Durban is a vibrant city located on the east coast of South Africa, and is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. This city is a mix of cultures and traditions and is packed to the brim with places waiting to be explored. A visit to Durban provides a uniquely diverse experience as the city is said to have the second largest Indian population outside of India. Durban has so much to see and do - numerous museums, shopping areas, beautiful sandy beaches, Indian markets, incredible parks and green areas, fascinating modern architecture, delicious food and so much more. It is a great holiday destination and is definitely a must-visit when in South Africa. Muslim visitors will be able to locate numerous Halal restaurants as well as prayer areas in Durban.
One stop that every visitor must make when visiting Durban is at the Golden Mile. The area is named after the beautiful golden sand beaches which line Durban’s central business district. The Golden Mile stretches for approximately four miles and is an endless expanse of family-friendly activities, gorgeous beaches and classy restaurants. It is a great place for those looking to relax and for those looking to have some fun in the sun. There are a variety of activities that tourists can partake in – in the Indian Ocean and on the golden sand beach. Visitors can surf, kite board, cycle, build sandcastles, swim and even just enjoy the warm Indian Ocean breeze.
uShaka Marine World is a fun place to take kids. uShaka is said to be Africa’s largest marine theme park, as well as one of the largest aquariums in the world. The park is home to the Wet ‘n Wild water park, Sea World; where animal shows and encounters take place, and the Village Walk, which is an open-air shopping mall. There are adventure rides, pools and slides that kids will definitely love. The aquarium is a fantastic way for everyone to learn more about marine life and the sustainable use of the marine environment. Visitors also get a chance to dive in a large shark tank, and the best part is no experience is required for this. uShaka Marine World offers a plethora of exciting activities for the entire family.
Other must-visit family-friendly places include the Umgeni River Bird Park, the Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary, the Durban Botanic Gardens, Blue Lagoon, the Durban Natural Science Museum, Valley of a Thousand Hills and the Indian district.
The closest international airport to Durban is King Shaka International Airport, located approximately 34 kilometres from the center of Durban. This airport offers both; domestic and international flights. There is a shuttle bus that visitors can take from the airport to get to their destination.
There are numerous Halal restaurants in Durban at which Muslim tourists could dine. These restaurants serve dishes from all around the world. Muslims visitors will be able to find Indian food here, as well as, Pakistani, Portuguese, Italian and American cuisine. A few of the many restaurants which serve Halal food in Durban include; Café Madina, Casablanca, Wimpy, Wrap It Up, Chicken Licken, Romans Pizza and Jimmy's Killer Prawns. Most of these restaurants are Muslims owned or Halal certified, however, before ordering it is best for Muslims to double check the Halal status of the food.
There are quite a number of mosques in Durban, with the Juma Masjid being the most notable. This mosque, located on Grey Street, was the first mosque to be built in the city of Durban, and is known to be the oldest and largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Some of the other mosques, Islamic centers and prayer areas in the city include; the Gateway Musallah, the Effingham Juma Masjid, Masjid-e-noor, Musjid al-Hilal, and the Islamic Centre at 156 Queen Street.