As an influx of international airlines announced this year that they will launch flights to Durban, tourism to the East Coast of South Africa is set to be uplifted ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Ethiopian Airlines, the flag carrier of Ethiopia and the most recent airline to announce Durban flights, joins Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and Proflight (Zambia) in the new line up of airlines who this year confirmed they will commence flights to King Shaka International Airport.
Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and Ethiopian supplement Emirates and Air Mauritius – the additional international options already operating scheduled services between Durban and Dubai and Durban and Plaine Magnien, Mauritius. All five of these airlines already serve airports in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Travelstart South Africa, the travel booking website that allows travellers to compare prices from all airlines and book flights, believes these new carriers will nudge the country’s third largest city into an energised era of tourism, “In Durban we already have the makings of a world class city – the nearby Drakensberg mountains – a World Heritage Site, the cultural tourist sites found in Zululand and the KZN Midlands, the beaches which lie north and south of the city, a first-rate stadium in Moses Mabhida, the ICC for business and the revitalised Golden Mile, to name a few,” said the online travel agency’s Head of Communications Russell Jarvis.
Previously under the radar on the international stage, in 2014 CNN named Durban, “The coolest city in South Africa you’ve never seen”; earlier in the year the news network placed it on its list, “10 of the world’s most underrated cities”.
“Durban and its surrounds have a lot to offer travellers of all types and some superb facilities to boot – it’s about time Durban claimed its share of foreign tourists who visit our shores,” said Jarvis.
– See more at: www.travelstart.co.za
Introducing Salta Sibaya
The Devmco Group have worked on their latest innovation that aims to transform the Sibaya Coastal Precinct’s landscape from normal to extraordinary with a never-before-seen seaside neighbourhood, Salta Sibaya, which proudly sits above Umdloti and forms part of the precinct holistic development plan.
Salta Sibaya will set the precedent for how South Africans will live in the future within a vibrant mixed-use development. The developers pushed the boundaries in providing a bespoke retail and commercial element that is within walking distance of homes. As the future home to Spar, Tops, Woolworths and Pump Track, Salta Sibaya will have a myriad of shopping experiences on its doorstep.
The new central business district, with a culmination of some of South Africa’s much-loved brands finding their home in the dynamic commercial sector.
“When we embarked on this project, our vision was to take the Sibaya lifestyle to the next level by creating a dynamic mixed-use development, where residents live moments away from their workplace allowing them to spend more time on life’s pleasures; braais with family, trail walks throughout the conservancy and estate while enjoying breath-taking views. Salta Sibaya gives you a variety of residential opportunities, with a choice of spacious, pet-friendly, freestanding coastal homes starting from R2.95 million, perfect for those who wish to semigrate to KZN,” shares Devmco Group Director, Charles Thompson.
Choose a double storey or single-story piece of land and build your coastal family home or invest in one of the turn-key home designs.
The homes range between 2-bedroom homes from R2 950 000, 3-bedroom homes from R3 300 000, and 4-bedroom homes from R3 900 000.
For more information, visit www.saltasibaya.co.za
Dinner Time Stories at The Beverly Hills, Durban
Dinner Time Stories is a two and a half hour dining show that tells the story of how the world’s smallest chef follows the route of Marco Polo.
The show’s 6 course menu takes guests along a culinary journey across the regions visited by the legendary traveller.
The 3D show is complimented by a unique gastronomic experience full of fun and surprises. Diners engage in a 5-senses spectacle as they savour the tastes of the story along its sights, sounds and aromas.
The 3D mapping concept uses animated optical illusion techniques which project a little chef cooking on your plate and table top.
Durbanite was invited to experience this unique dining setting.
“Upon arrival at the Beverly Hills Hotel around 7:00pm, we were given a glass of bubbly each and seated in the waiting area outside.
Our host for the evening came around to collect our tickets and told us our seat numbers for the evening. He also asked whether we had any dietary requirements, to which we responded with none.
Shortly after, we were ushered inside to a beautiful room where we spotted the projectors pointing downwards towards the tables.
Sitting down at the dining table, we greeted and met the other guests who we were sharing our table with. Our glasses were filled with wine and the show kicked off around 8:00pm.
For starters, we were served a slow roasted carrot puree & carrot top pesto macaron. We have never heard of nor tasted a savoury macaron before! A vietnamese panko crumbed prawn tail with fresh mango, cilantro salsa was also presented.
