When Shane and I went on the Rovos Rail in November we started in Pretoria and ended in Durban. We had one day to spend there and so we stayed in the iconic Oyster Box Hotel situated on Umhlanga’s beachfront overlooking the Indian Ocean and it’s iconic lighthouse.
This absolutely beautiful hotel has such an interesting history attached to it. In 1863 it started out as ‘The Oyster Lodge’ and then in 1954 it was sold and turned into a tea garden, which over time became a restaurant and then The Oyster Box Hotel. The original owner of the hotel passed it onto her brother who in turn sold it to its current owners. This is the part of the story I really love – the owners Stanley and Bea Tollman were visiting the Oyster Box one day, Stan who loved the place so much and landed up proposing to Bea telling her that one day he was going to buy it and make it theirs, which is exactly what he did a few years later! Shane can I have a hotel, please?!