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TThe Happy Hippo We are in Durban Central, 500m from South Beach,300m from UShaka Marine World and 1.5km from the city centre and serviced by a door-to-door airport shuttle. The Happy Hippo is decorated in a contemporary African ethnic theme; utilizing the vibrant colours shown through the flag and the S.A. people, and tastefully finished off with an industrial flavour. Whenever a new guest arrives, they always experience that wow factor! Everything on our premises pertains to the culture of this vibrant nation! Our location is unrivalled as we are right next to Ushaka Marine World, the largest marine themed park in Africa, and so close to the beach for those wanting to enjoy the sea, whether it be surfing, kayaking, sailing or just sun-bathing! The park offers an array of shops, restaurants and bars. The area has a few night clubs for those night owls.Our rooms are all different and are named so one gets to learn about this exciting nation and what it has to offer. We have a roof-top bar called the Globe, as we get to meet people from all around the world! We offer free wireless and have a curio shop which only supports local crafts and small business. Local is lekker! (great in Afrikaans). We offer our guests the convenience of booking all your day trips, safaris and car hire at our reception, all in the name of making your stay an unforgettable one. Please note that we strive to ensure that all the operators that we choose to refer you to are either up-liftment programs that help grow our communities through tourism, thus creating sustainable tourism for all!  #WeDoTourism

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A visit to Kwa-Zulu Natal’s Valley of a Thousand Hills is one characterized by unspoilt nature, wildlife, magnificent scenery, good old South African wining and dining, a rich heritage, and warm country hospitality. This area, just a half an hour's drive from Durban, is named after the thousands of hills that tumble down to the mighty Umgeni River, which flows from the distant Drakensberg Mountains to the warm and inviting Indian Ocean. This area combines luxurious, laidback country living with an ancient, indigenous culture. For generations, the Zulu people have lived in and around the valley, and no visit is complete without a trip to one of the Zulu cultural villages. Here you can gain insight into the culture and traditions of one of the largest of South Africa’s cultural groups, attend (and even participate in) a traditional ceremony, learn about the customs of these fascinating folk, consult with a natural herbalist (inyanga) or a witch doctor (sangoma), and sample some of the homemade beer. Around the area: Experience traditional dancing and cultural shows at Phezulu Safari Park, or shop for crafts and curios at the 1000 Hills Arts and Crafts Village, enjoy a taste of nature at the Assagay, Springside and Krantzkloof Gorge nature reserves, or get your heart racing with some paragliding or rock climbing at Inchanga and Monteseel, or mountain biking at Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park. Thank you to @struebermary for this beautiful snap. #MeetSouthAfrica #TravelSouthAfrica #Travelgram #kwazulunatal #exploresouthafrica #thisissouthafrica #wanderlust #southafrica

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