Durban is known as the city of beaches and the warmest place to be, literally and figuratively.
Durban is a well-liked short getaway destination. Thanks to warm weather all year round and with a great selection of hotels and attractions, Durban is the perfect place to spend the holidays in the sun.
Specifically, with summer holidays knocking on our doors and, after an unforgettable 2020, we are all looking at spending valuable time with loved ones - near a pool or enjoying bathing in the sun whilst the kids splash in the ocean waves. Enjoying good food, friendly people and learning more about the locals.
Durban is known as a sunny beachside destination located on the east coast of South Africa, with a view of the Indian Ocean and also referred to in Zulu as eThekwini.
The city lies at the mouth of the Umgeni River, which is defined as Durban's north city limit, while other sections of the river flow through the city itself. Durban harbour is one of the busiest ports in South Africa.
Loved and cherished for its rich cultural diversity resulting from tumultuous historical past -The Valley of the Thousand Hills nearby introduces travellers to the history, culture and lifestyle of the famous Zulu tribe. It is this mix of different cultures and traditions of Durban that attracts tourists from all over the world.
There are a few options to choose from when getting to and around Durban - by air, road or train.
Ideally located about a 6-hour drive from Johannesburg it is easy to hire a car in South Africa. This way, you can discover the city independently. Another option is taking a 1-hour flight from Cape Town or a 2-hour flight from Johannesburg to King Shaka International Airport and rent a vehicle on arrival or contact your local tour operator to organise a package tour with day tours included.
There is also the option of the well organised Durban People Mover bus which operates a service running in a loop between the city and beach line.
Taxi services, the likes of metered cabs or taxi services booked by telephone, is another option. Minibus taxis - mention needs to be made that these are often poorly maintained, overcrowded and dangerous. Instead, opt by contacting your local tour operator for assistance.
Things to do
The city and surrounds offers a great selection of activities, warm weather and vibrant nightlife. Durban is also a great winter hot spot with top offers from Southern Sun, KZN Wildlife, uShaka Marine World, and more - attracting travellers throughout the year.
There are also a couple of other things to do in Durban, worthy of mention would be as follows:
- Adventure activities at uShaka Marine World, which is a water theme park offering a place full of fun and entertainment for the whole family.
- Go on a day safari at one of the nearby game reserves.
- Stroll the sandy beaches and visit traditional markets. Several stalls sell African artwork and jewellery.
- Swim with sharks if you dare. Tour operators offer marine adventure such as swimming with sharks inside a cage.
- Enjoy and explore a drive to the scenic Valley of a Thousand Hills - taking in breathtaking views along the way.
- Umhlanga - A beautiful seaside resort with loads of restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops.
- Enjoy and taste local foods and delicacies. Readily available at numerous restaurants and cafes in the city. A good curry, Bunny chow and biltong is a must-try.
Durban offers guaranteed sunshine, fascinating history an abundance of beautiful beaches, and fantastic snorkelling and diving experiences. The night-life provides lively entertainment and exquisite restaurants on Florida Road, sandy beaches along the coast, friendly locals, a line up of exciting events, and a leisurely-paced atmosphere all make for a fantastic getaway to Durban.
Durban has a wide variety of accommodations for all kinds of travellers, whether that is going solo, with the family, couples or large groups of friends alike.
Accommodation ranges from ultra-luxury, moderate to affordable in hotels, self-catering units, bed and breakfasts and boutique guesthouses.
Whether experiencing the city’s rich multi-cultural heritage, walking along the beautifully manicured parks or tasting the delicious delicacies, it is Durban that assures you the great South African experience!