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Umhlanga's carols concert entertainer Mikey Mathaba

And the beat goes on:
Big hitter back for Umhlanga’s carols concert

Most everyone loves the old Christmas favourites and yule certainly be getting that at Umhlanga’s Carols under the Stars concert. But to mix things up a bit, and back by popular demand, will be beatboxer Mikey Mathaba. Mathaba, who is among an impressive lineup of artists set to entertain at the Thursday 19 December concert,…

LINE DANCE: The pen and her babies.

New line-up: sweet swans join Umgeni Bird Park

Durban avian zoo welcomes four cygnets Forget what you’ve heard about ducklings and how poor, little and plug-ugly they are. Only the hard of heart could deny their charm. And when it comes to baby swans, well the little fellas are positively button cute.  If you want proof of this, get yourself down to the…

The Durban Brewing Company's range of ales.

Durban Brewing Company comes to the party

Take a craft brewery tour in the heart of the FunShine coast  “Who doesn’t like a Hot Blonde?” asks Barry Schoeman.  Who indeed, but we haven’t called at the Durban Brewing Company’s pint-sized brewery in Redhill for locker room chat. No, we are here to hear about the beer they make including one that bears…

MORE-ISH: Mark and Tamara Naidoo get stuck into some of the Crazy Korean's gangjong sticky chicken.

Wonder Market whips up a feast

Umhlanga Tourism tries out some of the fine fare at the lakeside market. ‘Merhaba (hello there)…. Türkiye çok guzel,” I say, digging deep into the holiday phrasebook memory banks. Murat Oncel, looks up and smiles, one eye on me, the other on a lamb kebab he is busy singeing with a blow-torch. Yes, Turkey is…

FEATURED IMAGE: Jean-Claude Conradie and Juno on the trail at Virginia Bush. All pictures courtesy of the Riverside Trail group.

Trailblazers: Wild times for Riverside runners

In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love, the poet tells us. Or, in the case of your middle-aged correspondent, to outdoor pursuits and vague thoughts about getting fitter, and leaner, not merely meaner. The dark winter mornings are behind us too, so quitting the bed is less of a…

HONOURED IN THE BREACH: IHmpbacks are celebrated for their aerial displays. Picture: Whit Welles

Flippin’ good time for whale watching

And so we bid farewell to a much loved visitor to these shores. Every September and October, humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) begin leaving the East Coast of Southern Africa to return to their summer grounds in the Southern Ocean, where they feed on the rich abundance of small fish and krill, a shrimp like crustacean.…

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Snow news is good news

Spring may have sprung on the funshine coast, as the marketing men love to remind us, but up on the hill things have taken a turn for the wintery. A new pleasure dome, Snow Wonderland, has opened at Umhlanga’s Gateway shopping centre. It will let funseekers experience, all year round, some of the delights normally…

FUN IN THE SUN: Rob Rob O Connorman, Liz Van Huysteen and Ross Barber outside The George on matchday. Barber's loyalties seem to be divided.

By George, it’s the World Cup!
Where to watch it

Heck, these days you could probably watch the World Cup on your smartphone. But would you want to? Fortunately for fans visiting Umhlanga or its surrounds during the course of the rugby showpiece – from 20 September to 2 November – there are more agreeable alternatives. Here’s a potted selection to help you choose… A sharp…

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From London with love:
parkrun draws ’em from near and far

Want to get out and stretch those legs; perhaps meet a few people from elsewhere in the country and beyond? Well then, give the Umhlanga parkrun (the organisers insist it is spelled without a capital) a whirl.   The free timed fun event north along the promenade and back again, has proved a hit with locals and…

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Umhlanga date for top comic

Globe-trotting comic Carvin H Goldstone will be giving his first solo KZN performance of the year at uMhlanga Ridge’s Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! on Saturday, 31 August. A son of the Durban soil, Goldstone combines a talent for observation, great storytelling skills and an infectious laugh. Umhlanga Rocks Tourism asked the big man about…

Frida Kahlo in an Umhlanga flavoured photomontage/

A melting pot of flavours as fests celebrate Women’s Day

Two festivals, sweet deals for dames dining à deux and a little pampering – just some of Women’s Day fare on offer north of the Umgeni on Friday, 9 August.

