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FEATURED IMAGE: Mkadebona, one of the Tembe Elephant Parks' big tuskers. Picture: Johan Marais

Jumbo growth for KZN reserve

Plans are afoot to extend one of KwaZulu-Natal’s most important elephant sanctuaries. The 30 000 hectare Tembe Elephant Park, on the southern border with Mozambique, is looking at expanding by 26 000ha. The park had run out of space for its elephants, forcing it to put its females on contraceptives since 2007. The expansion to…

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Trailblazers: Wild times for Riverside runners

In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love, the poet tells us. Or, in the case of your middle-aged correspondent, to outdoor pursuits and vague thoughts about getting fitter, and leaner, not merely meaner. The dark winter mornings are behind us too, so quitting the bed is less of a…

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Flippin’ good time for whale watching

And so we bid farewell to a much loved visitor to these shores. Every September and October, humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) begin leaving the East Coast of Southern Africa to return to their summer grounds in the Southern Ocean, where they feed on the rich abundance of small fish and krill, a shrimp like crustacean.…

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Box clever: book celebrates Umhlanga gem

A LAVISH beautifully illustrated book about uMhlanga’s world-famous Oyster Box Hotel has just been published. And in keeping with what guests and visitors have come to expect down the years, it does not disappoint. It is a masterly keepsake that captures the history and tales of a bygone era that was lovingly brought up to…

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Snow news is good news

Spring may have sprung on the funshine coast, as the marketing men love to remind us, but up on the hill things have taken a turn for the wintery. A new pleasure dome, Snow Wonderland, has opened at Umhlanga’s Gateway shopping centre. It will let funseekers experience, all year round, some of the delights normally…

FUN IN THE SUN: Rob Rob O Connorman, Liz Van Huysteen and Ross Barber outside The George on matchday. Barber's loyalties seem to be divided.

By George, it’s the World Cup!
Where to watch it

Heck, these days you could probably watch the World Cup on your smartphone. But would you want to? Fortunately for fans visiting Umhlanga or its surrounds during the course of the rugby showpiece – from 20 September to 2 November – there are more agreeable alternatives. Here’s a potted selection to help you choose… A sharp…

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From London with love:
parkrun draws ’em from near and far

Want to get out and stretch those legs; perhaps meet a few people from elsewhere in the country and beyond? Well then, give the Umhlanga parkrun (the organisers insist it is spelled without a capital) a whirl.   The free timed fun event north along the promenade and back again, has proved a hit with locals and…

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Five star welcome for furry friends

IT is not just people who are pampered at uMhlanga’s Oyster Box Hotel – their pets get the VIP treatment too. The famous five-star hotel has a pet-friendly policy and small-to-medium sized dogs and cats can enjoy the same sort of luxury as their owners at the Oyster Box’s superior villas. Demand for the pet-friendly…

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Umhlanga date for top comic

Globe-trotting comic Carvin H Goldstone will be giving his first solo KZN performance of the year at uMhlanga Ridge’s Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! on Saturday, 31 August. A son of the Durban soil, Goldstone combines a talent for observation, great storytelling skills and an infectious laugh. Umhlanga Rocks Tourism asked the big man about…

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Help Cinders have a ball

Thousands of girls across South Africa are feeling a little Cinderella-ish right now. Matric farewell season is in swing, but the dresses and accessories they need for the big night are simply beyond their means. Now hope is at hand.  A national department store chain has stepped forward to play the proverbial fairy godmother, by…

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A melting pot of flavours as fests celebrate Women’s Day

Two festivals, sweet deals for dames dining à deux and a little pampering – just some of Women’s Day fare on offer north of the Umgeni on Friday, 9 August.

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Symphonic Choir promises
stage songs, soaring spirituals

Classical and show tunes are on the bill at a Durban Symphonic Choir concert in Umhlanga.

