Many people already have South Africa on their bucket list and for good reason. Based at the southern most tip of Africa it is a beautiful location rife with safari destinations like Kruger National Park as well as stunning beaches perfect for surfing. There are also large bustling cities, stunning forests and of course the famous Table Mountain to explore.
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So follow me on a journey to discover why Durban should be part of your next African adventure.
How to get there and where to stay
Ok I know you want to get to the good bits, the adventure and all the fun things to do in the Durban area but getting there and knowing where to stay are pretty important too so lets get that part out of the way and then move on to all the fun to be had.
The easiest way in would be by plane. There is a brand new international airport located 40 KM's from the town center called King Shaka International airport. From there you can opt for a taxi (most expensive) or a shuttle to whatever hotel you are staying in.
Alternatively if you are already in the area or choose to fly into one of the bigger airports there is also bus service as well as train service directly to the city center. You can also take a cruise although there are not very many that port in Durban. Even a passage on a freighter is possible but only if you are looking for an interesting journey!
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Best budget option seems to be Black Mamba backpackers lodge, although the name may dissuade you. Too many mid range spots to pick just one. As for luxury there, again, are plenty of options but The Quays, locates right on the water looks to be about as luxurious as anyone could ever need.
What to see and do
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- Durban Botanical Gardens
- Berea Ridge
- City Hall, art gallery and library
- Crocodile Creek
- Ghandi Setlement
- Japanese Gardens
- Golden Mile beaches
- Casino nights
- uShaka Marine world
- Greyville Horse racing course
- Shark Institute
- Blue Wilderness Marine adventures
- Multiple festivals throughout the year
- Yacht charter centers
- Shopping at: Gateway Theater of shopping, Victoria Street market, Pavillion, African Arts Center, BAT center on the waterfront
- Umgeni River Bird Park
- Mitchell Park Zoo
- Explore and shop the Indian district
- Tala Game Reserve