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Feb-March 2017

The great

MOSCOW CIRCUS comes to town

Spotlight on Entertainment Love

& Romance

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Fun & Adventure

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CONTENTS HIGHLIGHTS................................. 4 FAMILY FUN & ADVENTURE.......... 6

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LOVE & ROMANCE IN KZN............. 8 SPOTLIGHT ON ENTERTAINMENT...13 DURBAN...................................... 17 PMB/MIDLANDS..........................25 ZULULAND..................................27 BATTLEFIELDS.............................29 NORTH COAST.............................32 DRAKENSBERG........................... 34 SOUTH COAST..............................36 ELEPHANT COAST........................39


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SANIBONANI and Welcome to the Exceptional Zulu Kingdom

As this is our first issue of the year, I would like to take this opportunity to convey my most heartfelt and warmest greetings to all our wonderful readers, and wish everyone a prosperous and successful 2017. Once again, we had a successful holiday season, and for that I would also like to extend my appreciation to the tourism trade that ensures our holidaymakers continue to receive great service when visiting us. Furthermore, a big thank you goes to the people of KZN for being exceptional hosts and continuing to share their warmth with our visitors year after year. The tourism sector continues to thrive because each one of us plays a vital role in positioning KZN as the must-visit tourism destination. The Zulu Kingdom has a number of breathtaking spots, ideal for a romantic getaway for two, which makes us the perfect destination this Valentine’s Day. Go on our website to see some amazing specials that our trade partners have put together to ensure that you and your loved one have the memorable time without breaking the bank. 2017 will be an action packed year with exciting events all year round. Major events will continue to be a key contributor to the economy of the province, and again this year we will have a full calendar of exciting events ranging from sports to music awards and many more. We are getting ready to welcome thousands of sporting enthusiasts from all over the country for the Aquelle Midmar Mile happening from 11-12 February, and the FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon from 16-18 February. We encourage all participants and supporters also to take some time for a short drive and explore some of the fascinating tourist attractions in the surrounding areas. If we spot you on social media exploring KZN during this time, you might win yourself an amazing prize. For the fifth consecutive year, the music fraternity will once again head into KwaZuluNatal for the biggest awards show in the country, the 16th Metro FM Music Awards, which will be held at the Durban ICC on 25 February 2017. We plan to take full advantage of our partnership with Metro FM, which is one of the biggest radio stations in the country, boasting over 4 million listeners countrywide. We will be rolling out a series of activations showcasing our tourism 2

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offerings, through live broadcasts leading to the awards ceremony. Metro FM radio personalities will get first-hand experience of our destination and give their listeners a front row seat. The Human Rights Day holiday on 21 March 2017, will also give you another chance to take a long weekend break to the Zulu Kingdom. We encourage you always to plan your holidays well in advance to take advantage of specials on flights and accommodation. We are thrilled that KZN has added two new airlines landing directly at King Shaka International Airport. Air Namibia started flying to King Shaka International Airport via Gaberone from 30 October 2016. Air Seychelles will also commence its direct flights from 30 March 2017. These airlines are joining a number of other top airlines that have already established themselves here in KZN. This is huge vote of confidence from our airline partners in terms of how KZN continues to grow. This will give KZN more opportunities to grow its international tourist arrivals and open new markets. As always, we encourage you to keep us posted on all our social media platforms if you are in our neck of the woods. We are always on the lookout for amazing pictures of our visitors enjoying the Zulu Kingdom, so always remember to #GottaLuvKZN. If your picture grabs our attention, you might win yourself an exceptional Zulu Kingdom holiday and your picture will be used on our next marketing campaign. Join the conversation with us on Facebook (KZNTourism), Instagram (@tourismkzn_ official), Twitter (@Tourism KZN), YouTube (KwaZulu-Natal Tourism Authority) and Pintrest (KZN Tourism).



Accommodation Guide

Meetings Industry Guide

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Tourism Tattler

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Travellers Tips

KZN Travel Guide

Wedding Planner



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FEB-MARCH HIGHLIGHTS 11-12 February MIDMAR MILE Midmar Resort, Howick / 0861 643627

16-18 Feb 06:00 DUSI CANOE MARATHON The 120km Dusi is the continent’s largest river marathon, attracting top international paddlers and teams – Camp’s Drift (PMB) to Durban’s Blue Lagoon. (033 394 9994)

3-5 Mar NJW BRIDAL SHOW The province’s largest wedding and function exhibition showcases more than 120 suppliers and hosting around 4 000 visitors annually – Durban Exhibition Centre. (031 572 3831) 4 Mar 100% PHOLA PICNIC Fun for the whole family with live music, braai facilities, kiddies’ play area and water sport facilities – Inanda Dam & Resort. (072 390 7278)

18 Feb 18:00 Kaizer Chiefs vs Highlands Park – Moses Mabhida Stadium

25 Feb 16TH METRO FM MUSIC AWARDS Durban ICC. (031 360 1000)

4-12 Mar THE GREAT MOSCOW CIRCUS This world-famous circus features superstars from Russia and around the world, including clowns, acrobats, balancers, jugglers and more (no animal acts) – The Mighty Big Top, Suncoast.

7-17 March ROYAL MOSCOW BALLET at the Playhouse Durban Royal Moscow Ballet will be returning to South Africa in March 2017 with a brilliant program: “Tribute to Great Russia Composer Sergei Rachmaninov, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Aleksander Borodin”

18-21 Mar DECOREX DURBAN KZN’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition features a vibrant selection of inspired trends – Durban Exhibition Centre. RUGBY 11 Mar 19:30 Cell C Sharks vs Waratahs 18 Mar 19:30 Cell C Sharks vs Southern Kings Growthpoint Kings Park Stadium (031 308 8400)

3 - 5 MARCH 2017 DURBAN EXHIBITION CENTRE Our visitors enjoy the show experience for the attention to detail, entertainment and wide range of suppliers from decor, flowers, music, catering, invites, gifts, designers, make-up, bridal wear, legalities, venue, photography, video, and anything else function related.... THE NWJ BRIDAL & EVENTS SHOW is KZN’s largest wedding and events exhibition showcasing over 120 suppliers and hosting around 4000 visitors annually. 4

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Love and Romance in the Zulu Kingdom


“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” - Victor Hugo, which is probably why, no matter our age or season in life, we still like to celebrate the month of February and the 14th as Valentine’s Day. WE HAVE SOURCED SOME STUNNING AND ROMANTIC DESTINATIONS FOR YOU TO BROWSE AND HOPEFULLY SPEND TIME AT WITH THE SPECIAL ONE IN YOUR LIFE…ENJOY.

LIFE is not measured by the breaths we take but by the MOMENTS that take your breath away.

Amoré Package

A romantic evening for two love-birds indulging in pampering sessions and the enjoyment of delicious food! Package Includes: • One night accommodation including breakfast • 3 Course dinner • Royal Zulu Bath • Ndlovu Deep Tissue Massage • Phumuza iKhanda Massage (Head Massage) • Romantic Turndown

Weekend Rate (Fri & Sat School and Pub Hols)

Midweek Rate (Sun - Thurs)


R 2 730.00


R 2 365.00


R 4 810.00


R 4 130.00

Fordoun Hotel and Spa offers luxury 5 Star Accommodation in Nottingham Road in the scenic KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, at the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg.

