Durban Central, Durban

The vibrant city of Durban - an eclectic fusion of cultures, architectural styles that blend old side by side with new, traditional rickshaws, bunny chows and curry, Indian markets, beautiful sandy beaches that offer safe swimming in temperate waters, and sub-tropical weather that promises sunshine virtually all year round - it is a holiday destination that easily rivals other top cities in the world.

Durbans beachfront has been carefully revived with wide, clean streets that lead easily into the heart of the city, reliable and regular public transport, its own city metro police force, museums, shopping ‘til you drop, theatre, and sights and sounds to keep you entertained for days.

Durban is not only a destination for holiday makers. The International Convention Centre, a world-class example of modern architecture that lies between the beachfront and downtown, and across from the Exhibition Centre, has placed Durban on the International Conference map and draws business travellers from far and wide.

The Edwardian neo-baroque City Hall, built in 1910 and modelled on the city hall in Belfast, houses the Natural Science Museum, the main library and the Durban Art Gallery. Just beyond this much photographed building is Durban’s old railway station, now known as Tourist Junction from which one can plan tours throughout the city.

There’s the Victoria Street Market - the original Indian Market with a facelift, humming Grey Street with its array of silks, saris and street hawkers, the largest mosque in the southern hemisphere in Grey Street, uShaka Marine World and the Point development - a waterfront mixture of retail and apartment complexes close to the harbour mouth.

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2 Reviews from travellers. All reviews are verified.

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Although I don't go into Durban Central that much anymore I still love the beautiful old buildings; the museum and the City Hall. Pop into the Royal Hotel for a drink (or even better, one of their legendary curries) or catch a show at The Playhouse.

Helen (Kearsney)

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Our day in Durban Central was so fun, we forgot all about the heat! We explored the street markets, did plenty of shopping and visited Shaka marine world. Very impressive city - it is huge, but still so full of character.

Rene (Bloemfontein)

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