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Battery Beach

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  • Day1

    Durban & Ballito

    April 7, 2017 in South Africa

    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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  • Day12

    Durban - Day 3

    December 1, 2015 in South Africa

    We scheduled a half day tour to the Land of 1000 Hills where we were shown the traditional Zulu way of life, highlighted with music and dancing. Our guide, Dick Maare, was an energetic and proud South African Afrikaaner (white with Dutch ancestry) that was very knowledgable and enhanced the tour with his stories.

    The Zulu people used to be separate tribes that would fight among themselves, but under the ruling of King Shaka, were brought together as one. The Zulu men are able to have as many wives as they would like, but at the price of 11 cows each. The Zulu women would collect water topless which caused the Zulu men to loiter and attempt to win the heart of a single lady (well, one single lady at a time).

    We were told that there were huts for cooking, eating, and sleeping. Nico was brave and tried the Zulu beer.

    The tour also included a walk through a reptile park which started with holding an alligator. Alligators aren't native to Africa but since their bigger relatives, crocodiles, are not so friendly, it was a good introduction. The most interesting thing we learned is that the gender could be controlled by the temperature the egg is kept at. If it's kept cooler than 28C, it will be a female. Between 28-31C, it will be male. When it is kept at 32C and above, it will be a female again.

    We learned about tortoises and snakes, and held one to finish off the tour.

    We had minimal time before we had to make our next sightseeing scheduled departure time at 1pm - the Durban Ricksha Sightseeing Bus. It was a 3 bus ride around Durban that took us to all the main sites. While we were downtown, we had a slight set back from a small fenderbender. The bus driver had to obtain the other driver's information and speak to the police, then we were on our way again. The bus took us atop a hill in Morningside that allowed a great view of Durban.

    For dinner, we went to Roma Revolving, "1 of 31 revolving restaurants world wide" - this statement was most likely outdated because a quick google search found more than 31 in the US alone. Nico put his engineering degree to good use to calculate the time it took to rotate 360 degrees by the number of windows and amount of time a landmark took to pass out of sight.
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  • Day5

    Day 5 - Blue Waters Hotel pickup

    October 22, 2017 in South Africa

    We arranged the Blue Waters hotel as our final rendezvous. A quick shower and we were ready to head back to Johannesburg at 12h30.

    Durban (Zulu: eThekwini, from itheku meaning "bay/lagoon") is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. Durban's metropolitan municipality ranks third among the most populous urban areas in South Africa after Johannesburg and Cape Town. It is also the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa after Johannesburg. It forms part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality. Durban is famous for being the busiest port in South Africa. It is also seen as one of the major centres of tourism because of the city's warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches. The municipality, which includes neighbouring towns, has a population of almost 3.5 million, making the combined municipality one of the biggest cities on the Indian Ocean coast of the African continent. It is the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal which is the 2nd most populous province in South Africa. It has the highest number of dollar millionaires added per year of any South African city with the number rising 200 per cent between 2000 and 2014. In May 2015, Durban was officially recognised as one of the New7Wonders Cities together with Vigan, Doha, La Paz, Havana, Beirut, and Kuala Lumpur.Read more

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