Travel inspiration: Savouring South Africa’s rugged splendour

When the pandemic eventually ends and travel is a going concern again, take time to sample some of South Africa’s many idyllic sides

Durban and its extensive beachfront

It’s more west of Ireland on a blustery grey day than an idyllic sub-tropical Indian Ocean beach paradise. We’re bleary-eyed after our overnight flight from London to South Africa’s surf city of Durban, where local surfing legend Max will demonstrate how to progress from beached whale to stand-up position on a surfboard in three quick movements.

“It helps to have a reasonable amount of fitness and some core strength,” he advises in the brief introduction ...