Durban is gaining a name for itself as a popular destination- and travellers are flocking to the city for its unique experiences. Picture: Clinton Moodley.

Durban is the land of sun, sea and sand.

Dubbed “the warmest place to be”, the city was recently voted South Africa's most livable city in Mercer’s 20th annual Quality of Living Ranking. Durban was placed 89th, Cape Town 94th and Johannesburg 95th.
Durban was also rated Africa’s second-best city to live in, behind the Mauritian city of Port Louis, which ranked 83. So, with the recognition that Durban has received, travellers have another excuse to visit the city. A big fan of the city is Deputy City Manager of eThekwini municipality Phillip Sithole.

He believes that Durban is a destination for travellers in search of wildlife, food experiences, culture and heritage, leisure and entertainment spots.
“Durban offers more than its beaches and events and these types of rankings help put us on the map. The city hopes to bring more than 3,7 million visitors to Durban this year,” he said.  So what are the cool places to see in Durban? According to Sithole, Umhlanga has become a huge drawcard for international travellers. He said many travellers chose to stay in Umhlanga because of its stunning accommodation and its unique activities. Ushaka Marine World, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban promenade and the Rickshaw Bus remain firm favourites among travellers within the inner city.
Sithole said eThekwini markets Durban as a package. They incorporate every aspect that makes Durban distinct, including  township tourism. The city is currently promoting the  Florida Road and the Davenport precinct. These spots are known for their funky restaurants, nightlife and entertainment venues.