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Houston, we don’t have a problem: concert to aid ABH

An internationally acclaimed tribute singer and two of the country’s best loved comediennes are on the bill for I’m Every Woman, a Sibiya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom fundraising concert in aid of the Aryan Benevolent Home (ABH). The Friday (July 26) iZulu Theatre concert stars Belinda Davids, a South African singer who has carved out…

FEATURED IMAGE: A still from Cold Case Hammarskjold – the tired hack shuffles the deck and drinks in a moodily lit African tavern. Picture: Tore Vollan

Who killed whatshisname?
Doccie digs dirt on
UN diplomat’s murder

Who killed the second secretary-general of the United Nations and why after nearly 58 years should we even care? Two questions at the heart of Cold Case Hammarskjöld, an intriguing documentary showing at Ster Kinekor Gateway as part of the Durban International Film Festival. Swede Dag Hammarskjöld perished when his plane crashed in September 1961,…

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An Awesome South African Gift Shop

In the spacious Pearls Shopping Mall in Umhlanga Rocks is a bright and colourful gift shop called AWESOME AFRICA. African – or more precisely South African – it definitely is. Most of the gifts on display are sourced and proudly made in South Africa. Now that really is awesome! ‘Supporting South African-made products should be…

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Revive with Fleur De Lis Spa

You spend a frustrating amount of time in traffic each week. Your job and its deadlines take hours of hard work from you every day. In just one hour at Spa Durban the stress of those used minutes will be forgotten. Spa Durban is the home of Fleur De Lis Spa and El Elyon Day…

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The Taste of Summer

La Cremosa is an Italian gelateria in Umhlanga. Well situated in the land of eternal summer (Umhlanga) La Cremosa occupies space next door to News Café on Palm Boulevard opposite the main entrance to Gateway Shopping Centre. This genuine Italian gelateria, run by Italians Mauro and Sandro, offers a typical Italian experience. Coffee and bakery…

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Umhlanga Tourism Members Can Visit Monkeyland

Lara Mostert of Monkeyland KZN reported that the organisation, which is new to KZN, cannot function at 100% as they are not yet allowed to take members of the public on ‘monkey safaris’ for a fee.  Until they are, they can offer free ‘monkey safaris’ to the trade. This means that anyone who works in…

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Food to Drool Over

The winner of the Waitronathon held as part of Umhlanga Tourism December 2018 Festival was Nhlanhla Khoza of Beach Garden Café & Events. See more about this fun event here: https://bit.ly/2T6bfqz. Nhlanhla’s prize included R1000 cash for the speedster himself. The restaurant he represented also won a prize: a free half-page advert in the 2019…

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Bliss on the Doorstep

I arrived at the Beverly Hills’ Mangwanani Boutique Spa just before 4pm on a Tuesday afternoon. I had booked a foot massage – one of my favourite types of treatment. There was a venue choice: either indoors in the airconditioned, fragranced shop, or outdoors in the gently billowing tented area. I chose outdoors. The outlook…

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Miss Umhlanga 2018 is a Winner

Umhlanga Main Beach was hot and happening on Monday 17 December when dozens of beautiful girls took part in the tenth Miss Umhlanga Beauty pageant. With the ocean and sand as a backdrop, and a breeze to cool the 30-degree sunshine, the competition was fun and relaxed. Beachgoers pulled up their deckchairs and enjoyed watching…

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Let’s Go Shopping

Eventors Kevin Ellis and Gareth Greaves are beginning to select books, clothes, toys and games to purchase for less privileged children over this festive season. Entry to participate in the Miss Umhlanga is R150 cash – which will go towards purchasing needed items for Umhlanga child-focused NGOs – supporting the season’s theme this year: It’s…

Phindile Nyembe & Samake Kubeka from Maestro at Umhlanga Sands get ready to race!

Calling all Waitrons!

The new kid on the block at this year’s Umhlanga Summer Festival is the first wacky ‘Waitronathon’, a feature event taking place on Sunday 23 December. The 23rd of December is the final day of the festival and it promises to end in great style. Waitrons from participating Umhlanga restaurants and hotels will make their…

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Beach Fun at the Umhlanga Summer Festival 2018

The annual Umhlanga Summer Festival brings loads of family-centred holiday activities to Umhlanga for the 2018 festive season for visitors and locals alike, from 14 to 23 December. Understanding that the season is about goodwill, family and community, the theme for this year’s festival is It’s Cool to Care – with all aspects of the…

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The Umhlanga Summer Festival 2018: It’s Cool to Care – About People

The annual Umhlanga Summer Festival brings a host of family-centred holiday activities to Umhlanga for the 2018 festive season for visitors and locals alike, from 14 – 23 December. Understanding that the season is about goodwill, family and community, the theme for this year’s festival is It’s Cool to Care – with all aspects of…

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Umhlanga Summer Festival – Carols Under the Stars

Always a crowd favourite, the annual al-fresco Umhlanga Carols Under the Stars, takes place at the Granada Square in Umhlanga Rocks on Thursday 20 December from 6pm in the courtyard of the favourite shopping and dining destinations on the Umhlanga Strip. The concert is co-ordinated by Shelley McLean featuring a myriad special guests. The evening…

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The Umhlanga Summer Festival 2018: It’s Cool to Care – About the Planet

The annual Umhlanga Summer Festival brings a myriad family-centred holiday activities to Umhlanga for the 2018 festive season for visitors and locals alike, from 14 to 23 December. Understanding that the season is about goodwill, family and community, the theme for this year’s festival is It’s Cool to Care – with all aspects of the…

