Not So Appealing Surrounds
Just south of Amanzimtoti – near Winkelspruit – the Suntide Illovo Sands, a Holiday Club timeshare, is situated approximately 150 meters walk from the shoreline.
My wife and I made a midweek visit during the winter months – middle of June – and here is what we found.
- It is quiet, except for the sounds of the surf and the blowing of the wind. Very pleasant.
- Units were neat, tidy, well maintained and self catering.
- Grounds were clean and well maintained.
- Our six sleeper unit had two bathrooms and two bedrooms. The 5th and 6th person were accommodated on beds in the lounge, beds that I could rest on.
- Easily accessed braai units (BBQ’s) are located throughout.
- All the usual timeshare services and amenities: daily house cleaning, game room, pool table, table tennis, an assortment of games, laundry, pool, TV and babysitting.
- Every unit has beautiful views of the beach and ocean.
- Personnel are friendly and professional.
- The upmarket Galleria Mall within 12 kilometers drive.
Unfortunately, however, the negatives outweigh the positives, at least for me: Read more
A Bustling Market
Bringing Country Closer To Durban
If you’re looking to buy fresh farm products you need look no further than the Shongweni Farmers Market. With over 200 stalls it’s the biggest and best market of it’s kind in Durban, maybe KZN.
Operating every Saturday morning from 6:00 to 10:30 AM in an easily accessible location you’ll never run short of your favorite foods and they have everything:
- Fresh vegetables of every kind (some organic).
- Fresh meat.
- Eggs (double yoke for the extra hungry).
- Health products.
- Freshly baked bread (buy early, they run out soon).
- Crafts galore by local crafters.
- Furniture, indoor and outdoor.
Not to mention jewelry, tools, gadgets and many vendors cooking food to your liking on the spot. I couldn’t keep count of the cappuccino machines. They even have a large (200 capacity) open sided tent to eat under and it stays full. If you don’t like eating in a crowd get take-away. We took our rostis home and had them with double yokes. Read more
Beautiful Setting, Friendly Animals
Tasty Food and Fair Prices
The Winsome View Animal farm, situated on an equine boarding ranch in the Summerveld hills (near Hillcrest), is surrounded by beautiful scenery and is home to loads of up-close-and-friendly animals of all kinds. Some roaming: rabbits, chickens, geese, goats and more, and some in pins: ponies, donkeys and pigs. There is also playground equipment and an obstacle course.
Entering through a hundred meter, well manicured tree lined drive, adjacent to horse paddocks, you realize you’re on a real farm. Nothing artificial. Walking through the animal farm gate you’re greeted by curious animals and friendly staff with a few barking dogs in the background. There was also a small nursery to round out the country feel.
Though the farm is tailor-made for kids, a well managed bistro – a real plus – offers great fare for adults. The dishes are garnished and seasoned with produce from an on site organic garden managed by Chef Alex. If you’ve never had salad made from freshly harvested produce you won’t believe the difference. The flavor was amazing. And the cappuccino was really good too. We had two cups.
Although the bistro is outdoor-only it is well protected from roaming animals by fence and from the sun by umbrellas. It is also being expanded as I write. A new section, enclosed and covered, is under construction. They recently introduced Friday nite Fine Dining. I haven’t been to the Friday night meal but having met the Chef and eaten the food, I’m sure it is good.
It’s a great place to satisfy both the children and the adults in the family so make your plans to visit. The prices are very fair.
Entrance: R12 (going to R15 soon)
Pony rides: R6
Animal feed: R6
Open from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday and public holidays, they cater for birthday parties, school groups and holiday camps, maximum 50. Contact Cheryl for bookings and details on (082) 892-1615 or (076) 870-0356. To contact by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Not a zoo, not a game park and nothing like a museum, this farm is home to 1000 animals (all kinds), many in kraals (corrals) or pins and several roaming free.
Just like a real farm!
Walking around the 3 ½ hectares of land, you are accompanied by friendly animals, all very pet-like. They are so accustomed to people, they eat right out of your hand.
The African Grey in the entrance hall bent his head over inviting me to scratch the back of his neck. One pig smacked his gums repeatedly to get our attention and the young goats weren’t afraid to beg for a handout.
You’re allowed to bring your own picnic lunch but if you come empty handed they provide small bags of feed for the animals and the café offers real cappuccino and great brownies (To Woolworth standards), along with more substantial fare – all reasonably priced.
Speaking of price, entering the farm costs only R28 per person (children 18 months and younger free). They have intentionally kept their price reasonable and they cater for families, school groups, church groups, birthday parties and more. For groups, the price includes one pony ride for each child.
They really have gone the extra financial mile!
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The Waterberry is not your average restaurant. It isn’t surrounded by commercial development nor is it a franchise and you won’t find too many venues with the same mix of interests.
It is easily accessed on main Ballito roads and is located in a well-established, up-market residential area but borders a high canopy coastal forest. The Waterberry is a gateway between two different worlds and it offers everything you could want in between.
It is tastefully and seasonally decorated, very clean and always tidily arranged. The entrance has a gift shop offering gourmet jams, chocolates, coffees and baked items. They even have a nicely furnished lounge area should you have to wait for seating.
For those who are squeamish about public toilets, the loos are very clean!
The construction is wood rather than the usual cold drab brick and plaster.
The dining area is a covered deck open on all sides to forest so your meal is accompanied by the singing of birds and forest shading insures you’ll not be overly hot during your visit. Read more