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COVER: Zulu bead jewellery is not only beautiful but is also rich in tradition and cultural meaning. The hand made bead work is sold to tourist as gifts, and is an important income source for the Zulu people.

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SANIBONANI and Welcome to the Exceptional Zulu Kingdom

KwaZulu-Natal has started the year on a high note. Over the past few months, we have hosted a number of events that have seen thousands of visitors descending to our shores straight after the Festive Season. We hosted the Dusi Canoe Marathon, the Midmar Mile and the 16th Metro FM awards. Events such as these continue to bring in huge revenue for our tourism sector during low season periods. This, coupled with the work done by the Durban KZN Convention Bureau, which has successfully bid for numerous international meetings and exhibitions, goes a long way towards ensuring that our sector remains robust. We are confident that we will continue to see more big conferences heading to KZN after a very successful participation at Meetings Africa, where the team met with the continent’s business events representatives from local, regional and international associations, corporate, government and incentive business event buyers. Business tourism is a significant and growing element of tourism in the world, which generates $600 billion and sustains an estimated 62 million jobs annually. In KZN, this sector generates an estimated R3 billion a year and sustains almost 24 000 jobs. Business travellers spend almost three times more than leisure travellers, and almost 6% of them will return to that destination as leisure tourists. On the international front, we remain steadfast in positioning KZN as a global destination. We have just returned from ITB, Berlin, one of the two top travel exhibitions in the world. There we engaged with international buyers from 185 countries to ensure that we continue to increase arrivals from Germany, from where we currently receive an estimated 45 000 arrivals. We have also joined forces with Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) and a group of major property developers from the province such as Tongaat-Hulett Developments, Aktiv Property Development, Royal Haskoning DHV, eLan Property Group, DevMark Global and Rokwil Pty Ltd, to lobby for international investors at Le marche international des professionnels de l’mmobilier (MIPIM) in Cannes, France to plough money into the development of tourism products in the province. At MIPIM, we showcased some of the tourism investment projects that we have already identified and feel that they have great potential to yield positive results for the province if they can get the financial backing from major investors.


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Over the next few months, KwaZulu-Natal will be hosting the World Economic Forum which will be attended by regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society to explore solutions to create economic opportunities for all. Soon after that, we will welcome back the Tourism Indaba, which will bring in over 10 000 delegates. Last year, Indaba was attended by 585 buyers and an estimated 100 media. Emerging tourism business entrepreneurs, who are currently part of our incubation program, will exhibit side by side with TKZN, and we will give them ample support to equip them with the tools to broker deals with major players and partners in the tourism sector. They will also be given special access to meet and network with the international buyers who attend Indaba. The Lilizela Tourism Awards are now officially open and we are calling on the tourism players in the province to take part in the programme, which honours those who have raised the bar in entrepreneurial and service excellence standards within the sector. We would like to increase the number of participants from the province this year from the 124 eligible entries in 2015, and 149 in 2016. We believe that this will better position us to win more trophies at the National Lilizela Awards to be hosted by the Minister of Tourism later this year. We are looking forward to welcoming all those who will be coming to our beautiful province for their Easter holidays. We promise to give you and your family an unforgettable experience. If you haven’t finalized your plans yet, visit our website where you can book your accommodation hassle free on our Hotels. com portal. For those of you who will be driving to KZN, we encourage you to take the more scenic routes, enjoy stopovers and delight in some of our amazing experiences along your route. Don’t forget to share those picture moments with us on all our social media networks, Facebook (KZNTourism), Instagram (@ tourismkzn_official), Twitter (@Tourism KZN), YouTube (KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Authority) and Pintrest (KZN Tourism), and remember to #GottaLuvKZN.



Accommodation Guide

Meetings Industry Guide

Explore the East3Route

Tourism Tattler

KZN Tourist Map

Travellers Tips

KZN Travel Guide

Wedding Planner



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PMB & Midlands


South Coast

Elephant Coast


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APRIL-MAY HIGHLIGHTS 26-29 April NEWCASTLE WINTER FESTIVAL Newcastle Show Grounds Sekekamer - 034 3122959

13-17 April SPLASHY FEN FESTIVAL Underberg, Southern Drakensberg Tel: 083 456 8435 14-17 April EASTER BEACH BONANZA Scottburgh Beach South Coast Easter Fever – Margate Beach, Uvongo Beach Tel: 039 976 1364

9-13 May SANI 2C (MTB EVENT) Sani Pass to Scottburgh Beach Tel: Judy – 083 533 4976 27-30 April DRAKENSBERG BOYS CHOIR Music in the Mountains – Choir School, Dragon Peaks, Drakensberg Tickets – (See pg 5)

21 May SUNDAY TRIBUNE CARS IN THE PARK The Clubhouse - Ashburton Race Horse Training Centre, Pope Ellis Drive, Ashburton. (See pg 34)

21-29 April JOBERG 2C (MTB EVENT) JHB to Scottburgh Beach


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3-7 May ART IN THE PARK National Botanical Gardens Pietermaritzburg (see pgs 3 & 34)

26 - 28 May 2017 ZAKIFO MUSIC FESTIVAL Blue Lagoon Beach, Durban



1 July - VODACOM DURBAN JULY Greyville Racecourse

14 May MANGO GROOVE LIVE Sugar Rush Park, Ballito. www.


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This exciting holiday edition is packed with ideas for family fun, adventure activities, cool things to do and places to seeso get to it, start the clock and get a taste of what our popular destination has to offer.

‘There is no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as ours…’ ‘Jump for Joy’ at a trampoline park, or participate in exciting adventure activities such as helicopter flips, skydiving, canopy tours, boat and fishing trips, dolphin viewing, scuba diving, surfing, hiking etc – we have it all! Insightful township tours, local food adventures such as shisinyama’s, steam train rides and for the culturally inclined - museums, art galleries and walking tour walkabouts provide a crash course on the history, battles and cultures. A trip to our botanical gardens will provide food for the soul as you breathe in the beauty of nature at its best or treat yourselves to some serious retail therapy at the shopping centres Enjoy great food and drink, live tunes, great company and a great atmosphere - at one of the many weekend markets in KZN, offering delicious organic treats from local suppliers. Remember to ‘Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets

your soul on fire’

Helicopter flights and charters around the Drakensberg Mountains

We cater for tourist, engagements, weddings, conferences, photo shoots & more.

Cell: +27 (0) 83 652 7493 E-mail:


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Ideal for church retreats, family reunions, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations and corporate functions. 8 cottages: ¹ 40 guests. Our animal farm is perfect for kids’ parties. Trout dam for avid fishermen. Picturesque Boston countryside. (90 min from Durban).

Contact Lisa at 082-058 3425 for info and bookings.


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Feel The Rhythm Of Africa FREE ENTRY INCLUDES • Restaurants • Kids Play Area • Curios • View • Shield Factory

ACTIVITIES - FROM R45 • Zulu Village and Dance • Game Drives • Reptile Park • Fear Factor Challenge • Creature Cave Accommodation Team Building Kids Parties Conferences Weddings - Valley View or Bush Venue

Contact us: 031 777 1000

GPS: -29.75416 S – 030.72328 E

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RHINO ORPHANAGE AND RHINO PROTECTION: The Fundimvelo Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage is a refuge where wounded and orphan rhinos, as a result of poaching, are welcomed and cared for by a dedicated team with the purpose of rehabilitating the orphans into the wild. Security has become a major issue as the poaching of rhinos is rising at an alarming rate. The THULA THULA RHINO FUND was created to raise funds to increase the safekeeping of our rhinos, anti- poaching training for our guards and specialized equipment which will allow us to improve the much needed protection of our rhinos.


PAKAMISA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE Try a horse back safari, with its gentle pace and proximity to nature. This is a spectacular way to view game, and Pakamisa welcomes both beginners and advanced riders. Pakamisa specialises in pleasure riding holidays for families, groups and individuals.

Pakamisa – the name in the language of the Zulu means “to lift up” and we assure our guests that their spirits will soar in this African Shangri-La. Majestically perched on the high plateau of the Pakamisa Mountain, the lodge has breath-taking views of the evergreen valleys and plains of the Pongola River to the east and the rolling hills of natural bush of the Reserve in the west. Horseback Safaris, Game Drives, Bushwalks, Archery.

Reservations: | +27 (0)83 229 1811

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Game Drives: Accompanied by an experienced game ranger, guests traverse the vast 2,500 hectare reserve in an open safari vehicle. The knowledgeable guide will explain the fascinating life cycles of insects, plants and trees and the behaviour patterns of mammals, big and small, giving you a chance to experience, first hand, the magic of the African bush. Abundantly stocked with game including Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, a multitude of Antelope, Warthog and Monkeys, there is not always a need for an early wake-up call as the reserve can be explored all day long.

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The greatest wealth is health…Virgil One of the most important things in life is to be healthy-not just physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually as well. More and more people are opting for healthier lifestyles that promote wellness and reduce stress as well as searching for balance of mind body and spitit Be aware of stressful factors in your life - manage your reaction to stressful things, be aware of the things that stress you out and try to avoid them. Maintain healthy eating habits - get all the nutrition the human body needs by eating a varied and balanced diet. Sleep well every night - Adults should get 7 - 9 hours daily and school-aged children should get 10 - 11 hours. Exercise is one of the best ways to improve sleep patterns. Stick to a program of exercise - The muscle you develop will help increase your metabolism: the bodies of muscular people burn more calories even while they’re at rest Make little lifestyle changes - park farther away from the store, walk the dog, take the stairs, or weed your garden, eat less, drink more water etc. Visit your local Spa for a pamper and spoil the results are well worth it…

Osteopathy is a gentle and effective hands on approach to healthcare, based on the principle that the way your body moves influences how it functions. Osteopaths aim to improve function through a variety of techniques, tailored to each patient including manipulation, soft tissue massage, lymphatic drainage, breathing techniques and dry needling. Benefits Pre-race • Injury prevention • Enhanced breathing function to maximise oxygen transport & energy • Improve running gait to optimise running efficiency • Reduce post race recovery time Post-race • Injury treatment and rehabilitation advice • Optimise recovery and lymphatic drainage to elimate toxins post race • Pelvic and gait balance to prepare for future training 73 Old Main Road, Kloof

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This season has much to tempt enthusiasts to show their support for our vibrant live entertainment industry. The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra features in two great choral works – JS Bach’s St John Passion and Handel’s Messiah, both conducted by Naum Rousine. The Bach masterwork will be performed by the Durban Symphonic Choir and soloists at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Mariannhill on 9 April starting at 2.30pm. Tickets are R120 at the door. Free parking is available. The annual staging of Handel’s Messiah in the Playhouse Opera Theatre is on 16 April at 3pm. Directed by Marcus Desando, this features Khumbuzile Dlamini, Violina Anguelov, Thabiso Masemene and Aubrey Lodewyk with the Playhouse Chorale. Tickets are R80 and R100 and booking is through Computicket. Rory Booth (Keeping Up With The Kandasamys) stars as Sunil Mohan in Reoca Light – Ashwin Singh’s stage onehander about a young man who oversees the closure of his parent’s convenience store after a series of robberies. Directed by Ralph Lawson, this mix of storytelling, drama and comedy plays in the Playhouse Loft Theatre at 7.30pm from 5 to 8 April. Tickets are R100.

