Durban Destination Guide

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Durban’s sub-tropical climate makes it a fantastic family destination any time of year. The City has a rich cultural diversity that includes Eastern, Western and Zulu influences – a fusion that is most evident in the exotic cuisine. Whether you want adventure, tranquillity, nightlife, colourful cuisine or sun-filled days of complete relaxation on pristine beaches – Durban is the place to be!

Top Attractions »

The city’s pristine beaches, warm waters and consistent swells have earned it the nickname ‘Surf-city’, so get down to the beach and get your feet wet. Don’t like sand between your toes? uShaka Marine World is one of the most popular attractions on Durban’s Golden Mile. Boasting a water theme park, close encounters with sea creatures, entertainment, shopping and dining, uShaka is a once in a lifetime experience. 

Even if you’re not a sports fan you may want to visit the Moses Mabhida stadium. Confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s tallest swing, the Bug Rush Big Swing has visitors swinging into a massive 220m arc through the stadium from the arch overhead. Those not so addicted to adrenalin can take the SkyCar for a bird’s eye view of the ocean and the City. 

Every year more than fifty thousand visitors flock to Durban for the annual Durban July horse race. The race takes place on the first Saturday in July and it offers locals and visitors the opportunity to dress their best and to rub shoulders with local and international guests. 

Where to Eat and Drink »

When it comes to food, Durban is most famous for its spicy Indian curries. If you thought Bunny Chow  meant a crisp head of lettuce, think again. Half a loaf of bread is hollowed out and filled with curry – you may want to use your hands! Florida Road in Morningside is lined with vibey galleries and eateries, while a shark tank forms the backdrop for dinner in the Phantom Ship at the uShaka Village Walk. The best place to enjoy sundowners is on a harbour cruise.  The Durban party scene is alive and well, and you will always find Durbanites ready to join you for a round of drinks at one of the local pubs or clubs.

Where to Stay »

While there is no shortage of excellent accommodation in Durban there are a few hotels that stand out from the rest. Make sure your hotel is on the beachfront so that you can take full advantage of the incredible weather and outdoor activities that the City has to offer. There are plenty of four and five star options available – some with full service and others as self-service apartments. 

Shopping »

Durban’s Gateway Mall is said to be the largest shopping centre in Africa and it is home to over four hundred stores, eighteen movie theatres, more than nineteen restaurants, a four thousand square meter skate park designed by Tony Hawk, and the highest indoor climbing rock in the world. If you prefer the vibrant colours, intoxicating aromas and the sound of haggling store owners then you should definitely visit Victoria Market or the Oriental Bazaar for treasures from the east. Perhaps purchase a spicy souvenir, a sari or a piece of embroidered fabric? 

Street markets are very popular, and you may be surprised at the number of street vendors in Durban. If you would like to purchase something from a street vendor remember to haggle!

Good to know in Durban

  • Durban is home to the largest Indian community on the African continent.
  • Exercise the same caution and employ the same common sense you would in your home town.
  • If you are planning a visit in July, make sure you book your accommodation early. The July visitors may just snatch up your favourite hotel room before you get the chance. 
  • There’s no need to pack your wetsuit – the water is warm enough for swimming shorts.
  • Respect the locals and ask permission before you photograph somebody.
 

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