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Local Bucket List

Local Bucket List

Summer bucket List

In honour of all our adventurers, here are a few region specific suggestions to ensure you don’t fall into a boredom hole!

Cape Town:

  1. Table Mountain Hike – a Cape Town classic that has to be done! And it’s not just a simple case of up the mountain! There are a wide variety of different routes for you to try, each offering their own spectacular views and perspectives. ‘Platteklip’ offers a grueling straight up the mountain approach, but still provides the views on the town side of the mountain. You could also try the ‘India Venster’ route, that meanders up underneath the cable cars, eventually wrapping around the camps bay side of the mountain. As said before there are a wide variety of routes, just make sure you do a little recon of your chosen route before embarking, to make sure you are fully prepared and don’t get lost!

Emergency Number – 0861 106 417

  1. Chapmans Peak Drive – Up for a drive? How about one of the most spectacular 9km drives in the world? The winding connection between Cape Towns hout bay village and Noordhoek beach offers some of the most breathtaking ocean views as you glide across the edge of the Chapmans Peak cliffs. Just make sure it’s not a windy day as the route will generally be closed due to safety reasons.

Entrance – R40 per person

  1. West Coast Mission – Cape Town is epic, but if you ever want a break from the city life, take a drive up the west coast and visit some of the little stops along the way, eventually reaching gorgeous Langebaan at the end. The main road is scattered with off roads to little villages as well as the always beautiful West coast National Park.

West Coast National Park Entrance

SA Citizens – R59 for adults, R30 for kids

Standard Fee – R87 for adults, R47 for kids

  1. Wallys Cave – Lions Head is a Cape Town must do, but a slightly more unknown spot along the way, and very popular, is Wally’s Cave. Once you reach the ladder portion of the Lions Head climb, you simply continue straight and wind around the koppie until you come to a beautiful little cave where you can kick back and enjoy a spectacular Camps Bay view.
  2. Boulders Beach – An absolute must do outing is going to see the penguins down at Boulders beach in Simons Town. Hop on the M3 all the way down to Muizenberg and then simply follow the main road until you reach the beautiful little seaside village, Simons Town. Keep along the main road until you see the Boulders beach sign. The area is a protected reserve for the penguins but you will be able to get closer than you ever would to them in their natural and comfortable environment. The experience is surreal!

Entrance – R75 for adults, R40 for kids

Joburg:

  1. Soweto Towers – Joburg is a vibrant city on the come up, full of rich history and fun things to do. Number one on our list is the Soweto Towers! There are a whole lot of activities offered here however the most popular would be the tower bungee jump! Get your blood pumping, step out of your comfort zone and jump! You can also base jump, climb the towers and have a round of paintball!

R 550 to Jump!

  1. Maboneng Precinct – east of the CBD, an initiative has been taken to breathe new life into the Maboneng precinct and on a Sunday you cannot beat the vibe! The precinct has become a bustling hub for the cities creatives, young and old full of coffee shops, markets and cocktail lounges. It’s a sophisticated party spot with an artistic focus.
  2. Monte Casino Bird Park – with over 60 different species roaming the aviary, walk among the descendents of dinosaurs in the Monte Casino Bird Park, Fourways. The animals roam freely while you wonder the park or find a nice place to sit and relax. Great for kids and adults, and truly beautiful experience.
  3. Walter Sisulu Gardens – the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens is a Johannesburg treasure, full of breathtaking hikes and beautiful picnic spots. In the heart of the park you’ll find a huge 70m high waterfall. Whether you’re putting on your hiking boots or pulling through with your picnic baskets, you won’t find a more beautiful place to spend an afternoon in Joburg.
  4. Red Bus tour – Take a red bus tour and explore the city this summer! Even if you’re a local it never hurts to be a tourist at home! From the top of an open top bus, see the city like never before, exploring both the suburbs and inner city. See this you never knew existed, find a new hangout or just appreciate the place you live in and its rich history. Pop into the cities rich museums, chow down on some local food and enjoy!

Durban:

If you’re visiting South Africa’s east coast city, then peep a few options below to get the full Durban Experience.

