Often overshadowed by its pretty and edgy siblings, Cape Town and Joburg, Durban does not always get the attention it deserves as a destination… especially by locals.
However, the warm seaside city has been making international waves over the past few months, having been named among the New7Wonders Cities in November last year and coming in at the 7th position on New York Times’ prestigious 52 Places to go in 2015 list.
Hmmm… 7 definitely seems to be Durban’s lucky number!
Since it’s been gaining such acclaim worldwide we decided to make it our very first Destination of the Month for 2015 here at Traveller24.
So, if you’re keen on planning a stay-cation of sorts in the next few months, here are our Top 5 things to see and do while you’re there:
1. Head to the Beach!
We have two words for you: warm water.
Yes, unlike in Cape Town, a trip to the beach in Durban can easily be accompanied by an actual swim… without having to work yourself up to brave the water. The city has a huge array of beaches to choose from, all of which offer great water sport opportunities. And then, of course, there is the promenade – perfect for walks and cycling.
2. The I Heart Market
Taking place on the first Saturday of every month at Moses Mabhida Stadium, the I Heart Market is a platform for local foodies and designers to showcase their products. Whether you’re into pretty vintage dresses, dainty pot plants, home décor or delicious chow, the market will definitely have something to make your heart skip a beat.
3. The SkyCar at Moses Mabhida Stadium
There’s something extremely special about seeing your destination from above. Somehow it puts everything in perspective. And in Durban, the best way to do this is hopping onto the state-of-the-art SkyCar at Moses Mabhida stadium.
It’s open every day of the week from 09:00 to 17:00 (last trip leaves at 16:30) and will cost you R55 per adult, R50 per pensioner, R30 for children under twelve and free for children under 6.
4. Victoria Street Market
Colourful, vibrant and oh-so-spicy! The Victoria Street Market is the best place to experience Durban’s rich and ingrained Indian heritage. Stock up on all the curry spices your heart desires and be sure to sample a bunny chow somewhere along the way.
5. Afternoon tea at the Oyster Box Hotel
No holiday is quite complete without treating yourself to a memorable meal, now is it? Well, when you’re in Durban, we suggest you opt for a meal-between-meals and go for the afternoon tea at the Oyster Box Hotel. Something of an institution in the city, you’re bound to find tables absolutely groaning under the weight of delicious treats – both sweet and savoury.
Tea starts being served at 14:30 every afternoon and costs R220 per person.
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