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Tasting some of Durban’s finest at Taste of Durban Festival
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Tasting some of Durban’s finest at Taste of Durban Festival

The Taste of Durban Festival was held over this past weekend, July 26th – 28th. With family on holiday from Bahrain and grandparents available to babysit, a group of five of us (siblings and partners!) braved the blustery wind and slightly inclement conditions on Saturday evening to enjoy all that the occasion had to offer. Taking place at the Suncoast Casino on Durban’s beachfront, the three days of the festival were divided into taste sessions with tickets sold only for that particular session. Afternoon sessions were from 13h00 to 17h00 on Saturday and Sunday and the evening sessions on ...
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A Quick Bite at Mo-zam-bik in Ballito – a review
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A Quick Bite at Mo-zam-bik in Ballito – a review

It was date night on Friday night, but more to the point I really didn’t feel like cooking so my husband and I headed to Ballito for a quick bite to eat. We had heard good reviews about a restaurant called Mo-zam-bik so thought we would give it a try. The concept of Mo-zam-bik is a family restaurant based on the authentic Mozambiquen barraca (or hut); a place where one can get a delicious meal and sip on a Mozambiquen beer or a cocktail in a no frills but friendly, chilled out atmosphere. What Mo-zam-bik advertises Mo-zam-bik certainly delivers; the Ballito branch is a double storey bui...
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Breakfast at Zaras Café in Ballito – A Review
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Breakfast at Zaras Café in Ballito – A Review

Saturday was errand day in Ballito for my husband and I and as a reward for sitting in the traffic winding its way down to the Mr Price Pro surfing competition I treated us to breakfast at Zaras Café in the Lifestyle Centre. Zaras must have the prime spot in the centre; the paved outside area lends itself perfectly to al fresco dining with tables and chairs tucked under umbrellas for shade while the stacking glass doors let loads of light into the interior of the restaurant. It is definitely my favourite spot to grab a coffee or a bite to eat. The menu is extensive with dishes concen...
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The Food Market in Durban
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The Food Market in Durban

If there is anything I love its discovering a new market. I relocated to KwaZulu Natal from Cape Town almost a year ago and in the Mother City one is, well, spoilt for choice when it comes to markets. I mean the Earth Fair Market and the Blue Bird Market are within 10 kms of each other and they happen three times a week! Nevertheless, Durban and Ballito are not far behind when it comes to quality and range of traders and produce. I joined friends at the end of last month at The Food Market in Durban which takes place on the last Saturday of every month at the Hellenic Centre in Durban North...
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South Africa’s Majestic Drakensberg Mountains
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South Africa’s Majestic Drakensberg Mountains

The Drakensberg Mountains are not only the largest but highest mountain range in Southern Africa stretching all the way along Kwazulu Natal’s western boundary. It’s Dutch for “dragon mountains” and Zulu name, Ukhahlamba, means a "barrier of spears". Its Southern region can be found in Lesotho whilst the rest of its undeniably spectacular valleys can be visited in the northern and central areas. Some of the most popular valleys include Cathedral, Didima, Ampitheatre, Champagne Valley and Middledale Pass Valley. Once you visit, you will want to linger longer and luckily there are many cam...
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Exploring the Baynesfield Museum In Richmond
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Exploring the Baynesfield Museum In Richmond

A few weeks ago my family and I went to Richmond for the weekend and on the way home stopped in at Baynesfield Museum.  Set in beautiful grounds, with a Victorian house as its centerpiece, the Museum is a fascinating place with various buildings and sheds housing all sorts of different things. The estate was founded by Joseph Baynes in 1863 and after he died in 1925, leaving no heirs, the estate was left in trust for all South Africans to enjoy. Baynes House, built in 1882 from Pietermaritzburg red brick, has a sweeping set of 20 stairs leading up to the verandah and front door – it really ...
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Boys Weekend in KwaZulu Natal
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Boys Weekend in KwaZulu Natal

Boys’ weekends are not given nearly enough attention. These are great ways for dads, sons, brothers and friends to get away from the stresses and strains of city living and enjoy some real male bonding time, which (they may be surprised to learn) involves more than cold beers, hot braai and rugby. We have put together some ideas for a fun and exciting boys weekend in KwaZulu Natal that promises something that you will always remember, and that the girls with approve of. Shark Cage Diving Plunge into the warm Indian Ocean waters to view the many shark species that call this home, protected...
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A Visit to the Minerva Museum and Private Nature Reserve
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A Visit to the Minerva Museum and Private Nature Reserve

