My recent Africa trip had me reminiscing big time and the reality hit me that I haven’t written enough about my first trip to Africa in 2011. So much so that my visits to both Pretoria and Durban have passed the blog by completely and I’m behind with my travel tales. Before time gets the better of me again, here’s some things I did when I was in Durban, not exactly “the best of” but my 5 things to see and do in Durban. I didn’t do the bungy jump by the way – the Durban bungy stretched my budget on that occasion!
1. BAT Centre
A funky art centre by the riverfront in Durban, this place is unusual. Walking around is free. You can see artists and musicians in small shops and get talking to the locals.
2. The Durban Natural Science Museum
The Durban Natural Science museum is completely free! It is housed inside a building that looks like the City Hall in Belfast in my home country of Northern Ireland. Loved the fact it was a free museum!!
3. Ushaka Beach
Durban is famous for its coastline and there is no shortage of activities on offer. Surfing and swimming on Ushaka beach is fun.
There are also a load of seafood restaurants nearby and a cool shopping mall. I also bumped into a guy who makes spectacular sandcastles. Plus you can head to the Marine World and see some indoor animals – more for the kids this one – Marine World.
4. Local Pubs and Shebeens
Touring the city with my Scottish mate Macc and in the pouring rain we decided a beer was in order. Cue the excellent Three Monkeys Bar and we hopped in out of the rain for a few beers. There’s also Shebeens to check out in Durban. I wrote briefly about it on Thirsty Thursdays.
5. Football – World Cup Stadium Moses Mabhida and Bungy
Durban hosted a load of World Cup matches in 2010 and the massive Moses Mabhida stadium is worth a look. I didn’t have the budget for the epic bungy jump, but if you feel the need go for it!! Durban Bungy!
…and actually it’s a top 6 things to see and do in Durban as I meant to include the Maritime Museum…
6. The Maritime Museum
Quirky museum by the harbour where you can get onto an old boat and check out Durban’s marine history!!
Durban is a pretty nice city to be honest, and a lot safer than Johannesberg (no offence Joberg!) so I would recommend it. Keep your eyes peeled for deals to South Africa and get your fix of places like Durban and Soweto. Safe travels one and all!
6 thoughts on “Backpacking in South Africa: Top 6 Things to see and do in Durban”
Woah, woah, woah! You can bungy jump INTO a World Cup Stadium?!?! Where do I sign up for that? 😀
You CAN Ray but you gotta part with a lot of cash. Simply way beyond budget. Personally I prefer New Zealand for bungys! If you do it make sure you get a video!! Jonny
South Africa seems like lots of fun! I would love to visit Durban, Jonny!
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Hi Agness, thanks for the comment. It was decent enough I guess, but neither Durban nor South Africa would make my top 50 whackpacked countries or cities! Safe travels. Jonny