The International Arts Foundation (INF) of New Orleans, in association with The Playhouse Company, presents two red letter events. The first of these sees Grammy Award-winning legend, Cyril Neville, hailed as ‘the last of the great Southern blues singers’, sharing the stage in the Playhouse Opera Theatre on Thursday 4 May, in concert with Durban’s own SAMA Awardwinning favourite, Ernie Smith. The second collaboration between INF and 16 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN April-May 2017

the Playhouse Company marks the South African premiere of the acclaimed stage drama, We Live Here by American playwright Harold Ellis Clark, whose work has been compared to the plays of South Africa’s Atholl Fugard. The powerfullywritten work looks at racial prejudice when a young black couple move into a ‘white’ suburb of New Orleans. It addresses the burning issues of hatred, fear and intolerance, which challenge communities the world over. We Live Here stars an ensemble cast from the United States. It runs from 5 to 7 May, with performances at 7.30pm. Tickets range from R175.

by Evan Roberts, and lighting design by Tina le Roux. Exploring the themes of celebrity, scandal and corruption in prohibition-era, jazzinfused Chicago, the satirical musical-noir is based on a 1926 play by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about real life Chicago criminals in true cases. The story centres on vaudevillian showgirl, Velma Kelly (played by Katy Moore) and housewife, Roxie Hart (Jessica Sole) two murderesses who find themselves in jail awaiting trial – fighting for the fame that will keep them from the gallows. Also in the cast are Billy (Jason Ralph); Mama Morton (Charon Williams Ros); Mary Sunshine (Anne Marie Clulow) and Amos (Bryan Hiles). The production also features an onstage live nine piece band under the direction of Evan Roberts. Show stopping hits spawned by the famous work include All that Jazz; When You’re Good to Mama; Cell Block Tango; Mister Cellophane and Razzle Dazzle. Book through Computicket.

Booking for both events is through Computicket 0861 915 8000 or online at www., or on 031-369 9540 (office hours). Log onto www.playhousecompany. com for more about shows running at The Playhouse, including the annual New Stages season, which runs between 3 and 28 May. Titles featured here conjure an intriguing line-up of live theatre. They include, among others: the Market Theatre’s Naledi Award winning Crepusule, based on the short story of the same name by cultural icon Can Themba; Izipopolo, a collaboration between theatre-maker and director Neil Coppen (Tin Bucket Drum, Animal Farm) and identical twin brothers and actors Musawenkosi and Bongumusa Shabalala; and the compelling dance drama, We are still marching, choreographed by Sunnyboy Motau of Moving Into Dance Mophatong. KickstArt’s production of the hit American musical, Chicago, heads the seasonal attractions at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre on the Durban campus of UKZN. This runs from 7 – 30 April. With music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, the Durban staging of Chicago is directed by Steven Stead, designed by Greg King, musical direction

And also at the Sneddon, be sure to catch funny men John van der Ruit and Ben Voss as they set the stage on fire in their eagerly anticipated new sketch comedy, Mamba Republic. Reuniting the talents of Voss (Beauty Ramapelepele) and John van de Ruit (Spud), Mamba Republic takes a savagely funny look at all that is wrong and very wrong in the Rainbow Nation. The show opens on 16 May and runs into June. Booking is at Computicket. Finally, note that this year’s annual Zakifo Music Festival in Durban is set to run at Blue Lagoon Beach between 26 and 28 May. Expect some really great bands and musos from around the world.

LILIZELA TOURISM AWARDS THE MEC FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, TOURISM AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, MR SIHLE ZIKALALA CALLS TO ALL TOURISM PLAYERS IN KWAZULU-NATAL TO TAKE PART IN THE 2017 LILIZELA TOURISM AWARDS. ENTRIES WERE OFFICIALLY OPENED ON 1 MARCH 2017 AND WILL CLOSE ON 31 MAY 2017. The Lilizela Tourism Awards recognise service excellence in South Africa’s tourism sector and are an initiative of the National Department of Tourism. All tourism businesses that enter the Lilizela Awards need to be registered with the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, and graded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa SIHLE ZIKALALA MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs


MEC Zikalala will host all the provincial participants at a prestigious event during Tourism Month in September 2017.The provincial winners will go on to represent the province at the National Lilizela Tourism Awards ceremony to be hosted by the Minister of Tourism later in the year. For more information on the Lilizela Tourism Awards, visit



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MEET US AT THE 2017 INDABA At the 2017 Tourism Indaba to be held at the Durban International Convention Centre on 16-18 May 2017, Tourism KwaZulu-Natal is will be exhibiting side by side with some of the emerging tourism businesses from the province who are part of their incubation programme. Feel free to visit the Tourism KwaZulu-Natal stand, stand number DEC1B37. LALA KHONA LODGE Lala khona lodge offers accommodation, conference facility and dining hall where they serve an extensive range of home cooked meals. The lodge also offers superb accommodation and their luxuriously decorated bedrooms with DSTV, Wi-Fi, air conditioners, tea and coffee making facilities, all rooms are serviced daily. Contact: (T) 039 259 0330 Email:

OTHANDWENI B&B Othandweni B&B which means the place of love is situated a few minutes’ drive from the City of Durban. They are within walking distance to the beach and have a variety of rooms. Room types: Contact: (T) 031 261 3617 Email: Website:

othandweni BED & BREAKFAST

QABULEKA B&B Qabuleka B & B is an accredited self-catering accommodation establishment at KwaNongoma where visitors can enjoy some tranquillity and a peace of mind. This Bed & Breakfast offers the services and facilities that business and leisure travelers would expect in a guesthouse. They have an outdoor slide leading to a swimming pool which is popular with children, a walking trail, a lapa and braai area. Contact: 083 253 9060 Email:

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AVOCA TRAVELS Avoca travels was formed in 1980 to cater to the needs of discerning travellers who wanted personalized, tailor-made travel experiences. Today, with over two hundred years of cumulative experience in the travel industry, their welltravelled professionals continue to provide innovative travel solutions to their customers through advanced technology, efficient processes and their passionate approach to business. Telephone: +2731 202 0370 Booking / Enquiries:

NONGOMA SIYAVAYA TOURS Is a tour operations business which aims to showcase tourism at KwaNongoma and surroundings. They offer tailor-made activities such as day and night guided tours, boat cruises, bush walks and hiking tours. The company also offer transfers and shuttle. They recently introduced bike and quad bike tours in Nongoma town to kwaDelene Township and White City. Contact: 086 658 1201 Email:

STREET SCENE Street scene is a tours and events company that provides platforms which show case our city and country to explorers/ travelers. Step one in them achieving this is by being actively involved in their community this keeps them current. Step two is via their constant need to explore, this assures that where they go, and what they know is always evolving and growing. Contact: Sthembiso Mbonambi Tell: +27 083 995 8002 39 Station Drive, 4th Floor the Design Factory

TARS TRAVEL Tars travel (Pty) Ltd was founded in 2014 has been actively involved in travel for the past 10 years as it is his passion. Tars travel specializes in outbound (overseas travel); they also cater for honeymooners and family travel. Their services include, hotel accommodation, car hire, transfers and specialized tours Contact: (T) 036 637 7837 (C) 082Â 078 6802

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A warm Durban welcome to all local and international visitors to the annual TOURISM INDABA, one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar, and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar, showcasing a variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism products. Take time to enjoy the city to its fullest extent and experience the special charm that Durban, gateway to the Zulu Kingdom, has to offer.


For more info check out the website Durban is a modern, authentic African metropolis - a city that celebrates its cultural diversity and multi-cultural traditions. It’s a city that lavishes its visitors with sophistication and style, tantalises their taste buds with local specialties like ‘bunny chow’ and shisa nyama and gets their adrenalin pumping with adventure activities as diverse as the population that lives here. It’s little wonder that Durban was recently ranked ‘the South African city with the highest quality of life’ in the international Mercer’s Quality of Living survey… for a third consecutive year! We invite visitors to discover what makes Durban not only a great place to live, but enticing destination to visit.

Mahatma Gandhi’s Phoenix Settlement includes the International Printing Press where, in 1903, he founded and printed a newspaper originally known as ‘Indian Opinion’ – it was an important tool for the political movement to fight racial discrimination and win civil rights for the Indian community in South Africa. 20 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN April-May 2017

This coastal city, that’s blessed with the warm Indian Ocean and a summer that lasts for virtually 12 months of the year, invites visitors to walk the promenade at sunrise, to take the surfing lesson you’ve always wanted, or join the locals at the monthly Salsa dance sessions at the Suncoast Amphitheatre. Enjoy cocktails and live music at a trendy jazz club, pop into a street-side café for a cappuccino or craft beer, or head to a local shebeen for a memorable township experience. Get a taste of Durban’s colonial history with ‘high tea’ at one of the city’s hotels, its Indian heritage with a visit to the Victoria Street Market to stock up on spices and the Markets of Warwick for an African vibe. This is where local traders sell everything from beadwork and traditional

art to fresh produce, herbal medicine and traditional cuisine - you must visit the Bovine Head Market… the succulent facial meat is served off the bone with condiments and dumplings. Be sure to pop into the Station Drive Precinct, one of the latest urban renewal projects in Durban and is home to a variety of creative spaces. Check out the Morning Trade - a Sunday artisanal market selling everything from fresh produce, fab food and tasty treats to great coffee, craft beer and hand crafted goods. Across the street is The Warehouse, an artsy kind of place with juice bar, tattoo parlour and a variety of cool retail outlets. Further down the street is the design and décor heaven World Travellers and around the corner The Station. For some local tipple visit Distillery031 (think G&T with local South African flavours), and S43, Home of That Brewing Company. This is an ‘eat, shop, eatsome-more’, chill kind of place that mustn’t be rushed. To really ‘do’ Durban you need to experience it as the locals do and discover why we really #loveDurban.


