The city of Durban is known for being a natural paradise with its sun-kissed beaches and subtropical climate. It is built around one of the busiest ports in South Africa, but it’s the city’s scenic coastline which is the ultimate attraction and has become a hit among cycling enthusiasts.
Durban’s beachfront promenade was revamped in 2010 and has grown into a revitalising space for runners, walkers, skaters, and cyclists who flock to the promenade for a sporty day of fun in the sun, or to take in the ocean breeze during their daily workout.
Durban – The Ethekwini municipality is in the process of creating about 40km of cycling lanes in Durban and the surrounding townships, which they hope will change the face of transport in the city.
I have been a guest of this city for the last 10 days and I should say, while Durban has not yet achieved its dream of ‘WALKING DURBAN’, they are on the way there. In most parts of the city, they may have achieved the 40km of cycling or almost. What they need is to cultivate the culture in the people. Thanks to my host for the AirBnB we have been staying, we were privileged to have two mountain bikes, one for me and one for my wife. The location we were staying was just perfect for cycling, down florida road to Moses Mabhida Stadium, then cross to the waterfront. The Moses Mabhida has endless open spaces for cycling, and it also houses a cycling shop where you can rest a bike.
Durban certainly houses a few popular cycle routes that offer a revitalising outdoor experience for the everyday cyclist. The must-see attractions in the town is the Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park in Pinetown and the MTB Trails in Karkloof which is regarded as the best trail riding destination in South Africa. Another place you can see while on your bike is the Durban Botanical Garden, while the don’t allow cycling inside the park, it provide fresh sights for a cyclist who loves to engage with nature on a personal level.
With Durban eager to make itself a bicycle-friendly city, the aQuellé Tour Durban has been embraced by recreational cyclists as a significant opportunity to take full biking advantage of. The annual 45km fun ride begins and ends at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, taking riders through the M4 up to Umdloti and back, with striking views of the sea throughout.
The city also has a few well known bike clubs that offers cyclists a place to gather, host weekly events and socialize. Cyclesphere and Kings Park Cycling Clubs are two such examples of the many bike clubs that the city has to offer. A personal visit to cyclesphere gave me my birthday gift, a Giant 29er mountain bike that they were giving on a great offer. I have had a chance to test it, before it was wrapped in a box ready for Johannesburg, before I fly it to Kenya.