Highlights and main attractions of Durban

The third largest of South Africa’s metropolises, Durban a lively and well-connected city and it is likely that you will pass through here whilst visiting the Kwazulu-Natal region, but those who stay longer and get under the skin of the city find it to be a pleasant and easy-going place where you could easily slip into the infectious surfer lifestyle that pervades.

Durban has an interesting cultural heritage that reflects its position as one of the most important ports in Southern Africa.

Where is Durban?

Location and Activities

Durban was originally shaped by Zulu and Indian settlers who arrived as labourers in the 19th Century, and this influence has remained throughout the city, from the multi-cultural inhabitants to the unique ‘bunny chow’ curries served in hollowed out bread! The ‘Golden Mile’ is often a great starting point for exploring – a stretch of golden yellow sand that includes a blue lagoon and which is fronted by year-round warm waters that make for prime surfing territory. Pay a visit to the KwaMuhle Museum, where you can learn more about what life was like in the city before and during the era of apartheid. Those interested in the marine life of the region can visit the Natal Sharks Board to learn more about the enormous great white sharks that are known to frequent the waters off the KwaZulu-Natal coast, with audiovisual presentations, and even the opportunity to accompany the research staff on their boat trips.

There are also a number of rewarding day excursions from the city for those looking to explore a little further afield, such as the independent kingdom of Lesotho.  This involves a scenic 4x4 ascent of the famous Sani Pass, a steep road that weaves and carves its way into the hillside beyond the Drakensberg mountains. Once you have reached the peak you can stop at the highest pub in Africa - Sani Top Chalet. Why not combine with a visit to a Basotho village where the local goat herders make their journey at altitude across the mountainous terrain on the diminutive Basotho ponies?

The Durban Botanic Gardens are Africa’s oldest surviving botanic gardens covering 15 hectares of subtropical plant species.


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