Stayed here for 3 nights as part of a tour of South Africa. Have to say Durban would not have been on my itinerary if I had had a choice, but we made the most of it. The hotel is large and faces the beach. Our room was perfectly acceptable, spacious, clean (athough the carpet was a bit stained in places) and with good views of the ocean. The bathroom decor took a bit of getting used to (bright orange loo and bath and similar tiles). We did notice some noise from the street outside but it didn't really disturb us.
The staff were very friendly and the breakfast room manager even let us in early as we were doing a couple of trips which required an early start. Breakfast was good with lots of choice.
There is a very good Japanese restaurant next door which sadly we didn't get round to trying. There is also a small convenience store out of the hotel and to the left, and a larger Spar store past the convenience store turn left again and it is down on the right. There is also a craft market just across the road, which some of our party visited and bought some souvenirs. Apparently, on the beach locals do some very impressive sand sculptures.
We went to Hluhluwe Nature Reserve on one of our days which was really excellent - saw loads of rhino and even came across a group of about 6 sleeping that were so close we could have almost reached out and touched them - a bit scary really but wonderful. We also saw giraffe, zebra, warthog, buffalo, impala and nyala. It was a long trip but worth it.
Our second day we went to Isandlawana and Rorkes Drift, this is a very long day out and although we enjoyed it we wished we had picked our guide a bit better because although he seemed to have loads of information on the battles he was not very good or clear in imparting it
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- Radiating energy and elegance across the Golden Mile, Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani invites you to take your place in the sun. From the stylish bedrooms with breath-taking sea-views to the variety of restaurants and recreation facilities, visitors can look forward to the vibrancy, colour and culture of Durban's premier hotel destination offering more choice than ever before, from service and hospitality through to accommodation and dining. Absolutely everything under one sun! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Southern Sun Elangeni Durban
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