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

Bayside Hotel 100
Bayside Hotel 100
3 out of 5
100 West street, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
The price is $36 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Located in South Beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Durban Funworld and Golden Mile. Durban Beach is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.
4.2/5Excellent! (28 reviews)
"Amazing"

Reviewed on Jun 10, 2021

Bayside Hotel 100
The Blue Waters Hotel
The Blue Waters Hotel
4 out of 5
175 Snell Parade, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $49 per night from Oct 13 to Oct 13
Nestled on the beach, this Durban Beachfront hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Durban Beach and Golden Mile. Battery Beach and Suncoast Casino and Entertainment ...
3.9/5Very Good! (732 reviews)
Our awesome stay at Blue Waters Hotel, Durban
"My wife and stayed at the hotel during our vacation in Durban. We we extremely impressed with service received. Our room was comfortable and very neat and tidy. The breakfast was of an excellent standard, loved the variety which they offered. We will definitely be back"

Reviewed on Jun 23, 2021

The Blue Waters Hotel
Belaire Suites
Belaire Suites
4 out of 5
151 Snell Parade, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
The price is $49 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Durban Beachfront, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mini Town, Durban Beach, and Golden Mile. Battery Beach and Suncoast Casino and ...
4.2/5Excellent! (659 reviews)
"Perfect comfortable hotel with a cheap price."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2021

Belaire Suites
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.
Durban Spa
Durban Spa
3 out of 5
57 Oliver Tambo Parade, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
The price is $50 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
Located in Durban Beachfront, this spa apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Addington Beach, uShaka Marine World, and Golden Mile. Durban Beach and Durban ...
4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
"Me and my sister we had a fabulous time we were there to celebrate our birthdays which was on the 27 and 28 the staff was very helpful and friendly"

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2019

Durban Spa
Point Waterfront Apartments
Point Waterfront Apartments
3 out of 5
5 Signal Rd, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
The price is $74 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
Located in Durban Point, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Golden Mile and uShaka Marine World. Mini Town and Durban International Convention Centre ...
4/5Very Good! (37 reviews)
Vote of excellence
"Place was exceptionally clean. Situated across the promenade with an awesome view of the ocean"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

Point Waterfront Apartments
Silver Sands Self Catering
Silver Sands Self Catering
3.5 out of 5
13 Erskine Terrace, Point, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal
Situated on the beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Addington Beach and Golden Mile. UShaka Marine World and Durban International Convention ...
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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