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