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The I Heart Market in Durban
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The I Heart Market in Durban

I joined a friend this morning on a visit to the I Heart Market in Durban. Located bang outside the Moses Mabhida Stadium, the market takes place from 9am to 2pm on the first Saturday of every month (to accommodated Christmas shoppers the market is open on every Saturday in December). After moving from Cape Town in June I was interested to see what this market had to offer in comparison to the abundance of markets held all over the Mother City and I’m pleased to say that I was far from disappointed.  Although there were not as many food stalls as one might find at a Cape Town market, wh...
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Skye Bistro at Fordoun Hotel and Spa – A review
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Skye Bistro at Fordoun Hotel and Spa – A review

Skye Bistro is a fine dining restaurant situated in the heart of the spectacular KwaZulu Natal Midlands and has a reputation as being one of the best eateries on the popular Midlands Meander. From scrumptious farm style breakfasts to tasty light lunches to sumptuous dinners, the restaurant’s varied menu is reported to cater for almost every palate and I was quite eager to experience first hand what they had to offer. Forming part of the award-winning Fordoun Hotel and Spa in the beautiful Nottingham Road area, the Skye Bistro has a unique appeal that differentiates it from other restaurants...
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Paintballing In KwaZulu Natal
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Paintballing In KwaZulu Natal

The game of paintballing is the perfect solution for those addicted to computer or Xbox games that involve combat. Instead of sitting in your revolving chair and clicking away at the controls, get out there and enjoy some real-life combat with friends. Those living in the South African province of KwaZulu Natal have a number of awesome opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the balmy summer playing round after round of paintball with your friends or family. This is also a great activity for team building, as it teaches cooperation, loyalty and teamwork. Here are some top venues for Paintb...
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Adrenalin-Pumping Durbs
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Adrenalin-Pumping Durbs

Durban is the tourist epicentre of KwaZulu Natal, best known for three things – beaches, year-round summers and hot, hot curries. Being home to some of South Africa’s most magnificent beaches, Durban has always been a hotspot for water sports. However, there is so much more to this bustling city. Tourists from all over the world that are looking for an adrenalin rush will be well-rewarded in Durbs, where there is simply no end to the variety of things to do and see. After booking in to your hotel in Durban, experience some of these exciting activities that are absolute must for those wanti...
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The Eaves Restaurant At Granny Mouse Country House
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The Eaves Restaurant At Granny Mouse Country House

Known for its award-winning menu and fine dining, The Eaves restaurant at Granny Mouse Country House in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands is indeed a fantastic restaurant as I discovered when I visited the establishment for lunch recently. Situated a little way off the well-known R103 that runs through the heart of the Midlands Meander, Granny Mouse Country House is about a 30-minute drive from KwaZulu Natal’s capital, Pietermaritzburg, and about an hour and a half from Durban, the provinces’ tourism hub. An avenue of elegant looking trees flanked the dust road that led up to the establishment, wh...
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Museums to Visit in Durban
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Museums to Visit in Durban

Durban, in the South African province of KwaZulu Natal, is known for its humid conditions, tropical fruits, hot curries and stunning beaches. However, this area of the country is also rich in cultural history, and visitors are urged to explore some of this between surfing and swimming in the warm Indian Ocean waters. Some of most interesting museums in Durban The KwaZulu Cultural Museum Having been opened in 1984, this museum is focused on the Nguni people of the country. It showcases collections of their beadwork as well as fascinating insights into their culture, history and everyday ...
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Meeting The Sharks in Durban
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Meeting The Sharks in Durban

The KwaZulu Natal coastline is known for its abundance in marine life, not least of all as one of the preferred sites of the feared Great White shark. Of course, the swimming beaches are protected by shark nets and other effective efforts. These animals are beautiful, graceful and powerful. Although they may strike fear into the hearts of a swimmer, they are also intriguing. So, Durban has several facilities that enable its visitors to come into closer contact with these and other majestic sea creatures. KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board Meeting The Sharks in Durban: The KZN Sharks Board is ...
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Getting Out and About in St Lucia
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Getting Out and About in St Lucia

St Lucia, in KwaZulu Natal, is an exquisite destination that is abundant in spectacular plant and animal life, making for a very rich tourist experience. The Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park has been dubbed a World Heritage Site, and is a wonderland for nature lovers who relish the sheer beauty of the South African landscape. The greater St Lucia Wetlands Park comprises five distinct ecosystems, each of which presents its own variety of fascinating fauna and flora. In fact, there are certain intriguing species that are unique to St Lucia, making an exploration of the area very special. ...
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I Love Umhlanga Ridge Because …
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I Love Umhlanga Ridge Because …

