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KwaZulu Natal Visitorials

We ♥ KwaZulu Natal … We’ve asked those in the know, to complete a short questionnaire highlighting their favourites about destinations in KwaZulu Natal. Stop by before you travel and discover where locals go for the best cup of coffee, their favourite restaurants and shops and much more. We’re letting you in on all of their secrets …

Monday, 17 September 2012

I Love Bothas Hill Because …

I ♥ Botha’s Hill

I ♥ Botha’s Hill

Hi, I’m Jo-Anne from Eagle Wind Manor Guest House in Botha’s Hill in Durban in KwaZulu Natal.

Botha’s Hill IS BEST KNOWN FOR being the start of the Midlands Meander.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Eagle Wind Manor in our gorgeous tree garden with the beauty of the guest house as your backdrop.

THE BEST daytime PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT on the brink of our doorstep at the breath taking Valley of 1000 Hills. Continued

Monday, 2 July 2012

I Love Umhlanga Ridge Because …

I ♥ Umhlanga Ridge

I ♥ Umhlanga Ridge

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. Continued

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

I Love Rorkes Drift Because …

I ♥ Rorkes Drift

I ♥ Rorkes Drift

Hi, I’m Kristie Paine from Isibindi Zulu Lodge in 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 anything you’ve experienced before, it’s done by the local children of Rorke’s Drift. And they truly love it! Continued

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

I Love Bergville Because …

I ♥ Bergville

I ♥ Bergville

Hi, I’m Vaughn from Berghouse and Cottages in 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 and August. The most spectacular panoramic pictures can be taken from the Berghouse and Cottages as well as from the main road through Bergville on the R74.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS of the flowers on the sides of the road in autumn, fields of the colourful cosmos flowers are spectacular. Continued

Monday, 28 May 2012

I Love Himeville Because …

I ♥ Himeville

I ♥ Himeville

Hi, I’m Simone Suchet from Sani Lodge Backpackers in Himeville.

Himeville IS BEST KNOWN FOR peace and mountain views.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Sani Top Chalet – the highest pub in Southern Africa by going on a Lesotho Tour with Drakensburg Adventures.

THE BEST autumn PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT Kenmo Lake.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT The Giants Cup Nature Trail on the Sani Pass Road.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO swim in crystal clear mountain streams.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO feel the warmth from a log fire (using wood from a local and sustainable source). Continued

Friday, 18 May 2012

I Love Champagne Valley Because …

I ♥ Champagne Valley

I ♥ Champagne Valley

Hi, I’m Diane Harrison from Champagne Haven in Champagne Valley in the Drakensberg.

Champagne Valley IS BEST KNOWN FOR its magnificent scenery, amazing hikes and many fun activities.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the canopy tour to prove you were brave enough.

THE BEST scenery PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN from a canoe in the magnificent dam.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the summit of the sunset trail. Continued

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

I Love Rosetta Because …

I ♥ Rosetta

I ♥ Rosetta

Hi, I’m John Wetton from Jolo Guest Farm in Rosetta in the Natal Midlands, KwaZulu Natal.

ROSETTA IS BEST KNOWN FOR peace, tranquillity, a real village atmosphere having no 21st century  commercialism.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Blueberry Hill for magnificent views of the Berg.

THE BEST Berg PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Kamberg and Highmoor Nature Reserves.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT Gowrie Village. Continued

Monday, 30 April 2012

I Love Mtunzini Because …

I ♥ Mtunzini

I ♥ Mtunzini

Hi, I’m Ann Walters from Mtunzini in Zululand, KwaZulu Natal.

Mtunzini IS BEST KNOWN FOR its exceptional setting overlooking an unspoilt lagoon and miles of beautiful beach.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT sunrise while strolling on the beach.

THE BEST mood PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the Raphia Palm Natural Monument which is like a Gothic cathedral with palms for columns and arches.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS FROM the top deck of a barge cruising down the Mlalazi River.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO swim in the warm Indian Ocean.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO meet friends for a chat at one of our many coffee shops. Continued

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

I Love Mooi River Because …

I ♥ Mooi River

I ♥ Mooi River

Hi, I’m Arlene Arnold from Wild Berry Guest Farm in Mooi River.

Originally called Lawrenceville, the town of Mooi River nestles in a valley some 1401m above sea level.  The Zulus called the river “Mpofana” or “place of the eland”, while the Dutch named it “Mooi” meaning “pretty”.  The countryside varies from mountainous in the west of the district towards Giants Castle, through rolling hills and grassland to the thornveld around Middelrus in the northwest.  It is a well-watered landscape, most of it ideally suited to agriculture.

