Drive to Zululand passing the rolling hills of sugar cane fields and forest plantations. Visit Shakaland, a Zulu kraal, near Eshowe, in the Nkwalini valley. Cultural programme of Zulu traditions: beer brewing, spear making, hut building, pottery, weaving, traditional dress, Zulu etiquette and the layout and social structure of a kraal. Singing and tribal dancing. Typical Zulu meal served in an open rondavel overlooking Goedetru dam.
Located a short drive from Durban is the CROC PARK .Hans and I were fascinated with these huge creatures. We were there when it was feeding time and the keeper threw huge chunks of raw meat for the crocs to eat. They were not too ambitious though and the keeper had to prod them to get them to eat. "Come Come" he repeated, but their bellies were probably still too full.
One of the best in Durban
This French restaurant by owner Robert Mauvis with a Creole underlining is strong competition to be one of the best restaurants in Durban.
The food and service in the exclusive venue is simply marvelous in particular if you like the combination of French dishes from the Island of Mauritius.
The magnificent Art Déco SUNCOAST Casino & Entertainment World is an awesome place. During December 2005 it was one of the busiest Casino complexes in SA drawing just short of a million people. It has hosted world celebrities including Enrique Iglesias, Anna Kournikova, Danny Glover, Blu Cantrell, Ainsley Harriot, Robert Kyosaki and Bollywood stars Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Salman Khan... amongst many others.
SUNCOAST Beach is regarded as one of the best in SA and is rated alongside Clifton and Camps Bay in the Cape. The SUNCOAST SUNdeck, a grassed embankment bordered by layers of indigenous vegetated dunes looks onto an Indian Ocean which can be swum in for most of the year.
If that's not all, the facility hosts the city's most popular steakhouse, Havana Grill visited by amongst other celebs, the Springboks and Prince Harry! Its 8-cinema complex is one of the busiest in SA and, apart from screening the latest blockbusters offers locals an array of hot Bollywood movies. There are also a host of other popular restaurants like John Dory's Fish & Grill, Cape Town Fish Market (both seafood specialists), the Centre Court Buffet, Circus Circus and popular trendy brands like News Café and Mugg & Bean. Add popular take-aways like Nandos, Wimpy, Kentucky, Anant, Steers, Mozarts Ice Cream and celebrity haunt nite spot, Café Vacca Matta and you soon realise why SUNCOAST is known as the Place to Be! Come visit.
Scuba Diving at Aliwail Shoal
Diving at Aliwal Shoal is an exciting experience. Rated by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world, it has a great reputation to live up to. Aliwal Shoal should not be confused with resort diving, as conditions are demanding - sometimes bumpy launches, swells and currents. This adds to the sense of adventure. The shoal lies 3 - 5 kms out to sea, so all divers are transported to the shoal on boats.
The average sea temperature is 24° and almost never falls below 20° c. From July to November, the ragged tooth sharks are on the shoal in abundance, as they annually migrate to the shoal which is their preferred resting ground. Dolphins are very frequently seen at the shoal, and both dolphins and whales on the launches. The shoal is home to over 1200 species of fish, as well as turtles, rays, manta's, angelfish and butterfly fish. Apart from raggies, there are other lesser known sharks on the shoal. Occasional sightings include great whites, tigers, white tips and whale sharks.
For those of you that are not qualified divers, you can book yourself onto one of the PADI dive courses (usually 4 day courses) and become a qualified diver. The course should cost less than US$180