The city of Durban lies on the warm east coast of South Africa, about 600km from Johannesburg. It is blessed with a warm sub-tropical climate with ocean temperatures dropping to all of 20 degrees Celsius in winter! It boasts long stretches of beaches, one of the largest Indian populations outside of the Indian subcontinent and beautiful scenery just inland. There are endless options for Durban holiday accommodation and endless things to do in Durban. To start you off here are a few ‘musts’.
• Visit the Indian Quarter and the Victoria Street Market. Visiting this part of Durban will have you feeling like you’ve stepped into another world. Within the market space brightly coloured saris abound as do rows of spices. While in the area do not pass up the opportunity to try a bunny chow – a uniquely South African dish consisting of curry served in a hollowed-out loaf of bread.
• The Durban Botanical Gardens offer the chance to relax, perhaps with a picnic, in beautiful, safe surroundings with rare plant species and ogle-worthy orchids.
• Do a bridge walk or the big swing at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, constructed for the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa. The bridge is 160m high and the swing follows a 220m arc. It is confirmed as being the biggest bridge swing in the world!
• Stop by Ushaka Marine World, a fantabulous entertainment centre offering the peaceful eeriness provided by an aquarium combined with the rowdy playfulness of a waterpark. There are a number of freshwater tube circuits and slides as well as the unique Cargo Hold restaurant. Modelled on a ship’s interior, the restaurant shares one ‘wall’ with an aquarium tank, giving diners the sensation of eating below the ocean.
• To get the best out of a Durban evening, consider a stroll along the beach-front promenade which stretches between the Moses Mabhida Stadium and Ushaka Marine World. Not only will you be able to breath in the fresh sea air, but you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of Durban’s surfers in action as well as check out the other walkers/posers/beach-goers/tourists.
• Just South of Durban, 5 kilometres into the sea from the Umkomaas River mouth at Amanzimtoti, lies Aliwal Shoal. This fossilised sand dune his home to a large variety of warm and cold water fish and is particularly lively during the annual sardine run. The colourful varieties of marine inhabitants make this a prized location for scuba divers!
• Inland from Durban lies the breath-taking Valley of a Thousand Hills. As you might imagine, this region is defined by its green rolling hills as far as the eye can see and fresh air. It makes an easy self-drive trip with loads of scenic picnic spots along the way.
At the end of all this exploring, you will no doubt be in need of a soft place to rest your head. Accommodation in Durbs is varied from guest-houses to hotels to backpackers. Book your Durban holiday accommodation now to make your vacation a reality.