The Golden Mile in Durban, with its beaches, markets and restaurants has been attracting tourists since ages now. The vast ethnic diversity of Durban results in its unique mix of cuisine, culture and religious practices, and it is the amalgamation of the East and the West that give Durban its unique flavor. Experience the wildlife up close in the city’s dozen nature reserves and forests like the Pigeon Valley Nature reserve and Durban Botanical gardens.
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Where to Shop
The Gateway mall in Umhlanga will address all your shopping needs- be it designer clothes or sports goods. The mall also has a movie theatre, science centre for kids, and multiple restaurants for your post-shopping cravings. Who knew family shopping sprees could be so much fun? The Heritage Market Shopping Centre has airy Victorian style buildings and multiple gardens which houses numerous crafts, jewelry and beauty stores. The shops in Victoria Secret Market, Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street and the Spice Emporium can overwhelm your senses with the rich aroma of exotic spices, which is Durban’s specialty.
What to Eat
Thebunny chow is fiery dish of spicy curry of meat, prawn or a vegetable served inside a soft loaf of bread, and is best had with beer. Head to the Britannia Hotel to taste some. Try the Shisa Nyama, which is grilled meat, hot, juicy and tender. Choose between a variety of steaks, sausages and chops in Nembula’s which you can yourself carry to the outside grill. Cool your senses with a Bombay Crush, which is a creamy blend of sweet rose syrup, milk, basil leaves and scoops of vanilla ice cream. This is the traditional drink of the Indian Muslims during the Ramadan, but can be found in most restaurants in Durban. Perched on the 32nd floor, dinner at the Roma Revolving restaurant is a must. The circular restaurant with glass walls completes one rotation in an hour, and offers a complete view of the city and harbor.
The Local Language
Around half the population uses English and a third of the people use Zulu. The accent of Durban has its own rhythm, which may require some time to get used to. Here are some English words and their Durban equivalents, which will make it easier for you to understand the language-
• Mate –
Chommie, bru, boet, ou, charna.
• Cool, interesting –
• Shop –
• Some words of exclamation -
Ey! Aweh! Ja, well, no lekker! Laduma!
Dos and Don’ts
• Yellow fever vaccination is mandatory while traveling to Durban, so visit your doctor well in advance.
• Pick pocketing is pretty rampant, especially on the beachfront. Keep an eye on your belongings.
• Mosquitoes are abundant here, so carry anti-malarial medication and mosquito repellents.
Emergency Contact Numbers
• Emergency Services – Durban has emergency police, fire and ambulance services.
• 24-Hour Chemist - There are no 24- Hour chemists in Durban, but some stay open till late.
• Fire - 031 361 0000
• Police - 10111
• Ambulance – 10177
• Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Durban?
The airlines offering cheap air tickets to Durban are Turkish Airlines
• What is the time zone used in South Africa?
The time zone of South Africa is GMT+2.
• What are the most popular airlines flying from London to Durban?
From London to Durban, the most popular airlines are Emirates
and Turkish Airlines.
• What is the shortest time for a London to Durban flight?
The shortest time for a London to Durban flight is 17 hours 10 minutes via Dubai.
• What are the top tourist destinations of Durban?
Some of the must-visit tourist destinations in Durban are the Umgeni River Bird Park, Funworld and Suncoast Casino and Entertainment.
• What is the currency of South Africa?
The currency of South Africa is South African Rand.
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