Ever been to Durban? If you haven’t you should really consider it, it’s beautiful there. So beautiful it has actually been named one of the ‘New7Wonder Cities’ of the world. Pretty impressive, right?
Besides its indescribable beauty, it is one of South Africa’s many cities that has a lot to offer. While Durban may not be the first South African city you think of, it is one of South Africa’s most rewarding cities.
This city promises wonderful weather, numerous beaches, and a fun nightlife – this is probably why millions of tourists flock to Durban year in year out. With a population of over 3.5 million, you can rest assured that there will always be a million and one things to do in the city.
Things to do in Durban
Swim in the Indian Ocean
If you’re not excited by the mere thought of swimming in an ocean; maybe the fact that it would increase your ‘cool’ points should appeal to you. Besides swimming, there are also a ton of things you can do in the ocean and on the beach: you can go diving, you can surf, you can get a tan if that’s all you want. Name it and Durban will provide it for you.
Visit KZN SA Gallery
I know you have a bit of an artist in you. Everyone does. So if you’re looking to feed the artist side of you, Go and look at beautiful paintings that speak to you, hang out with fellow art aficionados, or you could simply have a coffee. Whatever you choose, you should not miss out what the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts Gallery has to offer you.
Visit Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World.
The suncoast casino and entertainment world can be found along the Golden Mile and has been described as an ‘entertainment haven’. It offers options of shopping gaming, dining, live entertainment and many more. The casino has 67 gaming Tables, 1,600 Slot machines and so much more while the whole the complex itself comes with 8 cinemas, restaurants, a sundeck and even conference facilities for the business people. Already excited?
Nature and Wildlife
If you’re a fan of the great outdoors, then you might want to check these places out when visiting Durban
- Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve
- Hawaan Forest
- Burman Bush
- The Durban Botanic Gardens offer great scenery and occasional musical events near the lake.
- Pigeon Valley Nature reserve
- New Germany Nature Reserve
- Umgeni River Bird Park
Wine & Dine
What could be better than treating yourself to good food and good drinks? Durban has some of the finest selection of wines and cuisine in South Africa. So if you’re looking for where to dine while you’re in Durban, you can try any of these places:
- Cargo Hold
- Roma Revolving
- The Corner Cafe
- Butcher Boys Grill
- The Oyster Box Grill Room and Ocean Terrace
- Freedom Gill
- Ile Maurice
- Unity Brasserie
- Bus Stop Bar And Grill
- 9th Avenue Bistro
Promise to try the ‘bunny chow’ while you’re at it too. The Bunny Chow is essentially a hollowed out half loaf of bread that is filled with any curry of your choice. A bunny chow made with a quarter loaf of bread is referred to as kota. I understand how you might be completely skeptical but trust me, it’s completely worth it. See how good it looks though.
More on Durban
Durban is located in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. Fun fact: it is actually the largest city in the province. It is also the third most populous urban city, ranking behind Johannesburg and Cape Town. It is also home to South Africa’s busiest port.
What’s more, Durban is also one of the most influential manufacturing hubs in South Africa, right behind Johannesburg. Just so you know – Durban is all about business and pleasure. Durban is a city that holds many appeals, no wonder it has the highest number of Indians outside India.
So next time you’re in Durban, be sure to go out of your way to have the time of your life. After all, what happen’s in Durban stays in Durban – that’s how the saying goes, right?