The site of the Durban ICM Adventure, will be the Elangeni (Swahili for "where the sun shines through") Hotel, situated right on the Durban beachfront. Not only does every room has an amazing view of the warm Indian Ocean, under which the warm Mocambique current wends it’s way slowly south, but they all face East, so you will wake up and be able to look out over a beautiful sunrise every morning. Step out of the elevators, into the foyer and you're right there at the conference rooms. Not far to walk, and also very close to the outdoor area where you can escape to for a chat with old friends between sessions. The view from there is simply stunning.
The Elangeni is the grand old dame of Durban, home of visiting international sports teams over the years, an old favourite of many happy guests. It's our favourite, and we know that you will just love it too
You can go for a walk along Durban's beautiful beachfront or take a (nearly) sedate Rickshaw ride. We have it on good authority that an early morning run is being planned for all runners, too.
Durban is South Africa's biggest port, and the busiest in Africa. The Zulu name for Durban is Thekwini - "where the ocean and sky meet." Thekwini is a melting pot of African, European and Indian cultures, and is the centre of the garden province of South Africa. Evidence has it that it has been inhabited for about 100 000 years.
If you are looking for 100% pure summer, you just found it! This is what the official website of the city has to say:
"A big Durban Summer welcome to you! And this year, summer is going to be absolutely Sunsational! Why? The answer is simple...if you were ever looking for 100 percent pure Summer, there is only one place to look, and that's Durban. Yes, we are 100 percent pure, undiluted, no artificial ingredients or favours - Durban is a very real city, with warm hearted people and loads to do in an action packed Sunsational summer programme. Sunsational Durban is all about letting your hair down and doing things you haven't done before. It Time to be adventurous and try wind surfing, white river rafting, scuba diving, bungee jumping or diving with the sharks!
If you haven't been out to the Valley of 1000 Hills, try going on safari there right on Durban's doorstep! Finish off your safari with a crocodile steak - something really different at Croctilians restaurant. And for a fantastic cultural experience head out to Max's Lifestyle in Umlazi for a real township food in a safe, upmarket environment where the who's who of South Africa go to when they are in Durban.
Time to end the day in style? Then head off for a sunset cruise sipping cocktails and watch the sun slip away as another perfect Durban day comes to a lazy laid back end. Now it's night-time. The neon signs come alive as the city prepares for a big night out. Clubs, bars, funky food from all over the world are to be found in the city's nighttime hotspots. A time for fun, a time for dancing and a time for romance!
Then it's off to bed between soft sheets to dream of the day just past and to rejuvenate the body for day ahead. What will it be? A spa, an adventure, sun tanning, a hike? you decide! With 100 percent pure summer, Durban has a Sunsational Summer planned just for you! "
If you want to explore a little further, KwaZulu-Natal has lots to offer, whether it be beaches, berg (mountains) or bush. The name "kwaZulu" originated about 500 years ago, when a man named Zulu ("Heaven") married and left his parents to establish his own settlement. kwaZulu thus means "Place of Heaven." The second half of the name was conferred by the 15th century explorer Vasco da Gama, who sighted our coast line on Christmas Day 1497, and named it Natal. Head off west into the mountains to Kamberg Nature Reserve, where Game Pass Shelter, the "Rosetta Stone" of South African Rock Art, or to the beaches, or north to Umfolozi/Hluluwe Game Reserve. All within two hours or so...