By Emilio Perez
Over the weekend my colleagues and I visited Durban, the closest city to Umkhumbi Lodge. We went for one night and met with a friend we haven’t seen in over two months. It was a very pleasant experience and we got to see most of the parts of Durban. Our accommodation was in the center of the city, right in front of the City Hall. The surrounding was the poorer side of town and walking to the closest beach (about 1 kilometer away), we saw very dirty streets and a lot of movement. Once arrived at the beach, the amount of people was overwhelming, approximately thousands all walking around and going by the beach. Walking by we saw an arrest happen and a lot of drunk people but we also saw some nice street performances, mostly dances. The extreme amount of people could also be because it was a Saturday afternoon, a day most people would decide to go to the beach.
At night, we decided to visit the other part of Durban, a small town just north called Umhlanga. We had a very pleasant dinner and night out, the movement in the city was more calm. The next day we went again for some breakfast by the beach in Umhlanga and the amount of people was nowhere close to the previous day. We also visited Gateway, a shopping mall that is considered one of the biggest in the world. This seemed to be true as we saw a over four story mall with more than 400 stores. Even though we only we to Durban for one night, we got a look overview of what the city is. I still would’ve liked if we stayed for longer because it is a city to visit more than once.