Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Walking tour of the City


A walking tour of the city is an option for those interested in the history and origin of this city which has also been known as the "Last Outpost of the Britich Empire". Various architectural styles are evident and depending on whether the Oriental walkabout or the Historical walkabout is chosen, a tour of the Juma Musjid Mosque or the City Hall, Natural Science Museum and Durban Art Gallery are options. Guesthouse Co-Owner Dave also had an office in the City Hall when he served as Deputy Mayor of the City from 1994-1995 overseeing the changeover of government. The walking tours should be booked and are run by Vincent Thadebe on 0027-31-3044934 or cell 082 672 1191.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Swing across Durban's new Stadium

It's great to have new things to do in Durban and the "Big Rush Big Swing" across the Moses Mabhida World Cup Football Stadium is a must... just down the road from our Guesthouse.

This is the world's only Stadium swing and the largest swing of any kind anywhere.

You can jump into the void 106 metres above the World Cup Football pitch and swing out in a huge 220 m arc under the iconic arch.

All equipment and instruction is provided by their qualified staff and you can Book Online at R595 per person. Check out their website at BIG RUSH.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Lunch around the harbour

Dave hired a harbour cruise boat on Friday and entertained clients whilst celebrating his legal firm's 26th Birthday.

In the top photo are
guesthouse partner Llewellyn and friend Matt on board the "Jolly Roger" and in the second photo guests Charles and colleague Josef joined us for drinks at the Guesthouse.

Durban shaping up - QM2 arrives

Durban is shaping up in time for the World Cup in June. The Queen Mary 2 arrived in the harbour this morning for a quick visit and I shot around taking some photos.

The grass around the World Cup Stadium - the Moses Mabhida Stadium - is growing nicely as the surrounding landscaping is greening Durban, one of South Africa's greenest cities.

The posters on the street lamp-poles proclaim Durban as South Africa's warmest city for the World Cup, and that is true. Being a coastal city with the warm Indian Ocean, Durban's winter temperature is in the 15c - 22c range whilst football fans in Johannesburg and Cape Town arelikely to be in cold 10c weather during the World Cup.

We still have some Guesthouse space, particularly around the Brazil vs Portugal game, so bookings can still be made online or by email to

Hot boyz in Durban

Here's Christiaan in Durban for a cruise on board the Sinfonia seen with myself (Dave,middle) and guesthouse co-owner Llewellyn (right) having a drink in the Guesthouse Pub.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

In from the Polish cold

Welcome to our Guests Gerhard and Jacques (pink left!) who have been cruising on the Sinfonia's Rainbow cruise this weekend, as well as Guests from Poland Roman and Valdi, seen here with Guesthouse co-owner Llewellyn (right).

In the smaller photo Valdi who is presently working and living in Dublin, Ireland, comes from the city of
Bielsko-Biala in Poland and they are soaking up the glorius sunshine in Durban before heading back to the cold. Guesthouse co-owner Dave is also in the photo with Valdi.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Durban boyz at CT Pride 2010

We managed to snatch a weekend away for Cape Town's 2010 Pride and took part in the march from the gay village to the city centre and back on Saturday.

Here I am in the top photo (centre) with two local boyz in the parade, in the second photo the hot boyz from Bronx (see Youtube video clip) carried the rainbow flag and in the bottom photo Llewellyn (Guesthouse co-owner) shows the view from The Decks where we stayed in Sea Point.

The speeches at Pride decried the recent trend elsewhere in Africa to tighten anti-gay laws with action against gay and lesbians.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Cruising in Durban

Our Guesthouse is a great starting-off or stop-off venue if you're booked on one of the cruises which leave Durban harbour for the Mocambique coast.

Here's Johan, Christof, Emile, Llewellyn (Guesthouse co-owner) and Riaan who had a party second-to-none the night before the cruise... we actually felt sorry for them getting on to the boat after a night of revellry with us!!

I am sure neighbours could also hear the pounding of the piano from the talented guests who were raising the roof after a few (!@) drinks. Amazing voices!

I hope the cruise was awesome too guys; come visit soon. Dave

Thursday, March 04, 2010

30 years together

Meet the Cape Town bois who came to visit the Guesthouse this weekend.
Philip (top left) celebrated his 50th birthday at the Guesthouse whetting his appetite for a 5 day cruise on the Sinfonia followed by another 2 nights back at the Guesthouse.

Philip and Max (top back) have been together 30 years, which means when they met they were 20 and 27 years old respectively - great going guys, it's an inspiration to us all.

Also in the photos are Cornelius and Enzo, from Cape Town as well who co-incidentally were also off on the same Sinfonia cruise along with other 2 other guests. So it was great for them all to meet here beforehand and get to know each other.

In the 2nd photo is Guesthouse co-owner Llewellyn (middle) sharing a toast with the guests at the Guesthouse Pub which we have recently decorated with some 2010 souvrenirs for the World Cup Football which gets going in South Africa in 100 days.
We also enjoyed a fantastic celebration dinner out at Harvey's Durban's top and famous restaurant just up the road from the Guesthouse.