Read all about it in this KZN Tourism update! First up: Shapes of Africa is happy to hear that no Coronovirus cases have hit South Africa yet! We all breathe a sigh of relief as we continue to avoid any rumours of the spread of this dread disease.

Coronovirus Stays Away

In KZN, it is good news that South African health authorities and hospitals are on high alert and that all our airports are screening high temperatures of passengers arriving in the country. Tourism is important to us so we sympathise with the fact that Chinese citizens are not allowed to travel from China, as decreed by their own government.

According to SATSA, “Any passenger found to be ill or exhibiting fever symptoms on arrival will be reviewed at airport clinics. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirms that South African hospitals are prepared to deal with any Corona-related problems and laboratories have facilities in place to test for the respiratory disease.”

Shapes of Africa remains open for business during this low KZN tourism season so please don’t stress. Come to our rustic eco backpackers to DE-stress and see the glory of Mount Moreland and uMdloti.

South African Adventure Summit in Winter

If you like adventure as much as the Shapes of Africa crowd does, then you better be at the second South African Adventure Summit. This takes place from 3-5 June 2020 at the Wits End Mountain Resort in the Drakensberg.

Welcome to an exciting conference for owners and managers of activity operations from around the country. The Summit focuses on adventure tourism and includes both small and medium-sized business as well as the bigger, long-established operators.

Find out more about the day before the official start of the Summit – a ‘Day of Adventure’. Join other conference participants when they participate in a day hike, mountain biking, quad biking, zip lining, 4×4 tour, kayaking, hot air ballooning, abseiling and zip swing, Scootours and horse riding. All laid on by local operators and accommodation venues!

Do Decorex

If you love decor and design, come to Durban from 19 to 22 March to be part of Decorex Durban. Organisers say this is a cost-effective and time-efficient way to source and grow your network of reliable and high-quality suppliers from over 200 exhibitors within the kitchen and bathroom, décor and design, furniture and décor accessories, outdoor living and build sectors.

Stay at Shapes of Africa during all your adventure and decor fun trips! Choose a rustic Zulu rondavel or cool wooden cabin overlooking the green valleys. Our comfy hippie caravans are sought after so do book as soon as you know your flight details. We are a 5 minute drive from King Shaka International Airport outside Durban.

‘A circle of swallows’ Launch – Anthology Album

Don’t miss the legendary Nibs van der Spuy @ Shapes of Africa when he launches his new anthology album, ‘”Circle of Swallows”.

No better place for such a special launch than Mount Moreland, the home of the Barn Swallow, Inkonjane, and one of Nibs’ favourite sundowner view sites.

Come ready for the live gig at Shapes of Africa Eco Backpackers Lodge on Thursday 5th March at 6pm. Gate opens at 4pm. Tickets only R170pp – which includes a wholesome authentic organic vegan and meat supper. Drinks on sale.

Nibs Flew to Portugal, like a Swallow

“A few years ago, I spread my wings and migrated north, making a second home on the Lisbon coast of Portugal, but like the swallow, which travels thousands of miles every year between Africa and Europe, I will always return to my roots,” says Nibs. 

“In Portugal, swallows are symbols of romanticism, family, love and loyalty and also represent growth, time and new beginnings. I hope this anthology somehow embodies this and leaves you with a sense of home, as you journey to new frontiers and beyond.”

Nibs had this to say about his new album: “These 17 handpicked, dreamy instrumentals and rural love songs represent a cross section of my recorded work over the past two decades. They are deeply rooted in the soil of my beloved Kwa-Zulu Natal, where the rollinglush hills meet the Indian Ocean on the east coast of Southern Africa.”

Those of us born and bred in KwaZulu-Natal know Nibs van der Spuy well. We know his face, his eyes, his uniqueness. We at Shapes of Africa are proud to host this Feeling Singer, who touches something inside each one of us.

According to his website, Nibs van der Spuy is one of the most extraordinary and exciting world acoustic guitarists to come out of South Africa. Raised in Kwazulu-Natal, growing up listening to The Beatles and learning first hand from traditional Zulu Maskandi guitarists, he quickly soaked up a rich tapestry of his close surroundings and has formulated a truly consummate and original sound.

KwaZulu-Natal hosts Nibs @ Shapes of Africa

After playing the local folk scene around South Africa for years, and gathering up a loyal following, his big stage break came when supporting Crosby, Stills and Nash on their 1996 South African tour. After that he was signed to the SHEER label (South African World Music label) where he has released over 10 albums.

“I love being a creative person and writing songs which hopefully have a life of their own, and their own identity. It’s kind of cool when people can’t exactly pinpoint where your inspiration comes from, and that means you have dug deep to add an inspiration or texture to your soundscape. The truth is, we are what we eat and I am a huge fan of artists across the board, old and new.”

Thank you for sharing, Nibs, and see you at Shapes of Africa, 5 March, 4pm onwards!