the tourism industry in our beautiful province. From the onset, we wish to acknowledge the contribution of all sectors of society and stakeholders in the tourism sector for their contribution towards the growth of this sector.
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The fact that both the President of the Republic of South Africa His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa and the national minister of tourism Ms. Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane have heaped praises on KwaZuluNatal, is an indication that we have a winning formula. Let us join hands and double our efforts to ensure that our visitors enjoy their stay in our province. In particular, as the provincial government we are encouraged by the commitment that has been shown by mayors and all other representatives from municipalities across the province. Local government is where tourism happens, and this is why local government is best placed to create a memorable experience for tourists. As set out in Chapter 7, Section 152 of the Constitution, one of the objectives of Local Government is to promote social and economic development.
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Section 153 goes on to describe the developmental duties of municipalities, stating that a municipality must structure and manage its administration, budgeting and planning processes to give priority to the basic needs of the community, and to promote the social and economic development of the community. Section 153 further states that a municipality must participate in national and provincial development programmes.
Starting on the supply side, we want to enhance our destination by improving infrastructure at various tourism magnets. We want to develop skills and instill a culture of service excellence, and, through our grading system, assure quality of service and facilities. These initiatives are all aimed at enhancing the experience of tourists. We are encouraging a strong relationship with Tourist guides. They are often the first to meet our tourists, and the last to see them as they leave our province. They are our day-to-day, on-the-ground brand ambassadors. We will strengthen their capacity to deliver a memorable and enjoyable experience through training programs, including sending some of them to other countries for cultural exchanges and language training. I wish to emphasize that opportunities abound and expectations are high. Tourism must continue growing, and continue to contribute towards the national Gross Domestic Product. We are all expected to deliver by working together. 2020 World Football Summit We pause to extend warm hands of welcome to national and international delegates attending many of our events including the World Football Summit. On the 24th September 2019, I led a delegation to Madrid in Spain where we were officially presented as the next host province. Our City Durban, competed against Canada, Hong Kong in China and Buenos Aires in Argentina WFS is the international event of the football industry which brings together more than 80 countries, over 2,300 attendees and 90 speakers.
Local Tourism is also singled out in Schedule 4 (B) as one of the competency areas of local government. And also a concurrent responsibility between National and Provincial government (Schedule 4 (a)).
As we countdown to the summit, we are expected to ensure excellent transport and accommodation for a further 160 soccer clubs, leading executives, and more than 100 media houses. There is an estimation of an economic impact of about R800 million.
The Tourism Sector is a national priority sector with enormous potential to promote economic development, thus requiring of municipalities to promote it and support it.
We view this summit as a platform to showcase areas of interests for investments and leisure to the global audience of more than a billion.
I have referred to the constitution to contextualize the importance of this meeting and more specially â€“ the importance of ensuring that mayors act as champions of tourism in their municipalities. Here in KZN we have destinations that are abundant in natural beauty, and we have diverse heritage and culture. These are things that we will continue to showcase to the national and international tourists. Our vision is to build a strong and sustainable tourism sector that improves the lives of all our people. We aim to ensure that KZN is amongst the top tourist destinations. To achieve this, we are ensuring that all municipalities play a role. We must maximize the considerable job creating potential of the sector. To achieve this, we undertake to do few things in 2020.
In preparation for many other international events, huge investment will be made in the development of infrastructure that will create a platform for a higher trajectory of growth. There are many planned infrastructure projects that will help create more job opportunities whilst giving us a competitive edge. The Durbanâ€™s Beachfront promenade is a classic example. This has generated an interest. What is exciting is that as a visitor to the Durban beachfront - can walk and cycle from the harbor mouth to Blue Lagoon. As we start 2020, I have confidence that stakeholders in the tourism sector will continue to work together with government to ensure that visitors to our province enjoy their stay. We must ensure that they sample the warmth of the people of this province who are known as the Rainbow Nation.
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7 Feb 13:00 Cricket ODI: South Africa vs England – Kingsmead Stadium. (TicketPro) 21 Mar BeBe Winans: Born for This Tour features the six-time Grammy award winner best known as an inspirational, R&B and popular vocalist and songwriter – Durban ICC Arena. (TicketPro)
8-9 February Midmar Mile – Midmar Dam www.midmarmile.co.za 14 Feb 18:00 Old Mutual Music at the Lake series: Bring your own food and drink, picnic blankets and camping chairs for a romantic night under African skies with Ard Matthews & Louise Carver – Durban Botanic Gardens. (Webtickets)
27-29 February Dusi Canoe Marathon – Camps Drift, Pietermaritzburg to Blue Lagoon, Durban www.dusi.co.za 6 Mar 08:30 Forbes Woman Africa: Leading Women Summit – Durban ICC Complex. (Webtickets)
24-31 Mar 19:00 The Durban Passion Play depicts Jesus Christ’s last days on earth, based on the Biblical Gospels – Playhouse Drama Theatre. (Webtickets)
14-15 Mar Arjun Live in Concert – The Globe, Suncoast. (Computicket)
27 Mar ‘Not a Nice Guy’ with Riaad Moosa – The Globe, Suncoast. (Computicket)
14 Feb ECR Kings & Queens of Comedy: Durban ICC Arena. (Computicket) 4
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19-22 Mar Decorex Durban is Africa’s biggest décor, design and lifestyle exhibition – Durban Exhibition Centre. (011 549 8300)
COMING SOON: 9-13 April Splashy Fen 25-27 April South Coast Bike Week
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Follow your Heart...
But bring your brain with you!
It is not every day that students are able to follow their hearts without giving up on the essential ability to ensure academic results that will create a solid foundation for their future. In 2017 John Tungay (founder of the esteemed Drakensberg Boyâ€™s Choir School) and Wendy Clarke opened Drakondale Girls Choir School with a grand total of 11 students in Grades 7 & 8. At the end of 2018, having rolled out to Grade 9, the decision was made to incorporate more of the performing arts and the name was changed to SCHOOL OF THE ARTS. 2020 has also seen the inclusion of boys and 2022 will see the adoption of a post matric year for boys and girls. The Drakondale Choir (which is the flagship) is of World Class Standard. In 2018, they appeared at the World Choir Games and placed FIRST in the open category for Childrenâ€™s Choirs, under the baton of their esteemed Principal and Choir Master, Botes Gresse. The Choir performs regularly at concerts and is often requested to make appearances. However, Drakondale places equal emphasis on the importance of academics and offer all the normal subject choices, such as Life Sciences, Physical Science, History, and Geography. They are committed to ensuring the BEST academic results and to this end they offer SMALL classes with no more than 16 students per class, ensuring that all students receive individual attention. Sporting activities include Netball, Touch Rugby, Dance - and Athletics is being introduced this Winter. Both boarders and day scholars are welcomed, and the school in situated on a peaceful, idyllic property in the KZN Midlands.
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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.
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SWIMANATHI SUPPORTS CHILDREN’S WATER SAFETY! Movers and shakers in KZN’s hospitality and business sectors – uShaka Marine World, Tsogo Sun, SAAMBR, Lifesaving SA, GeoChem, Mabliza Lifestyle and Jump City – have taken a stand against accidental drownings amongst children with the launch of the Swimanathi at uShaka Marine World (USM) recently. Speaking in the wake of at least two tragic drownings of young learners at the very beginning of the 2020 academic year, USM CEO, Dr Stella Khumalo, thanked the sponsors who had once again joined forces to provide children from disadvantaged backgrounds with an opportunity to learn how to swim through the annual Swimanathi. She pointed out that, as many activities at USM focused on families and children, having fun in an aquatic environment as well as water safety were two things that were particularly important to Africa’s largest marine theme park. “We believe that it is important for uShaka Marine World, as both a brand and an iconic tourism destination in Durban, to be involved in projects that not only enhance community development but also promote safety – and water safety in particular. That’s why we have made our facilities available so that children who would not ordinarily have an opportunity to learn to swim can do so through the Swimanathi Project,” she said. The Swimanathi Project was launched in 2016 by the then MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha. To date, 520 children have been taught to swim. The rationale behind the initiative is that the majority of non-fee paying schools do not have facilities where they could learn to swim or the resources to pay teachers. As a result, many young lives are lost in tragic incidents that could be avoided. “During the height of the summer season when everyone in this seaside city is drawn to the water, we lose precious children to unnecessary and tragic drownings. That’s because so many of our children cannot swim – a symptom of the fact that children from disadvantaged
backgrounds do not get the opportunity to learn to swim even when they grow up close to the water,” Dr Khumalo noted. One such school is Addington Primary from which the majority of children taking part in the Swimanathi come. The Principal of Addington Primary, Raj Moodley, thanked all of the sponsors for their contributions and said that the school was, once again, delighted to be part of this programme. He said both the school’s governing body and parents would like to see this continue for many years to come. Children who are participating this year will be divided into groups for their swimming lessons. The lessons began over the weekend of 25 and 26 January and continue for the next 5 weekends (during the weekends of the 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 February and 1 March.) The Department of Sports and Recreation will send lifeguards, Jump City will provide the inflatables, a photographer, a videographer and medals for all the participating children while GeoChem will sponsor sunblock and Mabliza Lifestyle will pay for the child minders.
