|Beaches are not the only attraction for visitors. Visit the Botanical Gardens and you will see an impressive collection of indigenous trees, orchids, cycads and a unique garden specially designed for the visually-impaired.
Children love the dolphin and seal shows at SeaWorld, the incredible variety of birds at the Umgeni River Bird Park, the animals at the Mitchell Park Zoo and the snake demonstrations at Fitzsimons Snake Park. Also take them to uShaka Marine World. It houses a very large aquarium, a variety of water rides and interactive experiences with the dolphins. uShaka is the largest marine theme park in Africa.
If you are interested in architecture, do take a look at the Durban City Hall. A Modern Renaissance building, it houses the Durban Art Gallery and the Natural Science Museum. Take a guided tour around Muckleneuk, a wonderful and beautiful building containing the Killie Campbell Africana Library, the Mashu Museum of Ethnology and the William Campbell Furniture Museum. The Jumma Mosque, the biggest in the region, is worth seeing. There are a host of other museums, art galleries and art centres you may want to look up as well.
On the Durban Beach Front, you can stroll along the Golden Mile, an entertaining stretch with pools, an amusement park, gardens and cable car rides with a view of the shoreline. The nearby Wilson's Wharf has fantastic views of the harbour and offers an interesting background for a number of shops and shows.
Yearning for the water? Take a deep sea cruise from the Sarie Marais Jetty or charter a craft for a private outing. The North Pier is a good spot for fishing or ship-watching.
Bargain hunters can drop into the pretty Amphitheatre Gardens, where there’s a flea market on the last Sunday of every month and an art market on alternate Sundays. In many shops, you will get colourful African artefacts, carvings, woodwork, ostrich eggs, leatherwork – these make excellent souvenirs of your visit.
Other interesting sights include the Da Gama Clock, the Local History and Natal Maritime Museums, the remains of the Old Fort, Alayam Hindu Temple and the Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding, the Burman Bush Nature Reserve and the Umgeni Steam Railway.
Interesting monuments include the Indian War Memorial, the Cenotaph in the Farewell Square Complex, the Congella Battlefield Monument and the cast-iron Currie’s Drinking Fountain
Are you keen on nature? Explore the Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary south of Durban with its 150 species of birds, the Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve on the Mgeni River, the Bluff Nature Reserve, the North Park Nature Reserve, the Inanda Resource Reserve which has an amazing cliff view, the Glenholme Nature Reserve, the Hawaan Forest Nature Reserve and the Hazelmere Resources Reserve among others.
In addition, you can try your hand at canoeing, rafting, fishing, hang-gliding, hiking, mountain-climbing or biking. The choice is yours.