Sherwood Holidays - Durban Metro & Durban, KwaZulu Natal
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Sherwood is known as 'the garden suburb', because of its magnificent nurseries and manicured properties, and is Durban's western-most suburb before entering Westville and the Highway area of 'greater Durban', yet it's only 6km from the Durban City Hall. Sherwood is renowned for caring for people as well as flora. A hospice, home for the blind, work facility for the mentally challenged, special high school and Habitats for Humanity development initiated by former US President Jimmy Carter are all situated in Sherwood. Sherwood is named after the Sherwood Foresters, the nickname of the British 45th Regiment of Foot stationed in Sherwood in the mid-19th Century, who constructed a cutting through a hill now known as 45th Cutting. This is the last cut-off point in the 'down run' of the world-famous Comrades Marathon between KwaZulu Natal provincial capital Pietermaritzburg and Durban. In Sherwood you'll find comfortable private Sherwood Self Catering accommodation in a quiet and secure residential area, but be warned, if you want to stay in Sherwood during the Comrades Marathon - book early!
Neighbouring towns near Sherwood, Durban accommodation on Where To Stay:
Lying 5.6km North of Sherwood accommodation. Westville, Durban is the first western borough of 'Greater Durban', between Sherwood and the industrial areas of Pinetown. Named after Sir Martin West, Lieutenant-Governor of Natal in the mid-19th Century, Westville has transformed from farmland into an upmarket residential area and business centre, with prestigious office parks springing up and attracting major companies and professional firms. Keen shoppers are provided for with shopping centres like the stylish Westville Pavilion, which draws shoppers from all over KwaZulu Natal and beyond. Then there's the new Westwood Shopping Mall situated on the edge of Westville, boasting a variety of new and exciting stores, not forgetting the two smaller shopping centers, Westville Mall and the Village Market. Westville is also somewhat of an academic centre, with its own University at the Westville Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Nature lovers are catered for with the Palmiet Nature Reserve. This reserve lying in the heart of Westville spans the length of the valley, and has numerous trails which lead hikers to various interesting sites which include waterfalls, cliffs, a grassy mountain ridge and picnic sites. The Palmiet Nature Reserve is also a bird watchers paradise with a multitude of various species to be spotted. Although on the edge of Westville, just past the Pavilion the Umkhumbane Flea Market is also worth taking a look at. Operating on Sundays, this Westville market often has a variety of musicians and dancers performing adding to the vibe. Visitors can leisurely browse stalls selling traditional ethnic wear, funky clothing, rich vibrant textiles, African ornaments, curios and carvings, jewellery, and ceramics. Bounded by the N3 and M19 freeways, with the N2 and M7 nearby, plus the M13 running through it, Westville offers easy access to all points of the compass.
Westville boasts many excellent internationally recognized Star Graded Westville Bed & Breakfast accommodation options, where you can enjoy privacy and true African hospitality right in the midst of the busy suburb of Westville, then Westville Self Catering accommodation offers spacious lodgings overlooking the river and cliffs of the Palmiet Nature Reserve. See the Westville accommodation page for more options.
Cowies Hill, Durban accommodation sits 6km from Westville accommodation, 9km from Sherwood accommodation, and just 20 minutes drive from the Durban Beachfront CBD. Now a suburb of industrial Pinetown, upmarket Cowies Hill was originally a farm owned by William Cowie, who came to KwaZulu Natal in 1837. In addition to being near Pinetown's industrial hubs, Cowies Hill is close to the office parks of neighbouring Westville, making the many comfortable Cowies Hill accommodation options popular with visiting business executives.
For the health-conscious, Virgin Active Gym is a stone's throw away from Cowies Hill, and not much further is the extensive Pavilion Mall in Westville, where 'foodies' will be delighted with the abundance of excellent restaurants and pubs. Cowies Hill's tranquil tree-lined streets and lavish properties are abundant with bird life, offering a quiet way of life, whilst still being close to business and pleasure attractions.