“What these children are about to learn is so important, and will never be forgotten. It is basically one of life’s most important skills, added uShaka Sea World Director and head of SAAMBR, Dr Tony McEwan. Tsogo Sun KZN Hotels proudly supports uShaka Marine World in its fourth “learn to swim” campaign aimed at reducing the high incidence of drownings in the province. As a leading leisure brand located along Durban’s Golden mile, we are passionate about this project and committed to seeing more youngsters swim safely in our beaches. Ensuring that the children were properly attired for their lessons, Tsogo Sun sponsored swim gear, towels and lunch for each participant. Gavin Kearns from Jump City agreed, saying that the the 520 children that had already learned to swim could very well be those that pay it forward and teach others how to be water safe one day. This article is sponsored Logo Graphics publishers of www-What, Where & When.
Helene Herbert from SA Lifesaving , who will sponsor the 15 instructors for the programme said the organization was also delighted to be back on board. She said the success of the project was reflected in the fact that the very same lifeguards who had acted as instructors last year, were all eager to be on board again this year.
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They say February is the month of love… the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day. In 18th century England 14th February grew into an occasion for couples to send flowers, confectionary and greeting cards to one another. Today, nothing has changed… if anything the trend has grown into a month-long celebration of love. And where better to celebrate love than KwaZulu-Natal, with its extensive range of unique destinations, ideal for memorable experiences. the breeze rustling through the canopy at the Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk. Go on an early morning bush walk and be amazed at the little duikers nibbling at the undergrowth, or a zebra as it shakes off the morning dew and watch out for the little creatures and critters as they greet the new day at one of numerous nature reserves throughout the province. Stroll through the Durban Botanic Gardens and marvel at the colours, tones and textures of our natural environment and finish off the walk with a picnic under one of the huge trees.
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KwaZulu-Natal, fondly known as the Zulu Kingdom, is arguably South Africa’s most diverse province offering a diversity of cultures, scenery, attractions and experiences, including two World Heritage Sights. From regions rich in battlefields and monuments, to majestic mountains and tranquil rolling hills that beckon you to relax and unwind, to savannas and bushveld teeming with wildlife and to tropical beaches and the warm Indian Ocean. With all this at your disposal there are sure to be some memorable romantic moments to be had. PACK A PICNIC... there’s nothing like getting away from it all and surprising you significant other with a basket filled with yummy goodies. Pack a picnic basket and head out to the beachfront to catch the sunrise, lay out a blanket at a picnic spot in a nature reserve or under a tree in your local botanic gardens. If packing your own picnic basket sounds like too much effort, then there are several companies that supply the both the basket plus the trappings of beach blanket, cushions and the like.
BEACH TIME... with a coastline in excess of 580km, stretching from the wild beaches of the lower South Coast, along Durban’s Golden Mile towards Umhlanga and Ballito, then on towards the beaches of uMtunzini, Richards Bay and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, you’re bound to find a spot that’s just perfect for you. Watch the sky turn from dark magenta to crimson and orange as the sun peeks over the horizon and watch the early morning sunlight glimmer on the ocean. Enjoy the thrill of horse-riding on the St Lucia beach with Bhangazi Horse Safaris or stroll along the shore as the waves gently wash over your feet, reminding you that things are ‘new’ every morning. Spread out your towels and laze under the fronds of a strelitzia as the heat of the day mounts then run, together, into the warm Indian Ocean. TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE... KZN is renowned for its wonderful wild spaces, pristine nature reserves and beautifully manicured botanic gardens. Step out early and be greeted with birdsong, walk beneath tall treetops and hear
BREAKFASTS IN STYLE... take in the views over the ocean and the iconic lighthouse at the Oyster Box Hotel – with oysters and bubbly of course. Too extravagant for your budget? Then pack a picnic basket and enjoy the same view for free, alternatively, pop into one of the local beachside restaurants for breakfast. Enjoy breakfast in the bush with your bacon and eggs cooked in a skottel, up in the mountains as the mist lifts to reveal the Drakensberg’s splendour or a farm-style feast in the KZN Midlands sourced from the very fields you’re gazing upon. Or just make some egg and bacon sarms, fill a flask with hot coffee and head out with your loved one to find a view. HEAVENLY HIGH TEA... the Hilton Durban Hotel, Suncoast Hotel and Oyster Box Hotel, amongst others, offer a lavish high tea to wow your significant other. Think heart-shaped pastries, delicate chocolate treats, beautiful cakes, a selection of savouries and your choice of tea or coffee. The price a little too dear? Then pop into your local
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bakery or home industry and pick up some treats, grab a takeaway cappuccino at your favourite coffee shop and find a spot to enjoy your feast. UP, UP AND AWAY... see the world from a bird’s eye view from the heights of a hot air balloon. Head out at dawn and after a quick cup of coffee clamber into the wicker basket and then rise into the still of the morning as you watch the sun gently rise over the horizon. In addition to the thrill of experience, imagine the memories that you’re creating as a couple! There are a few opportunities for hot air balloon rides in KZN, from souring to great heights along the Drakensberg, over the rolling hills and meadows of the KZN Midlands and even over the bushveld of Tala Game Reserve. If you’d prefer something motorized, then a helicopter flip is just for you. Westline Aviation operate from Dragon Peaks Park and in addition to offering a spectacular Drakensberg experience they also fly to game reserves and battlefields.
local media for Valentine’s Day specials. Otherwise skip the budget breaking stuff and treat your significant other to a special dine-in dinner for two that has been lovingly created and cooked by you. GO ON A GAME DRIVE... there’s nothing quite being up with the birds and heading into the bush. The thrill of a safari, seeing animals in their natural environment and that first stop for coffee and rusks – on the crest of a hill, alongside a dam or under a large Marula tree, and sometimes with a dash of Amarula. On occasion you may be treated with a breakfast stop and if it’s a late afternoon drive, then sundowners or even canapes and cocktails at a secluded spot with fairy lights in a tree. There’s high-end and luxury, mid-range and more affordable or even self-drive options. The choices are vast and the experiences incredibly memorable.
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SUNDOWNERS AND SUNSETS... head down to Moyo pier and enjoy cocktails while overlooking the ocean with the sun setting over the city skyline, head out into the harbour aboard a yacht and enjoy the sunset as the city lights begin to twinkle, or enjoy sundowners in the bush as your guide pours you the perfect G&T and sizzles up some snacks as the sun sets over the distant hills. DINE IN STYLE... head to one the Durban’s trendy restaurants in Florida Road or Umhlanga, or to the recently relocated 9th Avenue Waterside for fabulous night-time views over the small craft harbour. Or if you’re in Richards Bay, head to the Waterfront with its choice of dining options and great harbour views. Wherever you are there are restaurants, hotels, lodges and guest houses that will be more than happy to arrange the perfect dinner for two – check out the
SPA FOR TWO... feel like a bit of relaxation? Then what about a couple’s spa treatment? Think lavender and lemon grass, essential oils and marvelous massages. Pedicures, manicures and full body treatments. Get rubbed, scrubbed, soaked and massaged and come out feeling renewed and refreshed. Go big with a day at a destination spa or keep the budget down and pop down to your local spa for an hour or two of blissful relaxation. TIME FOR A GETAWAY... make a weekend of it, the choice is yours. From mountain lodges and quaint B&Bs, to luxurious lodges, country inns and city hotels - you’re spoilt for choice in KZN! Make it a day, a weekend, or even a month. Better yet, spread out the love across the entire year and #DoRomance in KwaZulu-Natal, the place to be!
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KZN’s High Summer entertainment roster this season is rich in options for theatre goers and music lovers alike. The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra’s Summer Season of symphony concerts runs in the Durban City Hall every Thursday between 13 February and 5 March, each concert starting at 19h30. The Japanese conductor Yasuo Shinozaki launches the season on 13 February with two concert staples by Brahms, the Tragic Overture and the Fourth Symphony, which frame Rachmaninov’s iconic Piano Concerto No 2 in C minor, played by the leading SA concert pianist, Francois du Toit.
