Two Weeks - Things to do?


Mar 9th, 1997, 03:50 AM
Robin Barwell
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Two Weeks - Things to do?

I am going to South Africa for the first time. I am going at the end of April for two weeks and will be staying in Durban. As two weeks is not a great deal of time I would greatly appreciate any ideas as to what to do and see.
A list of peoples top 5 things to do and see would be a great help.
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Mar 17th, 1997, 03:07 PM
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Two weeks is plenty to see much of the wonderful scenery and attractions that lie around Durban. First off, be sure to explore Durban away from the beachfront. A trip to the Indian district or a wander around Farewell Square will be far more rewarding than the usual amusement-park fare of the Golden Mile, as the beachfront is known. Be sure, too, to head up the coast to the Natal Shark Board in Umhlanga. They offer a fascinating tour of their research facilities and their work on sharks. Umhlanga, by the way, has an excellent beach, especially if you walk north up the coast to the lagoon. Inland, consider taking a couple of days to explore the Drakensberg Mountains, the highest and most beautiful mountains in southern Africa. They're only a couple of hours' drive from Durban, and well worthwhile. If you're looking for somewhere to stay, consider Cathedral Peak. Its setting is stupendous, with great hikes that start right from the hotel, and the rooms themselves are perfectly comfortable. Sadly, the food at the hotel is not very good. If you're interested in some of the great battles that were fought in South Africa, you can reach many famous sites within a couple of hours, too. Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift are here, both famous British-Zulu engagements. Closer to Durban, you might take a fun day-trip to Pietermaritzburg, a lovely old Victorian town, or stop for lunch at Mal Bre's Dining Room in the Valley of a Thousand Hills. Finally, a couple of hours north up the coast are the fantastic game reserves of Hluhluwe-Umfolozi and St. Lucia--well worth the time. Hope you have a wonderful trip.
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