The cosmopolitan city of Durban is situated on South Africa’s east coast. With its warm subtropical climate, extensive beaches and exciting attractions, Durban is a great destination on holidays to South Africa. An international population has made the city its home, and means there are attractions and entertainment on offer for most tastes.
A great place to get into the spirit of Durban is Wilson’s Wharf. The waterfront marina is home to restaurants, shops, a theatre and the Natal Maritime Museum – set on board three ships. Boat tours are also available around the harbour and coastline, giving you an excellent view of the yacht marina, working port and the Bayhead Heritage Park.
To get a great introduction to this varied city, take one of the popular walking tours. In the company of an experienced guide, enjoy the sights and sounds of Durban – especially the city’s colonial and art deco architecture.
Also visit uShaka Marine World which is a large theme park at Durban Point. uShaka Sea World is home to one of the largest aquariums in the world, housing a vast array of marine life while hosting dolphin and seal shows. Next door is uShaka Wet ‘n Wild – a water park with a big selection of slides and rides, making Marine World a great day out for all the family.
The Phansi Museum is an interesting stop for those interested in South African art and culture, where you can see Zulu beadwork, pots and dolls, along with ceremonial items and artefacts from across the rest of southern Africa.
The Golden Mile is a popular attraction along the waterfront, and there is a long stretch of sand on which to enjoy the sunshine, swim in the warm Indian Ocean and perhaps try your hand at surfing.
Wildlife lovers will enjoy a visit to the Umgeni River Bird Park, where you can witness various rare and endangered birds and enjoy daily shows. The Botanic Gardens are a peaceful pocket in the city, where you can find African, Asian and American originating plants.
Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World is a large leisure complex on the Golden Mile, featuring a casino, various restaurants and a children’s entertainment area. There are lots of places to enjoy a night out in Durban, especially if you want to be part of the thriving live music scene.
The city is home to many great places to eat, and the multicultural population means there are all kinds of cuisine on offer. Wilson’s Wharf, Umhlanga and Florida Road are some of the most popular eating and entertainment districts.
Sports fans are spoilt for choice in Durban. The city is home to the Moses Mabhida Stadium – one of the host stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and now home to the AmaZulu domestic football team. Visitors can even take a cable car across the stadium’s iconic central arch. Elsewhere, rugby union fans can watch the Natal Sharks compete in the Currie Cup and the Sharks compete in the Super Rugby competition. The Sahara Stadium Kingsmead is home to cricket in Durban and hosts the Dolphins when not being used for international matches.
This bustling and exciting city is a great place to visit on South Africa holidays with the variety of attractions making it a versatile destination for everyone, as there is something to suit all tastes and budgets.