On 20 February, American conductor William Eddins shares the spotlight with two guest soloists, the Montenegrin guitarist Goran Krivokapi and the gifted young South African soprano, Zandile Mzazi, who join the orchestra in performing a richly curated programme of concert bon-bons by Berlioz, Rodrigo, Mascagni, Massenet, Khachaturian, Delibes and Tchaikovsky. Japanese maestro Shinozaki returns for the third concert of the season on 27 February, when Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and his magnificent Emperor Concerto, played by German pianist Jan Jiracek von Arnim, can be heard in the first half of the evening, followed by a performance of Dvorák’s immensely rewarding Symphony No 7. The Netherlands born conductor Arjan Tien makes a popular return to round off the season on 5 March, with two more Beethoven favourites, the Leonore Overture No 1 and the Triple Concerto, played by pianist, Malcolm Nay, violinist Tai Murray and cellist Aristide du Plessis. The evening closes with a performance of Bizet’s delightful Symphony in C. Season tickets for the KZN Philharmonic’s World Symphony Series 2020 Summer Season are available through Computicket. And on the chamber music front, concert goers are advised of three exciting events 20 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN Feb-March 2020
presented by Friends of Music at the Durban Jewish Centre. On 11 February at 19h30, The Opera Angels, a dynamic duo featuring pianist and soprano Dr Lisa Engelbrecht and mezzo soprano Lindsay Thomson perform extracts from operas, and musical theatre medleys and some surprising arrangements of popular favourites. On 25 February at 19h30, pianist Nina Watson and members of the Quattro Femmes String Quartet: Petya Koleva (Violin); Jane Baillie-Magner (Violin); Annamaria D’Andrea (Viola); Marguerite Spies (Cello) perform works by Antonin Dvoák, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Robert Schumann. Sunday 14th March (15h00) sees the Baroque group Suite 415 (Baroque Group) in action. This features some of the province’s most accomplished classical musicians: Margit Deppe (Baroque Oboe); Aristide du Plessis (Baroque Cello), David Smith (Harpsichord) and Evelien Ballantine (Baroque Flute / Traverso) in a programme of music by Telemann; Locatelli, JS Bach Sammartini. Presented by the Playhouse Company, this season’s live shows include two important schools education projects geared to impart life awareness for learners. Sizwe’s Triumph over Sumdanger, which tours between 3 and 14 February, focuses on the scourge of bullying in schools. Notebook, a dance production running from 2 to 28 February, highlights the evils of substance abuse, as it uncovers the story of a recovering alcoholic and the harrowing journey from where it all began – the very first drink. Also running at The Playhouse, following longstanding tradition, Durban’s annual Passion Play, which tells of the last days of Jesus Christ, can be seen from 24 to 31 March. And for suburban theatre goers, The ever fecund Rhumbelow chain is typically generous in its choice of live entertainment, to be seen at its popular venues in Umbilo, Kloof and
Pietermaritzburg. Titles to conjure with, among a host of others, include: Diva Lost Vegas, starring Lisa Bobbert and Marion Loudon, at Tina’s from 7 to 9 February; Not Famous starring Jem Atkins in a solo comedy show in Pietermartizburg on 8 February; and in the same venue on 9 February, Marico Moon, an evening of Herman Charles Bosman storytelling performed by Barbie Meyer. For the full range of Rhumbelow shows on offer, log onto email@example.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And a special treat for comedy lovers, MacBob Productions present their latest musical comedy romp, Family Therapy, at the Elizabeth Sneddon theatre on the Durban campus of UKZN, from 2 to 15 March. Join Aaron McIlroy and Lisa Bobbert as they take a wild dive into the world of the family and investigate what makes them tick or explode. These comedic legends boldly go where billions have been before and hilariously investigate the dos and don’ts of living together in this strange arrangement we call family. Family Therapy guarantees to have you and your loved ones singing along and screaming with laughter not yelling at each other. Directed and choreographed by comedy ace, Daisy Spencer, Family Therapy is set to delight! So don’t delay! Get booking through Computicket!
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Durban has always held a special charm for visitors... it offers the buzz of a large metropolitan city, a vibrant mix of cultures, miles of sun-drenched beaches and a wonderfully moderate climate. It’s the perfect place for some ‘summer loving’, with beach walks, sunset cruises and romantic picnics… or for the more adventurous, horseback rides on the beach, helicopter flips or even shark cage diving! Find that perfect gift at one of Durban’s upmarket shopping centres offering brand name shops as well as quirky boutiques - or browse around a flea market to get the local vibe and ferret out a handmade treasure for your loved one. For some local authenticity and an eclectic cultural vibe pop into the Victoria Street Market with its numerous stalls selling everything from brassware, woven baskets, wooden articles to meat, fish, fruit and vegetables – the main attractions though are the exotic spices imported from India, ideal for making curries… and ideal for that special home-cooked meal. Not keen to don the apron and be chef for the night? No problem, as Durban has a variety of restaurants and eateries to choose from. Head to Florida Road for a cosmopolitan vibe of street cafes, restaurants, clubs and bars, all set within a street of carefully preserved historic buildings. Or Umhlanga with its choice of cosy and contemporary to high-rise and glitzy. If you want to add local theatre and live music to your evening, there are plenty of trendy clubs, pubs and discos where you can ‘party ‘till dawn’. Prefer a daytime outing? What about breakfast along the beachfront, a picnic at the Botanic Gardens, high tea at an upmarket hotel or sundowners on a harbour cruise.
With Durban recently awarded ‘The Greenest City in the World’ status by first Husqvarna Urban Green Space Index, you’re positively spoilt for choice when it comes to finding that green space to get away from it all and enjoy some time in nature. From more conventional spaces like local parks and gardens to wilder and more untamed suburban nature reserves such as the popular Krantzkloof Nature Reserve in Kloof, the Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve in Yellow Wood Park and the Bluff Nature Reserve in the Bluff. Closer to the ocean there’s the Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve just north of the Umgeni River, the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve at the northern end of the Umhlanga promenade and, also in Umhlanga, the Hawaan Forest. Durban’s beachfront and promenade are always a drawcard for visitors to the city, and there’s no better spot to kick off the month of love. Start with a sunrise picnic and walk along the beach, followed by a dip in the warm Indian Ocean. Cycle or take a walk along the promenade and stop for coffee or an ice-cream. Enjoy some locally inspired cuisine at The Joint, book a spa treatment at one of the beachfront hotels followed by sundowners on the Moyo pier as you watch the sun set over the city skyline.
The Bluff Nature Reserve is Durban’s oldest nature reserve and was proclaimed in 1974. It is 45 hectares in extent and consists of a large pan, lake and a small area of coastal lowland forest. There is a self-guided trail which meanders around the pan as well as two bird hides providing excellent bird watching opportunities.
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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 Feb-March 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 Feb-March 2020 25
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WHERE TO SHOP & WHAT TO DO THE AFRICAN ART CENTRE Established in 1959, the African Art Centre is a non-profit company which preserves and mentors the development of arts, craft and design; showcasing local creative talent to stimulate sustainable social and economic upliftment. You can find them at 500 Esther Roberts Rd in Glenwood.
SPORT HIGHLIGHTS DURBAN FEB-MARCH HORSERACING AT GREYVILLE RACECOURSE. (031 314 1500) 2, 12, 19, 23 & 28(n) Feb 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22 & 27(n) Mar 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 1 Feb 10:00 Cricket: Momentum One Day Cup 2019/20: Dolphins vs Knights – Kingsmead Stadium. (TicketPro) 1 Feb 15:30 Absa Premiership Soccer League: Golden Arrows vs SuperSport United – Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium. 2 Feb 15:30 Absa Premiership: AmaZulu vs Polokwane City – King Zwelithini Stadium. 02 Feb 05:00 DG Panel & Paint Challenge: 32km run, 16km run/walk – Barns Road Rugby Grounds, Sydenham. (084 254 2468) 5 Feb & 4 Mar 18:00-20:00 Giba Night Trail Run Series – Giba Gorge MTB Park. (079 508 7268) 7 Feb 13:00 Cricket ODI: South Africa vs England – Kingsmead Stadium. (TicketPro) 9 Feb 10:30 Gijima for Cansa: Annual 5km Family Fun Run/Walk – Bay of Plenty Amphitheatre. (031 205 9525) 13 Feb 18:00 Crusaders’ Running Club 6km Fun Nite Run/Walk – Collegians Bowling Club. 14 Feb 18:00 KFC T20 International 2019/20: South Africa vs England – Kingsmead Stadium. (TicketPro) 15 Feb 20:15 Absa Premiership: AmaZulu vs Golden Arrows – King Zwelithini Stadium. 15 Feb 08:00 6th Umkomaas River Charity Tube & Raft Race with trophies, kids’ entertainment, food stalls and a cash bar – Umkomaas Ski Boat Club. (082 467 5657) 20 Feb 18:00 Insinkerator Time Trial Leauge
