Are there any cool sites or attractions to photograph between Pietermaritzburg and Amanzimtoti?
We would need to change the US$ we are carrying with us into South African Rand. We have sufficient Rand for the airport, taxi to get to our hotel, etc, etc. We would like to know good places to change our US$ into Rand (meaning, good rates). We are staying at the Southern Sun Elangeni on the Golden Mile. Are there decent places close by ??
Thanks very much in advance for any help offered.
We're going to the Battlefields Lodge Hotel in 2 weeks time in late September. Can anyone tell me what the weather is like at that time in Swaziland to Zululand? Is there any special clothing we need for the day time and what does anyone recommend for evening wear?
We're travelling into KZN in early January and would love to do a Battlefields tour if possible.
We will be a mixed group of 6 adults (4 in their 70s plus 2 in their - just- 40s) and two children aged 5 and 8. Thus, I don't think that we'll be up for the Full Monty detailed military buff tour: ideally we're like someone who can customise the trip (since 8 is probably a full group), take us out to a couple of the sites and make them come alive for us. In my mind, I want to see a young Michael Caine in a scarlet jacket and white helmet looking stern jawed at the Zulu onslaught!
Has anyone done one of these tours recently? If so, would you be happy to recommend your service provider?
I am a young woman who is going to be in KZN for about 9 weeks (Jan-Apr) living in Yellowwood Park, though I wish to visit several places, ranging from local to across the country. What would be the safest and cheapest way for me to travel, other than renting a car?
I am intending on spending a week in the Durban area and want to spend a little time
a) on a beach
b) on safari
c) playing some golf
Can anyone advise if you've booked a package trip to the area and which company you used whether they were good?
Help please, does anyone know or stayed here ,it looks very good but there is very little info on the net about it so any info would be welcome.
In February we're intending to visit folks in Johannesburg following which we'd like to make our way to the Battlefields and do a safari. Would be glad of any help/suggestions of best way of doing this i.e. should we fly out to Jo'burg but return from Durban? Would the tourist train from J to D be a sensible option as not really keen to drive such a distance? We could take up to 10 days for this trip so should have time to take in another 'port of call' i.e. Durban or the mountains or anywhere else we should see while in this part of the world. Would car hire and booking own accommodation be a sensible option from Durban?
Hi - we are thinking of flying into Richards Bay from JBurg this December in order to base ourselves there for a few days before driving down to Durban. Is anyone aware of this being an unusual way to get to Durban? Is it safe to drive down this part of the N2/are there any issues we might face driving to Durban?
Thanks in advance
Hi, I'm thinking about a trip to KwaZulu-Natal in October this year. I've enjoyed two previous trips to other parts of South Africa so have a little knowledge of the country. What I would like to know is, would October (or possibly stretching into early November dependin on when we can get flights) a good time to visit the area.
Any comments much appreciated, regards, robin
Im hoping to travel to KwaZuku-Natal this october-november. I'll actually be working in one of the rural hospitals out there with another friend (also from england). Im really looking forward to it but then I've just heard so many horror stories about muggings, rape and being held at gun point. How common is this really? I dont want to cancel my trip but if necessary I will. Im from london which arguably is dangerous too but I dont want to be mugged or held at gunpoint. I will also be travelling along the east coast for a bit to and probably in and around durban.
Is there any advice from other travellers/locals?
My husband and I (both mid fifties)are thinking of travelling this July/August in the KwaZulu-Natal region - flying into Durban and then touring by car visiting such areas as the Drakensberg Mountains, the Zulu battlefields, the Game Reserves in the north of the region and the Wetland Parks to the east.
The big question is - is it safe for us to travel alone? I quite understand that Cape Town, and the Garden/Wine routes (where we have been before) are geared up for tourists and that travel elsewhere may be a different matter altogether! I have read some rather dubious reports of Durban, particularly the beachfront areas after dark and it would seem to be advisable to choose accommodation in the suburbs instead of the seafront.
Otherwise are we okay driving ourselves from the airport? Is it safe hiking in the Drakensberg mountains? Are we safe driving on the roads to the battlefield sites or Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Park? Or do tourists tend not to go to these regions unless on guided tours?
I know I seem paranoid but having read of car-jackings, muggings etc.+ having read some of the postings on this site I am beginning to have serious doubts! I would really appreciate some information on the advisability of our proposed trip.
We are both reasonably "streetwise", living in Brighton, England and both teaching in large comprehensive schools!
I'm from the UK, looking to stay for 2 weeks near Durban with my mother & daughter; my mother is visiting her brother there but me & daughter will be holidaymakers. I've seen what looks like a great place to stay on the southern side of Umdloti; it's practically on the beach and me & my daughter think it looks fun. My mother says it will be dangerous, esp at night - she is thinking of muggings etc not snakes.
Pls can anyone let me know how realistic this view is? I've Googled the place & it looks quite sleepy; there are only 570 refs to "crime umdloti" compared to + 300,000 for "crime Jo'burg" & nothing for "car jacking". I think she's over-reacting.
help - I don't want to stay in a gated bungalow in Durban when I could be staying in a beach house on the Indian Ocean!!
thanks in advance
After trawling the web for ages I have given up trying to find distance/direction guides. Any locals who can advise which way to go - ie is it best to go all the way back up N2, or is there a quicker way to achieve our journey?
