Rachel’s Great Adventure – Two days in Kwazulu Natal

November 29, 2016
by Rachel Dempsey, Retail Travel Consultant

1-1476446984-downtown-durbanOn arrival we were transferred to our hotel in Umhlanga, The Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge for a one night stay, this is a 3 star property but be warned there is a night club right across the road and music is pumped out until 02.30hrs, ask for a room at the back of the hotel if you want a good night sleep. Other than that this is a good 3 star property and offers good value for money.

We had sight inspections at the Beverley Hills hotel followed by dinner at the red carnation property the Oyster Box, hard to decide which was my favorite, Both stunning beachfront properties overlooking the Indian ocean and the famous landmark the Umhlanga lighthouse. We finished off the night at the Umhlanga Rocks where there are many local restaurants and bars that you can enjoy – this area is walking distance from both properties.
After a good night sleep we were on the road again taking in a brief tour of Durban’s Golden mile and city centre before heading into the midlands of KwaZulu Natal

Stunning scenery as we drove through the Drakensburg mountains. We stopped off for lunch and site inspection of another stunning property called Fordoun Boutique Hotel & Spa. Fordoun combines the attractions of an award winning upmarket boutique hotel and spa with a top class conference, wedding and event destination. We were lucky enough to see the function room set up for a wedding that day and it was amazing, After a lovely couple of hours at Fordoun it was time to move on, we drove to Nelson Mandela’s capture site. Until relatively recently, the Mandela Capture Site was just a small bricked area with a plaque. But on the 50th anniversary of this event in 2012, an impressive steel sculpture and visitor centre was unveiled to give full recognition to the significance of this spot.Designed by artist Marco Cianfanelli (of Apartheid Museum fame) with the help of architect Jeremy Rose, the sculpture creates something of an optical illusion. From a distance, the 50 steel poles of varying heights simply look like a random collection of poles, but as you approach to within 35m of the sculpture, they merge to form an image of Mandela’s face. This was one of the highlights of the trip to KwaZulu Natal for me. After a long but super day we arrived at the Fairmont Zimbali Resort where mother nature provided us with the most amazing fork lightening show I have ever seen. A beautiful resort spread with easy access to Durban airport. A nice way to unwind after travelling for a few nights.

Where I stayed:

  • Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge Umhlanga Rocks

What I did:

  • Umhlanga Rocks Durban


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