#2: 4km Ladies’ & 8km Men’s – Stella Sports Club. 22 Feb Dr JL Dube Race: 10km, 21km & 42km Run/Walk – Ohlange, Inanda. (065 904 6909) 23 Feb 08:00 MTB: KZN XCO Lap Challenge Series #1 – Hutchinson Park, Amanzimtoti. 27 Feb 13:30 Cricket: Momentum One Day Cup 2019/20: Dolphins vs Titans – Kingsmead Stadium. (TicketPro) 27-29 Feb 69th Dusi Canoe Marathon: 120km over three days, this is the ultimate canoe challenge. 29 Feb 06:00 KZN Best of the Best: 42.2km, 21.1km and 10km races – Kings Park Stadium. (082 589 5102) 29 Feb 15:30 Absa Premiership Soccer League: Golden Arrows vs Highlands Park – Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium 1 Mar Golf: KZN Invitational Strokeplay – Amanzimtoti Country Club. 01 Mar 05:30 SAMA 42.2km run/walk, 2.1.km run/walk & 10 km run/walk – Kings Park Athletic Stadium. (082 330 8626) 5 Mar 13:30 Cricket: Momentum One Day Cup 2019/20: Dolphins vs Lions – Kingsmead Stadium. (TicketPro) 5-6 Mar Golf: KZN Senior Classic – Durban Country Club. 7 Mar 15:05 Super Rugby: Sharks vs Jaguares – Kings Park Stadium. 7 Mar 18:00 Absa Premiership Soccer League: Golden Arrows vs Orlando Pirates – Sugar Ray
Xulu Stadium. 8 Mar 05:30 Marshall’s World of Sports Stella Royal with Vitality: 25km run, 10km run/walk, 5km run/walk – Stella Sports Club. (083 406 3130) 14 Mar 15:05 Super Rugby: Sharks vs Stormers – Kings Park. 15 Mar 06:30 Crescent Challenge: 21.1km run, 10km run/walk – Kings Park Athletics Stadium. (083 550 0600) 15 Mar The Deloitte Challenge is hosted by the Dolphin Coast Striders and featuring various events: 05:30 40km Cycle Race from Ballito Lifestyle Centre; 06:00 Marathon from Ballito Lifestyle Centre; 06:45 Half Marathon from Sibaya Casino; 07:00 10km Run from Virginia Soccer Club; 07:30 5km Fun Run from Durban Promenade Amphitheatre. (Book via WebTickets or 061 921 1005) 21 Mar 15:05 Super Rugby: Sharks vs Chiefs – Kings Park. 21 Mar 20:15 Absa Premiership: AmaZulu vs Baroka – King Zwelithini Stadium. 24 Mar Golf: Prentice Memorial – Royal Durban Golf Club. 29 Mar 06:30 Checkout Challenge: 21.1km run, 10km run/walk – Kings Park Stadium. (073 594 5448) 29 Mar 07:00-13:00 Miss Messy #4 is a ladies-only 4km run with mud, colour, inflatable obstacles and foam – Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park. www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN Feb-March 2020 27
WHAT, WHERE & WHEN DURBAN - FEB-MARCH 1 Feb 09:00 Body Rock Fitness is a monthly dance fitness and functional training bootcamp – Views at Twenty5, 25 Silver Ave, Morningside. (Webtickets) 1 Feb ‘An Irish Party With Dave Monks’ promises an evening jam-packed with nostalgia, featuring the most popular singalong and clap-along Irish songs of all time – Rhumbelow Theatre, Northlands, 50 Margaret Maytom Avenue. (Book at Computicket) 1 Feb 12:00-14:00 Lunch Vibes with singersongwriter Josh Devine – Alliance Française de Durban. (031 312 9582) 1 Feb 19:00 Metal Mayhem featuring YCS, BTW and Thorns – The Winston Pub, Clark Road. (072 100 5353) 4 Feb 19:00 World Cancer Day High Tea – Oyster Box Hotel. (031 514 5000) 6 Feb 19:00 Amsterdam Comedy Club, including music and poetry – Amsterdam, 143 Helen Joseph Road, Glenwood. (Webtickets) 7 Feb Vulvodynia – The Winston Pub, Clark Road. (072 100 5353) 7 Feb 20:00 Comedy Night with the Cake Dealer: Bring along friends, family, and a picnic blanket, and spend a night under the stars with some hilarious local comedians – 34 Problem Mkhize Rd, Essenwood. (Webtickets) 7&8 Feb 19:00 Opera Angels – Oyster Box Hotel. (031 514 5000) 7&8 Feb 19:00 ‘Be My Date’ is a perfect show for the month of love – Suncoast Casino, Hotels and Entertainment. (031 328 3000) 8 Feb 10:30 Bob Marley One Love Festival – North Beach Amphitheatre. (Computicket) 8 Feb Mouse Album Launch – The Winston Pub, Clark Road. (072 100 5353) 12 Feb 18:30 Valentine’s Cocktail Masterclass – 97 Innes Road, Morningside. (Webtickets) 13, 20, 27 Feb & 5 Mar 19:30 KZN Philharmonic Summer Season 2020: World Symphony Series – Durban City Hall. (Computicket ) 13 Feb 19:00 ‘Felix Hlophe: Night of Sidechicks’ is a Valentine’s comedy special – Mashamplane’s Lounge, Denis Shepstone Rd, Chesterville. (Book through Webtickets) 14 Feb 18:00 Old Mutual Music at the Lake series: Bring your own food and drink, picnic blankets and camping chairs for a romantic 28 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN Feb-March 2020
night under African skies with Ard Matthews & Louise Carver – Durban Botanic Gardens. (Webtickets) 14 Feb ECR Kings & Queens of Comedy: Valentine’s edition with fan favourites such as Darren Maule, Mo Vawda, Neil Green, Nik Rabinowitz, Ndumiso Lindi, Rob van Vuuren, Rory Petzer, Thenjiwe Moseley and Tumi Morake – Durban ICC Arena. (Computicket) 14 Feb The Black Lapels: The Night Belongs To Lovers – S43, That Brewing Company, 43 Station Drive. (031 303 2747) 14 Feb 19:00 ‘A Couple of Laughs’ Valentine’s night comedy show featuring Simphiwe Shembe, Church Boy, S’yanda Maphumulo, Khanyisa Bunu, Nonto R and Sihle Mthetho – Playhouse Opera Theatre. (Webtickets) 14 Feb 20:00 Valentine Couples’ Night – Artizen Lounge, Plot 11, Illovo Road, Kwa Mashu. 14&15 Feb 19:00 Valentine’s Dinner Dance – Oyster Box Hotel. (031 514 5000) 15 Feb 12:00 The 3rd annual ‘Lovers and Friends Concert’ features international musician Syleena Johnson as well as an exciting line-up of vocalists and dance groups, and includes food stalls, wine and draft tastings – People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium. (Webtickets) 15 Feb 19:00 The Marriage Dance with Mo and Phindi provides the audience with fresh, romantic and powerful marriage seminar principles, creatively presented through a combination of professional dance routines – The Globe, Suncoast Casino. (Computicket) 15 Feb 19:00 Step In The Name Of Love Music Concert is a special Valentine’s event for couples and singles looking for love – 45 Maritime Place, Victoria Embankment. (Webtickets) 21 Feb 07:00 Gospel Icon Discovery Talent Search – Newlands Community Hall. (031 311 2427/8) 22 Feb 07:00 Gospel Icon Discovery Talent Search 2020 – Pinetown Civic Centre. (031 311 2427/8) 28 Feb 17:00 Clean Jokes with Church Boy Comedy Show, hosted by Simunye Church, with a line-up that includes Gqonqa, Nonto R, Justice, Master Nunu and Church Boy –
The Bat Centre, Maritime Place, Durban. (Webtickets) 28 Feb 16:00-22:00 Oyster and Bubbly Festival – The Pearls Mall, Umhlanga. (031 514 5000 or book via Quicket) 28 Feb 19:00 Glenmorangie Dinner – Oyster Box Hotel. (031 514 5000) 29 Feb 19:00 LSD Liquid Saturdays – The Winston Pub, Clark Road. (072 100 5353) 29 Feb 20:00 Comedy Night featuring a selection of local comedians – Hilton Hotel, Walnut Road. (Webtickets) 29 Feb & 1 Mar 16:00 ‘A Night with Sjava’ shares the journey of the award-winning Sjava – Durban ICC Arena, 45 Bram Fischer Road. (Computicket) 2 Mar The Dumpies – The Winston Pub, Clark Road. (072 100 5353) 6 Mar 08:30 Forbes Woman Africa: Leading Women Summit – Durban ICC Complex. (Webtickets) 6&7 Mar ‘Cold Fact’ is a tribute to the music of Rodriguez, from Barry Thomson and The Reals – Rhumbelow Theatre, Northlands. (Computicket) 7 Mar 20:00 Afro Asian Comedy Tour: Twoman show featuring Jeremiah Gounden and Chik Aljoy – BAT Centre, 45 Maritime Place, Small Craft Harbour, Victoria Embankment. (Ticketpro) 14-15 Mar Arjun Live in Concert – The Globe, Suncoast. (Computicket) 19-22 Mar Decorex Durban is Africa’s biggest décor, design and lifestyle exhibition – Durban Exhibition Centre. (011 549 8300) 21 Mar BeBe Winans: Born for This Tour features the six-time Grammy award winner best known as an inspirational, R&B and popular vocalist and songwriter – Durban ICC Arena. (TicketPro) 22 Feb 13:00-21:00 Illovo Music Festival featuring more than 15 musos jamming to pop and rock, 80s and 90s sounds, a Neil Diamond Tribute and more – The Terrace Tea & Beer Garden, 40 Elizabeth Avenue. (071 536 1736) 24-31 Mar 19:00 The Durban Passion Play depicts Jesus Christ’s last days on earth, based on the Biblical Gospels – Playhouse Drama Theatre. (Webtickets) 25 Mar 19:00 Music & Wine Pairing – Oyster Box Hotel. (031 514 5000) 27 Mar 19:00 Singles Night Out – Lighthouse Bar, Oyster Box Hotel. (Quicket or 031 514 5000) 27 Mar ‘Not a Nice Guy’ with Riaad Moosa – The Globe, Suncoast. (Computicket) 27 Feb 18:00 How to Buy Property With Little to no Money – Bluff Eco Park Conference Centre. (072 6111315) 28 Mar The Queen of Bollywood, Shreya Ghoshal, performing with her full 30-piece symphony orchestra featuring musicians from across the globe – Durban ICC Arena. (Computicket) 28 Feb & 28 Mar 12:00 Inanda Picnic – Dr JL Dube Stadium, Inanda. (Book through Computicket) 28-29 Mar Durban Dessert Festival – Venue to be confirmed. (Quicket)
Umhlanga Umhlanga is situated on the east coast of South Africa just north of the vibrant port city of Durban. Itâ€™s only ten minutes south of King Shaka International Airport and faces the warm azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Umhlanga offers some of the best South African accommodation, with superb selfcatering apartments, luxury hotels, lodges and B&Bs. Its beautiful coastline attracts visitors from around the world.
of Zululand and the spectacular Drakensberg range. In season activities include the Umhlanga Summer Festival, Easter Festival and Winter Festival which have been staged since 2005. They take place annually at Main Beach during the popular holiday seasons when thousands of visitors make their way to Umhlanga Rocks.
