Kwazulu-Natal

UNLOCK KWAZULU NATAL’S HIDDEN GEMS AND JOIN THE NATIONWIDE HUNT FOR 1 MILLION RAND

This week the TOMSA/Sunday Times Finders Keepers team headed up to Northern KwaZulu-Natal and also explored the majestic City of Durban. The cinemascope view from the top of a dune on the eastern shores of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park took their breath away, and they learnt to appreciate the natural heritage so abundant in popular Mlalazi Nature Reserve. The team stayed overnight at the multi award-winning Hilltop KZN Wildlife Resort and other TOMSA levy establishments, namely the vibrant Zulu-themed Umfolozi Hotel Casino Convention Resort, as well as the elegant Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel, perfectly situated on Durban’s Golden Mile beachfront. Their trip ended with a tasty lunch in a fine setting at the Zimbali Resort. Europcar provided the wheels that transported the team on this leg of the expedition.

The team took part in a variety of activities including horse riding, kayaking, boating, board walking, game viewing and cycling. Places of interest they visited included Toad Tree Cottage in Mtunzini, Vukani Zulu Cultural Museum, Fort Nongqayi and the Butterfly Dome.

For you to get a bonus entry towards the grand prize (R1 m), all you have to do is take a picture of yourself at any TOMSA Levy Contributing business (car rental, Accommodation, tour operator, attraction & travel agency). The name of the business must appear in the picture for you to qualify for the bonus entry. Visit www.tomsa.co.za to see the list of TOMSA levy contributor businesses across the country.


Weekly prizes

This week's fabulous holiday prizes from a TOMSA levy contributor for a family of four are as follows:

Fairmont Zimbali Resort
Two nights for two people sharing in sea view suite, including full English breakfast, and 30-minute spa treatments

Southern Sun Elangeni Hotel
2-night weekend stay for a family of 4 (2 adults & 2 children under 18), including breakfast

Umfolozi Hotel Casino & Convention Resort
Weekend stay for 2 people, including breakfast

Simply register and answer three out of the five questions correctly and your details will automatically be entered into the weekly draw for the fabulous holidays, as well as into the main draw to win one million rand in cash. Winners of the above holiday prizes will be notified this week and their names published in the following week.


Award-winning Hilltop is situated on the cooler summit of a forested hill and offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Apart from comfortable, cool accommodation, Hilltop offers a swimming pool and fully licensed restaurant and bar. The Umbhombe Forest Walk in the grounds of the Hilltop Resort allows visitors to indulge in bird-watching while stretching their legs after a day’s game viewing. Exclusive packaged bush braais are offered to guests. This includes a short game drive and traditional dancers. There are two self-guided auto trails. Guided walks are available in the early morning and afternoon and are very rewarding. Guided night drives using spotlights, and guided day drives, are available. Operation Rhino has its roots in the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. Initiated in the 1960s, the project aims at spreading rhinos from the Park to other protected areas and privately owned land in order to promote an increase in the population of these iconic and threatened animals. The Centenary Centre, an easy drive from Hilltop, provides guided access to the Game Capture Complex, as well as presenting the visitor with an interpretation centre on game capture, a community-run craft market and refreshment kiosk. Part of the fees paid by each visitor to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park go towards the Community Levy promoting healthy relationships with neighbouring communities as well as conservation projects.
Telephone: 033 845 1000
Website: www.bookings@kznwildlife.com


Alpine Heath Resort offers superb North-facing chalets with breath-taking views of the mountains. Situated midway between Durban and Johannesburg and 45km from Bergville in KwaZulu-Natal, Alpine Heath Resort is a stylish four-star, self-catering mountain village, surrounded by crystal clear streams. Alpine Heath Resort is regarded as one of South Africa’s premier family holiday and conference venues. With the opening of the new and improved R74 in 2015, access to Alpine Heath has become that much easier and convenient for all guests travelling to the resort from Gauteng as well as all other Northern Provinces, thus making the journey to Alpine Heath Resort that much easier and more enjoyable.
Contact number: +27 (0) 11 267 8500
Email: res2@dreambreaks.co.za
Website: www.sa-venues.com/visit/alpineheathresort/


A four star hotel where you and your loved ones can relax, have fun and make memories. Occasionally shrouded in mist, giving you that otherworldly English Countryside feel. Combine this relaxing country environment with our beautiful hotel suites, and our fully equipped, self-catering family cottages and you have the perfect mix. Endebeni Forest Retreat with it’s very own six hole golf course (Oriole’s Nest) is a truly breathtaking jewel hidden in the surrounding forests. Lythwood is situated right along the popular Midlands Meander with all kinds of special and unique arts, crafts, wares and restaurants to be discovered.
Contact number: +27 (0)33 234 4666
Email: leon@lythwood.com
Website: http://lythwoodweddings.co.za/


Didima Resort lies within the Cathedral Peak valley of the Maloti Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site. It is a four-hour drive from Durban and five hours from Johannesburg via the N3. Didima is set in the Drakensberg foothills, with stunning views onto the towering peaks of the ‘Berg, and is surrounded by scenically beautiful grasslands, streams, waterfalls and craggy cliffs. Accommodation at Didima is uniquely styled to symbolise the cave-dwellings of the San people who once dwelt in these mountains and left a priceless legacy of rock art. Didima celebrates the now-lost culture of the San people and captures an element of their oneness with nature. Their art has been faithfully reproduced and interpreted, and can be viewed at the San Rock Art Centre at Didima. Accredited guides can take visitors to several cave shelters near Didima to view the real thing. The Cathedral Peak area is a hiker’s paradise, offering routes ranging from a few hours to several days of camping and adventure.
Contact number: (+27 33) 845-1000
Email: bookings@kznwildlife.com
Website: www.kznwildlife.com/accomodation.html


