The natural beauty found in South Africa’s capital city of Cape Town is one of the reasons why it has consistently been named one of the most beautiful cities in the world. That title, however, often comes at the price of large crowds.

There is a city in South Africa that isn’t lacking natural beauty or excitement, but is often overshadowed by South Africa’s bigger cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town.

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Located on the east coast of South Africa is the vibrant and coastal city of Durban. It’s a city loved by South African natives and a hidden gem missed by tourists.

Here are 6 reasons to head east and visit Durban over Cape Town. 

Beautiful Beaches

Located on the Indian Ocean, Durban is home to some of the best beaches in South Africa.

Public beaches in Durban serve as playground for locals and tourists alike.

The most popular beaches are North Beach and South Beach, located on Durban’s Golden Mile.

Speaking Of The Golden Mile

The Golden Mile stretches across five miles along the Indian Ocean in Durban. Located in the Business District, Durban’s Golden Mile is a huge resort attraction for travelers. 

The beachfront along the Golden Mile was completely redeveloped for the 2010 World Cup, so it’s a place where you walk the length of its boardwalk to find exotic restaurants, vibrant nightlife, shopping and more.

The Golden Miles offers plenty to do for every traveler type.

Moses Mbhida Stadium

At one end of the Golden Mile is the Moses Mbhida Stadium, the city’s sports complex that was dominated by the soccer stadium built for the World Cup.

There might not be a match going on during your visit, but it’s worth the visit for the views alone. You can ride to the top of the stadium for an amazing view of Durban.

Culture Unlike Anywhere Else in South Africa

With 11 official languages in South Africa, it’s no question that South Africa is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world.

There’s no better place to witness South Africa’s diversity than in Durban.  

One thing you will find in Durban is that more than a quarter of its population identifies as Indian.  Durban is said to be the biggest Indian city outside of India, as reported in the Times of India.

African Art

The Durban Art Gallery, now in its second century of existence, is known to be the first national gallery to recognize African craft as art, according to SA Venues. Here is where you will find traditional baskets, beadwork, carving, clay pots, ceramics, sculptures and more. 

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