Durban is South Africa’s third largest city and unofficially recognized as its most easy-going. Miles of city beachfront and the warm Indian Ocean have created a relaxed, surfing, sea-loving and generally outdoorsy culture. Winters are warm and dry and the summers hot and humid, with afternoon thunderstorms and plenty of rain. It’s a green and hilly city, where the gardens and parks burst with subtropical plants. Laid-back ‘Durbs’ is a great place to hang out for a few days before heading off to explore the surrounding coast.
Highlights of the destination
Besides the many surfers, Durban is well-known for its thriving Indian community and you’ll find plenty of choices if you like a good curry. Bunny chow is a local specialty: your pick of curry served in fresh hollowed-out bread. Down by the sea, the Durban promenade runs for 6 km along the waterfront and includes the Golden Mile, a busy stretch of swimming beaches, cafes, water parks, and the 16-hectare uShaka Marine World.
Practical + driving advice about the destination (time needed)
To be near the center, find a hotel on North or South Beach just behind the Golden Mile, or head up the coast to the quieter, leafy suburbs of Durban North. A little further up the coast, you’ll find the beach hotels of Umhlanga, arguably Durban’s most popular seaside resort. You can get a good feel for Durban in a couple of days, before heading off to one of the beautiful towns up or down the coast.
If you would like to inquire about our 4×4 hire options, one of our consultants will readily assist with any questions you may have.