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Elangeni, Durban

Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel, Durban

Star-Rating-4   Official rating
Star-Rating-4   Distant Journeys rating

The Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel enjoys a prime position on Durban’s Golden Mile; a sun-soaked stretch of beachfront overlooking the warm Indian Ocean. The hotel offers three outdoor pools, all with wonderful views, and guests are spoilt for choice with a selection of bars and restaurants on site offering everything from steaks and fish to Japanese specialities and the delicious Indian curries for which Durban is renowned.


The Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani offers several different dining options, all unique and delicious.

Restaurants include Grill Jichana, Daruma, Lingela Restaurant and two breakfast venues as well.

Grill Jichana

‘Jichana’ is Swahili slang, for ‘eating good’.  The Grill Jichana offers guests a contemporary take on traditional grill house favourites, blended with flavours of the African East Coast.  The menu offers a range of meat, fish and poultry dishes as well as a range of fresh salads and a vegetarian option. Steaks are one of Grill Jichana’s specialities, cooked to order so it’s just to your liking.

Daruma Restaurant

The hotel’s Daruma Restaurant offers a range of delicious Japanese cuisine including sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, tempura and other tantalising Oriental dishes, all expertly prepared and exquisitely presented by highly trained Sushi chefs.  Daruma Restaurant also has a variety of Japanese liquors including Saki – delicious served warm or cold.

Lingela Restaurant

Lingela is the hotels’ buffet restaurant, offering a range of starters, salads and side dishes, local Durban curries, tandoori oven specialities and a carvery with a fine selection of carefully prepared meats.  For the sweet-touthed, the dessert buffet offers a selection of cakes, tarts, patisserie and sweets.

The Panorama Bar and Pool Deck

The Panorama Bar and Pool Deck overlooks Durban’s glorious beachfront and serves a range of drinks and snacks throughout the day.  Its position in the hotel alongside the pool deck allows guests to enjoy panoramic views of the coastline – perfect to savour with a glass of local South African wine or a cold beer.

Other facilities

The Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani has a choice of three outdoor pools, all with wonderful views; the Mangwanani Boutique Spa for the ultimate in relaxation, and there’s also free Wifi to enable you to keep in touch with friends and family.


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