Multicultural Magic at the Edge of the Indian Ocean

Often overlooked in favor of trendy Johannesburg or popular Cape Town, sunny Durban has been on the rise since it got revitalized to help host the 2010 World Cup, and is an unexpected delight on any cruise to South Africa. Thanks to its golden beaches, Indian influences, and nearby natural wonder, you’ll understand why South Africans love to vacation here as soon as you step on shore.

The city is home to the proud Zulu people, and the largest Indian population in Africa. Weave in colonial Victorian architecture with ornate mosques, and the rich tapestry of world cultures is found around every corner. It’s a place where Catholic church spires mingle with minarets. Where calls to prayer blend with sounds of buzzing Indian markets. Where the cheers of a soccer match pulse to the rhythm of native drum beats.

East of the city center lies the Golden Mile. Settle in on the sandy beach or stroll along the broad boardwalk and watch as locals of all backgrounds play and relax, or head to the southern end of the strip and get up close with amazing aquatic creatures at uShaka Marine World. A short drive from Durban, the Valley of 1,000 Hills is paradise for outdoor adventurers and home to traditional Zulu homesteads. You could try to tally up every rise and rock formation, but the breathtaking natural beauty will soon make you lose count.

Moses Mabhida Stadium

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Exterior view of Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa

Moses Mabhida Stadium

Constructed for the 2010 World Cup. This stadium is so much more than just a soccer pitch. Take the SkyCar to the top of the 344-foot-high arch (or make the trek up 550 steps) for views of the city, beaches, and harbor that put rooftop patios to shame. Take a real leap of faith from the arch and soar over the stadium below on the world’s tallest swing.

Juma Masjid Mosque

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Exterior view of Juma Masjid Mosque in Durban, South Africa

Juma Masjid (Grey Street) Mosque

The sun glinting off gold-gilded domes is sure to catch your eye on a visit to the largest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere. Inside, the elegant marble worship hall can welcome up to 6,000 worshipers. Take some time to explore around Grey Street where you can sample delicious Indian food and shop for exotic goods at the colorful Victoria Street market.

Bunny Chow

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Bunny Chow, an Indian fast food dish originating from Durban, South Africa

Bunny Chow

This is essential eating in Durban. Originally created so farm workers could have a portable one-handed meal, this savory curry served in a hollowed out bread bowl can be found all over the city at restaurants and takeout counters. And although the name suggests rabbit, the curry features beef, chicken, or mutton.

Durban, South Africa At a glance

Current Weather:
Clear (Night)
17°C / 62 °F
Fair (Day)
Current Time:
11:00:33 pm2018/10/22 23:00:33 pm
Monday, October 22
UTC/GMT +02:00
Local Details:
GPS: 29°52'24.59"S 31°1'13.99"E
Size: 225.91 KM2 (87.22 MI2)
Population: 595,061
Density: 2,634 Pop/KM2 (1,017 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: 031

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