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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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Karkloof Farmers Market
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Karkloof Farmers Market

Our Saturday morning breakfast ritual when visiting my in-laws in Hilton is a visit to the popular Karkloof Farmers Market. I’m a huge market fan and I must admit that the Karkloof Market is probably my most favourite. Karkloof Farmers Market  just seems to tick all the boxes; a large, weather proof shed, plenty of seating in the form of cosy conversation areas and tables with benches, good coffee, plenty of parking and of course the most important of all, loads of lovely things to eat and bits to buy! The Old Mill Coffee Shop is found where it should be, right at the front of the sh...
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Time For The Hilton Arts Festival
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Time For The Hilton Arts Festival

I am so looking forward to this weekend; we are meandering our way to the village of Hilton and will be attending not one, not two but three productions at the Hilton Arts Festival! Now in its 22nd year, the Festival, which takes place from September 18th to 21st at the very beautiful Hilton College, is the largest theatrical event of its kind in KwaZulu Natal. There are a large number of different events happening over the four days of the festival and they range in genre from drama, comedy, physical theatre, music, cabaret, mindscape, performing arts, children’s theatre, music revival, ch...
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The Marvellous Makaranga Botanical Gardens
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The Marvellous Makaranga Botanical Gardens

I had wanted to go to Makaranga ever since I first saw photos of it on a friend’s FaceBook page and although we made a first attempt earlier this month we didn’t quite make it so were determined to get there this time around. Located in the KwaZulu Natal suburb of Kloof, the main attraction at the 30 acre property (named Makaranga after the wild poplar trees and a Zimbabwean tribe of the same name) are the simply stunning gardens. We took our shoes off and strolled barefoot around the gardens for at least an hour – following the wheelchair friendly paths that wind their way through this...
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