Durban

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The third-largest city in South Africa is an inviting coastal playground famous for its beaches, surfing and cosmopolitan vibe.

With warm weather year-round and the Indian Ocean lapping on their doorstep, Durbanites enjoy a relaxed lifestyle focused around the city’s fabulous beaches. Durban is a culturally diverse city with a lively Indian Quarter, cosmopolitan nightlife, and plenty of adventure options.

The city’s most popular beachfront area is The Golden Mile, a 3.7-mile (6-kilometer) stretch of coastline revitalized for the 2010 FIFA World Cup football competition. Join joggers, cyclists and walkers on the expansive promenade. Go surfing, bodyboarding and kayaking in the ocean, or take a ride on one of the colorful Zulu Rickshaws. Spend a few hours at uShaka Marine World, an oceanarium and water park at the southern end of the Golden Mile.

While you’re in the neighborhood stop by the Moses Mabhida Stadium, a legacy of the 2010 World Cup. Climb the 500 steps of the stadium’s roof arch for lofty views of the city, or take the sky car to the viewing platform. Then dive 350 feet (106 meters) back to earth on the stadium’s bungee jump.

Durban is a culturally rich city with African, European and Asian influences. It was once home to Mahatma Gandhi, the father of Indian Independence, and has one of the largest Indian populations outside of India. Pay a visit to the Indian Quarter on the western edge of the downtown area. Browse the markets for saris, spices and fresh produce, and search for electronic bargains in the old art deco stores. Visit the Juma Masjid Mosque, said to be the largest mosque in the Southern hemisphere. Don’t miss the Bunny Chow! This curry-filled bread roll is a Durban fast-food favorite.

Live it up when the sun goes down by experiencing Durban’s nightlife. Mingle with trendy locals in the bars of Morningside, a cosmopolitan suburb. Dine in a waterside restaurant at Wilson’s Wharf in the harbor area. Then dance until dawn in the nightclubs along the Golden Mile.

Durban is situated on the east coast of South Africa. The nearest airport is King Shaka International Airport, just over 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the city center.

Where to stay in Durban

Pavilion Hotel Durban
Pavilion Hotel Durban
3 out of 5
15 K E Masinga Road, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, 4000
The price is $38 per night from Feb 17 to Feb 18
$38
per night
Feb 17 - Feb 18
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Durban. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities in our ...
3.6/5 Good! (250 reviews)
"Great place and location outside parking is not safe my mirror was removed from my car otherwise this place is was amazing"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2023

Pavilion Hotel Durban
Belaire Suites
Belaire Suites
4 out of 5
151 Snell Parade, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, 4056
The price is $49 per night from Feb 22 to Feb 23
$49
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Durban. Enjoy free WiFi, room service, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall value in our ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (732 reviews)
"Nicely decorated hotel with good amenities. Excellent breakfast - plenty of choice. Helpful, friendly staff."

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2023

Belaire Suites
The Blue Waters Hotel
The Blue Waters Hotel
4 out of 5
175 Snell Parade, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, 4001
The price is $45 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
$45
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Durban. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in our ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (797 reviews)
"Le déjeuner inclut était vraiment super. Le personnel très gentil. La chambre était super avec une vue incroyable. La piscine un peu petite était très bien aussi. Malheureusement, un des ascenseurs étaient quelques fois en panne. L’hôtel n’a pas de contrôle sur ça mais la qualité de l’eau à la mer ..."

Reviewed on Dec 28, 2022

The Blue Waters Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Point Waterfront Apartments
Point Waterfront Apartments
4 out of 5
5 Signal Rd, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
Stay at this 4-star aparthotel in Durban. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the WiFi in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (50 reviews)
Excellent stay
"The place is clean and well kept. The beauty was beyond our expectations. Close to the beach and restaurant. Very close to ushaka"

Reviewed on Jan 8, 2023

Point Waterfront Apartments
Durban Spa
Durban Spa
3 out of 5
57 Oliver Tambo Parade, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Stay at this 3-star spa apartment in Durban. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 indoor pools, and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
3.4/5 Good! (7 reviews)
Terrible bad experience,won't recommend the resort
"I had a terrible experience It was the first time I wanted to try out the resort, but I was not welcomed from the time I entered. I was not greeted, but was sent around to fill out forms, after standing in the queue to check in. I requested a room with availability at a high floor, but was told they ..."

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2021

Durban Spa
Silver Sands Self Catering
Silver Sands Self Catering
3.5 out of 5
13 Erskine Terrace, Point, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, 4069
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Durban. Enjoy free WiFi, a beach locale, and onsite parking. Popular attractions uShaka Marine World and ...
Silver Sands Self Catering
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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