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DurbanSouth Africa

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

North Beach which includes modern architecture, street scenes and a coastal town

Durban Beachfront

4/5Very Good!(2 area reviews)

Durban Beachfront is a destination visitors seek out for is beaches, abundant dining options, and seaside views. You might want to check out attractions like Durban Beach or Golden Mile while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Durban Beachfront
South Beach showing surfing, waves and landscape views

South Beach

3.5/5Good!(10 area reviews)

South Beach is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Golden Mile and Addington Beach.

South Beach
North Beach featuring a sunset and a beach

North Beach

4/5Very Good!(37 area reviews)

North Beach is a destination visitors seek out for is beaches, abundant dining options, and seaside views. You might want to check out attractions like Golden Mile or Mini Town while you're exploring the neighborhood.

North Beach
Durban featuring heritage architecture and a mosque

Durban Central Business District

3.5/5Good!(18 area reviews)

Durban Central Business District is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Workshop Mall and Durban City Hall while in the area.

Durban Central Business District
A baby southern white rhino. If I had the chance to name this little fellow I would name her Hope. How gentle these magnificent creatures are, yet highly endangered. 

Which is why I won’t post an accurate location.

#wildlife #stoprhinopoaching #NationalPark

Windermere

4/5Very Good!(6 area reviews)

Windermere is noteworthy for its cafés, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Florida Road and African Art Centre.

Windermere
uShaka Marine World featuring signage and rides as well as a large group of people

Durban Point

3.5/5Good!(5 area reviews)

While visiting Durban Point, you might make a stop by sights like uShaka Marine World and Golden Mile.

Durban Point

Top Hotels in Durban

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Curiocity Durban - Hostel
Curiocity Durban - Hostel
4 out of 5
55 Monty Naicker Road, 1st Floor Ambassador House, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
The price is $46 per night

Located in South Beach, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Harbour and Durban International Convention Centre. UShaka Marine World and Durban Beach are ...

3.8/5Good! (36 reviews)

"Good location, within walking distance of a lot of places. Nice kitchen facilities and fantastic showers. Overall good value."…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Curiocity Durban - Hostel
The Blue Waters Hotel
The Blue Waters Hotel
4 out of 5
175 Snell Parade, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
The price is $45 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Durban Beachfront hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Durban Beach and Golden Mile. Moses Mabhida Stadium and Durban International ...

3.9/5Very Good! (697 reviews)

"It is just by the beach, and the view is excellent. The remodeling is under way, and looks old but well managed."…"

Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020

The Blue Waters Hotel
Bayside Hotel 100
Bayside Hotel 100
3 out of 5
100 West street, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
The price is $25 per night

Located in South Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Durban Funworld and Golden Mile. UShaka Marine World and Durban International Convention Centre ...

4/5Very Good! (7 reviews)

"Nice overnight stay. Unfortunately the area where it's located is not safe."…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020

Bayside Hotel 100

Popular places to visit in Durban

uShaka Marine World
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uShaka Marine World

4/5(26 reviews)

Ride high-speed waterslides, explore the thrilling rope adventure park and witness dolphin, seal and shark shows at South Africa’s premier oceanfront waterpark.

Moses Mabhida Stadium
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Moses Mabhida Stadium

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Catch an event at Moses Mabhida Stadium during your trip to Durban. Visit the area's shops or amble around its beautiful beaches.

Golden Mile
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Golden Mile

4/5(17 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Golden Mile, a popular beach in Durban. Wander the seaside in this relaxing area.

Top things to do in Durban

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari & Isimangaliso St Lucia
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Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari & Isimangaliso St Lucia

$267
Per adult
Oribi Gorge & Eland Reserve Private Tour
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Oribi Gorge & Eland Reserve Private Tour

$162
Per adult
Durban City Private Tour
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Durban City Private Tour

$50
Per adult
Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari & Emdoneni Wild Cat Private Tour
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Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari & Emdoneni Wild Cat Private Tour

$162
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Nelson Mandela Capt Site & Phezulu Cultural Private Tour
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Nelson Mandela Capt Site & Phezulu Cultural Private Tour

$162
Per adult
Zulu Cultural Tour and Zulu Dancing from Durban
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Zulu Cultural Tour and Zulu Dancing from Durban

$171
Per adult

Reviews of Durban

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
15
5 - Excellent 26.31578947368421%
4 - Good
28
4 - Good 49.12280701754386%
3 - Okay
9
3 - Okay 15.789473684210526%
2 - Disappointing
4
2 - Disappointing 7.017543859649122%
1 - Terrible
1
1 - Terrible 1.7543859649122806%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 31, 2019

Really no time this first visit to see any tourist sites - did visit the Pavilion Shopping Centre. Return visit after the cruise will permit a bit of time for tourism.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Aug 26, 2019

I went swimming in the Indian ocean, making it the 3rd ocean I've swam in. Victoria Street market was interesting, big culture shock to me, but was a memorable experience. Other than that, I don't think I'll ever go back to Durban.

3/5 - Okay

Don

Aug 11, 2019

Visited at the start of our trip to reset our body clocks. The hotel and amenities were fantastic! Highly recommend! Durban was a little dodgy (definitely no walking after dark).

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 24, 2019

We loved the beachfront but unfortunately the rest of the city is very run down. Stick to the Beachfront and it's a great environment.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Jun 18, 2019

The CBD is filthy and certainly not a safe place to be. The beaches needs a proper clean up.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

May 17, 2019

Another good thing about the hotel is that it had secure parking I didn’t see that with some other hotels I liked to stay at that are close to the beach it’s either to pay an extra fee for parking or parking is on the street

Cities near Durban

Umgeni River Bird Park showing a waterfall and a park

Durban North

Durban Botanical Gardens showing a garden and landscape views

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