Sunday, August 31, 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

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

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

Durban in Winter

Who would believe it is mid-winter here in Durban. Our day temperatures are 25c which is normal for our hot beach city in Winter. No wonder it was the 2010 football world cup city to visit! We're definitely the city to enjoy for stunning weather in South Africa.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

CNN cites Durban as one of world's most under-rated cities

We knew it.. Durban's great to visit and live in..

Here's what CNN said, rating us in their top 10 list of the world's most under-rated cities.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Comrades Day and our guests are there

It's the Comrades Marathon along the route from Pietermaritzburg tomorrow. Good luck to our guests Jan, Richard and Zander who will be making the over 85km downhill run to the finish in Durban. Some 18 000 runners will be competing this year and I have watched the race from alongside the road since I was a kid at school. It's South Africa's premier ultra-marathon and is up there as one of the world's best and reknowned races. We will be at the finish this year, so looking forward to seeing some stunning performances and to cheer our brother-in-law Matt to the finish as well as hoping to see our guests cross the line. 

Gay boys and girls go flying

Our "gay" plane sporting the rainbow flag is home after some weeks waiting for propellor spares from New Zealand. Today was a glorious day in Durban and a chance for a long-time good friend Charissa and I to take to the skies over Durban.

Charissa with Dave piloting Sling Aircraft ZDL owned by Guesthouse owners and partners Dave and Llewellyn

The rainbow flag says it all

The Sling "cockpit" with GPS "glass" avionics and autopilot

Dave and Charissa. 
Dave and Llewellyn fly for fun, but Dave has also recently opened Durban Skyye Flight School in Durban and offers full pilot training as well as intro flights in both microlight as well as fixed wing planes.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Swiss guests for famous beer and burger at Billys

Enjoying a return to Durban and Durban View Guesthouse from Switzerland are Jean-Philippe and Urs who joined us for the beer and burger special at our favourite pub "Billy's" close by.

Jean-Philippe and Urs and the knock-out burgers from Billys

Great to have you back with us guys