No matter where I travel in the world, it’s the people I remember most.

More than any other aspect (food, architecture, nature, history), it’s the people who make a place. Nowhere is that more true than in the great city of Durban.

My week-long exploration of this city-by-the-sea revealed many things, beginning with the realization that despite Durban’s many interesting sights, it is not so much a sightseeing destination. Rather, Durban is a city of doing and being: taking in the great blue scope of the ocean, dipping into curry so hot your eyes burn, catching the trailing music of the townships, and tapping into the thumping heartbeat of Africa’s nonstop rhythm and traffic.

I love the beach here. I love Durban’s the weird and wonderful blend of Zulu, Indian, and British cultures. I love the parade of ships lined up for miles along the shore, waiting their turn to load and unload in the historic port. But most of all, I love all the people I met in this fast-changing South African city.

These are just a handful of the new friends I found on Durban’s shores.


  1. brian
    May 11, 2012, 9:38 am

    I used to vacation there as a kid – brings back child hood memories of rock pools, fishing and fizzpops!

  2. BiancaW
    May 14, 2012, 7:37 am

    From a Durbanite……..Thank you for saying such kind things about us. We love our city very much, and are always glad when a visitor does too. 🙂

  3. Manjari Bhatnagar
    May 21, 2012, 10:03 am

    Awesome place… I was here some years back for the Durban Fashion Week… The people are warm and the city is in complete sync with the times !

  4. cheryl
    October 22, 2013, 7:44 am

    I’m a Durbanite living and working in the Free State and I miss home everyday.So good to read positive feedback about my city.There’s no place like Durbs.

  5. cheryl
    October 22, 2013, 7:47 am

    Seeing the picture of that bunny makes me wish I was eating it right now Yum!