Experience the pulse of true urban township culture and party away the night amongst good friends, good food and good music at one of the upmarket and popular venues on offer in Clermont, Umlazi or KwaMashu. Visit one of the Shisanyama’s or Township Cafés for a unique culinary adventure and mingle with the locals as you eat, drink and jive together. UMLAZI: Max Lifestyle Tel: 031-906 1393; Eyadini Lounge Tel: 031-906 1395 CLERMONT: Comfort Zone Tel: 061 319 6314; Shadows Tavern Cell: 083 553 7898; Meat Café Cell: 083 354 3985; Tate’s Kasi Grill Cell: 082 833 1810 INANDA: Under the Moon Cell: 082 888 3444, Tel: 031 519 0841 KWAMASHU: One & Only Cell: 082 964 3289; Artizen Lounge Cell: 082 970 7475 DURBAN WEST: Classique Braai Lounge Hillcrest Tel: 031 765 1107; Café Skyzer Chesterville, Cell: 081 519 6007 DURBAN SOUTH: Durban Pride Galleria Mall Cell: 083 262 0989

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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


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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

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WHERE TO SHOP & WHAT TO DO ART GALLERIES DURBAN ART GALLERY (Durban City Hall, 031 311 2264/9) Mon-Sat 08:30-16:00, Sun 11:00-16:00. Artworks encompass Europe, the East and Africa, dating from the 15th century to the present day. Displays from the permanent collection are interspersed with traveling exhibitions of contemporary and historic paintings and artefacts.

See the new shop at 32 Arbour Crossing (opp. Makro). They stock a variety of fashion handbags. Genuine leather shoes sizes 3 to 10. Lay-byes 3 months. It is the ideal opportunity to please yourself and at the same time support local. The factory has been going for ±39 years and Marlene’s brother, the founding member. The shoes are made in SA. Owners Marlene & Tracy have a quarter decade of experience between them & decided to go on their own for the first time with Froggie backing them. SHOP 32 ARBOUR CROSSING, AMANZIMTOTI (OPP. MAKRO) - FOR HOLIDAY HOURS CONTACT 063 414 0883 / 083 325 4566 TRADING HOURS: Mon to Fri 9am - 6pm / Sat 9am - 5pm / Sun & Public Holidays 9am - 4pm

EVERLASTING WHOLESALE Secure parking CASH & CARRY & environment We are an importer, wholesaler and retailer who stock a wide range of beads, beading tools and accessories, fashion jewellery, cosmetics, bags, gifts, stationery, toys, household & party items. 35 Monty Naicker Street (Pine Street), Durban Tel: 031-368 2161, Fax: 031-332 0564 Email: Shop 1C Southway Mall, 27 Titren Rd, Rossburgh • Tel: 031-465 2813 Shop 17, Arbour Crossing 2 Oppenheimer Road, Umbogintwini Tel: 031-904 5410 Follow us on facebook on Everlasting Products cc and check out our website on 24 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN April-May 2017

ARTSPACE DURBAN (3 Millar Rd, off Umgeni Rd, 031 312 0793) Comprising two galleries as well as an art class studio, it also provides studio spaces for people building creative businesses. 11 Feb–2 Mar ‘I See in Colour’ features paintings by Izolda van der Merwe; 4–16 Mar ‘Olive Schreiner Revisited’ showcases drawings and paintings by Jannie van Heerden. ARTISAN CONTEMPORARY GALLERY (Ingrid Smith, 344 Florida Rd, 031 312 4364 or Mon-Fri 09:30-17:00; Sat & public holidays 09:00-13:00. Silver jewellery, ceramics, sculpture, paintings, textiles, wooden pieces and more, all handcrafted by South African artists. The Artisan Collection is a signature range of jewellery designed exclusively for the gallery by some of KZN and South Africa’s top silversmiths and jewellers. Until 15 Feb Annual sale – a wonderful opportunity to buy a unique, highquality artwork. KZNSA GALLERY (166 Bulwer Rd, Glenwood, 031 277 1705, TuesFri 09:00-17:00, Sat 09:00-16:00, Sun 10:0015:00. Home of the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts, the gallery features an exciting and ever-changing array of exhibitions by local and international artists, while the gallery shop contains an excellent selection of imaginative arts and crafts. Until 5 Feb KZNSA Members’ exhibition entitled ‘Character(s)’. ELIZABETH GORDON GALLERY (120 Florida Rd, 031 303 8133) Mon-Fri 08:00-16:30, Sat 09:00-12.30. Fine art by leading South African artists. Two new landscapes by Zimbabwean artist Hugh Mbayiwa are the latest addition to the gallery. AFRICAN ART CENTRE (94 Florida Rd, 031 312 3804) Nurturing and promoting the work of original artists and craftspeople, the gallery features a variety of high quality fine art, Zulu beadwork, ceramics and baskets. Every purchase made from the African Art Centre provides income and employment for more than 600 artists and crafters currently supported by the Centre.

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Umhlanga EXPECT LOTS OF ENTERTAINMENT AND LOADS OF FUN EVENTS AT THE UMHLANGA EASTER FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR THE 14-17 APRIL The popular coastal resort of Umhlanga will once again play host to a festival of fun activities for the whole family during the April holidays. Programme of Events (Please note subject to change) BEACH & MILLENNIUM STAGE ACTIVATIONS Friday 14th to Monday 17th • Start with Aerobics each morning • MC to host “So you think you have talent” competition, with kiddies sing-along, etc • Line dancing with European champion • Face painting • Hula Hoop competitions • Mini Olympics on stage • Tug-O-War • Egg and Spoon races • Egg throwing competitions • And many more activations Plus:- Miss Umhlanga Beach Babe competition on Saturday the 15th • Start time 11am on the Umhlanga Millennium Stage Plus:- Easter Sunday 16th Early morning Umhlanga“Trail Run and walk” • Starts 6:00 am at the Umhlanga Millennium Promenade • 18km, 12 km, 5 km • Finish and prize giving on the Promenade starting after each race from 8,00am Pre Registration on the ROAG website or from 5am on the day of the Trail Run on the Umhlanga Millennium Stage Plus:Special beach activation 16th Easter Sunday for kiddies from 10 am onwards • Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny

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Umhlanga’s only high-end boutique mall is open. Situated within the renowned “The Pearls of Umhlanga”, the mall forms part of this iconic R3 billion development. 26 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN April-May 2017

Offering residents and customers highend products and services that one would normally find in a regional mall, but in a smaller, more exclusive setting, the Pearls Mall, like The Pearls of Umhlanga, is upmarket, visually appealing and an overarching asset to the area. There is something for everyone, with outlets like Levisons, Jill and Co, Surfers, SoHo and Platinum Jewellers to name but a few. While restaurants like Casa Bella, John Dory’s, Cattle Baron and Café La Plage offer a selection of world-class delicacies to please any ones taste pallet. Fitness enthusiasts will get their hearts racing and adrenalin pumping at the Planet Fitness, Just Gym, whilst the beauty conscious can get pampered at the Grant Harper hair salon, Nail It or Hello Hunny beauty salon. For complete convenience, the Pearls Mall boasts South Africa’s flagship Food Lovers Eatery and stores such as the Key & Shoe Cove who have a cobbler on-site, and Orange Sky Laundry. For family fun, @Play is the perfect place for your children (and for moms who just need a little break), and not forgetting the incredible Imbizo Gallery, for all the art lovers out there. The Pearls Mall will not only offer residents of the resort unlimited access to a host of additional amenities on its doorstep, but will also add value to residents of Umhlanga as well as the thousands of tourists who flock to the village annually. The opening of the Pearls Mall will undoubtedly be a major boost for the Umhlanga area as a whole. Whilst this area unarguably offers the best in terms of its seaside location and upscale residential developments, there is nothing like the Pearls Mall.

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1000 Hills

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When Europeans arrived at the Port of Natal in 1825, the Valley of 1000 Hills was a remote and isolated area teeming with game. WS Field was one of the first Europeans to settle in 1851, and leopards were said to occasionally spend the night on the veranda of the Field homestead in what is now Kloof. Within a few years a wagon route opened up between Durban and the interior, close to what is now the Old Main Road. The establishment of the railway line linking the goldfields with the port rapidly followed the discovery of gold in the Transvaal in the 1880s, and the rail and road traffic through the 1000 Hills increased. WOZA MOYA is the empowerment project of the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust , our mission is “To serve all those impacted by HIV/AIDS by providing unconditional love and hope in a practical, sustainable way.” Woza Moya, our well-known onsite craft store, aims to empower and uplift people infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS to become economically self-sufficient through the production of crafts within their own environment. The project’s main aim is to teach craft skills to individuals who are infected/ affected by HIV/AIDS through the production and sale of beaded items, ceramics, wirework, crochet work, fabric painting and sewing. Woza Moya provides an income to roughly 350 crafters (includes pottery, beadwork, sewing, crocheting, fabric painting and wirework) who are supported by the funds raised through craft sales. Woza Moya is also the name behind a number of well-publicized art projects, including the Dreams 4 Africa Chair and the World’s First Beaded Suit.

VULEKA CENTRE Vuleka Trust is an NGO based at The Vuleka Centre in Botha’s Hill. We are ideally located between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, nestled in the Valley of 1000 Hills. All programmes that are run by The Vuleka Trust are aimed at improving the ways in which we, as people of faith, understand and manage our rich diversity, and equip people to make a meaningful contribution in the field of education and community upliftment. A special focus of Vuleka is youth development and leadership programmes.

shared accommodation and conference halls. Groups are able to choose catered or self-catering accommodation options as the centre has 2 additional fully equipped kitchens. Rolling gardens and dedicated walks and still points are a feature of the centre as well as the magnificent view of the Valley of 1000 Hills. Vuleka also has a tea garden that operates weekdays 9:30 to 16:00 with delicious homemade cakes and toasted sandwiches.

