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Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban » Morningside September 27th 2011

Episode 5 (27.9.11) Swaziland and on to Durban Hello to all our friends, family and colleagues back home. Hope the weather is warming up by now ?? After Kruger, we drove South, through the kingdom of Swaziland. This is a separate country and required passports, immigration, etc. It was all straightforward, except that Bryan had to fill in a long and tedious form because he was carrying a small laptop. Why ? We never found out.The Swazi immigration building was a glorified shed, with many people milling about semmingly doing nothing. Anyway, Swaziland was interesting - a very poor country with lots of villages with those round beehive type huts, and livestock strolling all over the roads. We stayed in a nice hotel in the village of Siteki, where the waiter was no sure of the ... read more

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban » Morningside April 1st 2011

Today I flew from Joburg down to Durban! Leaving a mild Joburg, walking out of King Shaka airport in Durban was a great surprise as it was very hot and humid! I took the airport shuttle from the airport into Durban, and it dropped me off at Tekweni Backpackers, which is just off Florida Road (Durbans main resturant/bar area). After a short while id started talking to a bunch of English people who were on a placement in Durban, And they suggested i come to a beach party/festival with them the next day (saturday). The Festival was great, awesome DJ's, just the queues where pretty large.....After a few hours of being at the festival, a few of us went to watch the Sharks match. They were playing the stormers and it wasnt the greatest of games ... read more
Amimi Skatting
The Village
Stew and Oli

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban » Morningside February 9th 2011

Well!!! It’s now 6th February and I haven’t written anything for days – just too busy! Will now try and do a quick update – Scott has been doing lists so we wouldn’t forget. Montevideo was great – very much more European than Brazil had been. In the morning we got the courtesy bus to a shopping mall where we re-stocked on gin and tonic and red wine – had a wander round and saw many of the passengers doing the same thing. After we had taken shopping back we then caught the bus to Independence Square and strolled the streets of the Old Town and visited the market. Also went to a huge market like building which was filled with all different restaurants cooking their meat and fish on huge barbeques – it was fab!! ... read more
following the green line
For our Scottish pals

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban » Morningside October 23rd 2010

We got up early in the hope we could fit in a trip up Table Mountain in the cable car before we had to get to the airport for our 12pm flight to Durban. Turns out that although it was raining and the mountain was in cloud, they were able to run it today… yesterday had been bright sunshine and but they’d had to close it! We paid our entrance fee then queued for the pod to collect us. It was much faster than I expected and could fit in 65 people in. The floor rotated so each person in the pod could get a view of the mountains and city below us. When we reached the top, we were completely covered in cloud. The rocks and vegetation were like something out of Lord of the ... read more
Me surrounded by cloud
Goodbye to GaGa-Car
Me with Ellie, Laura, Hana, Summer and Lily

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban » Morningside November 10th 2009

On arriving in Durban I soon settled into my dorm room and got chatting to various people in the hostel and made arrangements to spend the next day with Jean, a Dutch guy. So Wednesday morning I got up and enjoyed the delectable breakfast on offer - muesli, plain yoghurt followed by marmalade on toast.... a fantastic change from fried eggs on toast! I then got my swimming stuff together and Jean and I headed out for the day with the intention of walking down to the beach and along the promenade and then visit the aquarium at uShaka Marine World. Having reached the promenade it was clear that Durban is preparing itself for the 2010 World Cup and there were extensive renovation works going on. Having walked down onto the beach Jean started taking photos ... read more
Fisherman off the pier
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Turtle off to be fed

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