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Meredith Haywood

Meredith Haywood
I'm the Editor and Creative Director of 5 Star Durban, I Instagram a bit, I cook sometimes, but mostly I write, and edit... a lot... I'm a philanthropist at heart, and I can't resist fluffy bunnies, kittens and puppies... recently I have started to ponder what owning a goat in a flat could be like...

The Most Romantic Day Ever


With our anniversary coming up, (and Mr.’s birthday two days later)  I really wanted to treat the special man in my life to an unforgettable and even ridiculously awesome day . I settled on the idea of a romantic picnic, but soon discovered that it would simply take far too …

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La Vue Floating Restaurant Gallery


We were wowed by La Vue, Durban’s luxury floating restaurant, and the largest floating restaurant in South Africa – are you? Please Call Derek Matuku to book! 078 460 6195 Email: derek@la-vue.co.za Or 062 450 3170 / bookings@la-vue.co.za  

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Durban Motorshow – A rush for young and old

So many classic cars on display, it was a feast!

Held recently here in sunny Durbs was the annual Durban Motorshow. This year saw fewer new car brands and less marketing related stuff, and much, much more palpably awesome older cars – from American muscle to German executive timeless charm.  There were so many activities that i’m sure any kid …

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Johnny Clegg & Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Music at the Lake

Another Gem by the master of event photography - Al Nicol

Genuinely the experience of a lifetime this month at the Botanical gardens in Durban – the oldest botanical gardens in South Africa! The show put on for us was one that is truly unforgettable – with the first ever collaboration between these two iconic musical influences throughout the past and …

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#DurbanThrowbackThursday – Moses Mabhida Stadium from Conception to Icon


Named after stalwart of the armed struggle against apartheid Moses Mncane Mabhida , it is estimated that the creation of the Moses Mabhida Stadium injected some R155-billion directly and indirectly into the Durban region, creating an impressive 14 000 jobs which have positively impacted on low-income households. the stadium cost around R3.4-billion, …

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Shayamanzi – The Experience of a Lifetime!


Honestly, I was a little apprehensive about the whole houseboat thing, not least of all because most of my experiences on boats and yachts have been uncomfortable and exhausting to say the least. (to my credit though – they were mostly ocean experiences in terrible weather) I’m not the easiest …

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#DurbanThrowbackThursday The Famous Durban Playhouse

playhouse 2013

The Playhouse Theatre This building was started as a picture palace in 1896, but was rebuilt in 1927 in Tudor Revival style and has a mock facade showing a Tudor town. There are five venues for performances. The Playhouse is the province’s premier theatre complex and is widely regarded as …

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