6 minutes reading time South Africa
Imagine a City that has one season throughout the year, a city where you never have to prepare for winter; the beach waters are warm just like the atmosphere and the people. A city where it is always a vibe, every day is a celebration, an excuse for a turn-up. A city that does not sleep and is known to be responsible for making party music, the hottest dance moves and one the greatest time of all. That is Durban for you, located on the east coast of South Africa and is formerly known as Port Natal. It’s the largest city of Kwa-Zulu Natal Province, chief seaport of South Africa and is located on Natal Bay of the Indian Ocean.
Not only is Durban the “life of the party” of all the cities in the country but it also one of South Africa’s leading tourism destinations. I remember going there for the first time with friends and telling them how I wanted to go back there again. We decided the following year that we would go again, we had a different experience and I told them once again that I would be coming back in the future. Durban is not only a clean city with a great vibe, there are a lot of fun activities to do that will leave you wanting to do everything at once, unfortunately, that is not possible.
One of the first things on my to-do list was to visit uShaka Marine World. You cannot go to Durban and not visit uShaka Marine World, what would be the highlight of your vacation? The fun from the aquarium and water park activities will leave you worn out by the end of the day and just going through the gallery of your phone with the biggest smile of satisfaction. As much as I wanted to do the shark cage diving, I will admit to chickening out from doing it; however, it is still on my bucket list so one day I will get the courage to do it. I still had a great time admiring the penguins and the green turtles though, furthermore the water park activities, splash pools, water slides and supertubes are the highlight of the day.
Being the adrenaline junkie that I am, I felt like a kid at a candy store upon discovering that there was a big rush swing and as someone who has bungee jumped before, I could not wait to go to the Moses Mabhida Stadium which is situated on the Durban waterfront to have an experience of a lifetime on that swing. You get to go through the adrenaline rush while enjoying the views that the stadium has to offer. The big rush swing offered in Durban is the tallest in the world so after doing that swing you just can’t not brag about it to anyone that is willing to listen.
After a fun-filled day of activities, your stomach tends to remind you that while you were having fun you forgot about it. I’m also a firm believer that you cannot visit a place and not taste or eat their food and Durban is well-known for their curry restaurants and bunny chows. A bunny chow is a half loaf of bread that has been hollowed out and stuffed with curry. You use your hands to eat it. The curry has different flavours and different levels of hot/chilli depending on your tolerance of hot food. I love meat and also a fan of hot food, I am not telling jokes when I say the bunny chow left my ears itching and my cheeks burning because I underestimated the restaurants’ definition of chilli; however, I still could not put it down because it was so delicious and tasty, not to mention filling.
As previously mentioned that Durban has one of the warmest beaches in the country, you could live in the water as it feels like you are in the bathtub. Being a beach bum is always on the itinerary when visiting the city, with the company of a good book, a nice cocktail, sunscreen and good music playing on the background while the sun is having a good time giving your skin the vitamin D it deserves, you can’t not take it all in with a nice fresh deep breathe. You get to enjoy looking at the kids building sandcastles or collecting seashells or admiring the view of the volleyball players having their fun, not to mention the people on the beach swimming and jumping with every wave that comes. It’s true when they say the best things in life are free.
With every vacation, my favourite part about it is the nightlife, the turn-up, chilling with the locals and getting to observe their movements and how they party, with Durban being the ‘capital city’ for the mother of all turn-ups, they live up to their reputation. Durbanites (slang for people who are born and bred in Durban) know how to have a good time, exceptional dancers who take pride in their city. The DJ’s know how to get the crowd jumping up and down the entire night and breaking a sweat from all the dancing. From the clubs in Florida Road to the tshisa nyama’s in the hood, the likes of Max’s lifestyle restaurant which offers delicious traditional cuisine in their menu to the ever-busy eYadini lounge. You are guaranteed a great time and create everlasting memories.
One would think that with the above mentioned you’ve explored Durban to its fullest but that is not the case and that is one of the reasons I always want to go back there because the city has vast activities for one to do that they don’t even get around to doing everything they had planned on doing. The Suncoast Casino and Entertainment, the flea market situated in Amphitheatre for your souvenirs, to visiting the top of the range malls and restaurants, learning to surf amongst the endless list. You might not tick all the boxes of the places you planned to visit but the ones that you have visited will leave a special memory in your life forever!!!
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