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The Elephant House - Durban

The Elephant House - Berea, Durban - KwaZulu Natal

The Elephant House - Durban

The Elephant House, located on Ridge road on Durban's berea, was built in the early 1850's on the highest natural point on the Berea Ridge overlooking what is now Jameson Park and the Indian Ocean, and is the oldest home in Durban.

The Elephant House was originally used by the Milner brothers, Henry, Philip and Thomas, as a weekend hunting lodge. The house became known to the people of Durban as the Elephant House after surviving numerous attacks from local elephant herds. A sandy track that later became Florida Road, was the path the elephants used on their daily trek to obtain water from the Greyville Marshes, which are now part of the Royal Durban golf course. The house was a great obstruction for the elephants at the time, so they would frequently attempt to forcefully remove it.

When Brian Agar purchased the property in 1975 he insisted on demolishing it. After learning its history he decided that the legend of Elephant House could not die, and it was declared a National Monument in 1978. During the course of restoration and in the time the Agars' have spent in the house some interesting artifacts were discovered including a water bottle with a marble in the neck, dark blue castor oil bottles, green gin bottles known as Genever, an old ink well and an ivory toothed comb. A cannon from the ship Aristoto is on view in the garden. The ship was wrecked on Back Beach, which is now known as Addington, in 1854. Edward Snell bought the house in 1857, with the ship and her cargo. He would fire the cannon every New Year's Eve.

Address : 745 Ridge Road, Durban, South Africa

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Sleeps: 12

Lembali Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

0.2km North West of center of The Elephant House - Durban

The six suite Lodge provides state-of-the art bedroom and bathroom accommodation and also a ten seater boardroom/dining room for corporate meetings and entertaining.

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Sleeps: 42 in 21 units/rooms

Albion Manor

Guest House Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

0.5km North of center of The Elephant House - Durban

Albion Manor is the perfect guesthouse for you, boasting a central location in Morningside, Durban, with convenient access to both commercial and entertainment venues.

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Acorn Bed & Breakfast in Durban

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Berea, Durban

0.9km South of center of The Elephant House - Durban

Acorn Bed & Breakfast in Durban, an oasis of graciousness and tranquility in Durban's exclusive Berea, has every modern convenience, yet retains the old-worlde impeccable service and style of yester-year.

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Sleeps: 6
From R 650,00
Per unit, per night.

10th Avenue

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

1.0km South East of center of The Elephant House - Durban

This is a newly-decorated 3 bedroomed, 2 bathroomed simplex in Durban's fashionable Morningside, within a few minutes' walk from Greyville Racecourse, shops and restaurants, and within a few minutes' drive of all Durban's amenities

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Sleeps: 35 in 16 units/rooms

Bon Ami On Ninth

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

1.1km East of center of The Elephant House - Durban

We have 16 en-suite bedrooms including 1 Family suite. For your convenience, all rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, DSTV and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Other facilities include secure off-street parking, 24 hour security and a swimming pool.

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Sleeps: 4

Morningside Accommodation

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

1.2km North West of center of The Elephant House - Durban

If you are looking for a weekend getaway or extended stay then this cosy 2 Bedroom - 4 Sleeper - Self Catering Unit is a perfect choice.

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Sleeps: 15 in 6 units/rooms
From R 325,00
Per person, per night sharing.

Fernleigh Lodge

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

1.4km North East of center of The Elephant House - Durban

We have 2 units that are suited to couples and/ or business people. The units can accommodate 2 people or more on a sleeper couch if needed. We are in the process of converting more .

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Sleeps: 2

Riverview Cottage

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Morningside, Durban

1.6km North East of center of The Elephant House - Durban

Very special, newly renovated, one bedroom garden cottage with fabulous views in a lovely part of Morningside. Riverview Cottage sleeps 2 maximum in a king bed or two singles, with a full bathroom with bath and shower. Self-catering with a fully equ

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Pastel Guest House

Guest House Accommodation in Berea, Durban

2.0km South of center of The Elephant House - Durban

Situated high up on Berea, below Musgrave Centre, with views over the CBD towards the beachfront in a peaceful, secure cul-de-sac road lined with samples of architectural listed buildings this 110 year old house boasts clean wooden floors, high ceilings,

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Musgrave Avenue Guest Lodge

Guest House Accommodation in Musgrave, Durban

2.3km South of center of The Elephant House - Durban

Musgrave Avenue Guest Lodge is a renovated Georgian style building offering affordable accommodation in Durban, which is suitable for families, groups, couples and corporate travellers.

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