Virtuoso Voyages Directory - 2017-2018 - 50
Clockwise from top: Durban Promenade; Zulu warrior and his rickshaw;
Traditional painted wood bowls.
Durban, South Africa
World-class coastal gem
Move over Johannesburg and Cape Town - meet Durban, South Africa's coolest
city you haven't heard of. Created by the British almost 200 years ago, Durban
offers a mix of Indian, Zulu, and postcolonial influences, which appear in the city's
cuisine and architecture.
Most tourists skip past South Africa's busiest port, but there's a reason more than
1 million locals flock to "Surf City" each summer. Known for its breathtaking
beaches, killer surfing conditions, and year-round warm weather, Durban's
beachfront is sitting pretty after a total makeover for the 2010 World Cup.
Flag a rickshaw to explore or shop roadside stalls along the paved promenade -
the Golden Mile - for beach gear and Zulu crafts. Or swing by Moses Mabhida
Stadium, the city's sports complex, built for the World Cup. The view from the top
of the arch is well worth a visit. Be sure to sample the quintessential Durban meal,
bunny chow -beef, chicken, or mutton curry served in a hollowed-out bread loaf.