Many of you might, like me, not know very much about the Minerva Museum and Private Nature Reserve or for that matter have even heard of them. To put you in the picture, the museum is a Natural Heritage Site and is part of the private nature reserve at the very top of a hill overlooking the Byrne Valley in Richmond, KwaZulu Natal. The museum is a fascinating place. The owner, Malcom Anderson has been collecting treasures for over 50 years ... the oldest item on display is a jaw harp which he got when he was nine! The museum has a large collection of old cars – all of these are under cover j...
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Beauty and Wellness in Pietermaritzburg
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Beauty and Wellness in Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg is the formal capital city of KwaZulu Natal, second only to Durban in terms of tourist appeal. While it may be popular for many things, every busy traveller needs time out, and there is no better way to relax and escape the stress of the ‘real world’ than by indulging in health and beauty treatments. Here are some of Pietermaritzburg’s best retreats for weary bodies and minds ... The Karkloof Spa Wellness & Wildlife Retreat This spa is acclaimed for its eco-friendly status, as well as for its detox and weight-loss programmes. These programmes are tailored to each ...
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Arts and Crafts in KwaZulu Natal
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Arts and Crafts in KwaZulu Natal

Exploring the arts and crafts of a destination means getting to know the culture and vibe of that place, immersing yourself in its essence. South Africa has a complex and fascinating history, and the arts and crafts produced here often tell a poignant story of yesteryear. Therefore, it is a enchanting destination and visitors are encouraged to amble around the craft markets and stop at the street vendors to get a taste of this heritage and creativity. KwaZulu Natal is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors from all over the country and the world to be a part of its gorgeo...
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Richards Bay for Outdoor Enthusiasts
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Richards Bay for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Richards Bay is a beautiful coastal town in the balmy South African province of KwaZulu Natal. Situated on a lagoon, there is plenty of natural splendour that defines this small holiday hub, which is also known for its almost year-round temperate conditions. In addition, Richards Bay is home to one of the biggest harbours in the country. In such natural magnificence, being outdoors is a must, at least for part of your stay in KwaZulu Natal. Richards Bay does not disappoint in terms of offering a variety of things to do and see within the beauty of the outdoors. Richards Bay for Outdoor E...
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Rock Climbing in KwaZulu Natal
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Rock Climbing in KwaZulu Natal

The landscape of KwaZulu Natal is an exquisitely varied one. There are a number of hilly and mountainous areas, which make this a fabulous destination for mountain climbers. Of course, these mountainous retreats are great for more than just climbing. Walking, hiking, camping and cycling are also popular pastimes in this natural splendour. The main rock climbing areas are, naturally, the Drakensberg Mountains and the area comprising Monteseel Crag, Shongweni and Kloof Gorge. Rock Climbing in KwaZulu Natal Monteseel Crag Monteseel Crag boasts around 300 different mountain climbing routes...
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The KwaZulu Natal Beer Route
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The KwaZulu Natal Beer Route

There are few things as welcome and refreshing on a hot, South African summer’s day than a crisp, cold beer. Its golden hues, perfect white head and delightful bubbles that excite and satisfy every thirsty cell in your body make for one of the world’s most popular and refreshing beverages. KwaZulu Natal has long been a popular tourist destination for a number of reasons, not least of all its stunning beaches and year-round temperate weather conditions. However, the Beer Route (or Brew Route, as it is affectionately known) is a recent addition to the tourist offering, and promises something ...
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Top Nature Reserves of the Elephant Coast
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Top Nature Reserves of the Elephant Coast

The Elephant Coast is a wild, unspoilt part of the magnificent KwaZulu Natal Province of South Africa. It stretches up, almost meeting the Mozambique border, and is lush and fertile. It is acclaimed for the dune elephants, a herd of African Elephants that have been living here for generations. Exploring the nature reserves of the Elephant Coast allows you to appreciate the natural abundance, the flora and fauna, in a close, personal way. Each of the reserves offers something unique, and boasts its own appeal. Visitors to South African and KwaZulu Natal are urged to take time in discovering ...
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5 Appealing Breaks From Durban
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5 Appealing Breaks From Durban

Continuing in our series on great spots to stay and prompted by a reader's plea to include KwaZulu-Natal breakaways, here are a further collection of peaceful and inspiring destinations that could be your choice for any one of the upcoming long weekends. Nkawu Cottage, Mtunzini, Zululand Mtunzini, just 135km north of Durban, is one of those places you have to visit at least once. The little town with its own nature reserve and incredible lagoon, and endless beaches, makes a peaceful and welcome break. This little cottage, which sleeps four, caught our eye because of the artistic atten...
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