Visiting Durban was very nearly wiped off my South Africa list when I realised how little time I had to get to Capetown for my flight home. It was in Bulawayo though, that I decided to extend my flight by two weeks which meant I could visit my old friend Faranah who had moved from Ireland back to Durban a few years ago. I was so happy!
I took the overnight bus from Joburg to Durban with Intercape and arrived super early in the morning. Bright and early at 4:30am- or not so bright actually, faranah and her dad were waiting for me off the bus. The visit started off epic, with a trip to a fresh 24hr bakery for some take away breaky. We headed back to her harbour view apartment where I met her husband and then headed for a well needed nap in my harbour view room. Over the next few days we took in some of the biggest sights in Durban including, Wilsons wharf, the gallery, the museums, city hall, a street Zulu war dance, Suncoast Casino, a play at the Playhouse Theater, The famous beachfront and Ushaka Marine world. We even took a 3 hour bus tour from Ushaka around the city for a cost of €7 which took us to two very good exhibitions at another museum and took us by the National Stadium- build for 2010 World Cup, along with a drive down the golden mile stretch of pristine coast. It was winter and still the air was warm and the sand was still occupied by the odd sun bather. I wasn't that brave though.
And this was just the day time... At night we went out to Faranahs favourite spot #Hashtag which was very classy with great music, a chilled vibe and delicious drinks. We also headed to Rocca Bar on Saturday night with one of my travelling friends Lennard who I had met in Malawi a few weeks before. Rocca Bar proved to be a top night in Durban, so much so that we didn't get home until almost 8am. Needless to say the next day, the play was a struggle to focus on (still hilarious though) and the day was cut short by a severe hangover and the need to sleep. I had 4 good full days in Durban and before I fly to Capetown for the remainder of my time in South Africa- and Africa! The end was near but I was super excited to get to the place everyone raves about.