Situated on South Africa’s eastern coast, Durban welcomes everyone from professional surfers and soccer stars to leisure tourists and business travelers. In 2010, the city hosted the FIFA World Cup at Moses Mabhida Stadium. Even if you’re not catching a game, a trip to the stadium is a must. Test your fears on the Big Rush Big Swing as you free fall 80 meters into the bowl of the stadium, or take the Adventure Walk along the 106-meter-high stadium arch. The views will not disappoint!
For kid-friendly things to do in Durban, plan a visit to uShaka Marina World. Consisting of four individual areas (uShaka Sea World, uShaka Wet ‘n Wild, uShaka Beach and uShaka Village Walk), there’s more than enough to keep the kids busy. Catch an up-close look at aquatic life at Sea Animal Encounters Island, or stop at the Village Walk for shopping and dining options.
No visit to Durban is complete without taking in the natural sights and sounds of the city. Founded in 1849, Durban Botanic Garden is considered Africa’s oldest surviving botanical garden. Fan-favorite collections include the cycads and vibrant orchids, consisting of over 9,000 flowers. For entertainment of a different sort, head to Umgeni River Bird Park. Explore the lush landscape and keep an eye out for more than 800 birds zooming around overhead.
When the sun sets in Durban, head on over to Florida Road to experience some of the city’s best nightlife. Sample Durban’s Indian roots at House of Curries, and then grab a cocktail at Czar to cap off your night in this city by the sea.