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DESTINATIONS AFRICA | DURBAN


CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: The Oyster Box; Fairmont Zimbali; curry buffet (inset); and Nelson Mandela Capture Site PICTURES: Greatstock; Red Carnation Hotel Collection


experts ASK THE


Christie Hill, destination executive, Hayes & Jarvis


“These new flights open up lots more options, and that in itself can increase sales.”


Murray Chalibamba, Africa product manager, Travelpack “This flight enables you to


have a safari and beach holiday in Durban then head on to


Cape Town, and fly BA back to London from there.”


Helen Austin, senior product executive for touring, Kuoni “The Durban flights reduce journey time to Drakensberg, and from Umhlanga clients can easily access the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift.”


Julia O’Connor, marketing manager, African Pride “Three hours from Durban,


clients can be on safari in Nambiti Private Game Reserve, which boasts the big five. A great safari introduction for first-timers.”


64 6 JUNE 2019


Howick: Just beyond Pietermaritzburg, Howick is home to two big-hitters. The first is its waterfall, which plummets 94 metres, making it the fourth-largest in South Africa. The second is the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, located at the turn in the road where the former president was arrested in 1962, now marked by an exhibition and sculpture. The dirt path leading to the artwork is flagged by rusted milestones recounting key moments in Mandela’s life. From a distance the sculpture resembles a collection of upright black matchsticks, but as you get closer it transforms into the face of the man who became a worldwide inspiration.


STAY YOUR WAY Fairmont Zimbali Resort: Those who like to escape the hubbub might opt for the 154-room, oceanside Fairmont Zimbali Resort, 30 minutes north of Durban (fairmont. com/zimbali-resort). “It’s relaxing and luxurious and the rooms are really large,” says Christie Hill, destination executive at Hayes & Jarvis. The property has a spa, tennis court, golf and five outdoor pools. Suncoast Towers: A simply furnished property with slightly faded art deco glamour, the 165-room Suncoast Towers (tsogosun.com/suncoast-towers) is located on the Golden Mile, close to Moses Mabhida Stadium. Hotel restaurant Jeera serves award-winning bunny chow, a creation of the city’s Indian population, made up of a small, hollowed-out loaf of white bread filled to the brim with butter chicken, mutton or veggie curry.


3 The Oyster Box’s curry buffet is excellent, the breakfast one of the best we’ve found, and the shops are just a stroll away


Quarters: For a more central location, there’s Quarters (quarters.co.za), a 25-room boutique establishment on Florida Road, fashioned from four Victorian homes. Oyster Box: Iconic, sophisticated, elegant – there are plenty of adjectives you could assign to the famous Oyster Box (oysterboxhotel.com). Attention to detail and impeccable service come as standard at this 86-room grande dame, opposite the lighthouse in Umhlanga, 20 minutes north of Durban. Julia O’Connor, marketing manager at African Pride, says: “The Oyster Box is a perennial favourite with clients. The curry buffet is excellent, the breakfast one of the best we’ve found, and the resort’s shops are just a stroll away.” Dragon Peaks: If getting stuck in to the great outdoors is more your clients’ ticket, Dragon Peaks Mountain Resort (dragonpeaks.com) has 40 self-catering chalets. “Most of our self-drives are for four to six people and we’re often asked to get one unit, which can be a struggle, but these cottages sleep up to 12,” says Murray Chalibamba, Africa product manager for Travelpack.


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