I've been reading all the questions posted here about life in Durban and South Africa in general and I saw that at least 80% are about: how dangerous it is?
this is my question also: How dangerous? can we live a normal life over there? I know we have to be realistic, nowhere is safe after all....but I read so many bad things...so many.....I am terified that my finace will decide to go and work in Durban and I do not know if we should go after all. Please give me an idea, because I am very conserned and I do not know where to turn to. Thank you so much.
Firstly, Many thanks to all that gave me such helpful suggestions on my saftey issues! we are heading off to Sunny South Africa in September and will be renting for 6 months so we can see how we get on! I now have another question that I am hoping someone will be able to help with, we want to take our pets with us, 3 dogs and 5 cats!! I just dont know where to start although I have contacted some agencies, I have had no reply yet. Has anyone had any experience with bringing pets into SA? any suggestions would be gratefully received! we are leaving from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Canada. also any suggestions on cheap flights from Canada to Durban. Mega Thanks in advance!
Hi, my husband visited Scottburgh and Umkomaas recently and desperately wants to move there, we are English and have been living in Nova Scotia, Canada for a year. unfortunately, business opportuities have not been good here, so my husband wants us all to move to that area in KWZ he has fallen in love with, but as I am a mother of 4 children I am so worried about crime rates there and if my children will be safe there, also if the schools in this area are good and if business opportunities are any better than they are here. We would like to open Coffe house with bookstore or an exclusive restaurant, is there a demand for that in these areas. would be grateful for any advice, Thankyou in advance!
What’s your favourite place on the KwaZulu Natal coast and why?
There can be any reason why you like it really; beauty, snorkelling, nightlife, beaches, people, accommodation, wildlife, diving, food, surfing etc.
So, where do you like and why?
Me and my girlfriend are going to be living in Tugela Ferry, KwaZulu Natal from the beginning of September 2007 to the end of May 2008.
We plan to buy a car,so we can get around, especially at weekends.
We want to buy something cheap and basic, but in good enough condition that it doesn’t break down in the middle of nowhere – and keeps going for 9 months, with the odd service.
How much would be looking at paying, what kind of model, and where would be a good place to go to buy it?
Does anyone know anyting about Thanda Lodge?
Like the person posting below, I am considering a job offer from a company based in La Lucia. After reading the SAPS crime statistics (murders, violent assaults, rapes etc.) for Durban North which includes Umhlanga Rocks (which we were told was a good area to live), we (I'd be moving with my family) are considering dropping the opportunity. Could anyone familiar with area please help us weigh up this move by answering the following questions?
- To what extent does the fear of violent crime affect your daily life?
- Do you personally know anyone who has been mugged / carjacked / murdered / violently assaulted or raped in this area?
- How much would we have to pay in rent to live in an area which would pretty much guarantee security? Is there such a place in the area?
- Would buying an older car help avoid carjacking?
- To avoid carjacking, should there be more than one person in the car?
- Where / when are carjackings mostly likely to occur?
Hoping to return to Durban with my family this coming year but don't want to stay in Durban itself . I can't decide between Amanzimtoti or Umdloti...both look ideal but as I've not visited in years I'm not sure . I'll be travelling with my husband who loves to potter round the shops and markets and my 13 year old who is happy doing anything and everything so long as he gets a pool to swim in at night .
Hope someone out there can help with the suggestions...have spotted a couple of places to kip down in too , one being Bush Babies in Amanzimtoti .
Any advice welcomed .
It's that time of the year again at my university to choose some place to study abroad for the coming academic year (2006/2007). There's the typical european allure but down on the bottom of the pamphlet was the opportunity to go to South Africa, specifically KwaZulu-Natal. The idealistic inner-workings of my mind are telling me that this is an opportunity of a lifetime. I'm looking to pursue either Linguistics/Applied Language Studies at either Pietermaritzburg or Durban.
Probably this is going to come off dumb but do you guys think its safe, or very wise for a girl barely out of her twenties, hasn't done much traveling outside of North America, to spend a year of her life in a country she virtually knows nothing about it.
Is it expensive for a student to live there? The estimated budget on the university website seems to say so.
Is it really necessary to drive around everywhere? (I have no license)
I hope somebody replies soon because the application deadline's December 5th. Thank you very much!
a few friends and I are planning a trip to the south coast in december.. anybody know any nice hotels/resorts... preferably close to the beach and with lots of activities
thanks in advance
Does anyone have any suggestions for private - or public - game reserves that won't cost an arm and a leg to visit? Also, what will temperatures be like in NE South Africa during June and/or July? Wondering about using Pietermaritzburg as a jumping-off point, or, possibly, Nelspruit... Any thoughts on this? Don't want to find myself stuck in US$100+ a night accommodations. Prefer b&b's... Was in the Western Cape in Jan 2004 and it was quite reasonable. Can I expect similar in this rather different part of the country? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Q: Hi folks, I am wanting to drive from Hluhluwe National Park to uKhalambra / Royal Natal National Park. How long should it take and what would be the best route in a smallish hire car? Cheers. Russ.
Hi! I am going to south Africa in October and am wondering on how to go to Hululuwe and Saint Lucia natural parks, but i am not keen on driving. I saw there is a Greyhound bus that goes to Richard's Bay, but i don' t know if there they would have excursions to the parks. Does anyone know? Raphy
I will be travelling in December with a friend who has an infant, and we are interested in staying in KwaZulu-Natal for a week or so. Any ideas on cottages (so baby doesn't disturb other guests) that have meals taken care of (one less thing to think about during the trip). We would like accommodation that could be for the whole week and that we can drive to different locations daily (ie: Tembe, St Lucia wetlants etc.) Any tips would be helpful! Thanks kds
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