A Taste of Durban

Durban is open and has launched their long-awaited Summer Extravaganza.  If you feel like you have had cabin fever, and are looking for adventure, Durban fits the bill, in all senses, offering great value for money and a myriad of choices.  Whether you are longing for quality time with your significant other, or dreaming of a family escape, there quite literally is something for everyone.  Make your holiday break a safe and memorable one, with world-class tourism and leisure options in and around the City.

Here’s how to make the most of your time in The Warmest Place to Be:

  1. Just add water. Visit Ushaka Marine World and relive your childhood. Experience the sheer delight of the Dolphin shows this season. Words really can’t describe the beauty of these creatures and they are guaranteed to restore your soul and take your breath away.  Put on your bathing suit and brave the thrills and spills, as you plunge down the Free Fall Slide or Body Tornedo, and if you are not into an adrenalin rush, take a walk through the 5th largest aquarium in the world.  Who knows, you may very well come face to snout with one of the creatures of the deep.  Stroll along South Africa’s longest beach promenade, and smell the suntan lotion, as you sip on your favorite cocktail at one of the City’s seaside cafes. Head west and enjoy a day out at Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, take a hike and feel the spray of the Kloof Falls, the highest of 9 waterfalls located in this hidden gem of riverine forest. Sign up for a surf lesson and tick surfing off your bucket list as you crest the waves or take a short drive north along the KZN coastline and experience the wind and waves learning to kitesurf.

 

  1. Get outdoors.  Venture out into Durban’s wide-open spaces.  Feel the sun on your skin as you gallop your horse along the sapphire coast, just a short 30 minutes south and take a breath of fresh air, as you experience Durban’s’ nature and wildlife areas.  Visit Gibaland at Giba Gorge and spend a summer evening glamping in their very unique Teepee Village.  This is an absolute delight for children, and you can do some star gazing as they roast marshmallows, enjoying the beautiful surroundings.  If you are longing for solitude or need a romantic break, get your flower power vibe on and check out Ammazulu African Palace.  Escape for the day and visit the valley of 1000 Hills. Drive through this scenic region and do whatever takes your fancy. Sample a craft beer at the 1000 Hills Chefs School or visit Inanda dam and do nothing but soak up the sun, view the strolling zebras and enjoy a family picnic.

  1. Take a culture trip. No holiday to Durban would be complete without a township experience.  Step out of your boundaries and take an informative tour with one of the knowledgeable local guides; and immerse yourself in the pulse and vibrant culture of township life. Finish off with a visit to an authentic eKasi township lifestyle and experience first-hand the pulse of the vibrant culture in our local shisanyama restaurant. Stop at Phezulu Safari Park and hear the spine-tingling beat of the African drums. Witness an ancient Zulu ceremony, as the diviners ‘throw the bones’ to communicate with their spiritual ancestors and sway to the rhythm of traditional Zulu dancing.  Visit one of Durban’s local markets and smell the aromatic spices. Once the hustle and bustle are over, sit back and relax with a cup of tea under the tree’s; at the cosmopolitan Kwa-Zulu Natal Society of the Arts Gallery. Pop into the gallery shop, that features a treasure trove of local artworks, supporting over 300 artists and local small businesses; and do your bit to uplift the local community. Feel the peace and tranquility as you follow in the footsteps of Mahatma Ghandi, exploring the Inanda Heritage route. This is a fascinating journey of the regions history and it was here, at Inanda’s Ohlange Institute, that Nelson Mandela cast his first vote in 1994.

 

  1. Max out on adventure. Durban has activities to suit just about every taste – from adrenaline pumping thrills like shark cage diving and skydiving, to more tranquil options like long boarding next to the ocean or taking a hot air balloon trip. If you are serious about sport, enjoy the endless trail runs, or combine your holiday, with a well-known sports event, such as the comrades’ marathon, or Sani to Sea and enjoy spectacular scenery en route.

  1. Get your retail fix. Put on your walking shoes and browse one of Durban’s magnificent outdoor markets. Shop for organic fresh produce, find your dream dress or select gifts to take back home from talented local artists and crafters. If you have a special occasion and are looking for global brands, take a 15-minute drive to Umhlanga and look at Africa’s 3rd largest shopping Centre, boasting 400 stores and close to 70 eateries.  Combine your retail therapy with a superb lunch out and visit Florida Road precinct – A trendy cosmopolitan experience, where cafes line the sidewalks amidst buzzing art galleries and boutique shops.

 

  1. Walk away with a creative masterpiece. Durban is an entrepreneurial hub, and you will want to spend a day visiting some of the city’s museums and art galleries. Browse around and find a unique piece, made by one of Durban’s emerging or established local artists, that reflects the strong culture of the area.    Drive along the gorgeous South Coast shoreline and pop in at the traditional Umgababa market, offering an impressive array of Zulu pots, hand woven grass baskets, cow skin drums, printed fabrics and other interesting objects d’arts.

  1. Enjoy an unforgettable coastal culinary experience. Talk to the locals and they will be able to direct you to the best restaurants in Town.  The options are endless, due to the rich cultural heritage of Durban.  If you want a true taste of Durban, look no further than the cities famous Bunny Chow (a quarter loaf of fresh white bread, filled with your favorite curry), or grab your sarong and sample the spicy masala pineapple, as you walk along the beach.  Once you’ve worked up an appetite, try some authentic flavors, like juicy chicken strips and tjips (South African fries), or umbila (Zulu mealies, roasted or boiled).  Durban’s mouth-watering cuisine sets it apart from any other city in South Africa. Whether you head North, South, East or West, you will find everything, from street food to fine dining options that will delight your senses.

 

Keen to experience all that Durban has to offer?

Then don your masks, social distance and sanitize… Let’s all Rediscover Durban safely by observing all Covid-19 protocols!

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