Nottingham Road, Midlands | Email: | Tel: +27 (0) 33 266 6217 | Cell: +27 (0) 74 112 4584


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“SERVICE” IS EVERYTHING • Exceptionally trained in all “service” levels • Hospitality minded and Guest Focused • Pleasing and obliging • Wide smiles • Experienced, Professional and Reliable • White Glove • Hourly rates HOSPITALITY STAFFING FOR ALL OCCASIONS 031 5732066/2076

Feel at Home When You’re Away Close Proximity to King Shaka International Airport Mid Way between Umhlanga and Ballito Private and beautifully appointed rooms with own access Small Conferencing Facilities A Home away from home Tel: +27 32 5338187 | Mobile:+27 83 391 1231

ROMANCE YOUR LOVED ONE...MODERN ACCOMMODATION WITH AN OLD-WORLD CHARM. Situated in the heart of the battlefields, halfway between Johannesburg and Durban, it is the ideal stopover for weary travellers – a home-from-home with every comfort and amenity – as well as a convenient base from which to explore the rich history of the surrounding area. This inn was established in 1886, just four years after the town of Dundee was founded by a Scottish coal miner seeking his fortune and destiny. Together, Dundee and the Royal built on their foundations, growing together, and today, the Royal Country Inn stands proudly restored to its former glory. ACCOMMODATION The Inn has a total of 32 bedrooms – 27 ensuite rooms and 5 backpacker rooms. The hotel bedrooms all have en suite bathrooms with showers, satellite TV and are fully serviced daily by our housekeeping staff. Tea/coffee making facilities are also available in the rooms. Room Configuration: • 9 Twin Rooms • 11 Double Rooms • 5 Family Rooms • 2 Economy Rooms • 5 Backpacker Rooms 61 Victoria Street, Dundee • PO Box 31, Dundee E-mail: • Website: www -- WHAT, WHAT, WHERE WHERE & & WHEN WHEN Feb-March Feb-March 2017 2017 www

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OLD MUTUAL OPEN AIR CINEMA Tuesday 14 February 2017

Treat your Valentine to a Romantic Evening under African skies! MOVIE: NOTTING HILL TIMES: Gates open 17h30, Movie starts: 19h00 TICKETS: Adults R95 pre-booked; R100.00 on-the-day purchases. Children aged 8 - 12 years R40.00. Under 8 years free. Available from WEBTICKETS or at the Information Office situated at the Durban Botanic Gardens Visitors Complex. Get your tickets quick before we sell out. A variety of food and light refreshments will be available. You are welcome to bring your own as well as picnic blankets and camp chairs. Kindly note that those people with camp chairs will be required to sit further back so as not to obstruct the view of others.

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Renowned for its teaching-aid productions of Shakespeare set works for matric school learners, Think Theatre, in association with The Playhouse Company, presents a new staging of HAMLET, and a revival of OTHELLO. Book on 033- 343 4884, 084 556 0668 or email The two productions first play at the Hilton College Theatre near Pietermaritzburg between 2 and 10 February, before moving to the Playhouse Drama Theatre in Durban between 13 February and 24 March, with schools performances in each venue from Mondays to Fridays at 9am and 12pm daily. A public evening performance of HAMLET will be given at the Playhouse in Durban on Wednesday 1 March at 7pm. Tickets for this are R120 (adults) with concessions available for students and pensioners. Performances will also be given in Dundee on 27 February and Newcastle on 28 February, Richards Bay on 22 March, and Port Shepstone on 23 March. MY BODY & I will be performed by the Playhouse Dance Residency and the Playhouse Actors Studio who will use a combination of narrative, drama and dance to educate Grade 5, 6 and 7 learners about decision-making and consent in relation to their bodies. The production, which runs in the Loft Theatre from 20 February to 3 March, at 9am and 12pm daily will last for 50 minutes, followed by an interactive question and answer session. Tickets are R20. To book, call Dawn on: 031-369 9407 or email: 14 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN Feb-March 2017

Dance lovers can catch the RUSSIAN ROYAL BALLET in the Playhouse Opera on 11 March at 2pm and 7pm, performing a tribute mixed bag programme celebrating the Great Russian Composers Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Borodin. Book through Computicket or call 031 369 9540 (office hours). Durban will erupt in laughter as the biggest comedians from all over South Africa hit the stage for the 2017 kick-off of the world tour of KINGS & QUEENS OF COMEDY on 11 February at the Durban ICC. Taking to the stage with their comical armour and witty swords are Marc Lottering, Tumi Morake, Loyiso Gola, Celeste Ntuli, Leeanda Reddy, Krijay Govender, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Joey Rasdien, Tol Ass Mo, Khanyisa Bunu and Rory Petzer. Leading the evening’s proceedings is Durban’s favourite comedian, Darren Maule with a special guest appearance by Morgan Beatbox. Tickets range from R185 and are now available through Computicket online and leading outlets. Fun lovers can also enjoy a good laugh with Durban’s master of mirth, Aaron McIlroy, when by popular demand he reprises his multi-award-winning hit 2016, Comedy MASTERCLASS, at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 21 to 26 March. Other shows to catch at this popular venue include Ian von Memerty’s, music extravaganza, KEYBOARD KILLERS, from 27 February, and MO MAGIC with illusionist Mahomed Moorad from 6 to 12 March. Sneddon bookings are through Computicket. The indefatigable satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys is set to take Pietermaritzburg by storm at the Hexagon Theatre with two of his shows:

THE ECHO OF A NOISE, on 21, 22, 24 and 25 February; and AN EVENING WITH EVITA BEZUIDENHOUT, on 23 Feb. Both shows start at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from And of interest to enthusiasts in the KZN midlands and surrounds, acclaimed entertainer James Cairns stars in the awardwinning one-man show, EL BLANCO: TALES OF THE MARIACHI, at the Schlesinger Theatre at Michaelhouse in Balgowan on February 3 at 7.30pm. Bookings: michaelhouse, email Angela Jonsson at or call her at 033 234 1314 weekdays between 8 am and 1 pm. As part of a special fundraising drive, the Windsor Tennis Club in Glenwood (opp. Glenwood Boys High), are hosting a roster of leading Durban artists that will perform at the club every Monday evening. Admission is R50, and all are welcome to come knock some tennis balls around on the court from 4pm to 6pm and then enjoy the various artists performing from 6 to 9pm. FEBRUARY LINE-UP: 6 Feb - Calli Thomson; 13 Feb - Melvin Peters & Haylea Hounsom Heyns, 20 Feb - Richard Haslop, Mike Raffery & Will Wallace; 27 Feb - Burton Naidoo & Chloe Clark. MARCH LINE-UP: 6 March - Barry Thomson; 13 March Rusty Red; 20 March - Rene Tshaikanyi; 30 March - Nux Schwartz & Jason Andrew. For more information call 082 499 8636 or email Finally, a note to concert goers, the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra is in full swing with its current WORLD SYMPHONY SUMMER SEASON. An exciting line-up of international and South African soloists and conductors collaborate with ‘Africa’s Premiere Orchestra’ in these weekly Thursday concerts, running between 9 February and 16 March from 7.30pm in the Playhouse Opera Theatre. For subscriptions at discount rates, and more information, call 031 369 9348 or book through Computicket.

SOUTH AFRICA, THE WAIT IS FINALLY OVER AND THE TIME HAS COME FOR KEVIN FRASER TO RETURN TO THE MOTHERLAND AS THE LIGHTNING STRIKES THE STAGE IN HIS GROUND BREAKING 2017 TOUR ACROSS 15 CITIES, 5 COUNTRIES WITH MULTIPLE PERFORMANCES! Kevin is set to turn up the bass with his action packed, overly sensitive, politically incorrekt illustration of life as we know it! Brewing up all the gluten free drama you need to understand the top 10 reasons why you should not over think the side effects of an avocado! Kevin Fraser is pushing society over the hedge in an all new, hilarious blend of modern world problems, delivered with multiple South African spices!

