Tourism Indaba takes place at the Durban International Convention Centre from May 16-18. Why not take a much needed holiday to Durban while here? Clinton Moodley together with Durban Tourism lists the top 10.
1: Walking Tours
One has to enjoy a walking tour while in Durban. Just being around its scenic views and the people are enough to make your stay memorable.
The Oriental Walk-about Tour is recommended. It starts at the Tourist Junction, Old Durban Station. The tour provides a look at Durban Indian and Zulu culture, explores the Victoria Street Market, Juma Masjid Mosque, the largest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere and some of the best sites of the city, including Emmanuel Cathedral, built over 100 years ago.
Contact: 031 322 4204
2: Wilson’s Wharf
I love spending Sunday afternoons at Wilson Wharf, one of the city’s best places to unwind.
Situated on Durban’s Victoria embankment, between the Yacht Mole and the Sugar Terminal, Wilson’s Wharf is the city’s trendiest fusion of fun, food, crafts and top shows, blended with the rustic interface of a boating marina and working slipways. When there, take a boat trip.
Contact: 031 907 8792
3: Take a Ricksha Bus
If you are interested in getting to know more about Durban, its history and some of the major attractions available, hop on the double-decker Ricksha Bus for a scenic a three hour city tour.
Contact: 031 322 4209
4: Ricksha Pullers
A ricksha ride is a must do when in Durban. The two wheel carriages escort single or pairs along the Golden Mile. Trust me, it's a memorable experience.
5: uShaka Marine World
Fun and adventure is what Ushaka Marine World, one of the largest aquariums in the world has on offer. Try Wet and Wild, the Shark Cage diving and snorkelling.
Tel: 031 328 8000
6: Moses Mabhida Stadium and Segway Glides
Moses Mabhida Stadium has so much to offer, from the Big Rush Swing, the largest bungee swing in the world to the SkyCar. Those fitness fanatics can take a 550 step walk to the top of the Stadium Arch or grab a healthy meal at one of the eateries. Segway tours are one of the most perfect ways to see the city. After a quick 15-minute training session, you’ll set off on your journey with your Segway tour operator. Enjoy the smooth ride and take in some of the best views of Durban.
Tel: 031 582 8242 (Visitors Center)
7:The Golden Mile
Durban’s long stretch of beach known as the Golden Mile, is one of its greatest attractions. The promenade is filled with morning joggers, cyclists and a host of walkers. A number of restaurants have opened up right on the beach offering great food with great views including California Dreaming, Moyo, Surfriders, The Joint and Panorama Bar.Vetch’s Pier offers great snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing and jetskiing.
8: Train Trips ( Holiday Express & Umgeni Steam Railway)
Tran trips along Durban’s townships paint a beautiful picture of the city. Holiday Express Train operates from Durban Station to Scottburgh and Durban to Shongweni Farmers’ and Craft Market. Take a picnic to enjoy on the beach in Scottburgh, or enjoy one of the many local restaurants and fastfood outlets there.
9: Taste a Bunny Chow
No Durban visit is complete without tucking into a spicy bunny. You can literally get one anywhere, but try these esteries including CaneCutters; Danny’s House of Curries; Gounden’s, Hollywood, Britannia Hotel, who are known for producing good bunnies.
10: Take a township tour
I had newfound respect for the township when I visited Umlazi and Inanda Heritage Route recently.
Townships offer visitors a glimpse of another side of the City. Here are some popular township resturants you can visit:
Max’s Lifestyle – +27 31 906 1393 / Eyadini Lounge – 031 906 1395
Clermont - The Comfort Zone – 031 563 1502 / Tate’s Kasi Grill – 082 833 1810
Kwa Machu Artizen Lounge – 082 970 7475 / One and Only Lounge – 082 964 3289
Inanda - Sbu’s Lounge – 031 510 2337 / Under The Moon – 082 888 3444
Mayville - Café Skyzer – 0794702509