THE 5 best Easter Weekend accommodation places in Umhlanga Rocks Durban South Africa

THE 5 best Easter Weekend accommodation places in Umhlanga Rocks Durban South Africa

Umhlanga Rocks is a fashionable upmarket seaside resort on the east coast of Kwazulu Natal, 16 kilometers north of Durban. Umhlanga and Umdloti form the Sugar Coast together. Umhlanga is in a spectacular location, the Umgeni river flows from the Drakensberg Mountains through the Valley of the Thousand Hills to the sea. Rolling green hills rise up on the ridge behind Umhlanga Rocks, which overlooks the Indian ocean



Offering an outdoor pool and views of the Sea, Bella Vista Guest House is set in the La Lucia district in Durban. The guest house has BBQ facilities, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some units include a seating area where you can relax. Some rooms have views of the pool or garden. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer. Superior rooms feature a double oxygenated spa bath or a hot tub……


Bella Vista Guest House



One of our top picks in Durban.Set 400 m from Umhlanga lighthouse in Durban, this apartment features free WiFi and a balcony. The apartment is 12 km from Absa Stadium. Free private parking is available on site.

There is a seating area, a dining area and a kitchen complete with a dishwasher and an oven. Towels and bed linen are provided at Pearl Paradise. There is a private bathroom with a hot tub and bath.

Pearl Paradise offers currency exchange on site and there are a number of supermarkets and restaurants within 500 m of the property. Laundry services can be arranged on advance request for a surcharge.




Situated in Durban, La Dolce Vita Umhlanga Guesthouse offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. Built in 1995, the property is within 4 km of Umhlanga lighthouse. Guests can chill out in the outdoor swimming pool.

All rooms at the guest house are equipped with a seating area. Each room has a private bathroom, while selected rooms come with a balcony. At La Dolce Vita Umhlanga Guesthouse, all rooms are equipped with a TV with satellite channels.

A Full English/Irish breakfast is available daily at the accommodation.




One of our bestsellers in Durban!Located in Umhlanga Rocks, Sea La Vie Umhlanga offers self-catering accommodation with direct beach access. There is an outdoor pool, and the apartment has WiFi connection and BBQ facilities. The property offers free parking.

The air-conditioned unit has 3 bedrooms and a spacious living area that includes a kitchen, lounge and dining area with sea. The lounge has a flat-screen with satellite channels and dining table. The kitchen is modern and fully equipped with a dishwasher, stove and refrigerator. You can enjoy lovely ocean views and al fresco dining on the furnished balcony. The private bathroom is fitted with a shower and a bath.

The apartment is ideally situated and is walking distance to restaurants and supermarkets. Sea La Vie Umhlanga is 17 km from King Shaka International Airport. Durban city centre is 20 minutes away by car.




Located in Durban, Rostalyn Guesthouse offers accommodation within the suburb of Umhlanga. This guesthouse is situated within a 10-minute walk of the beach, and offers partial sea views.

Each air-conditioned room at Rostalyn Guesthouse has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. A hairdryer and free toiletries are included in the en suite bathroom for your comfort.

Grocery delivery and barbecue facilities are available at a surcharge at Rostalyn Guesthouse, and there are a number of restaurants within walking distance of the property……




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Best time to visit Hermanus

Best time to visit Hermanus

When to Visit Hermanus and Why –

A Reason for every Season!

Are you perhaps wondering when to visit Hermanus? Being a seaside town, there could be a misconception that the only “good” time to visit Hermanus is during the summertime. While this may be true from the point of view of sunbathers, but it’s not at all a true reflection of what Hermanus and all that the surrounding areas have to offer. So, in order to assist you, our guests, with choosing a time to visit to Hermanus, we’ve compiled a list of tantalizing reasons for every season.




