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Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban May 15th 2015

Romance. It didn’t happen to me, but it did happen on my BazBus to Durban between two passengers. It reminded me of the transience of travelling – after a couple of days, they’ll probably never see each other again. It was almost exactly like that Ethan Hawke film Before Sunrise when two backpackers meet on a train in Europe and decide to get off in Vienna where they spend all night walking the streets of the city and falling in love – only for the girl to catch a train back to France in the morning, never to see each other again. Travelling solo can get lonely – especially during low season – so I’ll admit that there was a part of me wishing it was happening to me. Boastfulness. It’s not a good look. I’ve ... read more
Moses Mabhida Stadium
City Hall
Beachside Promenade

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban April 14th 2015

Richards Bay was our first port of call in South Africa. It is an important seaport because of the proximity of minerals for export and it is the gateway to many of the game parks and to "The Big Five." These are the trophy animals: elephant, leopard, rhino, lion and Cape buffalo that everyone wants to see in the wild. In previous years, we have taken a number of game drives and short safari trips. This time we needed to get some essentials for the last month on board. So we went to a modern mall and it was quite an eye opener. Malls are a way of life in South Africa as they provide a safe environment for not only shopping but also for dining, entertainment and socializing. In a country which has a rather ... read more
RICHARDS BAY CRAFTS MARKET
DURBAN SOCCER STADIUM
ERICH ON DUTY

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban » Durban North December 25th 2014

Today we woke up at 3am to to drive to durban. the drive was an amazing introduction to the country side, the pictures will attest. Christmas at Durban was pretty amazing. 92 degrees, sun, bars and surfing. Originally we were going to stay another day but we decided it would be a better use of time to return home. We just walked in the door 23 hours later having driven half the length of the country twice.... read more
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Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban April 19th 2014

I departed Sandton, Johannesburg, as I had arrived: on the airport express service. The train breezed eastwards through suburbs, industry and intervening golf courses to Oliver Tambo International. I disembarked and scurried down the escalator to a help desk. "Where is the domestic terminal?" I asked of a young woman behind the desk. She pointed back upstairs in the direction I had seen various other people from the train heading. Feeling a bit foolish I took another escalator up to the next floor and found the SAA desk. I skirted the self check-in which I still find intimidating and joined a queue. It was being held up by a family who were taking advantage of the free cling-wrap service or whatever they call it, whereby your bags are wrapped in layer after layer of cling-film, allegedly ... read more
Suncoast Beach
Near North Beach
beachfront

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban March 15th 2014

Durban, Friday, March 14th At 8:30 we walked up to the campground’s reception area and caught the tour bus for an all day tour of the City of Durban. The tour guide gave us some information about what we would see and do as we made our way back onto the toll-way in the reverse direction and on the same roads we had traveled the day before. She filled us in a bit about the City. It is a rapidly growing urban area and is the busiest port in Africa and is currently ongoing expansion. Sugar refining is Durban's main industry. Sheep, cattle, dairy, citrus fruits, corn, sorghum, cotton, bananas, and pineapples are also raised. Vehicle assembly, tanneries, and oil refineries are also found here. Before driving as far north as Pietermaritzburg, the bus turned to ... read more
1403-255 Ballito Bay growth--construction and new developments everywhere
1403-256 Urban Durban growth--construction and new developments everywhere
1403-257 Urban Durban--Middle class houses

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban January 10th 2014

Be The Change You Want To See- (Extracted from the Art of Living by Robin Denton) Your heart is full of a thousand treasures. If you dig deeper within you will find things that will surprise, astound and amaze you! Abilities you thought you never had and wisdom you never thought existed.The world is full of miracles waiting to happen and the biggest one is you. You are the miracle of God and the 7 wonders of the world! YOU!- If you are surrounded by negativity - BE POSITIVE! Be constructve. Be Different... Dont listen to those who say youre not normal.... the world is not normal...it is OUT of balance and needs to be realigned by right thinking people...like YOU!.Be better than what you are perceived to be. Dont accept apathy or indifference. We are ... read more
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Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban November 22nd 2012

My mom always told us of a cruise that her parents went on when she was still small. The Father person in our house found a fairly affordable cruise from Durban to Mozambique for a few days. And we jumped at the opportunity. I have to be honest here before I go on. I am not a cruise girl. I like the bush. Not the sea. I like plain and simple. Not flashy and fancy. I like peace and quiet. Not activities and noise. But there we went... I spent most of my time on the outskirts of the ship in the fresh air, watching fish and dolphins and admired the most amazing groups of jelly fish about the size of a good umbrella milling in the absolutely gloriously blue water all along the Mozambique coast. ... read more

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban November 13th 2012

We left for Durban early Tuesday morning and had an uneventful drive down, apart from the awful weather as we got into Natal, heavy rain and fog patches. We were staying a week with Wendy and Barrie, a very quiet house now that the 2 boys have left home, but it was lovely to see them again and catch up on all our news. In fact so much news that it took Wendy and I until 2am the first night before we decided to go to bed, Wendy claimed to be very tired the next day and said it had nothing to do with the empty wine bottles under the bar! We also stayed a night with James and Lee which was lovely as we hadn't seen James for absolutely ages as he has been working ... read more

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban November 7th 2012

Nomaly the best expiriences that a human kind can ever expirience go untold. perhaps that should change, and the change start with me.. i have visited durban peers, with three of my friends two weeks ago and i tell you, the expiriences we got from visiting the province is second best to none. all we were busy with, in the city was spend time with the beautiful friendly people, walking around at the famous golden mile, visited the sea to swimm and take part in other water activities, explored five different shopping malls such as the gate way and the work shop shopping centre, embarked on two different walking tours to victoria erbarkment and muti market, dug deep into our political history as we visited kwamuhle museam and lastly every after a very very long and ... read more

Africa » South Africa » KwaZulu-Natal » Durban November 7th 2012

the best method of learning about south african human's every day life is to visit a township hence i also took some time to do so. i am a young capetonian of 23 years, yesterday i arrived back at home from a week long tour to durban, umlazi township. this is the third biggest township in south africa and an oldest township in kwazulu natal. this tour to the place has help me succesfully bond with my history and other african brothers and sisters, it has also taugh some african zulu dance as i visited many cultural events. I was ammazed when i visited maGumede in P section, the ordest women in south africa at 114 years, and she told me some facinating historical stories cooked for use and welcomed all those that were on tour ... read more




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