For all info please bookmark www.umhlangatourism.co.za Tel: 031 561 4257
In addition to accommodation, Umhlanga has a plethora of restaurants. In this vibey coastal town you will experience a unique blend of cultures from east to west, with the pulse of Africa at its heart. Mediterranean-style restaurants rub shoulders with Asian, Middle Eastern and exotic African restaurants, many of which include a panoramic view over the ocean. An Umhlanga holiday offers plenty to do. Ocean enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers can surf, go out deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, kiteboard or take microlight flips Shopping Centres, like Gateway, nature trails, nearby golf courses and Sibaya Casino, are just some of the key attractions Umhlanga has to offer. While enjoying the outdoors you can also explore a heritage trail, or take to the forests and revel in nature that is aeons old. After enjoying Umhlanga itself why not use the town as a base to discover treasures further away? From Umhlanga golden sandy beaches stretch northwards for more than 200 kilometres, all the way to the spectacular Isimangaliso Wetland Park, a world heritage site. Inland from Umhlanga, endless fields of sugarcane give way to the undulating landscape of the Valley of 1000 Hills, Hazelmere Dam, the mystical hidden valleys www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN Feb-March 2020 29
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PIETERMARITZBURG / MIDLANDS The days are still wonderfully warm, and love seems to be the air, so there’s no better time to head into the forested hills and rolling countryside of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and book into one of the many romantic stops along the way. This is a great time of year to enjoy the fascinating mix of arts and crafts, artisanal produce, sublime spas and world-class restaurants – or shake off the festive season excess by getting active with one of the many adventurous pursuits on offer in the region. The KZN Midlands offers a wealth of outdoor adventure activities for visitors to enjoy, from trail running and hiking, to mountain biking, horse riding and paddling. The Karkloof Canopy Tour offers adrenalin junkies a rush as you whizz past towering trees, cliff faces dotted with orchids and over a pristine forest floor. Not wanting to break out a sweat, then pick up a Midlands Meander map and explore some of the routes offering visitors easy directions to a wealth of fabulous cuisine, historic landmarks and artist studios. Enjoy the scenic drive and stop off to visit the studios of talented potters and artists, weavers and leather crafters. Browse for collectables and organic produce or stop for coffee and cake at one of the many spots along the way. Or make special memories as you watch the sun rise from a wicker basket as you soar above the rolling hills and agricultural fields in a hot air balloon and toast the experience with a glass of bubbly. Be sure to pop into the Mandela Capture Site to view the remarkable sculpture that marks the place where former president, Nelson Mandela was captured. Alongside the sculpture is a temporary exhibition telling the story of Nelson Mandela’s journey from comrade, leader, prisoner and negotiator to statesman. Or how about a romantic spa weekend away for two? Breathe in the scent of essential oils as hands massage away the stress of a working
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week, relax in a bath of bubbles and step out refreshed and renewed. There are several destination spas to choose from that offer special spa packages that include signature treatments, delicious dining and fabulous hospitality. Additionally, visitors are spoilt for choice with a wide variety of accommodation to choose from – from quaint country guest houses and B&B’s to luxury country hotels and even farm-stays. Just what you need to treat your significant other. The months of February and March have several sporting events to inspire you to fulfil those dreaded exercise resolutions… beginning with the Midmar Mile (8-9 February), one of the world’s largest open-water events. Midmar Dam is the venue for this this epic event that sees thousands from all walks of life swimming the ‘mile’ across the dam. This is followed by the Dusi Canoe Marathon (27-29 February) another epic event that sees paddlers racing from the starting point on the uMsundusi River at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg and finishing on the uMngeni River in Durban three days later. Should running be more your style, there’s the Capital City Marathon (23 February) and the Umgeni Water Marathon (29 March) as well as several trail running and mountain biking events in the area (see the diary section for dates).
The metal sculpture at the Mandela Capture Site consists of 50 laser cut steel columns between that gradually come together and focus at a point 30m from the sculpture creating the illusion of a flat two-dimensional image recreating Madiba’s portrait. Walk closer and the image once more becomes a forest of steel columns.
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MIDLANDS MAP & TOURISM OFFICES HUCTO - Howick-Umngeni Community Tourism Organisation Tel: 033-330 2355 Cell: 0829327549 E-mail: email@example.com MSUNDUZI PIETERMARITZBURG TOURISM ASSOCIATION Tel: 033 345 1348 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org MIDLANDS TOURISM ORG Tel: 033 330 2355 E-mail: email@example.com
MIDLANDS MEANDER ASSOCIATION Tel: 033 330 8195 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org NOTTINGHAM ROAD TOURISM AND INFORMATION CENTRE Tel: 033 266 6308 E-mail:email@example.com ZULU MPHOPHOMENI TOURISM EXPERIENCE Tel: 082 228 2044 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE MIDLANDS AMBLE Tel: 082 300 0147 E-mail: email@example.com
WHAT, WHERE & WHEN IN THE MIDLANDS FEB-MARCH Every Saturday 06H00 - 10H00 Pietermaritzburg Farmer’s Market – Alexandra Park behind Harry Gwala Stadium. 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 – Nottingham Road parkrun – The Windmills Ultrastop, N3 Nottingham Road Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 08H00 – Piggly Wiggly parkrun – Dargle Road, Lions River Email: email@example.com 08H00 – Hilton parkrun – Grace College, Hilton. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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). Barend Booysen - 082 787 0797 First Sunday of every month Boston Forest Walk – Boston (09h00 – 11h00). Carol Segal - 083 450 6792 Notties Country Craft Market – Nottingham First Wednesday of every month Gartmore Farm Walk – Karkloof (09h00 – 11h30). Robyn McGillivray - 082 802 8949 First Friday of every month Milestone Forest Walk – Balgowan (09h00 –
11h00). Marilyn Revesz - 082 427 3365 Second Tuesday of every month Mpophomeni Hills Walk – Mpophomeni (09h00 – 11h00). Penz - 071 450 9320 Third Sunday of every month Curry’s Post Conservancy Walk – Curry’s Post (09h00 – 11h00). Sarah - 076 578 2941 Third Thursday of every month Fort Nottingham Reserve – Lion’s Bush (09h00 – 11h00). Roy - 082 487 0922 Last Tuesday of every month Symmonds Stream Walk – Howick (09h00 – 11h00). Pam Haynes - 083 456 9202 Last Sunday of every month Beacon Hill Walk – Howick (09h00 to 11h00) Tel: Eve Hughes - 082 872 4333 1 February Jack Mantis Band Live – Hexagon Theatre, UKZN, Pietermaritzburg Email: email@example.com That Rock & Roll Music – The Knoll Historic Guest Farm, Hilton Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 2 February Hilton College Trail – Hilton College, Hilton Tel: 082 791 7069 8-9 February Midmar Mile – Midmar Dam www.midmarmile.co.za 8 February Not Famous! Jem Atkins Solo Comedy Show – Rhumbelow Theatre, Pietermaritzburg. Book through Computiclet 9 February Valley View Trail – Valley View Farm, Richmond (Umkomaas Valley) www.kzntrailrunning.co.za Marico Moon – Herman Charles Bosman – Rhumbelow Theatre, Pietermaritzburg Book through Computiclet 14 February My Funny Valentine – Tathum Art Gallery, Pietermaritzburg. Book through Webtickets 15 February Illovo Wartburg MTB Classic & Trail Run - Wartburg. www.roag.co.za / Tel: Saskia Johnson – 072 199 6017 Station Stoep Food Market – Hilton Station Tel: 083 289 3094 16 February Compendium Midlands Road Cycle Race –
Michaelhouse, Balgowan www.roag.co.za / www.burgwheelers.co.za / Email: email@example.com 21-23 February WILDSERIES – Three Cranes Challenge – Bushwillow Park, Karkloof www.kzntrailrunning.co.za / www.wildseries.co.za / Tel: 082 791 7069 23 February Capital City Marathon – Pietermaritzburg www.capitalcity42.co.za / Tel: Shile Shange 073 470 9842 An Irish Party with Dave Monks – Rhumbelow Theatre, Pietermaritzburg Book through Computiclet 27-29 February Dusi Canoe Marathon – Camps Drift, Pietermaritzburg to Blue Lagoon, Durban www.dusi.co.za 28 February A Night with the Flash Entertainers - Golden Horse Casino, Pietermaritzburg Tel: 033 395 8000 8 March Howick Trail Run – 11 Karkloof Rd, Howick www.kzntrailrunning.co.za / Tel: Gordon Beard – 071 517 4349 13 March Non-Stop Dusi Marathon (paddling)– Camps Drift, Pietermaritzburg to Blue Lagoon, Durban www.dusi.co.za 21 March Berg 100 (MTB) – Nottingham Road, Midlands to Himeville, Southern Berg Tel: Katie Fogg – 061 433 5786 28-29 March Route Six 2 Two Trails – Oaksprings Farm, Mooi River Tel: Tyrone Thomas – 079 529 3746 28-29 March The Wedding Show – Royal Show Grounds, Pietermaritzburg Tel: 033 345 3175 29 March Umgeni Water Marathon – Baynesfield Recreational Club. Les – 082 750 0822 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN Feb-March 2020 31
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The Elephant Coast, region includes several reserves, including the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, uMkhuze Game Reserve, some private game reserves as well as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park which was South Africa’s first proclaimed World Heritage Site. It stretches from Kosi Bay to about 20km south of Maphelane and extends from the Lubombo Mountains in the west to the warm Indian Ocean in the east, and from Mozambique in the north to the iMfolozi River in the south, it offers visitors every changing views of a wide variety of biodiversity and landscapes. Besides amazing game viewing and bird watching, iSimangaliso Wetland Park offers a choice of wonderful opportunities for the romantically inclined. Enjoy a picnic in the presence of hippos at Lake Bhangazi on the Grassland Loop, Eastern Shores, or a sheltered braai at the shady picnic site at Mission Rocks (away from the beach but you can still hear and feel the ocean breeze). Or what about a romantic sunset boat cruise on the estuary – opt for one of the smaller operators and organize a picnic hamper for the occasion. Other sundowner options include Sunset Jetty in St Lucia (which is free and in walking distance from town) or a sunset drive on the Western or Eastern Shores to catch the golden hour. The Park gates close at 7pm until the end of March so towards the end of that month one can catch a sunset and head back before closure without rushing - Catalina Bay viewing deck on the Eastern Shores or the uMthoma Aerial Boardwalk on the Western Shores are the best. If you’re in Kosi Bay, then head to the wooden jetty at Kosi Bay’s Lake Nhlange (Third lake) where, on a good day, you are rewarded with a full 360 degrees of brilliance. There’s nothing like a romantic walk for two... take a stroll through the filtered light of the iGwalagala Trail in St Lucia where the coastal forest is alive with birdsong and you might spot a duiker, bushbuck or even a wandering hippo
or walk one of several trails in the Nature Park section of the Eastern Shores (both these are free of entry fees). Enjoy a beach walk from Mission Rocks southwards towards Perrier’s Rocks – about 3km to reach the three gorgeous half-moon bays where one can snorkel and then picnic. Or head north from Mission Rocks towards Bat Cave and take a dip in shallow rock pools – it is important to do this at low tide! The beach at Cape Vidal is lovely to walk, swim and snorkel. At Sodwana Bay, the walkway from Mseni Lodge to the beach goes through gorgeous coastal forest opening out onto a pristine, mostly unpopulated beach. Mabibi beach is great! Splurge on luxury at Thonga Beach Lodge or go camping at Mabibi community campsite next door (or take one of the three self-catering tented chalets) – same gorgeous beach experience! Further north, the Kosi Bay mouth, Bhanga Nek and Black Rock beaches are all remote and beautiful. The Fig Forest Aerial Boardwalk in uMkhuze Game Reserve offers a guided walk (to protect against elephants, lions, buffalo and other potentially dangerous game) through a magical landscape of soaring, ancient sycamore figs and other riverine forest species. Enjoy the chorus of birdsong while restoring your soul in the forest, or head to the iNsumo Pan for a picnic with a hippo chorus.