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RHUMBELOW DBN 42 Cunningham Rd off Bartle Rd Umbilo

RHUMBELOW PMB Allan Wilson Shellhole, 5 Durban Rd, Pietermaritzburg

3 - 12 March AND THAT’S WHEN THE TROUBLE STARTED.. The Gee Jays (Gary McKenzie, John Didlick and Grant Bell). The show takes a comical look at what often happens in relationships when there’s “trouble in paradise”. All interspersed with some great songs and some even greater artists.

12 March IRISH TO THE CORE - ST PATRICK’S DAY PARTY Early St Patrick’s Day @ The Rhumbelow. South Africa’s very own Irish minstrel, Dave Monks presents an evening of fun, party and above all sing-along Irish music. 25 March THE CHAIN - THE FLEETWOOD MAC STORY The Reals - Barry Thomson , Dawn Selby, Mali Sewell, Jason Andrew & Guest Guitarist Colin Peddie & Durban Singer Marion Loudon.

7 - 9 March DIAMONDS - SAXOPHONIST ANDREW YOUNG International Recording Artist and Performer, Saxophonist Andrew Young performs some of the best known, classic songs of all time from his new album, Diamonds. 17 - 21 March A NIGHTINGALE SANG... A TRIBUTE TO VERA LYNN Lisa Bobbert, Evan Roberts & Anthony Stonier 24 - 26 March IRISH TO THE CORE - ST PATRICK’S DAY PARTY St Patrick’s Day @ The Rhumbelow. South Africa’s very own Irish minstrel, Dave Monks presents an evening of fun, party and above all sing-along Irish music.

RHUMBELOW TINA’S - 14 Beryldene Rd, Kloof 5 March IRISH TO THE CORE - ST PATRICK’S DAY PARTY Early St Patrick’s Day @ The Rhumbelow with South Africa’s very own Irish minstrel, Dave Monks. Remember to wear something green. 10 - 11 March DIAMONDS - SAXOPHONIST ANDREW YOUNG International Recording Artist and Performer, Saxophonist Andrew Young performs some of the best known, classic songs of all time from his new album, Diamonds.

THE ALIWAL THEATRE - Umkomaas 4 March IRISH TO THE CORE - ST PATRICK’S DAY PARTY South Africa’s very own Irish minstrel, Dave Monks presents an evening of fun, party and above all sing-along Irish music.


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Durban has from its earliest days held a special charm...a certain charm that adds ‘something extra’ to the meeting of warm Indian Ocean, radiant golden beaches and lush sub-tropical greenery. It’s the perfect place for some ‘summer loving’, with beach walks, sunset cruises and romantic picnics… or for the more adventurous, horseback rides on the beach, helicopter flips or shark cage diving!


For more info check out the website Sophisticated and cosmopolitan, after dark Durban is abuzz with elegant lounges, funky taverns and a variety of dining options. Add to that a distinctive local theatre and live music...trendy clubs, pubs and discos. Party ‘till dawn and catch sunrise over the Indian Ocean - this is nightlife in a modern, authentic African metropolis! In keeping with this, Durban is hosting the 15th METRO FM Music Awards (25 Feb), which recognise the rich South African music and artistic talent. So be sure to look out for your favourite musicians and celebrities as they unwind, relax and enjoy Durban’s breath-taking views.

The Royal Natal Yacht Club dates back to 1958 when the first Regatta was held in Durban –at that time the RNYC was known as the Durban Regatta Club. References to yachting in Durban Bay however, are found in settler diaries dating back to the late 1940s.

A shopper’s paradise with a number of upmarket shopping centres offering brand name shops as well as quirky boutiques, something for everyone. Browse around a flea market to get the local vibe and ferret out a handmade treasure, or pop into the Victoria Street Market, with its numerous stalls selling everything from brassware, woven baskets, wooden articles to meat, fish, fruit and vegetables – the main attractions though are the exotic spices imported from India,

ideal for making curries. Talking of curries, no visit to Durban is complete without trying a legendary ‘bunny’ - the Bunny Chow is a very simple affair consisting of a hollowedout quarter or half loaf of bread filled with any available curry including beef, mutton, chicken or beans, and is eaten with your fingers. Durban’s unique experiences are just as varied – go ‘Wet and Wild’ at uShaka Marine World, ride a Richsha along the Golden Mile, cruise the harbour barefoot on a catamaran or pause awhile for a cup of tea in the historic surroundings of the Mariannhill Monastery. But whatever you do, we would love you to experience Durban like a true Durbanite!

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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 18 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN Feb-March 2017

For more info contact: Umlazi Township Tourism, Sibusiso at 076 252 5375 Clermont Kwadabeka Tourism 031-711 2326, Durban Tourism – 031-322 4164

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

ATTRACTIONS Suncoast................................... 031-328 3000 uShaka..................................... 031-328 8000 Sibaya....................................... 031-538 2000 • Museums Durban Natural Science Museum City Hall, Smith Street.............. 031-311 2256 Open daily: 08:30 -16:00; Sun 11:00 - 16:00 Kwa Muhle Museum ................ 031-311 2223 130 Ordnance Road; Open Mon - Sat • Parks & Gardens Durban Botanic Gardens............. 031-309 1170 Guide tours available Mitchell Park............................. 031-312 2318 • Natal Sharks Board................ 031-566 0400 • Umgeni Bird Park................... 031-579 4600 • Snake Park............................. 073-156 9606 Minitown................................... 031-33 7892 CONSULATES & EMBASSIES Argentina.................................. 012-430 3527 Australia ................................... 012-423 6000 Austria...................................... 012-452 9155 Belgian...................................... 031-303 2840 British........................................ 082-234 4450 Botswana.................................. 011-403 3748 Canada..................................... 031-303 9695 Chile......................................... 031-312 8608 China........................................ 031-563 4534 Denmark................................... 031-202 9396 France...................................... 011-778 5600 Germany................................... 031-266 3920 Greece...................................... 031-301 4880 India.......................................... 031-332 7020 Lesotho..................................... 031-307 2323 Mauritius................................... 021-342 1283 Mozambique............................. 031-304 0200 Netherlands.............................. 031-266 9291 New Zealand............................ 012-342 8656 Pakistan.................................... 031-304 8836 Paraguay ................................. 012-347 1047 Portugal.................................... 031-305 7511 Seychelles................................ 011-706 8720 Spain........................................ 012-460 0123 Swaziland................................. 012-344 1910 Sweden/Norway....................... 031-207 6900 United States............................ 031-305 7600 MEDICAL SERVICES City-med Services.................... 031-309 1378 Ambulance................................ 10177 • Hospitals Addington ................................ 031-327 2000 Entabeni - South Ridge ........... 031-204 1300 Parklands - Hopelands............. 031-208 8181 St Augustines ........................... 031-268 5000 Westville, Spine Rd.................. 031-265 0911 Umhlanga................................. 031-560 5500 • Medical Centres..................... North Beach ............................. 031-332 6060 Gateway /Umhlanga................. 031-566 2777 Dental Centre .......................... 031-304 3000 Dental Emergency.................... 031-564 2152

POLICE Flying Squad............................. 10111 SAPS ....................................... 031-325 4259 Metro Police/Traffic................... 031-306 4422 TAXI Eagle Taxis............................... 031-337 8333 Lighthouse Cabs....................... 083-440 8650 Mozzies.................................... 031-263 0467 Umhlanga Rocks Taxi/ U-Cabs..................................... 031-561 1846 Zippy Cabs............................... 031-202 7067 HOT AIR BALLOONING Hot Air Ballooning KZN............. 083 446 9423 TOURS Trinity Tours.............................. 084 552 2450 TOURIST INFORMATION For tourist information visit Tourist Junction in the restored Old Station building 160 Pine Street, Durban TOURISM KWAZULU-NATAL (TKZN) Tourist Junction, 3rd Floor, 160 Pine Street, 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 20 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN Feb-March 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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1000 Hills

Enquiries: 031 777 1874 Website:

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.

