My recent Africa trip made me reminisce about my first trip to Durban. I didn’t do the bungy jump by the way which is Durban is so well known for but here are my top five picks:
1. BAT Centre
A funky art centre by the riverfront in Durban, this place is unusual. You can see artists and musicians in small shops and get talking to the locals.
2. The Durban Natural Science Museum
The Durban Natural Science museum is completely free! It is housed inside a building that looks like the City Hall in Belfast in my home country of Northern Ireland. Loved the fact it was a free museum!!
3. Ushaka Beach
Durban is famous for its coastline and there is no shortage of activities on offer. Surfing and swimming on Ushaka beach is fun.
There are also a load of seafood restaurants nearby and a cool shopping mall. I also bumped into a guy who makes spectacular sandcastles. Additionally, you can head to the Marine World and see some indoor animals.
4. Local Pubs and Shebeens
Touring the city with my Scottish mate Macc and in the pouring rain we decided a beer was in order. Cue the excellent Three Monkeys Bar and we hopped in out of the rain for a few beers. There’s also Shebeens to check out in Durban. I wrote briefly about it on Thirsty Thursdays.
5. Football – World Cup Stadium Moses Mabhida and Bungy
Durban hosted a load of World Cup matches in 2010 and the massive Moses Mabhida stadium is worth a look. I didn’t have the budget for the epic bungy jump, but if you feel the need go for it!! Durban Bungy!
…and actually it’s a top 6 things to see and do in Durban as I meant to include the Maritime Museum…
6. The Maritime Museum
Quirky museum by the harbour where you can get onto an old boat and check out Durban’s marine history!!
Let’s also not forget the golfing!! Living on the other side of south africa (cape town), I’ve gotta say that Durban is the complete opposite of my home city!
The golf courses are still better in cape town but durban is an urban city that’s becoming more popular not only with south african’s but also expats!
It’s not only the beaches that will draw you to Durban, but also the lovely people. Definitely go there if you’re looking for a change of pace.