Durban Beautiful city in South Africa
Durban, a beautiful coastal city in eastern South Africa. Once founded by the English who brought a huge stream of Indians to South Africa under their rule. Today it is the most multicultural city in the country.
This third city of South Africa is in the province of Kwazulu Natal and a valhalla for beach lovers and boaters. The golden sandy beach and the warm temperatures provide the ideal conditions during a day on and on the water. Do you want to go out in the area? Within a radius of 200 kilometres there are several wildlife parks where you can look for the Big Five.
UShaka Marine World
UShaka Marine World is a huge water park with pools, slides, and a huge aquarium. The aquarium is one of the largest in the world and houses animals from all over the world. It including sea turtles, sharks and dolphins. It’s the perfect getaway for parents with kids. Although the many slides and water appliances are also definitely fun for adults. However, one of the most enjoyable attractions is a lot above water. The heart-stopping Chimp & Zee is an exciting zip line adventure where you zoom through the park’s canopy at high altitude.
Durban Town Hall is a fine piece of architecture and inspired by the City Hall of the Northern Irish city of Belfast. The town hall houses a gallery, a library and a small science museum where you can enter for free. It is the chance to study wild and extinct animals up close. The collection includes a few stuffed animals, a mummy, and the skeleton of a dodo.
Moses Mabhida Stadium
During the World Cup in 2010, the futuristic Moses Mabhida Stadium was the setting of beautiful football. Even today it is worth to visit. The stadium is still used for football matches and concerts. You can also take up the 500 steps and view the stadium and surrounding area from the highest point. The stadium also houses the largest swing in the world, unleashing your tens of metres above the ground and rocking through the stadium in a giant arch.
Durban Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens of Durban date back to 1849 and are the elders of all of Africa. You will find both local and exotic planting and various endangered plant species such as the fossil palm ferns that would probably not survive outside the gardens. Plan your visit on a Saturday. Newlyweds gratefully make use of the tropical décor and the gardens form the backdrop of dreamy wedding photography.
Golden Mile is the nickname for the golden sandy beaches that stretch along the entire length of the city along the ocean. Especially the part between Blue Lagoon and Addington Beach is a popular place to stroll. Run or cycle along the promenade. Rent a bike and ride along the sandcastles and surfers who conquer the waves here. After a while lounging on the beach you can end the day well in one of many the beach tents.
For a glimpse into Durban’s history, visit the KwaMuhle Museum. This museum focuses on the history of Apartheid and the different cultures and populations that live in the city.
Durban is south Africa’s most multicultural city and has the largest Indian community outside india. The Indian district consists of beautiful historic buildings and on the street you will come across a touch of India here and there. The highlight of this part of the city is the Juma Masjid Mosque and the colourful Victoria Street Market. Here you will find about 150 vendors selling all kinds of stuff, from electronics to African CDs and from colorful textiles to Chinese knickknacks, incense and Indian herbs. Be sure to walk around this market, do the thing with every purchase and sample the local dish Bunny Chow, which consists of a piece of bread filled with a spicy curry.
Those who visit South Africa will of course also go inland to meet with wild animals. Around Durban there are several game parks that are ideal for a day trip (or longer). The Tala Game Reserve is 75 kilometres away. Thula thula game reserve is 185 kilometers away and the Hluhluwe Game Reserve is 255 kilometers away.
It is possible to include Durban into a guided grand tour. Learn more
Share on social media