An Instagram guide to the KwaZulu-Natal Region


Discover the best of KwaZulu-Natal via the region's most photogenic Instagram shots.


29th March 2018

The Oyster Box

A multicultural region that blends natural beauty with a lively creative scene, there’s always something new to discover in KwaZulu-Nata. Whether it’s historical landmarks or a fabulous selection of restaurants, cafes and boutiques, guests at The Oyster Box Hotel will have plenty of opportunity to explore the area. From the perfect cup of organic coffee to a stylish succulent store, be inspired by these atmospheric shots ahead of your next trip. 

 The Perfect Cup of Coffee

 Coffee lovers can rejoice in the knowledge that KwaZulu-Natal's café culture has never been better. Today, the region is home to an impressive variety of independent coffee shops, such as Love Coffee. Located in Morningside, the chic but minimal Love Coffee serves exemplary organic, direct trade coffee and light bites, and is a popular location for both locals and visitors. 


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 A Quiet Moment

Take a moment for yourself in the peace and quiet of The Oyster Box’s beautiful Clock Library. Tucked away, this cosy space is named after its antique clock collection, but it’s also home to plenty of intriguing first edition books and seriously comfortable wingback leather chairs. Enjoy a cup of tea in here, a post-dinner digestif, or simply stop by to admire the view of the Umhlanga lighthouse.

 Serious Rest and Relaxation 

Positioned overlooking the Umhlanga lighthouse, guests staying at The Oyster Box can get a good view of the iconic KwaZulu-Natal landmark from almost anywhere in the hotel. Along with a dip in its pristine pool, the hotel encourages guests to unwind and relax at its excellent spa. Equipped with its own Hammam, plunge pool and tranquillity lounge, prepare to leave feeling thoroughly refreshed. 

 Gourmet Hotspots 

Alongside its majestic palms, The Oyster Box’s elegant Palm Court is adorned with chandeliers that originally came from the Savoy Hotel in London. Inspired by its  British heritage, the venue hosts a traditional and seriously sumptuous High Tea. Served from 2.30pm-5pm daily, High Tea is an elaborate affair that includes an impressive choice of homemade patisserie, traditional scones, finger sandwiches and freshly baked goods. There’s even live piano music to accompany this decadent meal. 

 Spectacular sunrises

KwaZulu-Natals’s location on the shores of the Indian Ocean makes for some breathtakingly beautiful sunrises. This example, captured by Dane Forman, was taken at Umhlanga Pier, which is not only a beautiful construction, but also practical. Designed with a striking whale bone structure, the pier also helps to return excess storm water from the land back into the sea. 


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 Explore KwaZulu-Natal’s famous landmarks and for yourself when you stay at the city’s iconic Oyster Box Hotel.

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