Vuleka has a long history serving the people of KwaZulu-Natal and beyond, towards peace building, reconciliation and advancing human rights in a geographical area which continues to struggle against inherent racism, sexism and other structural injustices. The income generation of the centre contains a conference venue that can accommodate groups from 5 to 120 in

Woza Moya is the economic empowerment project of the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust, it is the creative craft hub situated in the valley of 1000 hills, KZN. South Africa. Assisting over 350 crafters impacted by HIV/AIDS , helping each person earn a sustainable income through making exceptional crafts. We have a wide variety of beautiful products, lovingly handmade by our talented team of crafters. 26 Old Main Road Hillcrest | Woza Moya Embocraft 237 Old Main Road Bothas Hill 13 Old Main Road Kloof Fields Shopping Centre +27 (0) 31 765 5866 |

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HORSE RACING GREYVILLE (031 314 1651) 7, 9, 12, 14, 21, 23, 28 April & 7, 14, 21, 31 May at Greyville Racecourse (031 314 1500) Framed in the background by the many hotels of Durban’s Golden Mile, Greyville Racecourse is situated at the bottom of Durban’s Berea and surrounds the green expanse of Royal Durban Golf Club’s championship course. SCOTTSVILLE (033 345 3405) Scottsville Racecourse is situated in Pietermaritzburg, the Capital of KwaZuluNatal and is a pleasant, scenic and easy 50 minute drive from Durban.

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN DURBAN - APRIL-MAY 8 April 18:30 Dr Tumi: The 10 Cities Grand Tour – Rhema, Durban North 8 / 9 April Headlined by Cassper Nyovest and Mafikizolo, ‘SlimeFest’ brings slime, stars, Nickelodeon characters and more slime to uShaka Marine World 14-17 April Umhlanga Tourism Easter Festival – Umhlanga Main Beach (031 561 4257) 15 April 12:00 The Gwara Nation is a music concert comprising house DJs, Hip-Hop and Kwaito – KwaNdengezi Sports Field 16 April 14:00 Easter Sunday Picnic – KwaMashu Fan Park 21 April Durban Block Party Chapter 2 is a club party encompassing two venues, three dance floors, ten bars and a massive lineup – Tiger Tiger & Collegians 23 April 14:00 Ekuvukeni Gospel Concert – Ekuvukeni Resource Centre, KwaMashu 28-30 April Amabhubesi Rally & Festival draws motorcycle enthusiasts from across South Africa – Hazelmere Dam, Verulam Canelands 29 April South Coast Highland Gathering Championship – Lords & Legends Sports Café, Amanzimtoti Sports Centre 29 April 10:00 Coastal Music Experience – Magabheni Sports Ground, Umkomaas 29 April 10:00 Nqokotho Music Festival – Curries Fountain Sports Ground 29 April ‘Night With The Stars Reloaded’ features the best of Bollywood – Moses Mabhida Stadium (031 582 8222) 29 April 14:00 ‘Never Ending Comedy Train’ with Darren Maule and friends to Scottburgh and back – departs Durban Station. 30 April 18:00 Umlazi Gospel Extravaganza features gospel music and a 30 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN April-May 2017

motivational message – Umlazi Comtech 1 May 14:00 ‘Face To Face With Zookey Zarling’ celebrates the launch of Zukiswa Vutela’s long-awaited book and DVD recording – Sharks Board, Umhlanga 6 May 4th Annual Hip Hop Festival – Moses Mabhida Stadium (031 582 8222) 6 May 10:00 Open Minds Events – Umlazi Cinema Hall 6 May 10:00 Open Minds Events seminar emphasising sustainable living, community education, wellness and personal growth – Umlazi Cinema Hall 11 May 16:30 Elemis Men’s Spa Evening – Oyster Box Hotel (083 627 7249) 13 May Roadhogs Durban ‘Charity Day Jol’ with fun and games, crafts stalls, food and beverages – Umsinsi Adventures, next to Toti Brewery (082 351 5790) 16-18 May Tourism Indaba – Durban ICC (011 467 5011)

26-28 May 14:00 Zakifo Music Festival featuring a selection of more than 30 artists from around the world – Blue Lagoon Beach ( 28 May 09:00 Hilton Hotel Durban Bridal Fair (083 369 4748) SPORT ROAD RUNNING 2 April 06:00 Checkout Half Marathon & 10km run/walk – Kings Park Athletic Stadium (032 533 5608 / 073 594 5448)

9 April 05:30 Durban City Marathon 42km run, 21km & 10km run/walk – Kings Park Athletic Stadium (031 312 9374) 16 April 06:00 Dick King Half Marathon: 15km walk & 21km run – Amanzimtoti Main Beach (083 463 4533) 20 April 18:00 Durban Runner Miway Mizuno Mixed League Time Trial – Hillcrest Villagers (084 599 5991) 30 April Fields Hill 10km run/walk – Green Hub, Blue Lagoon (081 354 2122) 14 May Gajiga Run – Giba Gorge (fiona@ 17 May 07:00 Impi Challenge Obstacle Trail Run – Virginia Trails (087 013 5044) 21 May Ma’am Jila Memorial 10km Challenge – Mgenge Store Sankontshe, Hammarsdale (084 644 2733) CYCLING 22 April Pedal 4 Pink Cycle Tour – Giba Gorge ( 30 April Tour Durban Aquelle – Moses Mabhida Stadium (031 312 2990)

RUGBY 8 April 15:00 Cell C Sharks vs Jaguars; 22 April 19:30 Sharks vs Rebels; 6 May 18:00 Sharks vs Western Force; 27 May 17:10 Sharks vs Stormers – all matches at Growthpoint Kings Park Stadium



As the autumn leaves begin to fall and a crispness fills the evening air, thoughts of crackling fire places and hot chocolate come to mind. And there’s no place better for this than the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. An area where farmland, rolling hills and country lanes come to life as quaint coffee shops, morning markets and a wealth of creative studios where everything from life-size bronze sculptures and wrought iron homeware to intricate glass beads are fashioned with care.


For more info check out the website This region, rich with lakes, dams and waterfalls, is a fly fisherman’s dream – add to that nature reserves and forests and you’re set for a variety of outdoor adventure activities. From trail running and hiking, to mountain biking, horse riding and paddling – you’ll find your chosen activity here. 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… and hot-air ballooning enables you to view it all from above.

The Mandela Capture sculpture is an internationally recognisable landmark, created by Marco Cianfanelli, called ‘Release’. It comprises 50 laser cut steel column constructions each between 6.5 and 9.5 metres tall. When viewed from the road look like a forest of jagged bars – much like a jail, but when approached from the long path the steel columns come together creating a flat two-dimensional image recreating Mandela’s image – symbolising freedom, which we see when we choose where we stand.

Pick up a Midlands Meander map and explore some of the routes offering visitors easy directions to a wealth of fabulous cuisine, historic landmarks, artist studios and ‘shop till you drop’ opportunities to take home the perfect hand-woven rug, wrought iron candlesticks, a designer pottery teapot or deliciously creamy Swiss-styled local goats cheese. Kids will love exploring the gardens of Groundcover, painting their own pottery at the Zulu-Lulu Art Bar or feeding the goats at Swissland cheese. Be sure to pop in to 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. Pietermaritzburg, KZN’s capital city, shows off its agricultural roots with the much loved Royal Show, where livestock and agricultural equipment, blend seamlessly with lifestyle exhibitions, music concerts and a funfair. The show, first hosted by the Pietermaritzburg agricultural Society in 1851, was granted ‘Royal’ status in 1904 following the Anglo Boer War and the assent of King Edward VII – the name, which remained unchanged after South Africa became a Republic, pays homage to the many Victorian buildings that dot the streets of this historic town that was founded by the Voortrekkers, administered by the British and instrumental in Mahatma Gandhi’s decision to remain in South Africa to fight the racial discrimination against Indians.

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2017 ROYAL SHOW With the focus on introducing ‘town to country’, the 167th Royal Show opens its gates to the public on Friday, 26 May, for ten days of action-packed interest and enjoyment. The Royal is the largest mixed agricultural show on the continent of Africa, and aside from catering for the nation’s best livestock, we will also see the presence of virtually every tractor and implement manufacturer. Today the show also hosts a meaningful display of construction and materials handling equipment, this to complement a broad mix of more than 400 commercial, industrial and service sector exhibits. Very especially, The Mercury Hall of Fine Living will be hosting a food and culinary display, focused on the food chain from production to consumption. As is traditional, the Show will include the presence of cattle, sheep, goats, rabbits and birds, not only of appeal to those directly involved in agriculture, but indeed the public at large. In this regard, the Sheep and Cattle Expo’s in particular as well as the Dairy Parlour, are focused on affording ‘city folk’ with displays and interactive demonstrations, intended to impart information and satisfy the curiosity of one and all. In 2017, the Royal Show Sheep Section is privileged to host the Ile de France and Hampshire Down national championships. The KZN leg of the Toyota SA National Young Auctioneer Competition will take place in the Sheep Section on Saturday, 27 May; an occasion which promises to be both interesting and entertaining. Over the years, the annual entertainment programme is acknowledged to afford the public with a high quality mix of sights, sounds and activities aimed at stimulating the senses, and ensuring a memorable time for young and old, whilst catering for all genres. Music, in particular, plays a major part in the Royal Show; with individual events each aspiring to meet the tastes of KZN’s

eclectic demographic mix. Visitors can look forward to: • The Royal Rock Concert, featuring Ard Mathews, Dan Patlansky and Locnville on Saturday afternoon, 27 May. • The Vuma FM Concert, including amongst others Msizi Shembe, Makhosi Khozi and Linda ‘The Game’. This 3 hour event will take place on Sunday afternoon, 28 May. • Preceded by the ‘Bunny Chow Barometer’, a culinary competition between curry chefs of note, the Lotus FM Extravaganza will see a fusion of entertainment from comedy through to dancing and music, on Saturday evening, 3 June. • Commencing at 10h00, the Royal Symphony Concert on Sunday morning, 4 June, with a 90 minute performance of the full KZN Philharmonic Orchestra. With guest conductor, Richard Cock, the mix of light classics will be punctuated with the medleys of Andrew Lloyd Webber. • The RSG Concert on Sunday afternoon, 4 June, featuring Lee Vaughn, Wynand and Cheree Strydom, Anton Goosen and Robbie Wessels. • The Boerperd Provincial Championships; a full programme from Friday, 26, through Wednesday 31 May, involving all disciplines of this ‘Proudly South African’ breed. • The 2017 Royal Show will be privileged to host an international Womens tentpegging competition between the Proteas and Jordan on Thursday, 1 and Friday, 2 June. • The ‘Cattle Gold Cup Parade’ where upwards of a hundred of the crème de la crème of South Africa’s livestock will be paraded in the main arena prior to the presentation of awards. This will take place early on Wednesday evening, 31 May – at the occasion open to all promises to be a spectacular affair.