One word: DELICIOUS.
Moving on, our petit chef took us on an Arabic tasting adventure. We were served a middle eastern tabbouleh salad with chickpea falafel and arabic bread crisps. Sounds exotic doesn’t it?
It didn’t end there.
The other arabic additions were the skordalia, roasted garlic & creamy potato dip. A smoked baba ghanoush with griddled pita bread and toasted pistachio encrusted goat’s cheese truffle on green fig & date compote.
It’s enough to make you drool… and I think this has to be my favourite as I’ve never tasted anything like this before.
The next stop was India. I was incredibly excited for the spicy food and boy, was I not disappointed! We were presented a wonderful array of Indian food.
Starting with a spicy paneer, pea & potato samosa with minted chining dipping sauce. This was served with a Beverly Hills signature lamb curry, basmati rice, sambas & poppadum crisp. Can you say, mmmm……
Let’s not forget the added touch of some freshly chopped Durban chilli! Nothing like a bit of local flavour from my hometown.
To water down the meal, we had a Bombay crush with elachi & rose syrup flavoured milk with Sabja seeds
We then jetted off to the Himalays for a frozen treat; a orange and finger sorbet. BUT with a twist. We’re not going to give too much away here as you need to see and do it yourself!
A short interlude followed for people to take their much needed bathroom break while the others headed down to the gorgeous poolside of Beverly Hills.
Before long, we were back inside and off to China. Don’t worry, no Coronavirus was contracted here!
Our Chinese dish consisted of sushi, a tom yum broth, fried rice balls, spiced grilled chicken, asian veggies and fresh coriander. The additional bonus was the fortune cookie which we enjoyed reading out aloud to the rest of the table.
“Le Petit Chef says… The universe is simple. It’s the explanation that is complex.”
For dessert, we had an incredible decadent cardamom creme brulee, popped rich shard finished with a date biscotti. Creme Brulee is my favourite dessert, and they blew me away here, that’s for sure!
Tea & coffee were served along with candy floss sugar, because normal sugar is out of the question, right?
Just before the show, we slipped into the kitchen to get a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes:
These chefs are the finest, and most hard working people you will ever come across!
Thank you DinnerTimeStories!
What a wonderful date night idea, or even for a special occasion…
Be sure not to miss out on this spectacular experience!
Book your seat for Dinner Time Stories here.
SPLASHY FEN: GET READY FOR AN EXCITING 2020 LINE-UP
As we near the end of January and the festive season is all but a distant memory, you’ll be happy to hear that Splashy Fen has some exciting news to pep you up and get you and your friends excited for another memory-making, music-loving, digital-detoxing, nature-living, good-vibes-only festival this Easter.
It’s been 31 years since two friends sat down and had a bright idea to throw a music festival on their farm. Today, festival organisers Impi Concept Events have secured some seriously epic artists to perform on the Splashy Fen Main Stage and they can’t wait to share the line-up with fans.
Tune in on Thursday the 6th of February at 20h00 on the Splashy Fen Facebook and Instagram pages for a live streaming announcement that will knock your gumboots off. If the main stage line-up from the last four years is anything to go by, there’s no doubt that fans will start counting the sleeps until South Africa’s friendliest festival gets underway on Thursday the 9th of April.
Before you know it, you’ll be loosening your tie, braiding your hair and getting stuck into a 4-day family-centric festival that offers music for everyone; from pop to dance, reggae, blues, and the mandatory foot-stomping, harmonica-blowing, banjo-strumming sounds that fans of all ages keep coming back for.
And of course, in true Splashy Fen style… there is more! Fans can prepare themselves not just for a handful of never before seen international musicians and a host of local South African talent; but additional showers, exciting recycling initiatives, improved ablution blocks, a new and improved interactive mobile app, a curated collection of food and craft vendors, a cocktail deck overlooking the beautiful Mzimude river, updated décor attractions and an impressive main stage structure that speaks to Splashy’s promise of continual experiential upgrades.
Want to know more? Visit the Splashy Fen website for all the important bits and bobs on how to book tickets, what to pack, where to camp and more.
South Africa’s longest-running music festival will take place over the traditional Easter weekend from Thursday the 9th of April to Monday the 13th of April 2020. Tickets are limited to 9 000 and available from www.splashyfen.co.za.
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