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Thanks to miles of golden sands and a rich mix of culture, Durban is a popular beach town on the east coast of South Africa. From waterfront bike rides to Indian cuisine, here’s how to get the most out of one day in Durban.
Morning: Explore the Waterfront
Orient yourself among Durban’s top attractions on a bike or walking tour that reveals the culture and history of the city. Traveling by bike or on foot lets you skip the city’s hectic traffic and see highlights—which include the Moses Mabhida Stadium and the Blue Lagoon—at your own speed. Plus, having a guide to lead the way means that you don’t have to worry about navigating an unfamiliar city alone.
Afternoon: Embrace the Culture
Home to the largest population of Indians outside of India, Durban is renowned for its markets and fragrant spices. Sample some of the best flavors on a lunchtime tour, which tend to visit seafood and spice markets, and include an Indian feast for lunch.
Then, see more of Durban on a walking tour; tours typically cover the Phansi Museum, Durban Botanic Gardens, and the Warwick Junction markets. Alternatively, visit Ushaka Marine World, sunbathe on one of Durban’s many beaches, or try surfing in the warm Indian Ocean.
Night: Experience the Nightlife
As night falls, see the city from a different perspective on a Venetian-style gondola ride through the canals of Durban Point Waterfront. After taking in the area’s flashy architecture and bright lights, grab a drink at a bar or restaurant that overlooks the ocean.
Finish off the night on the Golden Mile—the beachfront promenade where you started your morning. There, you can party the night away in seaside bars that usually host a fun mix of locals and travelers.