Bumming on the beach in Durban


As I sit and write this I am fighting off an invasion of flying ants (South African will know they don’t look anything like ants) that are going mad as a result of the storm outside. My bags for Joburg are packed and I am sad to be saying goodbye to another weekend. Since this week is shaping up to be even busier than last I thought I should post this now, and not stress about blogging and speech writing tomorrow…

Even though Durban is technically still my home town, I struggle to keep track of the latest cool places to hang out. Yesterday I was invited to a reunion drinks for my old flat mate Alli at a place called Beach Bums in Westbrook, just north of Durban. It reminded me of some of the bar/clubs in Diani beach, Kenya, where the norm is to be shoeless and to enjoy your drinks with a view of the sea.

Beach Bums isn’t quite the Kenyan coast, but it was a lot of fun with a very relaxed vibe. I also enjoy being able to go somewhere where you don’t need to dress up and you don’t have to wear shoes (I hate wearing shoes).

The place is perfect for a chilled get together, and since it closes at 10 pm you know you’ll still be in bed at a decent time. There is also a backpackers there but I don’t think it’s for the feint-hearted.

65 Casuarina Beach, Westbrook(just off the M4)
Telephone: +27 32 943 1132
Email: beachbums@mweb.co.za

The best thing about a bar on the beach is being able to sneak off an take photos, especially when there is a cool abandoned building nearby.


48 hours in Johannesburg

From here you can see all of the city.

Last night over dinner we discussed those “24/36/48 hours in…” city guides that are so popular in lifestyle magazines. I pointed out that very often they contain conflicting suggestions and are usually unlikely to make a visitor very happy. So the title of this post is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but other than celebrating Chinese New Year this weekend I hardly spent any time at home, taking full advantage of what the city has to offer. This post is my 48 hours in Johannesburg but I have a feeling you might enjoy it too…

First stop on Friday night was Kitchner's bar on Juta street. It is the building on the left - very smokey but always full of fun interesting people.
At the Stevenson Gallery on Saturday morning. Also in Juta Street, Braamfontein.
Lunch at the very very busy Neighbourgoods market - 73 Juta, Braamfontein.
After lunch we grabbed coffee and a red velvet cupcake at Wolves cafe, where this awesome old man was having a beer and writing in his book.
I love Wolves - creative ambiance and great coffee.
Saw some very cool graffiti in the CBD on Saturday evening.
On Sunday, when the afternoon storm let up, we went to the rooftop of the 12 Decades hotel at Arts on Main for some sundowners.
The last stop of the weekend was Trabella restaurant where the waiter went out of his way to find me an avocado for my pizza. Perfect ending to my 48 hours.

Here are the links to all the places in the photos:

Kitchener’s Carvery

Stevenson Gallery


Wolves cafe

12 Decades hotel