iSimangaliso boasts one of the most significant populations of Nile crocodile in Southern Africa and in a recent aerial count, the density of basking crocodiles in one section was recorded as the equivalent of 99 individuals per kilometre! There are in excess of 1000 adult crocodiles living wild in the Park, predominantly in the Lake St Lucia estuarine system.
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ELEPHANT COAST TOURISM OFFICES UMKHANYAKUDE TOURISM (ELEPHANT COAST) Tel: 035 562 0966 email : firstname.lastname@example.org MTUBATUBA TOURISM (MTUBA ST LUCIA) Colin Riley 082 492 0932 / Sipho Msweli HLUHLUWE TOURISM (HLUHLUWE BIG 5) Tel: 035 562 0353 email: email@example.com UMHLABUYALINGANACORAL COAST (SODWANA TO KOSI BAY) Tel 074 103 0955 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org JOZINI TOURIM (LEBOMBO) Tel: 082 216 5744 email: email@example.com
FEB-MARCH 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. advantagetours.co.za 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
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ZULULAND Zululand is a place where breath-taking hills and valleys are matched by estuaries and beautiful beaches; where traditional royal hunting grounds are now pristine game reserves teeming with wildlife and where heartfelt hospitality and Zulu traditions are experienced. Lose yourself in the wilds of a nature reserve, along a stretch of beach or on the back of a game viewing vehicle. Start your Zululand experience at the Umlalazi Nature Reserve in Mtunzini for 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 forest. Lunch for two? Then pop into the Zini Forest Pub & Grill where the deck spills out into the forest and you become immersed in nature. Or head inland on Route 66 one of the oldest trade routes through Zululand between Gingindlovu and Phongolo. Settlers in Port Natal (now Durban) would set off in ox-wagons on wellworn tracks into the heart of the Zulu Kingdom to hunt and trade, stopping first for permission to do so from the Zulu king. Thankfully it’s much easier these days as the roads are good and there are B&Bs and guest houses aplenty. If you are looking for a romantic walk on the` wildside’, surrounded by birdsong, beautiful indigenous forest giants and colourful butterflies, you need look no further than the Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk in Eshowe, one-and-a half hours from Durban and an hour from Ballito. This magical wooden walkway will take you high up under the canopy of the trees, and lead you to a 20m high viewing tower, where many a romantic proposal has taken place. Picnic areas bordering the forest are visited by shy blue duiker, to add to this unique experience.
Wanting something a little wilder? Then head to the Hluhluwe–iMfolozi Park, the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa, and home to the Big Five and a variety of other game – should you choose to be a little more pampered, then there are also several private reserves that stock the Big Five. Head on early morning drives just as the sun rises and be treated to a coffee break or breakfast in the bush or perhaps just laze at the pool or enjoy a spa treatment before the afternoon game drive. Marvel at the skills of your ranger and guide as they follow the tracks of a rhino or leopard and enjoy sundowners on a ridge overlooking the expansive views over the Zululand bushveld. Be treated to fabulous cuisine, or perhaps even a bush braai, and some authentic Zulu song and dance. Add some adventure with a guided bush walk or rhino tracking, and if you’re in the Phongola Game Reserve, some tiger fishing! The Phongolapoort Dam (also known as Lake Jozini) is home to the ferocious tiger fish, the southernmost point in Africa where they can be found. Add some game viewing to your boat fishing and keep a look out for elephants frolicking along the edges of the dam, crocodiles lazing on sandbanks and African spoonbills wander through the shallow waters. This is just one of the sought-after birding spots on the Zululand Birding Route.
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The Eshowe dwarf chameleon (Bradypodion caeruleogula) is only found in three small forest patches in and around Eshowe – Ntumeni, Dlinza and Ongoya. This cute little critter is considered ‘vulnerable’ on the Threatened Species list for reptiles in part due to illegal collection for the international pet trade – they are also preyed upon by tree snakes, shrikes and starlings and their young by spiders.
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ZULULAND TOURISM OFFICES ULUNDI TOURISM Tel: 072 748 4250 | Fax: 035 874 5831 VRYHEID TOURISM Abaqulusi Local Council E-mail: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org KING CETSWAYO DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY P/Bag x 1025, Richards Bay 3900 Tel: 035 799 2500 | Fax: 035 7898176 E-mail: email@example.com Website: www.uthungulu.org.za UMHLATHUZE TOURISM Richards Bay/Empangeni Tel: 035 907 5018 | Fax: 035 907 5000 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ZULULAND DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY Tel: 035 870 1130 | 035 874 5500 E-mail: email@example.com www.zululandtourism.org.za
UMLALAZI TOURISM Eshowe/Mtunzini Tel: 035 473 3474 | Fax: 035 474 4733 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.umlalazi.org.za | www.visitzululand.co.za
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
FEB-MARCH EVENTS 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. Tel: 035 474 4029 / Email email@example.com Every weekend (subject to availability) Golf and Beer Weekends - Eshowe. www.zulublonde.com Every third week of every month for 4 days Royal Nguni Cattle Sale and Mona Market, Nongoma 7 March Bozas Cup 2019 (Live music Friday & Rugby Saturday) – Eshowe Sports Club Tel: Michelle – 072 497 5757 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 22 March Zululand Ultra Marathon - Ulundi Airport Tel: Mphatiseni Manqele – 083 432 9566 / 076 955 5469 29 March Tronox uMhlathuze Marathon – uMhlathuze Athletic Club, Richards Bay Tel: Roy Singh - 082 947 2153
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.
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BATTLEFIELDS The Battlefields region offers picturesque landscapes with rolling plains, rocky hills, undulating valleys and a concentration of historical battle sites. Rock strewn hills and fields littered with graveyards and the remains of fortifications are memorials to the battles that took place over numerous years shaping both South African and British history. This region however does not only play host to countless monuments and well-preserved artefacts, its hills and valleys are home to sporting and adventure activities, game reserves, art and crafts as well as golf courses and hot springs. There are opportunities for adventure, from white water rafting and mountain biking, to less strenuous activities like game viewing or a round of golf. Nature reserves abound offering great opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy nature’s splendour. The Vryheid Hill Nature Reserve is home to a number of endemic bird species, including the blue cane, ground woodpecker and olive bush-shrike, is a delight to bird watchers - in addition to great birding and incredible scenery, the Reserve offers a one-day hiking trail that passes several gun points dating back to the Anglo-Boer War. The Utrecht Balele Community Game Park, nestling in a corner of the Balele mountains, completely surrounds the town of Utrecht. This has led to it being known as the ‘town within a game park’ and from time to time blesbuck, impala and even zebra have been known to wander through the town. There are several guided walks and game drives through the reserve as well as bird watching, hiking, horse trails and trout fishing – both on dams and on the Bivane River. Want to add some water sports and activities into your plans? Then the Chelmsford Nature Reserve near Newcastle is ideal. The reserve surrounds the Ntshingwayo Dam (KZN’s third largest, previously known as the Chelmsford Dam) located on the iNgagane River. This
1 000-hectare reserve is well stocked with highveld game and game viewing and bird watching are particularly rewarding. In addition to boating, water-skiing, swimming and fishing on the dam, self-drives, guided game drives and even mountain biking and walking are popular activities in the reserve. Bird watchers will appreciate the region’s Amajuba Birding Meander which is particularly rewarding for species where ‘grassveld meets the berg’ and nearly 400 species of bird have been identified along it. Make some special memories with a Big Five experience at the Nambiti Game Reserve near Ladysmith. With its rolling grasslands and wetlands to riverine bush and thornveld, and 45 species of game, including cheetah, giraffe, hippo, hyena, impala, eland and zebra in addition to the Big Five, it offers thrilling game viewing. Make memories as you and your significant other indulge in sundowners in the bush, delicious cuisine as well as sublime spa treatments at one of the Reserve’s luxurious lodges. In addition to fabulous game viewing and bird watching, Nambiti’s location is ideal for exploring the nearby Anglo-Boer War memorial sites, with gravesites of soldiers that had been killed in the Battle of Elandslaagte in October 1899 on the reserve itself.
