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Planning a short break to Durban? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Durban. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Durban. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Roma Revolving

This is one of the world’s forty revolving restaurants and it is situated one hundred and seventy meters above the city on the thirty-second floor of John Ross House. The view is spectacular and constantly changing with views of the esplanade, harbour and city.

The romantic setting combines well with the menu, which offers Italian fare at surprisingly reasonable prices.

The restaurant is open from Tuesdays to Sundays for lunch and dinner.

Beachfront

Commonly known as Durban’s Golden Mile, the six-kilometre stretch of golden beaches from the Umgeni River in the north to the Point in the south is the country’s most developed beach area. The waters are patrolled by lifeguards, protected by shark nets and warm all year round making them popular for bathers. On the promenade above the beaches you will find brightly costumed Zulu rickshaws and vendors selling a variety of crafts at reasonable prices. At North Beach you will find Minitown, a miniature model of a town that is great for all ages. Here you will also find Fitsimmon’s Snake Park, the best of its kind in the country with at least five daily shows. There is also an amusement park with rides, as well as paddling pools and hundreds of restaurants and snack bars.

Grey Street

If you take a walk down Grey Street your senses will be in for an experience – the smells of spices and incense as well as the sight of exotic Indian silks and fabrics is unique in South Africa. The area is home to some of the best Indian restaurants in the city as well as some noteworthy landmarks. The Juma Musjid Mosque, completed in 1927 is the largest Mosque in the southern hemisphere and welcomes visitors, provided you leave your shoes at the door. Near by is the Emmanuel Cathedral, completed in 1902, it is built in the Gothic Revival style and has an impressive interior. The Victoria Street Market is a brightly coloured building where traders sell spices with names such as “mother in law exterminator” and the like as well as curios and souvenirs.

The Valley of 1000 Hills

Located out of town towards Pietermaritzburg, you will find this magnificent valley that has plenty of attractions to occupy a day away from the bustle of the city. Old Main Road is flanked by many interesting shops and attractions, the most notable being the Assagay Safari Park. This is a cultural centre that attempts to recreate a traditional Zulu village where you are shown inside an authentic Zulu hut made from grass. Zulu dancers entertain the crowds and a traditional Witch Doctor is on hand to “throw the bones” and read your fortune (very accurately). Many excellent restaurants are in the area; most include a view of the valley, which is breathtaking. Bus tours are available and depart from town.

Beach Africa Festival

The Durban Beach Africa Festival is the largest beach festival in the world and is held in the first two weeks of July. Remembering it is winter is tricky with beautiful sunny weather and the temperature never dropping below 20ºC. For these ten days the Golden Mile plays host to extreme sports, live bands, competitions, fashion shows, sand sculpting exhibits and two world-class surfing competitions. Firstly there is the night surfing competition held under floodlights. The second week of the festival is dominated by the Mr Price Pro, formerly the Gunston 500, the oldest surfing competition of its kind in the world.

Vintage India

Durban is best known for its curries and while in town a visit to a good curry restaurant is definitely a must. Vintage India is one of the best Indian restaurants in town, it is warm and inviting, with a chef that comes all the way from India. The menu contains examples of Northern Indian to Goan and Hyderabadi cuisines and is complemented by a good wine selection. The restaurants prices are reasonable considering the excellent quality of the food and service. Vintage India is open daily for lunch and dinner; the original restaurant is at 20 Windermere Road, while a new outlet has recently opened at the Durban Point Waterfront.

Crocworld

Located less than an hour away from Durban in Scottburgh on the South Coast, Crocworld is a wildlife experience of note with attractions for all ages. Crocworld is a botanical garden situated on 30 hectares with indigenous trees and plants and home to over 200 species of birds. The main attraction are the 10 000 crocodiles that live at crocworld – the feedings are not to be missed and happen daily. The park is also an educational centre where you can learn more about these fascinating creatures. Tour busses to the South Coast depart from Durban daily.

uShaka Marine World

This world-class entertainment and tourism destination is the 5th largest marine park in the world. A feature of Sea World is a recreation of a wreck of a 1940’s cargo ship that serves as the park’s aquarium. Sea World also offers educational tours and activities such as snorkelling through reefs and scuba dives. Dolphin World includes a 1200 seater stadium for shows featuring dolphins, seals and penguins. Wet ‘n Wild World is a fresh water entertainment centre offering supertubes and water slides for all ages. The Treasure World of the park is dedicated to restaurants, bars and shops. The Park forms the southern boundary of the Golden Mile and can be located by following the signs from

Joe Kools

This venue has become a landmark in Durban and it is not hard to see why. The location is about as perfect as it gets – situated directly opposite North Pier, with views of North Beach and Dairy Beach, Joe’s is the to be. By day, Joe Kools is a restaurant and bar – perfect for afternoon cocktails. By night it is a favourite nightclub where locals and tourists dance the night away.

The Royal

The Royal is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, and has been Durban’s premier hotel for over 140 years. The hotel is located in the heart of the city, opposite city hall, next to the theatre with spectacular views of the bay and in walking distance of the International Convention Centre.

This five star hotel offers the utmost in comfort and convenience with a fully equipped health centre, roof top pool deck and no less than seven bars and restaurants, including the Royal Grill, the Ulundi and the Top of the Royal – three of the finest restaurants in the city.

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