• Day1

    Durban & Ballito

    April 7, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Heathrow - Dubai - Durban, Emirates Airline

    The beginning of our adventure ✈️ Met up with the Moons in Dubai as they had a connecting flight from Gatwick, it had only been a week since we left Guernsey but we were all excited to see each other. Despite the long flight and need to freshen up we were persuaded to go and meet Dust and Taz's dads at their local in Ballito for a quick drink. We arrived at the Shortens Estate and it was a quick change and back out. Bailey on Dustin's brothers stag in and me to a dinner with all the ladies at Dustin's parents place. Good food, company and lots of dogs 😃 I was happy! The next day we walked along Ballito seafront starting at Salmon Bay, it was so nice to have the sun on our skin. We were left in the care of the "Ballies" (oldies) as Dust and Taz had a wedding to attend. They took us to a rugby game of the local team, the Durban Sharks. We were in a box with their friends meaning comfy seats and a steady flow of drinks. Bailey loved the biltong and voss available and got a top from the shark tank shop. Afterwards we had a "braai" (BBQ) in the car park. The next day we joined both families for breakfast before going for a dip at Salmon Bay, cold and refreshing waters. In the afternoon we had another braai at Shortens and met all of the extended family, finished with a big fire in the garden.

    We spent the next morning surfing in Durban with Dustin, bails and I both managed to stand up together on one of our last attempts! Wet and bedraggled (me not the boys) we met Taz for lunch at a place called market. We then took to cable car to the top of the Moses Mobida Stadium giving us stunning views of the coastline and the city - bailey hated every minute of being at the top. Taz took me shopping at the huge new mall in Ballito, a dangerous game when you don't know the exchange rate. We had dinner with their grandparents that evening at Lafirma.

    We completed Dust and Taz's running route at Ballito seafront the next morning before having breakfast at Concha and the best strawberry milkshake bailey has ever tasted. Taz took me to her friends salon Fraiche, full set of shellac nails for £10, bargain. Next up road trip to Nambiti game reserve near Ladysmith, this took around 2 1/2 hours.

    We returned to Durban briefly before Cape Town, we went to Beluga for sushi. I've never loved Bailey more watching him attempt to eat and enjoy what he had ordered, no sushi for him again 😂 Enjoyed another braai at Shortens with friends and family, everyone was so lovely and welcoming to us during our stay we felt sad to leave!
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