Durban South Africa


Welcome to Durban

Durban is a vibrant city in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa that should be on every traveller’s list. Known for its beautiful beaches, rich cultural history, and delicious cuisine, Durban has something for everyone. 

What is very intriguing is Durban’s rich history. The city played an important role in South Africa’s struggle against apartheid, and you can learn about this history by visiting the many museums and historic sites in the area. Additionally, Durban is home to a vibrant Indian community, which has significantly impacted the city’s culture and cuisine. The city has a strong Indian influence, as many Indians migrated to Durban during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This influence can be seen in the city’s architecture, food, and cultural events. We visited the Victoria Street Market, trying some of the best Indian food ever and also great for picking up souvenirs and other local goods.

Durban is home to some of the world’s most stunning stretches of sand, with crystal-clear waters and warm temperatures. We spent several days lounging on the beach and swimming in the ocean. An excellent place for a relaxing holiday!

One of the highlights of Durban was visiting the Moses Mabhida Stadium. It was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and has become a popular tourist attraction. You can ride up to the top of the stadium on a SkyCar or walk up the 500 steps to the top. The views from the top of the stadium are breathtaking and offer a great perspective on the city.

Overall, our trip to Durban was an unforgettable experience. The city’s beaches, cultural attractions, and delicious food make it a must-visit destination for anyone travelling to South Africa. 

How To Get There

Air: The main airport in this region is Durban’s King Shaka International Airport, located approximately 35 kilometres north of the city centre. It is well-connected to major cities worldwide, including JohannesburgCape Town, and Dubai. Several airlines operate flights to Durban, including South African Airways, British Airways, Emirates, and Qatar Airways.

Train: Durban is also accessible by train. The Shosholoza Meyl is the country’s passenger rail service and offers several routes to and from Durban, including the Johannesburg to Durban route.

Bus: Several long-distance bus companies operate routes to Durban from various cities in South Africa. The most popular companies include GreyhoundIntercape, and City to City.

Car: Durban is well-connected to major cities in South Africa via a network of highways. You can rent a car from major car rental companies or drive their vehicle to reach the city.

Once in Durban, visitors can use the city’s public transportation system, including buses, taxis, and ride-hailing services like Uber and Bolt, to get around.

Places Of Interest

Durban Beaches

Explore the Beaches

Durban is famous for its beautiful beaches, and there are several to choose from, including UmhlangaUmdloti, and Ballito. Enjoy a great day in the sun, swimming, and relaxing in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean or try surfing, kiteboarding, or stand-up paddleboarding.

uShaka Marine World

uShaka Marine World

This is a world-class marine theme park with an aquarium, dolphin and seal shows, and a water park. There are plenty of attractions for kids and adults alike. Book tour here.

Indian Quarter

Indian Quarter

Durban has a large Indian population, creating a unique cultural experience. Head to the Indian Quarter to browse the markets and sample the delicious street food.

Durban Natural Science Museum

Durban Natural Science Museum

This museum features a range of exhibits, including dinosaur fossils, live reptiles, and a massive collection of butterflies and moths.

Golden Mile

Golden Mile

The Golden Mile is Durban’s most famous beachfront promenade, stretching approximately four kilometres. Enjoy a stroll, rent a bike or take a rickshaw ride along the beach. Book tour here.

Durban Botanic Gardens

Durban Botanic Gardens

The gardens are the oldest in Africa, home to an impressive collection of plant species worldwide, established in 1849. The gardens feature an array of indigenous and exotic plants, trees, and flowers and are a perfect place to take a picnic. Book tour here.

Valley of a Thousand Hills

Valley of a Thousand Hills

This beautiful rural area is outside Durban and has several traditional Zulu villages. The valley offers a range of outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, and zip-lining or take a tour and learn about Zulu culture and history. Book tickets here.

Kwa Muhle Museum

Kwa Muhle Museum

This museum provides insight into the history of Durban’s struggle against apartheid and the city’s role in the movement. Book tour here.

Drakensberg Mountains

Drakensberg Mountains

The Drakensberg Mountains are a scenic mountain range approximately three hours from Durban. Visitors can hike, mountain bike, and enjoy the stunning views of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Book tickets here.



Durban has a vibrant nightlife scene, with many bars, clubs, and live music venues. Head to Florida Road or the beachfront for a night out.

Moses Mabhida Stadium

Moses Mabhida Stadium

This iconic stadium is one of Durban’s most recognizable landmarks and offers visitors the chance to ride the SkyCar offering panoramic views of Durban’s skyline and the coastline. Book tour here.

Where To Stay

Luxury Hotels

The Oyster Box

An iconic hotel on Umhlanga Rocks beachfront, offering stunning ocean views boasting luxury and gracious hospitality. Located only a 15-minute drive from King Shaka International Airport, The Oyster Box offers an award-winning facility set amid tropical gardens.

Mid-Range Hotels

The Edward

A historic hotel on the iconic Golden Miles overlooking the Indian Ocean. Only moments from uShaka Marine World and Durban ICC can you experience the best of Durban during your stay at The Edward. 

Budget Hotels

Regal Inn Umhlanga Gateway

This budget-friendly hotel is near the famous Gateway Theatre of Shopping and the most spectacular beaches north of Durban, Bronze Beach and Main Beach. The hotel offers affordable rooms and partial city views.  

The Beverly Hills

The Beverly Hills in Durban is a five-star hotel on the Umhlanga beachfront, offering panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Be assured of a room with a private balcony in an award-winning hotel positioned between uMhlanga’s famous pier and lighthouse.

Holiday Inn Express Durban

The Holiday Inn Express Durban is located in the Umhlanga area, offering comfortable rooms near the Umhlanga Beaches, Gateway Theatre of Shopping and Umhlanga Lighthouse. Perfect for travelers on a budget looking for a comfortable stay.

Town Lodge Umhlanga

Town Lodge Umhlanga is a budget hotel in the Umhlanga area, offering affordable rooms near the beach, Gateway Theatre of Shopping and Durban, and a 15-minute drive from King Shaka International Airport.

Where To Eat

Moyo: Located on the Durban beachfront, and offers traditional African cuisine in a vibrant and festive atmosphere.

The Little India Restaurant Durban: In the city centre of Durban, you will find this gem restaurant offering a variety of delicious Indian cuisine in a cosy and welcoming atmosphere.

Butcher Boys: This steakhouse in the Umhlanga area offers high-quality meat dishes in a stylish and modern setting.

Goundens: Gounden’s is a family-run restaurant in the city centre of Durban, specializing in delicious South Indian cuisine, particularly their famous bunny chow.

Surf Riders Café: A laid-back café on the Durban beachfront, offering healthy breakfast and lunch options, speciality coffee, and smoothies.

Final Thoughts

Durban is a city that holds a special place in the hearts of many visitors. Its stunning natural beauty and diverse architecture, cuisine, and people reflect the city’s rich history and cultural diversity. Whether exploring the city’s markets, lounging on the beach, or hiking in the nearby mountains, vibrancy and life permeates every corner of Durban. It’s a place that leaves a lasting impression on all who visit and is worth adding to your travel bucket list.

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