1. Go to the beach. Some of my favourites are Umdloti, Umhlanga near the lighthouse, Pirates and Ushaka.
2. Browse in the fleamarkets: Essenwood on a Saturday morning; The Stables on Wednesday and Friday evenings and all day Sunday. The i heart market is held at the DLI hall on the first Saturday of every month and don’t miss the Food Market on the last Saturday of every month.
3. Go for a walk in the Hawaan Forest in Umhlanga. Guided tours are available.
4. Sip sundowner cocktails at Joe Cools or at the new Moyo bar at the end of the pier near uShaka.
5. Spend an evening exploring the nightlife in Florida Road, after having Durban’s best pasta at Spiga d’Oro, a gourmet burger at Delux or a Mexican meal at Taco Zulu.
6. Learn a watersport such as scuba diving, surfing or kite-surfing.
7. Visit Gateway. Everyone raves about it. It is spacious, light and airy. Quite revolutionary for a shopping centre.
8. A little-known shopping gem is La Lucia mall. It has some unusual shops beside all the must-haves. Don’t miss Lady Jane Vintage or Con Amore for something different.
9. Spend a sunny afternoon people-watching at Suncoast “beach.” You pay to get on to their lawn which has access to the beach and many recliners and umbrellas. This is where the beauties bronze.
10. Visit uShaka Marine World. You must buy a combo-ticket and do the water park and the aquarium. Both are world-class.
11. After your daytime adventures at uShaka, have dinner at Moyo, a truly African experience.
12. Browse through Durban’s fascinating second-hand bookstores. Ikes, Bookbase and Euforia to name a few.
13. Spend the morning at the KZNSA Gallery in Bulwer Road. They have a great gift shop and restuarant, too.
14. Speaking of art galleries, Durban has a wealth of them. The Durban Art Gallery, Kizo, ArtAfrica and Artisan are some of my favourites.
15. Support a street vendor and buy useful items like coat-hangers and laundry bags.
16. Historic Durban Country Club has a delicious buffet on a Sunday evening (you must go with a member, though, so befriend a local whilst playing a round of golf on the newly revamped course).
17. Botanic Gardens Sunday afternoon concerts are one of Durban’s greatest events.
18. Do the factory shop run in Stamford Hill Road, Brickhill Road and The Crescent.
19. Go to a rock concert at the Willowvale Hotel in Umbilo Road, an incomparable experience.
20. Take a drive to the Valley of a Thousand Hills and let its majesty take your breath away.
21. Have a curry or a bunny chow. Sunrise Chip ‘n Roll (also known as Johnnie’s Rotis) and the Brittania Hotel are sure bets.
22. Take a walk along the new beachfront promenade from uShaka to the stadium.
23. When you get to Moses Mabhida stadium, go on the sky car, do the sky walk or jump off the arch! You can also do a general or all access tour of the stadium. All activities are reasonably priced.
24. Have a cafe lunch in Umhlanga village.
25. Go on the Durban Arts or Heritage Bus – such a great way to see a side of the city many often neglect.
26. To see all the tourist bits of Durbs, take a ride on the Ricksha Bus, Durban’s very own open top bus tour.
27. Visit Phezulu at Assagay in the Valley of 1000 Hills for an experience of traditional Zulu culture. Not to be missed as this is Kwa-Zulu Natal afterall.
28. Visit Victoria Street Market and Warick Junction. Tours go regularly if you are too chicken to go alone.
29. Have dinner at the Revolving Restaurant for the a unique view of the city.
30. Hire a catamaran for a sunset cruise out to sea on a beautiful summer’s evening.