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A great place to start your trip. With so many spots on the way you will never cover them all but don’t’ worry it gives you a chance to catch them the next time you come by. With over 100 destinations within the Midlands Meander you will be spoilt for choice. Make sure you visit the Nelson Mandela Capture Site and take a look at the magnificent sculpture by Marco Cianfanelli. If you enjoy adventure make a stop at Karkloof Canopy Tour and enjoy zip lining in the Karkloof Forest. Stop by Marrakesh Cheese for tastes of feta, gouda, brie and so many more. Have a break at the Piggly Wiggly Coffee Shop for a delicious tea time treat. Make sure not to miss Chocolate Heaven and Tasha’s Fudge. Stop by Romeso Olives for a taste of heaven. Visit Culamoya Chimes to experience their magical sounds.
There are so many more experiences that await you. Pick up one of the Midlands Meander guides along the route to explore even more.
Location: Start at Nottingham Road and work your way around the N3 and R103
Find them online at www.midlandsmeander.co.za or download their App.
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Visit the famous soccer stadium in Durban that has it all. If you love architecture you will marvel at the design. Take a walk around it and enjoy the many restaurants and catch a glimpse of People’s Park. Adrenaline junkies will love the walk up to the top and the Adventure Slide. Be sure to take the Go Pro with if you are going for the slide. It’s something to post on YouTube. You can also enjoy spectacular views of Durban in the SkyCar. Persuade your pals to go on a Segway Ride as well. They can also be found at the Stadium.
Location: 44 Isaiah Ntshangase Road, Durban. It’s near Suncoast Casino.
uShaka Marine World
Home to a theme park of adventure slides with a new experience at every twist or turn. You can also saunter down the lazy river or attempt extreme rides if you dare. Visit the Aquarium to learn all about the many fish species in this area. There is also the Village Walk home to a variety of shops and restaurants. Be sure to stop at Moyo’s on the Pier for a meal or cocktail. It features some spectacular views of Durban.
Location: Point Waterfront, Durban.
Home to the rich and famous. Filled with some of the most expensive real estate in South Africa. Be sure to stop by The Beverly Hills Hotel and The Oyster Box Hotel for a meal or two. Visit Gateway Shopping Centre, one of the biggest shopping malls in the southern hemisphere. Explore uMhlanga Village with its many eating establishments. Make sure to catch a tan on Bronze Beach. Do not leave before taking a walk along the promenade.
Location: uMhlanga Rocks. Ten minutes north of Durban along the M4.
The North Coast
Home to some of the most scenic beach drives in KZN on the M4 route. Be sure to stop by uMdloti, Zimbali, Ballito and Tinley Manor. Featuring spectacular beaches and fine dining along the way. For a great meal stop by Beach Bums which is situated right on the beach. Find it at 65 Casuarina Road in Westbrook.
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When it comes to travelling across South Africa, I am definitely a veteran, which I regard as an incredible honour. Although I was born in Namibia, I have lived in the Rainbow Nation my entire life. It is my home, I love it here and I want to see as much as possible. This drive to explore my country makes me reflect on an important matter though. The age of content creation has brought a new dimension on what travel means to us, especially via platforms such as Instagram, YouTube and Facebook.
Within reasonable bounds, I have always been a big advocate for embracing the fact that mistakes happen and that they are a necessity to life that you need to learn how to turn into a positive. Through the last couple of years I have also learnt how to apply this ethic to my travels. Many mistakes were made on my part, which is why I am super excited to share a few tips and hacks so that you don’t have to make them.
Every creator has a few local spots that they love more than any other; I am no different. Before I share my top picks with you, allow me to divulge some wisdom – if you can call it that: A location is only as good as your eagerness to be unique and drive to be creative. Regardless of how ordinary or spectacular, you want to get as much out of it as possible, and I say this from both a creative and traveller’s perspective. I definitely urge you not to be limited by location. With the right mentality, anywhere can become magical.
So you have managed to get that extra special time off with your mates and head down to the coast for that much needed break. Once you have booked your holiday, filled the tank and sorted out last minute items there is only one more thing left to do, pack your suitcase.
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