Travel | 26 Nov 2017 | By Sun International
How to make the most of 48 hours in Durban
Durban, also known by its Zulu name eThekwini (meaning bay or lagoon), is the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal and offers a host of attractions and activities in addition to its beautiful beaches and world-class surfing.
With a great subtropical climate, Durban is famous for its friendly, laid-back folk and the best curry this side of India. Here are the best places to visit and fun things to do in Durban.
Explore the Golden Mile
The Golden Mile is Durban's 6km span of beachfront dotted with a plethora of fun attractions and activities. From the Zulu curio vendors and the Blue Lagoon picnic area at the Umgeni River mouth to splash pools and Skate Park, there's something for everyone.
Durban Botanic Gardens
A historical gem, the Durban Botanic Gardens is one of the must-see places to visit in Durban. Established in 1849, they are the oldest surviving botanic gardens in Africa and also have the honour of being Durban's oldest public institution. If you're an avid gardener or simply enjoy the outdoors, a visit to this attraction is highly recommended. The gardens feature mainly cycads, orchids, bromeliads and palms, but there's also a collection of trees that are more than 100 years old and a cycad believed to be the rarest plant on earth — the Wood's Cycad.
Castles in South Africa are relatively rare, but here's your chance to add 'go back in time to 1885' to your list of things to do in Durban this weekend. Coedmore Castle was built as a family home on land that is today the Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve. Just 15 minutes out of Durban, this beautiful stone building contains some of the original furniture and household contents. Lose yourself in a bygone era by joining one of the public tours and end your visit with tea and scones served in the castle dining room.
Looking for excitement and top-class entertainment? Set your inner high-roller free at Sibaya Casino & Entertainment World. With 1 214 slot machines and 49 gaming tables, you're spoilt for choice. And why not consider the luxury hotel accommodation for your weekend stay — with your own sea view, of course! From world-class shows and some of the best restaurants in Durban, you can spend your entire weekend at Sibaya!
Shark Cage Diving at uShaka Marine World
For an adrenaline rush you’ll never forget, uShaka Marine World is a must-visit. Your acrylic cage will be lowered into a tank with Zambezi sharks finning by, and photographic evidence of your experience will be available to purchase afterwards. Sharks are among the most misunderstood species on the planet and diving with them is a way to connect and learn more about these majestic creatures.
Get your curry fix
If you're heading to the coast, then a curry is a must! Popular favourites include Little Gujarat in the CBD (specialising in vegetarian curries); House of Curries in Florida Road – try the Chip Chow which includes chips loaded with curry and melted cheese; and Gounden's, a Durban institution famed for its mutton bunny chows.
Time to pack?
So, what are you waiting for? Head to the coast with the most and try the many things to do in Durban for the weekend.