A global travel list has spotlighted underrated African gems, city edition, and South Africa’s Durban took first place on the top 10 list!
Global (11 July, 2023) — A global travel list has spotlighted underrated African cities, giving a little more love to the African gems beyond Cape Town, Egypt and other popular destinations travellers curious about our stretch of the world tend to flock to most.
Swooping in at number one on The Travel’s list is none-other-than KwaZulu-Natal’s coastal city Durban, praised for its “unique culture unlike anywhere else in the country” and Indian influence. In fact, the list curators even went as far as to share that the coastal city is even worth skipping Cape Town for—something Durban diehards will nod at approvingly.
There are plenty of reasons why Durban is well-worth adding to any African travel bucket list. Beyond the Indian Ocean’s warm waters and the province’s top-tier weather, Durban is central to numerous natural wonders, including the Durban Green Corridors trail network, the oldest Botanical Gardens on the continent and aquatic wildlife in abundance (dolphin season is a favourite that usually makes a splash from May to November).
Then there’s the cuisine that’ll linger on your mind longer than your plate, pricing that’s often kinder on the wallet for most tourist activities in comparison to other South African cities and of course the must-explore hotspots like the Golden Mile Durban and the Durban Promenade.
The list is one of many global recognitions giving Durban its moment in the sun. In other global shoutout news, Durban received six nominations for the World Travel Awards, including Africa’s Leading City Destination.
For those who know and love Durban already and are curious to learn more about the other African city gems, The Travel’s countdown also gave shoutouts to Tunis in Tunisia, Windhoek in Namibia, Morocco’s Tangier amongst others. You can explore the full list here.