A charming gateway to a world of adventure
Spectacularly situated on the ocean’s edge, with direct beach access and just five minutes’ walk from Umhlanga Village Centre, The Oyster Box enjoys a heavenly location. It’s also conveniently placed for quick and easy access to Durban city centre, King Shaka International Airport and numerous stylish shopping centres. And yet it’s delightfully private and secluded, with a feeling of classical charm and chic sophistication like nowhere else on earth – an idyllic combination!
Shop and golf to your heart’s content
If you love shopping, Durban offers everything from vibrant malls and high streets filled with designer stores, through to the colourful outdoor markets scattered along the beachfront selling locally handmade goods. The Gateway Theatre of Shopping, billed as the greatest entertainment and shopping complex in the Southern Hemisphere, is just a short drive away.
Some of South Africa's finest fairways are also within easy reach, including the world renowned Durban Country Club in close proximity to the Kings Park sporting precinct and the Moses Mabhida Stadium which was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The course is the only one on the African continent to be rated in the top 100 courses in the world and was recently awarded the 5 star golf experience. The course is ranked number 9 in South Africa and is the top ranked course in KwaZulu-Natal.
The city is an amazing cosmopolitan mix of peoples and cultures, home to the largest Indian community outside the Indian subcontinent. Plunge yourself into the hustle and bustle of the crowds at Victoria Street Market - breathe in the rich aromas of exotic spices, soak up the endless chatter and try your hand at bartering for bargains.
For a quieter and more peaceful experience visit Durban Botanic Gardens. Founded in 1848, these gorgeous gardens boast spectacular collections of sub-tropical trees, palms and orchids. It's also home to a wide diversity of colourful bird species.
So much to see beside the sea
If you want to see some of the spectacular seascapes up and down the coast, from wide open beaches to mysterious wetlands, then a helicopter flip is the way to go.
Don’t miss Rocktail Bay, famed for its stunning sands, excellent scuba diving and snorkelling, as well as the chance to see impressive leatherback turtles – it’s definitely one of the best attractions in all South Africa.
The St Lucia Wetlands are South Africa's first Natural World Heritage Site and the country's third largest park. Teeming with wildlife it also encompasses an immense variety of habitats including spectacular beaches and coral reefs, salt and fresh water marshes, lush coastal plains and woodlands, as well as the open estuarine waters of Lake St Lucia itself.
Closer to home, on Durban’s doorstep, you’ll find Beechwood Mangroves. It’s a 76 hectare reserve with a profusion of black, red and white Mangroves. A boardwalk takes you into the heart of this fascinating environment, where you can see the Mangrove Kingfisher, Curlew, Water Dikkop, Fiddler Crabs and the extraordinary Mudskippers - fish that use their pectoral fins to either skim over the water or to propel themselves across the mud.
The words Zulu Wars, Shaka, Isandlwana, Rorke's Drift, Colenso, Spioenkop, Ladysmith, Dundee, Churchill, Blood River, Cetshwayo and Boers trigger a host of memories, so don't miss your chance to explore the internationally renowned KwaZulu-Natal Battlefields and relive the amazing stories from South Africa’s recent past.
You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the heritage of the native peoples - feel the pulsating rhythms of mysterious and magical Africa as you relive the excitement and romance of the days of Shaka, King of the Zulus.
Take to the hills
The Drakensberg Mountains are within easy driving distance and are not to be missed. Combining staggering natural beauty with a wealth of biologically diverse fauna and flora, this 243,000 hectare mountainous region remains virtually unchanged since the indigenous Bushmen roamed these dramatic hillsides thousands of years ago.
Go find the Big Five
Spend some time at &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve within easy reach of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal, and is a truly African experience. An early morning or late afternoon safari is the best way to absorb the sights, smells and sounds of Africa and to encounter the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo).