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Top 4 Snorkelling Spots On Durbans Coast
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Top 4 Snorkelling Spots On Durbans Coast

The best thing about Durban is its warm seas. Durban's 'all year round summer' translates into sea temperatures, even in winter, that hover around 20 degrees Celsius. Even Durban's summer sea temperatures are more akin to a bath than the sea, and you can spend hours in the water without feeling the cold. If this weren't enough of an invitation (bearing in mind that you may need to live in the sea between January and March as the city's humidity can get unbearable), the clarity of the water and the phenomenal sea life also make Durban the perfect place to snorkel, particularly along the n...
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Durban’s Ancient Forest – Not Even The Locals Know About It
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Durban’s Ancient Forest – Not Even The Locals Know About It

Jocelyn Sutherland's hands are full of litter when she meets us at the gate to Hawaan Forest. She's incensed by the dumping of bougainvillea on the edge of the forest's perimeter fence, and by the litter. 'Hardly any one local knows about this magnificent forest, ' she shares by way of greeting, 'it is visitors to Durban who want to know more about it, not the locals.' We've met just off the M4 at Umhlanga, one of Durban's more privileged neighbourhoods on the north coast. The M4 divides the green forest belt in two, yet there couldn't be two more divergent forests. Across the M4 the for...
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5 Reasons To Visit Durban’s Beachwood Mangroves (If You Can Wangle A Visit)
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5 Reasons To Visit Durban’s Beachwood Mangroves (If You Can Wangle A Visit)

A visit to Durban's Beachwood Mangroves is not as simple as driving up to the gate and taking a saunter along one of two boardwalk trails through the mangroves, as and when it suits you. Durban has closed ranks and protects this National Monument, one of three last remaining bits of mangrove swamp in and around Durban (the other two are the Isipingo Mangroves and the Bayhead Mangroves), rather fiercely. You will need to join the regular tours, either on the evening of every first Thursday or the third Saturday morning of every month, by the Honorary Officers of KZN Wildlife - who volunte...
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One place you’ve got to visit when in Durban is People’s Park
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One place you’ve got to visit when in Durban is People’s Park

I used to live in Durban. That was long before it became a tourist attraction and all the road names changed. Back then, on weekends, you'd go to the beach. Occasional highlights were Mini Town, or the rides at the Amusement Park on the beachfront (the red chairs on the cablecar are still there, though; I checked). Sometimes you'd head out to Midmar Dam for the day. Durban was a low-key kind of place. But now Durban is a heady mix of old and new, and a tourist mecca of note (I totally get why CNN listed the city as one of the world's 10 most underrated cities)... Take Stamford Hill, f...
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If There’s One Thing You Do In Durban – The 9 Markets of Warwick Tour
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If There’s One Thing You Do In Durban – The 9 Markets of Warwick Tour

Everyone knows the Victoria Street Market in Durban's inner-city. Its vibrantly painted building looks more like the palace of a Maharajah than a market. It lies on the edge of Bertha Mkhize Street (formerly Victoria Street); the site of a market since 1910. Victoria Market is a predominantly Indian spice and flea market fused with north African curios, art and jewellery, fresh fish, Chinese wholesale goods and everything and anything in-between. It is a 'safe' option for tourists overwhelmed by the noise and inner-city turbulence that happens just outside the building, on one of Durban's b...
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Top Ten Natural Attractions in KwaZulu Natal
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Top Ten Natural Attractions in KwaZulu Natal

The coastal province of KwaZulu Natal has just about everything – historical battlefields, architecture and memorials, first world shopping malls, Victorian-cottage shabby-chic suburban living, tribal settlements in rural areas, towering basalt mountains, warm seas, world-class wetlands, wildlife game reserves, hiking and snorkelling opportunities, vibrant markets, an annual sardine run, and a strong Indian, Zulu and colonial influence. It isn't short of rustic beauty either, and the top 10 natural attractions in KwaZulu Natal are a good place to start... UKHAHLAMBA-DRAKENSBERG PARK O...
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8 Fabulous Self-Drive Routes in KwaZulu-Natal – Making Travel Easy
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8 Fabulous Self-Drive Routes in KwaZulu-Natal – Making Travel Easy

There is no better way to get a feel for a place than from the seat of your car, the open road before you; nothing to do, nowhere to be but exactly where you are, exploring and appreciating the scene as it unfolds before you. The scenic beauty and rich history of KwaZulu Natal needs little introduction, but choosing just how best to explore it does. Here are 10 fabulous Self-Drive Routes in KwaZulu-Natal - to make travel easy... ROUTE 56 MATATIELE The shortest route between the Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal it might be, but if you get caught up in the incredible scenery it's going to...
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Durban’s Top 10 Foodie and Lifestyle Markets
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Durban’s Top 10 Foodie and Lifestyle Markets

