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We’re Going To America

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So we’ve been hinting at this for a while now, but here it is… We’re going to America!
16 Days – New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Yosemite, Napa Valley, San Francisco, Hawaii!

There is so much to do in such a small time-frame so stay tuned for our updates on what to do and what to do on our crash-course of ‘MERICA!

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SPLASHY FEN MUSIC FESTIVAL IS READY FOR YOU

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Splashy Fen has 4 unique stage areas, over 150 local musicians, yoga, trail running, drumming, belly dancing, and didgeridoo classes, campsite flag competitions, a local SA day, a creative craft market, and inviting food court, silent disco, pop-up parties, dedicated kid-zone, art in the forest, cocktail viewing deck, Easter egg hunt, Sunday Easter service and so much more… not to mention fresh open air, star-speckled campfires, and glorious mountain views… all surrounded by a bunch of like-minded people who are grateful to be back on the Splashy Fen Farm after two years of being away.

The countdown to Splashy Fen is finally over!

This time next week, festival-goers will be lapping up the fresh mountain air as they embark on a 4-day sensorial experience at the 31st edition of the Splashy Fen Music Festival. Local duo Liam and Jane Magner of Veranda Panda are two such fans, who have been eagerly awaiting their return to Splashy Fen.

Veranda Panda

“Splashy Fen is a part of who we are now,” says Liam. It’s a kind of annual pilgrimage that helps us to reset, re-think and centre ourselves. Personally, my first Splashy Fen was an incredible experience. I remember being struck by the sense of freedom, kindness, and community. In recent years the festival has really managed to rekindle that spirit.“

When asked, as artists, how the pair coped through the early Covid months, they too were shaken to their core but have used the experience to adapt and find positivity in their challenges. “The whole experience has been horribly divisive and has definitely left the world with a hangover of mistrust and fear. We suffered financially in the first year as we lost every single performance job over the space of two weeks. We are grateful to have had other revenue streams, but it took us a while to adapt. However, we have changed for the better. Living through chaos, and coming out the other side, has helped us see things more clearly.”

Fans can catch this electrifying Durban act and listen the some of the great new music they have been creating, at 20h30 on Friday night at the Corona Splashy Fen Main Stage. Other acts to catch on Friday night in the impressive dome marquee include Mali Zulu, 4 AM, Steve Umcolo, a heart-warming Johnny Clegg Tribute, and Mango Groove.

Mango Groove (Mark Andrews © Daily Dispatch)

“We cannot wait to see Good Luck, Mango Groove, and Sean Koch this year,” says Magner. “But also, hanging out, laughing, relaxing, and meeting people is the part that we love the most. We have always been a fan of the energy between people there. Something magical happens under those mountains and for a few days, people are good to each other. We can’t wait.

Fans can take advantage of Splashy Fen’s brand new App. Log on and see who is performing when and where, find your friends, and build your own festival experience with reminders, updates, live tracking, and interactive community chats. The App is FREE to download here or visit http://woov.to/splashyfen

South Africa’s longest-running music festival will take place over the traditional Easter weekend from next Thursday the 14th of April to Monday the 18th of April 2022, and tickets are still available online or at the gate.

Buy Tickets Here or visit https://splashyfen.howler.co.za/events/splashy-fen-2022-e8fc

Visit Website: www.splashyfen.co.za

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A Magical Stay at Endless Horizons Boutique Hotel

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Endless Horizons is an award-winning 5 star boutique hotel situated on Umhlanga Rocks Drive, Durban North.

With 12 beautifully decorated bedrooms designed with a serene and luxurious feel, each of their rooms come complete with complimentary Wi-Fi, surround sound and mini bar.

The Executive rooms offer a picturesque 180 degree view of the Indian Ocean and Durban coast line. Other room features include an LCD TV with DSTV, air-con, tea and coffee.

We were recently treated to an incredible stay at Endless Horizons.

Upon arrival, we were graciously met by the staff at the door with welcome drinks. While we were checking in, our bags were carried up to our room for us, making for a smooth & stress free experience.

I already knew then and there that we would be well looked after.

Once we were handed our room keys and the receptionist had detailed everything we needed to know, we headed upstairs to our room for the night.

Our room was beautiful and had all the amenities one needed. The best part about the room was the sea view with a private balcony. There’s really nothing like waking up to the sound of the sea!

We freshened up and headed downstairs to have sundowners by the pool. There was just something so peaceful about this view:

At 6pm, we made our way towards the restaurant where we would be served dinner. Our host for the evening made us feel incredibly welcome as she took down our order for the evening.

For starters I ordered mussels while my partner had the pea & ham soup. Both were delicious and we almost thought our mains couldn’t top it!

We both ordered the steak for mains because who doesn’t love a good steak? It was cooked to perfection and I’m still dreaming about it!

For dessert we opted for the cheesecake which washed down nicely with our glass of red.
Definitely one of the best dinners I’ve had in a while.

After dinner, we headed to our room for a good full night’s sleep. The blackout curtains were a hit, giving us a much needed good quality sleep.

At 5am, I woke up, tip-toed to the curtains and stole a peek out the window. A beautiful sunrise over the sea greeted me. I quickly snapped a few images off my phone before hopping back into bed for another hour or two. Worth it? Totally!

At 7am, we headed down to the restaurant for our breakfast, and to take in that view one last time.

Endless Horizons truly is a hidden gem, and we would definitely recommend this place whether be it for your next meeting, casual sundowner or even a romantic overnight stay.

Tel: +27 (31) 564 0360
Fax: +27 (31) 563 9387
Email: info@endlesshorizons.co.za

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108 Umhlanga Rocks Drive,
Durban North, KwaZulu Natal,
South Africa, 4051

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