Durban and its surrounds was first settled in 1824 by British Lieutenant FG Farewell. After befriending the Zulu King Shaka, Farewell was granted 30 miles of coastland. Since that gift, Durban has evolved into the biggest city on the eastern coast of Africa, as well as one of the most popular to visit during holidays to South Africa.
One of the first places to visit is a stretch of beach called the Golden Mile. It runs from the South Beach region, near uShaka Marine World, to the newly-constructed Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World. Named for the beautiful sand that runs along the water, the Golden Mile boasts some of the best beachfront on the entire continent. There are many beaches divided by massive piers that shoot out into the ocean. Beachgoers will love soaking in the tropical sunshine and warm waters in the Indian Ocean. The beaches are protected by shark nets and lifeguards year round and the area is a very popular surfing destination.
The property on the Golden Mile is a mix of residential apartments and tourist hotels, which are interspersed with a number of restaurants and nightclubs. Some other popular locations on the Golden Mile are the Blue Lagoon fishing spot, an oceanfront pavement stretch along the beach, a skate park and the Surfing Museum, which catalogues the history of surfing in Durban.
Durban has one of the largest Indian populations outside of the subcontinent, and this is reflected in the city’s excellent food. It has put its own unique spin on curry and created a dish named the bunny chow. The dish is a quarter loaf of bread, hollowed out and filled with the curry of your choice. Some of the best places to get some good bunny chow are in the Workshop restaurants or in the Indian neighborhood near Victoria Market.
An area in Durban that continues to grow in popularity is the bustling Florida Road. As the social centre of the city, Florida Road is packed with trendy restaurants and fun nightclubs. Some of the most popular places to eat are the Morningside restaurants and the Italian sidewalk café, Spiga d’Oro. Spice, another eatery, grew in popularity after Bill Clinton and Bill Gates each ate there.
As well as having some great nightlife and eating, Florida Road has some other points of interest. During the day, you will see many people shopping at the boutique stores and visiting the city’s most interesting bookstore, Book Base, which is located at the top of Florida Road. Book Base is filled with collectables and first edition books that are hard to find anywhere else. If that is still not enough to convince you to visit Florida Road, there is also a lot of historical material with ties to the Zulu Wars, which should not be missed.
Durban has long been a very popular tourist destination for South Africa holidays, and for good reason. With miles of beautiful beaches and an active nightlife, it’s clear why so many people come to visit. Once you check into your hotel and begin exploring the city, you will be sucked into its wonder – and it’s likely you won’t want to leave.