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The town of Utrecht was established in 1854 and is so named by settlers after the Dutch city with the same name. The town is steeped in history which is reflected in old buildings like the Old Parsonage Museum, the sandstone Dutch Reformed Church, the old military cemetery and several colonial houses and other buildings.
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AMAJUBA DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY Tel: 034 329 7200; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Newcastle Office 034 315 3318; E-mail: email@example.com Utrecht Museum 034 331 3249 E-mail: utrechtmuseum@ jenny.co.za UMZINYATHI DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY Tel: 034 219 1500 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Msinga Office Tel: 033 493 0761 E-mail: email@example.com BATTLEFIELDS ROUTE Tel: 082 802 1643 firstname.lastname@example.org
DUNDEE TOURISM Tel: 034 212 2121x2262 E-mail: email@example.com GREYTOWN MUSEUM 033 413 9124 LADYSMITH TOURISM 036 637 2992 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org UTRECHT TOURISM Gerhardt Smook (Vise-Chairperson) Cell:082 856 2973 Email: email@example.com Marissa Venter (Secretary); Cell: 082 782 7552 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FEB-MARCH EVENTS Every Saturday Park Run - Grey Goose Game Lodge, Newcastle Tel: Tanja Parkinson – 034 315 3221 1 February Son of God (Dj Bongz CD launch) – Scrapyard Lounge, Newcastle Book through Computicket 2 February Social Market Osizweni– Khazins Butchery & Shisanyama, Newcastle Tel: 061 436 1717 / WhatsApp: 076 826 6896 22 February Gooderson Leisure Willem Boschoff Memorial 4-1 (running) – Gooderson Natal Spa, Paulpietersberg Tel: Melissa Scheepers – 064 007 3924 23 February Chelmsford Challenge (Swim) – Ntshingwayo Dam, Chelmsford Nature Reserve Tel: Christo van Vyver – 083 375 5883 / Allison – 072 444 8246 29 February Lekker Resies – The Pines Wedding & Conference Village, Newcastle Tel: Christo van Vyver – 083 375 5883 Harcourts Battlefields Marathon – Hutton Park Primary School, Newcastle Tel: Vernon van der Merwe – 083 410 0600 14 March Madness Comedy Festival – Farmers Hall, Newcastle Book through Computicket 21 March Amajuba Big Walk 2020 – Newcastle SAPS, Newcastle Tel: 079 718 9765 / 082 566 7186 28 March Riaad Moosa Not a Nice Guy – Blackrock Casino, Newcastle www.tsogosun.computicket. com
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Take some time out and enjoy the lush sub-tropical coastline and warm Indian Ocean waters of KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast. This unspoilt natural environment is blessed with rocky shores, golden beaches and sheltered coves perfect for sun, surf, fishing or snorkelling. Discover romance at exclusive lodges set within the coastal forest, offering five-star luxury, sublime spa experiences and fabulous cuisine – all perfect for that special occasion with a loved one. Take an early morning boat trip and watch as the sun makes its way over the horizon and perhaps have an encounter with dolphins - the namesake of this, the Dolphin Coast. Stoll along soft sandy shores and take a dip in the warm Indian Ocean, or if you prefer, explore the rocky shores and tidal pools that offer a glimpse of the underwater life that is often only seen by those donning wetsuits and scuba gear. Feel the wind in your hair as you canter along the beach on horse-back, or the thrill of getting a birds-eye view of the coast from a microlight. Pack a picnic and explore the pristine estuaries and coastal forest at one of the many nature reserves, play a round of golf at one of the regions championship golf courses or seek out one of the many adventure activities on offer in the region. Experience a breath-taking offroad ride on a quad, or mountain bike – venture through sugar cane fields, along scenic rivers and magnificent cliff faces, into muddy areas, over log bridges, narrow bush paths and up rocky hill climbs. Take a walk on the wild side at the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve which has a selection of hiking trails and the possibility of seeing zebra, giraffe, a variety of antelope as well as a rich variety of birdlife. For something
slightly swisher head to the Rain Farm Game Lodge either a sunrise or sundowner game drive complete with snacks and drinks. Several small towns and villages dot this coastline each with its own special offering... be sure to check out the natural paradise of the Zinkwazi lagoon, perfect for a beach picnic; Tongaat, the oldest Indian community in South Africa where you can sample some fabulous culinary delights and shop up a storm for fabulous saris and Salt Rock, where trendy coffee shops, like Salt Café at the Litchi Orchard meet tradition with a classic carvery at the Salt Rock Hotel. Find some five-star luxury at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort where a round of golf can be followed by a fabulous spa treatment and delicious dining. Don’t forget to immerse yourself in a bit of history at the Luthuli Museum and visit the burial place of Shaka the great Zulu King, at KwaDukuza. The KZN North Coast is certainly a multicultural infusion of traditional Zulu history and the pioneering spirit of the early European and Indian settlers – a kaleidoscope of culture, nature and adventure… with a little romance on the side.
There are two national monument found within the boundaries of the Harold Johnson Nature Reserve – Fort Pearson and the Ultimatum Tree. In 1879 the British presented an ultimatum to the Zulu nation at the Ultimatum Tree on the banks of the Tugela River; this ultimatum precipitated the Anglo Zulu War, and Fort Pearson is where the British were garrisoned at that time.
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NORTH COAST TOURISM OFFICES North Coast Tourism Offices SANGWENI TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE Tel: 072 437 5183 Email: email@example.com KWADUKUZA TOURISM Tel/Fax: 032-437 5021/5183 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ENTERPRISE ILEMBE Tel: +27(0)32 946 1256 Fax: +27(0)32 946 3515 eMail: email@example.com
FEB-MARCH EVENTS Daily Microlight flights in Ballito - Ballito Microlight School Bookings essential Tel: 082 659 5550 Take the kids to Flag Farm Animal Farm (Ballito) - Daily from 09H00 to 16H30. N2 North, Exit 214 Umhlali/Salt Rock. Then follow the road signs to Flag Farm Every Saturday Sugar Rush Saturday Market – Sugar Rush Park, Ballito. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org First Sunday of every month Blythedale Coastal Adventure Market – Blythedale. www.blythedale.co.za Monthly on second Saturday of each month Farmers Market – The Litchi Orchard, Seaforth Avenue, Salt Rock, Umhlali. Tel: 032 525 5118 Monthly on last Friday of each month Night Market – The Litchi Orchard, Seaforth Avenue, Salt Rock, Umhlali Tel: 032 525 5118 15 March Blythedale Trail Run – Blythedale Coastal Estate, Blythedale Tel: 082 791 7069 Deloitte Challenge Marathon – Lifestyle Centre, Ballito Tel: Barry Holland – 083 252 0691
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DRAKENSBERG The spectacular Drakensberg mountain range, with its 3 000-metre high jagged peaks, was named ‘Ukhahlamba’ by the Zulu people and ‘The Dragon Mountain’ by the Dutch Voortrekkers. This 243 000-hectare mountainous region from its high escarpment to the rolling hills beneath has been declared a World Heritage Site for both its unspoilt natural environment and its wealth of ancient San rock paintings. Memorable experiences and activities await, from the adrenalin rush of tubing down the mighty Thukela to a romantic spa treatment followed by a sundowner as the sun sets over a spectacular mountain scene. The high peaks, rolling hills and crystal-clear streams, make the Drakensberg an ideal place for exploration. Adrenalin junkies can experience the thrills of scaling the high peaks, whilst families can take the gentler strolls among the flowers and grasses and pause awhile to appreciate the beauty of the surroundings. Look out for sunbirds as they flit around looking for pollen, troops of baboons going about their daily foraging and the majestic eland as it graces the hillsides. Pack a picnic to enjoy as you cool off with a dip in a pool or river, then rest awhile and cast your gaze sky-ward and watch the enormous lammergeier (bearded vultures) as they fly overhead. When in the Drakensberg there are a variety of options for you to treat your significant other to some delicious dining. Choose from one of the several coffee shops, restaurants and country inns where you can enjoy delicious pastries and cappuccinos, country cuisine and even fabulous fine dining. Self-catering and want to try your hand in the kitchen, then no problem as there is a wealth of home-grown artisanal produce that will give you all the inspiration you need. Try the wine tasting and a picnic at Cathedral wines, and if craft beer is more your thing, opt for a beer tasting at the Drakensberg Brewery.
