From warm seas to its balmy climate and melting pot of cultures, here’s why you should book a beach holiday in Durban.
One of South Africa’s most popular summer holiday destinations, Durban is a sun-sand-and-surf city set on the warm Indian Ocean coast. For families, couples, friends and solo travellers, Durban promises a classic beach holiday.
With warm weather all year round, Durban invites visitors to take advantage of the city’s relaxed outdoor lifestyle. Explore the famous 6 km ‘Golden Mile’ stretch of beaches, hotels, restaurants and bars. Refurbished for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, the seafront promenade stretches from the uShaka Marine World theme park and aquarium to the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
The city’s origins trace back to its days as a colonial port, showcased in the interactive Port Natal Maritime Museum. Today, Durban is a flourishing melting pot of cultures and famous for being home to the largest Indian population outside of India. Curries, seafood and fusion food are popular at beachfront restaurants, while Indian food carts selling “bunny chow,” a traditional curry dish, are available throughout the city’s well-trod tourist spots.
Adventurers have their pick of adrenaline-fueled activities in Durban. Deep-sea fishing charters, dolphin viewing, jet-skiing, quad biking, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, boat cruises and more are on the menu.
Durban also provides the perfect base from which to launch adventures into the greater KwaZulu-Natal province. Discover World Heritage sites such as the iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the mountainous ‘Barrier of Spears’ in the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park. Inland, the Valley of a Thousand Hills provides a great taste of African culture while the Midlands Meander is known for its quirky arts and crafts.
Top Experiences in Durban
Don’t miss the futuristic and striking Moses Mabhida Stadium, home to world-class sporting and entertainment events, Segway tours, city-view SkyCar and a thrilling bungee swing.
UShaka Marine World near the harbour features a water park, aquarium and restaurant overlooking the ocean.
Take a stroll through the Durban Botanic Gardens showcasing awe-inspiring collections of cycads, ferns, orchids, bromeliads and more.
For the best in Durban nightlife, head to Florida Road.
When to Travel to Durban
With its balmy climate, a Durban holiday can be enjoyed any time of the year. During the December and January summer holiday season, temperatures soar, and the crowds arrive. If you want to avoid the busyness, the sub-tropical weather means you can visit Durban in the winter and still enjoy a fantastic beach holiday.