Berea, Durban accommodation - just 5 minutes South of Sherwood accommodation, is one of KwaZulu Natal's most up-market suburbs. Built on a ridge rising from Durban CBD, most of Berea overlooks the sea and harbour, as well as Greyville Racecourse surrounding the prestigious Royal Durban Golf Course. From many points there are also views of Kingsmead Cricket Ground and King's Park rugby and other sports stadiums, making Durban one of the few cities in the world with so many recreational amenities bordering its CBD.
There is little wonder that Berea, Durban is much sought after as a residential area, as well as by visitors who prefer to stay in suburbia, but still want easy access to the Durban tourist hotspots. Berea is also favoured by business executives visiting Durban, as there are many comfortable Berea Bed & Breakfast accommodation options to choose from, most within walking distance of Musgrave Shopping Mall, which includes several cinemas and a broad selection of excellent Durban restaurants. Make time for a break at the Durban Botanical Gardens on the Berea - a tranquil oasis right in the heart of the Durban Berea. Imagine sitting under the stars and listening to music at the lake on a balmy summer night ... imagine breathing in the tantalising smell of exotic orchids while wandering through the Orchid House. At the Durban Botanic Gardens you can do this and much more, including exploring the Palm Walk, indigenous Grasslands, the Herb Garden, Fern Dell, Garden of Senses, Japanese Garden, Sunken Gardens and Bee Hive. The Durban Botanic Garden is also proud to host the rarest original specimen of cycad in the world, as well as 80 magnificent heritage trees and flowers that teem with birds and butterflies.
End your day with an old-fashioned high tea with divinely decadent cream scones, and plan to return to the Durban Botanic Gardens for more soul soothing therapy.
Just 4.6km from Sherwood accommodation lies Manor Gardens, Durban accommodation, nestled close to the last remaining portion of Stella Bush, which at one point used to cover most of Durban's Berea. Located within this KwaZulu Natal Natural Heritage site, visitors to Manor Gardens will enjoy Pigeon Valley Park, an excellent birdwatching destination, and home to a variety of wildlife including blue duiker, vervet monkeys, mongoose, rock hyrax and spotted genet. For the energetic nature lover, a five hundred metre trail runs on either side of the valley, allowing visitors to effortlessly make their way through the Durban reserve. Manor Gardens is also host suburb to the renowned Howard College Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, distinctive by its Memorial Tower overlooking the city, making it one of Durban's most imposing man-made landmarks. For art lovers, the galleries of the KZN Society of Arts is a 'must visit', then browse through the imaginative craft shop, and nibble on the best French toast ever at the hip and happening Arts' Cafe.
Visiting academics favour Manor Gardens accommodation for its close proximity to the UKZN, and will find delightful Manor Gardens Bed & Breakfast accommodation at 'An Upper Room', which offers a spectacular view over Durban harbour.
In the case of an emergency, Manor Gardens is conveniently close to both the Life Entabeni Hospital, and Netcare Saint Augustine Hospital.
Glenwood, Durban accommodation - just 10 minutes from Sherwood accommodation, is one of Durban's oldest suburbs, as it was established to serve the picturesque Durban Harbour which it overlooks. Close to most of Durban's countless amenities and tourist attractions, Glenwood is also near Durban's southern industrial hub of Mobeni, Jacobs and Prospecton, making Glenwood a convenient retreat for visiting business executives, as well as holidaymakers who prefer a quiet hideaway after enjoying Durban's exciting hotspots. Whatever one's reasons for sojourning in Glenwood, there are many charming Glenwood Bed & Breakfast accommodation options, as well as Glenwood Self Catering accommodation establishments, several of them built in Victorian times. which will ensure your needs are not only met, but exceeded. There are also many fashionable restaurants in Glenwood, some providing live entertainment. Try the Olive and Oil - Glenwood, a relaxed restaurant offering Mediterranean cuisine garnished with plenty of plump olives - a truly pleasurable taste experience.
