Durban, situated on the coastline of Kwazulu Natal, is the only place in South Africa where you can enjoy warm weather all year round. With flights to Durban from anywhere around the world, you will land at King Shaka airport. The city is your oyster.
Beautiful beaches and warm waters is one of the Durban’s many tourist attractions, so much so that it’s no surprise that this is home to surfers who are adamant that the winter swells can compete with the best in the world. Travellers will find Durban central to game reserves within a three-hour drive up the coast, and the grand Drakensberg Mountains just a two-hour drive inland.
Famous for being the busiest port in South Africa and Africa, Durban is also a gateway to the national parks and historic sites of the Zulu Kingdom. This ideal holiday destination offers plenty to see and experience, and a must-try is the various selections of traditional Durban curry. Make sure you add the following to your to-do-list:
uShaka Marine Park – This world class family-friendly themed marine park is home to non-stop entertainment with day-time operations extending to the night time festivities. Look forward to ocean activities, rides, aquarium, amusement park, shopping and so much more.
The Golden Mile – Stretching from South Beach (where uShaka Marine World is located) to Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World in the north, the wide stretch of golden sands are artificially separated by jetties. This popular stretch, which includes the promenade, is also a well-known surfer’s haven.
Umhlanga Rocks – You can’t go to Durban and not take a walk along this promenade. With a bevy of restaurants along the beachfront and the Gateway Theatre of Shopping in close proximity, this is a tropical paradise that will guarantee leisure and relaxation. It must be said that Gateway Theatre of Shopping hosts 18 movie theatres, 6 Nouveau Cinemas, two 3D cinemas, Imax Theatre, a playhouse called the Barnyard, an entertainment venue called Wave House, an arcade and theme park, a 4000 sq. metre skate park designed by Tony Hawk, the highest indoor climbing rock in the world, the highest fountain in Africa, 1 on 1 adventure golf, MTN Science Centre, a Nissan 4×4 track and science themed park, outdoor go-carts, bungee jumping, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. They don’t call it ‘Theatre’ for nothing.
Zimbali Golf Course – A little bit of heaven for the avid golfer, the breath-taking view will make you feel like you are nowhere near any city centre. Needless to say, this is the perfect place to soak in the sun and breathe.
Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World – Complimentary to the vast art deco heritage that is found across Durban, this is more than just a casino. You can indulge in the many restaurants, a beach bar, cinemas and its own semi-private beach. If you’re visiting during the end of January, the A1 Grand Prix of Nations takes place in the streets surrounding the casino.