Dive right in and explore multicultural Durban on your first visit. You can experience everything from Indian cuisine to Zulu rituals. Or take note of the city's colonial past, echoed in attractions like the Berea district's Campbell Collections of Dutch Cape objects. You'll be lured back to Durban by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the sun-drenched Golden Mile beachfront and promenade.
Visit Durban city centre starting at the Tourist Junction and you'll stumble across Indian architecture and traders before reaching the Durban Art Gallery, home to fine displays of African arts and crafts. On the eastern side stretches the Golden Mile, drawing sunbathers and surfers to its sandy beach and warm waters. Continue south for the shark-rich uShaka Marine World. Or relax in the multimillion-Rand Wilson's Wharf waterfront complex with restaurants, shops, theatre and a marina, all with sea views. If you don't want to compromise the views but prefer the locals' company for dinner, head to the opposite end of the city to the elevated Berea district.
Explore the Golden Mile as you're driven on a rickshaw from Blue Lagoon to Durban Point and pick a spot to soak up the inviting sunshine. Book a tour to see the Campbell Collections of colonial artefacts in the Berea district on the city's western outskirts. Then head to the centrally located Indian District to buy spices and sari fabrics. Notice how truly multicultural Durban is with a stroll along Battery Beach where sangomas Zulu healers might be casting spells next to a Hindu ceremony with surfers in the background.
Come back to Durban to spot herons, go fishing or just to enjoy the tranquillity of Blue Lagoon. Browse the latest arts, crafts and culture at the BAT Centre. Then enjoy sundowners between Zulu dances and live jazz performances on The Esplanade south of the Golden Mile beachfront. Savour African meals under the stars in nearby restaurants or international dishes from a veranda table in buzzing Florida Road.
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