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

ACTIVITIES - FROM R40 • 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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A mere 30 minutes from Durban lies Shongweni Dam and Game Reserve – a piece of true Africa. From awe-inspiring cliffs and waterfalls, to lush forests and open thorn trees, this game reserve is home to rhino, buffalo, giraffe, waterbuck, wildebeest, warthog, a variety of birds and a host of nocturnal animals. The dam is an excellent venue for overnight camping, game drives, fishing, picnics, nature trails and a variety of non-motorised water sports.

Watersports, serenity and legendary fishing. Situated on the southern bank of the Inanda dam in the Valley of a Thousand Hills below Hillcrest, this

Well appointed tented camps, built on stilts and situated right on the water’s edge, offer a unique accommodation experience. Our 8 bed KwaMaphumulo rustic camp beside the dam is ideal for a fishing party to enjoy together. The waterside Ugede Conference Hall accommodates 30 people, offers a relaxing conference / workshop venue. Tel: 031 769 1283 Cell: 082 551 5698 / 079 983 3782 Fax: 031 769 1175

resort offers all forms of recreational boating and is famous for bass fishing. The Inanda Bass Classic fishing tournament, held at this resort, attracts hundreds of anglers each year. Inanda is the perfect venue for canoeing and is a compulsory overnight stop for the famous Dusi Canoe Marathon. Camping and picnic sites as well as 4 tented accommodation, set on the water’s edge afford magnificent views of the surrounding hills and makes this an ideal venue for water sport enthusiasts and nature lovers. Tel: 031 766 9946 Cell: 082 551 5696 Fax: 086 756 1542


The well-organised SUMMER FESTIVAL, packed with events and entertainment, ensured that there was lots to do and plenty to enjoy for the entire family. Situated approximately 20 kilometers from the city center of Durban, the charming resort of Umhlanga Rocks is a the perfect escape from the bustle of city life. This up-market resort has gained a reputation as a must visit destination with both locals and holidaymakers due to its offerings of world class hotels and eatieries. This trend was started in 1869 when the Oyster Lodge, Umhlanga’s first beach cottage, was built overlooking the sea. It offered guests beautiful accommodation, warm hospitality and also served tea and


scones to passers-by. It also housed a beacon to help ships navigate their way around the coast until 1954 when the iconic lighthouse was built. The first official hotel in the area opened in the 1920s and the rest as they say is history.. Growth continues to this day, with luxurious and exciting developments like The Pearls, The Oceans and Radisson Blue Hotels and Sibaya Prescinct. Chartwell Drive is the best place to go shopping, with a selection of shops and fabulous restaurants or visit the sprawling Gateway Complex at Umhlanga Ridge with some 400 shops and 14 cinemas.

Board is a must, where you can enjoy an audiovisual about sharks and have the unique opportunity to watch a shark dissection. Whether you’re looking for a scenic stretch of beach for swimming or walking, a quiet evening meal or a great holiday getaway, Umhlanga Rocks is the perfect place to be. For all information please bookmark Tel: 031 561 4257

For those who are fascinated by the hunters of the deep blue ocean, the Natal Sharks

Umhlanga Holidays • Holiday & Permanent Accommodation • Cleaning Service • Timeshare Rental 25 CHARTWELL CENTRE UMHLANGA TEL: 031 - 561 4157 / 561 1131 | FAX: 031 - 561 1119 E-mail: Website:

Standing proud on Umhlanga’s beachfront, directly on the beach and overlooking the Indian Ocean, the 86-room Oyster Box, is one of South Africa’s best-loved hotels. Renowned for generous hospitality, attentive service and exceptional cuisine The Oyster Box, a Member of Red Carnation Hotel Collection, offers all the colonial charm and nostalgia of a bygone era, but with all the modern comfort & amenities. Dining venues range from the Ocean Terrace, serving casual and al fresco fare and a curry buffet, to the legendary, fine-dining Grill Room. The Palm Court serves a lavish High Tea daily, with live piano accompaniment. The Oyster and Lighthouse Bars are the hottest spots in town for sundowners. Equipped with six treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy bath, grooming lounge, plunge-pool, gym, infinity pool and tranquillity lounge, The Spa offers the latest in health and wellness treatments.

Other facilities include two swimming pools, a private library, luscious tropical gardens and an intimate, 24-seater movie theatre. The Oyster Box is KwaZuluNatal’s premiere wedding and honeymoon destination and the ‘venue of choice’ for the conference and business market.

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HORSE RACING GREYVILLE (031 314 1651) 3*, 8, 10*, 17*, 19, 24* Feb & 3*, 5, 8, 10*, 17*, 19, 22, 24*, 31* March (*night race) 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) 1, 5, 12, 15, 26 Feb & 1, 12, 15, 26 March 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 - DEC-JAN DURBAN DAYDREAMING 4 Feb 10:00 Boutique summertime festival celebrating good times, sun and music – Ollivanders Estate, Shongweni. 16TH METRO FM MUSIC AWARDS 25 Feb Durban ICC. (031 360 1000) UMGENI STEAM RAILWAY The 1000 Hills Choo Choo travels from Kloof Station through the Valley of 1000 Hills to Inchanga and back again on Sunday 26 Feb at 08:30 and 12:30. ( NJW BRIDAL SHOW 3-5 Mar The province’s largest wedding and function exhibition showcases more than 120 suppliers and hosting around 4 000 visitors annually – Durban Exhibition Centre. (031 572 3831) 100% PHOLA PICNIC 4 Mar Fun for the whole family with live music, braai facilities, kiddies’ play area and water sport facilities – Inanda Dam & Resort. (072 390 7278) THE GREAT MOSCOW CIRCUS 4-12 Mar This world-famous circus features superstars from Russia and around the world, including clowns, acrobats, balancers, jugglers and more (no animal acts) – The Mighty Big Top, Suncoast. DECOREX DURBAN 18-21 Mar KZN’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition features a vibrant selection of inspired trends – Durban Exhibition Centre. SPORT DUSI CANOE MARATHON 16-18 Feb 06:00 The 120km Dusi is the continent’s largest river marathon, attracting top international paddlers and teams – Camp’s Drift (PMB) to Durban’s Blue Lagoon. (033 394 9994)

