Durban has from its earliest days held a special charm… a certain charm that adds ‘something extra’ to the meeting of warm Indian Ocean, radiant golden beaches and lush sub-tropical greenery. Durbanites are sports-crazy and well equipped for it… hosting countless international contests at magnificent venues – including the beach.
Sophisticated and cosmopolitan, after dark Durban is abuzz with elegant lounges, funky taverns and alfresco dinning…. Distinctive local theatre and live music…. Trendy clubs, pubs and discos. Dance till dawn and catch sunrise over the Indian Ocean horizon – this is nightlife in a modern, authentic African metropolis!
A shopper’s paradise with a number of upmarket shopping centres, as well as quirky boutique, something for everyone. Browse around a flea market to get the local vibe and ferret out a handmade treasure, or pop into the Victoria Street Market, with its numerous stalls selling everything from brassware, woven baskets, wooden articles to meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. No visit to Durban is complete without trying a legendary ‘bunny chow’ and Shisanyama – the bunny Chow is a very simple affair consisting of a hollowed-out quarter or half loaf of bread filled with any available curry including beef, mutton, chicken or beans, and is eaten with your fingers and the Shisanyama, which means braaing the meat is popular experience in the local shebeens and township experience.
Durban’s unique experience are just as varied – go to ‘Wet and Wild’ at uShaka Marine World, ride a Ricksha along the Golden Mile, cruise the harbour or go on a three hour city tour on the topless Ricksha Bus. Visit the Moses Mabhida stadium and travel up the iconic arch of the stadium to the viewing platform, where you will experience spectacular panoramic views over the ocean and the city. The more adventurous can walk up the 550 steps of the southern side of the arch to the viewing platform. Visitors will be issued with safety equipment and, under the watchful eye of qualified instructors, will be able to make their trip to the top of the arch (and down again) via some 550 steps.
To book your trip to the stadium, contact: Mabhida Stadium switchboard: 031 582 8222 / Direct line for tour etc bookings: 031 582 8242
BIRTH OF THE BEREA
IAN MORRISON DESCRIBES THE TRANSFORMATION OF ONE OF OUR CITY'S LANDMARKS
INFO: "The Durban online Spring 2008" edition
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