Durban And Surrounds
Durban is South Africa’s perennial beach holiday destination, thanks to the delightful sub-tropical climate of the Indian Ocean.
Set in the Kingdom of the Zulus, officially known as the KwaZulu-Natal Province, Durban is the ideal place to tap into a melting pot of African, Indian and European cultures – as it offers up an exciting and varied itinerary for any discerning tourist.
Renowned for its wide golden beaches, Durban is definitely a holidaymaker's gateway to the dozens of seaside resort towns located along the south and north coasts of the city, such as Scottburgh and Umhlanga Rocks respectively. If you’re looking for superb swimming and surfing conditions – this is the spot for you.
The city resonates with an exciting mix of cultures. These include the heritage of the mighty amaZulu warriors whose presence reverberates all the way past the Tugela River in the north where the legendary King Shaka once ruled. It is also home to a large Indian community owing to the deep-rooted British colonial history. As you explore the city you will marvel at some of the classic colonial architecture as well as see some of the finest temples and mosques in South Africa.
The province also boasts two World Heritage Sites as part of its tourism appeal, namely the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park and the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park. Don’t forget the incredible Moses Mabhida Stadium or the King Shaka Airport which has increased Durban’s international capacity both as a sought-after holiday destination as well as a key contributor within South Africa’s import and export business sector.
The ever-popular 'Golden Mile' is the city’s most central beach, which is literally a short stroll away from numerous high-rise hotels, paddling pools and fishing piers. A promenade packed with amusement parks, entertainment facilities, flea markets and colourful traditionally clad Zulu rickshaw pullers also parallels the beach. Public transport within the city has subsequently been augmented by a fleet of 'tuk-tuk' type three-wheelers taxis.
Nightlife in Durban is full of energy and vitality and should not be missed. Visit Florida Road and Mahatma Gandhi Road (formerly Point Road) to get a taste of the city after dark.
It would also be worthwhile visiting the Natal Midlands or the surreal-looking Drakensberg Mountains which set the backdrop in the west.