Like most cities in South Africa, there is a long list of things to do in Durban.
Durban, the city loved by surfers, thanks to its beautiful beaches and a never-ending summer climate to make you want to cruise that convertible ride and let the wind flow.
Situated around one of the busiest ports in Africa, Durban is a city that flows with thousands of local and foreign tourist all year round. This rich and breathtaking city floods with numerous outdoor activities, coastline beaches and cultural diversities experienced by few.
A Few Things To Know About Durban
Durban holds the Guinness Book of Records for; having the world’s highest bungee jump, found at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. This record set on the 14th of May 2011, is one to be proud of. In 1994, Nelson Mandela cast his first vote as a free man in Durban, it was also the city that paved way for the political journey of Mahatma Gandhi.
Places To Visit And Things To Do In Durban
The Valley Of One Thousand (1000) Hills:
A thrilling view of hills, valleys, and cliffs around the Umgeni River banks, showcasing a rich local culture of the Zulu people living around it. The Valley Of 1000 Hills is a must see and an experience to explore when visiting Durban. The Valley Of 1000 Hills is the perfect getaway from the busy city life; why travel from one city to another crowded with similar experiences all over?
At the Valley Of 1000 Hills, you can experience everything and more in a unique way, around a lifestyle limited to most. Go shopping, fine dining, and even experience various spa treatments with a wide range of outdoor activities specially tailored to nature around.
uShaka Marine World:
A world of water rides, a shopping center, various themed parks, restaurants and most importantly the home of the largest aquariums in the world. With a massive collection of sharks/ marine animals and exhibits; This is a must for that family outing. This location promises to give you an experience second to none in Africa.
Go scuba diving along the coast of the Indian Ocean and experience beauty in colors. Umkomaas, which is one of the top warm water diving spots in the world, is a water body flourishing with living treasures. Swim through the Outside Edge, Reggie’s Cave, Wreck Dives and lots more, to experience what the reef really has to offer.
This is a heart pumping adventure as these waters are famous for their ragged tooth sharks, and various rare water bodies. Other less life-threatening water bodies to see include turtles, whales, various fish types, moray eels and the harlequin goldie just to name a few.
Explore the city of Durban on a double-decker bus, making you feel like a prince out of Africa, The three-hour Ricksha bus promises to show you the best attractions there are to see in Durban. There are various tour companies in Durban that offer such services; while on the tour, the Burman Bush, Blue Lagoon, uShaka Marine World and the beachfront are major sites along its route.
Durban and The Beach:
From clubbing practically on waves to catching the waves, the beach in Durban is sure one of the city’s favorite. While some go kayaking at the Umgeni River, others are Yachting from the harbor, that’s if they feel it’s not a jet skiing kind of day. You can also stop by the Golden Mile bike hires that are known to provide the best tour and experience of the Durban beachfront.
Parks and Gardens:
When you talk of international standards and setting the mark, then we cannot have a list without including the parks and Gardens available in Durban. Are you a bird person? Then the Umgeni Bird Park would be perfect for you, with a large display of exotic birds at close range.
With more to see, maybe you are more into reptiles and snakes; The Snake Park on the beach is sure to keep you busy. That’s not all, there are flowers too. The Japanese Gardens with a wide display of flowers, ponds, and oriental designs is right to get that perfect atmosphere you are looking for.
There are a number of interesting museums in Durban, such as the Local History Museum, The Art Museum, Camera Museum, Africana Museum, and the Natural Science Museum, just to list a few.