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Miss Umhlanga Beauty Pageant Summer 2018

The tenth Miss Umhlanga Beauty Pageant will take place on Monday 17 December 2018 on Umhlanga Main Beach, as one of the highlights of the Umhlanga Summer Festival programme. Registration is from 10.30am on the Millennium Stage, Main Beach, and the competition will run from 12 noon until 2pm. Winners will be crowned on the…

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The Umhlanga Summer Festival 2018: It’s Cool to Care About Community

The Umhlanga Summer Festival 2018 was launched this week at the beautifully decorated Cabana Beach Resort conference room. Invited guests were treated to talking, music, dancing, singing and modelling – all by locals. Umhlanga Tourism is a Community Tourist Association and as such supports initiatives, creatives and organisations in our own back yard and the…

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Need Some R&R?

Spa Durban, which has four branches in and around Umhlanga, is offering the most wonderful-sounding spring spa packages. Choose from: Spring Treat, Oh So Heavenly,  Massage Spoil, Bud Blossom & Bloom, Spring Time Romance or Blissful Spring Time. The treats are aimed at couples, singles and even groups, and range in time from a ‘quick’…

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It’s Cool to Care

The Umhlanga Tourism Summer Festival 2018 is just around the corner and this year’s theme is: Cool to Care. The popular Umhlanga Tourism Summer Festival will this year feature old favourites such as the Miss Umhlanga Beauty Pageant, Carols Under the Stars, and 10 days of beach fun. There will also be a relatively new…

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Escape Hunt – Have Fun In (or Out)

WIN these super exciting prizes from The Escape Hunt Experience Durban – DUR, South Africa 1) 3 x GROUP experiences for 4 people 2) 2 x TEAM BUILDING experiences for 10 people. The Escape Hunt Experience is a fantastic global entertainment franchise offering unique ‘escape the room’ adventures with branches all over the world from Brussels…

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Experience Korean

‘That’s it,’ I decided, ‘I’m going to become a vegetarian.’ I was enjoying my first taste of Korean food, at Glenashley-based restaurant, The Crazy Korean. The first course was a Pajeon, followed by a meatless Dol-sot Bi-bim-bap. The pajeon was a pancake about the size of a small dinner plate filled with spring onion, carrot and…

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Gandhis Pass on the Legacy of Nonviolence

The rainbow nation Madiba named is looking somewhat refracted; the seven colours of the rainbow are not shining as one. So said Tushar Gandhi on a recent visit to Umhlanga, Durban, South Africa. Tushar and his father Dr Arun Gandhi were part of a tour group that recently took American tourists to a number of…

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Good food, good restaurants, good company

Do you enjoy good food? Eating out? But have no-one to go with? Then sign up for a dining experience with DINE4SIX. I attended a DINE4SIX event recently  and cannot recommend it highly enough. DINE4SIX is a platform through which people (six at a time) wanting to eat out can sign up for a restaurant…

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FunShine Coast Champions

Okay so Umhlanga doesn’t have just anyone leading their campaigns. No, they have champions! Kevin Ellis, entertainer, style guru and Umhlanga Tourism’s Easter Festival host, is a dance champion. Kevin returned to South Africa on Wednesday 28 March struggling to carry the number of trophies he won at the 2018 European Championships in line dancing.…

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Looking for Miss Beach Babe

Girls, it’s Miss Beach Babe time! As part of the Umhlanga Tourism Easter Festival a fun beauty pageant for girls will be held on Easter Saturday 31 March at Main Beach, Umhlanga. So, don your bikinis and get down to the Millennium stage at 11am for registration, 12pm to 2pm for the competition. Sashes, tiaras…

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It’s Almost Easter Festival Time!

We have egg-citing news: it’s almost time for the Umhlanga Tourism Easter Festival! So hop along to the eggstravaganza being held on Easter weekend, Friday to Monday 30 and 31 March, 1 and 2 April, at the Millennium Stage, Main Beach, Umhlanga. Kids will be kept EXtremely busy with a host of EXciting activities like…

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Treat Yourself to a Boat Ride

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · PUBLISHED 24TH NOVEMBER 2017 · UPDATED 24TH NOVEMBER 2017 At 10.45am on a Thursday in October 2017 my husband and I arrived at CASEA Charters on Umhlanga Main Beach. We had signed up for a boat ride and – in my opinion – couldn’t have picked a better day. The weather…

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Don’t let Frizzy Hair Keep You Away

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · 8TH SEPTEMBER 2017 September is tourism month. Remember to use the hashtag #WeDoTourism in all your social media campaigns until the 30th! Mom, Amelia Meyer, bemoans letting frizzy hair and fear of bikinis keep her away from Umhlanga. With so much beauty to enjoy along our coastline and lots of things to…