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Houston, we don’t have a problem: concert to aid ABH

An internationally acclaimed tribute singer and two of the country’s best loved comediennes are on the bill for I’m Every Woman, a Sibiya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom fundraising concert in aid of the Aryan Benevolent Home (ABH). The Friday (July 26) iZulu Theatre concert stars Belinda Davids, a South African singer who has carved out…

FEATURED IMAGE: A still from Cold Case Hammarskjold – the tired hack shuffles the deck and drinks in a moodily lit African tavern. Picture: Tore Vollan

Who killed whatshisname?
Doccie digs dirt on
UN diplomat’s murder

Who killed the second secretary-general of the United Nations and why after nearly 58 years should we even care? Two questions at the heart of Cold Case Hammarskjöld, an intriguing documentary showing at Ster Kinekor Gateway as part of the Durban International Film Festival. Swede Dag Hammarskjöld perished when his plane crashed in September 1961,…

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Cultivating success:
B&B owner shows way
with guests… and orchids

Durban North’s Fairway Guesthouse will be hosting the Fairway Orchid and Rare Plant Fair on July 20.

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Chanelle catches judges’ eye

Beauty, brains, and plenty of spirit — just a few of the fine qualities on abundant display at the Miss Umhlanga Winter Festival pageant on Friday, 5 July. The judges were looking for an attractive young woman to represent Umhlanga Tourism and they were spoilt for choice as 24 hopefuls lined up at a Main…

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Beauty and the beach

The Winter Festival returns to Umhlanga Main Beach on 4 July, with a beauty pageant among the highlights.

Rhino costume runner in the Comrades UltramarathonVincent (Vinny) O'Neill, the "fastest marathon rhino costume runner", is seen here at the 50 km mark in the Comrades ultra-marathon. He completed the run in the 8 kg costume to raise awareness about rhino poaching.The Comrades Marathon is an ultramarathon of approximately 89 km which is run annually in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It is the world's largest and oldest ultramarathon race.Photo credit: JMK via Wikimedia Commonscommons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vincent_O%27Neill,_2013_C...

Comrades: hospitality industry gives it horns

KwaZulu-Natal is welcoming thousands of visitors, including hundreds from abroad for the Comrades Marathon on Sunday, 9 June. And some hospitality businesses with strong Umhlanga ties have been quick off the mark to cash in. The ultra-marathon, with its 22 000 runners and legions of supporters, was expected to boost the provincial economy by up…

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Cornubia turns petrolhead’s playground as Farmtruck comes to town

US reality television street racing car personalities Murder Nova, Farmtruck and AZN  will be topping the bill at the Gas Motorshow, which runs at Cornubia Mall from 15 to 17 June. Showgoers can expect a glimpse into American car culture and a few of the men who build or race some of the United State’s…

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Jemma to give local talent a jump-start

Having a torn tendon followed by surgery was not about to slow down dancer, choreographer and innovator Jemma van Breda of La Lucia. Although the operation and recovery phase meant she was on crutches for a while, her creativeness knew no bounds. Jemma, 21, is the brains behind the cultural and tourism one-of-a-kind platform, called…

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Scores stay high in precinct perception survey

Umhlanga Rocks Urban Improvement Precinct users remain overwhelmingly positive about the area and its facilities according to a recent survey. The perception survey conducted for the precinct over the March/April holidays sought participants’ views on the safety, cleaning, maintenance and greening services in the area. In reply to the question, “Would you recommend Umhlanga Rocks”,…

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Umhlanga surfer has Ballito Pro in his sights

UMHLANGA surfer Beyrick de Vries is going “all out” this year in a bid to take the honours at the Ballito Pro contest, the world’s longest continuously running professional surfing event. “It would mean so much to win in front of all your friends and family who have spent time and energy in supporting me…

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La Lucia mall revamp on track, new developments

The R65 million upgrade of the La Lucia mall is on target and its owners say it will complement new plans for an office development and a residential block on adjoining sites. The developers and owners of the mall, Growthpoint Properties, confirmed it was seeking planning approval for a R95-million, office building, next to the…

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DOT launches new mobile app for tourism sector

Tourists and small businesses in the tourism sector will soon be able to book and plan their trips and connect via a new online platform and mobile app, Jurni. CEO of the National Tourism Visitor Information system Dr Nomvuselelo Songelwa unveiled, Jurni, a new digital initiative of the national department of tourism at the recent…

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Volunteers bag tons in Beachwood cleanup

More than 150 volunteers have cleared tons of trash from the Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve. The 11 May cleanup comes in the wake of the storm that devastated parts of KwaZulu-Natal after the Easter Weekend. Flooding claimed at least 70 lives, destroying millions of rands in infrastructure and dumping mountains of debris on beaches in…

