Durban : You may go to Durban from Cape Town or Johannesburg either by motor coach, rail or plane. A crack train, the Orange Express, runs between Cape Town and Durban. This delightful coastal city, about 400 miles from Johannesburg on the east coast, has fine hotels, swimming, fishing, and a colorful population. The Indian and Native Markets are fascinating. There is a Zulu Reserve within 75 miles of the city to which motor trips are made. Durban itself has a Marine Parade and a residential section called the Berea, which is on a crest of hills. It is the chief port of the province of Natal and is the center of a string of beaches and resorts which stretch both north and south about 80 miles. Along the northern Natal coast are St. Lucia Bay and Richards Bay where there is wonderful surf and lake fishing. At St. Lucia you can stand on the banks of the estuary and watch the sharks. Hotels here cater to fishermen; boats and guides are for hire. Sandsharks may be caught along the Natal coast at Richards Bay and Tugela. All coast fishing is done from the shore, the surf being too strong for boats, but you may use boats in estuaries and lagoons. The ski-boat, used for barracuda or garrick fishing, is a Durban innovation, a non-sinkable craft with two outboard motors. You can fish for a shark from any of the Durban piers; there are also marlin, salmon and tuna angling. The Durban Country Club has a championship golf course. There is excellent horse racing here too. Hotels along the Marine Parade in Durban include the Edward, the Marine, Claridges, Edenroc, the Balmoral, the Cumberland, the Torquay, and the Majestic. In the city, try the Mayfair, the Caister or the Butterworth. By all means take in the Cafe de Paris at Claridges and the Causerie at the Edward on the beach-front.
Durban is a riot of color. Its sub-tropical climate makes its plant life luxurious. The wide streets are lined with flowering trees. This is a city of contrasts where the proud Zulu rickshaw boy, resplendent in skins and beads, carries Indian women dressed in exquisitely embroidered saris. There are some lovely drives, which range in price from about $9 to $30 per 5-seater car.
Royal Natal National Park : is about a day’s run by car from Durban, a 20,000-acre reserve with some of the most magnificent scenery to be found anywhere. Here are the Tugela River Falls, a game and flower sanctuary, and towering Monit Aux-Sources. There is a good hotel, the Royal National Park Hostel. There is swimming, riding, fishing and lots of beauty.
About 190 miles from Durban in the heart of Zululand is Hluhluwe (pronounced Shloo-shloo-wee) where you see the rare white rhino, also plenty of black rhino, buffalo, impala, zebra, and other wild beasts. The views are wonderful, the foliage and flowers magnificent. There is an excellent rest camp with typical Rondavel huts. Bring your own food or purchase it en route. African servants will cook, if you like. Wear dark clothes; bright colors frighten the animals. Winter is the best time here. The grass is short and visibility good. Two days are needed to make this tour.
The Drakensberg : The mountain resorts of the Drakensberg Range border Natal and Orange Free State. In the last decade this has become a very popular tourist spot with some really good hotels. There is some splendid and some very difficult mountain climbing here; some of the peaks rise 10,000 feet or more. The climate is fine warm days and cool nights. The fishing in the mountain streams is excellent; the walking and riding magnificent. Riding is done on small Basuto ponies, wonderfully surefooted. No mountain climbing can be Idone without guides, of course. The hotels are modern, have swimming pools, cinemas, braaivleis (barbecues) and plenty of other entertainment. You may stay in a thatched rondavel, a self-contained round cottage, or in the main hotel. Rates are about $4.50 a day and up.
SOURCES OF FURTHER INFORMATION : The Johannesburg Publicity Association, Darragh House, corner of Plein and Hoek Streets (Tel. 23-2324) is an excellent organization which will go out of its way to help the tourist. Pan American’s offices are at 517 Grand Parade Centre, Trafalgar Place (Tel. 22094) in Cape Town and 29 Loveday Street (Tel. 33-0723) in Johannesburg.
The Cape Town Visitors’ Bureau in Adderley Street and the Durban Visitors’ Bureau in West Street have available supplies of folders in English, city and country maps, information regarding local events, hotels, restaurants, tours, etc. In New York the South African Tourist Corporation at 475 Fifth Avenue has excellent travel information.nformation.