Exploring Durban in all its glory

Anje Rautenbach
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 HELLO, DURBAN! Durban plays host to a variety of awesome tourist attractions. Perfect for a road trip. Image: iStock ~ iStock

Cape Town - KwaZulu Natal and its main vein, Durban, is a mix of nature, history, culture, adventure and good food; a one of a kind dish with aromatic flavours, tantalising discoveries and scoops of unknown spots with a spoonful of suprises. 

Why not head to Durban, around Durban and in Durban because whether you want to find a quiet spot and (re)treat yourself or have an adrenalin-filled experience, this is where you need to slow down and pull up the handbrake. 

Stay Active

The adventure activities in and around the city are endless, from bouncing around in a big ball to the renowned swing that’s the world’s tallest swing at 106 meres above the ground at the Moses Madiba Stadium. For something different, hike over the hills and dales of the Mkomazi River on a 30 km circular slackpacking trail that will take 2 and a half days. No need to worry about carrying your own backpack or making your own food, as it is all sorted. Day walks and whitewater rafting is also available in the area.

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For the Foodies

Visit The Farmer’s Daughter restaurant in Howick with views over the Umgeni Valley and indulge in a variety of beautifully decorated treats and unique combinations stemming from farm fresh ingredients.

Coffee lovers, get your next fix at Terbodore Coffee, a must-visit caffeine stop on the Midlands Meander. Terbodore coffee has a variety of coffees from French Vanilla to the Great Dane that will leave you with a lingering dark chocolate flavour.

Art and a Dash of Culture

Visit the Coedmore Castle which was built in 1885 as a family home on a 253 hectare reserve. The Castle, as well as it surrounding areas, is not only known for its abundant birdlife, antelopes and hiking trails, but it is also home to the Mary Stainbank Memorial Gallery; visitors can enjoy a combined tour of the gallery and Coedmore Castle.

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Visit a Market

Have an authentic farmer’s market experience at the Litchi Orchard Market in Ballito. This market takes place every month and there is also a monthly Friday night market; it’s a place to meet up with friends and families and where good food, local produce and creativity come together.

Soak in Serenity

Turn off your phone and connect to yourself as you head to The Waterfall Retreat and Environmental Centre. The Centre – located in a beautiful green natural environment - offers scheduled classes and courses and visitors can enjoy meditation, Kundalini Yoga and even events such as a high tea in the forest canopy. Booking is essential and there is also a cottage available.  

For the Wine Lovers

The Wine Cellar is situated near Rosetta, not too far from Durban, and it is a much-loved stop due to their unique store, the fireplace and warm atmosphere and of course, the cellar. Stay a while and enjoy a wine tasting, grab a bite and platter of cheese, learn more about viticulture from connoisseurs, and don’t miss the antique store, Pandora’s Emporium.

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