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Harness social media to drive your business

Umhlanga Tourism’s Sabelo Didi recently returned from The World Travel Market Africa in Cape Town where he learned about the some of the latest trends and technology impacting the global tourism sector. The World Travel Market Africa, a leading business to business exhibition for the continent’s tourism and travel markets, took place at the International…

UNCOMFORTABLE: Guesthouse and B&B owners have expressed concern at the impact of unfair competition from local Airbnb hosts

Airbnb hosts face regulation

Guesthouse and B&B owners have expressed concern regarding the impact of unfair competition from local Airbnb hosts Home owners who run Airbnb businesses came under under the spotlight at Africa’s Travel Indaba in Durban where the government reiterated its stance on regulating the industry. Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said the government welcomed the technological innovations…

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Wake-up call for unregistered B&Bs

The Umhlanga Community Tourism Organisation has issued a friendly warning to homeowners thinking of running a B&B on the quiet. If you don’t have the correct permissions and approvals think twice before you advertise your spare room on A‌i‌r‌b‌n‌b‌. Herbert Achhammer, the organisation’s committee member handling legal and compliance matters, said many people believed affiliation…

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What’s all the Buzz About?

When Fiona McLeod first came across a ‘cling wrap replacement’ she didn’t know what it was. ‘A relative had come back from Australia and given me a pack and I wondered what it was,’ said Fiona. ‘But when I realised the product was a good way of helping to reduce our reliance on single-use plastic…

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An Awesome South African Gift Shop

In the spacious Pearls Shopping Mall in Umhlanga Rocks is a bright and colourful gift shop called AWESOME AFRICA. African – or more precisely South African – it definitely is. Most of the gifts on display are sourced and proudly made in South Africa. Now that really is awesome! ‘Supporting South African-made products should be…

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Revive with Fleur De Lis Spa

You spend a frustrating amount of time in traffic each week. Your job and its deadlines take hours of hard work from you every day. In just one hour at Spa Durban the stress of those used minutes will be forgotten. Spa Durban is the home of Fleur De Lis Spa and El Elyon Day…

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The Taste of Summer

La Cremosa is an Italian gelateria in Umhlanga. Well situated in the land of eternal summer (Umhlanga) La Cremosa occupies space next door to News Café on Palm Boulevard opposite the main entrance to Gateway Shopping Centre. This genuine Italian gelateria, run by Italians Mauro and Sandro, offers a typical Italian experience. Coffee and bakery…

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Snakepharm: Researching Antivenom

Hluhluwe, and Zululand in general, is home to some of the most varied landscape, ecology and wildlife on the East Coast of South Africa. It is also the base for Snakepharm, an NPO that is researching interesting new antivenom products and methods. Donald Schultz is a herpetologist who works for Snakepharm. He was born and…

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Umhlanga Tourism Members Can Visit Monkeyland

Lara Mostert of Monkeyland KZN reported that the organisation, which is new to KZN, cannot function at 100% as they are not yet allowed to take members of the public on ‘monkey safaris’ for a fee.  Until they are, they can offer free ‘monkey safaris’ to the trade. This means that anyone who works in…

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Food to Drool Over

The winner of the Waitronathon held as part of Umhlanga Tourism December 2018 Festival was Nhlanhla Khoza of Beach Garden Café & Events. See more about this fun event here: https://bit.ly/2T6bfqz. Nhlanhla’s prize included R1000 cash for the speedster himself. The restaurant he represented also won a prize: a free half-page advert in the 2019…

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Bliss on the Doorstep

I arrived at the Beverly Hills’ Mangwanani Boutique Spa just before 4pm on a Tuesday afternoon. I had booked a foot massage – one of my favourite types of treatment. There was a venue choice: either indoors in the airconditioned, fragranced shop, or outdoors in the gently billowing tented area. I chose outdoors. The outlook…

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Wacky Waitronathon Closes the Umhlanga Tourism Summer Festival

The Umhlanga Tourism Summer Festival 2018 finished on Sunday 23 December in wacky style with a loopy new activation: the Waitronathon. The Waitronathon was a beach obstacle race for waitrons in the Umhlanga area with prizes for first, second and third place. Participants, winners and organisers were delighted with the fun spectacle and they feel…

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Culture Shines at the Umhlanga Tourism Summer Festival

