Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Durban Rocks

It was just after 2pm when we touched down at the Durban International Airport, aboard the South African Airways flight SA 555. I was lucky to have had a window seat, and therefore had a glimpse of the breathtaking Indian Ocean and a marvellous aerial view of Durban.

While it was partly cloudy, we were sweating profusely as soon as we touched down. Our host, Lebo Zulu from the South African Tourism Board, explained that the humidity and the proximity to sea caused all the sweating.

I was in the company of my colleagues, Kedidimetse Mpolokeng from Sunday Standard, Shike Olsen from Gazette and Innocent Tshukudu of the Voice.

We were all in Durban at the pleasure of the South African Tourism Board. In their bid to sell South Africa as a top tourist destination and showcase their facilities in the build up to the World Cup, SATB had invited local journalists for a weekend of fun and sun in Durban.

After the formalities at Avis Car Rental, we leave for our place of abode, the Mondazur Peermont Resort Estate Hotel, located on the beautiful South Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal. It lies 140km south of Durban and a few minutes away from a resort town called Margate. After a quick shower and change of clothes we left for the beach, which is just a stone’s throw away from the hotel.

After splashing around in the ocean, we head back for dinner, which is a la carte. The food at this place is quiet out of this world. I settled for a rump steak served with French fries, salad, veggies and a sauce. The mushroom sauce became my personal favourite throughout the duration of my stay. The hotel staff was very friendly and efficient.

I even learnt a few words of Zulu, the local language. Though single, the room I slept in was very spacious, with a breathtaking view of the sea, a working desk, international direct dial telephone, a bath and a shower, a mini fridge, tea and coffee desk, DSTV, 18 hours of room service, and a bed so comfortable that I found it very difficult to wake up every morning.

As a media practitioner, I travel a lot, on local and international trips. This means regularly sleeping in hotels and lodges. But I can safely say the Mondazur Peermont Resort Estate Hotel is one of the best I have ever slept in. It has the best service and offers both comfort and style at the lowest prices. If a lot of the South African facilities are like the Mondazur Peermont Resort Estate Hotel, we can safely say that soccer fans are in for a big treat and that South Africa is more than ready to host the World Cup.

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