If you have never been to South Africa you have to go…. but if you do, you MUST stay at ALL of The Red Carnation Hotels… The Twelve Apostles in Cape Town, and the famous Bushmans Kloof in Cederberg… nothing can compare. This family brand is revered throughout the world for its excellence in service and beauty. The Oyster Box Hotel was Voted #1 Top Hotel South Africa Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2016
Next Stop Durban
The sounds of the sea (warm and inviting) beckon throughout the night and the early morning light sheds its glow on the historic lighthouse which sits prominently in view.
We got up early just as the sun was rising and visited one of the most beautifully designed private libraries in all the world thanks to Toni Tollman.
The Rich History of Natal
The Lighthouse is a warning to ward off passing ships from the treacherous shores of the island, which has a long history of shipwrecks. Interesting to note, when we visited Robben Island, the place where Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years of imprisonment we learned that from his cell he gazed out at a lighthouse and later deemed, ” that the lighthouse was a contradiction as both a beacon of hope and a beacon of oppression.”
There is so much history that surrounds Durban and the fair land known as Natal; it is here in this medley of hills and valleys that the great Chief Shaka made into a kingdom for his Zulu people. One of the must see experiences while in Durban is the Mandela Capture Site in KwaZulu- Natal which is located near Howick.
On 5 August 1962, police waved down a car on a lonely country road in KwaZulu-Natal. At the wheel was Nelson Mandela, posing as a chauffeur, and his arrest was the catalyst for a series of trials, culminating in the Rivonia Treason Trial that would ultimately see him spend 27 years in prison. Today this site is marked by an impressive sculpture in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.
Fantastic Animal Life Awaits You On Safari
Three places you may want to visit during your stay at The Oyster Box
Natal is known for its beautiful safari game lodges. Wayne kindly suggested we take in the additional opportunities to see the Big 5 in this part of South Africa. He mentioned Amakhosi, Phinda and Thanda just 2.5 hours north which makes for a great diversion during an extended stay at The Oyster Box… that way you can leave the bulk of your belongings in the hotel safe and secure and just pack a few things for overnight stays.
Thanks to TravelSmith, our sponsors we were able to easily do that. My orange casual silk pullover was one thing I loved. Easy to pack. And with my Briggs &Riley TORQ International Carry On we both could manage easily with just one bag for several overnights in the bush. Plus the Tumi Monaco Travel Kits we sported enabled us to take all of our necessary toiletries. The Tumi Voyager Sling was perfect. I used it as a purse the entire trip. Great for nights dining out and in the daytime, a stroll on the beach.
Our visit to The Oyster Box included an opportunity to languish and dine on fresh oysters plucked from the sea thanks to Wayne Coetzer’s brilliant hospitality and finesse (luckily no one was swept away)
“I Want More… I Want Many More… Keep Shucking Wayne!” I said.
Following our fresh oyster run and a dip in the ocean, at a special spot called Grannies pool which attracts guests and tourists to swim at ease without fear of Great White Shark attacks or undertows that can be deadly. So refreshing and SAFE for kids. Following our swim, Wayne Coetzer, (General Manager) welcomed us to my favorite cuisine in all the world….. Indian. Watch My Curry Fest with Executive Chef Kevin Joseph who is a culinary master equal, in my book to 3 Michelin stars! I have a Bombay Crush do you?
Please dear Kevin… send me that recipe. In fact you can order The Oyster Box Curry Masala Powder Mix and they will send it… better yet go for the best Indian food in the world.
Executive Chef Kevin Joseph
And if you love cats and miss yours don’t worry… you have to meet Kabenga the Red Carnation’s most prized and loved resident.
The Oyster Box Hotel Durban South Afirca