Thanks to the Department of Arts & Culture the Umhlanga Tourism Summer Festival of 2018 hosted two surprise entertainment pieces: Young Mbazo on Reconciliation Day 16 December, and The Linda Vargas Flamenco Dancy Company on Monday 17 December. Young Mbazo – get this – are the grandchildren of musician Joseph Shabalala, founder of the hugely…

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Umhlanga Tourism Shows It’s Cool to Care

A group of children from Girls and Boys Town showed up on the beach on Tuesday 18 December to take part in Umhlanga Tourism’s fun in the sun festival. The children had great fun playing games and all were given a number of super prizes, donated by generous sponsors. These included vouchers from Cornubia Mall…

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Miss Umhlanga 2018 is a Winner

Umhlanga Main Beach was hot and happening on Monday 17 December when dozens of beautiful girls took part in the tenth Miss Umhlanga Beauty pageant. With the ocean and sand as a backdrop, and a breeze to cool the 30-degree sunshine, the competition was fun and relaxed. Beachgoers pulled up their deckchairs and enjoyed watching…

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Let’s Go Shopping

Eventors Kevin Ellis and Gareth Greaves are beginning to select books, clothes, toys and games to purchase for less privileged children over this festive season. Entry to participate in the Miss Umhlanga is R150 cash – which will go towards purchasing needed items for Umhlanga child-focused NGOs – supporting the season’s theme this year: It’s…

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Calling all Waitrons!

The new kid on the block at this year’s Umhlanga Summer Festival is the first wacky ‘Waitronathon’, a feature event taking place on Sunday 23 December. The 23rd of December is the final day of the festival and it promises to end in great style. Waitrons from participating Umhlanga restaurants and hotels will make their…

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Beach Fun at the Umhlanga Summer Festival 2018

The annual Umhlanga Summer Festival brings loads of family-centred holiday activities to Umhlanga for the 2018 festive season for visitors and locals alike, from 14 to 23 December. Understanding that the season is about goodwill, family and community, the theme for this year’s festival is It’s Cool to Care – with all aspects of the…

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The Umhlanga Summer Festival 2018: It’s Cool to Care – About People

The annual Umhlanga Summer Festival brings a host of family-centred holiday activities to Umhlanga for the 2018 festive season for visitors and locals alike, from 14 – 23 December. Understanding that the season is about goodwill, family and community, the theme for this year’s festival is It’s Cool to Care – with all aspects of…

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Umhlanga Summer Festival – Carols Under the Stars

Always a crowd favourite, the annual al-fresco Umhlanga Carols Under the Stars, takes place at the Granada Square in Umhlanga Rocks on Thursday 20 December from 6pm in the courtyard of the favourite shopping and dining destinations on the Umhlanga Strip. The concert is co-ordinated by Shelley McLean featuring a myriad special guests. The evening…

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The Umhlanga Summer Festival 2018: It’s Cool to Care – About the Planet

The annual Umhlanga Summer Festival brings a myriad family-centred holiday activities to Umhlanga for the 2018 festive season for visitors and locals alike, from 14 to 23 December. Understanding that the season is about goodwill, family and community, the theme for this year’s festival is It’s Cool to Care – with all aspects of the…

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Miss Umhlanga Beauty Pageant Summer 2018

The tenth Miss Umhlanga Beauty Pageant will take place on Monday 17 December 2018 on Umhlanga Main Beach, as one of the highlights of the Umhlanga Summer Festival programme. Registration is from 10.30am on the Millennium Stage, Main Beach, and the competition will run from 12 noon until 2pm. Winners will be crowned on the…

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The Umhlanga Summer Festival 2018: It’s Cool to Care About Community

The Umhlanga Summer Festival 2018 was launched this week at the beautifully decorated Cabana Beach Resort conference room. Invited guests were treated to talking, music, dancing, singing and modelling – all by locals. Umhlanga Tourism is a Community Tourist Association and as such supports initiatives, creatives and organisations in our own back yard and the…

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Be Ecofriendly & Buy Local

Review by: Brenda Daniels Environmentally friendly alternatives are becoming more and more available, and plastic replacements and buying local are two great ways to cut down on pollution. One company that offers both non-plastic and local is Kloof-based Chempac Distribution. Chempac Distribution supplies B&Bs, guesthouses, coffee shops, restaurants, laundromats and others in the Durban area…

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Barnyard Returns to Durban at Suncoast

The authentic Barnyard Theatre returns to Durban and will be opening at Suncoast soon! The Barnyard Theatre is returning to Durban with the launch of its new venue at the renowned SUNCOAST Casino Hotels & Entertainment – a member of the prestigious Tsogo Sun Group. The planned opening date is 12 December 2018 and bookings…

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Need Some R&R?

