Yeap, that’s me basking in the breeze from the Indian ocean and the glorious sun. In that moment, it felt like the frame should be frozen forever. I had looked forward to the trip to Durban with a lot of anticipation because, frankly, I needed a break; and I was tired of the Lagos routine. I was looking forward to 9 lazy days of nothing but fun, excitement and chill all in one.
Being part of the hosted media for South African Tourism‘s top travel and tourism show – INDABA 2013, was something I was very excited about. I couldn’t wait to get going.
At Durban airport, waiting for the shuttle to take us to the hotel.
INDABA is basically an exhibition where people in the travel, hospitality and tourism industries across the world get a chance to showcase their brands. It’s basically a meeting point for exhibitors and consumers to interact and share ideas.
We got the activities of INDABA out of the way for the day and we were off to KwaMashu. KwaMashu is part of the KwaZulu Natal province and the people were very friendly. Our tour guide gave us a little of the history of the region but I was too enthralled by the sights that I didn’t quite pay attention. In KwaMashu, we were treated to a stage performance of rich cultural display by the troupes. We were served with mkomboti – it’s made from sorghum and maize. I’m sure if you grew up in the 90s you’d have heard South African musician, Yvonne Chaka Chaka‘s song “Mkomboti”. I loved it.
INDABA done! Let’s see Durban! We checked out of the Southern Sun Elangeni and we were ready to go. Next stop, shopping and checking into Coastlands Uhmlanga.
Time to explore Durban
I’m convinced the SA Tourism people wanted to kill us with food because just a few hours after lunch, they said we were off to have dinner at Moyo at the uShaka Marine World. Moyo is a nice restaurant that has all the elements of deep cultural roots.
As dinner went on, suddenly, music came on in the background and the staff started a dance routine.
Did I mention they had a face painting lady?
That was a nice evening. We got back to our hotel and our handler told us we were going to be up and out of the hotel by 8am! Bummer! The next day, was zip lining day.
Next stop! Boat cruise. Nothing like a cool ride on the Indian ocean to bring down all the raging adrenaline.
The next day, we had lunch at a restaurant called “Cargo Hold” inside the uShaka Marine world. Cargo Hold was built to look like the wreck of the ship and inside it, there was an active sea life. Sharks in a tank were enough to scare me. The lady told us there was nothing to fear. *nods* Uhn Hun Nothing to fear indeed!
After that heavy meal, it was time to go see Durban from the sky.
The next day, we went on a game drive. I was excited.
There are 8 Rhinos in that particular game reserve. A lot of people hunt down rhinos for their tusks and they’re trying to clamp down on the poachers.
MTV Base pre-concert party! For more pictures on this event, check out Onos O’s BN on the Scene Day 2. On my end, it was very difficult to enjoy the vibe of the recurrent sounds that kept playing. When I asked, I was told “it’s South African House music”. I went down to ask the DJ if he had some Wizkid or Phyno… No dice. So I came back and just threw back shots with Gbemi, Onos, Gabrielle, and Anita.
Durban was so awesome and the weather was perfect, and I hear this is just the tip of the iceberg.. So do I see Cape Town, Johannesburg and Eastern Cape in the horizon? HECK YEAH!
Photo Credit: Mohammed Abdullahi | Kola Oshalusi| Beatrice Thumi |