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FUN, Laughter, Perfect Weather & the Rush of Excitement! Durban, South Africa is the Destination to Go!

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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.

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At Durban airport, waiting for the shuttle to take us to the hotel.

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Save the Rhinos of South Africa Campaign

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With Mohammed of TopComm PR

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With Wale of Nigerian Tribune

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.

INDABA pictures

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With one of Stoned Cherrie’s Nkhensani’s designs

Say cheese!

Seyi Adeyemo (Publisher, Inside Watch Africa) & Thulani Nzima CEO of South African Tourism

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INDABA Day II. Let’s Go!

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.
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Time for some local KwaMashu food
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Mohammed and Rupee didn’t let the food get in the way of the boogee

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Yay! I caught up with Thula Sindi

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A picture with the natives! “No, I’m not food MISTER!”

Morphing from homo habilis to homo sapiens

Morphing from homo habilis to homo sapiens

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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

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Nigerian Media Team

Hold on… let’s go shopping first, and then grab lunch.
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Guys, put those cell phones down and socialize!

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Carol (from Kenya), Alain (from DRC) & Seyi (Nigeria)

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Lindy (Our handler)

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Rupee (from Kenya)

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Chow!

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.

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As dinner went on, suddenly, music came on in the background and the staff started a dance routine.

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Austin (Nigeria) and Carolina (SA Tourism, Angola Office)

Did I mention they had a face painting lady?

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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.

We traveled for over two hours before we finally arrived at the Karloof Canopy Tour place deep in the midlands of the KwaZulu Natal province.
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Paying attention to the briefing. Man dem no wan fall down!

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The winning team!

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Faizel needed an escort! Yeap, she was scared!

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Carol was a rock star! She OWNED the lines!

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Father in heaven… Save me!

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The wave of emotion that rushed through me at the sight of this

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We had 4 more lines to go!

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Giving them some expert zipping

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Drop down

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Come on, Jackson, smile! It wasn’t THAT scary!

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Right there in the middle of the trees and the mountains this beautiful sight floored me.

Next stop! Boat cruise. Nothing like a cool ride on the Indian ocean to bring down all the raging adrenaline.

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Skipper – Mohammed (In his dreams)

The sunset was so beautiful

The sunset was so beautiful

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!

Outside Cargo Hold

Outside Cargo Hold

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Franklin didn’t need a reason, just pose and click!

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Jackson accused me of being anti-social, tsk tsk! Who’s punching away on his cell phone now?

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Beatrice (Kenya) and Franklin (Nigeria)

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After that heavy meal, it was time to go see Durban from the sky.

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Tres Beautiful

Durban from the sky! See the Moses Mabhida stadium

The next day, we went on a game drive. I was excited.

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Lions, bring it on! Beatrice & I were ready!

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In the 4X4 – Going in search of those Zebras

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Would you look at that Rhino?

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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.

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Kenyans Unite! “We see this everyday. Aint nothing new!”

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Signing off to go

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Hello Giraffe

Hey Zebra!

Hey Zebra!

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Alain, on some Congolese pose tinz

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Can we go already?

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Not yet, picture first

We got back to the hotel and got treated to nice spa treatment. All cameras were stowed away as we went to just chill. The following day, we were off to play some golf.

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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.

A few shots for the road...

A few shots for the road…

...and I'm all rolly-eyed!

…and I’m all rolly-eyed!

Franklin, Mohammed & Wale

Lindy, Jackson, Beatrice & I

It really doesn’t get happier than this…Thanks, Happy Juice!

Oh Chuks, not the goofy face!

Omalicha giving dem steppinz!

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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!

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Photo Credit: Mohammed Abdullahi | Kola Oshalusi| Beatrice Thumi |

30 Comments

  1. naana

    May 29, 2013 at 10:33 am

    and who says africa is not fun????
    great to be african despite corruption which is a future impossible tense.

    • Dodo

      May 31, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      Babe, Abeg claim ya country. South Africa is not Africa, it is a country that has come a long way, and doing very well beyond the typical African country.
      South Africa should be a benchmark for nigeria…. I respect south africa

  2. CURIOUS SUZZ

    May 29, 2013 at 10:40 am

    YOU OBVIOUSLY HAD A SWELL TIME,STILL DONT GET THE AFRO THOUGH.

  3. O.

    May 29, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Oooh! You look so happy… Love the pictures!

