2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™

11 June - 11 July

2010 FIFA World Cup™

48 hours in Durban

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Travel tips are important to guide you whenever you are in unfamiliar territory. Now, here is one travel tip: when in South Africa, do not leave the country without a visit to one of the country's most spectacular cities, Durban.

As one of the most artistic cities in South Africa, Durban is a much-sought after destination in the country. The warm winter weather is, amongst many, one of the key attractions for people who visit the city during the June period when it's predominantly chilly in most parts of South Africa. Durban has an amazing climate, great beaches, a wide selection of accommodation options, fantastic restaurants and nightspots, and a whole lot of things to do and places to visit.

Spend your morning dining in one of the restaurants along the beach. Afterwards, a tempting option will be to take a walk along the beach while experiencing the beauty that this city has to offer. This will also afford you time to explore the beachfront Promenade. Mid-day, make your way to the breath-taking uShaka Marine World - one of the most iconic sites in Durban. Then there's the Wet 'n Wild water park with rides for both young and old and the African-themed Village Walk, where you'll find shops and restaurants.

Suitably refreshed, spend the rest of the day shopping at world-class stores at The Gateway Theatre Of Shopping or the Pavilion Shopping Centre - or visit the numerous markets in and around the city. As evening falls it's time to think of food and partying. Durban has a wide choice when it comes to both. If you're not sure what you fancy for supper, get yourself over to Florida Road, Durban's restaurant row (with a few nightspots thrown in for good measure). Here, trendy eateries and pavement cafés offer something for all tastes. The SunCoast Casino, Sibaya Casino also offer nice restaurants and places for nightlife.

Day two should be more fun and should include adventure. After breakfast, make your way outside the city. If it's an African adventure you're after, Durban is within driving distance of an array of attractions. Just an hour away, Shakaland offers you the chance to learn more about the culture and history of the Zulu nation, one of the most famous African tribes in the world. Interested to learn more about the Zulu history? Then make your way to some of the famous battlefields, such as Isandlwana and Rourke's Drift, names that live on from the Anglo-Zulu War as testimony to amazing feats of courage, while those interested in the Boer War can visit Ladysmith, Spionkop, Colenso and other sites.

Then the afternoon should be dedicated to more adventure. And, there is no better place for that than the Drakensberg or uKhahlamba, as it is known by the Zulu-speaking people from Durban. As the night falls, make your way back to near township like uMlazi and look for the nearest ‘shebeen' or a ‘tavern' where you will spend your evening.