Spa Durban, which has four branches in and around Umhlanga, is offering the most wonderful-sounding spring spa packages. Choose from: Spring Treat, Oh So Heavenly,  Massage Spoil, Bud Blossom & Bloom, Spring Time Romance or Blissful Spring Time. The treats are aimed at couples, singles and even groups, and range in time from a ‘quick’…

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It’s Cool to Care

The Umhlanga Tourism Summer Festival 2018 is just around the corner and this year’s theme is: Cool to Care. The popular Umhlanga Tourism Summer Festival will this year feature old favourites such as the Miss Umhlanga Beauty Pageant, Carols Under the Stars, and 10 days of beach fun. There will also be a relatively new…

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Escape Hunt – Have Fun In (or Out)

WIN these super exciting prizes from The Escape Hunt Experience Durban – DUR, South Africa 1) 3 x GROUP experiences for 4 people 2) 2 x TEAM BUILDING experiences for 10 people. The Escape Hunt Experience is a fantastic global entertainment franchise offering unique ‘escape the room’ adventures with branches all over the world from Brussels…

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Charming Farmers’ Market in Umhlanga

Did you know that tucked away on an open piece of ground in the busy precinct of Umhlanga Ridge is the Umhlanga Farmers’ Market? The market, depending on which stallholder we spoke to, has been in existence for 20 to 25 years. It convenes every Wednesday from 8am to 12pm in Autumn Drive, Prestondale (next…

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An Eco-Conscious Co-Work Space in Umhlanga

Umhlanga is a vibrant, growing city. Just count all the cranes active at one time and you’ll see the growth! Umhlanga Tourism recently ran an article on co-working spaces and how they are catching on. Another one of these spaces is the Homebru Graft Café. On first glance Homebru is a trendy coffee shop with…

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Experience Korean

‘That’s it,’ I decided, ‘I’m going to become a vegetarian.’ I was enjoying my first taste of Korean food, at Glenashley-based restaurant, The Crazy Korean. The first course was a Pajeon, followed by a meatless Dol-sot Bi-bim-bap. The pajeon was a pancake about the size of a small dinner plate filled with spring onion, carrot and…

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Pasha’s: The Small Restaurant with the Big Menu

Robbie and Elna Bachmann recently celebrated their first-year anniversary at the helm of Pasha’s Restaurant in Glenashley. The little Italian restaurant and take-away, though, has been a part of the Durban North community for much longer than that. The Bachmanns, who have lived and worked in the area for 30 years, were patrons of Pasha’s…

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Umhlanga Tourism Festival Host is a Winner

Kevin Ellis is a champion! Pinetown-boy Kevin returned to South Africa as the reigning European and World, doubles and singles champion after competing in the 2018 World Dance Masters competition in Blackpool, England in August, and the European competition in Dublin, Ireland in March. His partner in the doubles category was Robyn Beck. Kevin’s speciality…

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Say Yes to (Bamboo) Straws!

The Last Straw campaign is gaining ground with many restaurants in Umhlanga alone no longer offering plastic straws. Alternatives to plastic, too, are growing in popularity. One of these alternatives is bamboo. Carol Mackintosh from the Wilderness in the Cape has a company aptly named The Last Straw which makes reusable straws from bamboo. The…

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Co-working Spaces Catch On

An article in The Mercury newspaper (18 May 2018) stated that worldwide there were 14 411 co-working spaces. Several of those 14-odd thousand are right here in Durban North and Umhlanga it would seem. One such example is ‘The Meeting Place’, situated in Kensington Boulevard, Durban North. The Meeting Place offers a mix of office…

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Celebrating 21 Years in Business

