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Discover Durban, South Africa’s Trendiest City

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When people think of South Africa as a travel destination, they often imagine safaris, breathtaking landscapes, and sunny coastlines. However, as travel restrictions ease, it’s a great opportunity to look beyond the traditional tourist attractions like the Big Five and explore the vibrant urban centers the country has to offer.

Dubbed as South Africa’s version of Miami Beach, Durban is a coastal city with pleasant weather year-round and stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Known as ‘Surf City,’ the Bay of Plenty Beach on Durban’s Golden Mile is a favorite spot for surfers. While many visitors pass through Durban en route to the Kwazulu-Natal region, the city itself offers a stylish retreat with its luxurious hotels, restaurants, bars, and lounges.

When it comes to style, few are as well-equipped to share insider tips on the chicest spots in South Africa’s trendiest city as Laduma Ngxokolo.

As one of the country’s top knitwear designers, Ngxokolo has been creating a luxury heritage brand since 2012, drawing inspiration from traditional South African Xhosa beadwork patterns, symbols, and colors. A graduate of London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins art school, his designs have graced catwalks in Paris, Oslo, and Johannesburg. Ngxokolo was honored with Vogue’s inaugural Scouting for Africa award in 2015.

Since the launch of his brand, Laduma introduced the MAXHOSA BY LADUMA label, which celebrates the beauty and culture of the Xhosa people, an ethnic group primarily based in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. His designs have been featured in esteemed institutions like the Smithsonian Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as in international exhibitions in Switzerland and Berlin. Recently, his creations were showcased in Eddie Murphy’s film sequel, “Coming 2 America,” a follow-up to the 1988 classic “Coming to America.”

Ngxokolo shares some of his top recommendations for places to visit in Durban.

Umhlanga Beaches

Situated just north of Durban along KwaZulu-Natal’s Sugar Coast, Umhlanga Beaches are popular among locals and tourists alike for outdoor activities. The bustling promenade offers a variety of cafes and bars, perfect for relaxation and people-watching.

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The Chairman

Located at The Point Waterfront urban precinct in Durban, The Chairman is a stylish Jazz bar designed by the innovative Durban-based architecture firm DGiT. Known for its unique decor, delicious food, extensive wine and whiskey selection, and creative cocktails, The Chairman also features live music and showcases local artists’ works.

Umlazi Township

South of Durban’s Central Business District lies Max’s Lifestyle in Umlazi, a restaurant rich in township culture. Famous for its braai (South African barbecue), Max’s Lifestyle is a vibrant open-air venue where locals and tourists mingle. Another popular nightlife spot in Umlazi is Eyadini Lounge, known for its delicious braai and lively DJ performances that keep the crowd dancing all night.

I named my brand MaXhosa by Laduma to showcase the beauty of the Xhosa people in a modern way that resonates with today’s youth.” – Laduma Ngxokolo

With a deep connection to his country’s cultural heritage, Ngxokolo’s high-fashion creations and sophisticated homewares have captivated South Africans and global audiences alike. His work reflects the elegance and allure of one of the most enchanting places on earth.

For those considering a trip to this diverse destination – whether for a luxury safari or a city experience – renowned tour operators like Ker & Downey Africa offer tailored itineraries, from cultural tours to safari and beach adventures in South Africa and Mauritius. If you’re not ready to travel yet, you can virtually transport yourself on daily live safaris to South Africa’s top game reserves, including Kruger National Park, courtesy of WildEarth. For more information, visit

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