The Cape has a Mediterranean climate, good for grapes, but dry and brown while we were there. In contrast, sub-tropical Durban gets its rain in summer and is lush and green, almost jungle like. Katie & Chantelle live in Umhlanga (pronounced “Oomm-shlunga”) which is 15 kilometres north of the city of Durban, in an apartment at the Gateway shopping centre the largest mall in the southern hemisphere. It is a clean, modern and safe area and a nice beach with a 2.3 kilometre paved promenade is nearby.
The first weekend we drove 2 hours south to the Obiri George to stay in a log cabin built over a pond on a small game reserve at Lake Eland. None of us wanted to try the bungee jumping or zip lines over the 1 kilometre wide George; could not even manage to cross the suspension bridge!