Durban is cool! This is a statement that all Durbanites knew all along. Recently the world, and many South Africans, has started to realize it in recent years. One of United States biggest newspapers, New York Times, listed Durban number 7 on its 52 places to visit in 2015.
Flights to Durban – King Shaka International
King Shaka International is currently in its 5th year of operation and started to focus on art, music and KwaZulu Natal heritage. The airport regularly features local artists and musicians.
Turkish Airlines has started to offer direct flights to Durban from and to Istanbul. A traveller can also travel to Lusaka, Zambia directly with Proflights. Some new direct flights will commence in December 2015. Ethiopian Airlines will start to provide direct flights from Addis Ababa on the 16 of December 2015 from and to Durban while Qatar Airways will offer direct flights to and from Doha on the 17 December 2015.
Durbanites can also book a flight on Air Mauritius with direct flights to Mauritius. Emirates offer Durbanites with direct flights to Dubai. FlySafair has also added flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town from Durban.
King Shaka International’s runway boasts with a length of 3.7km. This enabled British Airways to use the airport in 2014 for training on their double-decker air-plane, the Airbus A380-800, the world’s largest passenger airliner.
The airport also offers visitors with some great dining experience. Durban is well known for its warm humid weather and having an iced coffee is ideal if you are waiting for your flight, or even after a flight. Several restaurants and take-away shops have set-up shop in this wonderful airport. Travellers can make their choice to have a wonderful flame-grilled Spur burger or a nice Panarotti’s pizza.
A Woolworths branch also make King Shaka International their home and offers their latest clothing range to travellers. They also provide a wide range of products, if you need to buy a last-minute gift for family and/or friends.
Art can be found everywhere. KwaZulu Natal’s history can be seen in the different art themes across the airport with scenes of the berg, KZN’s beaches and bushes as well as historical battlefields.
The Nguni cattle sculptures situated at the entrance of the airport is impressive and speaks about KwaZulu Natal’s indigenous people, the Zulu’s.
Through iSupport, King Shaka International offers a piano that travellers and musicians can play at their disposal. Local music acts and talents also perform on an official basis during the day.
The city of Durban
Durban is a wonderful city for travellers and locals alike. The city offers some great budget activities all around. These activities can cost you less than R250.
Moses Mabhida Stadium
The Moses Mabhida Stadium was built for the Fifa World Cup that was held in South African in 2010. The stadium offers a 106m high viewpoint over the city. One can reach the vantage point by means of the Sky Car. Running on steel tracks, the single cabin car was designed to roll down the arch in case of load shedding. The tallest swing in the world is the stadium’s Big Swing and is cheaper than skydiving. The Big Sky Walk offers a path for visitors to walk along the arch. If you are looking for adventure the beach glide on a Segway is a must.
Galaxy Gateway Theatre of Shopping
The Galaxy Gateway Theatre of Shopping houses the Wave House at Gateway, which offers surfers with some great artificial waves and supertube rides. It is a great way to keep children busy during the school holidays.
Mitchell Park Zoo
The zoo was previously an ostrich farm. In recent years it expanded to house many different animals from around the world. Children and adults alike love this fun-filled attraction as the Zoo provides visitors to see meerkats, wallabies, monkeys, crocodiles and other great animals.
The beach provides some wonderful natural waves for experienced and novice surfers alike. Individuals that would like to learn to surf can take up a private lesson.
Hakuna Matata Charters
Take a 90-minute sunset cruise on Hakuna Matata Charters‘ catamaran and watch as the sun goes down on Durban. This is a must for those that are in love and wants to experience a tropical sunset in Durban.
Roma Revolving Restaurant & Gino’s Bar
The restaurant is located on the 32nd floor of the John Ross building and is the only revolving restaurant in the southern hemisphere. Taking you up to 105m in the air, Roma offers diners with a fun seventies dining experience and an incredible rotating view of Durban.
Gino’s Bar is ideal for those that want to have a drink with an awesome view. The bar is located one floor above Roma.
uShaka Marine World
The uShaka Marine World is the world’s fifth largest aquarium and offers visitors with wonderful activities and attractions. Penguin, seal and dolphin shows can entertain the whole family and if you’re hungry, you can eat dinner while sharks are circling around you. The aquarium also offers water rides and an extensive shopping walk.
House of Curries
What is a trip to Durban if you do not enjoy a bunny-chow or some curry meals? Situated in Florida Road, the House of Curries is famous for their tender lamb curry and bunny-chows.
Buffet at Moyo
Situated at the end of the uShaka Pier, Moyo uShaka offers visitors with a wide range of buffet options such as sweet potato, biltong soup, kebabs and curry dishes, not to mention the array of desserts that are available. There are even some great breakfast options available for the Noakes-fans.
Durban is cool and is a wonderful travel and holiday destination. If you are not able to jump in a car and visit this wonderful city, you can always book flights to Durban on Flywise.co.za, rent a car and book Durban accommodation for the duration of your stay.
Go on and treat yourself with a wonderful Durban experience.
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