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    enjoy a seaside breakaway in pennington

    We took a trip to KwaZulu-Natal to experience complete relaxation along the warm Indian Ocean coastline.

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    Capitec’s #LiveBetter experiences is here to uncover some of the best spots around 3 of our major cities. This week we’re in Pennington, where we’ve planned the perfect getaway. Discover the indigenous fauna and flora of the Umdoni Park sanctuary or join the vibrant fishing community to learn some new angling techniques. With a number of lush putting greens and abundant birdlife, it’s up to you to choose how you’ll relax and rejuvenate in this coastal village.

    Not based in Durban? Don’t worry, Capitec clients also get discounts on flights with Travelstart.

    Friday – Arrive in Pennington

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    accommodation – selborne golf estate hotel and spa

    Start your weekend at this vintage, colonial-style hotel where you’ll experience first-class accommodation in one of 5 lavish rooms. Spend the afternoon warming up with a game of tennis or opt for some pampering at the hotel spa where you can indulge in more than 30 luxurious therapies. Ease into your first evening with a drink on the patio before heading out for dinner.

    T 039 688 1800 or visit their website. 

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    dinner – c breeze restaurant

    Experience world-class seafood at this rustic French restaurant right on the beachfront. This cosy gem is the perfect place to relax and indulge in delicious comfort food. Treat yourself to the juicy prawns or try Chef Julien’s signature muscle pot inspired by his home town in Dieppe, France. If you’re not into seafood, there are many other flavourful dishes to choose from like the crispy chicken schnitzel or the gourmet burger of the day. 

    T 039 976 2547

    Saturday – Explore the village

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    breakfast – selborne golf estate hotel and spa

    Wake up to the lush and tranquil surroundings of the Selborne Golf Estate before enjoying a full breakfast buffet. The attentive staff will cater to your every need and ensure a good start to your day. Stretch your legs around the beautiful hotel grounds or grab a book and relax on a lounger at the private beach house before heading out on your first adventure.

    T 039 688 1800 or visit their website.

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    outing – pennington beach

    Take a calming walk along miles of unspoilt beach or bring along your surfboard and catch a wave in the warm Indian Ocean waters. If you prefer taking it easy, there is also a tidal pool that offers the perfect setting for sunbathing or families with little ones wanting to swim and play. Once you’ve wrapped up your day on the beach, stop by the wooden viewing deck and take a moment to appreciate nature at its best before heading off for lunch. 

    T 039 976-1202

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    lunch – impithi beach kiosk

    Named after Impithi, the little blue duiker antelope that roams the area, this kiosk is the ideal spot to grab a bite just a stone’s throw away from the ocean. Whether you choose the famous curry or simple fish and chips, the food here is wholesome, fresh and homemade. By supporting the kiosk, you’ll also be doing your bit for the environment as all profits go to the Pennington Conservancy.  

    T 039 975 1711

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    beer tasting – basset breweries

    Opened by Andy Turner in 2013, this brewery produces an exciting range of premium craft beer. Try the English Porter brewed Pennington Pride for an explosion of smoky flavours and aromas. Or savour the taste of the unique Steam Punk Range that offers seasonal beers brewed only once a year. The Winter beer, a finalist in the 2015 South African National Craft Brewers Championships, is a definite must-try!  

    T 083 778 8988 or visit their website.

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    dinner – wrecked heron

    End the day at this unique, nautical-themed restaurant where you can indulge in fresh seafood or tasty grills like the famous eisbein. The pleasant atmosphere and live music will set the tone, while the friendly staff will make sure your glass never runs empty. And you’ll be amazed by the restaurant’s bar – a restored 10-metre wooden boat originally built in 1957. 

    T 039 975 1226

    Sunday – Say Goodbye

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    activity – selborne golf club

    After breakfast, spend your afternoon playing golf on one of the top 100 courses in Southern Africa and experience epic sea views from the fairways. This 18-hole, par-72 course is designed around a privately-owned coastal forest, offering the perfect opportunity to spot some of the indigenous wildlife before making your way back to the city. selbornehotel.com 

    T 039 688 1800 or visit their website.

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