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PLEASANT: The poolside patio at Manaar House.

The house that Jack built:
A winning B&B formula

In this, the first in an occasional series on B&Bs and guesthouses, we chat to Jack Hogan. His four-star Manaar House consistently features in the top of the pops. At time of publishing it ranked No. 2 on TripAdvisor, an online travel and tourism booking platform. The ranking was based on 298 guest reviews. Booking.com,…

Durban North Japanese Gardens

Koan and the barbarians:
Durban’s Japanese Gardens puzzler

In the previous blog in this series on the Durban North Japanese Gardens, we reached the top of a slope overlooking an outdoor chapel and eastwards to the sea… ‘But at my back,” as the poet told his coy mistress, “I always hear, time’s winged chariot hurrying near.” Our stroll in the gardens had gone…

Rhino costume runner in the Comrades UltramarathonVincent (Vinny) O'Neill, the "fastest marathon rhino costume runner", is seen here at the 50 km mark in the Comrades ultra-marathon. He completed the run in the 8 kg costume to raise awareness about rhino poaching.The Comrades Marathon is an ultramarathon of approximately 89 km which is run annually in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It is the world's largest and oldest ultramarathon race.Photo credit: JMK via Wikimedia Commonscommons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vincent_O%27Neill,_2013_C...

Comrades: hospitality industry gives it horns

KwaZulu-Natal is welcoming thousands of visitors, including hundreds from abroad for the Comrades Marathon on Sunday, 9 June. And some hospitality businesses with strong Umhlanga ties have been quick off the mark to cash in. The ultra-marathon, with its 22 000 runners and legions of supporters, was expected to boost the provincial economy by up…

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Anchor’s Rest Maintains Number One on TripAdvisor

BY UMHLANGA TOURISM · 11TH AUGUST 2017 Anchor’s Rest Guest House was recently listed on TripAdvisor as the number one of 43 B&Bs in the Umhlanga area. Cilla Rose, owner of Anchor’s Rest, attributed the rating to several factors. These included customer service, consistency, flexibility and enjoyment of people. “You can’t be in this business…