How to Squeeze as Much Sunshine out of your Durban Long Weekend

With Youth Day just around the corner on Friday, 16 June 2017, South Africans are looking forward to a well-deserved respite from the world as they enjoy a mid-year, winters long weekend. And we all know there is no better place to be in South Africa during the winter, than Durban – one of our country’s friendliest, and also sunniest cities, all year round.

This long weekend is also particularly significant for the International Jazz Extravaganza, as Saturday, 17 June 2017 marks the dawn of our main event at the Durban ICC. An event unlike any other, #IJE2017 features four world-class jazz acts, which have all been secured to thrill and delight jazz connoisseurs from around the country and the world.

Also befitting for Youth Month, #IJE2017 and its various associated initiatives, like the Sunday Serenades which took place at Durban’s BAT Center on the 14th of May, not only up the cultural value of the province, but also support the various youth-centric initiatives of the region as brought to you by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture.

As you make your way down to Durban to soak up some rays over the long weekend, and to attend the International Jazz Extravaganza (of course), why not add the following to your itinerary:

  1. Head on over to BMW SMG Durban, and test drive one of their luxurious cars. As the official vehicle sponsor of #IJE2017, BMW SMG Durban have ensured that the larger International Jazz Extravaganza “band” travel around in style. Please visit for more information and to book your test drive now.
  2. Visit uShaka Marine World and get up-close and personal with some of the world’s most exotic sea creatures. With more to do at uShaka than one could possibly conquer in one day, this adventure is fit for the whole family. Visit for more details.
  3. Take a trip to the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium, without a doubt one of the most recognisable buildings to outline the Durban skyline, and explore all it has on offer. With the SkyCar, Big Rush Big Swing, stadium tours, gliding tours and an adventure walk on offer, Moses Mabhida Stadium has something in store to thrill both young and old. Moses Mabhida will also be hosting a screening of the rugby match between South Africa A and the French Barbarians on the 16th of June at 16h45. See for bookings and times.
  4. We all know that three days away from the grind is barely enough, but if you’re staying at any one of the luxurious Aha Hotels & Lodges, one day away from your desk will feel like so much more (trust us, we’re talking from experience). Why not extend your long weekend by a couple more days, and truly soak up Durban’s hospitality and rays. For bookings and enquiries, please visit
  5. Walk along Durban’s Golden Mile – the popular stretch of beachfront that reaches from South Beach to SunCoast Casino and Entertainment World in the north. Experience everything from Mini Town and traditional vendors, Zulu rikshas and the most glorious swimming beaches, to fountains and waterslides (and much more) when meandering along this iconic strip.
  6. Don’t forget to spoil the special man in your life on Sunday, 18 June 2017. Treat your dad to one of Durban’s famous curry houses this Father’s Day, and end the long weekend off on a high and comforting note. With so many great restaurants to choose from in Durban, why not consider one of these as rated by other patrons on TripAdvisor:

Tickets to the IJE are available at Computicket. For hospitality and corporate packages, please contact or visit for more information.


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