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.