I chose to stay at the Durban Beach Youth Hostel as it was the
in Durban which I could reserve a bed at from England. I did this
The Youth Hostel Association's (YHA) International Booking Network
scheme. I simply telephoned their head office in London and booked my
Throughout my stay I found this hostel to be perfectly adequate as somewhere to lay my head every (nearly :-) night. It is close to the centre of Durban and five minutes walk from the beaches, which are very nice. Below are some pictures of the area around the East of the city and the beaches, these might not all be picturesque but thats life in the big city for you.
So, that's Durban around the beach area of town, apart from the
nothing to shout about. It is a very cosmopolitan city with many
cultures. Once into the lush green Northern suburbs the houses are
and lived in by whites. At the time of my visit lot of the houses had 24hr security and very
razor wire fences. Although I am informed that things are slowly starting to change and that there is a more relaxed atmosphere.
As you head further into the city, Smith St. extends from the beach to the center, you certainly notice the Victorian architecture. This becomes especially apparent around the City Hall and Museum area of Smith Street (10 - 15 minutes walk from the beach). Here are a few photos of that area:
I spent about a week in Durban, then I decided to go into the Southern Drakensburg Mountains in the area of Sani Pass for a few days before returning for the cricket.
Last Updated on 12th August 1998 at 09:26:37
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