on Fire’ demonstrations, with a number of lunchtime events focused on sharing pertinent and interesting information with youngsters. • Round 2 of the Powasol Enduro-X series will – under the auspices of Motorsport South Africa – take place in the Cattle Arena on Friday, 2 through Sunday, 4 June. • The River Stage will include a mix of informative entertainment including ‘Shark Dissections‘ and the appearance of the ‘Russian Scientist’ by way of conducting a range of educational, but fun-filled experiments. • The ‘Coca-Cola Monster Activation’ on the main arena on Friday evening 2 and Saturday afternoon, 3 June, will host a combination of endure-bikes, skateboarding, BMX and Moto-Cross trials. • Also on Saturday, 3 June, the main arena will play host to the roars, bangs, thrills and spills of the ‘Mad Max’ stunt show. • The return of the Karkloof Canopy Zipline, as well as the province’s largest fun-fair; • This, and much, much more ….. The 2017 Royal Show acknowledges with appreciation its partnership with Coca-Cola Beverages and First National Bank (FNB). Affording visitors with an all-inclusive package of enjoyment, education and entertainment, the 2017 Royal Show is sure to meet expectations. Gate charges: R65 per adult R40 for children under 12 and pensioners R40 for everyone on Wednesday, 31 May

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ART IN THE PARK : 3 - 7 MAY Art in the Park is a premier outdoor art-selling exhibition where artists exhibit and sell their works direct to the public and is part of a mix of events that Pietermaritzburg City is known for. It is in its 55th year of presentation and is now transitioning from an event to a festival of note. Creative Arts College, an award winning art institute has been announced as the main sponsor of Art in the Park and commits to its development as an international calendar event. Whilst ‘fine art’ in the form of paintings remains the focal point of the festival the entire park will be occupied with other forms of art exhibitions from performing arts to digital arts, craft & production art, photography, kiddies theatre, food pavilion and many more exciting stalls and activities. It is not only a fantastic event to support due to its exciting nature, it is also one that carries a strong positive objective of development and unification through arts. Art is indeed a vehicle that has the power to change opinions and break barriers. The theme of “Art in the Park” festival is Social Cohesion and will be incorporated in many ways within the production elements of performance art and other forms. The subtheme is “Save the Rhino”, which will be especially celebrated at the kiddies area with an enthralling line up of activities for the young ones.

Art in the park is an event that will stimulate the creative fraternity as it creates awareness around art and it creates a platform for artists to showcase and sell their works, allowing them to participate in the economy. Mr Dumisani Mhlongo of the Msunduzi Pietermaritzburg Tourism Association is excited with the growth of the event and is proud to host the event at the KZN National Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg which offers a safe and secure venue. Art in the park takes place from the 3rd to the 7th of May 2017 and is certainly going to be an event that mesmerizes and captivates its audiences. Show times are as follows: Wednesday – Thursday 10h00 – 21h00 Friday – Saturday 09h00 – 22h00 Sunday – 09h00 – 1600

The CEO of Creative Arts College, Mr Kevin Palium states that “Art is one of the highest forms of expression and communication. It is also a key instrument in creating a congruent multiracial, multicultural society.”

ASHBURTON, PIETERMARITZBURG Enthusiasts from numerous clubs feature a wide variety of makes of motor cars, trucks, tractors and simply fascinating vehicles.

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At the Launch of the 55th Art in the Park (back) Lwazi Nsele (left-Chairperson Msunduzi PMB Tourism Association), Kevin Palium (CEO Creative Arts College), and (front from left) Dumisani Mhlongo (Director Msunduzi PMB Tourism Association), Siphuxolo Nqgasa (Marketing and Communications Officer KZN Botanical Gardens SANBI), Dr Raja Govender(Director, Dept of Arts and Culture KZN) and Zama Nxasana (Events coordinator Msunduzi PMB Tourism association.

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


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


SUNDAY TRIBUNE CARS IN THE PARK - 21 MAY Preparations for this year’s Sunday TRIBUNE CARS IN THE PARK, Ashburton, Pietermaritzburg, to be held on Sunday 21 May 2017, are progressing well and we look forward to another fantastic day. This extremely popular event, the largest of its kind in KZN, and the oldest of its type in the country, is a draw card for motoring enthusiasts from all over South Africa. We are having a special display of pre-1920 vehicles, 4 x 4 drives, Caledonian band, with over 1 400 other exhibits, so there is ample to see and do as you meander around the Gold Circle Ashburton Training Centre Park, an ideal setting for the event. Over 30 Vendors provide food, drinks, coffee, ice cream, etc and over 40 flea markets stands provide for an interesting shopping arena. A beer garden, live band, and a free children’s playground area certainly makes for an entertaining and fun-filled family day. Other entertainment will be provided with a lucky draw, and best club and individual display trophies. Entry fees: Adults: R 50.00 Pensioners and Children above 5: R 30.00 Children 5 to 10 get R 40.00 free playground vouchers. Gates open at 7.00am and the show closes at 4.30pm. Call Carl Habermann 082 447 3355 or email: for more information.

First Friday of every month Aintree Lodge Evening Night Market – Aintree Lodge, 31 Alice Grange Place, PMB / Tel: 033 386 7956 Every Saturday 06H00 - 10H00 Pietermaritzburg Farmer’s Market – Alexandra Park behind Harry Gwala Stadium. Contact: 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 Every Saturday & Sunday Wine Tasting. Different wines every weekend – Meander Fine Wines. Piggly Wiggly Farm Stall. R102 Dargle. Every Sat. Sun. & Public Holiday 10H00 – 17H00 Albert Falls Miniature Railway – The Horse Shoe, Albert Falls. Tel Rob 082 343 9686. 4 April The Medicine Dolls – Live in Pietermaritzburg – La Casa – The Home of Music, 5 Quarry Road, PMB 6 April Nicho’s Auspicious Occasion – Golden Horse Casino, Scottsville, PMB Contact: Mpume Tel: 079 259 6975 7 April uMgungundlovu In His Presence – Royal Agricultural Showgrounds, PMB Tickets available @ Computicket 9 April The Paul Simon Road to Graceland – The Black Lapels – Rhumbelow Theatre, Allan Wilson Shellhole, 5 Durban Road, PMB / 082 499 8636 17 April Horse & Hound 2017 – Ashburton Training Centre Organised by: Australian Shepherd South African Rescue Organisation 22 April Braai Day Shisa Nyama – C21 Private School, 401 Khan Road, PMB Tel: 033 391 5476

23 April The Long Road to Rock – The Reals – Rhumbelow Theatre, Allan Wilson Shellhole, 5 Durban Road, PMB / 082 499 8636 28 April Mixed Nationals (Ultimate Frisbee) – Howick Organised by: PMB Ultimate Frisbee – The Long Donkeys 29 April Sportsmans Trail Series - #2 Autumn Trail – Cascades MTB Park, PMB Organised by: RunTech SA / 3 May PADCA JLS Mile (Senior citizens fun walk) – Maritzburg College, PMB Organised by: PADCA / Tel: 033 345 4711 11 May KZN Tri-Training Camp (Triathlon) – St Ives, KZN Midlands. Organised by: My Training Day – 14 May A Tribute to Mama Africa – Miriam Makeba – Rhumbelow Theatre, Allan Wilson Shellhole, 5 Durban Road, PMB / 082 499 8636 21 May Sunday Tribune Cars in the Park – The Clibhouse Ashburton Race Horse Training Centre, Pope Ellis Drive, Ashburton Organised by: The Vintage Sports Car Club PMB – 26 May – 4 June The Royal Show – Royal Agricultural Showgrounds, PMB 28 May Crossroads – Eric Clapton & Friends – Rhumbelow Theatre, Allan Wilson Shellhole, 5 Durban Road, PMB / 082 499 8636

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The KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields boast the largest concentration of significant battles and war-related sites in South Africa – with 82 battlefields, museums, old fortifications and places of remembrance. But if it’s more than history you’re looking for, the Battlefields region does not disappoint, with a wide variety of activities on offer. Adventure junkies will love white water rafting down the mighty Thukela, bird watchers will delight at the variety to be seen on the Amajuba Birding Meander and all will enjoy soaking away the stress in the soothing waters of the hot springs.


For more info check out the website There are several self-drive Battlefield Routes that enable visitors to optimise their visit to this region’s historic towns and sites. Knowledgeable, friendly and accredited local guides are available and guarantee hour upon hour of captivating company. Be sure to include the Blood River Battlefield and the Ncome Zulu Cultural Museum, commemorating this 1838 battle between Voortrekker and Zulu, the Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift Battlefields to pay tribute to both the Zulu and British soldiers who lost their lives on that fateful day in 1879 during the Anglo Zulu War, and the Talana Battlefield and Museum in Dundee for an overview of the Anglo Boer War in 1899.

In 1849 a trader named James Rorke purchased land on the banks of the Buffalo River, the border between British governed Natal and independent KwaZulu – his store was known by locals as kwaJimu, Jim’s place, and trade was welcomed. He died in 1875, shortly after selling his trading post to a Norwegian Missionary, and is buried nearby. 36 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN April-May 2017

Visitors will encounter fabulous scenery, generous hospitality, and tales of great courage and endurance. These routes include options such as world-class game reserves, heritage sites, battlefields and Zulu culture and tradition, as well as stunning scenery, warm mineral fountains, fly fishing and birding. Look out for local craft shops and art galleries, many stocked with beautiful handicraft that will surely become a treasured keepsake. At the Carnegie Art Gallery in Newcastle, contemporary South African art

works can be viewed and a well-stocked shop with local craftwork and the unique Isiphethu fabric art is available. Both Thukela Ferry and Pomeroy produce fine arts and crafts. On the mountainside overlooking the breathtaking precipice of the Thukela Valley is the KwaKopi Curio Shop and community art and crafts centre that has an array of traditional beadwork, pottery and woven grass products, and includes a workshop area for local artists. At Kwakunje, at the Talana Museum in Dundee, visitors are invited to experience Zulu cultural life as it was and see how it is changing. They are able to interact with the crafters, guides and storytellers and are soon steeped in the mystique of the traditional way of life and how it has adapted over time to meet the demands of outside and progressive forces.


