Top 5 – Durban, South Africa

Here are my Top 5 things to do in Durban (situated on the hot and humid, banana tree-fringed, east coast of South Africa).

In no particular order…

Moses Mabhida Stadium

* Make sure you visit the incredible Moses Mabhida football stadium built especially for the Football World Cup which South Africa hosted in 2010. You can do stadium tours and can even catch the ‘sky car’ ride up onto the arch and see 360 degree views of Durban with its sprawling beaches and CBD.

You can also do Segway tours of the area AND do an adrenalin-pumping bungee swing from the top. This has been confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records as being the largest swing of any kind in the world. Do it if you dare… If walking is more your thing, strap yourself into the safety ropes and walk up the arch instead.

* Hire a bicycle at the bike hire shop in the football stadium and cycle from there along the beachfront as far south as you can go and return. You can stop for lunch, drinks or ice-cream along the way . (Just make sure you don’t leave your bike unattended.) Read about my experience of the bike ride here.

* Visit Ushaka Marine World on the beachfront. Far from ‘just’ an aquarium, this massive park offers rides, shops, restaurant, zulu-dancing, shark dives, AND regular aquarium shows. uShaka Marine World Make sure you allow a whole day out and also make sure you eat in the Cargo Hold where you can enjoy delicious food while watching the sharks swim past your windows. An incredible experience.

* Visit the Natal Sharks Board just north of Durban. They have been successfully protecting the local beaches from shark attacks for more than 40 years by placing and maintaining shark nets along the coast. Concentrating on education and safety, it is a popular place for school tours and tourists. You can learn all about sharks and discover that they aren’t really the awful predators that they’re made out to be. If you do visit, make sure you go on a day where they do a shark dissection. Incredibly interesting and a little gross.

* Indulge in fresh seafood. Durban is a coastal town so you are completely spoilt for choice with fresh seafood restaurants. Simply Fish is my favourite. Half Way through my Prawn feastThey are a chain throughout South Africa. Visit the one at 219 Florida Road Morningside in Durban on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights, and you can eat as many prawns as you want for a crazy price. I have eaten 9 plates – see if you can beat that!
Ocean basket is another great chain with delicious reasonably priced food.

So that’s it – my first Top 5. Please leave me a comment to let me know if you liked it or if there is a Top 5 that YOU’D like to see.

 

 

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