Durban in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province has such a variety of culture, attractions and natural charms that a visit can give you a taste of the whole country. Famed for its mix of Indian, African and colonial influences this is reflected in the architecture, the local food, drink and habits of the community. This is all set against a background of a stunning coast with spectacular surf and water sports.
Durban Rickshaw driver at the seafront
Much of the city was refurbished for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and now boasts a magnificent seafront promenade that runs from uShaka Marine World, a modern theme park with an aquarium, to the futuristic Moses Mabhida Stadium, a multipurpose venue for sports, art and music. For the really energetic try the Big Rush Big Swing – the world’s tallest rope swing, located within the stadium.
If you add in a trip to the Durban Botanical gardens you will be able to see varieties of plants from across the continent.
In addition, Durban has some of the finest and safest beaches in the world. Durbans Golden mile is a magnet for world class surfers and hosts regular events.
Outside the city day trips to the natural wonders of the region such as the valley of a 1000 hills and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve offer further insight to the wonders of the Rainbow Nation.
Durban food is also second to none, with such a wide selection of cuisines. Be it street food, high class dining or buying local produce for a beach picnic, Durban has it all. Whatever you do make sure you sample ther local Bunny Chow, which is the most delicous curry served in hollowed-out bread.
Getting to South Africa and to Durban is now easy, comfortable and cost effective with Qatar Airways flights. With connectivity from six major UK airports – London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Cardiff – flights to Durban are available four days a week. Once on board the chef designed menus and over 4,000 hrs of entertainment make the whole experience relaxed. The business class offering from Qatar is now recognised as the best in the world (Skytrax awards 2017).
For further information on Qatar Airways ‘Going Places Together’ program and South African Tourism: