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Summer's on its way, so where are the best spots to stay in Durban and surrounds?

Cruise news: From R16040* for 4 adults sharing an outside cabin on SI026, the 18 March Sinfonia cruise to Barra Lodge.

Top hotels - Durban & surrounds

Best is a subjective matter: to some people price will matter more, to others location whilst the level of service may be an overriding factor. Here's some spots we think are superior, but if you think we've left out a top notch spot please let us know. *Prices listed are for 2 adults sharing a room from the 4th until the 10th of January 2013 (may have changed, navigate through the link to check).


R107,884*. The top place to stay in Pietermaritzburg is the Karkloof Lodge. Private game drives. You can eat any meals on the menu at any time of day (breakfast at 7pm is fine). Unlimited spa treatments. Ask for Villa 3 which is close enough to the main lodge, and has views of the Karkloof River.


R9000*. Coco de Mer is a top spot to stay in Ballito. Ask for a room with views of the seas.  Eat at La Fiamma.


Two hotels in Umhlanga standing out from the pack are:

  1. R27,900. Teremok Marine. Close to the sea. Choose the milkwood suite, with its view over the sea from a private balcony and huge bedroom.

  2. R7,200. Manaar House. Fifteen minute walk to the beach (and 25m back up the hill!). Room 3 is the most peaceful.

Durban Morningside

Looking for a hotel in Durban?

  • R10,800. Upton Hall Guest House, Eastbourne Street (Balcony suites have views of the Moses Mabhida Stadium / Durban waterfront, steam shower, gym).

Durban North

  • R9,705. Auberge Hollandaise Guest House, Kenneth Kaunda Drive. Helpful staff, easy drive to and from the airport, spatious rooms, breakfast served overlooking the pool, a number of restaurants nearby. Ask for a room with a balcony & sea view (unless you prefer a ground floor room leading onto the pool).

restaurant at Salt Rock Hotel


Looking for a hotel in Hermanus? The Whale Coast Hotel has joined the Three Cities Group & henceforth will be known as the Three Cities Whale Coast Hotel.

London flight prices
Experience London at its finest, when the parks are in bloom and the air cool. Spring is the perfect time to experience the city before the summer crowds arrive. Enjoy the gentle sun as you stroll through the city's big parks and duck into stylish shops when the rain comes pouring down. Its not only the weather that makes spring so attractive, flight prices are also fairly affordable throughout the months of April and May. Travellers planning a shopping spree should look carefully before booking though, as so many airlines are now excluding checked luggage.

flight path from London to Johannesburg

Cheap JNB-London from R7,487*
(British Airways- depart 9 April, return 16 April 2019)

Cheap CPT-London from R9,184*
(Emirates- depart 9 April, return 16 April 2019)

Cheap DUR-London from R8,134*
(British Aiways- depart 9 April, return 16 April 2019)

Direct JNB-LON from R10,577*
(Virgin Atlantic- depart 11 April, return 18 April 2019)

Direct CPT-LON from R7,837*
(British Airlines- depart 14 May, return 21 May 2019)

Premium Econ. JNB-LON from R14,747*
(Virgin Atlantic- depart 14 May, return 21 May 2019)

B. Class JNB-LONfrom R22,571*
(Kenya Airways- depart 14 May, return 21 May 2019)

B. Class CPT-LON from R23,791*
(Kenya Airways- depart 16 May, return 23 May 2019)

1-way JNB-LON from R5,229*
(Emirates- 18 April 2019)

*This is not an offer, but merely a snapshot of cheapest airfares as we saw them. There was very limited availability (don't expect it to be on every date, it was the cheapest we could find) when we checked & prices may have increased already. Click through the link on the price to check whether the price is still available. Remember to change class once page has loaded to check prices for Premium Economy and Business Class. For Direct Fligth prices, select direct flights once page has loaded.

Next time you catch a flight to Nairobi, you may be surprised to discover that the traffic jams aren't quite as bad as before - the city has opened up a new station and refurbished some trains.

Subject to regulatory approval, Lanseria Airport has been sold to a consortium of investors, including a BEE consortium (the PIC and Nozala) and Harith.

International visitors to South Africa are often surprised by our car guards culture, where somebody will protect your vehicle after you've parked it in exchange for a few Rands. Check out this video of the Cape Town culture of car guards.

The Purple shall rule! "The flight from Windhoek to Victoria Falls was delayed due to technical reason.  This time the aircraft was much smaller, as it suits the brief 1hr 20 min long journey. There couldn’t have been more than 15 passengers on the plane, most of which got off at Victoria’s Falls. Much to my surprise, a full size lunch was served, followed by a decent sandwich on the next 30 min flight. I guess the ‘pretzel bag’ tendency has not yet overtaken Air Namibia’s food policy. And again, awesome tomato juice."

Victoria Falls Airport in Zimbabwe

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The Bottom Line: 1time founders and a Sun Air MD plan to launch Skywise Airline in early 2013. The airline will fly CPT-JNB with leased Boeing 737-300s.