Going to the coastal city of Durban spells enchantment for travelers for more than one reason. Make way for The Golden Mile beachfront where you can soak up the sun, jog, build sandcastles and surf. See the world’s fifth largest aquarium at uShaka Marine World and living fossil plants like the pre-dinosaur cycads at the Durban Botanical Gardens. Learn about sharks at the KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board and you may even get to see dolphins, turtles and rays. View a splendid sunset over the Umhlanga Lighthouse from the Lighthouse Bar with live music and their signature drink. You can learn about significant historical areas in the KwaZulu Natal province on the Inanda Heritage Trail. Try spinning on the ice skating rink at the Durban Ice Arena and get an overdose of fun at the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World.
Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Durban
Where to shop
Durban promises a memorable shopping experience with the massive mall Gateway in Umhlanga which offers the best options in everything chic and trendy. Other destinations for elite shoppers include La Lucia Mall, Musgrave Centre, Pavilion Shopping Centre and Galleria. The Heritage Market Shopping Centre in Hillcrest features craft shops in green-roofed, Victorian style buildings erected amidst lush rose gardens. Vibrant street markets such as The Shongweni Farmer’s Market, The Essenwood Market and The Stables Lifestyle Market (230 shops in stables that were built nearly a 100 years ago) are not to be missed, either.
What to eat
If you don’t eat your way through South Africa, you miss out on half of the traveler’s life. Among the finest delicacies to be tasted are Biltong and droewors (dried, cured and flavored meats often eaten as snacks), Boerewors (traditional South African sausage), Cape Malay curry, Malva pudding (baked sponge pudding made with apricot jam and served in hot cream sauce), Chakalaka and pap (a cold vegetable dish served with a starchy porridge made from white corn maize), braai or shisa nyama (local grilled meat), bobotie(minced meat curry simmered with various spices) and bunny chow (spicy curry in hollowed out loaves of bread).
Some common phrases in Durban
When going around the city, knowing these words will make you less of a tourist and more of an insider.
• Ag shame:
A term of endearment
• Izit? / Sho? :
Is that so?
An expression of resignation
• Just sommer:
Loose head (to denote a forgetful person)
• Lekker! :
Do's and Don'ts
• Do not drive around with your windows down and car doors unlocked. Always lock your car door when before leaving it unattended.
• Always ask locals (like the staff at your hotel) which areas are safe before going there.
• Malls are great, but don’t miss out on shopping at local markets.
• Be aware of pickpockets, especially along the beachfronts.
Emergency contact numbers
• National Flying Squad: 10111
• Report a Crime: 086 001 0111
• Ambulance: 10177
• Fire & Disaster Management: 031 361 0000
Q. Which airlines offer cheap air tickets to Durban?
The airline offering cheap air tickets to Durban is Lufthansa.
Q. What is the time zone used in Durban?
The time zone of Durban is UTC+02:00.
Q. What are the most popular airlines flying from Toronto to Durban?
From Toronto to Durban, the most popular international airlines are Lufthansa
, British Airways and Emirates
Q. What is the shortest time for a Toronto to Durban flight?
The shortest time for a direct Toronto to Durban flight is 20 hours.
Q. What are the top tourist destinations of Durban?
Some of the must-visit tourist destinations in Durban are the The Golden Mile beachfront,
uShaka Marine World, Durban Botanical Gardens, Umhlanga Lighthouse, Inanda Heritage Trail, Umgeni River Bird Park and Shakaland – Zulu Cultural Center.
Q. What is the currency of Durban?
The currency of Durban is the South African Rand.
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