From city life to adventure, wildlife to culture, breathtaking scenery to sun-soaked coasts, South Africa is brimming with richly diverse experiences. As travel begins to open up again and with South Africa currently open to all international visitors, intrepid travelers will be looking to take bucket list trips to this diverse destination.
Laduma Ngxokolo, one of the country’s most recognized fashion stars, shares his must visit places in his favorite city of Durban below. A coastal city in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, Durban is a bustling hub often referred to as South Africa’s Miami Beach. It is blessed with balmy weather year-round and idyllic views of the Indian Ocean offering luxury hotels, restaurants, bars and lounges for a stylish getaway.
Ngxokolo is an expert in all things stylish with his luxury knitwear brand MAXHOSA Africa and has been catching the eye of fashion and pop culture elite for some time now. His bold and distinct motifs, which are influenced by traditional South African Xhosa beadwork patterns, symbolism and colors, are prominently featured in Eddie Murphy’s current hit film “Coming 2 America,” the sequel to the 1988 cult classic, “Coming to America.”
To explore Durban like a trendy local, Ngxokolo highlights his must-visit places:
· The Chairman is a style-forward Jazz bar with quirky décor, good food, an extensive wine and whiskey list and a delightfully creative menu of cocktails.
· Eyadini Lounge is a popular nightlife hot spot located outside the city in the neighboring township of Umlazi. This spot is known for its mouthwatering Braii and a changing line-up of DJs that keeps the crowd dancing all night long.
Max’s Lifestyle is a restaurant in Umlazi, rich in township culture, and also known for its braii. Here, locals and tourists mix and mingle in a lively open-air venue.
· Umhlanga Beaches reside just north of Durban along KwaZulu-Natal’s Sugar Coast. It is a haven for beach-lovers and a popular spot with both locals and visitors. The promenade that runs along the beach is always buzzing and there are an array of nice cafes and bars, perfect for people watching and relaxing.