Roseland House

291 Davenport Road, Durban, 4001, South Africa
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Forum Posts

Easy & safe route from Umhlanga Rocks to Berea / Musgrave?

by Artemistica

Hi there,

We will need to get from Umhlanga Rocks to Essenwood Road in Berea. Can anyone recommend an easy-to-follow and safe route? We're very new, nervous, and don't want to risk taking a wrong turn into any bad parts of town. Can anyone also recommend a safe place to park in the area? Thanks!

Re: Easy & safe route from Umhlanga Rocks to Berea / Musgrave?

by Gerald_D

I am amazed at the question for a 20km trip.

Essenwwood is a long road, parallel to Musgrave road, one block above Musgrave, in one of the better parts of Durban. Ask anyone how to get to Musgrave.

Impossible to suggest a parking spot in a road that long.


Re: Easy & safe route from Umhlanga Rocks to Berea / Musgrave?

by Gerald_D

This is from maps I have at home:

Go south down the freeway (might be marked M4 or R4 - definitely NOT the N2 which is further inland) towards Durban for about 11km till you cross the Umgeni River. This bridge is 500m long - can't miss it.

3km from the bridge (continuing along same freeway), turn right up Argyle Road. This road climbs a bit up the Berea Hill. (Argyle is either the R17 or M17 - something 17 - I don't know what letter Durban uses, but the number is 17 on my map)

2.5km from turning off the freeway and going up Argyle, turn left into Essenwood. It is the first major road after Musgrave as you go up Argyle.

All a quite pleasant area with pleasant people - don't be afraid to ask for directions if you feel lost. Petrol stations anywhere in South Africa are always good places to ask for directions.

Re: Easy & safe route from Umhlanga Rocks to Berea / Musgrave?

by mandybee

gerals answer sounded spot on! I stayed in durn=ban for about 2 months and stayed in Durbam northh 9about half way between umghlanga and Durban) the rosd that links Umghlanga and Durban is a safe and easy road to drive- turn right into argyl rd and then into essenwood- park anyway- this area is lovely and in fact my aunt lives right near essenwwodrd. its a high end area.

enjoy and have fun- its easy!

Re: Easy & safe route from Umhlanga Rocks to Berea / Musgrave?

by Artemistica

Thank you for the detailed directions. We're a little wary about travelling into the city, so it's good to know that the route is safe.

Just one more question - I understand that there are 'car guards' in most areas. Could someone please just tell me how much it is usual to tip them, and do you tip when you park or before you leave?


Re: Easy & safe route from Umhlanga Rocks to Berea / Musgrave?

by Gerald_D

Tip when you leave, if you feel they have provided a service for you. Most times I don't tip anything at all.

The Berea area is still quite far from the inner city of Durban that everyone seems to be warning you about.

Re: Easy & safe route from Umhlanga Rocks to Berea / Musgrave?

by mandybee

Car guards are generally really nice guys- a lot of then are refugees from Congo and surrounds. they are just guys keen to make a living- I usually park and then tell them ill pay on my return - i usually give about R5-00 (and thats quite a good tip) If i have been out at night eg at a restaurant I may give more- I usually just sense if they are working hard and making an effort- eg If its cold and windy and they are standing outside all the time while I am inside eating a delicious meal- I am happy to give R10-00 at night. If i am just running in a shop for a minute or two- i give R1-00 or R2-00.

I feel sorry for these guys and I like to support them!

Travel Tips for Durban

Local wine

by Gili_S

Being in the city was an advantage of having good choice of restaurants and so, a wide selection of local wines to chose from.
South Africa is excellent country for wine lovers, so be sure to try few while you visiting here.

Sea Kayacking in Durban

by GerryFM

Well Durban has great beaches and and a beautiful coastline!

A great excursion or activity to possibly do during stay is to go on a Sea Kyacking Safari, where you are sure to enjoy some unique views of Durban!!

Now you can explore in safe, comfortable sit-on-top kayaks, which require almost no balance or skill! It is the ideal craft for both the explorer who wishes to challenge the water, and the casual who simply wishes to all but float out in a calm bay and see the mountain from another perspective.

You can even sit and paint or sketch in your kayak!!!

"Sea Kayaking" instructors are available to assist those who require a boost in their proficiency and to ensure that your safety is maintained throughout your tour of choice. All equipment can be hired from the tour organisers.

Dressed for the Kill!!!

by GerryFM about Cafe Vacca Matta

Vacca Matta is one of Durban's new and very trendy nightspots.

With a strict dress code, you need need to dress for success to gain access to this "must be seen at" night spot!

Vacca Matta opened its doors in June this year (2003) and has fast become Durban's favourite night spot.

Overlooking the Indian Ocean, they have a fantastic Terrace, ideal to enjoy a relaxing sundowner, whilst their Italian cuisine is excellent.

Vacca Matta is well known to be South Africa's premier "Coyote Ugly" style restauraunt come night club.

The party rages into the night and a definite place to visit on your travels to Durban. A strict dress code is enforced here: Men are required to wear lounge type shirts, buttoned all the way the waist, with smart trousers and shirts.
Ladies are required to dress smart as well.

Sport Shoes, Scandals, Golf Shirts, Caps/ hats, Polo Neck Shirts and T-shirts and entrance is at the managements discretion

Sani pass

by Gili_S

The Sani Pass is the very famous and popular road about half day drive on the way to Lesotho, it is apparently the highest road in Africa where you can drive (only 4WD), it is climbing up to Sani Pass at 2874 meters and from there only by foot you can climb up to the mountain peak at about 3200 meter.



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