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.
The city is an amazing cosmopolitan mix of people and cultures and is home to the largest Indian community outside the Indian subcontinent. Plunge yourself into the hustle and bustle of the crowds at Victoria Street Market as you breathe in the rich aromas of exotic spices and try your hand at bartering for bargains.
For a quieter and more peaceful experience visit the Durban Botanical Gardens. Durban’s oldest Botanic Gardens, founded in 1848, boast spectacular collections of sub-tropical trees, cycads, palms and orchids, and is also home to a wide diversity of colourful bird species.