Why now is the time to visit Durban

Chow down

Bunny chow in Durban is what fish and chips are to the UK. Home to the largest Indian population outside of India, South Africa’s third largest city has conjured itself a signature dish made out of lamb, beef or vegetable curry, poured into a hollowed out loaf of fresh bread. The concept might not meet the standards of the Cordon Bleu, but it’s an incredibly moreish meal if you’re keen for something hearty after a long flight. Stop by The Oriental Restaurant for a dinner with oodles of character – traditionally it’s eaten with your hands, so prepare to get stuck in.

Bunny Chow - South African mutton curry inside a bread bun

Adrenaline junkie

Football fans will be crazed to visit the Moses Madbhida Stadium, one of South Africa’s most impressive stadiums and host to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Named after one of the country’s anti-apartheid activists, the stadium is home to a raft of exhilarating attractions such as the Big Rush Big Swing, where daredevils can fling themselves into a 106-metre void above the football pitch, before swinging out under a 220-metre arch. There’s also the SkyCar which lets visitors climb to the highest point of the arch for vertigo-inducing views of the stadium and the surrounding neighbourhood.


Luxury living

If you’re looking for quiet charm and sublime service, this is the hotel for you. Set in a beautiful colonial mansion built in 1928, Audacia Manor Historic Boutique Hotel is a stately, whitewashed manor and cosy boutique located minutes from the city’s ICC convention centre and the Golden Mile beachfront. With just 10 rooms, a private and tranquil stay are guaranteed, but it’s the hotel’s lush surroundings that give it such appeal, touting tropical plant life, a lovely outdoor pool and a wide-set balcony offering sprawling views of the cityscape – ideal for alfresco breakfasts. Book using your Global Hotel Card.

Audacia House

Beach basking

One of South Africa’s greatest boons is its year-round sunshine, and for the UK based among us, jetlag-free bliss being just +2 hours ahead. Without the groggy mornings and nocturnal nights, you can make plenty of time for sun basking – the Golden Mile’s pristine beaches are just a short drive from Durban’s city centre, but if you’re after more impressive waves and oodles of space, head to the South Coast –  a collection of crystalline lagoons, soft, white sands and cobalt seas ideal for diving, snorkelling, and of course, surfing.


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