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

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

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Joining Llew's dad in Los Angeles

We had a visit to Long Beach, California to meet Llewellyn's dad who has relocated there with his new wife Karin.

Owen (Llewellyn's Dad), Llew and Dave in Los Angeles earlier this month

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Seaplane flying out of Durban harbour

Durban has it coming - having just returned from the States with my USA Pilot's licence and seaplane rating, I am keen to see Durban following. Apparently there is a seaplane operating out of Langebaan lagoon north of Cape Town and I understand that there are a handful of (including myself) qualified seaplane pilot's in South Africa. The amphibian (can take off on land or water) is operated by Wings and Tracks from Brits near Johannesburg and they also land on a dam near there.

I am going to fetch our new flight school Sling plane in Cape Town next weekend and will have time to go up to Langebaan to see the Seagle in action and maybe even fly the plane.

The Seagle Amphibian which flies out of Langebaan lagoon

Durban Harbour and Vetch's pier could be good landing spots for an amphibian based in Durban with training though Durban Skyye Flight School based at Virginia.
The popular Foxbat plane in South Africa can also be fitted with floats to land on both water and land (with retractable wheels) 

Bundu Aviation from Bronkhorstspruit also supply Zenair floats that can be fitted to a variety of planes

See more African adventure stories on my aviation blog linked here.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Durban old and new

Here are a couple of timeless images of Durban, showing the new and the old of our magic city.

Durban harbour at low tide with the CBD in the background

The city including the City Hall, middle left, where I served as Deputy Mayor for the period 1994/15, and the Howard College, bottom right, at the University of Natal where I graduated.

A South African Airways plane at the old Louis Botha Airport south of Durban

The British Airways A380 which visited our new King Shaka International Airport north of Durban earlier this year

Stunning Durban

Wow, some more amazing pics of our Durban beachfront. This morning I decided that the weather is definitely turning.. waking up to fresh air with the humidity receding.. winter is definitely on it's way... not that Durban gets colder than 15c ever even in mid-winter, but good to smell the fresh air with clear beautiful days ahead. April is always the best time to visit for sure!