Durban will host thousands of international and local travellers this weekend for the Vodacom Durban July. Picture: Zanele Zulu.

Visiting Durban just to attend the Vodacom Durban July is shame with all the attractions the city has to offer.

With spotlight on Africa’s Greatest Horse Racing event this weekend, why not take some time in between the fun-filled weekend activities to enjoy Durban- especially if it''s your first visit there.

Morning jogs on the promenade

Before you glam up for the July, why not spend an hour jogging through the beautiful Durban promenade. You will be sure to meet many diverse people. Whether you bump into a tourist asking for directions to a nearby eatery or locals walking their dogs, you are bound to make some new friends.

Picnic at Durban Botanical Gardens

If peace and tranquility is what you seek, enjoy a picnic at Durban Botanical Gardens. Known as Durban’s oldest public institution and Africa's oldest surviving botanical gardens, the gardens are definitely a place to visit.

A township experience

There’s nothing better than a shisa nyama and good music to unwind after the races. Luckily, Durban offers a range of township tours for travellers.These tours usually paint a picture of life in the village and there are many entertainment spots in the area to enjoy some good music and food. Some of the townships to visit include are Inanda and Kwamashu.

Hike at  uMhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

Nestled among uMhlanga’s string of hotels and holiday homes, this hidden gem was declared a nature reserve in 1980. The trail is great for beginners and takes less than an hour to complete. One of the trails lead to the sandy shores of the uMhlanga beach- perfect for a little breakaway if you want to take in the sights or go for a dip in the ocean.

Drinks at the Lighthouse Bar at The Oyster Box

Stop at the legendar Lighthouse Bar at The Oyster Box in Umhlanga before heading back to the airport. The Lighthouse bar serves an amazing selection of beverages and a perfect backdrop for some memorable snaps with your loved ones. The intimate setting is great to catch up with some friends or date night.