Seek out ancient Bushman rock art, evidence of the San people who lived in the area long time ago – the earliest of these paintings are about 800 years old with the golden age being between 400 and 200 years ago. No time to hike up to a secluded cave. Then check out the collection of San artefacts and insightful interpretation of their life at the Himeville Museum. Visitors to the Drakensberg are spoilt for choice when it comes to activities – with everything from a round of golf, horse-riding, trout fishing and even paragliding, hot air balloon rides and helicopter flips available. Treat your loved one to a scenic helicopter flight along the mountains and to make it even more memorable organise to stop for a glass of bubbly or even a high-altitude picnic. When it comes to mountain peaks, the spectacular Amphitheatre, which is possibly the most photographed feature of the northern Drakensberg, is a must. Hike up to the source of the Thukela River, and watch as it plunges some 950 metres over the edge of the Montaux-Sources Plateau in spectacular fashion. Or if you’d prefer to reach your ‘peak’ by vehicle, then take a 4X4 along the upper Mkomazana River up Sani Pass to the border with Lesotho (2874 metres above sea-level) and enjoy lunch for two at the highest pub in Africa.
In 1978 the Himeville Museum was recognised as a National Monument. The building was originally constructed in 1899 as a prison and operated as such until 1972, after being abandoned for four years it was turned into a museum housing and impressive collection of exhibits. It is one considered one of the top rural museums in South Africa.
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CENTRAL BERG CENTRAL DRAKENSBERG INFO & BOOKING CENTRE Tel: 036 488 1207 email@example.com DRAKENSBERG TOURISM ASSOCIATION Tel: 036 448 1557 firstname.lastname@example.org OKHAHLAMBA DRAKENSBERG TOURISM Tel: 036 448 1296/448 1244 email@example.com SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG TOURISM Tel: 033 701 1471 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.drakensberg.org ALL AREAS - KZN WILDLIFE Tel: 033 845 1011 MOUNTAIN CLUB OF SOUTH AFRICA KZN SECTION Tel: 082 990 5877 email@example.com KWASANI TOURISM Tel: 033 701 1471 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Every Wednesday Drakensberg Boys Choir – Live in Concert – Drakensberg Boys Choir School, Dragon Peaks, KZN Central Drakensberg Tel: 036 468 1012 / Tickets – www.dbc. nutickets.co.za Every Saturday Drakensberg Parkrun – Cannibal’s Cave parkrun at Amazizi Village, Northern Drakensberg & Winterton parkrun starting at The Waffle Hut, Central Drakensberg. www.parkrun.co.za 1-2 February N3TC Drak Challenge (Paddling) – Restmount, Underberg, Southern Drakensberg . www.drak.co.za Eurosteel Drak Descent (MTB) – Castleburn Bridge to Swartberg Bridge to Hopewell Farm, Southern Drakensberg Tel: Derek Christie – 082 318 9995 15 March Kamberg Classic Trail Run – Glengarry Holiday Farm, Southern Berg Tel: Gareth Sivright - 082 791 7069 21 March Drakensberg Northern Trail Run – Oliviers Hoek, Sterkfontein Dam, Northern Berg. www.kzntrailrunning.co.za Berg 100 (MTB) – Nottingham Road, Midlands to Himeville, Southern Berg Tel: Katie Fogg – 061 433 5786 Royal Drak MTB & Trail Run – All Out Adventures, Northern Berg Tel: Chris Mecklenborg – 072 386 1344 24-29 March X-Berg Extreme Challenge (cyclist vs runner vs paraglider) – preset route across Drakensberg www.xbergchallenge.com 28-29 March Stihl Umkomaas Canoe Marathon – Josephine’s Bridge to Riverside www.umko.co.za COMING NEXT MONTH: Splashy Fen Music Festival – 9-13 April
SPACE, COMFORT AND PEACE AT MONTUSI MOUNTIAN LODGE
Helicopter flights and charters around the Drakensberg Mountains
Situated on a 1000 hectare private conservation estate, the 16 free-standing luxury suites all have panoramic mountain views. Each unit has a kingsize bed, bath and separate shower, and a lounge with TV, fireplace, tea/coffee making unit and a small fridge. Guests enjoy superb meals and picnics. Activities abound: hiking, horse-riding, mountain biking, trail running, trout fishing, birding, tennis and adventure sports. Relaxation massage or a sunny snooze by the pool are also a must for those looking to unwind. The Carte Family looks forward to having you spoil yourself at Montusi. GPS: 28º 37.34S, 29º 01.56E
We cater for tourist, engagements, weddings, conferences, photo shoots & more. Cell: +27 (0) 83 652 7493 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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With its sub-tropical weather, blue lagoons and golden beaches, the South Coast is the destination of choice when it comes to anything from romantic interludes to adrenalin adventures. In addition to a myriad of beach activities, visitors to this region can enjoy golf, hiking, mountain biking, diving, whale watching and almost everything in-between. The KZN South Coast, with its coastal and riverside locations nestled within lush, indigenous vegetation, boasts a wide variety of idyllic settings, perfect for a much-needed romantic break. Enjoy an early morning stroll along any of the 39 golden beaches, laze in the sunshine and enjoy an icy milkshake to cool off. Swim in the warm Indian Ocean or take a boat offshore – watch out for dolphins frolicking in the waves or go diving and experience the underwater wonders at the region’s world or head to class diving sites. The famous Protea Banks reef, one of the few places in the world where you can dive with a variety of sharks. Head further down the coast to the beautiful beaches at Shelley-, St Michaels- and Uvongo Beach. Then there’s Margate, considered the holiday centre of the South Coast, and renowned for its exciting night life and fabulous festivals, and Ramsgate for its waffle house and picturesque lagoon – ideal for a teatime treat for two. Unwind and enjoy outdoor activities – mountain biking, trail running, tennis and swimming at the ANEW Ingeli Forest Lodge, nestled below the Ingeli Mountains and surrounded by lush indigenous forests. Or head to the Umtamvuna Nature Reserve where you can relax with sound of fish eagles and waterfalls and walk along one of the many marked trails – pack a picnic basket to make it extra special. The Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve is one of KZN’s most spectacular natural settings with its deep gorge, dramatic cliff faces, lush forests and picturesque river. For a luxurious romantic experience head to The Gorge Private Game
Lodge & Spa with its fabulous cuisine, sublime spa offering and expansive views over the gorge. A day trip to Lake Eland Game Reserve offers an abundance of plains game, mountain biking, hiking and even options for a romantic picnic along a stream surrounded by ancient trees. The more adventurous will enjoy a thrilling ride on the Zip Line, but for a slightly less adrenalin filled experience opt for a guided scooter tour and a walk across the suspension bridge to a wonderful view site known as the Eagle’s Nest and offers spectacular views across the gorge. Immerse yourself in the natural habitats of the Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve with some 56 mammal and more than 300 confirmed bird species, including the African broadbill, Narina trogon and orange ground thrush. Take a trail walk through grasslands, wetlands and forest within the 2 189ha reserve. And in Scottburgh take a stroll through Bellevue Park, a wonderful retreat, that is home to a variety of indigenous wildlife within its forest and wetland habitats consisting of more than 200 indigenous trees – remember to take your binoculars. This region also boasts a variety of culturally immersive hinterland tours and experiences, including the recently launched KwaNzimakwe MultiTrail Park, one of the ‘Great Drives Out’ routes. Visitors can enjoy spectacular scenery and engage with local village life through one of three multi-trails that traverse the Mpenjanti River Valley. These included a 4x4 tour, hiking and biking trail or the incredible birdwatching trail.
Several species of shark may be encountered when scuba diving on the Protea Banks reef, from Zambezi- and tiger sharks to scalloped- and great hammerhead sharks as well as giant guitar sharks and ragged-tooth sharks. The ragged-tooth sharks being a favourite with divers, and during their breeding period can be seen in numbers upwards of 100.
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UGU SOUTH COAST TOURISM Head Office: Tel: 039 682 7944 Website: www.tourismsouthcoast.co.za Regional Information Office | Tel: 039 315 5168 Margate Tel: 039 312 2322 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Shelly Beach Tel: 039 315 7069/315 5168 E-mail: email@example.com Scottburgh Tel: 039 976 1364 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - FEB-MARCH 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 Clayton Bekker - Tel: 082 332 5032 Every Saturday Uvongo Park Run – 5km route, St Michaels Beach at 08:00 www.parkrun.co.za / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Umdoni Park Run – Umdoni Park, Pennington www.parkrun.co.za / www.rockybay.co.za / Tel: Gail Keevy – 079 182 6371 Scottburgh Market – Corner Arbuthnot & Williamson Street Tel: Sheldine Barnis – 063 825 9473 Mountain Bike Rides – Dura Cycles, Uvongo Tel: Siya Mpofana – 039 315 7359 Every Saturday & Sunday Uvongo Flea Market – Uvongo, opposite Douglas Mitchell Sports Grounds Tel: Brian Blumrick – 082 829 0056 Every Wednesday, Saturday &Sunday afternoon
Social Tennis – Southbroom Tennis Club, Southbroom Tel: Frank – 083 274 5888 Every Monday (08h30) & Tuesday (17h00) Cardio Tennis Classes – Southbroom Tennis Club, Southbroom Tel: Frank – 083 274 5888 Every Monday, Wednesday & Saturday 14h00) & Sunday (15h00) Southbroom Bowls Club – Southbroom Bowls Club, Southbroom Tel: Julie – 083 273 6840 4 February Rocky Bay Trail Run – Rocky Bay Resort, Scottburgh www.rockybay.co.za / Tel: 039 976 0336 24 February 4BBB (Golf) – Wild Coast Sun Country Club Tel: Annette Therold - 082 443 9624 29 March Rocky Bay Trail Run – Rocky Bay Resort, Scottburgh www.rockybay.co.za / Tel: 039 976 0336 / 082 791 7069 COMING SOON: South Coast Bike Fest – 25-27 April in Port Edward
Events, shopping, dining in KwaZulu-Natal for the month's of February and March 2020.