Durban is the largest City in this province and the third largest city in the country. It is a sophisticated cosmopolitan city of over 3 442 398 people (as per 2011 Census). It is known as the home of Africa’s best-managed, busiest port and is also a major centre of tourism because of the city’s warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches.
It is known for its African, Indian and colonial influences. The Golden Mile beachfront is a popular destination for surfers, joggers, sunbathers and water-sports enthusiasts. Refurbished for soccer’s 2010 World Cup, the seafront promenade starts at uShaka Marine World, a huge theme park with an aquarium, and ends by the futuristic Moses Mabhida stadium.
Its land area of 2,297 square km is comparatively larger than other South African cities. Durban Tourism is the leading domestic destination in South Africa.
The City is built around one of the busiest ports in Africa and our people are our pride. The city focuses on providing visitors with a unique set of experiences that go beyond the beach and into the realm of Durban’s diverse culture, urban lifestyle and scenic diversity.
Durban is an elegant, mature and ambitious city. It is a trendsetter in offering great lifestyle, speckled with adventure activities, blessed with natural beauty and is an astonishingly liveable city. Whether you here as a business delegate or a leisure traveler there is a warm African flavor that will capture your heart forever.
Travel Tips and Planning info
How to get here
Durban is easily accessible from the country’s other large centres, such as Johannesburg and Cape Town around the country. The N1 provides double-carriage toll roads so getting to the city by luxury bus or car is a pleasure. The King Shaka International Airport lies half an hour north of Durban.
Best time to visit
All year round Durban is attractive. May and September are particularly beautiful and the weather is just perfect.
Around the area
Explore the north and south coasts. Go on a self-drive holiday incorporating the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park World Heritage Site and Hluhuluwe/Imfolozi Game Reserve and then head up all the way to Sodwana, known as one of the finest diving sites on the African continent.
Tours to do
The Midlands Meander – even if you’re not a foodie. The Nottingham Road brewery makes its own beer and hundreds of craft spots welcome visitors.
Having your own vehicle would be a major benefit. However, numerous tours to the main attractions are on offer.
What will it cost
Accommodation costs vary depending on your taste. From upmarket hotels like the Oyster Box in Umhlanga to budget holiday apartments – the choice is yours.
Length of stay
A week in Durban to experience the fun and sun on the beaches, followed by another week or two exploring the Elephant Coast and the uKhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Sites.
What to pack
A sun hat, good walking shoes, sun protection cream, insect repellent, binoculars. A warm jacket for the evenings.
Where to stay
Durban is one of South Africa’s top holiday destinations, so there is a wide variety of accommodation available.
What to eat
There are superb restaurants in the Natal Midlands, if you are travelling inland.
Zulu memorabilia – traditional baskets and beads.