The uMhlanga lighthouse was completed in 1954. Construction was completed in four days and 19 hours. The circular concrete tower, painted white with a red band at the top, stands 21 metres above the beach and has a focal plane height of 25 metres. The fixed red light enables ships waiting to anchor in the outer anchorage, to monitor their position. If the red light is undetectable, the ship’s anchors have probably dragged and are too close to shore. The lighthouse has never had an official ‘keeper’. The Oyster Box Hotel, which was built in 1869, has been the tower’s custodian. The construction of the lighthouse cost R23 838. There are 95 steps to the top of the uMhlanga Lighthouse.
In 1953, when Chevrolet introduced the Corvette to the masses, the very first model was a convertible, and was unveiled at the GM Motorama. It was originally designed as just a show car specifically for the New York Auto Show. It received such a positive response from the public, that Chevrolet decided to make it available to the public. The first Chevrolet Corvette convertible was available for public purchase on June 30 1953.
Kalk Bay Harbour is a charming brightly coloured fishing harbour in the heart of the equally quaint town of Kalk Bay. Experienced local anglers take to the fishing waters with line, net and determination and return daily around lunchtime with a fresh catch for you to buy at cheerful prices. If you can’t catch your dinner you may as well choose it and have it beheaded, scaled, de-gutted and filleted by a quirky expert (do your bartering before anyone picks up a knife). Take it home and try it simple and delicious on a rustic braai (barbecue), South African style with a local beer or wine. If you’re feeling adventurous pick up a local recipe book and try a traditional potato salad side.
The Pearls of Umhlanga is a spectacular residential resort offering luxury apartments and penthouses that will give you the best return on investment, and will place you closer to the beach on the region’s most desirable and sought-after coastline. The final phase of The Pearls of Umhlanga, Pearl Sky, has marked the opening of the first luxury boutique mall in Umhlanga, called Pearls Mall. The Pearls of Umhlanga can only be described as iconic, rare, flawless, luxurious and valuable. This lavish residential resort, situated on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, is setting new standards for developments in South Africa and crafting a blueprint for the most opulent of lifestyles.
The Cullinan Diamond Mine is renowned as a source of large, high-quality gem diamonds, including Type II stones, as well as being the world’s most important source of very rare blue diamonds. Cullinan earned its place in history with the discovery of the Cullinan diamond in 1905, the largest rough gem diamond ever found at 3,106 carats, which was cut to form the two most important diamonds in the British Crown Jewels.