Durban North businesswoman, Sharon Emmerich, recently celebrated 21 years in business. Sharon runs a Fiduciary Practice which includes financial estate planning, and tax planning and administration. To celebrate her ‘coming of age’ in the business world Sharon held a breakfast at the Royal Palm Hotel, Umhlanga. Invited guests enthusiastically purchased raffle tickets and were delighted…

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Jukebox Hits

Jukebox Hits is a fun musical currently showing at the beautiful Rockwood Theatre at Sibaya Casino, just a few kilometres north of the Umhlanga CBD. The venue is a supper theatre and guests can either bring or order their own food. Drinks can only be purchased within the theatre. The term ‘jukebox’ became popular in…

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Gandhis Pass on the Legacy of Nonviolence

The rainbow nation Madiba named is looking somewhat refracted; the seven colours of the rainbow are not shining as one. So said Tushar Gandhi on a recent visit to Umhlanga, Durban, South Africa. Tushar and his father Dr Arun Gandhi were part of a tour group that recently took American tourists to a number of…

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Ant Man & The Wasp: Fun, Family Entertainment

Ant Man & The Wasp is the latest Marvel superhero movie to be released. A sort of an antihero, Ant Man (Paul Rudd) is full of foibles and weaknesses. His sidekick, the Wasp, definitely has things more together and Wasp’s quest to find her long-lost mother forms the plot of the film. There are several…

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Good food, good restaurants, good company

Do you enjoy good food? Eating out? But have no-one to go with? Then sign up for a dining experience with DINE4SIX. I attended a DINE4SIX event recently  and cannot recommend it highly enough. DINE4SIX is a platform through which people (six at a time) wanting to eat out can sign up for a restaurant…

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SA Agulhas 2 Open Day Sends a Message

On Oceans Day 9 June this year South Africa’s SA Agulhas 2 was opened to the public in Durban. Groups of people were taken through this beautifully maintained ship, shown its different areas, and told how scientific research on the ship takes place. Onboard laboratories were used by scientists to conduct marine, environmental, biological and…

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Movie fun for the whole family

Need a movie for the whole family this weekend? Don’t miss Incredibles 2 which opens today at Ster Kinekor, Gateway. Read A Feast of Tales‘ review here: https://wp.me/p4c1s1-rB.

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Oceans Matter

Plastic pollution and climate change are very real. Even in the remotest parts of the earth. In fact, those remote polar regions are the sections of earth that feel climate change effects the most. And those same environments, far from human habitation, are subject to some of the same plastic pollution we struggle with in…

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RocoMamas Says ‘No!’

Umhlanga Tourism advocates the elimination of single-use plastics from everyday use. We recently featured The George’s and The Oyster Box‘s efforts in this regard. In support of other local Umhlanga businesses who are cutting down their reliance on these pollutants, we highlight here another restaurant that has joined the ban on plastic straws: RocoMamas. ‘The…

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It’s Almost Travel Indaba Time

Africa’s Travel Indaba is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar. It showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism products and attracts international buyers and media from across the world. Africa’s Travel Indaba…

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FunShine Coast Champions

Okay so Umhlanga doesn’t have just anyone leading their campaigns. No, they have champions! Kevin Ellis, entertainer, style guru and Umhlanga Tourism’s Easter Festival host, is a dance champion. Kevin returned to South Africa on Wednesday 28 March struggling to carry the number of trophies he won at the 2018 European Championships in line dancing.…

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Looking for Miss Beach Babe

Girls, it’s Miss Beach Babe time! As part of the Umhlanga Tourism Easter Festival a fun beauty pageant for girls will be held on Easter Saturday 31 March at Main Beach, Umhlanga. So, don your bikinis and get down to the Millennium stage at 11am for registration, 12pm to 2pm for the competition. Sashes, tiaras…

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The Oyster Box embraces buckets of rubbish & says ‘NO’ to straws

Plastic seems to be in everything and almost impossible to avoid these days. But with the advent of social media awareness around the ills of single-use plastic growing daily, various initiatives such as #refusethestraw, #plasticpollution and #singleuseplastics, have galvanised the public into using their voices and purchasing power to stamp out its gratuitous use. Umhlanga…

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It’s Almost Easter Festival Time!