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CRICKET: 1 DAY INTERNATIONAL 1 Feb 13:30 South Africa vs Sri Lanka – Sahara Kingsmead Stadium (Book with Ticketpro) CRICKET: SUNFOIL SERIES 09 Feb 10:00 Dolphins vs Cape Cobras – Sahara Kingsmead Stadium CRICKET: MOMENTUM 1 DAY CUP 24 Feb 14:00 Dolphins vs Highveld Lions 10 Mar 14:00 Dolphins vs Warriors 19 Mar 10:00 Dolphins vs Titans 23 Mar 14:00 Dolphins vs Knights Sahara Kingsmead Stadium CYCLING / MTB / BMX 11 Feb KZN Track Omnium Champs – Durban (Hylton 083 783 3063) 12 Feb KZN Track Interprovincial – (Hylton 083 783 3063) 26 Feb Interclub BMX Champs Leg 2 – Lahee Park (Tim 082 771 3081) 4 & 5 Mar KZN Track Champs – Durban (Hylton 083 783 3063) 5 Mar KZN MTB Provincial XCO Series # 2 – Waterfall (082 896 6864) 5 Mar BMX Interclub Champs Leg 3 – Giba Gorge (Travis 083 443 2739) 12 Mar BMX Interclub Champs Leg 4 – Queensburgh (Eugene 082 467 0187) 26 Mar KZN MTB Provincial Enduro Series # 2 – Giba Gorge (082 896 6864) 27 Mar KZN MTB Provincial DHI Series # 2 & SA Cup Series – Giba Gorge (082 896 6864) GOLF 26 Feb KZN Invitational Strokeplay – Bluff Golf Course 23 Mar KZN Monthly Senior – Durban Country Club

ROAD RUNNING 05 Feb 05:00 DG Panel & Paint Challenge: 32km run, 16km run/walk – Barns Road Grounds, Sydenham (084 254 2468) 12 Feb 05:00 Hillcrest Marathon: 42.2km run, 21.1km run/walk – Hillcrest Sports Club (061 473 2334) 12 Feb 06:30 Kasi Lama 10km – Umlazi Athletics Club (073 900 0321) 12 Mar 06:00 Mariannhill Half Marathon: 21.1km run, 10km run/walk – Elangeni College, Pinetown (071 577 7743) 19 Mar 06:00 Stella Royal: 25km run, 10km run/walk – Stella Club, 175 Helen Joseph Road (082 655 1777) 26 Mar 05:00 Gaterite Challenge: 42.2km run, 21.1km run/walk, 10km run/walk – Verulam Recreation Ground (083 783 6363)

RUGBY 11 Mar 19:30 Cell C Sharks vs Waratahs 18 Mar 19:30 Cell C Sharks vs Southern Kings Growthpoint Kings Park Stadium (031 308 8400)

SOCCER 18 Feb 18:00 Kaizer Chiefs vs Highlands Park – Moses Mabhida Stadium TRIATHLON 5 Mar Durban Ultra Triathlon – Moses Mabhida Stadium (031 582 8222)



February may be the month of Valentine, but there will be no love lost between the country’s top canoeists when they clash paddles at the start of the Dusi Canoe Marathon on February 16. The race from Camp’s Drift in Pietermaritzburg ends three days later at the Blue Lagoon in Durban, and paddlers will be relieved to know that the prognosis for rain - and higher water levels - is excellent.

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The Drakondale Girls Choir School is located in the monastery of the Benedictine Order, halfway between Howick and Hilton, Drakondale is Africa’s first dedicated school for girls wishing to pursue a musical education.

Still on the water theme, thousands of swimmers will come under starter’s order on February 11 and 12 for the annual Midmar Mile, one of the world’s largest open-water events. Midmar Dam is the venue for an altogether different sporting discipline when the Umgeni Water Marathon is staged on March 12. In fact, February and March are dotted with a plethora of foot races in the Midlands and the provincial capital city of Pietermaritzburg, as some runners attempt to qualify for another iconic event later in the year, the Comrades Marathon. They include the Maritzburg City Marathon on February 26, Battlefields Marathon (March 3), and the Harry Gwala District Marathon (March 4).

Howick and Balgowan, not to mention the Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning in the picturesque surrounds of the landmark Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg, are worth visiting. A treat not to be missed is the traditional Wednesday concert by the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir at the school, the first being on February 22. For those given to spur-of-the-moment indulgence, the Midlands Meander offers an unparalleled visitor experience in arguably the country’s most spectacular area, from Bulwer to Greytown, from Hilton to Mooi River, and anywhere in between.

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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:

WHAT, WHERE & WHEN MIDLANDS - FEB-MARCH Every Saturday 06H00 - 10H00 Pietermaritzburg Farmer’s Market – Alexandra Park behind Harry Gwala Stadium. Mike 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. 5 February Dressage Show - Mount Verde Equestrian Centre, Weir Road, Hilton, PMB Organized by: Mane Events – / 11 February 2017 Illovo Wartburg MTB Cycle Race 9 Fountainhill Road, Wartburg Organized by: Wartburg Kirchdorf School – / 11-12 February Midmar Mile – Midmar Resort, Howick / 0861 643627 16-18 February Dusi Canoe Marathon – Start PMB finish DBN. 18 February Take 1 Open Air Cinema – 22 Carter Drive, PMB. / 079 565 2630 19 February Love your Wine (one day beginners course) 26 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN Feb-March 2017

- District Road 369, Lions River, Lidgetton Organised by: KZN School of Wine – / laurie@ 25 February Buffelsbosch Equestrian Arena Show Cross - Buffelsbosch Farm, Lidgetton Organised by: Neigh-Bours – / 26 February Maritzburg City Marathon – Central Town, PMB, / / 082 491 7979 18 March Wings over Howick, KZN Aerotow & GPS Weekend – Howick Airfield, Howick Organised by: Dave Claxton (Claxton and Associates) – 031 765 3967 12 March Umgeni Water Marathon – Midmar Resort, Howick. / 082 750 0822 23 March Non-stop Dusi – Start PMB finish DBN / 0861 643627 25 March Grace College Show Jumping Show Grace College, Hilton Organised by: Grace College – www. / 033 343 2177 CANSA Relay for Life 2017 – Natal Carbineers, PMB Organised by: CANSA PMB – / 061 188 1381 25-26 March The CHAIN – The Fleetwood Mac Story – Rhumbelow Theatre, Allan Wilson Shellhole, 5 Durban Road, PMB / 082 499 8636


Monday (23 January 2017) marked the 50th anniversary year of the Drakensberg Boys Choir when the doors of a three-storey building was opened to 20 young boys from all parts of South Africa. This specialist choir school building was financed from the sale of John Tungay’s Durban North residence and founded on the family farm in the foothills of the uKhahlamba/Drakensberg central mountain range. To celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the boys’ choir school, founder John Tungay, now 80, has partnered with Wendy Clarke to establish the DRAKONDALE CHOIR SCHOOL for girls in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal close to three of the finest boarding high schools in the country, namely Hilton College, Michaelhouse and St. Anne’s. The fully academic and inter-denominational Drakondale Girl’s Choir School opened its doors last Sunday when co-founder Wendy Clarke invited John Tungay to cut the ribbon for a group of highly talented and auditioned girls entering Grades 7 and 8. They are making history by forming South Africa’s first national girls choir. “This is both a dream and a promise I made to sisters of the Drakensberg’s boy choristers that one day we would establish a girl’s choir for them,” says John Tungay.



Come to a place where the breathtaking hills and valleys pulsate with the sounds of traditional tribal villages, a place where you can unexpectedly be invited to share a meal or drink from the calabash as the sorghum beer is passed around, a place where you will enjoy the wide welcoming smiles extended to you by the local people.


For more info check out the website Located between Mtunzini, Eshore and Empangeni is the Ongoye Forest Reserve, which is regarded as one of the ‘gems’ along the Zululand Birding Route for its impressive 605 bird species, particularly the rare Woodward’s barbet or green barbet, which is reputedly only found in the Ongoye Forest! In addition to the birdlife, there are ancient cycads, epiphytic ferns, orchids, and other rare plants; samango monkeys, bushbabies, the elusive blue duiker as well as the Zululand dwarf chameleon.

