Do the warm subtropical climate and long shorelines beckon you to visit a truly marvellous place? Then, think of no other place than Durban, South Africa. One of the biggest cities in the country, this vibrant city offers enticing and exciting opportunities for the global traveller.
It is also one of those places that have been blessed with a moderate climate where you can enjoy the dry winters along with wet and warm summers. As a result, over the years, it has grown into an important financial and economic hub in South Africa, attracting a lot of tourists. With its own share of tourist attractions, Durban certainly stands out as a top pick amongst travellers from around the world.
On a sightseeing trip to Durban, you’ll have ample opportunities to enjoy the sights and sounds of this amazing place. Whether you are looking out for exciting beaches or national parks and entertainment centres, Durban offers something for every traveller. Read on to find out how you can make the most of your sightseeing tour in Durban, South Africa and don’t forget to check out the following attractions.
The Golden Mile
The Golden Mile is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Durban and people from all over the world flock to this stunning beachfront that lends a separate identity to the glorious city. It is an extensive area that consists of miles of shoreline and is a paradise for beach lovers. It offers a fascinating combination of the hot tropical sunshine and warm waters, making it the ideal place for swimming, surfing and other water activities.
In order to offer maximum security and safety for the travellers, most of the area consisting of the Golden Mile has been protected by lifeguards. Even shark nets have been placed in certain areas. Therefore, if you choose to travel to Durban, you can also rent a hotel on the Golden Mile. This area has several residential areas and also boasts of some fine hotels where you can enjoy your stay. So, when you are in Durban, the Golden Mile automatically becomes a must see destination.
Umgeni River Bird Park
South Africa is distinguished for its rich wildlife reserves. And the Umgeni River Bird Park also contributes to this fact with its fine collection of exotic birds. Originally, this was started as a humble endeavour by a group of people who were extremely interested in birds and wanted to share their knowledge and interest with others. With time, the Bird Park became a major tourist attraction and at present, has several aviaries as well as open exhibits.
For enthusiastic bird lovers, the bird park also provides views of the nursery where birds lay eggs and hatch. When you are visiting this park, you’ll be surprised to find a wide range of rare bird species, some which are also specially bred at this park. The Wattled Crane, being one of those rare species which are raised at this park.
The natural beauty of the Umgeni River Bird Park is also worth mentioning. This place has a number of naturally occurring waterfalls and adds to the beauty of this place. On a trip to the Umgeni River Bird Park, you must also catch the Free Flight Bird Show. Different species of birds including macaws, hornbills, owls, cranes, toucans, kookaburras and other birds from places like Indonesia, Africa, Australia and America take part in this open air exhibition.
Fitzsimon’s Snake Park
Moving on from birds to snakes, the Firzsimon’s Snake Park houses some exquisite varieties of snakes. And if you are interested to explore the world of snakes, a visit to this place should feature in your itinerary. As you walk past the boundaries of this snake park, you’ll get an opportunity to witness some of the deadliest snakes in the world.
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Not only will you be at close quarters with venomous snakes like cobras and mambas, you can also gain some insight into venom collecting processes and the ways in which snakes are fed. Overall, this one would truly be an experience to remember. And to keep you hooked to this place, it also has some tortoises, crocodiles and iguanas.
uShaka Marine World
uShaka Marine World in Durban offers the ultimate thrill of visiting a theme park. It is a marine world that is filled with everything from a water park and underground aquarium to various rides, beaches and also the wreckage of a cargo ship. The Marine World is a complete package where people of all ages can have fun. So, if you are taking your family along with you, let the kids enjoy the rides and feel the excitement of close encounters with dolphins and seals.
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In the meanwhile, adults can sit back and relax on the lovely beach or sample some delicacies at the restaurants. However, if you like to get your adrenaline pumping, opt for some adventure sports like jet skiing and windsurfing. The leisure facilities at uShaka Marine World promises to keep you glued to its many facets and there will definitely never be a boring moment.
Suncoast Casino And Entertainment World
The Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World have become a favoured tourist destination for people travelling to Golden Mile. This is one place where you can completely relax and have fun at the entertainment complex, casino, cinema hall or shopping plaza.
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A water theme park have also been strategically placed at the Entertainment World and people can enjoy various rides or simply cool off beneath the soothing shade of palm trees.
BAT Centre And The Playhouse
If you are impressed with art works and appreciate theatres and opera shows, you must take a trip to the BAT Centre and Playhouse. While the BAT Centre showcases art works by renowned artists from all over Durban, it is also known for various cultural events like poetry and musical sessions. The Playhouse, on the other hand, is one of Durban’s oldest centres of entertainment. Now, it hosts different types of stage shows, theatres as well as live operas.
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Apart from these, your sightseeing tour of Durban must also include a visit to the Victoria Embankment, Greyville Racecourse and the Gateway Theatre of Shopping. If you enjoy cricket, try to catch a match at Sahara Stadium, Kingsmead.