Cape Town and Durban are two leading holiday destinations in South Africa that should make everyone’s bucket list. While the former has remained among the best holiday destinations in the world because of its Mediterranean climate, vibrant nightlife, Michelin Star restaurants, scenic coastal drives, staggering mountain landscape and friendly people; the latter holds the top spot as a family-friendly destination and for its wonderful beaches and water activities.


Durban’s close proximity to Johannesburg and Pretoria further projects it as a perfect getaway from the busy life that characterises South Africa’s major cities.

#Cape Town, South Africa by Tim Johnson

Cape Town’s most notable natural attraction is the Table Mountain. The mountain is the city’s signature—it’s unique because it’s about the only magnificent mountain in the heart of a major city. The mountain offers visitors the splendour of the city’s scenery from its cable ride. If you have been to Cape Town without riding in the cable car, your journey is incomplete. To appreciate the beautiful fynbos of the country on foot, hike around the Table Mountain National Park—leading trails include Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak and Elephant’s Eyes.


#Table Mountain Cable car

On the other hand, Durban’s main attractions are its long stretch of nice beaches. The highlight being the Golden Mile beachfront where entertainment is offered at its best. Waterslides, swimming and the uShaka Marine World are a few of the attractions and activities that dot the six-kilometre-long Golden Mile. Kids are particularly drawn to uShaka Marine World because of its water slides.


#uShaka Marine World

In addition to having friendly and hospitable people, Cape Town and Durban are both shoppers paradise. They both compete fairly in terms of street markets and excellent malls. However, if it’s reduced to a vote, I’ll give mine to Durban! The city has its way of giving fulfilment to shopper’s dream.

In Cape Town, you can visit Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain, Two Oceans Aquarium, Boulder Beach, Groot Contantia (for wine tasting), Camp Bay, among others.

In Durban, you should visit the Zululand to experience culture at a Zulu cultural village, visit Hluhuwe Game Reserve to see the Big Five, visit uShaka Marine World, Temple of Understanding, Umgeni River Bird Park, Museum of Natural Science, Ardmore Ceramics, among others.

Well, I find it impossible to make the final call as to which of these two destinations you should visit; I leave you to be guided by your interests. What’s certain is that both Durban and Cape Town are unbeatable destinations; they’ll definitely make your holiday in South Africa worthwhile.


So, Durban or Cape Town…whichever you choose,

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Michael Alvin

Michael Alvin

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Michael Alvin is a lawyer and a UNESCO certified journalist. At Afro Tourism, he blends creativity with his training in telling moving stories about his personal experience on his various trips across Africa.
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