Travel Thursday: Durban, ZA

Hello from a very hot and humid Johannesburg. This is the second blog in my South Africa tour, the first was all about Cape Town which you can find on my blog. Over the coming weeks, I will be continuing my traveling journey every Thursday.

So it’s on with the show…

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Durban is a coastal city in Eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province. I know I referred to Cape Town as being magical but Durban sits on its own throne and boy does it deserve recognition. Apart from its stunning beaches and seafront Hotels Durban also offers the traveler a diverse menu of other things to do.

Let’s take a look:

  1. Durban features the largest mall in Africa. It features over 200 000 sqm of shopping space, 400 stores, and eateries. It has an awesome cinema complex which recently added 4dx movies to their list of offerings. It simply is a must see. See for yourself.
  2. Ushaka Marine World is number two on my list because it offers fun for the whole family. Dive with sharks, enjoy the water world theme park, watch dolphin shows and visit the huge aquarium that immerses you into nature and makes you feel small and special at the same time knowing what nature brings to the table. They also do a lot to educate about water pollution, especially in our oceans. Visit their Website to take a closer look.
  3. Yes, there is shopping and an amazing theme park but Durban is not just about the glam. Durban has a rich culture and a diverse history. Food especially puts on a whole other jacket here offering some of the best local cuisines. Forget about the branded restaurants and try something local like samosas, trust me they are to die for. Also ask around (or google)  about smaller establishments that offer a unique dining experience, one that you will remember. Check out Zomato for reviews and ratings on restaurants in the area.
  4. Apart from food, there is also the KZN Art Gallery which offers the art lover some of the best locally produced artworks, entrance is free. The only thing that is not is if you fall in love with an item and decide to take it home. If art is not your thing why not visit the Umgeni River Bird Park or get lost in the Durban Natural Science museum. There are also other museums within Durban that have stories to tell about our Countries rich history.
  5. Go surfing or you could have yourself a picnic at the Durban Botanical Gardens which boasts the rarest collection of cycads in the world. End or extend your day with a horseback ride on the beach or pay a visit to the Rooftop Night Market for an evening of fun.
  6. As you can tell by now Durban offers a lot to the tourist within you but I might have one more. For a unique experience take the Sunday Steam Train through the valley of a 1000 Hills. Tickets are affordable and Book in advance to avoid disappointment. This is one trip you won’t forget.

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Trust me when I say there is lots more to enjoy than just these six things I have put together. I believe Durban surprises you and even I do not know all it’s secrets and therein lies the mystery. It’s about the journey of discovery that takes place when you visit this city and its people. At the same time, it’s also about what you take with you when you leave and I hope when you go you leave with fond memories.

That is it from me-

Happy Travels

JR

If you missed my post on Cape Town you can view it here.

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