Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Durban View Gay Guesthouse

Hey guys - this is Durban - the warmest place to be in sunny South Africa on the east coast..

It's where our exclusively gay guesthouse and backpackers is situate right here in the heart of Durban ... the warm friendly city where gay is good.

So come visit and enjoy gay life in our part of South Africa.

Durban View Guesthouse welcomes visitors from around the world and we've already made some great new friends. Your hosts are Dave and Llewellyn.

See links to our site for bookings and enquiries else where on this blog or click

Your hosts Dave and Llewellyn

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Beerfest in Durban

Durban was making a huge effort to emulate the Munich Bierfest this weekend with a huge drinking marquee Llew and myself attended with guests, friends and family this weekend.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Getting our guests in the picture

Llewellyn and Dave welcome guests in the guesthouse bar

The selfie stick, popular remote controlled gadget I brought back
from South Korea
Having just returned from visiting my daughter in South Korea, I brought back a handy gadget all the Koreans seem to be using - a selfie stick to take pics if you have short arms or want to crowd in more faces. 

So here are our guests in the guesthouse last night, being guinea pigs for my new selfie compositions. Welcome Hanre, David, Ronald (l to r back) and in front my partner and guesthouse co-owner Llewellyn, myself (Dave) and Craig.

Not too bad an effort, particularly in the dim lighting of the guesthouse bar. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bird's eye view of Durban

What better way to see Durban than a microlight flight that takes you along the beachfront past the Stadium to the Harbour from Virginia Airport - a thrilling 20 mins @ R600 per person, or R850 for the 30 min flight that also takes in the Umhlanga Lighthouse and beachfront.

It's possible through Guesthouse co-owner Dave's Durban Skyye Flight School that opened recently and offers pilot training and Introductory Flights than can be booked either by phone on 083-7033329 or online through our website link here.

You can also join our Durban Skyye Facebook group for regular updates and information.

Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium seen from our Flight School microlight aircraft with our second school microlight in the foreground

Durban Skyye is emblazoned on our aircraft wings
Dave is presently completing his Instructor's Rating with his Flight School's Chief Flying Instructor, Brad, partners in the business

Llew's Dad visits

Llewellyn's Dad Owen pays us a visit for a few days as it's birthday month for both of us as well as Llew's twins. We cooked a yummy roast at the guesthouse that Owen won in a lucky draw.

Llewellyn (right) with his Dad in the guesthouse bar

Lucky draw roast lamb

Stunning Durban winter trees

It's difficult to believe it's winter in Durban with beautiful trees in full bloom and temperatures over 25c. Come visit - bookings durbanview@gmail.com

Catch the carpet of blooms on Sandile Thusi (Argyle) Rd on the way from the guesthouse to the beach

This is outside our guesthouse in Holstead Gardens

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Umhlanga pier, Durban amongst world's finest

One of Durban's piers out into the Indian Ocean has won us accolades from CNN, rating it amongst the top 10 in the world.

Here's the rankings and link.

The Umhlanga Pier with the whalebone lighting

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Winter in Durban, so beautiful and warm

A couple of great sky photos of Durban and South Africa..

The sun rises up from the sea over the Durban beachfront and city on a magical winter's morning

South African sky

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Durban on National Geographic

Here's an excellent YouTube video on National Geograpic about our city.. the first settlers and discoverers, to modern day cultural mix.

Durban Beachfront 

Watch and come swim with the sharks..
Giraffe is the game parks a 45 min drive from Durban
Rhino near Durban - under threat
Durban City Hall - an almost exact replica of the Belfast City Hall in Northern Ireland

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Taste of Durban Festival

It's the Taste of Durban Festival on now, and we were sure to be out tasting the flavours and cocktails...

Our own Sa Breweries "Guiness" - Castle Milk Stout

Margaritas - my favourite

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Above the city

Some great views of our city of Durban and Stadium taken shortly after take-off in our plane, a Sling 2, single engine airplane built in South Africa by The Airplane Factory. Dave is the Durban Agent and Distributor for these aircraft.

Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium on our wingtip

The Durban beachfront, city and harbour

Our rainbow plane, ZDL - Zulu Delta Lima, named after our tribal nation, and the letters of our names (D)ave and (L)lewellyn

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Billy's - our favourite pub

Guest and Professor Emeritus Gary Knight joins us at Bill's our favourite pub for their extra yummy burgers.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Out with the old, in with the new

 Maintenance at the coast is always tricky as our sea air and humidity kills most outdoor-type furniture quickly.

The east coast Home and Garden Show was a great opportunity to look at imported furniture and offer a range we do not usually see in the limited shops locally. So here's out with our patio furniture and in with the new.

New patio comfort
The comfortable 8-seater conversation table allows you to sit comfortably around our pool/bar area, chatting to other guests whilst sipping your favourite drink.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Fire Truck drives through Africa to Durban

This time in 2010 South Africa and Durban was in the grips of Word Cup fever. The opening game in Durban was Germany vs Australia and we had 7 Germans and 7 Australians in the guesthouse - including some guys who drove here from Bieleveld Germany in a landrover and a Fire Engine to get here in time for their team's first game which they won.

And yesterday Germany beat Portugal 4-0 in their Group G game in Brasil.

In fact I started my World Cup blog specifically to capture the spirit of the World Cup, then after the event decided to keep it on as my personal blog about life here in Durban. Here's a glimpse of what I posted about the previous World Cup Germany games, as well as the story of the fire engine through Africa arriving here at the Guesthouse.

2014 World Cup Brasil - Germany 4 Portugal 0

Monday, June 16, 2014

Metal-work talent

Guests Danie and Andrew are here for the annual House and Garden Show which is a huge success. The guys make amazing metal-work designs and are seen here at their stand at the show.

Guests Danie (left) and Andrew from Pretoria

Some of Danie and Andrew's work on display at the Show