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Durban, South Africa
A vivacious ocean front city, with sandy shores, surfing, hikes, and metropolitan comfort Durban has something to offer for everyone. Famous for being the busiest port in Africa, Durban also has many multicultural influences that can be noticed in the architecture within the city. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, with glimpses of Zulu culture Durban is a great vacation destination for families and couples alike.
Arriving at Durban Airport
King Shaka Airport recently replaced Durban International Airport in 2010 just before the Fifa World Cup, and now accommodates a larger range of international flights.
If you find yourself waiting for awhile at the airport and wanting to pass the time, there are a few paces to eat, lounges to relax in, and showers in the lounges so you can freshen up.
There are a few places o rent vehicles right at the airport that are easy to find. Many travelers have had good experiences with Avis, and Alamo. Due to the lack of public transport in Durban, car rental is the only way to ensure you get around.
Driving in Durban
In South Africa they drive on the left hand side of the road. Remember to keep left and pass on the right. It’s best to visualize driving on the left side of the road during your flight to better prepare yourself for the transition.
Most of Durban is safe, however many locals and travelers alike warn about going into the city center. If your traveling to Durban stick to only driving to the tourist areas or outskirts of town, where dangers associated with the city center less likely.
Tips for driving in Durban
- Always lock your car.
- If you usually drive on the right side of the road, pay close attention where you are on the road.
- Steer clear of the city center.
- Don’t store valuables in your car.
- Pre-navigate your beach route, large areas of incomplete infrastructure makes driving difficult.
- Always carry your drivers license with you while driving.
Things to do in Durban
- Nature and Wildlife Tours– This option is more expensive than other things to do in Durban, but it’s worth every penny. Reviews have raved about the excellent service provided by the Tim Brown tours, saying Tim is very considerate and knowledgeable about the area. Taking a wildlife tour is a great, safe way to see some of the animals that live on the outskirts of Durban.
- Wet’n Wild– A great way to cool off during the heat of the day, this water park offers a variety of water slides and activities. This is a perfect way to spend the day for families or couples traveling to Durban.
- The Valley of 1,000 Hills– Take a long drive to the mountains and immerse yourself in the Zulu culture. The valley of 1,000 hills takes you back in time to a traditional Zulu village, where you can see huts, traditional wardrobes and decor, as well as some traditional dancing. You get experience all of this while being surrounded by beautiful mountain views. If you go be sure to pack water, and sun protection to protect yourself from the effects of the hot weather and sun, if you are not accustom to it.
Places to eat in Durban
- Afros Chicken– South Beach Promenade (Bottom of Rutherford Street),Durban, South Africa. This place to eat specializes in burgers and is the perfect place to stop for lunch. Reviews rave that you get quite a bit of food for a very low price. The best part about this place is that while enjoying your lunch you have a spectacular view of the ocean to complete the ambiance.
- 9th Avenue Bistro– Ninth Avenue, Durban, South Africa. This restaurant is set in the metropolitan atmosphere of Durban, and serves a variety of food, but they pride themselves on their seafood and fusion dishes.
- Grill Jichana– 63 OR Tambo Parade, Durban 4001, South Africa. The Grill Jichana has great reviews regarding both cuisine and service. Portions are very large so you might consider splitting with someone.