Thursday, March 19, 2015

Doing the tourist-thing in Durban Part 2

Continuing our tourist travels in our own backyard (this blog is beginning to feel like a "Welcome to Durban" campaign .... it won't go on forever, promise!)

While Laura was with us we spent a day in the KZN Midlands.  We first visited our home-town, Greytown, where Laura's mom had spent a few months with my family as a Rotary Exchange Student back in the 80s.


Photo taken from Tranquili-tea restaurant in Greytown
 
 
We continued driving through the Midlands, stopping at Rawdon's for lunch, before making our way to the Nelson Mandela Capture site to round off our day.  There was so much more I would love to have done with Laura in the Midlands, but time was very limited unfortunately.
 

 
I love the Madiba statue, so unique! 
 

 
We made a visit to the iHeart market on the Saturday that Laura was with us.  By this time I had started fighting the flu, so while the younguns did the Sky-car at Moses Mabhida, I sat under a tree feeling sorry for myself.
 


 
Confession: I stole ^^ this^^ picture of the Moses Mabhida Stadium off the internet.
 
A couple of days later, Grant and the girls visited Phezulu Safari Park (at this point I had succumbed to the flu-bugs I had been fighting!)
 




 
 

We did all sorts of other bits and pieces while Laura was with us - we ate bunny chow, made a brief visit to uShaka, the girls went to a music show (Matthew Mole was there) and they spent a couple of days on the South Coast, they went to the beach (had a surfing lesson) and Laura learnt to make typical Durban roti, we also spent some time at our local hospital... but that's another story!  

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Doing the tourist-thing in Durban - Part 1

In recent months we have spent some time out-and-about in Durban with people visiting our province from overseas.  It's been quite refreshing to see Durbs through the eyes of a visitor.  I thought I would do a couple of posts about our experiences.

First up we had the delightful Laura visiting us from Australia.  Unfortunately her visit came at the height of the tourist season, so we skipped some of the traditional Durban attractions because of the sheer volume of people we would have had to wade through to see them.  (Think Durban beachfront over the New Year weekend.... uh-uh, not going to happen!)  Instead we found some different things to do.

First-up we visited CROW on their open day, which was a really interesting and different thing to do.  CROW is the Centre for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife and their open days happen on the last Sunday of every month from 11am to 1pm.   Our visit began with a short, informative talk by one of the staff members, after which we had a tour of the facilities and the chance to see many of the animals up close.  All the animals are rehabilitated and released back into the wild, except for the tortoises - you'll have to make a visit to CROW to find out why...







It was really interesting to hear how CROW operates and exactly what is involved in the rehabilitation of the wildlife - it's all much more complicated than I thought.

Our next outing was a trip on the Inchanga Choo-choo - the steam train that runs between Kloof and Inchanga.  We went on a Sunday evening train ride - the trains don't usually run on Sunday evenings, but this was during the Christmas season, so they had extra trains running.

We had a very enjoyable train ride, although the weather didn't co-operate with us.  We had some rain in Inchanga, which really put a damper on things (pardon the lame pun!)  There was a nice little market set up at the station in Inchanga, with lots of things to eat, live music and various stalls.  We had just enough time to explore, have something to eat and make a loo-stop before boarding the train for the ride back to Kloof.  We'll definitely do the train ride again one Sunday when hopefully the sun will shine on us.






To be continued.....

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