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.
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.
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 make an inquiry about affordable car rental in Durban, one of our consultants will readily assist with any questions you may have.