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Whether you’re furry, feathered or scaled, all friends are welcome! As people realise that Ballito is for sure one of THE best places to live, we see flocks of families moving here to experience the North Coast way of life. Here, as for most South Africans, our pets are our family. The lifestyle of those here embraces the outdoors and the ability to lead an active way of life. Our town aims to be wholly...

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Kwa-Zulu Natal has so many amazing markets to visit, and they are all coming back now after the craze that COVID brought over the past two years. Oh boy, am I excited! I have researched some of the markets around that I think everyone should, at least once, go see and support. Here in my lovely hometown of Ballito, we have a new market that has kicked off this year and an oldie finally coming...

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Lifestyle Centre is feeling festive and has been gearing up for the December and January summer holidays. The Centre’s minimum trading hours will be extended to 8am – 7pm for the period 9 December 2021 – 8 January 2022, including all public holidays, with only a few tenants opting not to trade on 25 December and 1 January. Anchor tenant, Lifestyle SUPERSPAR, will be opening 7am – 8pm daily for the period 3 December 2021...

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“It has been touch and go as to whether the 2021 event would even be able to take place this year,” says Alene Naidoo, Organiser of The Durban Botanic Gardens Trail of Lights. “Last year was such a disappointment, when we had to close early, due to adjusted COVID restrictions; but we have received the go-ahead from the relevant authorities and barring any major announcements from the President, we are optimistic that the 2021 show...

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Candy Cane Lane Holiday Light Drive-Through – A First for Durban Admittedly, the usual festive cheer that takes hold of Durbanites and visitors around December, has been a bit wanting over the past two years, with the COVID-19 pandemic scuppering the holiday plans for many.   The team that brings you KwaZulu-Natal’s largest holiday light show got thinking about a complementary experience that would cater to the many that would not be able to enjoy...

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We chatted to Enterprise iLembe CEO Nathi Nkomzwayo about supporting local businesses during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The #seeyousoon tourism campaign has inspired many South Africans to travel locally as the lockdown restrictions lift. Why is this so important?  The #seeyousoon campaign seeks to remind tourists why the North Coast should be at the top of your travel list once the lockdown ends by presenting visuals of some of the amazing tourism...

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SERENDIPITY A honeymoon might seem like an extravagant fantasy vacation, but it’s actually a very valuable, much-needed time away after your big wedding day. Travelling with the person you love is the best way to take a break from your everyday life, while amplifying your passion. Here are Serendipity Travel’s suggestions of the perfect honeymoon destinations: Bali: For couples who love nature, healthy food and creativity. This tranquil destination will make you feel as though...

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South African Tourism (SA Tourism) acting CEO, Sthembiso Dlamini, has welcomed the news that international minors travelling to South Africa no longer require Unabridged Birth Certificates or consent letters when travelling with their parents. The announcement made by the Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi,  yesterday comes into effect immediately. All ports of entry, as well as the airline and maritime industries, have been informed following the signing of the waiver by Minister Motsoaledi on...

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Protea Hotels Fire & Ice! by Marriot arrives in KwaZulu Natal   Since its first appearance in the South African hospitality scene, the quirky Fire & Ice! Hotels brand has made its mark.  And now it’s moved into KwaZulu-Natal for the first time! The Fire & Ice! concept first came about because South African hotelier, Arthur Gillis, the founder of the iconic South African hotel company, Protea Hotels, realised that, while the average hotel was...

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Because we live in an area that boasts an abundance of monkeys, it’s easy to forget how lucky we are to co-exist with them!  That being said, we must not forget that we have taken over their natural habitat, forcing them to reside and forage in unforgiving urban settings. That’s where Monkeyland KZN steps in, offering a sanctuary to confiscated, exotic monkeys and enabling a mode of ecotourism that allows us to admire our furry...