We have egg-citing news: it’s almost time for the Umhlanga Tourism Easter Festival! So hop along to the eggstravaganza being held on Easter weekend, Friday to Monday 30 and 31 March, 1 and 2 April, at the Millennium Stage, Main Beach, Umhlanga. Kids will be kept EXtremely busy with a host of EXciting activities like…

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Honour Humphrey with a Big Walk

Humphrey, the friendly Umhlanga Tourism ambassador, will be stretching his legs to raise funds for the SPCA. Join him on 25 March 2018 on the Umhlanga Promenade at 6.30am for an easy 5km walk and make a difference for animals in our community. The ‘Honouring Humphrey Big Walk’ sets off from the pier and the…

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The George Leads the Way

Pete Ely has had enough. When his young daughter came home from the beach after swimming with plastic (not sea creatures) one too many times, Pete decided that The George had seen its last (plastic) straw. The proprietor of one of Umhlanga’s best-known pubs has banned plastic straws and polystyrene take-away containers from the bar/grill…

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Humphrey Announced as Umhlanga Tourism Ambassador

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · PUBLISHED 26TH JANUARY 2018 · UPDATED 26TH JANUARY 2018 Humphrey is going strong in his campaign to be a dog in a million. Over the festive season he raised a whopping R8000 for the SPCA – a timely donation because of the influx of strays to the animal charity at that…

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Families Enjoy Festive Fun

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · 23RD DECEMBER 2017 What a wonderful evening was had by all at Granada Square in Umhlanga on 20 December. The occasion? Umhlanga Tourism’s Carols by Starlight. Sandwiched in between rainy days, Wednesday the 20thwas calm and sunny, perfect for this family outdoor event. About 600 people fitted comfortably into the square…

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Ready, Set, Go!

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · 15TH DECEMBER 2017 Huge thanks must go to the Umhlanga UIP for giving the ablution block at Main Beach an overhaul. The upgrade included a new paint job and replacement of broken amenities. Paint was supplied by eThekwini Municipality. Also looking good is the Millennium stage on Main Beach. X-treme Cleaning…

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Can You Escape?

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · 6TH DECEMBER 2017 New to Umhlanga is the intriguing detective game experience Mindgame Escape. The venue is just across the road from the Umhlanga Tourism office, on the second floor of Granada Square, Chartwell Drive. Umhlanga Tourism recently gathered a team of six and arrived in a flurry, having made our…

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Treat Yourself to a Boat Ride

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · PUBLISHED 24TH NOVEMBER 2017 · UPDATED 24TH NOVEMBER 2017 At 10.45am on a Thursday in October 2017 my husband and I arrived at CASEA Charters on Umhlanga Main Beach. We had signed up for a boat ride and – in my opinion – couldn’t have picked a better day. The weather…

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Family Friendly Festive Season

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · PUBLISHED 23RD NOVEMBER 2017 · UPDATED 23RD NOVEMBER 2017 The annual uMhlanga Summer Festivalbrings a myriad family-centred holiday activities to uMhlanga for the festive season for visitors and locals alike, from 14 – 23 December. Of course, being uMhlanga, one of the main areas of focus is the beach. The Beach Festival…

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Help Humphrey Become a Dog in a Million

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · 14TH OCTOBER 2017 Humphrey is aiming to be a dog in a million. Here’s your chance to help him get there! Umhlanga-based Humphrey (who may be a Russian wire-haired terrier, we can’t be sure) raises funds for the SPCA and his challenge is to schools, companies, organisations and individuals to donate…

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Culture & History on Umhlanga’s Doorstep

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · 14TH OCTOBER 2017 Think Umhlanga is all about beach fun and sunshine? Well, yes, it is. But there’s also a great deal of cultural interest and GANDHI LEGACY TOUR LED BY DR ARUN GANDHI, FIFTH GRANDSON OF THE MAHATMA GANDHI. L – R: Mandla Nxumalo of Ohlange Institute, Greg Garson of…

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It’s Almost Umhlanga Festival Time!

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · PUBLISHED 5TH OCTOBER 2017 · UPDATED 3RD OCTOBER 2017 As the weather warms up little by little, work behind the scenes is increasing in intensity. Beach games, Christmas functions, beauty parades and sporting challenges all form part of the 2017 festivities. So, get out the suntan lotion, dust off your running…

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Celebrate Gandhi’s Birthday with Nonviolence

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · PUBLISHED 29TH SEPTEMBER 2017 · UPDATED 29TH SEPTEMBER 2017 Gandhi 1906 (via The Heritage Portal) In recognition of  Gandhi’s 148th birth date on 2 October 2017, Durbanites and visitors to Umhlanga can take part in the International Day of Nonviolence and a prayer organised by the Counsel General of India at…

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What Are you Doing for Tourism? #WeDoTourism.

