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Cosmopolitan Durban, South Africa’s third-largest city (known as eThekweni in Zulu), is sometimes passed over for her ‘cooler’ cousin, Cape Town. But there’s a lot more to fun-loving Durbs (as it’s affectionately known) than meets the eye.

A revamped waterfront, including the renewal of the promenade, has given municipal authorities new confidence and ambition, which you can see in the development projects all over the city. Home to the largest concentration of people of Indian descent outside of India, Durban also boasts an unmistakeably Asian feel, with the marketplaces and streets of the Indian area replete with the sights, sounds and scents of the subcontinent.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Durban.