Things to do in Durban – South Africa

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Durban – a vibrant, cultural city in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. It is a melting hot-pot of many different cultures, all coming together to create a city full of life, color and experiences.

Must Do

Durban is home to the Zulus, and to really appreciate Durban, you need to immerse yourself in Zulu culture. Phe Zulu is a safari park that highlights the culture and history of the Zulu nation.

The resort offers an unforgettable Zulu dancing and cultural experience, as well as a shield making session. Once you have fully participated in a Zulu dance and created your own Zulu shield, you can stop at the curio shop for some locally made crafts.

Best Part of Durban

It is undeniable that the best part of Durban is the beachfront. Durban’s promenade has been recently revamped and is a six-kilometer stretch of activity and local cuisine. Along the way, you can stop at attractions such as Suncoast Casino, Battery Beach, Ushaka Marine World, the skate park, Mini Town and rickshaw rides pulled by men in eccentric costume. It is our paradise at home, with many people enjoying the stretch at sunrise, or taking a jog when the sun is setting.

Best Walk in Durban

The Umhlanga Lagoon walk is possibly one of Durban’s best-kept secrets. The trail is suitable for runners or families with children in tow. The terrain transforms from wetlands, forest, and coastal environments, with some sand dunes scattered around. It is a refuge for many plants and animals, thanks to its unique location so close to the beach. At the end of the walk, you will exit onto the serene Umhlanga beachfront.

Best Restaurants

In Durban, you have to try shisa nyama. It is local cuisine which is braaied (barbecued) meat served with pap and enjoyed with local beer. There are restaurants in Durban dedicated to the groove lounge culture that is shisa nyama, such as Café Skyzer in Chesterville, The Joint Jazz Café in South Beach and Artizen Restaurant and Lounge in KwaMashu. However, it is advised to have a tour guide with you when entering townships.

Best Music / Festival

The Ballito Pro festival is held in Ballito and Salt Rock every year. During the festival is the Ballito Pro Music Festival, featuring some of the best local musical talents South Africa has to offer. Enjoy live music on the beach at night!

Best Nightlife

Umhlanga village is the new hub of nightlife in Durban. It is a square dedicated to hip restaurants and hearty pubs, with a few nightclubs thrown in along the way. It is central to most and is safe to walk around, bar hopping at night.

Best Day Trip out of the city

The Midlands Meander starts only an hour outside of Durban and is rich in history and curio shops. Stay at one of the acclaimed B&B’s along the way, and take the Meander route to visit quaint restaurants and local traders.

What Travelers May Not Know

Durban is a wonderful city, but it is always better to be aware and stay safe. While crime isn’t abundant, tourists can be easy targets. Keep your wits about you and enjoy this incredibly vibrant and colorful city!

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