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NNetflix recently launched, Made in South Africa series, giving a local and immersive tour into some of South Africa’s attractions.
A cultural affinity survey showed that audiences abroad are 3.1 times more likely to travel to South Africa after watching content on Netflix that featured South Africa proving that content as a creative solution, drives tourism into the country. The viewers were especially attracted to the landmarks and monuments explored by co-stars of one of the many NetflixSA shows, Sne Mbatha and Noxolo Dlamini, in this YouTube video, where they walk through the rich-in-culture city of Durban, one of South Africa’s warmest and most humid cities.
WWith its sunny beaches and fascinating Afro-Indian culture, Durban really shows off the deeper side of South African culture, making the perfect destination to get in touch with not only yourself, but all the diversity the country has to offer. Beyond the oceans, the hiking trails, the fashion or food, Durban is home to the Golden Mile, a 3.7 mile stretch of sandy beach, which invites surfers and swimmers to enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean while vendors sell assorted crafts along the shore; ensuring you have a memorable time in Durban.
Here are a few spots worth checking out:
1. Moses Mabhida Stadium
The Moses Mabhida Stadium is characterised by its arch, which makes it a feat of engineering, including the perfect spot for adventure sport and adrenalin-inducing activities, such as the Big Rush Big Swing, which has adrenalin-addicts swinging from the chilling height of 80 metres above ground. The SkyCar transports visitors to the highest point of this arch (106 metres high), exhibiting some of the most breath-taking views of the stadium and its surrounds. The Moses Mabhida Stadium has won numerous awards for its design and innovation and continues to be one of South Africa’s most beautiful stadia.
KwaMashu is a small but incredibly beautiful tourist destination that is well worth a visit. This little gem is loaded with lavish shopping areas, resorts, restaurants, and spas ensuring your trip to KwaMashu is hassle-free. From convincing landscapes and outdoors, to some world-class stay options and facilities, KwaMashu has an incredible amount of diversity in the luxury activities it offers. So, whether it’s a family vacation, a friends’ reunion or a solo trip to feed your soul -KwaMashu is a must-try vacation! KwaMashu is also notable for its lively performing arts scene, which includes Maskandi, hip hop, pantsula dancing, dance and drama –all major pride points of South Africa.
3. The Workshop (Dance Boots Jubilee Hall)
In 1986 the original railway Workshop for the Durban Station was refurbished and transformed into The Workshop Shopping Centre. It is now a local hub for music, shopping and a variety of entertainment options. The Workshop boasts the largest curio shop in the country has major chain stores, an internet cafe, medical centre, an international liquor store outlet, fast food and dine-in restaurants, health and beauty parlours, an electronic goods store, and is home to the country’s top fashion chain stores, offering a choice of trend setting boutiques to explore.
4. BAT Centre
The BAT Centre is an arts and culture community centre located at Durban’s Victoria Embankment at the Durban Harbour. The BAT Centre supports local Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal and South African art. Enjoy a wonderfully welcoming vibe of captivating and extraordinary art and artists with paint and brush in hand, immersed in their next masterpiece -LIVE. You can enjoy a colour explosion for your eyes at this cultural environment. Enjoy an ice-cold refreshing drink at their bar over poetry, concerts and workshops.
5. uShaka Marine World
uShaka Marine World in Durban is Africa's largest Marine Theme park, a world-class entertainment and tourism destination. Enjoy fun at Sea World, have a memorable meal at any one of the many restaurants, including the amazing Shark Restaurant, situated in the themed shipwreck with a window into a shark tank, shop in over 11,250m² of retail space featuring clothing boutiques, outdoor gear, arts, and crafts including indigenous and tourist-focused goods, information and services.
6. Durban Beachfront & Promenade
The top spot for exploring the outdoors in Durban is the waterfront promenade along Golden Mile and Durban Beach. This wide brick pathway stretches for 5 miles (8 km) from North Pier through to the Blue Lagoon Park, featuring wide open views of the Indian Ocean. The path is parallel the central business district, some of the finest Indian Ocean beaches then merges with the Umgeni River at Blue Lagoon. Park runners can join the path anywhere along Timeball Boulevard, Erskine Terrace, Tambo Parade, or Snell Parade. It’s the perfect beach experience to relax or find adventure. You choose.
With all the views, vast landscapes and coastline beauty showcased and celebrated in local content like Netflix’s Jiva, it’s no secret that South Africa is not just the place to visit, it is also the space to seek adventure and make indelible memories through our warm and welcoming people, spaces and culture. South Africans are ready to welcome all visitors with open arms and share the country’s beauty with them.
After all, there’s a lot to explore and discover in South Africa. Make sure you check out more local content on NetflixSA.
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