Durban is often called South Africa’s Miami Beach, and it is one of the most popular cities of South Africa and the largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.
This beautiful city with the busiest port in South Africa, stunning weather all year round, beachfront with luxury hotels, restaurants and activities as well as beach that offers spectacular views of the ocean, is THE perfect holiday and weekend getaway destination.
What we love about Durban is that the city attracts people with different interests and budgets and offers an amazing amount of activities, things to do for everyone. The city is viby and very friendly. The Food is to die for (no joke!) – Durban Curry is a MUST to try when in the city. It’s an outdoor and water sports paradise for those loving surfing, sailing, kayaking, swimming … and for those loving more leisure-like “activities” plenty of sea front bars, cafes, restaurants to enjoy great cocktails, foods and of course THE sea view.
Durban sunrises are worth waking up to and combined with morning stroll on the beach are perfect start to the day.
The city beach front is full of creative people, music, arts and craft markets, food stalls all happening from early hours till late evening.
Need more convincing? Here is what some of South African friendly bloggers and travelers had to say:
Verushka Ramasami | Twitter: @Verushka143
Durban is one of the most under-rated cities in South Africa. A buzzing city with great weather all year round makes Durban a must visit place.The city is indeed a melting pot of the Rainbow Nation and with friendly locals and some the most delicious food on the planet.One thing every visitor to Durban should do is definitely eat their way through the city.Eating a Durban style bunny chow is top on the list of things to eat.A dish created in Durban by the local indentured Indian labourers who came to work on the Sugar Cane fields for the British.A Bunny Chow is a loaf of bread that is hollowed out and filled with a spicy Lamb,Bean or Chicken curry with lots of gravy and melting potatoes, best eaten by hand with a carrot salad and washed down with anice-cold Coke which is defo one experience every visitor to Durban should try.
Antonia Krauss | Twitter: @traveltonia
Why one should visit Durban? For me that’s an easy question to answer. As many you might know, Durban is famous for its golden beaches, luxury holiday resorts, sugar cane fields and authentic Indian food. For me Durban offers so much more. People often tend to forget Durban’s rich historical background and culture. I’ve been to Durban many times and on my last trip, hired a professional and local guide to experience the ‘real Durban’. The day was filled with a visit to the botanical gardens, beautiful Hindu Temples, as well as a delicious plant-based lunch at one of the temples. To step back into history, we visited the Gandhi House at the Phoenix Settlement. It’s a reconstruction of the original house, which was build for Gandhi and his family. Inside the museum you’ll find various charts and portraits. Another highlight of the Durban tour was the visit to a spice shop, where I stocked up on packets of the Masala spice mix in order to take the aromatic scent of Durban back home with me to Cape Town.
Kim Loubser | Twitter: @InSearchofChoc
Averaging 320 days of sunshine a year, it is clear to see why Durban is a firm favourite holiday destination for both locals and tourists alike. From the time you start your descent on the plane, you are greeted by lush green sugar cane fields and rolling hills. The climate in Durban is tropical and humid, so I always feel like I am landing on an exotic island.
The laid back cousin of Cape Town, Durban offers sunshine, friendly locals, warm water and laid back vibes to make for a perfect getaway every time.
Some of the must do activities include:
Walking along the Golden Mile on the promenade. It stretches for 6 kilometers along the Durban city beachfront and is one of the best ways to appreciate the city and does not cost a thing!
See the city by Rickshaw: If vibrant beach vibes are what you are after why not try a ride on a rickshaw. Durban promenade is synonymous with rickshaw pullers, a unique attraction run by the Zulu population. The rickshaw pullers are known for their costumes and headpieces adorned in beads and various decorative clothing items incorporating from the Zulu culture.
Moses Mabida Stadium: There are various activities for thrill seekers at the Moses Mabida Stadium. Walk up 500 steps or take the SkyCar to ride to the top of the stadium arch. The viewing platform at the top makes for magnificent views across the city.
Megan Richards | Twitter: @blogauthentic
Sunny weather, the beach and bunny chows instantly come to mind when I think of Durban. There are so many parts to this beautiful province, with many hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Ballito is a firm favourite of mine to visit during Spring/Summer. It is situated north of Durban, approximately 45-minute drive from Durban central. The tropical area is ideal for surfers or anyone who loves the beach, but still desires tranquillity. There are plenty of holiday houses on Surfers and Willard beach, and restaurants for food and wine lovers closeby. Your tropical paradise awaits!
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See you in Durbs!
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