Durban may perhaps be one of South Africa’s best-kept secrets. The locals sure know this is the place to go on holiday, but what about international travelers?
With so many attractions to see and do in South Africa, including Cape Town and the Kruger National Park. Durban often falls by the wayside, but this warm seaside town is defiantly worth a visit. Here are our picks for the best things to see and do in Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal:
Ushaka Marine World
The stunning Ushaka Marine World provides endless hours of fun for the entire family. It has a water world, interactive aquarium, beach, shopping center, and a variety of restaurants, coffee shops, and takeaway places.
Moses Mabhida Stadium
The Moses Mabhida Stadium was constructed for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup is one of the greatest attractions.
The stadium features a cable car with spectacular views over the city, while visitors can also bridge swing off the stadium’s central arch. A number of shops, restaurants, and occasionally, market stalls can be found at the base of the stadium.
The city’s golden mile is a popular beachfront area where many of the Durban’s top hotels are located. This beach is a popular spot for swimming in the warm Kwa Zulu Natal waters. While the street vendors and rickshaws make for a fun cultural experience.
The sprawling Gateway Mall is popular with travelers to Durban because of the host of facilities it offers. Visitors can shop, dine, watch a movie, go-carting, play in the arcade, or even enjoy some surfing on the stand-up a wave in one visit to Durban’s Gateway Shopping Mall. Also, See – TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN DUBAI
The Indian Quarter
The Indian Quarter is centered in Durban city around the bustling Victoria Street. Here visitors can buy some Indian fabric, spices, and curries or even visit a traditional medicine man. Many tour operators run tours of the area, which are usually the better option for your personal safety.
The Valley of a Thousand Hills
Just outside of Durban lies the Valley of a Thousand Hills, and a day trip to this area provides a relaxing mini-break. Here tourists can get a taste of the traditional Zulu culture while enjoying authentic meals overlooking the spectacular rolling hills of this area.
Durban Botanical Gardens
Durban’s botanical gardens are small but jam-packed full of the tropical plants native to this area. As entrance is free (donations requested), you can enjoy a relaxing picnic in the gardens with a family or a loved one. A tea garden can also be found amongst the towering trees.
The beach at Umhlanga Rocks is quieter than the Golden Mile and provides a stunning area for the family to enjoy a fun day out. A number of exclusive hotels can be found on the beach at Umhlanga and are ideal for a luxurious stay in the sunshine.
Although Durban Harbour is becoming increasingly run-down, the Royal Natal Yacht Club still offers a quaint place to eat with a manicured garden area and pool overlooking the harbor. A variety of charter boats also depart from the harbor for those who wish to see Durban from a different angle.
Durban’s Florida Road is a must-visit when the sun goes down! Florida Road is bustling with a variety of street cafes, gourmet restaurants, and vibey nightclubs, and it is here where the trendy can be found till sunrise.