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · PUBLISHED 15TH SEPTEMBER 2017 · UPDATED 12TH SEPTEMBER 2017 ‘Africa’s game reserves and national parks are scattered about this vast continent to an estimated total of 850,000 sqkm. That is equivalent to an area much larger than Britain and Germany combined. In many of these wildlife reserves, you can see the…

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Don’t let Frizzy Hair Keep You Away

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · 8TH SEPTEMBER 2017 September is tourism month. Remember to use the hashtag #WeDoTourism in all your social media campaigns until the 30th! Mom, Amelia Meyer, bemoans letting frizzy hair and fear of bikinis keep her away from Umhlanga. With so much beauty to enjoy along our coastline and lots of things to…

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Imbizo Gallery to Celebrate African Art & Culture

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · 25TH AUGUST 2017 In honour of Women’s Month… Ann Proksch (Art Director), left, and Pauline Oor (Manager) at Imbizo Gallery are flanked by a Marke Meyer Bronze called ‘Wayward Dreams of the Outside World’. Behind Ann and Pauline is Ngwenya recycled glass from Swaziland, and a painting by Diane Erasmus. Imbizo…

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Superwoman: She’s Real!

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · PUBLISHED 17TH AUGUST 2017 · UPDATED 17TH AUGUST 2017 In honour of Women’s Month… Who said Superwoman was a fictional comic character only? There is proof that she exists in real life. In various forms. Take these ladies as a modern-day, local example. Lynn Eaton, Shivanie Naidoo, Trish Roberts-Loose, Claudette Lingenfelder…

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Anchor’s Rest Maintains Number One on TripAdvisor

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · 11TH AUGUST 2017 Anchor’s Rest Guest House was recently listed on TripAdvisor as the number one of 43 B&Bs in the Umhlanga area. Cilla Rose, owner of Anchor’s Rest, attributed the rating to several factors. These included customer service, consistency, flexibility and enjoyment of people. “You can’t be in this business…

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Gill Fordyce: A Parkrun Legend

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · 4TH AUGUST 2017 In honour of Women’s Month… Every weekend, across the planet, whether at a local park, on a beach, a promenade or other accessible venue out in nature, runners and walkers line up for a distance that almost anyone can complete – the beautiful 5km run. It costs them…

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Weekly Fun at Umhlanga Parkrun

The Umhlanga Parkrun takes place every Saturday at 8am. An average of 500 to 600 runners/walkers/trotters gather at the Umhlanga Pier each week and set off in a northerly direction once the welcome has been given. Insanely fast runners sprint away at the front of the pack and a mix of others jostle their way…

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There’s something about sport…

Sport, recreation and the arts have the capacity to unite people. Take the latest Umhlanga Trail Run as an example. Top runners along with first-time trail runners participated in the winter trail run held earlier this month at Sibaya Casino. And enjoyed it. Runners young and old, competitive and casual, long distance (18km) and short…

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It’s Bastille Day Weekend at Granada

www.webtickets.co.za → July 13 to 15 is Bastille Day Weekend At Granada Square.  It’s not too late to enjoy the festivities. Tickets cost R125 per day each and include a Festival glass and festival tokens to use for wine or/and food. Bookings are essential and can be done at http://www.webtickets.co.za/. For more information and updates…

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Umhlanga Summer Festival | 10 – 23 December 2016

Umhlanga Summer Festival has been staged for 11 years and attracts over 600 000 visitors to the beach over the event duration. In 2016 we hope to exceed all records. The Umhlanga Summer Festival will be staged from the 10th to the 23rd of December 2016. The Umhlanga Summer Festival is a multifaceted beach carnival…

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Umhlanga Trail Run and Walk | Sunday 2 July 2017

Starts at 6:30am at the Sibaya Casino entrance car park 6k, 12k and 18k Finish and prize giving at the Sibaya Casino entrance car park after each race. Please note that a breakfast is included in the price and there will be a lucky draw after the final prize giving. Pre register on the ROAG…