DURBAN – KWA ZULU NATAL
- Known as the Zulu Kingdom, KwaZulu-Natal is considered a place of discovery, providing visitors with lasting memories. The region offers a mosaic of vivid scenery, a blend of cultures and diverse attractions.
- Where east meets west, Durban is a vibrant city that is truly in touch with its African identity. Highly sophisticated and cosmopolitan, it is an exciting city where visitors can undertake a spot of retail therapy, dance the night away, or simply relax on the warming sands of its beachfront.
- Durban has been named Africa’s leading meeting and conference destination by World Travel Awards 2014, 2015 and 2016.
- Durban has been voted as the best city in South Africa, in terms of Quality of Life in the 18th Mercer Quality of Life survey.
- South Africa’s second largest city, ripples with vibrancy and is the country’s most popular leisure destination. With mild winters, hot summers and golden beaches stretching as far as the eye can see, the city is a melting pot of different cultures.
- The New York Times named Durban as one of the 52 must-see places of 2015.
- British Airways has selected Durban as one of the 19 “must-see” global destinations for 2019.
- With a similar time-zone to Europe, a visit to Durban means that jet lag is significantly reduced.
- The province has a pristine 600km coastline, a towering mountain range – the uKhahlamba or Drakensberg (UNESCO World Heritage Site) – and boundless untamed stretches of wilderness which is home to the big 5.
- KwaZulu-Natal, and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (another UNESCO World Heritage Site), also offers visitors the chance to view some of the country’s most unique species of wildlife on land (such as Rhino, Giraffe, and Leopard), as well as in the Indian Ocean (such as dolphins and whales, and other marine creatures).
- It is an area renowned for its efforts towards conservation, being home to the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi – South Africa’s oldest game reserve, where the white rhino was saved from extinction.
- KwaZulu-Natal is also where some of the most significant and fascinating battles have taken place during the late 19th to the early 20th centuries – from Isandlawana and Rorke’s Drift (Anglo-Zulu War) to Spioenkop, Colenso, and the Siege of Ladysmith (Anglo-Boer War).
- No visit to Durban, and KwaZulu-Natal, without tasting some of the most unique dishes in the world – the ‘Bunny Chow’ (a Durban-style curry served in half a loaf of bread) and ‘Shisanyama’ (spiced meat on an open fire) are the two meals that you simply cannot miss.
Tourism Kwa Zulu Natal is pleased to offer all conference delegates a special discount program which provides a wide variety of exclusive offers to participating tourism Durban businesses. Enjoy the special benefits from attractions, galleries, sightseeing and walking tours, restaurants, retail shops, activities and more. These offers can be redeemed by simply showing your conference name badge and referencing the show your badge program offer.
USHAKA MARINE WORLD
The world class uShaka Marine World, situated in Durban, South Africa, opened its turnstiles to the general public on April 30th 2004. uShaka has fast positioned itself as a key attraction on Durban’s Golden Mile, offering a world of entertainment, excitement, fun and uniqueness.
uShaka has brought together cultures, like no other place in Africa – into a safe, secure and clean environment that resonates the sound of fun, laughter and the spirit of togetherness. Entertainment is non-stop, extending from the daytime operations of Sea World, Wet ‘n Wild, and uShaka Beach, to the night time festivities of the Village Walk.
WORLDS TALLEST SWING
Are you brave enough to free fall 80m from the top of the stadium bowl?
The Big Rush Big Swing at Moses Mabhida Stadium has been officially named the world’s tallest swing by the Guinness Book of Records since 14 May 2011. Not your average swing, the aptly named Big Swing allows you to take the thrilling leap swinging out into a massive 220m arc where you soar into the centre of the stadium.
Wilson’s Wharf, situated on Durban’s Victoria embankment between the Yacht Mole and the Sugar Terminal, is the City’s trendiest fusion of fun, food, top shows and crafts, all blended with the rustic interface of a boating marina and working slipways.
Socialize with friends and family, basking in the sunshine during the day or enjoying the cool vibe and taking in the magnificent splendour of the city lights reflecting on the harbour waters at night.
Wilson’s Wharf is a “must see” for all who live in or visit the city and offers the ideal destination to take a break, enjoy the buzz, relax and unwind on the deck and watch the ships sail by.
Go for a stroll along the beach or hire a Ricksha Ride and coast the promenade. With a variety of restaurants and activities such as Mini Town, a skate park, snorkelling and fishing to name a few.
Watch the ships enter the biggest harbour in South Africa or simply enjoy the sunrise in the morning with a cup of coffee.
Durban hosts some of the best beaches in South Africa, boasting the best weather the country has to offer. So grab your towel, sunscreen and slops and head to the beaches for a relaxing time.
SHOP TILL YOU DROP
A shopper’s paradise offering many different shopping experiences such as street markets in malls and local artists. Boutique clothing shops are dotted here and there where you do least expect them, while the shopping malls house all the big chain stores and are bursting at the seams with the latest clothes, fashion accessories and toys.
Some of the biggest centres are:
• Gateway Theatre of Shopping
• Galleria Mall (South Coast)
• La Lucia Mall
• The Heritage Market
Durban hosts some of the richest cultural cuisines in South Africa with a variety of flavours packed with enough punch to make you beg for more.
From street markets, pop up shops & cafés to luxury meals at incredible restaurants such as the Oyster Box Hotel which offers one of the best Curry Buffets in South Africa.
Treat yourself and indulge while you’re here, we can guarantee you’ll be coming back for more!