Durban

Durban is the largest city in KwaZulu Natal and is the third most populated city in South Africa. The combination of clean beaches with warm waters and a wide array of cultures and tourism attractions make this city a popular and exciting place to visit. The humming city centre overlooks the beaches with the main seaside road being known as the Golden Mile where curio sellers, small shops, seaside restaurants and ice cream stalls all bid for your attention as you stroll along the promenade. The 6km long stretch offers a variety of surf and sun activities. Protected by shark nets to ensure your dip is not interrupted by one of the local Great Whites, the 'Golden Mile' beaches offer safe swimming in patrolled areas, pristine sandy beaches and excellent facilities. Once you've had your fill of sea and sand, you can retire to sip a cocktail at one of the many laidback bars or restaurants that follow the coastline or immerse yourself in some entertainment at one of the amusement parks. For a taste of Africa take a ride in one of the brightly decorated rickshaws which provide a form of transport and entertainment quite unique to Durban.

Also found on the Golden Mile is uShaka Marine World, a fantastic aquarium and marine world where families can explore the many tanks on display, or learn to scuba dive or snorkel in the wet playground.

Running along the south-western side of the harbour, Victoria Embankment is home to the BAT Centre which has a theatre, music venue, dance studio, art galleries, and art and craft shops. For the seafarers amongst us, a visit to the Natal Maritime Museum provides an interesting insight into Durban's history with the sea. Durban's harbour remains the busiest in Southern Africa and Wilson's Wharf or the BAT Centre offer good vantage points to view its activity.