Golden Mile

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andyh67186334
Coalville, UK6,341 contributions
I walked along parts of the Golden Mile on several occasions during any stay in Durban. As I was staying at the Hilton about a mile away on foot, it was not safe to carry my camera from the hotel to the Golden Mile. If you are staying in one of the hotels along the Golden Mile or on a tour, then it would be safe to take photos during the day time. There is a high level of security, so one tends not to be bothered. There are several piers along the mile, restaurants, vars and outdoor swimming pools. The beach is good for sunbathing and the sea is perfect if you enjoy surfing. There are manned public toilets along the promenade. There is space for walking, cycling and rollerblading, and is a great way to spend a good hour throughout the day for a walk and watch the world go by.
Written January 25, 2020
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delaine c
Durban, South Africa328 contributions
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Walking along the golden mile this morning was nothing short of breathtaking. Durban was lit up with glorious sunshine, glistening off the warm and welcoming waters of the Indian Ocean, with scores of surfers and bathers. The mood was chilled, exciting and inviting, all in one. Such are Durban peeps and the daily vibe. The new promenade makes for a nice nearly 6km walk one way, and it's perfectly suited for walkers, strollers, joggers, cyclists, skateboarders and their dog, the ideal pastime for any day of the week. Gotta love Durban!
Written January 26, 2020
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andresQ5858RR
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It was a brilliant idea to create this spacious area for people of all cultures and different walks of life to walk, cyle, jog and mingle. Good excersize and socially good for all. The ony problem that I do have is that there are certain areas where the is a very heavy stench of urine and excretement as well as huge amounts of litter including alcohol bottles in certain areas. This is especially noticeable in front of the Addington hospital. I noticed that during December the smell and litter disappeared and it was great to be able to walk or cycle along the whole area. Now that the season is over, its back to this nauseating smell and litter. Is it not possible to prevent this on a continuous basis. Not only is it unacceptable for our locals, we also have tourists visiting and spending money here and this does not assist in encouraging people ot visit our beautiful beaches.
Written February 20, 2020
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Alec L
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Recently spent a short time (intended to stay longer but not much to do/see) on the Golden Mile.
Beach looks nice and not over-populated.
HOWEVER we were advised by a number of shop-keepers not to wander into the back streets off the Golden Mile as it was unsafe to do so.
This was mid-afternoon!!!!

Didn't see much in the way of restaurants etc so would check carefully before booking accommodation here. There are better places in Durban.
Written March 7, 2022
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Geoff G
Durban, South Africa17 contributions
What a great way to spend time excersing, whether it be walking, running, skating, cycling.... for all ages. Well organised and controlled by differing enforcements, with regards security etc. Toilets seems well looked after...

The new promonade is also a welcome addition and creates a larger area.
Enjoy the outdoors
Written January 6, 2020
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Vernon V
Alberton, South Africa254 contributions
Couples
It is possible to easily walk from Suncoast Casino, past Durban Main beaches, past Ushaka Marine World onto North Beach walk, right up to the Harbour entrance. (Saw a cruise ship entering harbour) Very clean walk. Security Guards visible along along. Many restuarants and bars along the way.
Written February 9, 2020
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Karen Moodley
Pinetown, South Africa17 contributions
The most beautiful breathtaking coast Durbanites can be Proud of.
The view as one strolls down the Golden Mile is breathtaking.
The joys of being one with the Ocean. Either you walk on the Beach or take a romantic stroll with a Loved One on the promenade - its a joy. Plenty of eatery along the way catering for every palette. A place to get the kids off the Couch and spend some over due family time. Swim, surf , walk, go fishing, just sit on the beach - there is something for everyone to do.
New promenade is your go to place for 2020.
Written February 7, 2020
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Mossie
Somerset West, South Africa33 contributions
Friends
The Golden Mile is a great promenade to walk on. If you're lucky you'll see magnificent sand art, made by one of the local people. However, you need to be vigilant as there are opportunists around who may become interested in your handbag, etc. There is, however, constant patrolling taking place.
Written July 19, 2019
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Robert T
Brisbane, Australia54 contributions
Couples
What a shame a beautiful setting like the golden mile is used by so many beggers and junkies.

The place its self is nice although if your not a beach person there isn't a lot of other things to do, but me and partner tried to enjoy walking along the promenade only to be accosted by drug user after drug user asking for money. They started off polite during the early part of the day but, as the sun was about to set that all changed.

My partner and I were walking to the local supermarket when approached by yet another drug user, he started off telling us what a nice person he is and only want half a loaf of bread, but he became very abusive when we explained we did not have any money to give. He started swearing and shouting homophobic abuse at us and the it became scary, we were not sure if anyone would help if it turned violent, but he backed off when my partner turned on him and threaten him. The homophobic abuse continued as we walked away.

This did not happen after dark it was in fact only 445pm. The hotel we are staying in is right on the mile and they advise not going out after dark, I can see why. We had just been in Cape Town, a place we were told was more dangerous for tourist, but we felt 100% safe there with tourist police on almost every corner. Here on the Golden mile the only police we saw were asking us questions to do with a radio contest.

There are loads of people here that are enjoying themselves and the beggers seem to leave them alone, they target tourist. And it is not the poorer black population, they have all been friendly and polite, it is the drug using white afrikaans people and they are aggressive.

My advice to anyone travelling to Durban is DON'T, if you must come here stay in your hotel.
Written August 30, 2016
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JohnFinchPhotography
Hout Bay, South Africa492 contributions
Avoid this area like the plague . Park car walk down to beach put feet in water come back car broken into . What was once golden has lost it's shine to petty thieving wastrols and there are far more pleasant places to go than this area . If you want crime this is the place to visit . If not avoid at all costs .
Written August 8, 2014
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