Lying on the Eastern coast of South Africa, Durban is blessed with a natural scenic beauty which matches the warmth of its people who are from diverse ethnicities. Travellers to Durban mostly seek the warmth of sun on the sprawling golden beaches of the city, but there is a lot more to the city than its beaches. As the city is warm throughout the year, you can plan a holiday at any time of the year.
The ‘Golden Mile’ in South Africa is a beachfront that stretches from Blue Lagoon to Ushaka Marine World and is zealously maintained by the local authorities as tourism pours billions of dollars into its economy. The beachfront is maintained in an ideal condition for swimming and surfing, including wind surfing and kite-surfing. A slew of hotels dot the beachfront and you can easily book a suite in one of them to enjoy all the tourist attractions that the city has to offer. Some of the most popular of these include:
There are so many fun water activities available in Durban that tourists are spoilt for choices, but they don’t mind planning a long enough visit to enjoy all of these. If you are planning a visit to Durban, don’t miss the jet skiing at Blue Lagoon, finding yourself at the top of the waves when surfing at uShaka Moyo Pier, and yachting at any harbour. When you get tired of these strenuous activities, you can bask in the sun at Suncoast Casino or Entertainment World, or check out the gourmet delights that Wilson’s Wharf has to offer.
Durban Tour on Rickshaw Bus
The best way to learn about all the tourist attractions of the city is to go on a Durban tour on a double-decker bus, famously called the Rickshaw Bus. This topless bus takes you through places of interest such as the uShaka Marine World, Blue Lagoon, Emmanual Cathedral, Burman Bush and Victoria Street Market. In three hours of this tour, you will get a feel of what the city has to offer, allowing you to plan the rest of your itinerary in a well-informed manner.
Rocks and Hills
Contrary to popular perception, Durban is not all about beaches and being in the middle of a crowd at all times. The tranquil and scenic Valley of 1000 Hills is just a 30 minutes drive away from the city. It is the ideal place for enjoying a relaxed time in the lap of luxurious laidback country theme. For a great family experience, the Umhlanga Rocks are a must visit. Nature reserves, beach resorts, party atmosphere and fine dining awaits you here along with “Gateway the Theatre of Shopping” and Sharks Board.
Casinos and Cinema
The biggest casino in South Africa, Suncoast lies on Durban’s Golden Mile. The humungous gaming board of 7000 meter square has more than 50 gaming tables and over 1300 slot machines. When you are done with gambling, or if you aren’t interested, check out what’s showing on Suncoast’s eight cinema screens.