28 April 2019
South Africa’s third largest city, delightful Durban is a mesmerising melting pot of African, Indian and colonial cultures. Home to glorious golden beaches, a year-round warm sub-tropical climate, and a wealth of culture and adventures, it’s no surprise that Durban is one of the country’s most popular tourist hotspots.
Sitting at the edge of the stunning KwaZulu Natal, a region of beautiful nature reserves, fascinating history and spectacular scenery, and within striking distance of the magnificent Drakensberg Mountains, you’ll find plenty to occupy your time in this magnificent multi-faceted gem.
The city of Durban and the KwaZulu Natal province boast a wealth of world-class facilities, with the accommodation, transport and other tourist amenities comparing to some of the best across the globe.
Here are ten things that you won’t want to miss during your stay.
Located on Durban’s famous ‘Golden Mile’, uShaka Marine World is South Africa’s best-loved marine park. Offering a wealth of water-based thrills and spills, including the Wet ’n’ Wild waterpark, the family-friendly Kids World and SeaWorld, where you can enjoy dolphin shows, penguin presentations, shark dives and ray feeds, there’s so much to see and do here. For more relaxing pursuits, why not chill out on the fabulous uShaka Beach or indulge in some retail therapy at the open-air Village Walk?
If you’re in town in June and July, you might be lucky enough to witness the annual Sardine Run. This incredible natural phenomenon is one of the largest migrations on the planet, where a plethora of silvery pilchards move en masse along South Africa’s east coastline.
Head inland from Durban and into the KwaZulu-Natal region to discover the country’s fascinating Zulu heritage. Explore the historic Zulu Battlefields, including legendary Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift that were made famous by the epic film, ‘Zulu’.
The golden beaches along the KwaZulu-Natal coastline are the only ones in South Africa that are protected by shark safety gear. Join a working crew on an early morning boat tour to see the safety system, learn all about these majestic predators and see the Sharks Board team at work.
Take a beautiful drive up the coast from Durban and you’ll find the Hluhluwe – iMfolozi Park, where you can enjoy a game drive in search of a whole host of wonderful wildlife, including the prized ‘Big Five’. There’s also the UNESCO World Heritage Isimangaliso Wetland Park, which features a diverse landscape of dune forests, beach, coral reef and savannah, with its centrepiece being the vast Lake St. Lucia, home to large numbers of hippos, crocodiles, pelicans and flamingos.
Durban is a veritable sporting mecca, where you can watch nearly every type of sport imaginable. If rugby’s your game, don’t miss the chance to cheer on The Sharks at Kings Park Stadium, whilst cricket lovers will be in their element at Kingsmead. Durban is also home to Africa's greatest horseracing event, the Vodacom Durban July, whilst the annual Comrades Marathon is the world's largest and oldest ultramarathon race.
Just south of Durban, you’ll find Aliwal Shoal - one of the world’s best-known and most amazing dive sites. World-renowned as a mecca for a variety of species of sharks, this rocky reef offers some of the most exciting scuba diving on the planet.
Visit the fascinating Nelson Mandela Capture Site, the place in Howick where Mandela was seized before being sentenced to 27 years in prison on Robben Island. To find out more about one of the world’s most enduring leaders, follow the Inanda Heritage Route to the place where Mandela cast his vote in South Africa's first democratic elections. Inanda is also the place where Mahatma Gandhi built his Phoenix settlement in 1904.
Whether you want to savour traditional Zulu delicacies or authentic Indian curries, you can enjoy them all in Durban’s multi-cultural melting pot. Don’t leave without trying the Bunny Chow, a hollowed-out white loaf that’s filled with curry; it’s one of Durban’s most famous local specialities.
Get your blood pumping and head out to discover the dramatic scenery of the Oribi Gorge. This incredible wilderness is also home to the Wild Gorge Swing, which is the highest swing in the world.
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