In 1884 the railway reached Alexander Lawrence’s farm Grantleigh and the town was established and grew around the railway station.  Mooi River became a Town Board in 1921 and steady progress, based on agriculture, tourism and industry, enabled it to obtain Borough status in 1959.  It is today rightly regarded at the gateway to the Midlands, Kamberg and Giants Castle and to the dramatically scenic areas of Rietvlei and Middelrus. Continued

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

I Love Morningside Durban Because …

I ♥ Morningside

I ♥ Morningside

Hi, I’m Caroline from Lindsay Loft in Morningside, Durban in KwaZulu Natal.

Morningside IS BEST KNOWN FOR being a trendy upmarket suburb with many restaurants, pubs and clubs. Its parks and gardens and beautiful residential homes including Kings House, the State President’s residence when he visits Durban, just add an extra dimension.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO walk around Mitchell and Jameson Park.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO curl up with a good book.

I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS Spring, Autumn or Winter, BECAUSE some people find it a bit hot in Summer. Continued

Monday, 16 April 2012

I Love Underberg Because …

I ♥ Underberg

I ♥ Underberg

Hi, I’m Caryn Walker from Bergview in Underberg in the Drakensberg.

Underberg IS BEST KNOWN FOR fly fishing, bird watching and hiking.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the viewpoint as you enter Underberg, as you get a lovely view of the mountain.

THE BEST Underberg PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the top of the Hlongoma Mountain directly behind Bergview.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the many reserves around the area.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO go tubing down the river.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S BAD, I LIKE TO sit in front of a fire and watch the scenery from inside. Continued

Monday, 5 March 2012

I Love Pinetown Because …

I ♥ Pinetown

I ♥ Pinetown

Hi, I’m Eddie Bond from Pinetown in KwaZulu Natal.

Pinetown IS BEST KNOWN FOR community based living.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT Paradise Valley Nature Reserve, the most relaxing place to picnic.

THE BEST family and friends PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the old architectural building of Marianhill Monastery.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT Giba Gorge. Continued

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

I Love Eshowe Because …

I ♥ Eshowe

I ♥ Eshowe

Hi, I’m Ann Davenport from Eshowe Hills Eco and Golf Estate in Eshowe, KwaZulu Natal.

ESHOWE IS BEST KNOWN FOR its beautiful forest and birdlife and is centrally situated for trips to the game reserves and Battlefields.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Dlinza Forest and Aerial Boardwalk.

THE BEST scenic PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT Eshowe Hills.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT Pobanke Lake and Shakaland.

WHEN THE WEATHER’S GOOD, I LIKE TO go for walks in the forest.

I THINK THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT IS all year around, BECAUSE Eshowes climate is cooler in summer than down at the coast and from March to July we have ‘champagne weather'; cool and sunny. The winters are moderate. Continued

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

I Love La Lucia Because …

I ♥ La Lucia

I ♥ La Lucia

Hi, I’m Priscilla Rodrigues from La Lucia in KwaZulu Natal.

LA LUCIA IS BEST KNOWN FOR its beautiful, tranquil, lush green surroundings.  It is the place to come to unwind, put your feet up and de-stress … It is quiet, peaceful and calming – the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday towns; and relax and reflect; and yet it is still really close to all the exciting attractions and activities both Umhlanga and Durbs have to offer! You get the best of both worlds! (Could it get any better?)

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Durban Beachfront while taking a ride on a rickshaw.

THE BEST scenic PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT night at the new Umhlanga pier, from a cable car ride over the top of the new Moses Mabhida Stadium or at the tranquil Botanical Gardens.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT The Golden Mile – Durban Beachfront during the flea market, Sibaya Casino, Victoria Street Market or at one of the many shows at the Barnyard Theatre in Gateway Mall and obviously any of our beautiful beaches and Ushaka Marine World! Continued

Friday, 17 February 2012

I Love Ballito Because …

I ♥ Ballito

I ♥ Ballito

Hi, I’m Jaimé Ernst from Ballito in KwaZulu Natal.

Ballito IS BEST KNOWN FOR its endless summers, golden beaches, breathtaking sunrises and regular sightings of the bottlenose dolphins that use our coastline as their playground.

Fabulous golf courses, mountain biking trails, quad biking adventures make sure that there is something to keep everyone busy.

GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Mr Price Pro Surfing Competition that takes place yearly on our beaches.

THE BEST family PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT Willard Beach while you enjoy frolicking in the waves or building sandcastles on the beach.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS can be taken while having fun on the zip line or high above the skies as you enjoy a microlight flight and take in all that Ballito has to offer from the air. Continued