  4. Bella

    May 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Africa is way better than Europe – yep I said it! Visit home lands first!!

  5. Mz Socially Awkward...

    May 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Looking good, Aderonke!! From all accounts and the photographic evidence, loads of fun tinz went down… although, the way that shaka-zulu dance dey scope you, I hope say im collect your number?

  6. hmm

    May 29, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    You Look like Atoke….or am i confusing the both of you…

    • Ebenezer Mr Scrooge

      May 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      Ummmm, no… Atoke is an anonymous writer…. This is Aderonke (FullStop)… For her mind now she go think say we no sabi am… Just look back to the picture from Banky W’s visit… Na she dey shine 32 under Banky’s chin… Didn’t need a sidekick called Watson to figure that out… Ya Welcam!!!

    • hmm

      May 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      LOL….

    • Sel

      May 30, 2013 at 2:59 am

      That’s absolutely Atoke. I rber last week her Monday morning banter she wrote that she was in South Africa for some program. I think Atoke is the pseudonym . Hehehehe

    • Bleed blue

      May 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Confused too oh

  7. The Real Madam the Madam

    May 29, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Is this Atoke’s big unveiling complete with her Government name? Aniways lemme go and read this post properly.

  8. The Real Madam the Madam

    May 29, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    LOL, Atoke/Aderonke you are so cute. Loved the pictures, and you seem like a really fun person. I keep saying, I need to come work with BN yo. Your perks are quite nice.

  9. mimi

    May 29, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    finally…… Ive seen Atoke! oh dont think u can confuse me with the name oh!

  10. X- Factor

    May 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Yours Truly…..Atoke,
    Nice One Gurlfriend….

  11. Gbemi

    May 29, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Kiss on the cheek, massive fro, kiss on the cheek, all that food, kiss on the cheek, ziplining, kiss on the cheek…
    Girl, you sure had a gooood time! 😉

  12. POSHILLA!!

    May 30, 2013 at 12:13 am

    INFACT BABE U HAD SUPER MEGA FUN OO,ABEG WANNA FOLLOW U NEXT SO FOLLOW ME @JENNYCREAMY

  13. tessa

    May 30, 2013 at 7:51 am

    SA is the giant of AFRICA.Can”t compete with it.Period

    • Aduke

      June 1, 2013 at 7:41 am

      PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Asinnnnnn PERIOD my dear!!!!!!!!!!! Hehehe

  14. Beatrice

    May 30, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Love the photos Aderonke! We should plan another trip now to Cape Town or Jo-burg! 🙂

  15. Miss Anonymous

    May 30, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Looks like they all had a good time. Wish Nigeria could have a booming tourism industry like S.A., Kenya, The Gambia etc. I remember going to Yankari Game Reserve as a kid. Good memories.

  16. Sel

    May 30, 2013 at 8:48 am

    Bella Naija it hurts when my comments are not posted. It’s definitely not offensive and for me to take time out to comment only to be awaiting moderation doesn’t feel good at all

    • Asake

      May 30, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Please tell them. My own on Nonhle is still hanging!!

      Fun, fun all the way! I really should visit SA. Rich culture.

      AH! Almost forgot Nkomboti (to lazy to scroll up to check if the spelling is correct) I’m playing the song in my head now.

  17. Amaka

    May 30, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Mohammed the enjoyment minister lol

  18. salsera

    May 30, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    wondering with all this fun whether you had time to work sef

  19. Leaticia

    May 30, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Oh wow! Looks like so much fun!!!

  20. AshAni

    May 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    too many pics jor

  21. Bimpe

    May 30, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    yea, dis is definitely Atoke. see her big travel bag. choi! just like me

  22. Phumla Ngcobo

    May 31, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Hey love your post about Durban my hometown. Its a pity you did not go to the surrounding townships, Umlazi, KwaMashu etc. They are so vibey.

  23. Aduke

    June 1, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Gosh!!! Soo interesting n very very lovely pics!! Looks like u all had a blast!!! Fun fun fun! Loved n enjoyed viewing every single pic on here plus all the good captions! 😀 Some made me LOL..Esp ”Father in heaven… Save me!” LOL. U seem like a very bubbly person too! 🙂 Loooooved every bit of this!! And oh that Kenyan guy Jackson is good looking! Thankx for this Aderonkxx! 😀

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