Durban Holidays - KwaZulu Natal Tourism
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Durban and the surrounding Durban Area is the ultimate holiday destination for millions of domestic and international visitors, who are welcomed by the Durban year-round warm weather, and a vibrancy like few other South African cities. The Durban Area offers up a laid-back lifestyle on the magnificent sun-kissed Durban beaches, energetic nightclubs, and a huge variety of Durban restaurants specializing in seafood and curries. Durban adventure activities are well catered for, with deep-sea fishing charters, dolphin viewing, jet-skiing, shark cage-diving, quad biking, scuba diving, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, boat cruises and much more readily available.
Durban, with its excellent bathing and surfing beaches and world-class pedestrian promenade, extends to the fabulous Durban Suncoast Casino in the north and the Durban uShaka Marine World in the Durban Point area. The Durban Suncoast Casino is set amongst towering palm trees and nestled against the northern Durban Beachfront Suncoast Casino has 12 restaurants and fast food outlets, kid's entertainment, cinemas, sundeck, boardwalk and a dance bar. Durban Suncoast Casino offers something for everyone, and is a premier entertainment destination for the whole family.
Flanking uShaka Marine World, Durban Point Waterfront is one of Durban's most historic and significant urban quarters - a unique 'waterfront city within a city', in which a system of canals forms the central spine of urban re-development, and where the economic benefits of water frontage extend throughout the Durban Area. Lying in a superb location the Durban Point Waterfront enjoys access to a range of modes of travel including pedestrian, road, rail and sea, and therefore has local, national and international connections.
Durban's prime location is the Durban Beachfront. With its world famous Golden Mile, hotels, bathing and surfing beaches, fishing piers, paddling pools, kiddies rides, cable cars, colourful rickshaws, flea markets and many restaurants, Durban's Golden Mile is actually much longer than a mile. Just a few steps west brings you to Durban Central (CBD) with its interesting mix of Victorian, Georgian and modern architecture. Completing the picture, the scenic small crafts harbour fringed with eateries, ranging from Afro bistros to oyster bars abuts the Durban Beachfront.
The general Durban Area also extends to and includes the Durban Berea, one of the most upmarket suburbs built on a ridge rising from Durban Central. Most of the Berea overlooks the sea and harbour, as well as Greyville Racecourse surrounding the prestigious Royal Durban Golf Course. From many points there are also views of the magnificent Botanical Gardens, Kingsmead Cricket Ground and Moses Mabhida Stadium. Visitors to the Durban Berea go shopping at Musgrave Shopping Centre - a truly remarkable upmarket shopping experience, and eat out at exotic restaurants, ranging from far Eastern to French.
Still in suburbia is the upscale suburb of Durban Morningside, the trendiest suburb in the Durban Area, boasting scores of pubs, night clubs and cosmopolitan restaurants with interesting Bohemian flavours. This upmarket suburb encompasses the most prestigious residential properties in Durban, including Dr. John Dube House (formerly known as King's House), the State President's residence when he visits the city. Jameson Park, Mitchell Park and Burman Bush Nature Reserve add extra lustre to Morningside.
In the south of the Durban Area lies Glenwood, one of Durban's oldest suburbs close to most of Durban's countless amenities and tourist attractions.
Visiting academics favour Glenwood, as the Howard College Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal is situated there. Its Memorial Tower overlooking the city is Durban's most imposing man-made landmark. For art lovers, the galleries of the KZN Society of Arts with imaginative craft shop and Arts' Café is a must.
Also visit other towns within the Durban Area:
- Durban North is a large upmarket suburb which boasts its own airport - convenient for those golfing enthusiasts who are 'jetting in' for a spot of golf at Beachwood Golf Course - one of the finest links courses in the country, or the municipal Windsor Park Golf Course just on the other side of the Umgeni, or Durban Country Club Golf Course, which often hosts the SA Open.
- Glenashley is conveniently situated between Durban North and the North Coast La Lucia / Umhlanga Rocks Area, and is a tranquil haven for holidaymakers who prefer a quiet hideaway after revelling in the nearby crowded Durban tourist hotspots. For the nature lover, Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve borders Glenashley, and is a birdwatchers' paradise.
- The Bluff is one of the Durban's best-kept secrets, with some of the finest bathing, surfing and fishing beaches in the Durban Area. The Bluff's most popular beach is Blue Flag Bluff Ansteys Beach, where on any given day you can watch surfers, body boarders and kite surfers riding the waves, and Brighton Beach, renowned for its world famous surf spot 'Cave Rock', which entices surfers to ride the waves as large swells break across the rock reef.
The Durban Area is a natural paradise offering a fabulous lifestyle, great adventure activities and a superb variety of Durban Area accommodation to suit all pockets. The Durban Area's warm seas, safe swimming beaches and variety of restaurants and nightlife, encourages Durban holiday makers to make the most of the KwaZulu Natal province’s outdoor lifestyle.