Located on the eastern coast of South Africa, just outside of the port city of Durban, Umhlanga Rocks, also referred to as Umhlanga, is a popular seaside resort town. The tropical weather and lush vegetation make this an enticing holiday destination attracting visitors from all over the world.
Standing proud on Umhlanga’s beachfront, overlooking the historical Umhlanga lighthouse, The Oyster Box has long been one of South Africa’s best-loved and most distinguished hotels. This 86-room hotel is renowned for its generous hospitality, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. The elegant rooms, decorated with antiques, feature private balconies (many with sea views), flat-screen TVs, free WiFi, tea and coffee-making facilities, and fresh fruit and flowers. Suites add separate lounges and some have private plunge pools.
This full day tour of Durban begins at the Killie Campbell Museum, home to a unique collection of Africana with changing exhibitions, as well as beautiful gardens, inspired by the city’s Botanic Gardens, the next stop on the itinerary.
This is the oldest surviving Botanic Garden in Africa. Highlights of the visit include the loneliest male in the world (an Encephalartos woodii cycad which is extinct in the wild), a walk through the Orchid House to view the orchid collection and seeing a tree that walks! All from the comfort of a golf cart with an enthusiastic horticultural expert (learn about the plants and the best way to photograph them).
Spend time with a local street artist and see amazing examples of street art during a walking tour of the area, before a quick lunch stop to enjoy a range of authentic Durban style curries and of course the Durban created Bunny Chow.
The afternoon begins at the Phansi Museum whose beadwork collection is particularly interesting and really tells a cultural story.
From there continue to the hustle and bustle of the Victoria Street Markets, including the traditional “Muti” market. It is a stark contrast to the quietness of the museums and gardens already visited but offers an intriguing insight into the mysterious world of traditional healing. as you view the market stalls, all stocked with a variety of barks, roots and other natural ingredients or readymade remedies.
The final experience for the day is a well deserved spirit tasting at a local distillery! Begin with an overview of the distilling process and a quick history of some of the spirts before tasting a variety of the offerings including botanic aperitifs, absinthe and of course the ever popular gin. A relaxing, informative and thoroughly enjoyable end to a fantastic day experiencing some of the best that Durban has to offer.
*The Ultimate Durban Full Day Tour is all about flexibility and can include visits to either the Killie Campbell or the Phansi Museum, the KZNSA Gallery, the Kwa Muhle Museum and Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Described as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder’, &Beyond Phinda encompasses an impressive 28 555 hectares (70 560 acres) of prime Big Five wilderness in KwaZulu-Natal. This Reserve comprises seven distinct habitats – from dry sand forest to wetland systems and mountain ranges. Catch a glimpse of the shy suni antelope, track rhino in the bushveld, observe breeding herds of elephant in fever tree forests, hold your breath as a cheetah teaches her cubs to hunt, glide past hippo on the Mzinene River and marvel at the gracious nyala. Phinda is home to more than 3 000 of these rare antelope.
Set deep in the heart of a rare and beautiful dry sand forest, the andBeyond Phinda Forest Lodge fuses spectacular design with the ultimate in conservation principles. 16 handcrafted, minimalist, glass-encased suites are built on stilts among the trees and boast luxurious en-suite bathrooms and viewing decks where guests can take in the sight of graceful nyala and duiker in the shade of the forest. The lodge’s sparkling rim-flow swimming pool looks out onto panoramic views of an open meadow where animals frequently graze. A traditional African boma is enclosed with a wooden fence and offers lantern-lit open-air dining beneath a canvas of stars
Situated along Mozambique’s spectacular southern coast, Ponta Mamoli is a popular beach resort resting in a sheltered bay. Africa’s eastern coastline is brimming with gorgeous beaches both on the mainland and on the Indian Ocean islands. It is the perfect destination to unwind and dust off after a safari, soak up the African sun or simply relax. Ponta Mamoli in Mozambique is a great spot for swimming with dolphins as well as an excellent location for diving. Visitors can enjoy excellent snorkelling and diving in the warm crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean and visit the nearby Maputo Special Reserve to the west.In a tranquil setting on a private beach, this luxury all-inclusive resort offers the ultimate in luxury overlooking the Indian Ocean. This exclusive beach resort boasts airy, contemporary suites, (some set along the beachfront) with outdoor showers and balconies with private plunge pools.
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