AMAJUBA DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY Tel: 034 329 7200 Newcastle Office Tel: 034 315 3318 E-mail: Utrecht Museum Tel: 034 331 3249 E-mail:

DUNDEE TOURISM Tel: 034 212 2121x2262 E-mail: GREYTOWN MUSEUM Tel: 033 413 9124

UMZINYATHI DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY Tel: 034 219 1500 E-mail: Msinga Office Tel: 033 493 0761 E-mail:

UTRECHT TOURISM Gerhardt Smook (Vise-Chairperson) Cell:082 856 2973 Email: Marissa Venter (Secretary) Cell:082 782 7552 Email:

BATTLEFIELDS ROUTE Tel: 082 802 1643

LADYSMITH TOURISM Tel: 036 637 2992 E-mail:

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN BATTLEFIELDS APRIL - MAY 3-7 April National Hot Air Balloon Championship Newcastle / Tel: Johan – 082 923 0078 14 April Lianie May by Bloedrivier (Afrikaans musiek) – Blood River, near Dundee Hilgard Muller – 082 551 2487 14-16 April Afro-jazz, Soul & Funk (Live Music) – Kw@ntu Village, Corner of Voor- and Loop Street, Utrecht Tel: Qalokuhle Gabela - 071 182 0613 26-29 April Newcastle Winter Festival – Newcastle Show Grounds / Sekekamer 034 312 2959 27-29 April Afro-rock, Soul & Funk (Live Music) – Kw@ntu Village, Corner of Voor- and Loop Street, Utrecht Tel: Qalokuhle Gabela - 071 182 0613 29 April Uelzen Church Bazaar – Uelzen Pastor Brumer – 034 393 1230 Morning Market – The Vine Coffee Shop, Corner of Voor- and Loop Street, Utrecht Tel: Lisia Botha – 082 774 8591 Gajiga Run #7 (Obstacle Race) – Newcastle Tel: 082 330 3235 April – date to be confirmed

Eventide Golf Day – Eventide Email: / Tel: 034 212 1473 5-7 May Zingela Trail Run – 3 Bloukrans Street, Weenen Battlefields Fly-in – Battlefields Country Lodge / Tel: 034 218 1641 / 082 953 6195 8-12 May Talana Museum – Free Schools Week – Talana Museum, Victoria St, Dundee, Tel: 034 212 2654 12-14 May National Off-Road (SANORA) – Battlefields Country Lodge Tel: 034 218 1641 / 082 953 6195 14 May Mother’s Day Lunch – Oppieplaas Lapa, Utrecht Tel: Marissa Solms – 082 782 7552 27 May Morning Market – The Vine Coffee Shop, Corner of Voor- and Loop Street, Utrecht Tel: Lisia Botha – 082 774 8591 JP Sharky Tournament – Utrecht High School, Utrecht Tel: SJ van der Merwe – 076 813 8811 May – date to be confirmed Dundee Air Show – At the Airfield

CARNEGIE ART GALLERY (Newcastle Municipality CBD Tuesday-Friday 0900-17 00 Saturday 0900-12 30

The contemporary collection of art reflects the diverse cultural, social and political experience that has shaped the country. It includes paintings, sculptures, ceramics, fibre art, beadwork, weaving and wooden carvings by critically acclaimed South African artists. The gallery holds regular temporary exhibitions and has an active outreach programme. It organises workshops on a variety of practical artistic skills. Every quarterly we have Art Craft Fair for sale and variety of Music. Recently we have this group Roots Grown Deep by Karabo Joe Elliott & Ntando Mbatha. Present exhibition: Reviving Traditional Art Exhibition. Upcoming exhibition: Melting Pot art exhibition.

NEWCASTLE MUNICIPALITY Carnegie Art Gallery, Voortrekker Street (behind Standard Bank) Newcastle Phumzile Dlamini-Curator/Eric Kubheka- Museum Assistant 034 328 7622 Email: | Website:


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Just north of Durban, and a stone’s throw from the King Shaka International Airport, is the Zulu Kingdom’s North Coast, also known as the Dolphin Coast. This region offers luxury, beauty, sport and history – an unspoilt natural environment with a lush tropical coastline and the warm Indian Ocean. It is a malaria-free region of infinite beaches and gentle rolling hills covered in sugar cane, a place to indulge the senses – with sublime spas, great restaurants and a buzzing nightlife.


For more info check out the website The Dolphin Coast shoreline offers a perfect combination of golden beaches and sheltered coves for the definitive beach pleasure experience – sun, surf, fishing and snorkelling. This is the playground of bottlenose dolphins, which frolic in the waters close to shore and are visible all year round. Explore pristine estuaries and coastal forest or a one of the many nature reserves. Adventure activities abound within a few minutes of the seafront, along with crocodile and animal farms for the curious-minded.

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The region’s natural setting provides opportunities for a number of outdoor adventures, from horse riding and hiking, surfing and fishing, to mountain biking and micro-lighting. Or tee off on one of the North Coast’s excellent golf courses. Keen golfers will appreciate the sweeping fairways of Umhlali’s golf course at the Umhlali country club – its water holes often attract antelope and zebra, and the exotic palm trees give it a tropical feel. The internationally-designed Zimbali Golf Course, which is amongst the top courses in South Africa in terms of the ultimate golfing experience, is a must visit to any keen golfer accepting the challenges

of narrow fairways and bunkers surrounding the greens. A fascinating cultural mix exists in this region, created by the subsequent waves of adventurers moving into the area - from the arrival of colonialists, the French Mauritian sugar cane growers, to the indentured Indian labourers. For culture and history, visit historic battle sites such as the Ultimatum Tree, Ndondakusuka or Fort Pearson, or visit the burial place of the great Zulu King at Kwa-Dukuza. Zulu hospitality is warm and the people friendly, and they are proud to show you their heritage. This region is also home to a large Indian community, so look out for their temples, sample their spicy foods or shop for fresh produce at any of the numerous markets. Or for an elegant touch, buy yourself or a lady you know, one of the beautiful saris to be found in the region.

W H A T, W H E R E & W H E N - A P R I L- M A Y Daily Microlight flights in Ballito - Ballito Microlight School Bookings essential Tel: 082 659 5550

8 April Gangs of Ballet – The Shed, The Litchi Orchard, Seaforth Ave, Salt Rock / 032 525 5118

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

7 May Deloitte Challenge Marathon & Half Marathon – Lifestyle Centre, Ballito Tel: Barry Holland – 083 252 0691

1 April & 6 May Foodies Market (local artisanal products) – Ballito Lifestyle Centre, outside Zara’s Coffee Shop, Ballito

14 May Mango Groove Live (Marriott Ballito Beats) – Sugar Rush Park, Ballito

8 April & 13 May The Litchi Orchard Farmers Market – Seaforth Ave, Salt Rock / 032 525 5118

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

21 May Gajiga Run #8 (Obstacle Race) – Holla Trails, Collisheen Estate, Ballito Tel: 082 330 3235

6 April Easter Scavenger Hunt – Burnedale Farm, Salt Rock Road, Ballito Organised by: Epic Child Ballito / Email:

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The Drakensberg Mountains, reaching 3,000 metres above sea level, are part of the 243,000 hectare uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, which was added to the World Heritage Site list in 2000. The Zulu name, uKhahlamba, meaning ‘barrier of spears’ and the Afrikaans name, Drakensberge, meaning ‘dragon mountains’, aptly describe this awe inspiring region – UNESCO described it as having ‘exceptional natural beauty in its soaring basaltic buttresses, incisive dramatic cutbacks, and golden sandstone ramparts’.


2017 marks the 50th anniversary of when the Tungay family opened their farm in the central KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg to the first group of boys of the now world famous Drakensberg Boys Choir. These 50 years have seen much growth and success, and the boys are often referred to as ‘South Africa’s singing Ambassadors’.

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For more info check out the website The Southern Drakensberg offers visitors a wealth of outdoor activities, from trout fishing and hiking to 4x4 excursions traverse the highest pass-road in South Africa by 4x4… don’t forget your passport! This route takes visitors along the upper Mkomazana River up Sani Pass and into Lesotho (2,874 metres above sea-level). Or experience the awesome Drakensberg on horseback, rom hour-long rides in the foothills to a three-day expedition into Lesotho in the safe hands of a local guide and a sure-footed Basotho pony. Love local music? Then head to the Splashy Fen music festival in Underberg over the Easter weekend (13-16 April) for breath-taking mountain views, a variety of local music and a great festival vibe – from craft market, kids entertainment and a trail running course to artisan food and craft beer. The Central Drakensberg is a mecca for the adventurous and offers a number of options… take the challenge of one on the many rock-climbing routes in the central Drakensberg, or feel the adrenalin rush provided by abseiling, kloofing and white water rafting. Or take a helicopter ride to view the majestic peaks from above – a great ‘wow’ experience to include in any itinerary. For a spot of history and culture, seek out ancient Bushman rock art, evidence

of the San people who lived in the area in ancient times. Experience the magic of MUSIC IN THE MOUNTAINS as you listen to the Drakensberg Boys Choir perform - in the words of the late Mr Harry Oppenheimer “For me there is no sound more uplifting, or more emotive that that of a boys’ choir... it reaches into the soul, and refreshes and stimulates the heart and mind. It gives voice to our hopes, and invigorates our worthier aspirations.” The Northern Drakensberg is home to the spectacular Amphitheatre, the source of the uThukela River which plunges some 950 metres over the edge of the Mont-auxSources plateau in spectacular fashion. The Mnweni Cultural and Hiking Centre offers a glimpse into local culture and the option to purchase hand crafted goods and medicinal plants. The centre also provides accommodation, very useful as a base from which to explore the mountains, and a range of activities including hiking, swimming, canoeing, horse riding, and bird watching.



DRAKENSBERG BOYS CHOIR Through the years the DBCS has had its many supporters, sponsors, donors and friends to thank for its current success and growth. The DBCS opened its doors in 2017 to 116 boys, just 10 short of the School’s plan some years back of “Booked Out” and the goal of 126 boys.

