It’s no secret that Durban has becoming a thriving hotspot and popular destination for visitors from all over the world. It is infused with a truly vibrant culture and plays host to stylish restaurants and bars, glorious beaches and it has the wild African bush on its doorstep.
In today’s feature we celebrate Durban’s bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games and what better way to celebrate the campaign than with celebrating our city. With its world-class facilities, beautiful sunshine and surf, Durban is the ideal city to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Check out our Top 6 Reasons Why You’ll Never Want to Leave Durban…
1. It has the Best Beaches
Durban beaches have been rated as some of the best beaches in the world and it’s no surprise when greeted with the tranquil warm waters and the sound of the crashing waves.
The city is famed for its Golden Mile which sees sandy beaches and new local hotspots arriving on the scene with the arrival of Surf Rider’s Café and Afro’s Chicken. Each stretch of golden sand has its own identity: South Coast for world-class surfing, Addington Beach for families, Bay of Plenty for beach volleyball tournaments. With close to 300 days of sunshine on average per year, any day in Durban is a beach day.
2. It’s Everybody’s Cuppa Joe
There’s much to be said about the people of Durban and their hospitality. It’s home to vibrant cultures and nationalities and what better way to socialize than with a good old cuppa Joe.
The city of Durban offers visitors a variety of café’s when in pursuit of pure coffee cup bliss ranging from Glenwood to Umhlanga. The coffee culture scene has been raising the bar and has seen a number of new hangouts open serving great tasting coffee. We recommend you indulge in a cup or two and visit the Factory Café, Coffee Tree, Savior Coffee Co or Vovo Telo on your next visit to the sunny East Coast.
3. It’s a Food Haven
So the Mother City may be the wine capital of our country but Durban ranks up in the running for being the culinary capital as a variety of fabulous restaurants and eateries grace our shores.
From the infamous dishes at Havana Grill to the notorious pizzas at Spiga to delectable sushi at Beluga and fine dining at Café 1999, Durban is not short of choice. The city offers diners breath-taking coastal views and trendy night spots that never fails to disappoint. The Umhlanga Village has become the go-to-spot for the trendiest restaurants and bars and plays host to Remo’s Fratelli and the Dutch Bar as well as The George which is fondly known by locals.
4. It’s a City where Adventure Awaits
There is so much to see and do in Durban from the golden beaches, bustling nightlife to the endless outdoor activities. Visitors to the city can look forward to spending sunny afternoons at the beach or enjoying a bike ride along the Golden Mile. Join eco-active outfitter Bike & Saddle for a guided morning cycle along the Mile. Visitors can also look forward to being active and enjoying activities such as horse-riding on the beach or surfing. If you’re an adrenaline junkie then the Big Swing at Moses Mabhida Stadium is just for you or perhaps a shark cage dive at uShaka Marine World.
But if you’re anything like us at The Socialite we prefer spending our afternoons in more of a leisurely fashion and sipping cocktails at sunset or visiting the Gateway Theatre of Shopping and Suncoast Entertainment World to indulge in a little retail therapy.
5. Durban’s Home to Amazing Art Décor
One of the biggest attractions of Durban is the pristine beaches but when one travels through the city it’s hard to miss the beautiful architecture of some of the city’s oldest buildings. The streets of Durban are rich in history and offer visitors a few architectural treasures.
Inspired from the streets of Paris, the city soon adopted the once-radical Art Deco architectural style in the 1930s and incorporated it into some of the city’s most popular architecture today. The Art Décor elements are founded in bold shapes and vibrant colours and Victoria Mansions, Cheviot Court and Surrey Mansions are great examples of this. Not to mention Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World situated in the heart of the city.
6. It Plays Home to Exotic Wildlife Right on Your Doorstep
Okay so the wildlife is not exactly on your doorstep and we’re thankful for that but with just a thirty minute drive you can experience some of the city’s better known wildlife. Besides no visit to Durban would be complete without experiencing some of the wildlife it has to offer from rustic South African National Parks to some of the finest luxury lodges in the world.
In the north you’ll find the Hluhuluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve which has one of the largest populations of Rhino anywhere in Africa and is home to all the Big 5 animals. Inland is the mighty uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park- a World Heritage Site that is home to a wealth of plant and birdlife.