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A casual beach bungalow inspired by the 1950s and 60s surf era, is the exciting new spot in the Umhlanga Village strip – The Beach House. Join us as I take you through the amazing afternoon we had at this sensational hangout. Photos: Matthew Moon We had the pleasure of visiting the recently opened restaurant for a long and lazy afternoon of grazing and experiencing everything that the popular new hangout has to offer. From...

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Looking back on the history of our beautiful town, we acknowledge what a wonderful place it can be to visit time and again as a prized holiday destination. Suppose you grew up anywhere in the North Durban area. In that case, you can probably still remember the ‘long’ drive from Durban North to Umhlanga. Once you passed Sunningdale, you literally drove through the sugar cane fields down into the Somerset Valley, up onto the Ridge,...

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We’ve got loads of FABULOUS stuff you’re going to love in this edition!   Our favourites this edition! SIX DOGS BLUE GIN The first blue gin to be launched in South Africa, Six Dogs Blue is a classic dry gin with a slightly floral character, with hints of freshly cut lucerne and morning-harvested rose pelargonium. Its name derived from the blue pea flower (Clitoria ternatea), an antioxidant and alleged aphrodisiac in traditional medicine. The infusion...

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“It has been touch and go as to whether the 2021 event would even be able to take place this year,” says Alene Naidoo, Organiser of The Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Lights. “Last year was such a disappointment, when we had to close early, due to adjusted COVID restrictions; but we have received the go-ahead from the relevant authorities and barring any major announcements from the President, we are optimistic that the 2021 show...

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Candy Cane Lane Holiday Light Drive-Through – A First for Durban Admittedly, the usual festive cheer that takes hold of Durbanites and visitors around December, has been a bit wanting over the past two years, with the COVID-19 pandemic scuppering the holiday plans for many.   The team that brings you KwaZulu-Natal’s largest holiday light show got thinking about a complementary experience that would cater to the many that would not be able to enjoy...

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With the new Omnicron variant driving a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections, concerns have been raised about health and safety and public events. Fortunately, event organisers of the 2021 Ballito Pro presented by O’Neill have implemented a stringent COVID-19 safety programme to protect contestants and visitors. This will allow the KwaDukuza event to go ahead as scheduled from 9 to 19 December. “In planning for The Ballito Pro, our COVID-19 safety programme has taken into...

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Cover image: Emdoneni Lodge   TRAVEL SA brings you a snippet of what is to come in their December mag. There is a desire and real need for most people to “get away” from time to time. In this spread, we hope to spark some interest and options for future travel bookings. We do have amazing bush, beach and Berg options right here in KZN, so why not take advantage of that and travel locally...

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These enchanting wedding venues are the perfect place for you and your beloved to tie the knot!   Bayala Private Safari Lodge & Camp At Bayala Private Safari Lodge & Camp in Northern Zululand, KZN, an easy three hour drive from Durban, we offer the ideal destination-wedding venue where you are assured of the most memorable evening, weekend or week long affair imaginable. Share your dreams, wishes and specific needs and we will customise your...

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A honeymoon set in the mountains is the perfect way to spend time together, especially when you are at The Cavern Drakensberg Resort & Spa in the Northern Drakensberg of KwaZulu-Natal. The gentle arms of nature immediately cradle you as you arrive at The Cavern. It is all around you: hillsides of waving grass hiding families of resting Mountain Reedbuck, steep rocky ravines with tumbling waterfalls and secret places within the forested kloofs. The Cavern...

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Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Durban uMhlanga Ridge officially opened this month, making it the first Fire & Ice! by Marriott hotel in KwaZulu-Natal and the fourth in South Africa. A highly anticipated addition to the brand’s fast-growing portfolio, it joins Fire & Ice! by Marriott hotels in Melrose Arch (Johannesburg), Cape Town and Menlyn (Pretoria). A short drive from King Shaka International Airport, Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Durban uMhlanga Ridge is...