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Our journey started with the drive from Durban to Underberg on the Thursday late afternoon, where we were met with a hail storm which had people under trees, bridges and any form of cover; bright rainbows which seemed to end right in front of you (No pots of gold unfortunately); the ever so friendly Underberg locals at the Underberg Country Club and the inviting Splashy Fen staff and festivities as we drove into Splashy Fen farm – be happy today!

Having arrived in the dark, set up our tents (yes in the dark) we were very excited to get started and set off moving from stage to stage, food stall to food stall – thank goodness for the easy layout and handy map on the Splashy FenApp! We finally settled at main stage where Gangs of Ballet rocked it! First night a success!

Waking up to beautiful weather Friday morning, we made our way down to the river – yay for the new bridge to avoid the freezing cold waters, even though we were soon waist deep enjoying the “refreshing numbness” – hey, it keeps the drinks cold. The rest of the day was spent relaxing in the acoustic tent, Panini in hand.

Friday night was a jam packed evening, moving from the man stage for Civil twilight getting everyone amped and in the mood for the evening, then down to the Electric Boma for our Durban favourite – Veranda Panda, then back to main stage for Mango groove – who had the main stage crammed with people jumping and “Grooving-  and Goodluck ending us off – what a night!

Saturday morning, a little cooler thank goodness – Sleep in! – had Marley Coffee earning their money, with lines of people desperate for their morning fix. From badminton in Splashy Country Club, Markets; a very pleasant surprise Veranda Panda session in the Red Bull van, and Bananas walking around… wait what!?, the day flashed past as another fun filled day.

Saturday night was another banger, with “the unbelievable” Xavier Rudd, then the ever so talented Jeremy loops, both owning the stage – a night to remember for sure!

Sunday was our great depression, as we had to make our way back to reality, leaving other splashy fenners with their last day – FOMO!

Thank you to the Panini Bistro, Burger Express and Willy Waffles for my reason to now need to start a fitness challenge; to Marley Coffee and Collin Showers for getting me going every morning; to the Splashy Fen Team for the great organisation, set up and amazing music; and of course to Durbanite for getting me to Splashy Fen 2016!

I met some amazing people (new and old), experienced beautiful sunsets and awesome talent – #Splashy2016 is definitely one to remember!

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Attractions

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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