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DURBAN: FUN IN THE SUN AND NATURAL BEAUTY
Durban is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). It's known for its subtropical climate, superb coastline, boundless beaches and of course, the 'Golden Mile' – a popular stretch of beachfront in the city. But visitors are provided with a unique set of experiences that go far beyond the beach. Experience Durban’s urban lifestyle, diverse culture and scenic variety. The city is blessed with natural beauty and offers visitors so many leisure and adventure activities.
There is an abundance of spectacular scenery just beyond the city. To the north lies the bustling coastal town of Umhlanga – filled with restaurants, hotels and beautiful beaches. To the south is the Sapphire Coast – an endless stretch of subtropical paradise and holiday towns. In the west you'll find the Valley of a 1000 Hills, with its cultural villages and nature reserves. If you're prepared to travel a little further, the mighty Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park (a World Heritage Site) and the Big 5 game reserves are just a few hours’ drive away from the city.
WHAT TO DO
Take a walk along the promenade on the 'Golden Mile'. This popular stretch of golden sand is separated by various piers – providing excellent opportunities for sun bathers and swimmers to enjoy the subtropical sun and warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Durban is famous for its water lifestyle and offers you activities like kayaking in the Umgeni River, jet skiing in the Blue Lagoon, yachting from the harbour, and many more. If you enjoy surfing, this city was made for you. Durban has some of the best waves on the planet!
Do you want to snorkel in a lagoon with approximately 1,500 fish? Or how about some shark cage diving? Then a visit to the uShaka Marine World is a must. This is the fifth largest aquarium in the world – 32 tanks filled with 17,500 cubic meters of water! It is designed around five shipwrecks, accommodating a variety of restaurants. A wall-sized shark aquarium is visible from most of the dining areas. You can enjoy seeing a huge array of fish and shark species, jumping dolphins shows, shark and manta ray feeding, and so much more. There is even a 'Dangerous Creatures' exhibit, which includes various reptiles, amphibians and arachnids.
If you are a nature lover, be sure to pay a visit to Valley of a1000 Hills. After just a 30-minute drive from the city, you will be completely surrounded by tranquillity. Experience a combination of relaxed, luxury country living with an ancient and diverse culture. Highlights of the area include game drives, cultural villages, animal parks, golf courses, to name a few. You can even enjoy a train ride through the bustling villages of the valley. A perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city living.
Durban Botanical Gardens is another beautiful place to visit for a picnic or to enjoy a live music event. It is currently the oldest surviving botanic garden on the African continent and Durban's oldest public institution – developed in 1849.
For the best view of the city, a visit to Moses Mabhida Stadium is a must. Named after Moses Mabhida, a former General Secretary of the South African Communist Party, the stadium was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is now a multi-use stadium, hosting many events and activities. The most popular activity at the stadium is a ride in the SkyCar – a single cabin that runs up steel tracks on the northern arch of the stadium and is designed to roll down the arch under its own gravity. Discover Durban from a 106 meter-high vantage point! This is a must-see attraction, offering the best scenery for kilometres.
Another stop for nature lovers is Umgeni River Bird Park. It is situated in 3.5 hectares of lush, tropical landscape and is home to more than 800 birds from 200 species – some of which are the only representatives of their kind in Africa.
Do you enjoy sun bathing and water sports? North Beach is one of the main beaches in Durban and is easily accessible from the Marine Parade that stretches along the Golden Mile. It's known for its good surf conditions and facilities for body boarding, paddle skiing, skateboarding, swimming and sun bathing. The beaches are safe and protected by a series of shark nets and patrolled by life savers. North Beach also offers you a number of delicious dining spots.
With its year-round sunny climate and lush, natural environment, it's no wonder that Durban is a golfer’s paradise. Its beautiful scenery provides a breath taking backdrop for numerous golf courses around the city. From sea views to indigenous forest, and even courses with wild game! You can spend a week in Durban and play a diﬀerent course every day.
WHERE TO SLEEP
Looking for a cheap and affordable hotel, or self-catering accommodation, or maybe a 5 star experience at a luxury spa? Durban has it all. You can choose between convenient inner city living or beautiful beachfront accommodation like Tsogo Sun Garden Court South Beach.
Durban is home to some of the best hotels and accommodation in South Africa. Whether it's cheap accommodation you're after, or something more luxurious, you won't find it hard to get what you need in this city.
Price rangefrom R241to R3,199
- Hotel Clermont Lodgefrom R371
- Hotel Riviera Hotelfrom R454
- Hotel Durban Manor And Conference Centrefrom R425
- Hotel Royal Ushakafrom R621
- Hotel Pavilion Hotelfrom R434
- Hotel Beachfront Self-catering Apartmentfrom R893
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