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About Durban

Located on the east coast of South Africa, Durban is a prominent port city, home to nearly 3.5 million people. Famous for its subtropical climate, flourishing trading sector and sprawling beaches, this friendly city attracts local and international visitors all year round. Home to delectable cuisine and a vibrant nightlife, the city also boasts lush scenery and wildlife.

Cheap flights to Durban are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to enjoy the golden beaches of South Africa’s spectacular coastline! Durban is home to King Shaka International Airport (DUR), located to the north of the city, a 30-minute drive from the centre. King Shaka International Airport is a hub for S.A. Express and serves a multitude of local airlines, including South African Airways, Kulula and Mango Airlines. Durban is a popular holiday destination in South Africa.

Popular flights to Durban

Flight Route Airline Trip Type Travel Dates Searched Price from
Cape Town - Durban Flysafair Return Nov 2 - Nov 9 2 days ago R659.00
Johannesburg - Durban Flysafair Return May 31 - Jun 30 4 days ago R459.00

Why visit Durban

golden coastline

Golden Coastline

Soak up South Africa’s sun-kissed beaches sprawling the golden coastline of the warm, blue Indian Ocean. With clear waters and plunging, white-lipped waves, this city is a surfing and diving paradise!

local cuisine

Local Cuisine

From vintage hideaways to trendy sidewalk cafés, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the culinary offerings Durban has to offer. Tuck into some spicy, Indian curry and peruse the harbour front for the freshest seafood catch.

sightseeing

Sightseeing

As a vibrant and cultural city, catch some of Durban’s best festivals all year round. Spend a day exploring uShaka Marine World, while the city’s Hindu temples and botanical parks provide a calm oasis of reflection and relaxation.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country South Africa
Currency Rand (ZAR)
Exchange Rate N/A
Language English / Afrikaans / Zulu
Hub Airport King Shaka International Airport (DUR)
Airline South African Airways
Time Zone GMT + 02:00
Travel Adaptor Type D / M / N

Best time to visit Durban

Durban experiences a subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and pleasantly cool winters. The winter season (June-August) is a popular time to visit, as rainfall and humidity are at their lowest and the cool, balmy weather makes outdoor activities enjoyable. The Good Food and Wine Show and the Durban International Film Festival are not-to-be-missed highlights of the season. The shoulder seasons of autumn (April-May) and spring (September-November) are also ideal times to visit, when crowds have dispersed and accommodation prices are more budget-friendly. Catch the Nottingham Road Pink Festival in November, where you’ll be treated to music, dance, theatre and culinary delights during this two-day event. If you want to hit the golden beaches, the summer season (December-March) provides plenty of outdoor activities. Keep in mind that December is school and Christmas holidays, resulting in a huge influx of tourists. If you don’t mind the occasional thunderstorm and inflated holiday prices, book your ticket today!

Weather & Climate in Durban

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 21°C 21°C 20°C 18°C 14°C 12°C 11°C 13°C 15°C 17°C 18°C 20°C
High °C 28°C 28°C 28°C 26°C 24°C 23°C 22°C 23°C 24°C 24°C 25°C 27°C
Rainfall (mm) 124 113 125 71 56 30 31 46 64 95 110 110

Overview

Durban is a prominent port city in KwaZulu-Natal on the east coast of South Africa. Previously inhabited by British and Indian settlers, Durban’s history as a trading port and sugar cane plantation placed it on the map, and today the city is a major tourist attraction. The balmy summers bring visitors to its golden beaches, where you can indulge in some of the best surfing, diving and snorkelling in the country! The Golden Mile stretches along the coastline of the Indian Ocean – a popular spot for surfing and beachfront dining. Experience Durban’s thrilling nightlife at Suncoast Casino and among the quaint cafés and bars along Florida Road. Don’t leave without getting your hands on the famous Durban Bunny Chow, or traditional Indian curry and ocean-fresh seafood.

Relax in the beautiful gardens and parks peppered around town. The Botanical Gardens, Umgeni River Bird Park and Crocodile Creek provide unique adventures into exploring the vegetation and animal life in the city’s lush landscapes.

There’s always something to do in Durban and if you’re a local, you probably have some favourite spots that you’ll always return to. It’s a great destination for beach-lovers, where the warm sapphire waters and toasty temperatures are perfect for a year-round summer holiday!

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Visa & Customs

Tourist visas are valid for a stay of up to 90 days. Check the consular website to see if your country is exempt from obtaining a visa.

You will need the following if you wish to visit South Africa: • A valid and acceptable passport or travel document • At least TWO blank pages in your passport for endorsements • A valid visa (if required) • Sufficient funds to pay for your day-to-day expenses during your stay • A return or onward ticket • Yellow Fever certificates if your journey starts or entails passing through the Yellow Fever belt of Africa or South America.

The Department of Home Affairs can be contacted at the following number: 0800 601190

Health & Safety

The locals in Durban are incredibly welcoming and are always happy to assist tourists with finding their way around. Like any modern metropolis, Durban is a fairly safe city but petty crimes are common, especially towards tourists. Be vigilant at all times and keep an eye on personal belongings. As a precaution, carry money and cards in a travel purse secured under your clothes or ensure bags are always zipped closed. It is not advisable to walk around at night, especially for solo female travellers. Uber and Taxify are reliable taxi services to transport you around the city. You can also ask your hotel to advise you on the safe zones within the city, which they will gladly point out.

There are no required vaccinations for entering South Africa, unless entering from a Yellow Fever region, in which case, a Yellow Fever certificate is required. Durban experiences hot, humid weather so a good sunblock and insect repellent is essential. Tap water is perfectly safe to drink and you can order a glass of water in restaurants at no charge. The city has excellent medical facilities and pharmacies where you’ll be able to purchase a wide range of products.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG DURBAN
Meal, inexpensive restaurant R 90 R 100 R 100
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 22 R 20 R 25
Cappuccino R 19 R 20 R 21
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10 R 12 R 14
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35 R 35 R 35

Where to stay?

The Durban city centre has a few options for bargain hunters, from backpackers dotted along the famous Florida Road and Morningside, to couch-surfing across the city. Mid-range forms of accommodation include beautiful guest houses, campsites and Airbnb’s. Budget backpackers cost between R150-R300 per person, while a little more luxury will set you back between R400-R600 a night.

You can find more upscale accommodation in the form of hotels and private beach houses. Some of the best areas to stay in are Umhlanga, Ballito and Margate – a stone’s throw from the golden beaches. For a quiet getaway, the Drakensberg Mountains are perfect for hiking and camping, boasting stunning views of the evergreen mountain ranges.

Wherever you choose to stay, Durban has many options to suit every taste and budget!

Getting Around

The best way to get around Durban is by car, which can be rented at the airport or in the city centre. International visitors opting to rent and drive themselves around will need an international driving license. If you do not have one, ensure you have your foreign driving license with a certified English translation (if required). Alternatively, you can make use of Uber or other registered taxi services to get around.

Minibus taxis are commonly spotted by their loud music, colourful façade and locals hanging out of the windows scouting for passengers. While these may seem fun to try, the drivers are often reckless and taxis overcrowded. The promenades and harbour strips are perfect for some lazy summer strolling, and if you get tired, you can take a rickshaw ride along the beachfront, enjoying the stunning sea views.

Main attractions in Durban

uShaka Marine World

uShaka Marine World

Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World

Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World

Durban Botanical Gardens

Durban Botanical Gardens

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