When you think about
Durban, your mind probably goes to sandy beaches, perfect waves, warm weather
and perpetual sunshine (and perhaps even a Durban curry or a bunny chow!).
After all, these are the very reasons why so many people book Kulula flights to Durban and head off to its sandy shores. That being
said, there is actually a lot more to Durban than just the ocean and blue skies.
If you’re keen to see another side to Durban, you’re going to need to get excited about exploring a little further. Below are just a few of Durban’s other top attractions:
Get cultural with a visit to the “Indian Quarter”
Prepare to feel like you have stepped into a whole new world when you head into the Indian Quarter. Durban plays host to the largest population of Indians, second only to India itself.
The Indian Quarter is found in Victoria Street and includes the market and the Juma Masjid Mosque which is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. At the Victoria Street Market amid the sounds and colours of a bustling market,your senses will be treated to the aromatic smells of curry, and the glittering sights ofcultural jewellery, beaded clothing items, and just about every treat you can think of. Bring some cash along with you and a camera – the richness of the sights are well worthy of a few shots.
Picnic in style at the Durban Botanical Gardens
“Bot Gardens” as the locals call it, is one of Africa’s oldest surviving botanic gardens. It was established in 1849 and is every bit as beautiful now as it was then. Inside the gardens are numerous benches and spots to lay out your picnic blanket or simply nestle into the grass and enjoy a good book. You will see many indigenous trees and plants and even a cycad collection and orchid house.
If you aren’t keen to picnic, there’s a tea garden with a simple, but value-for-money menu on offer. There’s also a Japanese garden with sculptures and interesting pieces to see. The Durban Botanical Gardens are found in Zikhali Road in Berea.
Take a stroll along the Golden Mile
The Golden Mile shows of some of Durban’s best beaches (namely South Beach, North Beach and Addington Beach) and that’s more than enough to tempt you into looking online for affordable Kulula flights to Durban. But there’s more to the mile than just the beach.
Spend a day paddling, surfing, swimming or just soaking up the sun. If you like to fish, The Bay of Plenty has some great fishing spots for you to try out. You will also see some interesting high-rise apartment buildings and have quick access to a variety of restaurants and bars. There arevendors aplenty along the shoreline keen to bargain with you as they sell theircrafts and keepsakes, as well as some beautiful sand art.
Take the plunge…off the Moses Mabhida Stadium
Built for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Moses Mabhida Stadium is an icon in its own right. The stadium is well-used for events, shows, and sports activities, but it’s also popularly known for the “Big Rush Big Swing”. If you have ever wanted to bungee before, here is the place to do it. You can plunge from the top of the stadium with only a few cords guaranteeing your safety.
Gaze out over the hills – or 1000 of them at least
The Valley of 1000 Hills is a firm favourite for both locals and visitors to the area. It’s a superbly scenic drive with a plethora of stops along the way. The elevated road provides the ideal view of the valleys and mountains below complete with traditional Zulu homesteads.
There are several country restaurants and pubs to visit for a quick bite, a drink, and a sneak peek at their unique viewpoints. The following stop points are highly recommended: Intaba View, Pot & Kettle, and The View Café.
Get back to nature at the PheZulu Safari Park
If you take a short drive up from the Valley of 1000 Hills, you will come across the PheZulu Safari Park. If crocodiles and snakes are your thing, you will have a wonderful time here. Visitors can watch the crocodiles feeding, view game and wildlife and stroll through the snake displays. On certain days, guests are treated to Zulu dancing and shield-making workshops. There’s a shop and mini restaurant on site too.
Spend an afternoon at the Umgeni River Bird Park
If you have seen a bird park before, prepare for this particular park to blow that experience out of the sky. The Umgeni River Bird Park is host to several hundreds of bird species. Enjoy a free flight bird show, stroll through the park to discover a plethora of birds, and enjoy a light meal and refreshments at the Cockatoo Café tea garden. The walkways through the park are somewhat beautiful as they wind through lush forest-like vegetation and waterfalls.
Take a romantic ride on a Zulumoon Gondola
If you have ever wanted to experience a thrilling gondola ride, the Durban Point Waterfront canals is the place to go. What’s great about Zulumoon Gondolas is that they offer rides for all occasions. Take a day time ride to see some of the sights of Durbanwhile you pass the time, make an adventure on one of the many masked rides for events or plan a romantic evening ride and even a special treat for the little ones. Whether you just want a ride or a fully catered picnic ride, this is a great way to spend an afternoon or evening.
Get back to nature in the Palmiet Nature Reserve
There’s something magical about the Palmiet Nature Reserve. You can go on a guided trail, hike alone, or enjoy a braai or picnic in the braai areas. There are more that 150 species of birds to spot, magnificent outlooks over cliffs, a walk through the forests or encounter wildlife and dip your feet in the fresh river water. It’s a great way to spend the day, especially if you have a family with kids.
And much, much more…
If that’s not enough for you, there’s a whole lot more you can do and see in Durban. Below is a quick list of a few additional places you can look into while holidaying in Durbs:
- BAT Centre (arts and cultural entertainment)
- Durban Ice Skating Arena
- Durban Natural Science Museum
- Port Natal Maritime Museum
- Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve
- Royal Durban Golf Club
- African Arts Centre
- African Birds of Prey Sanctuary
- The Bergthiel Museum
- The Old Fort
- I Heart Market
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