Travelling East from Sherwood accommodation, Morningside, Durban accommodation encompasses some of the most prestigious residential properties in Durban, including the State President's residence, Dr John Dube House - formerly known as King's House. Morningside, Durban's many parks add extra lustre to the area - Jameson Park is famous for its magnificent rose gardens, Mitchell Park is home to an ancient tortoise named Admiral - resident since 1915, and Durban Burman Bush Nature Reserve teems with abundant bird and plant life amidst a small patch of KwaZulu Natal coastal bush. Also the trendiest suburb in Durban, Morningside boasts scores of cosmopolitan restaurants, pubs and clubs - some with interesting Bohemian overtones. When Bill Clinton and Bill Gates visited Durban, Morningside was where they chose to dine. Close to Durban CBD, beachfront, sports' stadiums, Greyville Race Course, Royal Durban Golf Club, Beachwood Country Club and Durban Country Club - Morningside is a magnet for all types of visitors. Whether on holiday or business, guests have an extensive choice of Morningside accommodation, ranging from luxurious Morningside Bed & Breakfast accommodation to Morningside Self Catering accommodation to suit all budgets. Bordered by the popular suburb of Berea on one side, and Umgeni River on the other, Morningside is a very attractive, convenient and interesting Durban Area to visit.
Durban Beachfront CBD accommodation - 9km from Sherwood accommodation
There's a saying, "when you're tired of Durban, you're tired of life!" Durban Beachfront CBD is the ultimate holiday destination for millions of South Africans, also extremely popular with foreign visitors - be they business executives, delegates to the nearby Durban International Conference Centre, touring sports' teams or simply holiday makers wanting to enjoy the wonderful sub-tropical Durban weather. Durban Beachfront's world famous Golden Mile with its bathing and surfing beaches, fishing piers, paddling pools, kiddies rides, cable cars, colourful rickshaws, flea markets and many restaurants is actually much longer than a mile, and just a few steps West brings you to Durban City Centre with its interesting mix of Victorian, Georgian and modern architecture. Completing the picture, the scenic small crafts' harbour fringed with eateries, ranging from Afro bistros to oyster bars abuts Durban Beachfront CBD,
Durban Beachfront CBD with its excellent bathing, surfing beaches and world-class pedestrian promenade, extends to the fabulous Durban Suncoast Casino to the North. Set amongst towering palm trees and nestled against the Durban beachfront along Durban's Golden Mile, Suncoast Casino has 12 restaurants and fast food outlets, kid's entertainment, cinemas, sundeck, boardwalk and a dance bar, making it the premier entertainment destination for the whole family. When looking for Durban accommodation, you'll find plenty of first-rate Durban Beachfront Self Catering accommodation, and Durban Beachfront Hotel accommodation near the Suncoast Casino. Lying to the South of Durban Beachfront CBD, Durban uShaka Marine World offers a world of entertainment, excitement, fun and laughter. For Durban holiday accommodation near uShaka Marine World, Durban Point Waterfront Self Catering Apartment accommodation is a superb location from which to explore this Durban Beachfront CBD attraction.
Durban Area accommodation
Berea, Manor Gardens, Morningside, Glenwood and Durban Beachfront CBD are some of the many suburbs in the Durban accommodation Area who welcome visitors to the year-round warm Durban weather, and a vibrancy like few other South African cities. With Durban accommodation comes a laid-back lifestyle on the magnificent sun-kissed Durban beaches, energetic nightclubs, and a huge variety of Durban restaurants specializing in seafood and curry. Durban adventure activities are well catered for, with deep-sea fishing charters, dolphin viewing, jet-skiing, shark cage-diving, quad biking, scuba diving, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, boat cruises and much more readily available. Durban accommodation establishments provide everything that the 'out-of-towner' could wish for, from Durban Hotel accommodation located on Durban's Golden Mile, to gracious Durban Bed & Breakfast and Durban Area Self Catering accommodation tucked away in a trendy Durban Area suburb.