What I did in Durban

Durban – palm trees, sharks and …Indaba

The annual travel-marketing event, Indaba Africa, takes place in May and everybody who is anybody in the travel industry arrives at Shaka Zulu airport.  Indaba is never just work and no play. Much networking happens away from the Durban International Convention Centre. Must-do recommendations include…

  1. Oyster Box, Umhlanga, for cocktails on the veranda. Lots of selfies were taken with the iconic lighthouse in the background. Bouchard Finlayson and Newton Johnson wines are well represented on the menu.
  2. Shopping at Gateway Centre. Loved the Zara store and the take-away samoosa shops.

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    Umhlanga beach walk before cocktails at the Oyster Box.
  3. Dinner at the authentic Indian Restaurant Amaravathi Palki in Berea.  The tasty dishes were washed down with Porcupine Ridge wines.  We simply could not get enough.
  4. A visit to the Durban Botanical garden for a walk in the park and some great Instagram photos of the sensory and sunken gardens.
  5. Dinner at 9th Avenue Bistro. Crispy duck to die for (really) at this establishment that support Creation wines.
  6. Walking along the promenade.  Exercising while taking pictures of the palm trees and sand castles.
  7. Dinner at Café 1999 on a stormy winter’s night. Great atmosphere, superb food and best sommelier talk ever. First Sighting and Ataraxia wines mentioned and positive reference made to Bruwer Raats and Cabernet Franc.  Thanks 9th Ave Bistro for this recommendation.
  8. Movie in comfortable seats at the Sun Coast Casino
  9. Lots of Lavazza coffee at the Indaba coffee stands
  10. Hair wash and blow at the Hilton Hotel’s salon
  11. Visit to Moses Mabida stadium. Taking Durban to new heights with the funicular to the top of the stadium.
  12. Picking up snacks on route back at Old Town Italy for the return journey.

Thank you Indaba! It was another great event! Thank you Durban! You treated us well!

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