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Golden Mile Beaches

Encompassing a long stretch of sandy land, the Golden Mile boasts a pristine series of beaches in the city. Straddling the coast of Durban, these beaches also feature a number of attractions that beckon tourists from all over. Owing to the conducive environs, scores of surfers and outdoor enthusiasts flock to the Golden Mile.

Phezulu Safari Park

Located between Botha's Hill and Drummond, Phezulu Safari Park is highly recommended. It lies on the ridge overlooking the Valley of 1,000 hills. There is a good curio shop on site and two restaurants; try a four-wheel trip into the Valley of hills. The main attractions, however, are the interesting tour of the crocodile farm and the Zulu village and dancing show. There is also an animal farm and children's playground.

Umhlanga Beach

A jewel of the holiday village Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga beach boasts rolling stretches of sand which embrace its resplendent waters. One of the many beaches on the tranquil Umhlanga Coast, it is a picture-perfect getaway teeming with tourists and locals looking for some time away from the bustle of the city. This beach is an ideal destination for some swim and surf, or to simply luxuriate in the South African sun, thanks to its gleaming golden sands. Dotted along its coastline are myriad beachfront resorts and restaurants, and the famed Umhlanga Lighthouse is only minutes away from the beach. Due to its active endeavors in promoting environmental awareness, Umhlanga Beach has bagged the international Blue Flag status.

Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

This reserve is a large area of woodland and grassland by a dam, surrounded on all sides by Durban, in vivid contrast. The Umhlatuzana river is on its eastern border. The park is located just south-west of Durban centre, between Chatsworth and the Bay, and easily reached via the N2 freeway. The reserve has various buck and small game, including zebra, and there are self-guided trails. The Wilderness Leadership School have their headquarters in the park.

Pigeon Valley Park

The park is located near the city centre in the Bulwer area and is readily accessible from King George V Road. This small park is distinguished as a natural heritage site because it contains many indigenous trees, including the Natal Elm, and preserves something of the original coastal environment. The bird life is good too, as you would expect in an indigenous environment. A 500m trail runs on either side of the valley. Beware of biting insects, especially in the summer.

Japanese Gardens

Take a break from the concrete jungles that our urban cities are, and spend a day at the Japanese Gardens. The park is filled with beautiful trees, shrubs and little ponds which contain water flowers and other features. A day spent here with your family or loved ones will help you relax and unwind from the monotony and routine that stresses you out and help you just live in the moment for a while.

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