SUMMER: December, January, February, March

  • Hermanus’ great beaches and wonderful ocean and lagoons
  • A temperate climate that’s very warm but not “fry-you-in-your- shoes” sort of hot
  • Longer daytime hours for all the great outdoor activities that range from hiking and horse riding to paragliding and boat trips
  • Evening concerts in the open air Forest Theater
  • Christmas and Twilight markets to browse around, along with the weekly art and craft and food markets of Hermanus
  • Christmas and New Year festivities that include restaurant and club specials and fireworks displays in allocated places
  • The Hawston Sea Festival usually happens during the first week of December each year.  It attracts hundreds of visitors who enjoy the delicious sea foods such as fresh crayfish, perlemoen (abalone), paella and snoek dishes that are on offer, while taking in the entertainment and basking under the sun around the Olympic-sized swimming pool.
  •   Although March falls into Autumn, the weather is still very warm and can be considered as part of Summer
  • Eastbury Cottage is just a short stroll to the Marine Tidal Pool for those who wish to have a safe swim in the ocean.  Every morning of the year you will find that the “Hermanus Mermaids” (sometimes there is a Merman who joins them) take their early 7h00 swim…come rain or sunshine.   The 5 star Marine Hotell holds the keys for the ablutions and overseas that the area is kept clean and tidy.
  • It is a joy to sit on the deck of The Loft at Eastbury Cottage as the evening breeze wafts softly by.



AUTUMN:  March April and May

  • Lovely balmy in-between weather during this season make it one of the nicest times to visit Hermanus.
  • Fresh and crisp champagne air and bright blue skies
  • The start of winter specials
  • Easter markets, fairs, egg hunts and festivities
  • Big Blues Music Festival in Kleinmond
  • Fish Bash in Hermanus; a local outdoor cook-off in aid of charity where teams of locals battle it out to determine the best fish-fryer in the town.
  • Should the nights become cooler remember to snuggle up under a cosy duvet in the Garden Cottage at Eastbury Cottage, while watching the birds take their last drink from the bird bath in the garden.


WINTER: June July and August

  • The month of June is the start of whale season with boat based whales watching trips, although sightings from the cliff paths are already quite common in May.
  • June also heralds the wonderful 10 day Hermanus Fynarts Festival from the 2nd to the 3rd week of this month.
  • Shark Cage viewing in Gansbaai is at its best
  • Accommodation establishments offer great discounted winter rates
  • Winter weeknight specials are offered by most restaurants and activity operators
  • Winter sales for clothes and household goodies
  • Kalfiefees (“Kalfie” is the Afrikaans word for a “Calf” or baby whale) This Festival was known as the Welcome the Baby Whales Festival and falls over the Women’s Day public holiday in August and is based in Onrus. The Wine and Food Festival happens on the same weekend.  These two inter-joining festivals promise great food, enjoyable shows and over 250 different types of Overberg wines for tasting.  Read more in our blog on The Kalfiefees”
  • The new fine arts festival to be launched in June 2013 called the Hermanus Fynarts Festival.
  • With an average minimum temperature of 1o’ and maximum average of 23′, if you don’t mind a few rainy days, this is a lovely time of the year to visit Hermanus.  Scenically it is very beautiful. Farm fields consist of a patchwork of different hues and shades of greens.  We call it our “Green Season”. The Spring flowers appear during the month of June.  Read our blog on Western Cape Spring flowers
  • After going wine tasting along the Hermanus Wine Route R320, why not enjoy a glass of red wine on your return to Eastbury Cottage and cuddle up in front of the crackling fireplace in The Courtyard Suite


SPRING: September, October and November

  • This season is when the Southern Right Whale sightings are at their best
  • The Whale Festival, Hermanus’ great annual festival to celebrate the return of the Southern Right Whales in Walker Bay. The environmentally proactive festival is filled with craft and food stalls, days of entertainment, a great atmosphere and is topped with amazing displays and sightings of our gentle giants of the sea.
  • Stanford Bird Fair, which offers high calibre talks, outings and presentations lead by esteemed industry experts as well as entertainment for the whole family and even the opportunity of gin tasting.
  • Read more about the beautiful spring flowers in Hermanus and surrounding areas in our blog Western Cape Spring Flowers
  • The Flower Festival in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve which displays the fynbos spring flowers and offers great food, music and crafts for a relaxed celebration.
  • Still some specials going on at restaurants and shops
  • Sales on winter stock
  • Day trips to the rose and flower festivals in Elgin and Greyton
  • Spring is in the air and what better place to spend a getaway than in the romantic Rose Room at Eastbury Cottage!

The evidence points to the simple fact that Hermanus is a great place to visit no matter when you decide to come down. Every time of year has its special features and the heart and culture of the town never dies. People may be cuddled up a bit more in winter, but they’ll still give you a smile and a wave just the same as in summer.  And the clean air, beautiful coastline and amazing flora and fauna are for the most part constant and ready to welcome you to the little town with love and beauty.