Durban is brimming over with food and lifestyle markets. Craft and flea markets, farmers' and organic food markets, indoor markets, open-air markets – whatever your preference. They manage to combine live music, foodies, crafters and enthusiasts in a way that keeps the locals coming back for more. In Durban and want to know which markets to go to – here are the city's top 10 ... Durban Food Market Held on the last Saturday of every month from 08h00 until 13h00 at the Hellenic Community Centre in Umgeni Park, this award-winning market lures some 3 000 local foodies to breakfast, brunch...
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Amatikulu Nature Reserve – A Must Visit
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Amatikulu Nature Reserve – A Must Visit

A day or two after waving our Christmas guests goodbye (with a sigh of relief on my part), we decided that a bit of exploring was in order. Friends had told us about the small but worthwhile Amatikulu Nature Reserve which is a mere 25 minute drive from our house. So, we packed a picnic of sorts and headed in the direction of Amatikulu ... The reserve is located about 100kms from Durban and is found between the Tugela and Amatikulu River mouths. It is one of the few places in this country where wildlife can be spotted feeding on forested areas that overlook the sea! We paid the nomina...
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The Wonders of Mtunzini
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The Wonders of Mtunzini

In December, while we had a bit of free time we decided to try and see a bit of our local area … our journey took us to the coastal town of Mtunzini which is located just 90 minutes drive north of Durban. The word Mtunzini is derived from the Zulu word emthunzini which means ‘a place in the shade’ and in the history of this coastal town it refers more to the place under the milkwood trees near the Mlalazi River. Overlooking the Umlalazi Nature Reserve, Mtunzini is a lovely coastal town, well known for its status as a conservancy and also for being a town with a safe, clean and peaceful e...
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Greytown and Tranquili-Tea
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Greytown and Tranquili-Tea

A few weeks ago a friend and I took a trip from where we farm in Kearsney to the town of Greytown. I must admit, I had driven through Greytown on my way to the Natal Midlands many times before but had never taken the time to stop and see what the town has to offer. The landscape is for one is completely different; here the hills are covered in green forests compared to the sugar-cane fields that makeup the Kearsney landscape. The climate is wonderful too; on the day we visited it was beautifully cool and misty … in fact the drive home on the windy R74 took much longer than anticipated due t...
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The Exceptional Bakery and Deli is popular with the local crowd
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The Exceptional Bakery and Deli is popular with the local crowd

I've discovered somewhere that is fast becoming my favourite coffee spot. Located in the village of Umhlali, The Exceptional Bakery and Deli has only been open for six short weeks but is quickly gaining popularity with the local crowd. What makes this venue so attractive is its premises … slap bang in the middle of the Karibu Nursery! There are a number of tables on a raised and covered deck area which overlooks the majority of the nursery area and there is certainly something tranquil about sipping a cup of Illy coffee while gazing out over rows of bobbing Agapanthus or bright daisies... ...
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Durban Botanic Gardens Music at the Lake
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Durban Botanic Gardens Music at the Lake

When I used to live in Cape Town, one of my favorite things to do during the summer months was to pack a picnic and, with tickets in hand, head to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens for a Sunday concert. The Durban Botanic Gardens have not disappointed, with the Old Mutual Music at the Lake series currently taking place. The concerts take place throughout the year and are centered around the beautiful lake in the gardens. There are approximately 5000 tickets per performance with different pricing options depending on how close to the stage one would like to sit... We have tickets for the...
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Spring Into The Stihl Open Gardens
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Spring Into The Stihl Open Gardens

Every spring marks the return of the Stihl Open Gardens which take place in the town of Pietermaritzburg and surrounding areas. Gardeners are kind enough to open their beautiful gardens to the public and are delighted to share their gardening tips and secrets! Although some of the gardens were only open for a few weekends in October and have already closed, there are still a number that are open during weekends in November and December. Harrow Hill Guest Farm Caroline Gemmell has a beautiful farm garden with old trees, perennials as well as a variety of cannas, day lilies and alstroemeria...
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KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra
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KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra

It’s that time of the year again; the time when the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra strut their stuff in their Spring Season series of concerts. I must admit, I’ve been half asleep and have already missed a number of the series of concerts but have made amends by booking tickets for the concert on October 9th. There are three remaining concerts, all of which take place on a Thursday evening at the magnificent Durban City Hall. Concert 6 takes listeners on a journey through time in one of the world’s most musical cities; Vienna. Kenneth Slowick, an acclaimed conductor, cellist and ke...
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