With a traditional Zulu wedding, its only when the pre-wedding negotiations and ‘Lobola’ formalities have been taken care of that wedding finally takes place. And it would not be unusual for the bride to change more than three times on her wedding day – this allows her to show off to her in-laws just how beautiful she is in different colours.

Set within the bustling harbour city of Richards Bay is the Richards Bay Game Reserve, which boasts a huge community of aquatic birds as well as hippo and crocodiles. The lagoon, which offers spectacular wetland scenery is an important nursery ground for marine fish such as grunter, salmon and perch and is home to a number of bird species including flamingo, cormorant and

a number of other waders – and if you’re lucky you may get a sighting of the rare pink-backed pelican. Once you’re done with wildlife, take a dip in the warm Indian Ocean at the Blue Flag Alkantstrand Beach and complete your day with a romantic dinner for two at the Waterfront. Central to Zulu culture is Nongoma, the royal City of Zululand, where are among the attractions are tours of the royal palaces and experiencing Zulu dancing and the traditional way of life. Visitors are enchanted by the atmosphere of the town, the rural simplicity of the people and the informal trading that plays such an important part in their lives.

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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 FEB-MARCH Every third week of every month for 4 days Royal Nguni Cattle Sale and Mona Market, Nongoma 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. Graham: 082 492 6918. 18 February Pre-Open Throwdown 2017 (CrossFit) – 6 Mark Strasse, Richards Bay Organised by: CrossFit Richards Bay – www. / 078 705 5267 10 March Fish Eagle 1000m Swim 2017 – Empangeni Swimming Pool, Empangeni / 11 March Ehlalankosi Breakfast with Shoes – Nongoma Inn, Nongoma. Organised by: Breakfast with Shoes – Tickets / 078 949 9546 19 March Zululand District Marathon – KwaGqikazi FET College Main Gate, Nongoma Bheki Zwane / 035 874 5500 / 082 965 5821 26 March The Thronox Marathon & Half Marathon – 2 Mtubatuba Road, Empangeni Organised by: Umhlatuze athletic Club – / 28 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN Feb-March 2017

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.



The rugged splendour of the Battlefields region landscape is dotted with haunting memorials, reminders of the bloodiest battles in history that were fought between, Zulu, Brit and Boer. This region however does not only play host to countless monuments and well-preserved artefacts; its hills and valleys are home to sporting and adventure activities, game reserves, art and crafts as well as golf courses and hot springs.


For more info check out the website The month of February, remembers a number of lesser known battles that were fought in the vicinity of Estcourt – with no on site information at some of these memorials, the use of a guide will enhance the experience. Saailaager is the site of an attack by the Zulus on the Voortrekker laagers in the Bushman’s River on the 12 February 1838; Rensburg Koppie is the site where the heroic Marthinus Oosthuyse risked his life on the 17 February 1838 to deliver ammunition to three families under siege by the Zulus thereby enabling them to drive the Zulus off and Bloukrans, the memorial site of approximately 282 Voortrekkers and 250 servants were killed during the Zulu attacks of the 16 and 17 February 1838.

Utrecht was named after a city in Holland by a group of cattlemen, who in 1854 obtained grazing rights from the Zulu king, claimed the land as theirs and opened an independent republic named Utrecht. The Republic was absorbed into the then Transvaal in 1858 and at the end of the Anglo-Boer War was returned to Natal.

The Battlefields region offers great bush and wildlife experiences too… from the romantic lodges of the Nambiti Conservancy near Ladysmith to the quant town of Utrecht – a town within a game park that is tucked beneath the Balele Mountains. Or spend some time at Ithala Game Reserve, which combines excellent tourist facilities with superb game viewing and bird watching. This magnificent reserve, situated in the rugged,

mountainous thornveld of northern KwaZuluNatal, is a game viewer’s paradise that hosts a spectacular array of wildlife species black and white rhino, elephant, leopard and cheetah. Other activities in the region include horse riding, mountain biking and hiking, or a round of golf on one of the 9 and 18-hole courses. Don’t miss the chance of ‘ticking’ one of the nearly 400 species of bird that have been identified along the Amajuba Birding Meander – look out for Barn Swallows in the Newcastle area as they return to their nesting site between midOctober and mid-March. They swirl in great masses in the air above before swooping down and diving into the reeds as the sun goes down.

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Rich in history, culture & striking beauty

UMZINYATHI IS A HISTORICALLY RICH REGION, RENOWNED FOR ITS NATURAL BEAUTY. THE DISTRICT IS SITUATED IN NORTHWEST KWAZULU-NATAL, BORDERED BY THE MIDLANDS IN THE WEST, THE DRAKENSBERG IN THE NORTH, AND ZULULAND TO THE EAST. The Umzinyathi region bears memories of the wars that swept across South Africa between 1879 and 1902, but its history starts long before this. The legendary King Shaka and the Zulu nation created upheaval among local tribes, the Voortrekkers crossed the mountains to settle on the land, while the British colonists had settled at what was known as ‘Port Natal’, now Durban. What followed was an era of war, as the Zulus, Voortrekkers and British clashed in some of the bloodiest battles in the history of South Africa, shaping the towns and villages of this region. The wars were fought over land and sovereignty, and played out over almost 100 years. Battle of Blood River/Ncome: 16 December 1838 The most significant battle of the Voortrekker-Zulu conflict took place 48 kms east of Dundee at what became known as

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‘Blood River/Ncome’. After Voortrekker leader Piet Retief and his party were killed at King Dingane’s capital of Mgungundlovu, Andries Pretorius led a commando consisting of 464 men to a strategic site on the banks of the Ncome (‘Praiseworthy’) River. The Voortrekkers established a defensive position with their 64 wagons (known as a laager) and awaited the Zulu attack, which took place on Sunday, 16 December 1838. Between 12 000 and 15 000 warriors attacked, and in the ensuing battle approximately 3 000 are estimated to have been killed. So many died in the river that it ran red with blood. The Voortrekkers were convinced that their victory was as a result of Divine intervention, leading to the anniversary of the Battle being commemorated in later years as a public holiday. It is now remembered as the Day of Reconciliation.

39 Victoria Street Princess Magogo Building Dundee, 3000 Tel: 034 219 1500 Fax: 034 218 1940 Email:


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 FEB-MARCH 26 February Chelmsford Challenge 2017 (open water swimming event) – Chelmsford Nature Reserve. Johan Pieters – info@chamo. 082 923 0078 11 February / 12 March Talana Museum Full moon Tours – Talana Museum, Victoria St, Dundee. 034 212 2654 4 March Swarovski Two Man Challenge (shooting event) – Platrand Lodge R103, Ladysmith Organised by: Whylo Distributors – / 0861 005903 5 March Battlefields Marathon – Huttenpark Primary School, Rietbok Ave, Newcastle Natal Carbineers Athletic Club – / 072 229 1662

Chez Nous Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Plus Self-Catering • Easy to find in Dundee • Great breakfast - fresh croissant & the best cappuccino • 11 well appoined rooms • Managed by owner • Fully equipped self-catering units • Dinners on request • Battlefields tours • Free wi-fi

“We feed our birds as well as our guests and they all come back!”

Te 39 Tatham Street, Dundee Tel: 034 212 1014 • Email: Website: CARNEGIE ART GALLERY (Newcastle Municipality CBD Specialising in the collection of contemporary, modern and traditional art.