Author: Danica Kreusch

Editor: Jenny

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Hermanus , the place to be this April – Walkerbay xtreme 2019

Hermanus , the place to be this April – Walkerbay xtreme 2019

The Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme is the ideal weekend to getaway with mates. It has everything you could want as a young, fit and healthy person seeking an active – yet fun time away with friends!



Ther1e are a whole host of sporting activities to choose from, each with their own unique twist to keep it interesting.

Are you into your running? Bring along your digsmates and make the trail running events an in-house competition.

Curious how that could work?

Get your housemates to enter their respective events and assign reasonable times that they should make. Then predict winners. Come Friday morning, gather the troops and complete either the 10km or 20km run – followed by a major chill out for the rest of the day in the race village and an evening braai of course. Then wake up nice and fresh on Saturday morning for the second trail trot, ending off with our fun Twilight Xtreme night run.

Now that you are buzzing with endorphins from ALL the exercise, tally the numbers, declare the winner and celebrate the victory or loss at one of the amazing bars and restaurants on the strip.

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Sound like a vibe? We think so… but adapt it how you like!

Or maybe you’re keen for something a little different, a little daring, a little swim-run-JUMPy? If so, then our See & Sand Xtreme is definitely for you and your friends!

The See & Sand Xtreme is a thrilling adventure comprising a 400m Swim, 1.5km Run, Dreunkrans Cliff Jump, 400m Swim, 1km Run, and finishing off with a final 500m Swim. It’s epic to do with a group and you will talk about each other’s unique experiences for days after…

Then there are the mountain bike races, the triathlons, the unique off-road xathlon, the open water swims and even paddling!

There are so many sporting events that make this weekend away worthwhile. Choose 1 or 10, it’s up to you.

But perhaps an even bigger pull to the festival is the picturesque beauty of the town, ocean and surrounding mountains you’ll get to explore just over 1 hour’s drive from Cape



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Hermanus is the definition of a hidden gem and Walkerbay Xtreme wants to share it with you!

The heart of the festival is the spectator-friendly Race Village and main stage in Market Square. Events are spread out into surrounding areas from the New Harbour to Voelklip, mostly starting or finishing in the Race Village.

When you have a break from competing or supporting there are so many other activities to keep you enthused. From paragliding, shark cage diving, hiking, whale watching and sunbathing at one of the many gorgeous beaches to exploring the award-winning wine farms that dot the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, or settling down after the day’s activities at one of the many restaurants.

Hermanus caters for every taste.

So, rally up your friends, get those entries in now and come savour in this unforgettable experience with us in one of the most breath-taking coapstal towns.


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Ultimate guide to Hermanus

Ultimate guide to Hermanus

A pleasant hour-and-a-half drive from Cape Town and perfectly positioned at the foot of the Olifantsberg Mountains, the quaint fishing village of Hermanus boasts incredible natural beauty and rustic charm and is also one of the best places to see hundreds of Southern Right whales during calving season. Back in 1910, in an attempt to preserve its sanctity, South African Rail’s first General Manager Sir William Hoy vetoed the decision to extend the Cape Railway to Hermanus. It won’t take long for you to see why he was so fiercely protective. With so many attractions, we decided to make navigating your way around this Cape Overberg gem a piece of cake with our super guide to Hermanus – let’s see how much you can fit into one visit

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Cliff Path Walk

The famous Cliff Path snakes its way along the coastline and is the best way to see the stunning vistas across Walker Bay. You’ll make your way through the Old Harbour, learning about the colourful history and origins of the town as you drink in the amazing sea views. If the right time of year, you may even see a whale or ten.



Voëlklip Beach

With its rocky outcrops that make for a more sheltered swimming experience, gorgeous Voëlklip provides welcome respite from the crowds of the more popular Onrus and Grotto beaches (although all have Blue Flag status). The surrounding lawns provide the perfect place for picnics (sundowners anyone?), while the clean, clear waters and white sand make for picturesque Instagram pics. Surfers will be able to catch some decent waves.



Hermanus Country Market

No visit to Hermanus would be complete without popping in to this delightful morning market. Taking place each Saturday between 9am and 1pm, you’ll get your fill of a range of delicious goodies, from handmade cheeses and sausages, to pies, fresh juices, coffee and craft beer, plus there’s also live music as well as a selection of fun arts and crafts. The atmosphere is a lively one and the whole family is guaranteed to have a good time.

