While the city's cultural milieu offers all sorts of enriching destinations, such as the famed Indian market selling pungent "Durban curry," you're probably here for fun in the sun. Welcome to the Golden Mile, actually six kilometers (four miles) of wide beaches, touristy piers, overpriced restaurants and attractions that range from the Suncoast Casino, with shopping, gambling, and a private beach; to one of the world's largest marine parks, uShaka Marine World, with dolphin shows, 32 tanks, and Africa's highest waterslide. There's no end to the smaller attractions in between, not the least of which is world-class surfing. Grab a "Zulu rickshaw" and enjoy.
Of course, Durban has plenty of urban offerings, including a surfing museum at North Beach, and first-rate football (soccer) at striking Moses Mabhida Stadium. But the real cultural attractions lie outside the city's sprawl. Just up the KwaZulu-Natal coast is the birthplace of Shaka Zulu, where a huge kraal.