All About Africa; Durban

All About Africa; Durban

Known as South Africas “friendliest cities” Durban has to be one of South Africa’s best kept secrets! It’s the middle man for Joburg and Cape town, a cool laid back, yet busy city, Durban combines an exciting mix of urban Afro-Indian culture and is slowly but surely becoming the place to be. Durban has been likened to the Mediterranean for its beach-bum vibe and relaxed atmosphere.

Why Visit Durban

  • The Weather – Of course just like every other South African city, Durban doesn’t experience cold winters like here in the UK. But whats different about durban is the fact that it is warmer than the rest of the Country and that no matter the season, the sun is always shining and in winter, the day temperature hardly ever falls below 18° C making it the ideal destination for any type of holiday.
  • The Golden Mile – Durban’s Golden Mile, a 3.7 mile stretch of sandy beach, invites surfers and swimmers to enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Durban’s beachfront was completely redeveloped for the 2010 World Cup.
  • Art – Durban’s art museum was the first in the country to start collecting African art.
  • Everything you could ever wish for in one city – Durban has the sea, the valleys, and the mountains. Everyone knows about Durban’s amazing ocean but what people forget is that people can go a few kilometres inland and drive through the scenic midlands or even further into KwaZulu-Natal to see a number of game reserves.
  • Shopping – North of Durban, the Gateway Shopping Mall is one of the 50 largest malls in the world and claims to be the biggest mall in the Southern Hemisphere. With 18 movie theatres, over 400 stores, an arcade, a theme park, and a water park, the mall has food options and entertainment for everyone. Or if you want something more ‘African’ Durban has an amazing range of local designers.
  • Discover Zulu Culture – Take in a Zulu experience to learn more about the culture of South Africa’s largest ethnic group (some 10 million Zulus live here). At Shakaland and PheZulu Safari Park, both located in the magnificient Valley of a 1000 Hills, you can walk through beehive huts (replicas of Zulu homesteads), sip traditional beer, watch tribal dances and participate in traditional ceremonies. Journey about 40 miles west of Durban to see Isithumba Adventure Park, an authentic, rural Zulu village.

Where To stay

All About Africa; Umhlanga, South Africa

All About Africa; Umhlanga, South Africa

Situated on the east coast of South Africa just north of the Port City of Durban Umhlanga is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. It offers the best South African tour operators, a great choice of entertainment, restaurants and nature trails, all in one secure environment. What more could you want in a holiday?

Best Places to Stay

  • Pearl Paradise

  • The Oyster Box

  • aha Auberge Hollandaise Guest House

What to do

  • Dolphin viewing
  • River rafting
  • Scuba Diving
  • Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom
  • Gateway Theatre of Shopping
  • Umhlanga Lighthouse
  • Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Trail

Where to eat

 

 

All About Africa; Zimbali, South Africa

All About Africa; Zimbali, South Africa

Looking for a holiday home in South Africa but don’t really know where to look? Why not Zimbali? With so much to do It’s the perfect place for a vacation whether you want to be alone, with family or you significant other!

To be completely honest I never even knew that this place existed until a few weeks ago but I think that you’d all agree with me when I say that this place is truly amazing. Africa is just full of wonderful surprises!

Located 45km north of Durban Zimbali Coastal Resort, one of Southern Africa’s most finest Coastal Residential Estates is situated on a pristine stretch of KwaZulu-Natal’s Dolphin Coast. In Zulu Zimbali translates to ‘valley of flowers’. Most of the architecture on the is influenced by Indonesia, you feel like your at peace and can relax away from the rest of the world and the majestic estate offers residents and guests an exceptional quality of life within a pristine natural environment. This is a place of beauty, filled with tremendous plant, bird and animal wildlife. Incorporating one of the three remaining coastal forests in KwaZulu-Natal, it harbours a wealth of natural water. How breathtaking does this sound?

Beaches

Although Zimbali has it’s very own beach there are also around 8 other beaches located within a close proximity.

Zimbali Beach – located within the Zimbali Coastal Estate. It has 3km of unspoilt beach and offers beach goers the contrasting beauty of the green forest estate with the deep blue warm Indian Ocean.

Thompsons bay – located north of Ballito. This beach is another extremely popular destination and has both qualified lifeguards and shark nets to ensure safety at all times

Ushaka Marine World- although this may not be a beach it’s a fun water park close by to go with the family and spend the day having nothing but fun

North Beach – Durban’s main beach, and it is where everything is happening.

Ballito Beach – Willard Beach is considered Ballito’s main beach. This beach has been awarded Blue Flag status, which is only given to beaches that are clean, safe and environmentally sound.

Umhlanga Beach- one of the most popular beach resort destinations on the east coast of South Africa

What to do around the resort

  • Play Tennis
  • Game Walks
  • Play Golf
  • Bird and butterfly watching
  • Mountain Biking
  • Dolphin and Whale watching
  • Hit the gym
  • Go to the Spa
  • Beach Braai
  • Scuba Diving
  • Sky Adventures
  • Deep sea Fishing

For the kids

  • Zip lining
  • Flag Farm
  • Crocodile Farm
  • Kids club
  • Jungle gym
  • junior golf
  • Soccer/football field

For the best places to eat in the area – http://www.zema.co.za/things-to-do/restaurants-cuisine

Where to stay

There are two main places to stay in Zimbali;

  1. Fairmount Lodge

2. Fairmont Resort

However if you would prefer to rent a holiday home or maybe even purchase one on the estate you can go t the following site for all the necessary details – www.zimbali.co.za