ART LISTINGS • “REFRESHING MIND”: l8 January – 15 March 2017. The artists are selected from the Permanent collection • Diaspora Music “Roots grown deep” by Joel, Karabo and Elliot and Craft Fair by local crafters . 23-24 February 2017, Time 3-6pm • Carnegie Art Gallery selected Newcastle artists to be exhibited in Art Africa Fair in Cape Town - February 2017 NEWCASTLE MUNICIPALITY Physical Address: Carnegie Art Gallery, Voortrekker Street (behind Standard Bank) Newcastle Contact Phumzile Dlamini- Curator ; Eric Kubheka- Museum assistant, Tel: 034 3287622, Fax: 034 3121570 Email: Phumzile.Dlamini@newcastle


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Take some time out and enjoy the lush sub-tropical coastline and warm Indian Ocean waters of KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast. This unspoilt natural environment is blessed with rocky shores, golden beaches and sheltered coves perfect for sun, surf, fishing or snorkelling. Discover romance at exclusive lodges set within the coastal forest, offering five-star luxury, sublime spa experiences and fabulous cuisine.


For more info check out the website Explore the pristine estuaries and coastal forest at one of the many nature reserves, play a round of golf at one of the regions championship golf courses or seek out one of the many adventure activities on offer in the region. Experience a breath-taking offroad ride through sugar cane fields, along scenic rivers and magnificent cliff faces, into muddy areas, over log bridges, narrow bush paths and up rocky hill climbs on a quad, or mountain bike, feel the wind in your hair as you canter along the beach on horse-back, or the thrill of getting a birds-eye view of the coast from on a microlight trips.

The Luthuli Museum is a site of international historical significance and is an encounter not to be missed. It celebrates the life and legacy of a human rights champion, an exemplary African leader and the recipient of the 1960 Nobel Peace Prize, Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli – and is an opportunity to fill in the gaps of South Africa’s political history. 32 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN Feb-March 2017

Take a boat trip for some off-shore angling and perhaps have an encounter with dolphins - the namesake of this, the Dolphin Coast. Here the rocky shores and tidal pools offer an underwater life that is often only seen by those donning wetsuits and scuba gear. This region is home to what is possibly the southern-most shallow water coral on the planet thereby offering snorkelers the opportunity of seeing Moray Eels, damselfish, butterfly fish, parrotfish and a variety of coral species. For kids, and the curious-minded, there are the reptile and animal farms. This

playground is a multicultural infusion of traditional Zulu history and the pioneering spirit of the early European and Indian settlers – a kaleidoscope of culture, nature and adventure. A number of small towns and villages dot this coastline each with its own special offering... Be sure to check out the visiting Barn Swallows at Mount Moreland, the Ultimatum Tree, Ndondakusuka or Fort Pearson, or visit the burial place of the great Zulu King at KwaDukuza and the Umhlali Museum with its historical memorabilia, including an old locomotive used to carry sugar cane to the local mill. A visit to Tongaat, the oldest Indian community in South Africa, will have you sampling some of fabulous culinary delights, or for live music and festivities pop into the monthly Litchi Orchard Night Market.

W H A T, W H E R E & W H E N - F E B - M A R C H Daily Microlight flights in Ballito - Ballito Microlight School Bookings essential Tel: 082 659 5550 Take the kids to Flag Farm Animal Farm (Ballito) Daily from 09H00 to 16H30. N2 North, Exit 214 Umhlali/Salt Rock. Then follow the road signs to Flag Farm

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

Every Wednesday Back to the Future Wednesday’s (with DJ Peter Wilson) – Crush Ballito, 25 Sandra Rd, Ballito / 032 927 4794 24 February & 24 March The Litchi Orchard Night Market – Seaforth Ave, Salt Rock / 032 525 5118

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With its dramatic peaks, sheer cliffs and deep gorges the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park offers memorable experiences and activities to suit everyone, from the adrenalin rush of tubing down the mighty Thukela to a romantic spa treatment followed by a sundowner as the sun sets over a spectacular mountain scene. Reaching 3000 metres above sea level the awe inspiring Drakensberg Mountains and the 243 000 hectare mountain park that it’s a part of, requires no second invitation to visitors.


For more info check out the website The southern Drakensberg offers visitors

the collection of San artefacts and insightful

a wealth of outdoor activities; from trout

interpretation of their life at the Himeville

fishing in one of the abundant crystal clear


lakes or rivers, to hiking in the Loteni Nature Reserve, which is renowned for its beautiful scenery and is home to reedbuck, blesbuck, eland, bushbuck and oribi. Traverse the highest pass-road in South Africa by 4x4 along the upper Mkomazana River up Sani Pass to the border with Lesotho (2874 metres above sea-level) and enjoy lunch for two at the highest pub in Africa. Cool off with a dip in a pool or river after couple of hours of hiking, then rest awhile and cast your gaze sky-ward and watch the enormous lammergeyer (bearded vultures) The Splashy Fen Music Festival is now in its 27th year, and has taken place in the mountains near Underberg every Easter long weekend on the same farm since 1990. Get your tickets now to enjoy fourday line-up of great South African music, fun and entertainment. (13-16 April 2017). 34 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN Feb-March 2017

as they fly overhead. Seek out ancient Bushman rock art, evidence of the San people who lived in the area long time ago – the earliest of these paintings are about 800 years old with the golden age being between 400 and 200 years ago. No time to hike up to a secluded cave? Then check out

Take a picture of the spectacular Amphitheatre, which is possibly the most photographed feature of the northern Drakensberg. Hike up to the source of the Thukela River, and watch as it plunges some 950 metres over the edge of the Mont-auxSources Plateau in spectacular fashion. This waterfall, the Thukela Falls, is the second highest waterfall in the world.


FEB-MARCH EVENTS Every Wednesday, starting 22 February Drakensberg Boys Choir – Live in Concert – Drakensberg Boys Choir School, Dragon Peaks, KZN Central Drakensberg Tickets – 11 February S.O. Live in Kokstad –24 Main Street, Kokstad. Organised by: Rough Diamond Projects – / 17-18 February Mountain Madalas Central ‘Berg 2017 (off-road motorcycling event) – Mweni Cultural and Hiking Centre, KZN Northern Drakensberg. Organised by: Enduro World – / 087 808 7192 17-19 March Choir Adventure Weekend – Drakensberg Boys Choir School, Dragon Peaks, KZN Central Drakensberg Tickets – 20 March Harry Gwala District Marathon – Ibisi/Umzimkhulu to Ixopo ChampionChip Africa Jacqui 0861 100 963


Nestled under the magnificent mountains of the Southern Drakensberg, lies a piece of Heaven.

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

Penwarn Country Lodge is the perfect place to escape the stress and speed of modern city life. Self-catering and lodge accommodation available. Restaurant and licensed pub on site.

033 701 1368 | 076 790 2419 | | | Find us on Facebook

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:

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.

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Sub-tropical 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. With outdoor pursuits ranging from golf, to hiking, mountain biking, diving, whale watching and almost everything in-between, visitors to this region will be spoilt for choice.


For more info check out the website Aptly named the ‘Golf Coast’, this region boasts 11 top golf courses many with spectacular views over the Indian Ocean and all set within lush sub-tropical vegetation, home to many small mammals and a variety of birds. Hiking and mountain biking are activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family – explore the regions indigenous forests, coastal plains, hillsides and gorges. For an added adrenalin rush, head to the Oribi Gorge where you can experience the World’s highest gorge swing and Africa’s longest zip-line.

