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Durban - The Fun City of South Africa

Updated on November 25, 2014

Great Fun Family Vacations In Durban Natal South Africa

Durban was where I met Paul in December 1958, and when we decided on a honeymoon vacation in 1963, there was only one choice, Durban. The distance from Johannesburg where we lived to Durban is 400 miles and is the closest beach.

We stayed at the Beach Hotel (a new hotel in 1963) situated on the famous Marine Parade.

Over the years, if there was a long weekend off we would go to Durban. It was the first ocean that our children every saw.

Durban... South Africa is Great!

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Durban South Africa

The Superb Vacation Destination

Durban is one of South Africa's top vacation destinations. It is situated on the east coast of South Africa with the warm waters of the Indian Ocean which make it an ideal choice for the whole family.

My Must see recommendations when you visit Durban:

  • The Beaches: The beaches are fantastic and perfect for all members of your family. It is world renowned for its surfing, and body-surfing. I just love and enjoy swimming in the warm waters.
  • The Promenade: We have wonderful exciting memories of Durban and walking along the Promenade is one of them. The atmosphere is great day and night. You will find the finest restaurants and hotels and all the shops are within walking distance.
  • uShaka Marine World aquarium. I have been to many aquariams and this one compares to the best in the world. Your family will enjoy every minute and have a great deal of fun.
  • Victoria Indian Street Market: The Indian street market is a must see for the tourist. Just the different smell of spices makes it a worthwhile visit. The great food at the many restaurants are an experience not to be missed.
  • Umgeni River Bird Park: This bird park is a wonderful and educational place to visit with its many, many species of birds.

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uShaka Aquarium Durban

Durban - Maharani Hotel - Rolls Royce and Bentley Owners Club of South Africa

In 1986, when I was still living in Johannesburg, South Africa, I organized a long weekend for The Rolls Royce and Bentley Owners Club of South Africa. The weekend was held at the Maharani Hotel in Durban, South Africa.

What a wonderful weekend we all had!

Durban the Perfect Vacation Destination

1986 - Rolls Royce and Bentley Owners Club of South Africa

Durban was the perfect choice, when we were deciding on where to take our club members for a 5 day weekend. What a magnificent choice

it turned out to be. There were 56 Rolls Royce and Bentley cars and their owners that came on this wonderful trip.

Everything was planned to the finest details to make it a trip to remember. The different themed breakfasts every day, lunches at different exciting venues, drives in convoy to places of interest, and of course festive dinners and entertainment each evening.

Dinner on the first evening was a traditional Indian evening with music and a comical entertainer.

This picture is of Paul and myself, and our daughter Felicity, dressed in our Saris for the Indian evening.

The second dinner was in the hotel Raffles club - Mafia, Bonny & Clyde buffet with music and dancing.

The third dinner was the Gala Dinner "le Bistro" French evening - everyone wore formal dress.

The fourth dinner was a tropical Mauritian evening with music and dancing.

Rolls Royce and Bentley Owners Club of South Africa

Appreciation to us for organizing this wonderful weekend at the Maharani Hotel, Durban.

We were so thrilled to receive this beautiful silver platter, presented to us by the club and it's members.

Just everyone enjoying themselves and their beautiful cars would have been thanks enough.

Thank You Card

Zulu Wire Baskets

Beautiful as Gifts and to Decorate your Home

The Zulus are one of at least a dozen tribes in South Africa. They are very proud people and have been in the Durban, Natal area for at least 400 years,

They are renowned for their wire baskets. I was a collector of these baskets for many years and used them in decorating my home as well as for gifts. As they are hand made, no two are alike, and that is what makes them so special.

Zulu Dancers

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We did not make it to Durban when we visited last year but we really want to go back anyway.

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      6 years ago

      awesome lens would love to visit Durban

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      6 years ago

      awesome lens would love to visit Durban

    • swarupreddyk profile image


      6 years ago

      Nice Couple..Long live your relation..God Bless you..

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      6 years ago

      I would like to visit Durban, but I really enjoyed your guided tour. :)

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      Anthony Godinho 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wonderful to read about your stays in Durban. It's great to reminisce the good old days. There are so many places I'd like to visit, South Africa is definitely one of them. Blessings! :)

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      6 years ago

      This looks like such a nice place to visit.

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      6 years ago

      Interesting information thanks for doing this lens

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      goo2eyes lm 

      6 years ago

      my husband lived there in south africa so many years ago. he almost visited every country of africa. i enjoyed your beautiful and well-informative lens, lots of nostalgia in it.

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      6 years ago

      enjoyed your article, felt personal and looks like a fun place to visit.

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      6 years ago

      What an incredible story ... I am being introduced to Durban for the first time and you have done a lovely introduction.

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      6 years ago

      Lovely lens with some great info on traveling to South Africa. Angel blessed.

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      6 years ago

      Great lens, great info, THX

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      6 years ago

      Fascinating! Can relate to a lot of 'India' in SA! :)

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      6 years ago

      @sheezie77: Thank you!

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      6 years ago

      great lens!

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      E L Seaton 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      Durban has officially make it onto my bucket list. Your lense was inviting and I really enjoyed the personal note.

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      Susan Deppner 

      7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      What a beautiful, informative lens about Durban. Love that you shared your personal history there with us!

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful lens about Durban.

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      7 years ago

      Wow! I had no idea that Durban has changed so much over the years. I can't wait to go back and visit again.


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