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Curry at the Salt Rock Hotel
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Curry at the Salt Rock Hotel

We stopped in at the Salt Rock Hotel for an early dinner on the way home from Gateway on Saturday evening – our original idea was to have a burger but as we had arrived shortly after 17h00 (which is when the snack bar menu stops being served) we had to opt for a curry instead. Not that this was second prize – the curry at the Salt Rock Hotel is legendary in these parts, and this one came up trumps! Although the Salt Rock Hotel has a dining room and verandah area which looks out onto beautiful gardens, we chose to sit out on the deck to make the most of the balmy weather and magnificent ...
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Enjoy Luxury Accommodation at The Crooked Tree Lodge in Umhlanga
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Enjoy Luxury Accommodation at The Crooked Tree Lodge in Umhlanga

Situated in the heart of Umhlanga Rocks, Crooked Tree Lodge is a fabulous 3 star establishment set in one of the top holiday destinations in South Africa. Perfectly located for that ideal holiday or your business trip, this establishment is close to all major roads, La Lucia Ridge and Umhlanga Village which boasts beautiful Blue Flag beaches. Durban ICC is only 15 minutes away while The Gateway Theater of Shopping is a mere 2 minutes. Offering both self catering and bed & breakfast options, you will be able to enjoy a holiday that will suit your needs and your budget. No matter what you...
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What to Wear in KwaZulu Natal – The ultimate packing list
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What to Wear in KwaZulu Natal – The ultimate packing list

Affectionately called KZN by the locals, the KwaZulu-Natal Province is a popular tourist hotspot for many reasons. One of the most significant of these, though, is its year-round summery conditions along the long coastline. Caressed by the arm waters of the inviting Indian Ocean, the beaches of KwaZulu-Natal continue to lure visitors from all over South Africa and the world to enjoy their sunny vacation here. Of course, as one moves further inland, the temperatures drop a little and the humidity decreases. Still, KwaZulu-Natal continues to be the destination of choice for those that want to ex...
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KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra World Symphony Series line up
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KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra World Symphony Series line up

I am so looking forward to Thursday, September 26th because not only is it our wedding anniversary but we are also marking the occasion with a trip to Durban to watch the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in concert as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations. I am constantly bemoaning the fact that not much in the way of international shows ever comes to Durban but after reading about the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra World Symphony Series line up taking place at the beautiful City Hall on Thursday evenings through September and October thought that I must make the effort to g...
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Sapore in Nottingham Road
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Sapore in Nottingham Road

As mentioned in a previous blog, we spent the Woman’s Day long weekend in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands town of Nottingham Road. We were guests of a wedding and with the service taking place at 14h00 but dinner to only be served about five hours later, the wedding literature sent with the invitation subtly hinted that a decent lunch of some kind would be advisable (you know, to line the stomach that a free bar normally plays havoc with!) We took this advice on board and with three weddings in Nottingham Road that day, booked a table at Sapore earlier in the morning. There is nothing worse than...
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Blueberry Hill Cafe in Nottingham Road
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Blueberry Hill Cafe in Nottingham Road

Perched on the top of a hill, in a fairly nondescript, barn-like building on Netherwood Farm in Nottingham Road is Blueberry Hill Cafe. We attended a wedding at Bellwood over the Womans Day long weekend and with our self catering accommodation at Netherwood at the bottom of the hill that Blueberry Café is perched upon, it made sense to start the day here. My husband and I were the first people to arrive and after pulling the huge sliding doors open were greeted by the friendly staff and more importantly a blazing log fire … the weather was freezing – in fact the mercury had hovered around 4...
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Kwazulu Natal for bird watchers
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Kwazulu Natal for bird watchers

If you’re coming to Kwazulu Natal in search of birding areas, then you have found a gold mine. The North-Eastern region in particular boasts a vast array of bird life in its grassland, lagoons, forests and woodlands.  You can look forward to the Zululand birding route which includes an Elephant Coast Route, North West route and a Southern Route. Within the Zululand route lies over 605 bird species including the really special finds of Pink-Throated Twinspot, Green Barbet, Neergard’s Sun bird and Pel’s Fishing Owl. Photograph: Jackal Buzzard in the Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal The Elepha...
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Little Havana
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Little Havana

With a farmer, who works most weekends, for a husband, we don’t often find the time to go out for a decent meal but after sampling the dishes on offer at the Taste of Durban festival a few weeks back and really enjoying the wasabi calamari that Little Havana served, we were eager to see what else they had on the menu. We made the 45 minute drive from Stanger to Umhlanga on Friday evening, stopping first at Gateway Theatre of Shopping to watch a movie and after that made our way to Granada Square at 16 Chartwell Drive for our dinner reservation at Little Havana. The restaurant has the ben...
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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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