Durban South Beach.
Why visit Durban?
Durban is big, brash and the antithesis of Cape Town. This is the Atlantic City of South Africa, and it’s determined to part you from your wad with minimum intellectual input and and maximum speed.
That’s where the promenade comes in. Loaded with attractions from the uShaka Marine World at the south end to casinos and beaches reaching to infinity and beyond at the north end, it’s liberally scattered with kiosks, hustlers, cotton candy, sand, skate parks, pickpockets and – at night – muggers.
You’ve got to admire the total disregard for the law of the Durban beach.
But keep your wits about you and your wallet well zipped away and this is a very lively, happening city, with fantastic wide, clean beaches, warm surf (24C in summer) protected by shark nets and lifeguards, endless things to do and watch on and off the promenade and great bars, restaurants and clubs.
The Golden Mile is the local nickname for the busy hi-rise development alongside the beaches here. Visiting during the holidays ensures you’ll never walk alone, but visit off season and it’ll be you and the surfers, mano a mano.