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The Press Club in Umhlanga Centre
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The Press Club in Umhlanga Centre

As a youngster, my parents would often treat my brother and I to a toasted sandwich and a milkshake at The Press Club on our monthly jaunts into Durban from our home in Zululand. Located in the centre of town, I thought it was the coolest place ever; with its newsprint wallpaper I entertained romantic notions of becoming a journalist and memories of this little coffee shop have remained with me since the mid ‘80’s. Luckily for me, my journalistic dreams might not be dead and buried as The Press Club is back again; the original owner reopened the restaurant last August! Now located in th...
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Best 4 craft beer producers in KwaZulu-Natal
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Best 4 craft beer producers in KwaZulu-Natal

Craft beer - the kind brewed using artisan methods, no chemicals or artificial additives, usually in microbreweries with savvy names like Three Skulls, Triggerfish, or Porcupine Quill - is now firmly favoured by foodies around the country. Craft beer is beer that is not brewed by any of the mega-brewery guys – the SABs of this world. Usually the brewers are small, independent and traditional. The result is: good beer. The craft beer industry in South Africa is at once small, yet growing. Small, because everyone in the industry knows everyone else - in some cases brewers are even friends. Gr...
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Visit the Up.market in Umhlanga
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Visit the Up.market in Umhlanga

A new market has recently opened in Umhlanga and being a market fundi, I organized to meet friends there on Sunday to see what it was all about. Up.market in Umhlanga takes place every Sunday from 09h00 to 14h00 in the covered parking area of the Umhlanga Centre. Being under cover is ideal, shelter from the intense heat during the summer months (the thermometer peaked at 40˚ this Sunday so shade was a necessity) and of course, shelter should the heavens decide to open. The space itself is large, at first I thought it was perhaps a bit too large but I had arrived early and as the mor...
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When the sun doesn’t shine in Durban
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When the sun doesn’t shine in Durban

When we arrived in Durban from the sunny Drakensberg, we expected warm, humid weather.  We checked into Durban Backpackers right on the promenade opposite the beach and relaxed after driving for a few hours. Out on the beach the wild waves and grey skies indicated that this rain was going to continue for the next while and we wondered what we were going to do in Durban in this miserable weather.  One thing was for sure, we needed to taste a bunny chow and get into the water... On our first night, none of that happened.  The rain kept pouring and we were in no mood to explore.  So we went...
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Enjoy the splendour of La Loggia on Broadwood in Umhlanga
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Enjoy the splendour of La Loggia on Broadwood in Umhlanga

Welcome to the very beautiful La Loggia on Broadwood Guesthouse in the stunning area of Umhlanga. This is an ideal location for holiday makers and business travelers alike, being only minutes away from the lovely beach and near to Umhlanga Ridge Business Centre. There are a number of wonderful attractions and things to do only a short drive from this marvelous guesthouse including the Gateway Theater of Shopping,  dolphin spotting, golf courses and day safari tours to name but a few. If you don’t feel like venturing out you can relax in the lush tropical gardens by the exquisite sparkli...
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Bistro 98 at Dunkirk Estate – A Review
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Bistro 98 at Dunkirk Estate – A Review

I am always eager to try out new places to eat on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu Natal and because Bistro 98 had been recommended to me, we booked a table for dinner on my birthday. Located within the Clubhouse of the gated Dunkirk Estate in Salt Rock, Bistro 98 is open both to the public and to residents of the estate, serving up beautiful food in a chic and stylish setting. The chef at Bistro 98 is internationally trained and it shows in the meals she plates up – simple but elegant and most importantly tasty fare! I started off with one of my favourites; halloumi cheese wrapped in Parma...
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Sunday Lunch at the Fig Tree Restaurant
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Sunday Lunch at the Fig Tree Restaurant

I have just got home from a dear friends birthday lunch … when she turned 40 last year she convinced a group of us to go camping at Mt Splendour in the Drakensberg but luckily for us this year the celebration was a bit closer to home and didn’t involve setting up a tent. It was instead a long, leisurely carvery lunch at The Fig Tree restaurant at Simbithi in Ballito. Part of the Simbithi Country Club located in the Simbithi Eco Estate, the Fig Tree Restaurant takes its name from the majestic fig tree which is situated in the centre of the club house. The restaurant is gorgeous; recently ref...
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When the Drakensberg stole my heart
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When the Drakensberg stole my heart

