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ThrowbackThursday: Durban’s Oldest Public Institution

Durban Botanic Gardens

The Durban Botanic Gardens, Durban’s oldest public institution and also the oldest surviving botanic gardens in Africa, is situated in the leafy and busy suburb of Berea, Durban. The Durban Botanic Gardens was established to participate in the quest of Kew Gardens to establish a series of botanic gardens across the world …

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Somkhanda Receives Top 100 Sustainable Destination Status

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Somkhanda Community Game Reserve, owned and managed in partnership with the Gumbi Community and Wildlands, has been added to the ‘Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100’ list. At the end of 2014 a ‘Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100’ list was launched to celebrate the management efforts of the most sustainable destinations …

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Friday Fan Day Photo Gallery 16/01/2015

By Kierran Allen Photography

Our selection of the best pics of Durban and KZN this week! If you would like to have your awesome photos featured here, please send them to us by: – Email info@5stardurban.co.za – Post them on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/5stardurban – Or you can also tag us in them on Twitter (#5stardurban / @5stardurban)   A …

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Pleasure boat cruises for Durban

Bridge Over the Umgeni River known as Blue Lagoon

New pleasure boat cruises along the uMngeni River, along with a coffee shop, restaurant and vibrant crafts centre, could be on the cards for Durban as part of a plan to develop “green” tourist businesses close to the Blue Lagoon. Late last year managers of the Durban Green Corridor issued …

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Madame Zingara – After Forever to mesmerize Durban once again

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It’s been two years since the enigmatic Madame Zingara left the fun-loving city of Durban so we’re thrilled to have them back to enchant us once again. Step into the fantastical world of decadent dining and breathtaking cirque with the Madame’s exhilarating brand new tour at Suncoast, starting 22 January …

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KZN’s Black Rhino Population Reaches Milestone of 500

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In spite of the poaching crisis, KwaZulu-Natal’s black rhino population has reached a significant milestone. From 411 animals ten years ago, the province is now home to 500 of the critically endangered animals today. The long-term goal is to have 740 black rhino in game reserves in KwaZulu-Natal. Eleven years …

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Another Feather in Durban’s Cap!

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Hot on the heels of several other recent accolades, Durban has just been listed at No.7 on the New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2015,  published on January 9 2015.  The New York Times describes the list as: “Untrammeled oases beckon, once-avoided destinations become must-sees and familiar cities offer new reasons …

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Durban, Africa’s Eastern Gem

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By Dan Booth – Business Traveller USA Always the bridesmaid, Durban seldom takes first place when one thinks of South Africa’s major urban centers; Johannesburg is the country’s magnet for international commerce and charming Capetown, where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans meet, claims the spotlight with its grandiose geography and …

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Friday Fan Day Photo Gallery 09/01/2015

By Dawn Rouse Photography

Our selection of the best pics of Durban and KZN this week! If you would like to have your awesome photos featured here, please send them to us by: – Email info@5stardurban.co.za – Post them on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/5stardurban – Or you can also tag us in them on Twitter (#5stardurban / @5stardurban)   A …

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The great canopy tours of KwaZulu-Natal

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22 Days of the Exceptional Zulu Kingdom – Day 21 Drakensberg Canopy Tour: Experience nature like never before as you slide through the forest canopy and enjoy a unique birds-eye view on the world around you.  Set within the magnificent Blue Grotto Forest, the Drakensberg Canopy Tour® is guaranteed to …

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The Drakensberg – Dragon Mountain

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22 Days of the Exceptional Zulu Kingdom – Day 20 The Zulu people named it ‘uKhahlamba’ or the ‘Barrier of Spears’ and the Dutch Voortrekkers ‘The Dragon Mountain’. As South Africa’s highest mountain range, rising to over 3 000 meters, the Drakensberg is a massive and strikingly beautiful rampart of …

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The Battlefields & Nambiti Private Game Reserve – See the big 5

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22 Days of the Exceptional Zulu Kingdom – Day 19 ABOUT NAMBITI One of the more popular private Game Reserves in the country, Nambiti is quintessentially African. With the establishment of successful development programmes, the reserve continues to benefit and enrich the local people, offer guests some of the finest …

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Shakaland – The greatest Zulu experience

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22 Days of the Exceptional Zulu Kingdom – Day 18 Situated in the heart of Zululand between Eshowe and Melmoth, Shakaland nestled on the top of the Entombeni Hills, overlooking the Phobane Lake. Experience the sight of assegaai-wielding warriors, share the fascinating secrets of the Sangomas and witness traditional customs …

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Oribi Gorge & the Wild 5

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22 days of the Exceptional Zulu Kingdom – Day 17 Oribi Gorge is a canyon in southern KwaZulu-Natal, just west of Port Shepstone, which itself is 120 km south of Durban. Oribi Gorge, cut by the Mzimkulwana river, is the eastern gorge of two gorges that cut through the Oribi Flats (flat sugarcane farmlands) of KwaZulu-Natal. …

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Meandering in the Midlands

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22 Days of the exceptional Zulu Kingdom – Day 15 With so much to offer, the KZN Midlands are a sure fire success – featuring cultural experiences, arts, food, dining, nature and adventure – you’re sure to find your favourite thing to do in the midlands! Highlights: Nelson Mandela Capture …

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KZN & Durban by Air – A view from the top!

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Hot Air Ballooning: The hot air balloon is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology Launching from three locations in KZN, for scenic flights in the area; The Drakensberg – the Champagne Valley or central berg, The Midlands Meander – Nottingham Road and Tala Private Game Reserve near Pietermaritzburg or Winterton …

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