Durban: Outdoor Adventures and Culinary Delights
As the host city for Africa’s largest tourism expo, Durban has long welcomed visitors from around the world, but it is also a tourism destination in and of itself. The seaside city is a hub for both world-class surfing and South Africa’s unique brand of Indian cuisine. Whether water sports, nature tourism or epicurean exploration, Durban offers visitors a range of unique and exciting experiences.
Learn to Surf in South Africa’s “Surf City”
Sitting adjacent to the Indian Ocean, Durban boasts some of South Africa’s best beaches. The waves that roll into the city’s Golden Mile shoreline have made Durban a major world surfing destination. The consistent good waves in the region mean that visitors can try their hand at surfing any time during the year. Living the Dream Surf School offers year-round lessons for children and adults, as well as custom “surf missions” for visiting pros. For those interested in more leisurely water activities, Durban offers boat tours and a colorful marine park that showcases the biodiversity of the Indian Ocean.
The Morning Trade
Every Sunday, the best of Durban’s local produce and specialty food products can be found at The Morning Trade. More than just a farmers market, this popular event features a wide range of international dining options and food vendors, making it a prime hangout spot and a great place to buy unique gifts.
Africa’s Travel Indaba
Every year in May the world’s top tourism and travel professionals descend upon the city of Durban for Africa’s Travel Indaba: three busy days of networking, education and marketing. This event has become a fixture on the international tourism marketing scene, and it is enhanced by the fact that it’s hosted in a city where it is very easy to mix business and pleasure.
“Bunny Chow” and Durban’s Unique Indian Cuisine
Durban is home to a very large population that traces its roots to the Indian subcontinent. This community has called South Africa home for more than a century, and over the generations it has developed its own unique culinary style. South African Indian food boasts many distinctive characteristics and dishes, but none is as iconic as “bunny chow:” a dish made from a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with a spicy curry. Visitors can find bunny chow in virtually any of Durban’s dozens of Indian establishments, from street markets to posh hotel restaurants. For those who want to take the flavors of Durban home with them, a visit to The Spice Emporium will provide an array of the local blends that give South African Indian cooking its uniquely spicy flavors.
No culinary tradition is as popular or as revered in South Africa as the meat-centric barbecue, known as braai. While countless establishment across the country serve tasty roasted sausages and meats, only Max’s Lifestyle was selected as one of the best restaurants in the world by Condé Nast Traveller in 2016. Located in the township of Umlazi, Max’s Lifestyle is a bustling destination for locals and tourists alike. In addition to serving the best braai in town, the restaurant also hosts special events and features live DJs every Sunday.
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