  1. Ushaka Marine World – Located in the heart of the city, Ushaka is a all round funtime institution! As you enter and make you way past all the curio shops and food stops, you’ll come to a colossal water park, fun for all ages. Adjacent, you will find a beautiful aquarium set in an shipwreck theme. This fully immersive ocean and water experience is a great time for the whole family.
  2. Moses Mabida Stadium – The Stadium, built for the 2010 world cup, is more than just a spot to watch your favorite teams clash. The stadium offers a range of epic and exhilarating activities, fun for everyone! The adventure walk entails having you and a few mates making your way up and over the signature arch that runs above the centre of the stadium until you reach the top, met with breaktaking views of the Durban surrounds. Feeling lazy? Well you can just hop on the Skycar, the Adventure walk alternative. Lusting for adrenaline? Take a swing on the world’s largest swing, an 80m drop into a 220m arch of wind in your hair.
  3. Wavepark at Gateway – We know a shopping mall is not your typical holiday stop unless you really need to, but this mall has something a little different on offer. Make your way through the mall to find a climbing wall and further along, the Gateway Wave park! If the waves are a little flat today, definitely go check it out! Endless waves for pros and beginners alike, young and old.
  4. Johnny’s Rotis – a Durban institution, Sunrise Chip n’ Ranch, or “Johnny’s”, is a Durban must, even for the locals. While the facade of this establishment looks rather scruffy and run down, this is all part of the experience. Be a lekker local and pick up and chip and cheese roti with mutton gravy that will leave you full for days!

 

  1. Natural Science Museum – Museums should always be on a tourist to-do list and Durban has a wonderful offering in the Natural Science Museum. With a number of epic exhibitions, including a life size T-Rex Model, this place will have you learning in style! Fun for kids and adults alike, definitely worth spending some time here!

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10 Top Haunted Places

10 Top Haunted Places

 

South Africa is rich in ghost stories and haunted places. For those who can’t resist the urge to have their skin crawling and hairs standing, check out these Top 10 Haunted Places in South Africa and feed your horror curiosity this Halloween. Perhaps even pay a visit… if you dare

  1. Kempton Park Hospital

The hospital has long been a hotspot for paranormal enthusiasts. The hospital was closed a day after Christmas in 1996. Some equipment was moved from the hospital, but much of it remained, including the patient files. There were plans to refurbish the hospital, but to date, that has not happened. Ghosts from the psychiatric ward are apparently the most mischievous.

  1. Port Elizabeth Library

The Cleghorne, Harris and Stephen’s building, next to where the present Port Elizabeth Public Library was later built, burnt down on 6 May 1896. Police Constable Maxwell was killed when stone coping fell onto him while firemen tried to put out the fire.

A remembrance stone was placed on a low wall in what was to become the Library grounds. When construction of the Library started, the stone was moved to the Library gardens. From then on, his ghost haunted Room 700 until the stone was returned to its original place, after which no more sightings were reported.

Another Library ghost is caretaker Robert Thomas, who died on 6th February 1943. He was a bachelor and started looking after the Library in 1912 until his death. Staff say that doors open and shut of their own accord, books are removed from shelves and stacked on the floor and books fall for no reason. Others felt his presence, including one man who hid in the building in the 1980s at night as a dare and had to call the police to let him out. 

        3.Matjiesfontein

The splendid Matjiesfontein hotel in the middle of the Karoo is full of ghosts. You may hear Katie shuffling her cards in Katie’s Card Room, or see the ghost known as Lucy wandering around in her negligee. Ghostly British soldiers from the Boer War are said to haunt the staircase while the hotel insists that the spirit of the founder of Matjiesfontein, James Logan, is still present in the Hotel. Just 250 km from Cape Town off the N1, a frighteningly good weekend in Matjiesfontein is a few hours’ drive away.

  1. Tokai Manor

On New Year’s Eve be sure to visit Tokai Manor House set amongst ghostly trees. It is a National Monument which has escaped damage from terrible fires and now houses the headquarters of the Table Mountain National Park.

The house has a dramatic entrance with steep stairs and at one of Eksteen’s raucous New Year’s Eve parties, his son Frederick accepted his father’s wager to ride his horse up the staircase and into the dining room. Frederick circled the dining room table on horseback before tragedy struck and he fell down the stairs with his horse, breaking his neck. These days one can hear a horse galloping at full speed in the forest, and on New Year’s Eve the ghostly rider attempts to ascend the stairs once again.

  1. Castle of Good Hope

Centuries of violence and slavery in the Cape of Good Hope Castle have left the legacy of disturbed and restless spirits. There was a Donker Gat (dark hole) where prisoners were held and tortured. Consequently, there have been many ghostly sightings such as that of a 2-meter-tall ghost which haunts the battlements, striding up and down, semi-luminous and terrifying. There are rumors that you can spot a large black dog which will lunge at you, disappearing at the last possible moment. Lights switch on and off by an invisible hand. Pay the castle a visit on Halloween if you dare.

