Described as “The coolest city in South Africa you’ve ever seen” by CNN, voted as the city with the best “quality of living in South Africa for three consecutive years”, and praised by many because it is rapidly growing city with a laid-back lifestyle, visiting Durban is a must at least once!
If you need some convincing to plan your next holiday, have a look at the top 5 reasons to discover the city.
IT IS AFFORDABLE
Whether you are on a budget, or you just wish to have an incredible experience at low-cost, Durban will make you happy. It is still not yet as a popular destination as Cape Town or Johannesburg, which means that it is way more affordable to visit. You will save both on food and rent. Moreover, it has various low-cost or even free activities for you to enjoy.
A WARM CLIMATE
Nothing can ruin a trip more than being unable to explore a country because of the weather! What makes Durban the ideal holiday destination is that you do not have to worry about that. A sunny weather and a warm climate can be enjoyed all throughout the year, even in winter. This is thanks to its strategic position in the Indian Ocean.
Since the weather is always warm, you can enjoy the beach and have a swim at any time of the year. Durban has some of the best beaches in South Africa. In fact, the Golden Mile is a very popular attraction. This 3.7-mile-long sandy beach is a dream for those who enjoy the sea. You can even surf on its waves. Moreover, the beach features exotic restaurants, nightclubs and hotels.
Famed for its mixed African and Indian culture, you can “see” the Indian heritage, with women in saris selling spices, curry powders, silk scarves and other items. Your taste buds will delight Indian curries. Do not forget the city’s signature dish of Bunny Chow. However, you will find more treats than curry in its active weekly food markets. From fine dining to street food, you will find something according to your pocket and taste!
This vibrant city is so rich in culture and heritage that it will amaze you with its secret wonders. Discover its quirkiness and uniqueness by going on a historical journey. For instance, you can discover the The Inanda Heritage Route or explore the Zulu culture. You will find replica Zulu homesteads where you can participate in traditional ceremonies, learn about their customs, try traditional beverages and enjoy Zulu dance performances. Explore its valleys and hills and watch the secret sunrise…
A LITTLE EXTRA FOR THOSE VISITING IN MAY/JUNE; THE SARDINE RUN
If you are visiting Durban in May/June, you will be able to enjoy the Sardine Run! This is the migration of huge shoals of silver sardines from the cold oceans of the country’s Cape up along the coastline to Durban. A once-in-a-lifetime spectacle that both kids and adults will enjoy.