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Explore uShaka’s New Sea Animal Encounters

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Turn the tide with a never to be forgotten encounter with the enchanting creatures of the deep on uShaka’s new Sea Animal Encounters.

Recently launched, this magical marine mystery world offers a whole new set of experiences – unique opportunities to get up close and personal with our beautiful ocean and its inhabitants. 

This will be like nothing you have ever done before – it’s closer, one-on-one and, quite literally, hands-on.  

Feed our fish at the Fish Feed (R48) at the Open Ocean exhibit. The Pompano and the Kingfish are the most likely to join the feast, although Tuna, Yellow tail, Barracuda, Shad and Rays could swing by for a snack. Visitors who are 12 years of age and over can walk in water that is only waist deep and find themselves surrounded by Spotted Eagle rays – then feed them by hand for just R120. 

Animal Encounter Island is also the perfect spot to meet one of uShaka’s enchanting Dolphins. For only R800, visitors 8 years of age and over can get up close and personal with one of the ocean’s most incredible mammals.

If a Shark encounter is on your bucket list, get the adrenaline pumping and immerse yourself in the world of the ultimate apex predator. The uShaka Xpanda Shark Dive (R170 for visitors 12 years of age and over) gives you a close up view of these critically endangered creatures. Some circle the cage whilst others glide slowly past – but one thing’s certain, you’ll never look at these beautiful creatures in the same way again! 

If you’d prefer something a little more tranquil, try our Ocean Walker (R150), which allows you to walk on the ocean floor like the divers of old in their lead boots. As you step out on the floor of the Open Ocean exhibit, you can gaze at huge Fish, Rays and Sand sharks as they mill slowly around, completely unperturbed by your presence.

Then there is also the opportunity to experience an exotic island snorkeling experience, where you can explore nooks and crannies much like those found along our coastline – or simply float and take in the spectacle of shining corals, gleaming fish and perfect peace at only R85 for 30 minutes and R120 for a full hour, for visitors five years and over.

Our new Sea Animal Encounters has two points of entry – from Arena 5 Village Walk and from inside Sea World. Buy your ticket at the ticketing office at Sea Animal Encounters Island.

For more information, or to make a booking, contact (031) 328 8097! Enjoy your exploration! Please note T’s & C’s apply and prices are subject to change!

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Review: Goldfish Live in Durban

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Durban has a history of attracting rain when big live events happen, and thankfully on Friday night at Botanic Gardens, this did not deter the few thousand people that turned up to see Goldfish in the slightest.

Knowing it was going to be a bigger event they made the smart move of having the concert on the field next to the actual gardens, and thankfully so because of the wet conditions. It is lovely seeing bands perform amongst the trees next to the lake, but when you know you are going to have a huge crowd that Goldfish pull it’s an all round better experience that means everybody who comes gets a great view of the performance.

Jono Greenway Photography

The rain was always going to be a feature of the event, but thankfully it only rained as Goldfish started and then stayed dry for most of their performance, with most people happily dancing in the rain barely even noticing it. Some of my most memorable concerts I have been to are actually the ones where it has rained, maybe the performers put in a bit extra effort knowing that the people really want to be there and see them, even if it is raining.

And a performance it was. Goldfish never disappoint. They are masters of getting a crowd going, even if it is a cold rainy night in Durban. Despite being at it for many years now they thrive on the crowd interaction and still do such a great job of ensuring everybody who comes to watch them has a great time.

Jono Greenway Photography

Their second song “We Come Together” really summed up the night, the lyrics really rang true:
Oh, oh, when we come together
No matter the weather
We gonna love each other till the end of time (whoa, oh, oh)

If we all went through life with this attitude we might always have a good time, rain or shine.

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Photo Credit: Jono Greenway

Want to get to know the duo better? Check out the short Q&A sesh we did with Goldfish a few years ago.

Jono Greenway Photography

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TOURIST IN OUR OWN CITY: HILTON DURBAN

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Durbanite recently had the pleasure of staying at the Hilton Durban. We submersed ourselves in the thought of being a tourist in our own city for the weekend.

The Hilton Durban welcomed ‘the hubster’ and I with warm lighting, open spaces, charming ocean-inspired décor and welcoming smiles! The staff were fantastic and after a quick check-in it was up to the 14th floor we went.

We had arrived at our room – our weekend of rest and relaxation had officially begun!

Presidential Suite Terrace

Presidential Suite Terrace

Things Get Cosier

Let’s be honest, sometimes what you see isn’t always what you get but I can happily confirm that in the case of the Hilton Durban, this certainly is the case and the expected level of luxury and comfort was met. We were booked into the King Executive Suite with Business Lounge Access.

Three things that stood out:

  1. The linen was lush! Soft and crisp to the touch.
  2. The USB ports built into each of the bedside tables were awesome! I am hinting to the hubster to get them installed at home – one day, when we’re ‘big’
  3. The luxurious bath!

The Executive Suite has everything you need for a weekend away. Coffee and tea station for a morning cuppa while you wake-up and soak-up the city or sea views. A comfy lounge with TV which is separate from the main room and en-suite bathroom. This room is only missing the kitchen… but with two fantastic restaurants a stone’s throw away, who needs to cook!

The room was clean, spacious, comfortable and homey with the ocean theme continuing in the gorgeous wall art.

Executive Suite - Hilton Durban

The Business Lounge

With complimentary continental breakfast, refreshments, snacks and fresh fruit available throughout the day – it is a wonder anyone would ever want or need to leave the Hilton Durban!

We popped into the lounge for breakfast and found the intimate buffet setting to be a delight! If you are able to upgrade to Business Lounge access during your stay at the Hilton Durban, you wont be disappointed.

The Business Lounge - Hilton Durban

High Tea – The Coral Lounge in the Lobby

Set in the center of the lobby, seated on comfy lounge-style chairs (with coral inspired room dividers) the girls and I were able to relax, enjoy and indulge over some much needed QT.

The chocolate fountain with strawberries for dipping was exciting and went down like a treat!

I find that often the savory is overlooked but not in the case of the Hilton Durban. Each delight was carefully thought out and prepared. The overall balance between sweet and savory was fantastic.

 The Hilton Durban offers two exceptional dining experiences, be sure to check out our reviews of Vasco’s Restaurant and the Big Easy!

ARE YOU…

Planning a trip to Durban and not sure where to stay?

A Durbanite looking for something new to do?

A foodie or wine lover looking to expand your horizons?

Then look no further and hook yourself up with a stay or visit to the Hilton Durban! 

If you are looking for things to do during your stay at the Hilton Durban in and around KZN, check out this list of 20 things to do!

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Gallery: Nitro Circus Live – Durban 2017

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If you didn’t make it to Nitro Circus this year you really missed out! Here is what you missed out on.
Photos by: Nick Ferreira / Instagram: the.travelling.lens

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