  1. Nottingham Road Hotel

In a countryside hotel just an hour outside of Durban, you will find a young lady called Charlotte. Charlotte was in love with a British soldier where she apparently took a leap of the balcony of Room 10 as she felt that this would be easier on her heart. She would nowadays spend her time arranging flower bouquets, fixing mirrors in the room as well as arranging bed sheet.

  1. Somerset Hospital

Somerset Hospital, situated in Green Point area, is one of the oldest hospitals within South Africa. They say that this hospital is haunted by multiple ghosts, such as a Sister Bowden that still help the nurses on the routes, a girl combing her hair in the hospital rooms and a man walking around the ward singing songs of Schubert. 

  1. Old Goal

Grahamstown is a very lively college town and even a backpacker’s destination nowadays, but the violence and execution still exist. A former jail and gallows built in 1824 still has cells where people can feel the cold darkness of these brutal times that past. Or, you could experience the presence of a man called Henry Nicholls, which was the last person publicly hanged on charges of rape in 1862.

  1. Green Point Lighthouse

The red-and-white striped Green Point lighthouse has its significance when it comes to ghost stories and paranormal activity which have been experienced by generations. The popular story being told is the one of the lighthouse being guarded by a man named W.S West who disappear for unknown reasons. However, people still experience its presence within the tower as a one-legged figure as well as his voice late at night along the tower walls.

  1. Smuts House

Smuts House, owned by a renowned philosopher, statesman, scholar, botanist and soldier called General Jan Smuts. He lived in this very idyllic house for over 40 years. The Smuts House, better known as Doornkloof, is now a museum filled with indigenous trees which was planted by the Smuts within their garden. Visitors have reported seeing an old man floating on the grounds and bedroom, as they believe he is guarding this hidden fortune.

Would you add any other place to this list?

If you feel brave enough, take a look for yourself at the places above and send us your ghostly pictures.

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Why is local travel so special in South Africa

Why is local travel so special in South Africa

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. To a very large extent it has taken away our desire to travel within the boundaries of our countries. We are so drawn in by the promise of greener landscapes, bigger mountains and more impressive beaches elsewhere, that we skip over what we have at home. Without further delay, let me take a moment to share a little about why SA travel is so worth it.

The People

Ah, the people. I honestly believe we have the greatest people in the world. Although we have our problems, the average South African is, what we would call, a “lekker” person. We all have such openness to share and such an unmatched urge to entertain. Most South African people are super friendly and accommodating. We love gathering together to share moments. A place is only as good as its people, and that is exactly why South Africa is such a special country to travel across.

The Beauty

South Africa is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. We truly have everything here. We have the great vastness of the Kalahari desert and all its secrets, the endless Cape beauty and the marvellous Drakensberg Mountain range. Although reasonably well-developed industrially, South Africa also has large untouched and wild places that add so much value to adventures. The country’s incredible variety in beauty makes it truly wonderful from a traveller’s perspective.

The Food

“The food there is so much better” – every friend I have who has left South Africa.

This belief also extends to all of my foreign friends who have visited. We truly have the freshest and most delicious food in South Africa, from our “braaibroodjies”(barbeque toasted bread made with onion, cheese and tomatoes) and boerewors (South African sausage) to Koeksisters and Melkert (pudding goodies) – to name but the tip of the iceberg.

The best part of our great food is that you can have it on your travels throughout the country. The cuisine goodness really makes South Africa such a great place to visit.

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Travel Hacks

Travel Hacks

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.

When Flying

If there is one thing I absolutely hate, it’s the middle seat. Don’t get me wrong, I love people. But there is something excruciatingly painful about sitting in-between to strangers who don’t necessarily share your same extroverted antics or love for playing music too loudly. This is exactly why I always set an alarm 24 hours and 5 minutes before my flight leaves. Don’t bother with a calendar event either; go straight for the sound bombardment of your least favourite alarm tone. For this reason, I am always one of the first people to check into my flight, ensuring that I have that nice isle seat –  in case I decide to have too much coffee (sigh, bathroom breaks)

Avoid The Dreaded Dead Phone

Buy a battery pack, or kiss your Instagram stories goodbye. Battery packs are inexpensive and essential travel enhancers that I cannot go without. You can never predict how long you’ll be without the comfort of a plug. You also want to avoid being “that guy” who has to stay an extra hour later to charge their phone.

