Meet our insider from Durban, Verushka Ramasami, currently working full-time as a Travel and Tourism lecturer at a local college in Durban. By day her lectures, marking and dogs keep her busy and every spare minute in between she is busy working on her blog and blog related things.
She loves exploring locally and since returning home in 2010 after living abroad she now sees her home town through the eyes of a tourist. She is a foodie so she loves discovering local foodie places and most week days she becomes the Indian version of the Nigella Dawson and dons her apron as a domestic goddess.
5 things I love most about Durban
- The amazing food spots all around the city.
- All year round fantastic weather.
- The friendly locals who make up the rainbow nation can all be found in Durban.
- Durban is a cultural hub and home to many beautiful places of worship.
- The amazing beaches and not forgetting the stunning sunsets.
A few quirky/cool/fun things only locals know about Durban
- Board the Holiday Express Train for a family adventure to Shongweni Market or down the southcoast to Scottburgh for the day.
- Visit Beaver Creek Coffee Estate.
- Chocolate Garden.
- Waffle House.
- Karkloof Safari Villas.
- Abingdon wine estate in the Midlands.
Best place here to enjoy the..
The water– Umhlanga Beach or Warner Beach.
The mountains/countryside– Midlands Meander.
The outdoors– a down drive the South coast will bring you to Oribi Gorge and Lake Eland both adventure sport places.
The food – Florida Road has a few amazing places which include home to once market stalls now eateries on the block Roti& Chai, Falafel Fundi and not forgetting Mozambik and Cubana. For the best Indian food head to Malis in Goble Road or Palki near Musgrave centre. Lingella at the Elangeni Hotel has an amazing buffet. Not forgetting Old Town.
The general vibe or nightlife-The Umhlanga area is a great spot for a night out with numerous bars and places to eat.
Good coffee/tea/wine – Saviour and CO, Bike and Bean , I want my coffee
Wine Selection– try The Big Easy situated at the Hilton Hotel
Meet locals – Local markets like I Heart Market, Shongweni Market (only opened on a Saturday), Suncoast Casino and places of worship like the Hare Krishna Temple in Chatsworth, not forgetting all the eating places around Durban.
What makes a city/town special for you?
The people, food and culture
What is your favorite small town in South Africa and why?
The Midlands Meander it is a great escape from city life and is full of wondesful little spots like Rawdons Brewery , The Midlands Kitchen, Fordoun Spa,Piggly Wiggly are a few places to mention. And the best part is that you can see the night sky filled with stars.
If you could do a 10 day road trip through south africa, which stops would you make?
Garden Route to Cape Town, a trip I did as a kid with my parents. It would include Hole in the Wale, Port Elizabeth – Addo National Park and the Big Pineapple, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Jeffrey’s Bay, Stellenbosch before Cape Town.
What is the ultimate bush experience anyone can have in SA?
Is to explore the KZN province we have some pretty amazing game reserves some with the Big 5. They include places like Tala Game Reserve , Nambiti , Rhino River Lodge and Phinda.
What is the ultimate bush experience anyone can have in Southern Africa?
Besides South Africa I think Botswana is pretty amazing.
The best places to visit in South Africa for..
- solo travellers- Durban
- Couples- Midlands Meander
- Families- Drakensberg
- Luxury travelers- Cape Town
- Those seeking off-the-grid spots- Mozambique
Verushka is the Founder of spice goddess.co.za, a lifestyle blog with a focus on travel, food and culture. It is a place where I share my world with the world. Aside from her blog get more insider tips to Durban and beyond on Facebook.