South Africa’s magnificent eastern shoreline presents gently rolling hills and lush flora, pristine forest and glistening sea, which form the backdrop to a world of wondrous sights. Cosmopolitan flair and traditional Zulu accents permeate Fairmont Zimbali Resort’s 154 guest rooms and suites, each with scintillating views of the warm Indian Ocean. Adding to the superb offerings is a variety of exquisite food and beverage experiences; a 280-square-metre ballroom; and welcome recreation, including a renowned Willow Stream Spa, a state-of-the-art fitness centre and a fully supervised Y-Univers Kids’ Club. At Fairmont Zimbali Resort, our legendary hospitality and attention to detail create an atmosphere of pure paradise.
Telephone: 032 538 5000
Web Address: www.zimbali@fiarmont.com


Umfolozi Hotel Casino Convention Resort is a vibrant Zulu-themed property conveniently located just off the main highway, inland from Richards Bay on new roads, and a convenient stop-over between Durban and popular tourist destinations in KwaZulu-Natal. The resort features the three star 44-key Metcourt hotel with its F.L.A.G. Café, swimming pool and terrace. Dine in style at the Umoja Bistro, enjoy cocktails, live jazz and sporting highlights in the Sugar Room, or get in on the action in the thrilling casino. Children are catered for in the Umfolozi play room and teenagers can enjoy video arcade games. With a fantastic choice of conference and event rooms, the conference centre and Jabulani Arena, offers functions, team-building, business meetings and while weddings for up to 350 guests can easily be accommodated. The Kikizela boma also offers an excellent party and conference option. The resort is close to both the King Shaka International and Richards Bay Airports and is ideally placed for a return trip from the Kingdom of Swaziland. Masijabule! Let’s Celebrate!
Telephone: 035 787 8200
Email address: info@umfolozicasino.co.za
Web address : http://www.peermont.com/hotels/kwa-zulunatal/peermont-metcourt-umfolozi


Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani is situated on Durban's beachfront, just metres away from the golden sands of the city's most popular beachfront and boardwalk. Favoured by holidaymakers, tourists, and business travellers alike, the hotel offers easy access to many of Durban's famed attractions. Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani provides a choice of 734 modern, tastefully furnished rooms, each equipped with amenities which include complimentary Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, and in-room tea and coffee facilities. Added to this is the convenience of 24-hour room service, a porter service, and a wake-up facility. The hotel has three swimming pools for a refreshing swim, one of which is heated. Guests in need of relaxation can enjoy the Mangwanani Boutique Spa with its range of spa treatments, with a sense of wellbeing in an atmosphere of tranquillity. Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani's several restaurants, grills and bars offer guests a wide range of dining options, from traditional buffets to Durban's renowned and exotic Indian curries. African ambience and hospitality, coupled with outstanding service, ensure that every taste is catered for. Sky, the hotel's exclusive sundowner venue situated at the top of the Maharani Tower, is the ideal entertainment setting, where guests can enjoy cocktails while overlooking the splendour of the Indian Ocean and the surrounding city skyline. Business guests can make use of the hotel's two fully equipped Business Centres, which are perfectly suited to corporate meetings, launches, presentations and seminars. And, for visitors who wish to explore further afield, the hotel is an ideal springboard from which to visit nearby attractions like uShaka Marine World, SunCoast Casino, the Valley of a Thousand Hills, Moses Mabhida Stadium, and many more. Characterised by a rich heritage, superlative levels of service, and warm hospitality, Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani enjoys pride of place in South Africa's most popular holiday city.
Contact details: 031 362 1300
Email address: sselangenimaharani.reservations@tsogosun.com
Web Address : https://www.tsogosun.com/southern-sun-elangeni-maharani


Europcar has established itself as one of South Africa’s leading global car rental companies; one which prides itself on delivering locally relevant, world-class service excellence with a dynamic and fresh attitude. Its payoff line of ‘Moving Your Way’ encompasses the company’s global strategy to be a key player in shaping the future of mobility, together with its commitment to exceptional customer service. The company, owned and managed by the Imperial Group*, has operated exclusively as Europcar since 2009 having a rich 35-year history with its roots as Imperial Car Rental.
Voted Africa’s Leading Car Hire Company at the 2013 World Travel Awards – for the eight consecutive year – the organisation is just as conscientious when it comes to social responsibility, and supports a number of programmes focusing on children, education, HIV/ Aids and poverty alleviation. Sustainability is also a business imperative and the company focuses heavily on the promotion of environmental responsibility, awareness and behavior throughout its operations, with the primary goal of reducing its outputs.
Europcar offers a fleet peaking at 20,000 vehicles at over 85 locations throughout Southern Africa - and through the global Europcar network, offers car rental access to around 220,000 across 150 countries, and is the proud carrier of the Sunday Times Finders Keepers team throughout KZN and the Eastern Cape.
Contact details: 0861 131 000
Website: www.europcar.co.za


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