Make Friends Before You Arrive

As mentioned earlier, I am a total extrovert, which means I make friends quite easily. Although it is super fun to hone new friendships spontaneously when you arrive at your destination, I also advise reaching out prior to touching down. Many of my travels have been richly enhanced by friends who were ready and waiting (prior planning is essential to maximising an experience). Social media has been a superb tool for this approach. Wherever I go, I know I’ll have people who are eager to hang out and show me around. Having those established connections will boost the value and meaning of your adventures tenfold.

A few quick tips

  • Make two thorough checklists. This extends to everything you need to take with you, as well as everything you want to do on the trip. You do not want to miss anything. Trust me, no one needs that drama.
  • Put a fragile sticker on your bags. This one is sneaky, but will maximise the chances that your bags are handled properly and also ensure that they’re on top of the pile: you’re welcome.
  • Make sure that you have a well-stocked medical pack. You never know what might not agree with you. You also do not want to walk into an unknown pharmacy, looking like a goblin that’s trying to find something that could’ve been in their bag.
  • Buy flip-flops and do not walk barefoot on roads. You might think you’re tough and that a Cape Town holiday is child’s play (this is me), but your feet are weaklings. Trust me, you do not want to waste your holiday on feet that have more blisters than millennials have opinions.
  • Always be nice to everyone – you should do this every day. I promise that you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how your eagerness to engage with people can bring unexpected joy to your travels (even if it just means getting a free shot).
  • Take an extra small bag (one of those bio degradable shopping bags) for your dirty clothing. It’s just so unnecessary to mix your mud-strewn hiking pants with your clean clothes.

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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.

Read More »
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Travel Hacks

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.

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Favourite local spots to travel to

Favourite local spots to travel to

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.

Knysna Heads

If you know me, you also know that I love motion and moodiness. Visiting the Knysna Heads at their foot, is one of the secret top tips I can give to you. Although you won’t have the widest amount of angle opportunities, you are spoilt by smashing waves and amazing scale. There are also a couple of dodgy wooden bridges that make for perfect photographic opportunities, to those who feel a little more adventurous. As an afterthought, I would like to recommend the entire Garden Route. It is one of my favourite place in South Africa and has so much to offer.

Wild Coast

I am not going to go pin-point-perfect on this one, although, I do highly recommend Trennerys hotel if you plan on making a trip to the Wild Coast. This place is special to me. I have seen few places in South Africa that are as enthralling  as this place. Few locations feel as out of this world, with dry desert-like beaches and unexpected patches of green life (due to the many rivers that flow into the Indian Ocean). The Wild Coast is truly a place that can send goosebumps running down your body, as you realise the true extent of it’s untamed beauty.

Klapperkop

This spot is definitely a local Pretorian’s pick and is also one of those spots that might need a little more eagerness from your part. Compared to the spectacular landscape beauty of Cape Town, Klapperkop sucks, to put it casually. Don’t let that put you off though. With the right level of commitment, you can turn this location into something worth seeing. A top tip is definitely to visit during golden hour, as you can see the sun rise or set on the horizon. Klapperkop also offers you with a perfect – it could even be beautiful – 360 degree view of Pretoria.

Cape Town

I know this is cliché, but I have to be honest here. Cape Town is number one on my personal list of local places to visit; it is essentially a second home to me. I cannot, and never will, get enough of this incredible city. Cape town as so much to offer in terms of beauty, people, super culture, great accommodation and fun activities. I always feel at home and enjoy the countless opportunities that present themselves around every corner. I can also give a sneaky shout out to nearby spots like Stellenbosch (I really love this beautiful European-like town) and Kommetjie (one of my favourite places to stay at near Cape Town). You really are spoilt for choice, in and around Cape Town.

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Midlands Meander

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.

uMhlanga Rocks

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.

Know of any great places to visit in KZN? Share them with us on our Facebook wall @zappasambuca using the hashtags #Fireyoursoul #LocalisZappa

Article by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton

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Durban Breakfast Hotspots

Durban Breakfast Hotspots

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St Clements

Top of the list is a great spot for a breakfast in the heart of Musgrave. Set on Musgrave Road be sure to go to the back of the coffee shop and sit in the wonderful garden setting.  They have a wide variety of meals but if you are unsure go for the light breakfast.  Their coffee is really well made. Enjoy the free WiFi.

Location: 191 Musgrave Road, Durban.