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Wine Hopping through the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

It’s not as awash with visitors as Stellenbosch or Franschhoek, but this wine route is jam-packed with quality wine farms that produce some of SA’s top vino. The Hermanus Wine Hoppers are safari-style vehicles that allow you to safely discover the beautiful valley at your leisure. Similar to the Franschhoek Wine Tram, the Hoppers follow a set route, stopping at many of the area’s acclaimed wineries, including Spookfontein, Creation and Newton Johnson – all you have to do is decide when to hop off. Vehicles drop and collect every 30 minutes.



And of course, there are the whales

Between June and November, Hermanus becomes a mating and breeding ground for Southern Right Whales that have migrated from the Antarctic to give birth – in fact, it has been named as one of the 12 best whale watching destinations in the world. September is the best month to see these giants of the sea in all their glory, with the Whale Festival at the end of the month bringing visitors in abundance, hoping to catch numerous sightings. There are many ways of spotting whales, either from land or by sea, and for those who wish, even by air via a scenic flight. There are a number of tour operators in the area that can arrange your expedition – consult your accommodation or local tourist information.


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Meassure your weight loss progress

Meassure your weight loss progress

On a female online fat loss seminar I had a question about this.
If the scale is unreliable in many ways due to female water retention how should we measure progress?

  1. Scale -very important but only if you measure in the morning and if you don’t have disorder using it. Some people are not in a right head space to use the scale. But if you are not bothered seeing changes up and down make sure you measure in the morning and accept that due to your hormones some times you will see the scale going up. No biggie, stick to your plan and changes will come.
  2. Tape measure- when the scale doesn’t show changes sometimes you will see measurements going down, which means you are building muscle and losing fat. You are changing your body composition! Yay!
  3. Body fat callipers – if the person who is checking it is trained and have experience using it then this can be another great tool to determine that you are losing body fat and changing your body composition even if the scale may not be changing.
  4. Clothes – don’t completely rely on the dress sizes as it changes from shop to shop, but find a dress that you really loved before and you would like to fit in it again. Keep trying it on to check your progress.
  5. Pictures- your mirror can lie. The way you see yourself everyday can change depending on how you feel on that day. Take pictures and compare them. Even better if you show it to someone else as you are your own worst critic.
  6. Compliments- family, co-workers will notice eventually that you changed, perhaps you have more energy, you look more happy and confident. Listen to them and don’t be shy to say thanks to them!

Follow the plan regardless what the number show you on the scale. If you feel like the number is determining your day and how you feel and behave stop measuring until you are in a better head space. Lift weights, make better food choices, smile a get lots of sleep!

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Sugar and Fizzy drinks

Sugar and Fizzy drinks

Most people don’t know this but normal fizzy drinks now have less sugar in them because of the sugar tax.
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How quick can I lose weight

How quick can I lose weight

Don’t Over complicate The System🔥

1 Pound (LBS) = 0.45 Kg

1️⃣My friends, the process of losing weight is the same, regardless of if you want to lose 20 lbs (13kgs) or 50 lbs (23kgs) ! The difference is in the time spent in a calorie deficit.

To lose 20 lbs, you’re going to need to eat on a deficit for around 6 months, while losing 50 lbs might take a year!

2️⃣ The keto diet is one example of a diet that perpetuates the belief that if you cut out a food group, you’ll have a better chance at losing fat. ⠀

In the example of keto, it’s cutting out carbohydrates. ⠀

There’s one huge reason cutting out specific food groups doesn’t work for fat loss. ⠀

Fat loss occurs when you eat on a calorie deficit. That means you eat fewer calories than your body needs:

  • If you eat more calories than your body needs, then you’re on “calorie surplus” and you get fat.
  • If you’re on a calorie deficit, then you lose fat! ⠀

    No calorie deficit = no fat loss. ⠀

    So if you cut out carbohydrates, but eat a lot more fat (and that gets you on a “calorie surplus”) then you won’t lose fat, you’ll gain fat. ⠀

    In fact, fats (9 calories/gram) are much more calorie dense than carbohydrates (4 calories/gram) so it actually makes sense that if you swap carbohydrates for fats you will gain weight. ⠀

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    If cutting out the carbohydrates puts you in a calorie deficit! ⠀
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