Last updated on Mar 11th, 2021 at 10:11 am

(Article first published on Travelwrite.co.za)

As the gateway to iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the Drakensberg and the midlands, Durban is all about surf and sand. Here’s where you might walk, eat and shop

Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve in Durban’s northerly district is named after the mangrove trees that form a natural barrier between the ocean and the Umgeni river.

You’ll find juvenile fish populations in the swamplands as well as the Black-headed chameleon and kingfishers.

Wonderful walks

Stroll along the wooden decks that platform the reserve, or embark on a guided walk. There are picnic spots too, so grab some grub and soak up the sun. The reserve is open every 3rd Saturday of the month from 08h00 to 13h00.

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Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve walkway

Night market

The Litchi Orchard Night Market offers live music, artisanal arts and crafts, local food and produce. For a small fee, you’ll get to meet the locals (friends, families and visitors all come here to socialise and catch up) while enjoying the lively buzz.

Breakfast at Circus Circus Beach Café

Catch some early morning sunshine at Circus Circus Beach Café  on the beachfront at North Beach for wholesome classics like eggs Benedict, and a Farmhouse breakfast.

Lunch at Govinda’s Pure Vegetarian Restaurant

This vegetarian eatery celebrates Durban’s vibrant Indian culture. Located near the Sri Sri Radhanath Temple of Understanding, you can expect vegetarian curries, samosas, roti and biryani. Takeaway options are availabl

Dine at Café 1999

This vibey spot offers a tasting menu with contemporary/bistro-style offerings.

Shop at the Pavillion Mall for everything from electronics to luggage to home décor and design.

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