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Destiny Making Waves!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Welcoming of the Whales Festival 2018!

Sodurba Community Tourism Organisation, in their ongoing commitment to promote South Durban as a premier tourism destination, in collaboration with local design consultancy, Umcebo Design officially introduced “Destiny the Whale” to the locals at this year festival.

The three-metre sculpture is the result of a major team effort by Sodurba, Umcebo Design, local business Fabricon, Eden College’s art departments, key sponsor CMH Kempster Ford South and SmartMatta, which has supplied recycled bottle tops in the specified whale colours to boost the amount of bottle tops collected by the community.

If you didn’t get a chance to meet with Destiny, she will return to Eden for their Ecofest and Art Exhibition. She will then be installed on the Bluff as a piece of public sculpture.

We’ve Moved!

We have relocated to our new home on the Bluff, come say Hi! Due to us moving offices. Our Telkom line is not in operation please contact us on 0764047800.

Whale Spotted!

Thank you Robin Opperman! Big thanks to Kempster Ford Edwin Swales & Fabricon for making this happen! Our community is ever so grateful!

Robin, creative director at Umcebo Design will be making a 3m humpback whale that will be partially clad with recycled plastic bottle caps for the Welcoming of the Whales Festival for Sodurba, in partnership with Eden College. We are collecting plastic bottle caps in: dark blue; black; white; grey and purple.

For anyone who would like to donate plastic bottle caps please contact us on 0314670404.

Last year we had the privilege of showcasing this beautiful creation at the first Welcoming of the Whales Festival.

TRAVEL INDABA 2018

Sodurba is proud to be part of the #INDABA2018 – keep up to date with our recent visit to the exhibition via our Facebook page.

Africa’s Travel Indaba is one of the largest tourism marketing events on the African calendar and one of the top three ‘must visit’ events of its kind on the global calendar.

It showcases the widest variety of Southern Africa’s best tourism products and attracts international buyers and media from across the world. Africa’s Travel Indaba is owned by South African Tourism and organised by Synergy Business Events (Pty) Ltd.

Africa’s Travel Indaba has won the awards for Africa’s best travel and tourism show. This award was presented by the Association of World Travel Awards.

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Our very own Sodurba APP!

Tourism app to aid tourists in South Durban

1THE Bluff-based SODURBA community tourism organisation (CTO), is going high-tech with a newly developed app to allow visitors and even Durban locals to experience and stay informed about the heritage and tourism routes they can visit in the region.The team responsible for the creation of the app is excited about its launch. The app’s creation was powered by the committee of the Sodurba CTO, along with a local app designer and his colleagues. It focuses on the rich history of the area and the tourist gem that is Durban South.

READ: Tourism routes launch

“The app aims to give the visitor, whether local or overseas, holidaymaker or businessman, a really good insight to areas that Sodurba encompasses. It will highlight the area’s licensed accommodation establishments including hotels, guest houses, bed and breakfast, backpackers and camping sites to restaurants and shopping malls. More importantly the app exposes the user to the forgotten treasures that the Durban South area houses, in the form of its tourism routes. One such tourism route is the whale watching route, explained Sodurba chairman, Helga du Preez.

In partnership with Durban Tourism, Sodurba held a first of its kind Arrival of the Whales Festival in June. The festival happened to coincide with the World Whale Conference which was held in Durban at the same time. Delegates from all over the world flocked to the conference and also attended the Arrival of the Whales Festival at Ansteys Beach.

“From this conference and the unbelievable interest shown by international delegates, Sodurba is now, along with other roleplayers, in the process of proclaiming the old whaling station a national heritage site for the benefit of future generations of Durban South. As progress is made, future plans for the old whaling station will be reported on, so locals should check the Sodurba app and their local newspaper,” added du Preez.

 

Businesses are invited to download the Sodurba app, which is still being fine tuned. Sodurba members are automatically listed on the app.

APP ADVERT-01The Sodurba CTO team is especially eager to hear from any organisation or local club which is planning to host activities over the festive season, so that these can be published and added to the app, so that visitors to Durban South are made aware of these events.

For more information on the app and Sodurba, contact Melissa Lee on 076-404-7800.

Source: Lauren Beukes

New South Durban route offers it all

header-2There is a new route Durban travellers can look forward to visiting.

Sodurba, consisting of three different routes in areas like the Bluff, Yellowwood Park, Clairwood and Wilson Wharf areas, showcases the south of Durban perfectly.

The first route explores the KZN Whale Coast. The route starts at The Whale History Museum at the Maritime Museum. Visitors can take a scroll through the museum to explore the boats and the history of the whales. That is followed by a boat cruise at Wilson’s Wharf, to WESSA Treasure Beach  and Brighton Beach. The next one is the Conservation Legacy Route that also goes to Wessa Treasure Beach, Bluff Nature Reserve, Bluff Eco Park, Wilderness Leadership School  and Stainbank Nature Reserve Castle and Art Gallery. The last route is Multicultural. It explores the different cultural institutions in these areas, including Clairwood Shree Siva Soobramoniar Temple, Isipingo Gowshala and Mandir Temple, Isipingo Shree Siva Soobramoniar Temple and the Shri Sivan Soobramoniar Alayam.

Sodurba is a refreshing new tourist route away from the usual tourist spots in Durban like Moses Mabhida Stadium and the Durban beachfront.

The educational element is also important. Tourists are educated on numerous aspects of Durban life, it’s people and their culture.

We got treated to a mix of the activities on the route.

There are plans to launch more activities and routes as time progresses. Chairman of South Durban Tourism, Helga Du Preez, said additional tourist routes is perfect to boost tourism, create jobs and in turn have a positive economic growth in our city. During the tour, environmental educator Andre Steenkamp boasted about the accessible accommodation offered in the Durban South area. This was especially so for Marine Drive on the Bluff that is home to many b&bs and guest houses.

For further information, contact Sodurba Tourism on 031 467 0404.

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