So it is time so say goodbye to Durban. I had a great time at INDABA 2013 and I like what I saw of Durban, which is actually very little. I sincerely wish that this is just the beginning of my relationship with the continent. It is a warm (not weather wise right now) and a lovely place.
Durban at Night, South Africa
I was not sure how would I feel at INDABA 2013 as this was my first time for attending a big trade event. I certainly didn’t expect that I would miss it in the end. But I am surely going to miss the buzz of the place that was INDABA 2013.
At the trade show almost everyone talks about Corporate Social Responsibility and Conservation. It is part of the everyday vocabulary. I wish it was so in India too. And there are exciting things to look forward to from tomorrow. We are heading to the Manyeleti Game Reserve. I am so looking forward to it.
Wild Encounters, Durban, South Africa
I am now absolutely looking forward to the wild encounters in South Africa! I have a 4.00 am check out time to catch an early morning flight. Did I tell you that I hate 4.00 am check outs in general? I really truly hate them. I have really been good at thriving on lack of sleep and I envy the people who can do it.
And before that I have to get up and pack as well. It is already 1.48 am in India and I am for sure sleepy. So I will have to keep this short. I am really excited and looking forward to my safaris and the bush experience. See you all from Manyeleti which boarders with the Kruger National Park. I am looking forward to the wild encounters in South Africa.
I arrived at Durban really tired and crumpled. And by the time I could even vaguely take stock it started raining. And it rained for more than a day almost continuously. And then today morning when I very reluctantly opened my eyes this was the view that greeted me right out of my hotel window!
Sunrise from my Hotel Window, Durban
I hope I get a similar view tomorrow and that I wake up less reluctantly as well. I have also spotted birds around the area but I do not promise that I will get up early enough to click pictures!
uShaka Marine World, Durban, South Africa
And then in the evening we had a few hours to spare. It was bright and sunny, a lovely day to roam around. We first visited a local flea market. It was so colorful, I love the African colors, they are so vibrant and earthy. I also find it simply amazing the way people carry those bright colors here. After that we to the uShaka Marine World and took a stroll around. There I saw this gondola on the water as the sun was turning everything to gold!
Durban, South Africa
We then went to the beach and it was such a good decision. It was full of people, today being Sunday, and a great place to take a stroll. I wish I would see the view through the eyes a little more, rather than primarily through the viewfinder. And that is going to be my ‘note to self’ for today as well.
The Pier at uShaka Marine World, Durban
After standing for a while my colleagues realized I would not stop clicking pictures unless they dragged me away, literally. So they offered if we chould walk by the beach to go back to our hotel. I readily agreed. They were almost always walking ahead of me and waiting with impatience while I tried to click one more shot!
Walking on the Beach, Durban, South Africa
It has been a day well spent first at INDABA 2013 and then later as we explored Durban on a sunny day. Tomorrow we explore parts of Durban with South Africa Tourism and I am so looking forward to it.
If you have visited this blog before you know I mostly don’t post pictures of people. But at INDABA 2013 there are so many people and so many people with camera that I too tried my luck at clicking people. So come see some faces at INDABA 2013 on Day 1, come meet South Africa.
Sand Sculpting, INDABA 2013, Durban
This was right before the Tourism Minister of South Africa Marthinus van Schalkwyk was about to address the media. I love the colors I have seen till now and how I am waiting to see more.
Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Tourism Minister of South Africa
This is the tourism minister of South Africa- Marthinus van Schalkwyk, and he addressed the media in the morning and was there at the opening ceremony of INDABA 2013 as well. You can see how difficult it was to click a picture of his! For this one too, I requested someone to move so that I could also click a picture!
The Smile Says it All! INDABA 2013, Durban
I have often red that you can stand in a corner with a camera and photograph people walking by. I never tried it before but it works, at least if it is quite crowded. Hardly anyone noticed me!
I Wanna Dance, INDABA 2013, Durban
I have to say South African music rocks, for even a stone statue like me goes foot tapping! This person was ready to dance at the hosted dinner in the evening.
The Dancing Gandma, INDABA 20313, Durban
At the opening ceremony there was a point when almost the entire auditorium stood up and danced. This grandma was up and dancing much before that!
I Hope it was Not Loaded, INDABA 2013, Durban
No I do not know what he was doing, all I was sure of was that it was not loaded and he was pointing it at the other photographer who dared to take a picture! Just kidding he was posing for the other photographer.
The Model and the Product! INDABA 2013, Durban
You decide what you like more, the model or the product? She was also modelling for someone else and I just gate crashed their photo shoot.
Colorful Attire, INDABA 2013, Durban
He was walking out of the auditorium after the opening ceremony of INDABA 2013 and after clicking I showed him the picture. He gave me a smile and a big thank you and walked on.
Lovely Smile, INDABA 2013, Durban
She was cat walking along a stall where a fashion show was taking place. And when she saw that I was taking a picture, she paused for a while and gave the camera that lovely smile!
Beautiful Women, South Africa
And to end this post, here are three beautiful women at Durban, South Africa. If you were to pick up a favorite, what would you choose?
Finally all the chips have fallen in place and now I am South Africa bound. Tomorrow I take the flight from Mumbai to Johannesburg and then to Durban. OK before that a flight from Delhi to Mumbai as well! Durban is the first stop on this trip. I am part of a media delegation attending INDABA 2013 from India. After that we go on a tour of the Panorama Route and Manyeleti Game Reserve which I am told borders Kruger National Park.
As usual I got the visa just yesterday when my flight is scheduled for tomorrow. It certainly gave me some jittery moments. I am not at all good at waiting for visas. I actually applied for the visa between the Sri Lanka and the Shillong trip. It was very kind of the organizers to pick up the forms and and apply for it on my behalf.
And yesterday at 8.30 pm I got to know that I got my visa. As I did not apply it on my own, I was unaware of the tracking number. Otherwise I refresh the site so many times, it is a wonder they don’t crash!
To say that I am excited is an understatement. I am really truly excited as this is my first trip to that part of the world!
I have to say this has to be a post without pictures as I have none yet. As I would be catching a lot of flights I might miss posting on a few days. But once I am in Durban I think I will get back to blogging.
When I started blogging in 2005 never even in my wildest dreams I imagined it will fetch me such trips! Someone up there is having a kind eye on me! Really happy and thankful for the travel opportunities that have been coming my way.