A warm Durban welcome to all local and international cyclists taking the long ride in the Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic which sees thousands of cyclists starting their 105km cycle from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in the oldest ‘classic’ cycle race in South Africa – the first race was held in 1986 with 150 cyclists. Be sure to find time to enjoy Durban’s vast stretches of golden sands, warm Indian Ocean and revamped beach promenade – perfect for a ‘cool down’ after a lengthy cycle! Visitors to Durban will be spoilt for choice, when it comes to restaurants and nightlife, with a variety of clubs, theatres, bars and cafes available – there are number of restaurants and fast food outlets along the promenade perfect for ice creams with the kids, coffee with friends or date-night dining. Florida Road is a popular entertainment area with a variety of dining options, in addition to being a WIFI hotspot zone. For something a little out of the ordinary visit The Chairman, a sophisticated jazz club on Durban’s infamous Mahatma Gandhi Street… or head to one a township restaurants like Max’s Lifestyle; Eyadini in Umlazi or Under the Moon in eNanda. Or head to the leafy suburbs of Kloof and Hillcrest for artisanal coffee and an assortment of delicious cakes. The adventurous will enjoy a guided canoeing trip on the uMgeni River with Durban Green Corridor, or head to iSithumba, a small village in the Valley of 1000 Hills, for some heart racing mountain biking. The Woza eNanda Heritage Trail, which promotes some of Durban’s most important historical sites, offers visitors a glimpse into history… visit Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘home’ – now a museum in the Phoenix Settlement north of Durban; the Ohlange Institute in Inanda, gravesite of Dr John Dube and where Nelson Mandela cast his historic vote in South Africa’s first democratic elections. Visit the Station Drive Precinct where funky markets and food outlets rub shoulders with boutique shops, a craft beer brewery and gin distillery… or opt for a guided walking tour of the markets of Warwick Triangle and the Victoria Street Market with its Indian spice shops and traditional medicine market for a taste of trading the old-fashioned way. If relaxing means time-out on the golf course, Durban has several golf courses for golf enthusiasts to choose from, with the Durban Country Club consistently scoring as one of the best – it has played host to seventeen South African Open Golf Tournaments, more than any other golf course in South Africa. Other top courses would include Durban Beachwood (designed around a mangrove swamp), Cotswold Downs in suburban Hillcrest and the Mount Edgecombe Country Club.
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Durban has a wealth of Victorian and Edwardian style buildings thanks to it being a proclaimed British colony under Queen Victoria. There are several beautiful examples of these grand old mansions in the Berea and Morningside area – one with a fascinating story is that of the Elephant House (745 Peter Mokaba (Ridge) Road), so named because the elephants that roamed the area used to pass close by the house occasionally causing damage to the veranda posts. It dates back to 1849, was the first house to be built on the Berea, is the oldest house in Durban and is now a B&B.