Tour of Shangrila Garden at Bazley Beach: KwaZulu-Natal South Coast - Sat, 29 June 2019

Charles and Elizabeth Forsdick (UKZN alumnus) bought a magnificent property at Bazley Beach, next to their beach home in December 2013, and set about transforming the existing shack and land into a beautiful home and garden, as a natural extension to their adjacent home, for their children and grandchildren. They called it Shangrila. Shangrila is part of a large 10 acre property right on the beach at Bazley, on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. The first task was to cut down over 50 huge exotic trees – Norfolk pines and casuarinas. Then came the massive task of removing all the invasive alien vegetation which had covered the land and literally chocked all indigenous plants including the grasses. 

Charles and Liz asked friends for advice about landscaping the property, with the idea of being totally water free. The country’s foremost indigenous landscaper, botanical artist, botanist and prolific author of books, Elsa Pooley, was their choice to transform the property. Fortunately, Elsa was able to come and start work with the builders from the beginning, shaping the flow of the land, gardens, driveway, rock gardens and storm water flow. What you see is her vision, and what a beautiful sight it is. 

This garden is still evolving, as the trees develop, and the plants multiply. It is a long term project. The next goal is to develop the shade areas with colour and ferns, add variety to the grasslands, and then plan walks in the forest. Bee hives, which are flourishing, have been added and a wonderful vegetable garden created. Shangrila is now filled with wild life, birds, butterflies and insects. Winter is the best time to visit the garden, with the wide variety of aloes in bloom, and the sea teeming with sardines, whales and dolphins.

Bring your walking shoes, hats, binoculars, Elsa Pooley’s books for reference and a picnic basket. Light refreshments will be provided on the beautiful wrap-around verandah, and guests are welcome to enjoy the garden and go to the beach.

DATE: Saturday, 29 June 2019
10h00 for 10h30
Shangrila, 56 & 58 Lagoon Dr, Bazley Beach, 4220

RSVP: By Friday, 21 June 2019 to Nomcebo Msweli on 031 260 2016 or email:

View the invitation here.

Robin Ralfe
Chairman Durban Alumni Association



Other places to visit in the area are: the Umdoni Park Forest (Pennington), Crocworld (Scottburgh) also landscaped by Elsa Pooley, Renishaw Hills Village - visits can also be arranged by appointment, a new lifestyle development on the Crookes Bros sugar farm at Scottburgh, is entirely landscaped with indigenous plants, also by Elsa.

Restaurants in the area that are worth visiting are: Pennington: Umdoni Golf Course Club House, Selbourne Hotel, and Mpiti Kiosk on Pennington beach and Scottburgh: C-Breeze for fresh fish and seafood, and Enzo’s Italian Restaurant serving local East Coast craft beer.

Accommodation options: Botha House, Selbourne Hotel, MacNicolls Caravan Park in Bazley

To combine a golf and garden weekend, the famous Umdoni, and Selbourne Golf Courses are both close by.


56 & 58 Lagoon Drive, Bazley Beach - 82 kilometres from Durban

Coordinates 30* 26’ 45" S

30* 39’ 31" E

From Pietermaritzburg:

Take the N3 south towards Durban

Just before Durban, take the N2 south towards Port Shepstone

From Durban or King Shaka airport:

Take the N2 South in the direction of Port Shepstone 

Take Exit 93 Sezela / Esperanza / Bazley turn off 

Turn RIGHT over the freeway 

Take the first LEFT just after the freeway onto the R102 in the direction of Hibberdene for approx. 5 kms. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE 3 LARGE HUMPS IN THE ROAD

Take the R560 LEFT through sugar plantations to the T junction 

Turn RIGHT up the hill. Pass Colenbrander Road. The next turn to your LEFT has a sign CEE Forsdick Summer Place and Shangrila. This is at the TOP of the hill.

Drive down the driveway and turn RIGHT into Shangrila 


Please keep these directions in the car with you. NB: Google maps, or a satellite navigation system will not provide a correct direction to Sangrila as it is down a long pan handle off Lagoon Drive, and in the dark, guests may get confused.

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