Saturday, October 24, 2009

Phone access for guests

As a new service to Guests at Durban View Guesthouse we now give a complimentary MTN sim-card starter pack to them. This is particularly useful for international travellers who do not have a local sim-card when visiting South Africa, and now gives them afforable local telephone contact.

A purchase of R50 airtime is necessary to activate the account and this should be sufficient for the duration of their visit to this country and will save them international roaming rates. Airtime is available to guests at the guesthouse through MTN Banking - a vendor for airtime across all networks as well as offering banking accounts and credit cards - a great new initiative of MTN in conjunction with Standard Bank - South Africa's leading banking institution.

Party weekend

It's the weekend and here to party up a storm in Durban are guests John, Gerhard and Rudi, and Cape Town visitor Marcel who popped in for a drink.

If you're in Cape Town and needing a fabulous
flowers and decor for weddings, events and corporate functions, Marcel is your man!

Rudi is here on an
MTN-Banking mission with MTN Mobile Money, a new concept in cell-phone and internet banking also marketing the re-selling of cellphone air-time by sms.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Images of the city from the Guesthouse

Our recent guest Friedrich was a whiz with his camera and took these photos of the city from the Guesthouse.

In the top photo is our new
2010 FIFA World Cup Football Stadium which has just been completed. There were sceptics who said the Stadia in the country would never be completed in time, but they were proved wrong. The Durban Stadium, the Moses Mabhida Stadium feature a stunning cable car lift which ca take visitors to the top of the Stadium arch and for those more adverturous there are stairs on the other side to take one up or down as well.

In the middle photo are the night lights of our beachfront hotels, whilst the day photo below shows the CBD of the City from the Guesthouse. Thanks Friedrich for these stunning new pics.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Braai for the tourists

Whilst we don't generally provide an evening meal at the Guesthouse, when we have a few international tourists staying with us and more often in summer, we have a braai (or barbeque as they may know it) with some of the local flavours and dishes. This also gives the guys a chance to meet and chat.

In the photo above are Julian (San Francisco) with Stuart and Furdoon (London). Both sets of guests took advantage of
Emirates new flights to Durban which skip out the inconvenience of and time delay stopping in Johannesburg - unless you intend to spend a few days in that city.

In the case of Julian who flew from San Francisco to Durban via Dubai business class, he was also given free accommodation and meals for a stop-over in Dubai which he enjoyed thoroughly.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Saturday Fun

In Durban from Secunda is engineer Freidrich who came to collect his new car - VW Tiguan - and spend a few days at the Guesthouse.
Joined on Saturday by Donovan (left) and Ryan (second from left) from Durban, we all puffed on a hubbly bubbly in the roof-top jacuzzi and enjoyed a few drinks around the bar.

London calling

Guests Stuart and Furdoon from London enjoy breakfast at the Guesthouse. They are doing Durban largely on foot and have done some big walking seeing the sights.

Muffin Dave

Llewellyn is usually the muffin man, but here Dave bakes and takes some fresh muffins out of the oven for morning breakfast at the Guesthouse.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Busy Sunday

Jerry (Salt Rock), Wynand (Irene) and Dave (Guesthouse co-owner) enjoy a drink at the Guesthouse on Sunday evening. Wynand owns and runs Gorgeous, a popular restaurant in Irene, Johannesburg and is taking a well-earned rest in Durban.

In the second photo Lindeque from Cape Town joins John (Financial Services trainer from Johannesburg), Llewellyn (Guesthouse co-owner) and Pieter of
Queer City events, in Durban to organise Salvation, the most famous Gay Parties in London and the World, coming to Joburg (26 Dec), Durban (29 Dec) and Cape Town (31 Dec).

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Best of the Berg - 2 1/2 hours from Durban

We love the odd weekend away when our host Thomie looks after guests at the Guesthouse - and a great destination is our Berg mountain range.. especially the northern Berg Amphitheatre area at Royal Natal National Park where we stayed at the Thendele huttted camp.. accommodation closest to the mountains.

In the pics are from top - the Amphitheatre with the changing cloud patterns. The Tugela Falls in the middle of the Amphitheatre (12 hour hike there and back) is the second tallest in the world (938m).

The Cascades middle pic is a short 15 min walk and then of course there were the rocks just above our camp site where we could chill and unbutton the baggies....

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Weekend Fun

The rain and clouds of the week cleared up nicely in Durban for our weekend guests at the Guesthouse. Having fun in the roof-top jacuzzi are Llewellyn (guesthouse co-owner) with John (Johannesburg) and Shaun and Tom (Cape Town).

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Saturday, October 03, 2009

Vote for Mr Gay South Africa

Now you can vote for KZN entrants in the Mr Gay South Africa Pageant by SMS.

In the photos above are hunky Ballito boy Gavin Deale seen at the Guesthouse recently when he won through to the finals of the Mr Gay South Africa Pageant.

If you want to vote for Gavin, simply sms GSA Gavin Deale to 35215 and your vote will be recorded.

Another hot finalist from Westville is Tyrone Nell (below), seen in this recent shoot.
Tyrone qualified as a finalist for the Mr Gay South Africa Pageant at the Knysna Loerie Festival earlier this year. He was also in attendance at the KZN Finals of the contest at the Guesthouse here last month checking out the competition.

You can vote by SMS for Tyrone by sending a message GSA Tyrone Nell to 35215 and make sure that one of our spunky KZN boys wins the Pageant for our Province.

Good luck guys... and to the readers, please get your sms votes going now. You could win a trip to Tanzania just by voting.

You can view more finalists by clicking on this Facebook link.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Vote for Mr Gay South Africa

Durban boy and finalist from the KZN regional finals of the Mr Gay South Africa Pageant, Tyrone Roberts will be viing for the top title in Johannesburg in November.

Voting by sms is now open and you can record your vote for Tyrone by sending a message reading GSA Tyrone Roberts to 35215.

Tyrone is one of 3 KZN boys in the running for the title.