10 Things To Do In Durban This Autumn



People who discover Durban for the first time, often describe her as a place that takes work to get to know. She’s beautiful, of course, but discovering her beauty sometimes takes a little work.

We’ve taken some of the work out of your search by listing 10 of her best features.

  1. Wilson’s Wharf is situated on Durban’s Victoria Embankment and has the city’s trendiest selection of restaurants, shows and crafts, all with a magnificent view of the harbour.

A general view of boats at the Durban Po

  1. The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga is a perfect spot to grab a delicious meal, or to sip a cup of tea. The view of the sea and the trademark lighthouse, make it one of Durban’s most attractive places to dine and relax.
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  1. Mini Town on the beachfront is one of Durban’s oldest and best-loved attractions. Although it’s been around for 30-odd years, it is appealing as it was in its heyday.
  1. For something a little less ordinary, the Urban Exploration Group, Beset, conducts walking tours through the city. Get up close to buildings and attractions that are easily missed when driving.

A general view of the Playhouse Company

  1. You cannot visit Durban without learning to surf. You can find instructors on Addington Beach who charge a minimal fee to show you the ropes, and the water temperature is pleasant all year round!

TO GO WITH SAfrica-youth-poverty-surfing-Fbl-WC2010 by Griffin Shea A street child learns to surf at Durban's North Beach on February 13, 2010. Durban is one of nine South African cities hosting the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup taking place from June 11 to July 11. AFP PHOTO / RAJESH JANTILAL (Photo credit should read RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  1. KZN SA Gallery on Bulwer Road is a must for visitors. Plus, it’s free.
  1. The Morning Trade Market off Umgeni Road is a must-do on a Sunday morning. The food is delicious, so get there early – it’s open from 8am-1pm.
  1. Speaking of food, a trip to Durban is not complete without eating a Durban curry or a bunny chow. The more authentically Indian, the better.

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY LUCIE GODEAU: A plate of Chicken Tikka Masala is pictured in the Shish Mahal restaurant in Glasgow, Scotland, on July 29, 2009. The Ali family, owners of Shish Mahal restaurant in Glasgow, claim to have come up with the creamy, mildly spicy curry in the 1970s to please the Scots, and which eventually become the most popular dish in British restaurants. "Chicken tikka masala was invented in this restaurant, we used to make chicken tikka, and one day a customer said, 'I'd take some sauce with that, this is a bit dry'," said Ahmed Aslam Ali, 64, founder of Shish Mahal. AFP PHOTO/Andy Buchanan (Photo credit should read Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

  1. If you’d like to make your own curry, visit Phoenix Settlement for spices, curry powder, and so much more. The historical significance of Phoenix is fascinating, so find a guide and have a proper walk around.

TO GO WITH AFP BY MARINE VEITH People shops on November 13, 2010 in the streets of the Phoenix township in the north of Durban -- the largest Indian township in South Africa. South Africa on November 16 marks the 150th year since the first indentured Indian workers arrived by boat in Durban where curry, bindis and saris are today an integral part of the city. The eastern port is home to some 800,000 South Africans of Indian descent who countrywide make up less than three percent of the population. AFP PHOTO / RAJESH JANTILAL (Photo credit should read RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images)

  1. One of the host stadiums for the FIFA World Cup in 2010, Moses Mabhida Stadium offers a variety of experiences for fun-seekers.

during an Australian Wallabies training session at the Moses Mahiba Stadium on August 30, 2010 in Durban, South Africa.

You see what we mean? Beautiful.

source: The South African.com

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