South Beach is just one of many surfing hotspots along the city’s revamped “Golden Mile”. For families, Addington Beach is the best place for some gentle body boarding. If you’re a total “kook” (beginner), book a surf lesson with Ocean Ventures.
Across the park, littered with the statues of bewhiskered Victorians, is the Old Court House where a 24-year-old Mohandas Gandhi practised law and caused some consternation by refusing to remove his turban.
A few blocks north, the Kwa Muhle Museum details the indignities of apartheid experienced in the city.
As well as tasty samosas stuffed with sweet potato and chutney, don’t miss Durban's most famous dish, bunny chow – a hollowed-out loaf of white bread stuffed with curry stew (mutton or chicken rather than rabbit). You’ll find it at any hole-in-the wall curry wallah, but one of the best is served at the Oriental in the Workshop Shopping Centre. Wash it down with the bright pink rose-flavoured milkshake Bombay Crush.
To sample some township nightlife head to Max’s Lifestyle in Umlazi where the sound systems crank out Kwaito House and stripped-down Durban speciality “gqom”.
Afternoon Tea at the hotel’s Palm Court is a local institution, while in the evening you can spot dolphins from the Lighthouse Bar.
Andy visited Durban as a guest of South African Tourism and flew with South African Airways. For more information check out southafrica.net.
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