While South Africa is a cultural mix with an impressive 11 official languages, the province of KwaZulu-Natal—and its largest city, Durban—is predominantly Zulu, and the cultural influence can be seen everywhere. Here’s what you need to know about experiencing Zulu culture in Durban.
Durban Golden Mile
The Golden Mile makes a great jumping-off point for exploring the area. Many tours include the Golden Mile along with other Durban sights, such as City Hall, Durban Harbour, and the Durban Botanic Gardens. To maximize your time on the 4-mile (6-kilometer) waterfront, cruise along the promenade on a bike tour. And, be sure to get up early one day to catch the sunrise from the beach.
Durban Shore Excursion: Durban City, Valley of 1000 Hills and PheZulu Tour
$135.94 per adult
Excellent overview of Durban
Had a really nice day with Thamy as our guide. He is was informative, interesting and took time to give us a nice overview of Durban. Got us back to ship safely and on time. The trip to the village was great and well worth the time.
Mark_T, Jan 2020
Things to Know Before You Go
The Golden Mile is a must for beach lovers and surfers.
The Golden Mile offers ample shopping, eating, and drinking opportunities. Stop at the local markets to pick up souvenirs, spices, and street food.
The boardwalk is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
How to Get There
Durban’s traffic is hectic—if you’re staying in the city center, the Golden Mile is best visited on a sightseeing tour. If you’re staying close to the Golden Mile, you can easily get around on foot, by bike, or in one of the popular Zulu rickshaws.
When to Get There
Durban’s subtropical climate and the always-warm Indian Ocean make the Golden Mile a year-round destination for sunseekers. Summer (December through March) is typically hot but gets more rainfall, while winter (June through August) is drier but warm enough to enjoy the beach and swimming in the sea.
What Else to Do on the Golden Mile
While you could spend all day relaxing on the beach, the Golden Mile has several other attractions appropriate for all ages. Start with a visit to the Moses Mabhida Stadium—an architectural wonder and home of the 2010 soccer World Cup. Next, check out Mini Town, a miniature replica of Durban. At the far end of the promenade, discover diverse marine life, animal encounters, and performances at uShaka Marine World.