Afro’s Chicken Shop

Situated on Durban Beachfront near South Beach. Look out for the bright yellow container. It’s a great place to cycle to because they have a cycle rack right there where you can park your bike.  Try out their Bacon Roll or if you are really hungry smash a Regmaaker which features egg, bacon, strips, tjips, livers and a toasted roll. If you don’t fancy liver you can swop it for another egg. Bring your own coffee mug and get a discount on your coffee.

Location: 2 O R Tambo Parade, South Beach, Durban

Surf Riders

Situated near uShaka Marine World you can either sit inside or outside. Featuring a variety of breakfasts sit down and enjoy the scenery of the beach and of course people walking along the beachfront.  Great coffee and tasty meals. Still don’t know how they make their chips but they are addictive.

Location: 17 Erskine Terrace, South Beach, Durban

Circus Circus Beach Café

On the other side of Durban Beachfront you will find this quaint coffee shop. Situated slightly back from the crowd you can sit inside or outside or even at the back. A wide variety of meals and the toasted sandwiches are something to share with your friends on Instagram.  If you really want to get the Durban experience sit at one of their tables which are situated right on the beach.  You might stay awhile, a long while. The cappuccino is good.

Location: 1 Snell Parade, North Beach, Durban

KZNSA Arts Cafe

For something a little different head to Bulwer in the Glenwood area of Durban and try out the Arts Café situated in the KZNSA Art Gallery.  It features inside and outside seating. It’s always great to sit outside and enjoy the roadside view.  Strong coffee and a hearty breakfast will get you going in no time. Café has free WiFi. Stop by the Art Gallery inside and take in some local art and visit their Shop on your way out and get a gift for friends and family. 

Location: 166 Bulwer Road, Bulwer, Durban.

Do you know of a breakfast hotspot we don’t know about? Post a picture or video of you enjoying breakfast at the hotspot on Instagram and tag us in @zappashooter and use the hashtags #Fireyoursoul and #LocalisZappa

Article by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton

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5 Days in KZN

5 Days in KZN

5 Days in KZN

So you are headed out with your pals on that road trip to KZN.  Where do you go? Where should you stop? Don’t worry we have your back.  Here are 5 great places to visit in KZN perfect for your gram.

Midlands Meander

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.

 

uMhlanga Rocks

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.

Know of any great places to visit in KZN? Share them with us on our Facebook wall @zappasambuca using the hashtags #Fireyoursoul #LocalisZappa

 

Article by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton

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Top budget travel destinations in South Africa

Top budget travel destinations in South Africa

Travel makes me happy. It inspires me everyday and puts the #FireYourSoul. I eat, breathe and sleep travel!  I love exploring my country – there are so many destinations you can visit that don’t won’t break the budget.

Most people head to Cape Town, The Garden Route or Durban for their local holidays. If you get off the beaten path a little (and travel outside peak season) you can travel for a lot less. 

Here are some of my favorite budget travel destinations in Mzansi to #FireYourSoul

The Wild Coast

The Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast is perhaps my favorite local destination. As a kid we spent many a family holiday in Port St Johns, Coffee Bay and various spots on the former Transkei Coast.  I love the rugged beauty of this area. Stay at one of the local backpackers and save some serious moola. You don’t have to share a room, book a private room or a cottage.

 

Coffee Bay has become a backpacker hotspot.  Stay at the super fun Coffee Shack Backpackers for the party vibe and the cheapest surf lessons in SA. Take a day hike to Hole in the Wall or cliff jump the Mapuzi cliffs – a sure way to fire your soul!

 

Chinsta, an hour from East London, is another one of my favorite spots on the Wild Coast. I always stay at Buccaneers Backpackers located on the Chintsa lagoon. They have cozy log cabins and a great campsite and backpacker’s hostels too.  It’s like a backpacker resort, complete with kayaks, volleyball court and a big swimming pool.

 

KZN South Coast

While the Kwazulu- Natal North Coast is more popular these days, the South Coast offers better value. I love the South Coast, its super chilled vibes and golden beaches.

 

Rent out a holiday apartment with your mates and explore the hidden beaches of the area.  Most people stay in Margate, but I prefer the quieter towns like Port Edward and Southbroom. Off season, you can get a holiday house super cheap. Visit the Oribi Gorge, go fishing or just park off at the beach.  Beach holidays are great on the budget – all you need is a swimming cossie and a beach ball – fun for days!

