North Star Stories

In the Umhlanga Winter Sun, the salty winter air is warm. The winter is colder than usual. It is a challenging year between Covid lockdowns, alcohol bans and political unrest. Nothing in South Africa is plain sailing, and no one expects it to be. South Africans are resilient with a continuous…

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Up in flames The fire pit is cosy. You are settling into a comfy pillow with your book and a drink in hand while you listen to the soothing sound of the waves a few feet away. The fire pit has a view over the ocean while the sun sets in…

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If you love a bit of summer in winter, then Umhlanga Rocks is an excellent destination for a little bit of winter warmth. Skip the Winter cold, feel younger and energized while you spend a few lazy days in the North coast sun. The weather in Umhlanga Rocks in winter…

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Currently, the entire country is in Level four lockdown. That means markets and social gatherings are prohibited. We are all hopeful that the vaccine rollout intensifies and that social life will resume soon. If you enjoy browsing art while ordering a barista coffee and snacking on a pancake, there is a…

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As South Africa enters into a new lockdown, travel and activities are on hold. If you live on Durban’s North or South coast, the sardine run is on your doorstep. For fishers and ocean predators, the sardine run is a feast. The sardine run attracts many large game fish to the…

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Once you have checked into the North Star Micro Hotel in Umhlanga rocks, it is time to choose an exciting activity. You are escaping the winter cold and embrace the North Coast winter sun. There is nothing better than to go for a morning hike into the scenic nature reserve to…

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Follow the sardine run, sip on a glass of Chenin blanc, book an e-bike, stay for a cocktail and book one of the many specials offered at the North Star Micro Hotel this week. Sardine Run In Durban Many nets caught sardines at Illovo beach last week in Amanzimtoti. The…

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This week Chardonnay’s flavours consisting of lemon zest, chalky minerality with hints of baked apple and tropical fruit flavours are on the menu.   I love Chardonnay, but it is a treat for me instead of a go-to white wine. Chardonnay offers rich buttery flavours. It is a wine ideal…

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What is better than a warm autumn or winter day on the North Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal?   Escape the winter weather to enjoy a crisp, chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc with a sea view. Then, settle in on the sunny balcony to enjoy the lunch menu on the terrace.…

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The winter weather is creeping up on you.   The heaters and fireplaces are switched on and lit up. The morning breeze blows around the corners onto your neck, leaving a cold chill through your body. You drink more coffee and tea than usual to keep your body temperature warm.  …

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