Hi, I’m Sheila from The Sandringham B&B in Umhlanga Ridge on the Umhlanga Coastline, KwaZulu Natal. UMHLANGA RIDGE IS BEST KNOWN FOR being the perfect holiday destination. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT The Sharks Board dissection show, the only one of its kind in the world. THE BEST Indian Ocean PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT sunrise from our extensive deck. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the beach are always a pleasure to review. WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO view the ships on the Ocean. WHEN THE WEATHER'S BAD, I LIKE TO Gateway Theatre of Shopping, the largest shopping arena in th...
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Caversham Mill Restaurant – The eternal heart of the Midlands Meander
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Caversham Mill Restaurant – The eternal heart of the Midlands Meander

It had been quite a while since I had visited the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, so I was looking forward to making the drive up from Pietermaritzburg to the Caversham Mill Restaurant, reported to be one of the best outdoor restaurants in South Africa. It was a beautiful winter’s day with clear blue skies and wonderfully picturesque countryside that the Midlands is famous for, and I felt privileged to live in such close proximity to what I will always consider a small piece of heaven on earth. Forty-five minutes later, we arrived at our destination and made our way to the establishment’s entrance,...
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Traffords Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A Trip Down Memory Lane
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Traffords Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A Trip Down Memory Lane

Situated at 43 Miller Street in Pietermaritzburg, Traffords restaurant is one of Pietermaritzburg’s newest culinary attractions and is a unique establishment, as I discovered when I had dinner there recently. Owned by local businessperson Penny Hatting, Traffords is a throwback to the restaurants of the 1960s and 1970s, when fine dining was the order of the day. Hatting named the restaurant after her late father, Trafford Swanepoel, who loved fine food and fine restaurants and treated his family to meals at some of the best restaurants in the country. “Trafford’s epitomises the fine dining ...
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I Love Rorkes Drift Because …
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I Love Rorkes Drift Because …

Hi, I’m Kristie Paine from Rorkes Drift, Battlefields, KwaZulu Natal. Rorkes Drift IS BEST KNOWN FOR The battlefields (Anglo-Zulu) and for the Crafts that come from this area. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift museums, these are the special places where people lost their lives fighting for their Country/ King. THE BEST cultural PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN with many of the Happy people who live in this area - the children especially are very friendly. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT Isibindi Zulu Lodge with our Zulu Dancers after a wonderful zulu dancing display as real as an...
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10 Top Things To Do In The Natal Midlands
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10 Top Things To Do In The Natal Midlands

The Natal Midlands conjure up a picture of green undulating hills, clean air, country villages, pubs, a collection of artists, waterfalls, forests and the foothills of the Drakensberg. And indeed, if you add to this some of the greatest birding spots, superb bass fishing, trout farms, cheeseries, breweries, art galleries, coffee shops, guest houses and farms, you will indeed have a good idea of what awaits you should you decide to travel there. The Midlands, during the winter months, is a wonderful escape from the rainy, wet conditions of the Western Cape. And whilst you might not quite ...
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I Love Bergville Because …
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I Love Bergville Because …

Hi, I’m Vaughn from Bergville in the Drakensberg. BERGVILLE IS BEST KNOWN FOR the location as the gateway to the Northern Drakensberg; a thriving agricultural town, supporting the various local communities with supplies. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Royal Natal National Park. This park has been declared a World Heritage Site with spectacular mountain vistas, the highest waterfall in Africa and the start of the might uTukela Rivers that flows some 700kms into the Indian Ocean. THE BEST landscape PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN IN autumn and winter, with snow capped peaks during June, July a...
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A beautiful venue for Cars in the Park
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A beautiful venue for Cars in the Park

Established in 1860, Alexandra Park in Pietermaritzburg boasts an impressive array of flower and other plant species, while the cricket Oval, with its fascinating Victorian Pavilion (a national monument), regularly hosts many of the KwaZulu-Natal capital’s cultural events. Considered for many decades to be the city’s main social activity centre, Alexandra Park is well known for showcasing annual events like Art in the Park – the largest outdoor art exhibition in South Africa; Cars in the Park – an annual motoring event featuring vehicles past and present; and Maritzburg Fantasia – a Christmas ...
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