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Off-the-beaten track: Unusual things to see and do in Durban

The sunny city of Durban on South Africa’s east coast offers so much more than beautiful beaches, world-class surf, and out-of-this-world Indian cuisine.


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If you like getting off-the-beaten track and are a bit of an adventurer, here are a few unique and unusual things to see and do in Durban.

Get a kick out of Durban’s more unusual sites

Take a dive on the Guinness World Records’ tallest swing

If you are an adrenalin-junkie, then head to the Moses Mabhida Stadium and take a jump off the Big Swing, which is the Guinness World Records’ tallest swing. You’ll step off the ledge and take a thrilling free fall for 80 metres before swinging into a heart-stopping 220-metre arc into the heart of the 2010 World Cup stadium.

Big Rush Big Swing –

Dine with sharks

Where else in the world can you dine in style with sharks swimming around you?

For a special treat, book a spot at the fine dining restaurant, The Cargo Hold, which is nestled in the heart of the Phantom ship at Ushaka Marine World in South Beach.

You can choose from two dining areas — the upper level where you can sit next to a floor-to-ceiling tank and watch the sharks swim by, and the lower level where you can see the sharks from above.

A world-class menu boasts fresh seafood like grilled crayfish, seared Norwegian salmon, and freshly shucked oysters, and booking is essential.

The Cargo Hold –

Tuck into a real Durban bunny chow

A visit to Durban would not be complete without eating a traditional curry or tucking into Durban’s culinary delight known as “bunny chow.”

This popular local snack is a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with various veg and non-veg curries and can be found at various little cafés and hole-in-the-wall spots around the city.

Grab your bunny chow, head to the beach, and eat it with your hands on the hood of your car like a local.  

Watch the sunrise from ‘the most beautiful pier in the world

Umhlanga Beach is home to the “most beautiful pier in the world” as dubbed by CNN.

The pier boasts a beautiful whalebone design with curved pillars and imitates the internal structure of a whale. Wake up early and head down to the pier to see the sunrise or enjoy a sunset picnic on one of the benches along the pier against a pink sky.  

Take a walk high in the sky over Durban

Another adrenalin-pumping activity for the brave is to take an adventure walk at the Moses Mabhida Stadium and enjoy unfettered panoramic views over Durban.

A viewing deck is set at the top of the 106-metre-high arch high above the stadium and can be reached in two ways. You can take a 500-step adventure walk that takes 20 minutes to get to the top or hop on the SkyCar, a glass elevator that moves along the arc to the viewing deck.

Adventure walk: