Destination Info: Durban and the Dusi
10. Doing the Dusi
The Kingdom of the Zulu, (on the east coast of South Africa) annually hosts one of the toughest canoe races in the world, the Dusi. Paul paddles, cries and (probably) vomits his way along the course of the three-day marathon from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, while Terence lends a hand in support. Unfortunately, most of the time that hand is holding a gin and tonic! While Paul camps in the muggy valley, Terence lavishes in old world luxury at the historic Audacia Manor.
78 Miles of paddling leaves Paul very hungry, but the great thing about finishing in Durban is that this city is home to South Africa’s best curries. And he knows just the place. Mrs Govender’s ground beef kebab roti is the perfect example of this city’s signature dish. The flavours of India distilled in Africa!
As an apology for missing three water points due to blond distraction, Terence treats Paul to a pedicure and a 5 star dinner on the balcony of Audacia. Considering that Paul’s tired muscles could do with some repair work, Terence and the chef have whipped up an omega fatty acid laden Norwegian salmon in a chardonnay reduction with flambéed rosa tomatoes and crisp baby vegetables. Just what the doctor ordered!
Our hosts wrap up the episode from the top of the wishbone that stretches over the Moses Mabida Stadium (as built for the 2010 Football World Cup), with the spectacular view over the Valley of a Thousand Hills.
Episode Specific Credits:
Special thanks to
African Pride Audacia Manor Boutique Hotel
Moses Mabhida Satdium
Govenders Curry Kitchen
Natal Canoe Club
Ray de Vries