Mandalay B&B and Conference Centre

251 High Ridge Rd, Durban North, Durban, 4051, South Africa

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    a real break away in the middle of it all

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    this bed and breakfast has an exquisitely lush green garden, full of trees and birds and flowers and frogs ... it's like being in a forest ... yet you are five minutes from the centre of everything. comfy rooms with airconditioning - a must in natal during peak humid summer months - along with the friendliest hosts: you feel like you are at home, relaxed and just loving it :) it's also completely private, and the full english breakfast every morning is definitely worth waking up for: i mean, where could you ever go that if you ask for your eggs to be dead dead dead ... your host supplies :)

    Unique Quality: the tranquility and peacefulness is incredible ... a real space for chilling after a day at the beach ... there's a thatched boma for barbeques and entertainment and a pool for wallowing in: the wooden deck under the giant swaying trees is ideal for even lazing a day away at the house itself ... who even needs to go to the beach?!

    Directions: Just over the bridge and then up on the left ...

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Forum Posts

What currency to take

by romo10

Hello i am travelling to Durban next week. Apart from taking £ travellers cheques and rand, is it worth me taking dollars? as I hear they can be traded at good rates as cash.

RE: What currency to take

by Gerald_D

The less cash you flash around the better - bring as little cash as possible. Use credit cards and draw minimum amounts of cash from the numerous ATM's. Don't even bother to bring traveller's cheques either - they are an outdated concept, hard to find people who will accept them, and those that do will charge you a hefty premium. Your bank of course will tell you that you should have traveller's cheques, but they are just putting themselves first in line to charge the premium.

Basically, bring only two credit cards (in case one gets lost or damaged) with PIN numbers. No other money arrangements need to be made. You can draw your first Rands at the ATM's in the airport.

RE: What currency to take

by dmcourtspahr

Gerald is right. Travelers cheques are a real hassle to deal with. You'll have to find a place to cash/exchange them-usually a bank & they charge hefty tariffs for the service. ATM's are much easier to use and are all over the place. I used my debit card for drawing cash (for petrol purchases)and used either my debit or credit card for major expenses (accommodations, meals, car hire & souvenirs). Enjoy your trip - Durban has great curries!!

Travel Tips for Durban

TIP your WAITERS , TIP your...

by ratcorp

TIP your WAITERS , TIP your TAXI drivers. Don't presume that everyone lives in a mud hut . Be prepared for TALL glass buildings , and heavy traffic.
Durban is a City just like all other citys in the westernized world.

Don't be loud and ask to many questions . Just accept the advice given to you from locals . Don't look like a tourist (Camera , Hawian sirts )Don't expect the white people to be sorry for aparheid.(it was the government NOT them , The whites were the ones who Decided to other throw the aparheid government) Everything in Africa is not BLACK and WHITE so don't make everything political.

One of my worst experiences of a tourist was at Roben Island - A tourist kept asking the tour guide ,who happened to be black and also an X inmate ,DID the WHITE people apologise. It was embarassing for both the tour guide and myself. I felt guilty about been South Africa because of this persons misconception , and teh tourist guide felt awkward.
So think ...

Photo taken at Huluwe game reserve - Parks board game ranger showing friends were Rhinos scratch on Tree Stumps (Ussaly thier butts :-) )

Don't forget to have a bunny chow!

by lindygarrethtyra

I was born in Durban and one thing I miss is the roti and curry we used to buy from our local shop. They are everywhere! If you're in the city and pass by the Workshop - DON'T! pass by, that is. Head in there to the little Indian men who are calling out to you to come taste their specialties. They serve an array of delicious local foods which you really must sit down and enjoy. My personal favourite is a 'bunny chow' which is half a loaf of uncut bread hollowed out, filled with curry, and topped with a mean carrot and sliced chilli salad. You use the hollowed out bread to 'dip and eat'. Well... that's how I remember it! Other must-eats include mealies (corn cobs but better!), melktart, samosas and koeksisters (if you're lucky enough to find someone to make it for you). Durban is a spice lover's dream!

dont have a favourite but...

by slimshady

dont have a favourite but there r lots of take aways
where u can grab a quick bite or a bunny chow. bunny chow.
a half loaf of bread with the insides hollowed out and curry filled in the middle.usually mutton,brans,chicken.

RIDE A RICKSHA

by LoriPori

One of the fun things to do is RIDE A RICKSHA. Rickshas were brought to Durban by the Hulett family. By 1904, there were 2000 registered ricksha pullers. Our "puller" made it a lot of fun for us as he jumped up and down like an animal would and made all these funny noises. We had a great time, even if it was just for a few minutes. The posted price at the time was 5 rands per person. Tips appreciated.

Oribi Gorge Nature...

by dutch_anna

Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve.

Nearby St.Michaels-on-sea lie two very beautytiful Nature Reserves, Oribi Gorge NR and Umtamvuna NR.
The first is about 20 km west of Port Shepstone. You get a map at the entrance with several walks described. When we were there the weather was, after last days storm, sunny and warm.
It is a beautiful park for a hike, you can also drive through the park, there is one paved road for cars. Birds, trees, flowers. And a picnic near a stream with big stones.

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