The Oribi Gorge is nearly 5km wide at some points, and over 400m deep and has nearly 30km of spectacular kloofs and crags, covered with dense subtropical vegetation. More than 500 plant species, a recorded 250 bird species and numerous small mammals including Vervet and the rare Samango monkeys and possibly an occasional leopard. 36 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN Feb-March 2017

The subtropical weather encourages the growth of abundant foliage and colourful blooms as well as subtropical fruits and vegetables. Feast on locally grown nuts or savour the strong aroma of freshly ground coffee – locally grown, harvested and processed at the Beaver Creek Coffee Estate. There are a number of shops and farmstalls offering the abundant produce and artistic wares of the South Coast. Crocodile farms, banana plantations, candle factories,

lighthouse museums and handmade crafts all add to the feast of local activities and produce on offer. If you’re into speed and horsepower, be sure to check out the Dezzi Raceway’s motor- and bike racing events… and get your helmet and best leathers ready for the 2017 South Coast Bike Fest #SCBF2017 that will be taking over Margate from 27 to 30 April. The biking elite from around SA will be heading to Margate for Africa’s premier motorcycle and music festival - awesome music, pubs, clubs and restaurants will be waiting for you inside the secure festival site, right on sub-tropical South Coast beachfront.

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BOOK NOW FOR ‘THE SOUTH COAST BIKE FEST - AFRICA’S PREMIER BIKING FESTIVAL’ South Africa’s hottest musical acts, most extreme action sports’ stars and biking elite will be converging at the new South Coast Bike Fest #SCBF2017 taking place at Margate Beach from 27 to 30 April 2017.

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. 38 www - WHAT, WHERE & WHEN Feb-March 2017

To cement Margate’s reputation as the country’s leading biking destination, the coastal town will be hosting a four-day festival with non-stop action taking place at various venues. A mere 630km trip from Jozi ensures that this four-day, action packed festival will be the premier destination for biking enthusiasts. Visitors can expect incredible, highly-skilled performances as some of the country’s best skateboarding, BMX FMX and trial bike riders display choreographed manoeuvres sure to keep the crowds captivated throughout. Being held for the first time ever in Margate is the Gravity Clash Action Sport’s Show. where the country’s most daring bikers – incl. Nick de Wit and Brian Capper – will put on a jaw-dropping two-wheeled display involving motocross bikes flying over BMX riders and skateboarders. Visitors will have access to a variety of beachfront bars, clubs and restaurants and a range of the country’s leading gourmet food trucks will be on site where diners can enjoy delicious meals from seaside, open-air seating. There will also be quality crafts on sale at the Mardi Gras Festival Market and bike enthusiasts can take some time out to

view vintage machines at the Classic Bike Show Club Deck. The weekend will end on a high note with the traditional Shelly Centre Mass Parade which gives all bikers one last opportunity to hit the road together before heading home. The 34km mass parade will take place on Sunday, 30 April with the route taking bikers from Shelly Beach Centre along Marine Drive towards Port Shepstone CBD before heading back towards Margate and finishing at the Fishing Pier. For more information, visit the website at 

Every Tuesday and Thursday 5km Trail run/Walk – Silver Beach, Port Edward. Contact Clayton Bekker - Tel: 082 332 5032 /

4 February KZN Road Racing Club (bike & car racing) – Dezzi Raceway, District Road D440, Shelly Beach. Dezzi Raceway – 039 685 4100

Every Saturday Uvongo Park Run 5km route – St Michaels Beach @ 8h00 (and it’s free)

4 March KZN Road Racing Club (bike & car racing) – Dezzi Raceway, District Road D440, Shelly Beach. Dezzi Raceway – 039 685 4100

Every Saturday Scottburgh Flea Market – at the corner Arbuthnot & Williamson St Tel Mike on 082 932 5986.

25-26 March KZN Drag Racing – Dezzi Raceway, District Road D440, Shelly Beach Dezzi Raceway – 039 685 4100

Every Saturday- Sunday Uvongo Flea Market – Uvongo Tel: 082 800 9236.

COMING SOON: Bitter - Sweet MTB Challenge - Rocky Bay Resorts. Contact for date and further details: Lodge Reception: 039 976 0336.

Every 2nd Saturday Monthly Natural History Talks at Croc World Conservation Centre. Tel Nolean on 039 976 1103.

Lake Eland Quattro classic - Lake Eland. Contact for date and further details: Mandie Stander on 079 493 7499.



The Elephant Coast was named after a large herd of African elephant that lived in the region for centuries – they were once hunted out, but have been reintroduced in recent years and are now readily seen in many of the reserves in the region. These include the Hluhluwe-Imfolosi Game Reserve, Mkuze Game Reserve, some private game reserves as well as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park which was South Africa’s first proclaimed World Heritage Site and stretches from Kosi Bay to about 20km south of Maphelane.

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Lake Sibaya is the largest fresh water lake in South Africa with a surface area of 77 km? an average depth of 13m and is at is deepest 40m. In years of poor rainfall Lake Sibaya is often the only permanent water in the area where flocks of up to 20 000 waterfowl can congregate.

For more info check out the website This region must be one of South Africa’s most beautiful and unspoilt areas - dense evergreen forests of towering fig trees; lush ferns and wild orchids; wild date and Lala palms dotting the landscape; swamp forests with tangled masses of greenery; mountainous sand dunes, thick coastal forest, pristine beaches as well as lakes and ocean. The sea and pristine beaches provide the ideal location for a variety of adventures, offering scuba diving, snorkelling and angling and the possibility of seeing Loggerhead and Leatherback turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs. During the summer months, generally from November to end February, a few selected lodges offer guests the privilege of a turtle tracking experience in the company a resident turtle expert to help monitor the turtles’ behaviour and nesting numbers. In addition, these lodges are perfectly located for a special getaway.

spots and more than 500 species recorded. The uMkhuze section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, also boasts more than 420 species recorded, and is renowned for its game-viewing hides. For ‘birder-friendly’ accommodation there are a number of Birdlife SA accredited establishments offering friendly service and great hospitality, often offering a packed brunch for early morning twitchers, as well as bird lists, reference material, information on birding in the area as well as local guides. These guides assist birders with their excellent observation skills and finding the ‘specials’ of a specific birding site, this not only adds value to any birding outing, but is an income generating opportunity for community bird guides.

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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 FEB-MARCH Weather permitting Whale and dolphin watching - with legal permit holders only with Advantage Cruiser from Durban , St Lucia , Sodwana Bay or Richardsbay. Every weekday 10h00 and 12h00. Advantage Cruiser. Two hour hippo/croc boat cruise on Lake St Lucia. Morning special excluding peak holiday seasons. R150.00 per person instead of R180.00 -until further notice. Sunday special excluding peak holiday season. R120.00 per person instead of R180.00 – until further notice. Contact: 035 590 1259, 035 590 1180 30 March Hluhluwe iMfolozi 5 Day Wilderness Trail – Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, Hluhluwe Organised by: Rosati Safaris – Tickets rosati.mike@ / 083 679 1274

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Privately owned Falaza Game Park and Spa offers Luxury Tented accommodation and an array of authentic bush experiences in a lush indigenous setting. • Less than 3 hours from Durban • Luxury 4 star Tented Accommodation • Lush Indigenous Setting • Authentic Bush Experiences • Game Drives, Walks & Boat Cruises • Excellent Alfresco Dining • Rejuvenating and relaxing SPA treatments • Adjacent to the Isimangaliso Heritage Site • Endless Cultural, Wildlife and Adventure Activities in Close Proximity • Encounters with Africa’s ‘Big 5’

Tel: +27 (0)35 562 2319 Cell: +27 (0)72 037 9900

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

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KwaZulu-Natal events for February and March 2017.

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KwaZulu-Natal events for February and March 2017.