One of the greatest things about living in Durban is being able to swim nearly all year long. The warm waters and long, inviting beaches are perfect for lazy days and water sports. And, with Uber operating in the area, you’ve also got an affordable, reliable means of transport for your day trips to Durban’s best beaches.
Part of the Golden Mile, North Beach is famous for its picturesque piers and great food spots. Take a leisurely stroll along the golden sand or grab a surfboard and hit the waves with the locals. Visit one of the various eateries and enjoy your breakfast with coffee and a beach view. It’s also the perfect spot to watch the sunrise over the Indian ocean.
From there, grab an Uber and head over to Addington Beach, a quieter, more calm spot. This is a great beach for a swim among families, as it’s protected by lifeguards and close to the harbour. You can even get there early and do a spot of beach yoga or jogging to start the day off right.
If you’re in the mood for a sightseeing affair, visit Umhlanga Rocks. With its beautiful whalebone pier, an iconic lighthouse and a running promenade, it’s one of the most picturesque places to visit in Durban. You’ll also find trendy hotspots where Durban’s locals eat and drink from morning until evening. When you’re done, take a long walk to the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a world heritage sight and a highlight of Durban tourism.
Further North, let your Uber take you and a few friends to Umdloti Beach with its natural rock pools and lagoon-style swimming area. It’s the perfect spot to relax for a nap, a book and some sun. If you‘re lucky, you might even see pods of dolphins surfing the waves if you go early in the morning!
Named after the great Zulu King Shaka, uShaka Beach is a popular spot for water sports and people-watching. Kitesurfers, kayakers, surfers and scuba divers flock to uShaka Beach for the good conditions and the warm waters. Grab a spot on the grassy hill behind Durban’s famous beach and survey the beach from above, looking out for dolphins and surfers doing tricks.
Durban has been described as the coolest city in South Africa that most people have never seen, although that’s starting to change. With more tourists, local and international, flocking to see Durbs’ warm oceans and friendly people, it’s becoming one of the country’s top tourist destinations.