It’s been a ton of hard work by all the members of the Valley of a 1000 Hills Community Tourism Organisation but it is finally complete – and here for it’s first public appearance is the completed product!
Here’s a little history lesson
When back before the world scrambled for the safety of their homes and shut the world out, word came from Durban Tourism that a new “visitors guide” would be published and so some updates were required.
Since the guide hasn’t changed much in at least 10 years, the new directors thought it would be a great opportunity to make some changes, one of which was to scrap the old “spaghetti styled” map in the center of the guide for something a bit more fun and informative.
Like newspaper reporters in an 80’s Hollywood movie, we worked late into the night (editor: not really), with nothing but the company of cigarettes and hard liquor in chipped coffee mugs (editor: not true) in order to finalise a design all could agree on.
Back to the present
In all seriousness it took a lot of doing but it’s finally complete. But we didn’t stop there! No sooner was the map complete when one bright spark thought out loud about how it would look as a large outdoor sign.
So, right back to the (literal) drawing board the we finalised, printed and erected the first of what we hope will be many, many signs scattered about Durban.
The first of the signs was placed at Stokers in Kloof just in time for the Umgeni Steam Train excursion this weekend, and the 2nd sign went up at the 1000 Hills tourism office in Bothas Hill. Plans are in place to have more signs erected at Shongweni Farmers Market, PheZulu Safari Park, the Phoenix Settlement and the Ohlange Institute. We hop to place many more after that.
A word of thanks
A great big thank you to all that were involved, from the directors who gave up their free time (and some of their sanity) to Liz of “from the Heart Studios” who illustrated the maps and Winston our local contractor who withstood the blazing sun one day and the rain the next to get them all up.
For a downloadable, larger version of the map (~7mb), click here.