HOLIDAY IN DURBAN? WELL HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
By: Nushera Raisa Soodyal
On the East Coast of South Africa lies the colorful metropolis of Durban. Here where the rainbow nation lies raw and unapologetic, the city moves with spirit and a truly natural African beat. With a wide base of purely urban areas and domesticated rural areas, Durban is all rounded with everything an individual would need to see to experience Africa. It is a city set to thrill, entertain and influence, leaving many breathless. From its extreme history to the vast proliferation of different cultures, races, food, markets and events that people arrive for in their multitudes, Durban is indeed a leading holiday destination.
Now before discovering this utopia one would need the necessary lodgings. Durban has a mass of Bed and Breakfast companies, hotels, flats and cottage stations. Some of the most famous ones you will come across are, the Sogo Sun hotels based on the Durban beach front. From your hotel room, you will view the stunning beach, peer, entertainment world and beach market.
The Hilton Hotel is one of the most prestigious hotels in Durban, and it can be found on Bram Fischer road overlooking one of the biggest arenas in Durban. One can enjoy the entertainment provided at the theatre which has hosted a number of live entertainment events such as Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Bastille and Nickelback.
Bed and breakfast accommodation is there for the more laid back tourist who prefers to move at their own pace, There is The Crescent ‘b n b’ in the center of Durban and it is right in the middle of all the local entertainment. It is relatively close to Wilsons Wharf, The Yacht club and Florida Road which hosts a number of clubs and dining experiences. There are a number of hotels and ‘b n b’s based in Durban and around Durban. “Even if you live in
Durban, one can take a good holiday in a hotel or b n b for a good rest,” said Arabia Riah from Glenwood.
Durban has a wide variety of entertainment to offer tourists such as Karaoke bars like Winston Pub in Morningside or The Jack Rabbits, Amsterdam, Yossi’s etc. These feel good ‘burger houses offer karaoke and a number of
local live entertainment for those looking just to have a chilled out night with bands such as Hyde and the Resistance, The Parlotones, Watershed, Mango Groove, Just Jinger and Toya Delazy to name a few. If you are looking for a calm chilled vibe with smiles and harmless fun, grab a beer and chill out at one of Durban’s many hang-outs.
If you are looking for a decent dance in this city of sleepless nights, Durban is home to a multitude of nightclubs. The more famous ones are Café Vacca Matta in Northbeach and Origin in Glenwood. Florida Road has a multitude of clubs to offer such as Keys, Boulevard, the Velvet Lounge and Absolute Night Club which are open round the clock for your pleasure. With a mixture of Dub-step, House, electro and other vibe filled music, these clubs will keep your feet tapping till the early hours of the morning.
Now moving on to the must see’s of Durban which is filled with history, art and tradition. One would have to stop at Ushaka Marine World. It offers a wide range of Entertainment with an Aquarium, a shopping mall and a water world which will probably take a day or so of your time. Enjoy the warmth of the shops while you watch sharks and fish parade around you or put your swimsuit on and go to the water world and enjoy the cool water or heated pools.
A number of museums are based on K E Masinga road. The Old House Museum, Kwamutle Museum and Durban City Centre with it vintage antique look. The museums hold a number of old African antiques that one can look at- these ornaments will give you a better understanding of South Africa as a whole.
The Cube on Innes road is one of the biggest open gardens that you can view Durban from. In your sights are most of the stadiums and the CBD- at night this view will captivate you…perfect for some wine and supper. The Blue
Lagoon has recently been revamped and the night market has an absolute Durban vibe. It used to be one of the hottest Saturday night markets and its back with the same effect on Durban.
Speaking of shopping malls, Durban has a wide variety of malls situated in and around Durban. Some of these are Gateway in UMhlanga, Pavilion in Westville, Musgrave Centre in Glenwood and La Lucia mall in La Lucia.
These shopping malls hold shops like ZARA, Iron Fist and Memsaab for ladies that love a good bargain and Apple and BT games for men who hate tagging along behind their wives. All shopping malls mentioned hold Cinemas that one can make use of. Gateway offers the Barnyard Theatre with live entertainment for a chilled Sunday night.
Durban is home to the “bunny chow” so one must try this fine Indian cuisine. The restaurant of choice would have to be Orientals in central Durban. This halaal restaurant offers one of the most scrumptious, hot, heavenly bunny chows.
The most amazing experience one can have in Durban is going to the beach front. No one can say no to a dip in the ocean. There are magnitudes of beaches based around Durban. From a stroll to a swim, one can enjoy the pleasures of an ocean close by.
With a wide range of joyous activity, Durban is definitely the number one destination for holiday and fun.