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Experience - Durban

Durban Experience: 7 nights

Test Match Dates: TBC

2018 Hotel: Hilton Kingsmead

2018 Per Person: Twin £800 (A$1550) / Single £1200 (A$2350)

Deposit: £150 (A$300) Per Person, Per Test

Visit: KwaZulu-Natal Tourism

Durban is well known for three things. The ‘Golden Mile’ beachfront, Butcher Boys, and Kingsmead. There are plenty of other things Durban is known for but we’ll spend most of our time at these three enjoying sundowners, steaks, and seamers. The latter whilst gazing from the grassy embankment to our Hotel overlooking Kingsmead and just a few blocks from the rolling Indian Ocean surf.

Once you make your own way from King Shaka International Airport, we will see you at this awesome hotel complete with beautiful outdoor pool, gym, rooftop terrace and even a putting green for you keen golfers, though Royal Durban Golf Club, within the furlongs of Greyville Racetrack, is just 2km from the hotel for something a little less challenging. A little farther, if you are keen to taste the Zulu culture and history then stroll the Valley Of 1000 Hills. Thankfully there's not even one hill when walking to the cricket.

It's a short walk from the hotel to Kingsmead where 5-days on the embankment will make you wish Australia embraced their embankments as equally (Adelaide excused!) as South Africa. If you think sitting on the embankment means a grass-stained butt, you are very wrong. Folding chairs are allowed and you will receive one (with a cup holder!) with your match ticket and wide-brim sun hat!

The general opinion from ourselves and outsiders about sitting on the grass is one of appreciation and envy as lounging on the embankment allows us to ‘spread out’. You are not stuck in a tight row of seats and can freely move about when you like without disturbing others. Kick your shoes off, kick back, relax, and enjoy the game.