Having lived in Cape Town all my life, I couldn’t believe that this was my first visit to the Drakensberg region of South Africa.  Having driven for over eight hours from the Kruger National Park, we found ourselves moving sluggishly along at a designated 40km per hour.  The heat continues to scorch the dry grass on the road side and on the mountains to our right. It was hot, we were tired and hungry and just wanted to get there.  The mountains in the distance drifted closer to us and the empty farmlands continued to span past us.  Out of what seemed like nowhere, we saw the sign for Amphit...
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Tea at Durban Botanic Gardens
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Tea at Durban Botanic Gardens

At the beginning of November we spent the weekend in Umhlanga and being in the area, I used the opportunity to revisit, after a 20 odd year hiatus, the Durban Botanic Gardens. These gardens hold very fond memories for me; a place where, as a student at the nearby Technikon Natal, I would go to escape the heat and humidity of the summer months. The gardens are absolutely beautiful; manicured lawns, massive trees, paved pathways … the perfect place to relax and escape the city. An added attraction for me (and the underlying reason for our visit) is the Tea Garden – a facility run entir...
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Sentinel Peak Hike – Drakensberg
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Sentinel Peak Hike – Drakensberg

Driving into the Drakensberg just the day before and seeing Southern Africa’s highest escarpment rise up in sheer cliff’s before us was jaw-droppingly beautiful and filled us with a sense of wonder mixed with a tinge of anxiety for we knew that one of the things we came here to achieve was summiting at least one of these impossibly tall peaks... The weather was superb the afternoon we arrived and the sun shone late into the day, casting a golden hue upon the tall yellow grasses that extended far out, past the acacias, until the purple hues of the mountains rose up. Rain had been scarce ...
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Kick Back And Relax At Kearsney Manor
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Kick Back And Relax At Kearsney Manor

Kearsney Manor is a gorgeous old English mansion, built on an old sugar estate during the 1800’s. Located on the Dolphin Coast, this heritage site is steeped in history and is a magnificent colonial estate that is beautiful inside and out. The tranquil surroundings and stunning grounds are an ideal spot for a lovely wedding and reception. There is also a charming stone church on the property where you can have the ceremony. If you are on business, then take advantage of the excellent conference facilities available with plenty of veranda space and comfy lounges for your breaks in the day. ...
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SUPPing in Durban
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SUPPing in Durban

So what do you do in Durban when it’s raining, a bit cold and the sea is rough?  We went to Durban with the intention of sunning on the beach, getting to catch some waves and enjoy the coast.  But that was not to happen in the miserable weather. Before despair set in, I found out that South Africa’s number SUPPing Champ, Justin Bing, was in Durban at Xpressions on the Beach store and was keen to give us a lesson out on the canals. Having won many accolades in the longboarding and Stand-Up Paddle boarding world, Justin Bing recently became SA’s SUP Champ in 2012.  He said he was based...
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High Tea at The Oyster Box Hotel
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High Tea at The Oyster Box Hotel

Before I left Cape Town to move to KwaZulu Natal last year, I arranged high tea at The Mount Nelson Hotel as a combination farewell for myself and a friends surprise baby shower. It seemed fitting then that when that friend and her now one year old daughter visited me on our farm near Stanger, that we enjoy another high tea; this time at the grand old dame of hotels, High Tea at The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga... The OBH (as it’s fondly known in this part of the world) is something quite special. From the fat cat Skabenga who sits aloofly on the red carpet outside the hotel, to the lemo...
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Lunch at the Circus Circus Beach Cafe in Durban
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Lunch at the Circus Circus Beach Cafe in Durban

During the September school holiday I met friends for lunch at the Circus Circus Beach Cafe on Durban’s beachfront. Circus Circus has been around in Durban since 1996 and although I’ve frequented both the Musgrave and Gateway franchises (and the Pietermaritzburg branch come to think of it); I’d never visited the beach café. To be honest, it had been many a year since Id last been to the Durban beachfront. I certainly hadn’t been since the area had been redeveloped for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and I was pleasantly surprised with the upgrades. Located below Mini Town, the Circus Circus ...
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Day Hikes of the Drakensberg
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Day Hikes of the Drakensberg

The Drakensberg Mountain Range is one of South Africa’s most spectacular natural wonders, showcasing a selection of the most breath-taking vistas imaginable. It is the highest mountain range in the country, reaching an impressive 3 482 metres above sea level. Incredibly, its extensive nature means that the range spans the provinces of the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal as well as Lesotho and Swaziland. The Drakensberg is a hiker’s dream destination as it offers so much in the way of trails – ranging from relatively short, easy walks to far more challenging, even technical...
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