Year round surfing without a wet suit, diving with sharks, whale watching, Zulu rickshaw runners and art deco architecture make Durban a dynamic city. Vasco da Gama was definitely onto something when he first sighted the large natural harbor that is now named Port Natal, where the Umsundusi River meets the Indian Ocean. Influenced by Colonial, Indian and African flavors, the Golden Mile beachfront is a buzzing hive for those that chase the perfect wave, sun worshippers, the people that like to jog and the luncheon set. Beginning at uShaka Marine World, the promenade ends at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. If you are into a bit of horse racing, Africa's greatest horse race is run here every July and has been since 1844.
With a massive record of shark attacks that include 21 shark attacks during the years 1943 to 1951 and "Black December" in the late 1950s when 5 deadly attacks occurred, sharks and Durban go hand in hand. Today, shark nets protect most of the beaches so don't fret. This is the perfect spot to go down in a shark cage and say hello to these amazing creatures of the deep. If peering into a shark's mouth does nothing for you, then go whale watching on one of the many operating cruises. Head to the KwaMuhle Museum to glean an idea of the history of Durban, or go to the Botanical Gardens to see the "living fossil" plants.
Make sure you indulge in some Durban curry and Bunny Chow, compliments of Durban's ties with India, whilst taking a walk through the Indian District of Dr Yusuf Dadoo and Bertha Mkhize. Take in the traditional medicine at Zulu Muti Market and a colorful display of spices, aromatic incense and embroidered fabrics at the Victoria Street Market.
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