What to do in Durban (Part 1)

Kwazulu-Natal has been one of the provinces I wanted to explore and what better excuse to go when Courtney has never been on an aircraft so I decided that we should go on holiday to Durban. 

At some stage, Courtney 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!

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It’s been two weeks since our trip so here’s some amazing activities we did and, food we ate during our stay:

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Gateway Mall

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Upon arrival at our B&B we stayed at, we knew it’s a must to visit the biggest shopping centre 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 to start. With over 400 stores, we popped into a few we knew 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!

Europa

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About 20 minutes from our B&B is this vibrant street called Chartwell Drive. It’s the party of Durban where every restaurant imaginable is situated. However, we decided to dine at Europa; who had the most amazing cuisines. We wanted kind of homemade food because we had grown tired of just eating junk food.

Moses Mabhida Stadium

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One of the things to do if you want to see Durban for all it’s beauty and charisma, is to visit Moses Mabhida Stadium that has so many cool activities on offer like the Skycar. It gives you a 360 degree view of the city at an 106m-high vantage point. After purchasing the tickets which is around R60.00 per person, you walk into this glass cabin which drives along the stadium arch up until the mid-point of the stadium.

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Once the doors go open, you walk onto a 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

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There’s a 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’s a tunnel we walked through with amazing tile artwork of various flower species they have in Durban. Once we got on the other side, we walked along the promenade; watching fishermen with their rods and people jumping around in the sea.

House of Curries

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If you ever find yourself in 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.

Rickshaw Ride

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We wanted to try things that were uniquely Durban and 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; screaming as the puller rolled back and forth, 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.