• Outdoor Lapa & Superb Restaurant with Cosy Pub • Half Board or Self Catering Chalets with TV • Caravan & Campsites with electric and TV points • Two swimming pools, waterslide and paddling pool • Tennis Court, Volley Ball & Playground • Hiking, Canoeing, Fishing, Horse riding

The DBCS also celebrates the 10th anniversary of what is now the Ashley-Botha Wing, the school’s academic wing, which was funded entirely by outside funders and opened on 23 January 2007.

Tel: 036 468 1031 | Fax: 036 468 1104 Email: | www.

This year sees the construction of a muchneeded kitchen, dining room, laundry facility.

Central Drakensberg Information Centre

This magnificent mountain sanctuary, a World Heritage site, is renowned for its rich fauna & flora, Bushman rock art, Zulu culture, Anglo-Boer War history, hiking paths, challenging climbs, and dramatic landscapes. Accommodation bookings for selected venues. Local tours & travel advice.

KZN Drakensberg and Beyond Tel: +27 36 488 1207 | Fax: +27 36 488 1846 Email: | Website:

APRIL-MAY EVENTS Every Wednesday, starting 22 February Drakensberg Boys Choir – Live in Concert – Drakensberg Boys Choir School, Dragon Peaks, KZN Central Drakensberg Tickets – 1 April Crystal Kings Fun Day – Kokstad Oval, Kokstad, Southern Drakensberg Organised by: Chrystal Kings M.C.C. / Tel: Colin Napier 082 569 9457 Arthur Creswell Memorial Ultra Marathon & Half Marathon – Bergville Farmers Hall, Bergville. Tel Lincoln – 079 361 0874 8 April Royal Drak MTB – All Out Adventures, Northern Drakensberg Hosted by: Drakensberg Trails – www. / info@alloutadventures. / Tel: 082 406 8980 Mountain Camp (trail running event) – Injasuti, KZN Drakensberg Organised by: Trail Magazine – / 031 261 6133 13-17 April Splashy Fen Festival – Underberg, Southern Drakensberg. / / Tel: 083 456 8435 14-16 April Rookdale Easter Cup (soccer & netball tournament) – Rookdale, Bergville 17-19 March Choir Adventure Weekend – Drakensberg Boys Choir School, Dragon Peaks, KZN Central Drakensberg Tickets – 17-21 April Mountains & Hills Adventures – Springfield Road, Winterton Organised by: Ngibela – Let’s Ride, Adventure Horse Tours / Tel: 083 601 4187 27-30 April Drakensberg Boys Choir – Music in the Mountains – Drakensberg Boys Choir School, Dragon Peaks, KZN Central Drakensberg Tickets – 28-29 April Drakensberg Rock Jumper Trail Run / Ultra Trail Drakensberg 100km / Giants Cup Uncut – Sani Pass Hotel, Southern Drakensberg Tel: Spurgeon Flemington – 082 329 7737 5-7 May Yoga & Hiking Retreat – Didima Lodge, Cathedral Peak, KZN Central Drakensberg 19-20 May Giants Cup 2 Day Trail Run – Sani Pass Hotel, Southern Drakensberg Tel: Matt Goode– 072 907 3818 20-21 May ITEC Oxpecker Trail Run – Yellow-Billed – Winterton, Central Drakensberg / Tel: Spoen Green – 079 043 7678 27-28 May ITEC Oxpecker Trail Run – Red-Billed – Winterton, Central Drakensberg / Tel: Spoen Green – 079 043 7678 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN April-May 2017 41



Subtropical forests, blue lagoons, golden beaches, rocky coves, the warm Indian Ocean and sunny weather – this is what makes the South Coast such a popular destination. This coastline is a haven of unique and less-explored places, set amidst rolling hills and fringed by palm fronds and wild strelitzias. The outdoor pursuits range from golf to hiking, mountain biking, diving, fishing, whale watching and a range of activities in between.


The Red Desert, which is barely 200 metres across, is reputed to be the smallest desert in the world. Located just outside Port Edward and surrounded by lush subtropical vegetation, this unique area offers visitors a tiny version of the Arizona Desert with its miniature hills and valleys created in the rich red sand. 42 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN April-May 2017

For more info check out the website South Coast beaches, seven of which have been awarded international Blue Flag status, offer something for everyone, golden sands, tidal pools and beaches for swimming, surfing and sunbathing – and the perfect location for Easter beach fun. Think beach games and Easter bunnies, music and markets. And if that isn’t enough, Easter is closely followed by Africa’s premier motorcycle and music festival, the SOUTH COAST BIKE FEST. The biking elite will be heading for Margate to enjoy what is being billed as SA biggest biking music lifestyle festival featuring top headline bands, 3 festival stages, 8 festival bars and motorcycle dealership decks from around the country. So grab your gear and get ready to party as four days of extreme action sports and the hottest music acts will have Margate and surrounds rocking with jam-packed entertainment to #fuelyourfun. Visitors are sure to be in for a treat! Beyond the festivities there are crocodile farms, banana plantations, candle factories and handmade crafts all adding to the feast of local produce and activities… Savour the macadamia nuts or strong aroma of freshly ground coffee – locally grown, harvested and

processed at the Beaver Creek Coffee Estate. The adventurous will enjoy the varying degrees of thrills available at the Oribi Gorge… from mountain biking and hiking, to suspension bridges, the gorge swing the world’s highest abseiling site and, in the rainy season (November to April), whitewater rafting. Scuba diving is a popular sport with excellent deep-sea diving areas at Aliwal Shoal and Protea Banks - this kilometre-long underwater wonderland attracts not only a wide variety of fish, but also up to 12 different shark species including many oceanic black tip sharks. Also known as the ‘Golf Coast’, this scenic region has a comprehensive selection of attractive and challenging golf courses. All in all, there are 10 well-loved courses situated close to or directly alongside the Indian Ocean.

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W H A T, W H E R E & W H E N S O U T H C O A S T - A P R I L- M A Y To advertise your EVENTS please send dates and info to:

UGU SOUTH COAST TOURISM Head Office: Tel: 039 682 7944 Website: Regional Information Office Tel: 039 315 5168 Margate Tel: 039 312 2322 E-mail: Shelly Beach Tel: 039 315 7069/315 5168 E-mail: Scottburgh Tel: 039 976 1364 E-mail: Self-Catering Holiday Apartments. Spacious. Serviced. Open balconies. Stunning seaviews. Close to Main Beach. Near Shopping Centre, Restaurants, Sport Facilities, Scuba Diving, Excellent Golf Courses and Bowling Greens. RCI Silver Crown Resort 2014

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Pearly Shells Pearly Shells is ideally situated in the lovely seaside resort of Scottburgh. Comfortable spacious apartments all with superb views of the lagoon and sea. Within walking distance to safe bathing, a tidal pool, super tube, and mini golf course for family fun. There are one, two and three bedroom units each with a bath and separate shower. The two and three bedroom units each have an extra bathroom. Open plan kitchen, dining, lounge area with open balcony. DSTV Bouquet. Secured covered parking. 44 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN April-May 2017

Every Tuesday and Thursday 5km Trail run/Walk – Silver Beach, Port Edward Contact Clayton Bekker - Tel: 082 332 5032 / Every Saturday Uvongo Park Run 5km route – St Michaels Beach @ 8h00 (and it’s free). Scottburgh Flea Market – at the corner Arbuthnot & Williamson St. Tel: 082 932 5986 Mike Every Saturday- Sunday Uvongo Flea Market – Uvongo. 082 800 9236 Every 2nd Saturday Monthly Natural History Talks at Croc World Conservation Centre. 039 976 1103 Nolean 2 April Deep House Sunday – De Novo Lodge, Banners Rest, Port Edward. Sarah - 083 503 5056 Trail Run Event – Rocky Bay. 039 976 0336 8 April KZNRRC – Dezzi Raceway, District Road D440, Shelly Beach. Elisna Barnard – 039 685 4100 1-11 April Easter Bonanza – St Michaels Beach (1-2 April); Port Edward Beach (3-4 April); Hibberdene Beach (5-6 April); Southport Beach (7-8 April); Sunwich Port Beach (9-10); Ramsgate Beach (11,16 April) / Tel: 039 976 1364 14-17 April Easter Beach Bonanza (beach activities & live music) – Scottburgh Beach Easter Fever – Margate Beach, Uvongo Beach / Tel: 039 976 1364 Dezzi Raceway Easter Events - Dezzi Raceway, District Road D440, Shelly Beach Tel: Elisna Barnard – 039 685 4100 16 April De Novo Lodge Easter Family Festival – Banners Rest, Port Edward. 083 503 5056 Scottburgh Easter Egg-Stravaganza (Market) – Scottburgh. Joan Harris – 082 785 5125 21-29 April Joberg 2c (MTB Event) – JHB to Scottburgh Beach. www. 23 April Wild Coast Golf Tournament – Wild Coast Resort Tel: Annette Thorold – 082 443 9624 27-30 April South Coast Bike Fest (#SCBF2017) – Margate Beach, Margate. www. / Tel: Vicky Wentzel – 082 812 7944 28-29 April Dezzi Festival of Speed – South Coast Bike Fest - Dezzi Raceway, District Road D440, Shelly Beach Tel: Elisna Barnard – 039 685 4100 30 April South Coast EnduroX – Dezzi Raceway, District Road D440, Shelly Beach – 071 524 9652

May Day – Lynton Hall Tel: Joan Harris – 082 785 5125 1 May Hibiscus Coast Ultra Marathon – Ugu Sports & Leisure Centre, Gamalakhe – Kim Jones – 084 511 7651 6 May Ingeli Sky Marathon – Ingeli Tel: Donna Louw – 083 886 9905 7 May Deep House Sunday – De Novo Lodge, Banners Rest, Port Edward. Sarah - 083 503 5056 9-13 May Sani 2c (MTB Event) – Sani Pass to Scottburgh Beach. / Judy – 083 533 4976 13 May Dezzi Time Attack - Dezzi Raceway, District Road D440, Shelly Beach. Elisna – 039 685 4100 20 May KZNRRC – Dezzi Raceway, District Road D440, Shelly Beach. Elisna Barnard – 039 685 4100 26-27 May SuperDrift – Dezzi Raceway, District Road D440, Shelly Beach. Elisna Barnard – 039 685 4100 28 May Wild Coast Golf Tournament – Wild Coast Resort Tel: Annette Thorold – 082 443 9624 Upcoming Events: Bitter - Sweet MTB Challenge - Rocky Bay Resorts. Contact for date and further details: Lodge Reception: 039 976 0336. Lake Eland Quattro classic - Lake Eland. Contact for date and further details: Mandie Stander on 079 493 7499.



