“Umhlanga is a residential, commercial and resort town north of Durban on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, created in 2000, which includes the greater Durban area. Commonly and erroneously pronounced (by residents and visitors alike) as Umshlanga (the correct pronunciation of “hl” in Umhlanga is similar to the Welsh “ll”), the name means “place of reeds” in isiZulu.
Umhlanga is named after the Ohlanga River, which reaches the Indian Ocean three kilometres north of the town.
The Oyster Box, a luxury hotel since the 1930s, was originally built as a beach cottage in 1869, before the town had even been founded.
In 1895, Sir Marshall Campbell founded Umhlanga. The town’s first hotel was established in 1920, followed by a shop, a lighthouse, the Natal Anti Shark Measures Board (today called the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board) and further hotel developments.
The Borough of Umhlanga was formed in 1972 through the merger of Umhlanga Rocks, a seaside resort town, and the suburb of La Lucia.
In the 1980s, development expanded inland.
Umhlanga, specifically the former sugarcane fields of Umhlanga Ridge, has become the focus of development in the greater Durban area with many businesses relocating offices from central Durban (similarly to Sandton forming the new centre of Johannesburg), a move that has been criticized for “fragmenting the urban fabric” and furthering “the new apartheid” in Durban. In 2010, Durban International Airport was moved to La Mercy, near Umhlanga, and reopened as King Shaka International Airport.” ~ Wikipedia
“Newcastle is the third-largest city in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, with a total population of 363,236 citizens as of the 2011 census. 56,144 of these citizens reside in Newcastle West, whilst the balance of the population reside in the townships of Madadeni and Osizweni, which form Newcastle East. Newcastle is located in the north west corner of the province along the Ncandu River and is one of the country’s main industrial centers, encompassing four industrial zones. Newcastle covers an area of approximately 222 km2 (86 sq mi) and has a population growth rate of 0.87%, ranking the Newcastle area as South Africa’s tenth-largest city.
The upper part of the Drakensberg mountain range curls around the city. The N11 is the principal road running through the city with the R34 being the alternate route. Major roadworks are being undertaken on both routes with the N11 bypass set for realignment south of Newcastle.
The city started as Post Halt Two on the journey between Durban (then Port Natal in Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek) and Johannesburg. The city was strategically placed in 1854 by the Surveyor General of the Natal Colony, Dr PC Sutherland. It was later known as the Waterfall River Township because of the Ncandu River. In 1864, the town of Newcastle was founded on the site, becoming the fourth settlement to be established in Natal after Durban, Weenen and Pietermaritzburg. Newcastle was named after the British Colonial Secretary, the Duke of Newcastle. In 1876, Fort Amiel was constructed to ward off the Zulus. In 1873 Newcastle became a separate electoral division. To commemorate Queen Victoria‘s Diamond (60th) Jubilee the construction of a sandstone town hall started in 1897, and was completed two years later. The town was used as a depot by the British during both the First and Second Boer War. Newcastle functioned as a major transport junction and popular stopover for wagons and post chaises during the late 19th century.
In 1890, the first train arrived in Newcastle, and the town was declared a borough in 1891. The discovery of coal brought a new era of prosperity and several ambitious building projects were planned” ~ Wikipedia
“The Royal Natal Yacht Club is situated at the Yacht Mole in the Durban harbour. The club is synonymous with the early days of Port Natal, where the gentlemanly pursuit of yachting was high on the social and sporting agenda. Much of the history of early Durban can be linked to this club and the early regattas were always popular occasions.
The Royal Natal Yacht Club has a fascinating history that stretches over a few centuries. It was originally known as the Durban Regatta Club and was formed in 1858, when the first-ever sailing regatta was held in Durban.
Further down the line, it became known as the Natal Yacht Club and, in 1891, much to the delight of those who had settled in the port city of Durban, it was officially declared the Royal Natal Yacht Club. These days, the Royal Natal Yacht Club is an active yacht club with racing on offer. Wednesday evenings in summer are good for sundowner sailing, while dinghy racing takes place on Saturday afternoons and Sundays are for keelboat racing.
This yacht club in Durban is open to the public and these days guests can enjoy the grandeur of yachting with a modern twist as the Clubhouse is available for a delicious meal or drinks at the end of the day. The Britannia Room is situated on the upper level of the club with incredible views over the Durban Marina. Sunday carvery lunches here are legendary and the kitchen is known to serve a good Indian curry.
The Lower Deck is where diners can enjoy relaxed meetings, breakfasts or lunches and it opens onto the lawns, where visitors enjoy alfresco dining on the grass overlooking Durban’s harbour.
There is also a swimming pool and a jungle gym for the children.
There are regular regattas and the sight of yachts in full sail out on the Indian Ocean or coming in to the harbour is certainly something to behold.” ~ SouthAfrica.Net
The cloud bank was hanging heavily over the sea this morning and the sky turned pink for only a short while. Some of the pink carried over the yacht mole.
The inserted photo was taken off the pier looking North towards Victoria Embankment / Margaret Mncadi Road and the CBD. It was nice to see the water was a little blue and mullet / other predatory fish / birds are still active in this area.
Canon 6D, F14, 121 sec, ISO 50, Canon 17-40L lens
“The award-winning Beverly Hills hotel, which is one of Tsogo Sun’s prestigious properties, opened her doors in 1964 and has since been considered one of Durban’s finest accommodation destinations by discerning travellers. Over the past 5 decades, the Beverly Hills hotel has been home to royalty, celebrities and captains of industry; the place where deals have been done and memories have been made. A pioneer in the area in 1964, the Beverly Hills hotel is located in uMhlanga and boasts uninterrupted views of the ocean. The hotel is perfect for romantic escapes, family holidays and business travel and offers an idyllic place for guests to unwind and enjoy the gracious and intuitive service it is so well-known for” ~ Tsogo Sun Hotels
Just to recap: On Tuesday morning, 24 March 2015 I woke up before sunrise and headed alone up the hill to the top of Mt. Thesiger (Port St John’s – South Africa) at around this spot GPS: -31.603330, 29.527454. I spent the night before having a scrumptious seafood feast and filter coffee plus hot chocolate at @amapondobackers. I was photofit!
I set up my Canon South Africa camera (6D & Canon EF 17–40mm lens) and tripod in anticipation of the forthcoming sunrise. The river lodges were some 300 m or more below and I could faintly see their lights through the mist or low clouds.
It was calm, peaceful and dead quiet except for the medium-size predatory birds that were circling the mountain and squawking at each other. Every so often they would fly fairly close and it was amazing to hear their wings “woof – woofing” through the air.
The view across to Mt Sullivan on the other side of the river was glorious to say the least for about three minutes or less at one point of the sunrise. The sun then “disappeared” but not completely, although there was no more golden light forcing through the somewhat thick clouds.
The accompanying photo is a self-shot image using the camera’s 10 second timer.
If I’m looking a little tense and you wonder why I wasn’t doing some classic pose / holding a flashlight, then wonder no more. I sprinted 15 metres across rocks to get to my posing position, all the while trying not to trip and end up 300 metres down to the left. The “woof-woofing” birds flying around me were big enough for me to suspect they might be brave enough to try pecking my eyes out while I’m alive! Community of Port St Johns, Wild Coast
Settings F11, ISO 320 & 1/8 sec (-2 exp. comp.)
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