Durban - Burn, rain, rain, rain.
Trip Start Dec 27, 2008
50Trip End Jun 27, 2009
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Hippo Hide Lodge And Backpackers
When we woke up on our first morning it was sunny! The weather up to now has been so changeable but despite it being the rainy season the weather here tends to be hot, sticky and humid up until around 3pm then gets stormy in the evening. We had heard that the Victoria Street Market is a really cool place for the traveller type, quite bohemian with ethnic craft and food. All we found was ten-a-penny curios and Indian Spices. As nice as the curios are, we really don't have room for them in the backpack and the spices would just make it smell. All in all, we spent about ten minutes there
Second day we went to Ushaka Marine World, a huge complex by the beach with aquarium, aquapark, shopping complex, surf school and private beach. It was only when we got there that we were told the aquapark is closed monday/tuesday, so instead of paying just for the aquarium and coming another day for the aquapark (a combo is cheaper) we made use of the private beach and shops that don't require any payment. The private beach is stunning and the weather was sublime so we just chilled there for a while and boy did I burn! I swear I put on half a bottle of spf30, but we didn't take much shade and the wind was incredibly strong, such is the climate of Durban. I'll never make that mistake again.
Then came the rain ...... Constantly ....... for three days. Enter Kag in a bag. Much of the rest of our time in Durban was spent in shopping centres, cinemas and the hostel. We managed to get to Gateway, the biggest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere which has a waverider and a climbing wall. This was all very impressive but was a massive drain on our daily budget, the taxi alone cost R400 return. But I moan too much, Durban is cool (actually it's very hot or very wet).
Sorry about the lack of photos!