 

 

The Karoo

The wide open spaces of the Karoo keep bringing me back there.  The big skies with a zillion stars will certainly fire your soul. On a clear night, you’re certain to see the Milky Way. This is road trip country with dozens of quirky small towns to be explored. In Nieu Bethesda, visit the Owl House, the home of artist Helen Martins which is now a museum. Visit Prince Albert feast on local produce, fabulous olives and Karoo lamb, and the gorgeous viewpoints from the Swartberg pass.

 

Magoebaskloof

This area of Limpopo is lush and green with great forest hikes, birding and adventure activities. The Magoebaskloof Canopy Tour through the forest is a must do when you’re in the area! Stay in log cabins at Kurisa Moya Lodge and go bird-watching with a local guide. Explore the village of Haenertsberg for fabulous farm food and go berry picking in season.  The area is also famous for its fresh produce, so stock up of fresh fruit.

 

What are your favorite South African travel destinations that fire your soul??

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Zappa, but all views and opinions expressed are my own. #FireYourSoul 

#LocalisZappa

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Budget travel in South Africa

Budget travel in South Africa

Travelling in South Africa inspires my soul – our magnificent landscapes, diverse cultures, fabulous food and amazing people are just magic!  I’m lucky that the nature of my work allows me to travel Mzansi a lot. I’ve been to a lot of places, but everywhere is on my list .Travel isn’t cheap though. It’s something that needs to be budgeted for. Your holiday budget can go a long way if you’re smart about it. Here are my top tips for travelling locally on a budget:

Plan, plan, plan

Planning is key for travelling on a budget. Low cost airlines such as Mango, Kulula and Fly SafAir often have flash sales valid for a few hours or a day where you can pick up super cheap airfares. Sign up for airline newsletters to get the low down on the latest deals and flash sales.   If you can’t plan in advance look out for cheap last minute fares.

Consider packages

Packages deals can be a great money saver. Our local low cost airlines have some super affordable packages that include car rental, airfare and accommodation that end up being cheaper than booking individually.  Fire your soul with a local weekend getaway!

Travel off season

Travelling in school holidays and long weekends will always cost you more. If you can afford to travel outside peak season, you can take advantage of lower rates and have more to spend on the fun stuff like activities.

Self-cater

Eating out all the time will take its toll on your budget. Self-catering apartments, holiday homes, or backpackers with a kitchen will allow you to cook your own chow and save moola. Save your money for a nice restaurant rather than eating crappy takeaways.

Getting around

Road trips are my favorite way to travel and they are easy on the pocket.  The freedom of the open road fires my soul.  I love exploring country roads and stopping spontaneously when at a cool padstal or a stunning look out point. Besides being an affordable way to travel, road trips allow you to explore more budget friendly off the beaten track destinations.  

Where to stay

One of the biggest costs when you travel is accommodation.  I prefer spending less on accommodation so that I have more to spend on food, drinks and activities.

Backpacker Hostels

South African’s haven’t really caught on to the hostel trend. Backpacker travel is not just for gap year students from Europe & the US, South Africans should take advantage of the budget options available. We have so many excellent backpacker hostels in SA from city poshtels (more like boutique hotels) to local community backpackers in rural villages. You don’t have to share a dorm room, most hostels have private rooms with en suite facilities. 

Backpacker hostels offer a social vibe, perfect for youthful and solo travellers. You get to make friends, stay within your budget and get to spend your money on the fun stuff like adventure activities

AirBnb and Vacation Rentals

AirBnb not only offers a local experience, you can really save a lot by using their service, especially if you’re travelling in a group and sharing a house.  They are so much cheaper than hotels, and they provide some interesting options. I’ve even stayed on an Airbnb catamaran in Durban!

National and Provincial parks

SA has an amazing diversity of national and provincial parks, many of which have budget accommodation options. SANParks offers a variety of accommodation options – from hotels to self-catering cottages and huts to camping. In KZN, check out KZN Emvelo Wildlife and Cape Nature. You have to book early during school holidays but you can often find last minute options off-season.  Doing a guided game drive at a national park is super affordable too.

Camping

I’m a happy camper! The initial outlays for camping can be a little pricey but it works out much cheaper in the long run. Camping is easy on the budget, and you get to experiences some really wild places.  There’s nothing like camping on a beach campsite with the sound of waves lulling you to sleep

Here’s to more South African travel to #FireYourSoul.

#LocalisZappa

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Zappa, but all views and opinions expressed are my own. #FireYourSoul

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