I’m Sandrine, 31 years old, former travel agent and an absolute life lover. I’ve come past a few people who don’t like to travel in my former career – let me get one thing out of the way – I’m not one of them. And you most certainly aren’t either. What I love doing most is talking, shopping, writing, catching some highlights of life on camera and go figure – traveling. Also, if there’s coffee to start the day and continue throughout the day – I’m happy.

Sandrine

Since this first post should take you to a place I really love, I decided to write about one of my most favorite spots on earth. Durban area, Kwazulu Natal in South Africa. It’s not as busy with tourists as Cape Town, but it’s definitely worth a visit. It’s got the largest Indian population outside of India and walking through the streets of Downtown Durban, you’ll feel the different and exciting vibe. You’ll find one of the biggest Indian Markets on Victoria Street. You’ve gotta love all the colors, spices and foods. Durban’s famous Bunny Chow is well known for its hotness. It’s not just hot, it’s the kind of *oh-my-word-this-is-flippin-spicy* hot. Ok maybe I’m exaggerating a bit… my taste buds aren’t used to hot food, so you might be doing just fine.

If you want to find out more about the South African Indian Culture I suggest you to read the article by South African Tourism to get a tiny idea about it.

I don’t mean to reduce the Indian influence on food, but it’s what makes Durban all the more colorful and interesting in my opinion.

Most favorite place so far

Sunrises by Umhlanga Lighthouse are the best. With a little luck, you might see dolphins playfully swimming through the waves. Ladies, if you’ve been waiting for your boyfriend to drop THE question, you should consider bringing him here. Haha. Just an idea to speed things up.

Umhlanga sunrise

Coffee

If you want to start your day with a good cup of coffee and delicious baked goods, you should go to Vovo Telo at the Lighthouse Mall, also in Umhlanga. You can’t go wrong with your order. Their freshly baked bread is amazing. And believe me, it’s hard to find good bread on trips around the world, being used to Swiss bread.

Vovo Telo Umhlanga

You’ll find a similar atmosphere at Mayfair Café in Durban North. It’s a cute place to hang out and have coffee. Plus their food is great, should you stop by later in the day. Check their Facebook Page to find out more.

Photo of Mayfair Cafe’s Facebook page

Photo of Mayfair Cafe’s Facebook page

Activities

If you’re looking for activities, there’s loads to do in this area. You can go kayaking on Umgeni River or in the open water. Mind you – there’s sharks. Great Whites too. If you visit Kwazulu Natal‘s Sharks Board you’ll get all the extra information on sharks. Unfortunately all I can recall of my visit there is that 80% of the sharks that get caught in the shark nets are on their way out into the open water again. This is why I’ll never post a picture of myself kayaking around Durban.

Illustration by Kwazulu Natal Sharks Board

Illustration by Kwazulu Natal Sharks Board

You can also get adrenalin rushes by jumping off the big swing base at Moses Mabhida Stadium, go shark cage diving or surf at the Wave House , if you don’t dare catching a wave in the ocean.

Typical Durban visitors don’t miss out on uShaka Marine World, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban’s Botanical Gardens, Wilson’s Wharf and of course all the beautiful beaches.

A few impressions from uShaka’s Aquarium

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uShaka_2

Moses Mabhida Stadium

Stadium

Accommodation

I’m not such a big help when it comes to accommodation in this area, as I usually stay with friends. But the few nights I’ve spent in either Hotels or Apartments, I’ve booked on Umhlanga Accommodation, AirBnB or Booking.com. One of my favorites is 506 Lighthouse Mall Self Catering Apartment. It’s within walking distance of the beach, lighthouse, several restaurants and Shops.

Lighthouse Mall Apartment

If you’re looking for a cheaper place to stay – check out On the Beach in Glenashley. (5mins from Umhlanga, 15mins from Durban)

Alright, I’ll leave you with this for now. Thanks for reading along. Let me know if you’ve got any questions about the above mentioned places – I’d love to get back to you.