Best things to do in Durban (Part 1)
Courtney has never been on any sort of aircraft in his 24 years of existence so I decided that we should go on holiday to Durban. I think Courtney at that stage thought I was completely nuts. We started saving for about two months after our initial discussion until I just swiped my card and booked our tickets without an ounce of thought about where we would even stay! It’s been two weeks since our trip so I wanted to share some of the amazing activities we did and food we ate during our stay.
Upon arrival at our B&B we stayed at, we knew we had to visit one of the biggest malls in Durban, Gateway Mall. They weren’t joking when they said it’s huge. Once we entered through the doors, we had no clue where the beginning was. With over 400 stores inside the complex, we popped into a few but with three floors and so little time, we gave up half way because a) it was too much ground to cover and b) we were exhausted!
About 20 minutes from our B&B is this vibrant street called Chartwell Drive. It was the party of Durban where every restaurant imaginable were next to one another. However, we decided to sit our butts at Europa who had the most amazing cuisines. We wanted kind of home made food because we had grown tired of just eating junk food.
Moses Mabhida Stadium
One of the things I wanted to do was to see Durban for all it’s beauty and charisma. So from the many cool activities Moses Mabhida Stadium offered, the Skycar stood out for me the most. It allowed you to get a 360 degree view of the city at an 106m-high vantage point. After purchasing the tickets which is R60.00 per person, you walk into this glass cabin which drives along the stadium arch up until the mid-point of the stadium.
Once the doors go open, you walk onto this wooden platform and wow, the view above will make you speechless. You can see the entire beach front promenade and on the other side of the platform, you can see the busy city and stunning landscapes. I felt like an absolute tourist with the wind blowing in my hair and the hot humid on my body. We stood up there for about 20 to 30 minutes, admiring the scenic city and chilling with some awesome Germany tourists.
Beach front Promenade
There is this walkway once you cross the road at the stadium which leads you straight onto the beach front. We strolled and took numerous pictures of the picturesque city. From the feature image, there was this tunnel we walked through which had these amazing tile artwork of various flower species they have in Durban. Once we got on the other side, we walked along the promenade where this wooden walkway lead us to the beach where we watched fishermen with their rods and people jumping around in the sea.
House of Curries
If you going to Durban, make sure to have their infamous curries or in our case, a bunny chow. The bunny chow was created in Durban and is often referred to as a bunny which consists of a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry. With big-screen TVs and a vibrancy deck, this is the place to be to get the original durban eatery. They serve everything from chip and cheese roti wraps to prawn and chicken curry – the perfect munchie food.
We wanted to try things that were uniquely durban so a rickshaw ride was on top our list. However, we were told that there are only a handful left because the craft is dying down. It was such a fun mode of transportation where we screamed as the puller rolled back and started running fast along the Golden Mile beach front. Aside from the beautiful decorated transport, the pullers are decked out in beautiful head-dresses, which are mainly beads and other traditional decorations. All of these beautiful decorations are hand crafted, and there are no two the same.
I can’t wait to share part #2 of my Durban experience which will be posted some time next week.
Until the next adventure.