Celebrities, Influencers, Media and two lucky winners from the #MySAExperience Competition from both Nigeria and Ghana began their plunge into the world of adventure and glamour in the iconic province of Mpumalanga in South Africa. Just in case you didn’t know, Mpumalanga means ‘Place of the Rising Sun’ and believe us when we tell you that the beautifully sculptured city is a must-see for everybody.
It was therefore not surprising to see the group eager to take on Mpumalanga – after a 6 hour trip to J’burg, and a 55 min connecting flight to Nelspruit Kruger Mpumalanga Int’l airport. everyone can do with something to eat and the first stop is lunch. Lunch is made up of a deliciously creative cocktail mixes and sumptuous meals at Kuka Café in the sub-tropical town of Hazyview, Mpumalanga (located in Hazyview, Mpumalanga about a 40 minute ride from Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport).
The gang then head on to “home” for the next few days; a luxurious accommodation at Casa do Sol Resort where they enjoyed sessions of invigorating spa treatments, and settled into an evening of fine wine, happy talks and bonding.The day kicks off early the next day with a visit to Bourke’s Luck, an iconic attraction nestled in the heart of Mpumalanaga. Bourke’s luck forms the meeting point of the Treur River and the Blyde River which are known to the locals as the river of happiness.
Back to tour bus that conveyed the influencers, they were whisked off to the next destination – the Panorama Route Tour – to explore the spectacular mountains at Mpumalanga. The Panorama Route started at Nelspruit and included highlights such as God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon, Three Rondavels & Bourke Lucks potholes. From the Panorama Tour, the influencers visited the Shangana Cultural Village where they were able to see first-hand, the rich heritage and cultural diversity of South Africa.
They were also hosted to a festival of sonorous singing, acting and dancing that showcased the spectacular stories of the Shangana tribe, the king wasn’t around and so his brother played host by welcoming the guests and also taking time out to pictures which each guest.
After what was a long but exciting day, the group rounded up the visit with sumptuous dinner of a Boma Braai, back at Casa Dol Sol. The Boma Braai is a strong tradition in S.A, it is an open-air space set round a fire place and is the perfect evening chill spot with lots to eat and make merry with..
The next stop was the Ushaka Marine and a Culinary lunch Experience onboard the Phantom Ship! The group literally dinned with the sharks in one of Durban’s most spectacular settings, offering the most unique and sophisticated ambiance. Nestled in the stern of the Phantom Ship, with superb views of the ocean and shark tank, so one is literally dinning with the sharks. Spanning over 15 hectares of prime beach front, Ushaka Marine World is unarguably the largest Marine Theme park in the continent.
With another unforgettable day ahead of them, the influencers enjoyed some leisure time and were driven to have another delightful experience of a boat cruise.
A sunset boat cruise in Durban! KwaZulu Natal, South Africa is magical!! This 2 hour cruise from Wilson’s wharf was amazing, there is a great view the boats in the Harbour when you arrive. Great food, lots to drink, perfect summer vibes. Taking in the remarkable city sights over sumptuous plated menus, glamorous canapés and a variety of exotic wine selection, the cruise experience was really a unique one.
You shouldn’t visit Durban and miss out the botanic gardens or the Local Zulu Market in Victoria street, as well as the Phezulu Safari Park.
Phezulu Safari Park: The Phezulu Safari Park is just an over 30mins drive from Durban, situated in the magnificent Valley of 1000 Hills. The group took a tour of the private game drive, taking in the beauty of the animals in their habitat.
After a time of sightseeing and, of course, shopping, they ended the evening, a quiet dinner at the Southern sun Elangeni & maharani was the perfect round up to what was a memorable and activity filled trip which they won’t forget in a hurry.
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