The largest port city in South Africa, Durban, is busy, vibrant and one of the continent's most popular tourist destinations. Durban is blessed with balmy weather all year round and has an incredible stretch of beach, the Golden Mile, which boasts wonderful views of the idyllic Indian Ocean and many restaurants and bars to enjoy. This paradise offer an amazing contrast of cosmopolitan city life with a close proximity to the Valley of a Thousand Hills, where the Zulu drum still beats.
The regeneration of the waterfront area has helped shake off the city’s sleazy image and has given it a new confidence and ambition. This seafront promenade runs from uShaka Marine World and Aquarium to the futuristic Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Durban is also a shopper's paradise with quality shopping malls, craft markets and street bazaars. The fascinating Afro-Indian culture is very evident in the city, and much of the local cuisine has an Indian influence.
Indian Culture in Durban
More Indians reside in Durban than any other country outside of India itself. Glimpses of India are visible in the sights, smells and sounds around the city. Many women still wear sarees, the national dress of India, and Indian cuisine is popular. Try bunny chow, a hollow, half-loaf of bread filled with curry, a quintessential Durban meal.
Durban is a magnet for sun worshippers and surfers and as a result is affectionately known as the surf city. Its beaches extend along the Golden Mile, and include a number of beaches that have achieved the renowned Blue Flag Status, which testifies to their safety, cleanliness, adequate facilities and environmental responsibility.