The Elephant Coast incorporates the best of both land and sea safari experiences with its world-class conservation areas that include the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first proclaimed World Heritage Site, and Africa’s oldest game reserve, the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. Natural and cultural diversity abound in this narrow strip of land, approximately 200 kilometers long and just 70 kilometers wide, and home to an incredible 21 different ecosystems.

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The iSimangaliso Wetland Park provides permanent employment for 96 previously disadvantaged women and men from neighbouring communities to patrol and clean the coastal zone. Plastic in our oceans and on our beaches is detrimental to marine life and was recently implicated in the death of a washed up humpback whale.

For more info check out the website This diversity included a range of habitats - from dense evergreen forests of towering fig trees, swamp forests with tangled masses of greenery and thick coastal forest to mountainous sand dunes, pristine beaches and a healthy marine eco-system. Add to this the African bushveld with its thorn trees and abundance of wildlife, and you’ve got a destination offering a wealth of activities and experiences. There are dozens of game reserves, beautiful beaches, deep sea fishing and diving on a number of reefs, mountain trails, cultural activities and historical sites. Not only is the HluhluweiMfolozi Park credited with saving the once endangered white rhino, but it is also home to many species of antelope as well as large populations of elephant, buffalo and giraffe, and predators such as the lion, cheetah and the elusive leopard. There are also a number of private game reserves in the region that offer wildlife activities and experiences in addition to offering fabulous ‘bush wedding’ and conference facilities.

and coastal forests that is home to about 250 species of bird. The pristine beaches in the region are the nesting ground of sea turtles that come to shore from October and December to lay their eggs – hatching occurs between December and March and is a memorable sight that is closely monitored by resident researchers. The town of St Lucia, located on the shores of the St Lucia Estuary, is surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. With its lakes, lagoons, freshwater swamps and grasslands, the Isimangaliso Wetland Park supports more species of animal than many of the better known parks and deltas in Southern Africa. Whale watching is a popular activity, when from June to November the humpback whales migrate from their summer feeding grounds close to the poles, to warmer water for winter breeding. Other activities include game viewing, lake cruises, walking trails, horseback trails and canoe trips.

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TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICES MTUBATUBA / ST LUCIA LED & Tourism Officer: Smangenle Zondi 035 550 0069 CTO Chairperson: Colin Riley 082 492 0932 Email: HLUHLUWE LED & Tourism Officer: Jabulani Myeni 078 428 8098 Email:

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN IN THE ELEPHANT COAST APRIL-MAY Weather permitting Whale and dolphin watching - with legal permit holders only with Advantage Cruiser from Durban , St Lucia , Sodwana Bay or Richardsbay. Every weekday & Saturday 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, 083 487 2762. Sunday 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. R20000pp – children under 12 half price; toddlers under 2yrs, no charge. SUNDAY mornings ( out of peak season ) we have a special rate for our 10h and 12h cruise : R150-00pp. Kids UNDER 12yrs half price , UNDER 2yrs no charge. Contact: 035 590 1259, 035 590 1180, 083 487 2762. UPCOMING EVENTS: 7-9 July iSimangaliso St Lucia Half Marathon, Fun Run and Walk – St Lucia/iSimangaliso Wetland Park / Tel: Thandi – 083 230 5820 17-20 August iSimangaliso MTB 4 Day – iSimangaliso Wetland Park / Tel: 035 590 1633

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UMHLABUYALINGANA (Kosi Bay to Sodwana Bay) LED Officer: Raphael Mhhonto 035 592 0680 CTO Chairperson: Janice Dodkins 083 459 4222 Email:



The Zululand region comprises the ‘Zululand Coast’ and the inland area generally referred to as the ‘Heart of the Zulu Kingdom’. The Zululand Coast’s golden shores are gently caressed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, offering idyllic beaches and crystal clear waters. Stretching inland are endless rolling hills, meandering valleys, as well as grassy plains teaming with wildlife. Forest sanctuaries and misty mountain peaks create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility – interrupted only by a plethora of birdcalls. The fascinating culture of the Zulu people, rich in tradition and symbolism, is visibly evident in this captivating region.


For more info check out the website Not only is the ‘Zululand Coast’ gateway to some of KwaZulu-Natal’s finest game reserves, but it also offers excellent bird watching opportunities. The Umlalazi Nature Reserve and the Raphia Palm Monument in Mtunzini, as well as the nearby Ongoye Forest are popular. So are the Dlinza Forest and Aerial Boardwalk in Eshowe… be sure to hire a Birdlife SA local guide to make the most of each opportunity. A visit to the Fort Nongqayi Museum Village takes you back to a time when the three turreted fort housed the barefoot Zulu police (the Nongqayi) whose task it was to protect the British administration after the AngloZulu War. Enjoy a cuppa tea in a 19th century corrugated iron settler’s house and shop for locally made Zulu craft.

The harbour city of Richards Bay is a fascinating blend of industrial-, eco- and cultural-tourism and offers all the implied delights of a beachfront mini-metropolis in the midst of this nature-lover’s dream. The Tuzi Gazi Waterfront is situated west of the beaches and offers accommodation as well as numerous shops, pubs, restaurants and walk-on moorings that add to the vibrant atmosphere.

The quite country town of Eshowe is also known for its craft beer and music – pop into the Zululand Brewery for a pint of Zulu Blonde, catch one of the regular musical performances or if make special trip for The Great Zululand Music Festival (20-23 April). Featuring 12 bands across three venues over the weekend, this festival is sure to be a hit with music lovers.

The ‘Heart of The Zulu Kingdom’ echoes the past in many ways and is a reminder of the rich history of Zululand which has nurtured the growth and development of the Zulu nation. This land also witnessed one of the greatest challenges to the supremacy of the British Empire during the tragic but heroic days of the Anglo-Zulu War. But the ’Heart of the Zulu Kingdom’ is more than just a place. It is where the visitor to Zululand can feel its powerful presence in the people’s immense pride in their own heritage and culture... from the Seven Kings, who lie buried at the eMakhosini Ophathe Heritage Park, to the Big Five. There is an extensive network of nature reserves and game parks ensuring an abundance of flora and fauna to delight the visitor – from several hundred bird species, many species of antelope, hippo, cheetah, giraffe to the Big Five...lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino.

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TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICES ZULULAND DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY Tel: 035 870 1130 | 035 874 5500 E-mail: ULUNDI TOURISM Tel: 072 748 4250 | Fax: 035 874 5831 PAULPIETERSBURG TOURISM Edumbe Local Council Tel: 034 995 1650 X229 Fax: 034 995 1192

E-mail: Website: UMHLATHUZE TOURISM Richards Bay/Empangeni Tel: 035 907 5018 Fax: 035 907 5000 E-mail:

VRYHEID TOURISM Abaqulusi Local Council E-mail: Tel: 034 982 2133 X2229 Fax: 034 982 3497

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

NONGOMA TOURISM Nongoma Local Council Tel: 035 831 7517 | Fax: 035 831 3153 Cell: 079 936 5163

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

UPHONGOLO TOURISM Tel: 034 413 1223 | Fax: 034 413 1706 | Cell: 084 728 8974 E-mail: UTHUNGULU DISTRICT MUNICIPALITY P/Bag x 1025, Richards Bay 3900 Tel: 035 799 2500 Fax: 035 7898176

JOZINI – LEMBOMBO CTO LED: S Mabaso Tourism Officer: Bobby Mavimbela 082 216 5744 CTO Chairperson: Abednigo Nzuza 072 431 1182 Email:

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN APRIL-MAY Daily Assorted Trails & Tours (from 2 - 8 hours) Kwa Mahleka Farm Packhouse, Eshowe. 035 474 Fort Nongqayi Museum Village, Eshowe - Zululand Historical and Vukani Zulu Cultural Museums, KZN Papermakers (paper from sugar cane), Beautiful Things Gallery, Restaurant, newly opened Eshowe Butterfly Dome. All tours guided. Tel 035 474 2281 or 035 464 5274. Dlinza Forest Aerial Boardwalk and forest trails with qualified Birding Guides. Contact: Mrs Shelley Stuart 035 474 4029. E-mail Every Weekday You are invited to visit rural upliftment projects - such as The Jinindomyama Skills centre, The Rotary Eshowe Action Group project (over 2000 classrooms built to date) and the Zulu Papermaking Project (paper from sugar cane leaves). Mbongolwane Wetlands Project. Tel. Graham Tel: 082 492 6918. Every Wednesday & Sunday Afternoon Kwa Makhethleni Healing Ceremonies (sangoma) - rural Eshowe. Real experience in rural Zululand. Tel. Graham Chennels. Tel: 082 492 6918. Every Weekend Zulu Weddings and Coming of Age Ceremonies. You are invited to join us in attending regular weekend functions in the Eshowe area. These are real like experiences in rural Zululand. Tel Graham Chennels. Tel: 082 492 6918. Every weekend (subject to availability) Golf and Beer Weekends - Eshowe. or call 082 775 9998 for details. Every third week of every month for 4 days Royal Nguni Cattle Sale and Mona Market, Nongoma 20-23 April The Great Zululand Music Festival – Eshowe Tel: The George Hotel – 035 474 4919 22 April World Book Day Sale – Boardwalk, Inkwazi Shopping Centre, Richards Bay. Organised by: Zululand Hospice Association 23 April Outing to Umlalazi Nature Reserve with tree expert Richard Boon – Mtunzini Organised by: Botanical Society of SA, KZN Coastal Branch – / Tel: 031 201 5111 20 May New Woman Talk Show 2016 – Empangeni

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KwaBulawayo is where King Shaka established his military headquarters and it was here that he was betrayed by Mzlilkazi KaMashobane. KwaBulawayo is an ideal venue for morning, afternoon or evening cultural experience. Enjoy traditional dance and meals, visit a Sangoma and learn more about the rich history of KwaBulawayo and other nearby heritage sites such as the grave of King Shaka’s Mother, Queen Nandi, or just sit back and enjoy the Zululand sunset. GETTING THERE

CONTACT Mobile: +27 83 215 1785 Kwamaqhwakazi, Eshowe, P230 Road Email: www.

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