Meet Skabenga, The Oyster Box Hotel, Durban, South Africa

Meet Skabenga, The Oyster Box Hotel, Durban, South Africa


Skabenga is the resident cat at The Oyster Box, where he has lived for 15 years. The dashing tabby wandered into the property as a stray and was fed tasty (and expensive) titbits (prawns and seafood) by guests and…well…the rest is history. He never left…except briefly…during the building operations, when he was cared for by a cat-lover. 

Skabenga thoroughly enjoys the spoils that come with being the resident celebrity at The Oyster Box! He loves regular treats of Catnip, has a favourite couch, which he retires to when not taking ‘inspection’ strolls. In addition, he has ‘impeccable timing’, emerging IN time, EVERY time the Red Carpet is put out at The Oyster Box.  Be it for a WEDDING, a SPECIAL occasion (arrival of Team Cameroon during the Soccer World Cup) or a ROYAL occasion (the royal cocktail party for Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco). He certainly looks like he belongs at such soirees to us! 



The Oyster Box is one of Africa’s most distinguished hotels.  The hotel is conveniently situated in relation to the Natal Midlands and the Drakensberg Mountains, as well as game parks and historic battlefields. The hotel boasts 86 luxurious rooms and suites and a magnificent Presidential Suite, each individually created to blend colonial charm with modern convenience.  Renowned for its generous hospitality, attentive service and exceptional cuisine, The Oyster Box offers a variety of superb restaurants and cocktail bars for fine dining or more casual occasions. This property is pet friendly. 



Aside from meeting one of the worlds leading 5-star hotel cats at The Oyster Box, Durban enjoys year round sub tropical climates, and six kilometres of glorious sandy beaches. Within the city, Botanic Gardens and Marine Parks can be explored. Beyond the hustle, enjoy the best of South Africa's game parks and reserves, such as Phinda Private Game Reserve. If you're timing is right, you'll met the Big Five: lion (cousin of Skabenga), leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo).


The Oyster Box is located at 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga, Durban, South Africa (+27 31 514 5000). Prices start at $420 AUD per night. Check the current deals and rates for this property via their website. This property can also be booked via Booking.Com by clicking here. Information and image credit The Oyster Box. 


The Oyster Box, Durban

🐾 This property is pet friendly. They even have a menu for your fur baby and fur travellers will receive a welcome gift from Skabenga 🐾

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