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Durban is the perfect balance between natural beauty and a vibrant electric city.

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Durban Travel Advice

where to stay in durban south africaIntroduction to Durban

Durban the biggest city situated in the KwaZulu-Natal province and is renowned for its miles of untouched beaches, abundant greenery and proximity to some of the country’s most majestic mountain ranges and wildlife areas. Hiring a vehicle in Durban is the best way to get out there and explore the kingdom of the Zulu.

KwaZulu-Natal is a massive province with a lot of ground to cover, hence it’s considered almost mandatory to rent a car.

With Drive South Africa’s vast experience in the Durban cheap car hire industry, this will be a breeze as you explore The Kingdom of the Zulu.

Best time to visit Durban

Durban could be one of the few cities in South Africa were visiting in the winter months may actually be more favourable as the summer months are notoriously known for being unbearably humid and hot. However, some of the mountainous areas of the province can experience some colder mornings and evenings even in summer.

No matter what time you visit Drive South Africa will have the cheapest car hire in Durban all year round.

Where to Stay in Durban


Morningside Durban

This is one of the more established areas in the city but also a destination where commerce, residential and entertainment are starting to merge. So naturally, this is a great place if you wish to have the best of everything on offer. Trendy Florida Road is littered with backpackers, guest houses and boutique hotels. Drive South Africa can help with a cheap car hire in Durban.

Umhlanga Rocks

This is an area for people wanting to be a little bit out of the manic CBD, but also be close enough to experience the action. Umhlanga is a beach community however it boasts some of the higher-end accommodation facilities in the region including the famed Oyster Box hotel.


Durban Ocean

Glenwood / Umbilo

Another old and established area, yet with an up and coming spirit, Glenwood is the café capital of the city and also boasts a wide range of guest houses and smaller hotels.


The Midlands are pretty much a gateway to the breathtaking Drakensberg Mountain range. The Midlands have a world of accommodation facilities to experience and driving through The Midlands Meander is one of the highlights of the KwaZulu-Natal province. Hiring a car for a midlands meander is a great way in which to experience this area which is one of the most picturesque in KZN.


The CBD of Durban has many hotels and holiday apartments, the most famous arguably being the prestigious Royal Hotel.


The Golden Mile of beaches in Durban has a world of accommodation facilities from five-star hotels to self-catering apartments. Navigating this stretch of urban beaches is easy once you have hired a cheap car with Drive South Africa.


Beachfront Durban

Around the Area

Durban’s Ushaka Marine World is a must for ocean life enthusiasts, as well as the Golden Mile of beaches which can be viewed from many of the high rise buildings in the CBD.

The famed Drakensberg Mountains are only two to three hours from Durban, but public transport is lacking so renting a car is ideal.

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Durban Beach Pier

Durban is also a stone’s throw away from other attractions in KwaZulu-Natal including the Midlands Meander, the Valley of a Thousand Hills or the untouched beaches and rolling hills of the North or South coasts of the region. Car rental Durban will put you in a great position to see all these amazing places. Therefore, hiring a car in Durban will make your experience a lot more pleasant.

Getting Around Durban

There is a lot to explore in Durban and KZN; however public transportation in many cases is not up to scratch with the other two major South African cities. So this is definitely something to bear in mind when venturing to the biggest city in KwaZulu-Natal.

By Renting a car in South Africa it will open up so many more opportunities to have your own adventure to put you in the power of your trip.

Once you arrive you’ll fall in love with the people, miles of desolate beaches, nature reserves and greenery and you’ll want to experience it all in your own time, so hiring a car is the only option to really experience Durban. With Drive South Africa’s cheap car rental options you cannot go wrong.

Hiring a car in Durban has never been easier when hiring a car with Drive South Africa. Getting around Durban using public transport can be tricky that is why it is a better option to hire a car with Drive South Africa to get the best value for your money.

If you need to hire a 4x4 in Durban you could always have at Drive South Africa range for the best prices for 4x4’s

Length of Stay for Durban

Durban compared to Johannesburg or Cape Town is a slightly smaller urban space, so exploring the central parts of the city will be quicker than other parts of the country.

However, KwaZulu-Natal is a big province with a lot on offer and a lot to explore, so if you’re wishing to make Durban your base to see what KZN has to offer, two weeks or more would be sufficient. This can be made easier by hiring a cheap car in Durban.

When hiring a car in Durban will open up opportunities that would not be possible if you do were to be taking public transport.

Beach Vibes in Durban

Beach Vibes in Durban

When heading to Durban it is a good idea to be in control and Drive South Africa can make that possible.

Hiring a cheap car in Durban is a great idea for a budgeted holiday.

What to Pack for Durban

Durban experiences warm weather all year round so if you are planning on travelling to only Durban warm clothes should suffice, although every now and then a cold front hits bringing in some storms and grey skies and rain.

However if you are planning on seeing more within KwaZulu-Natal packing a few warmer items is advisable especially if you’re planning on visiting the Drakensberg Mountains which gets a fair amount of snowfall during certain times of year.

Durban is lovely and when hiring a car in Durban you must make sure you rent a vehicle that will be able to accommodate all of your luggage.

Durban Car Hire

With so much to explore not only in Durban but throughout the entire KwaZulu-Natal region it would be inattentive to not hire a car as you would be denying yourself the full experience of South Africa’s warmest province.

When hiring a car in Durban you could also Durban International airport car hire if you are flying into Durban

Hiring a cheap car with Drive South Africa will make it possible to travel through some of the most scenic parts of this great part of South Africa.

By hiring a cheap car it will make travelling to Durban the best experince.

If you are heading up North, you could Hire a car in Johannesburg.

Durban Car Hire FAQ’s

Which car hire companies in Durban have updated COVID-19 Policies in terms of cleaning after use?

The car hire companies in Durban that are up to date with disinfecting their cars are Thrifty, Herts and Avis

How much will it cost to hire a car in Durban?

Hiring a car in Durban will cost around R304 a day.

Which car rental agency has the cheapest car rates in Durban?

The cheapest car Hire companies we found are, Bidvest(R179/day) Europcar Europcar(R232/day) and Thrifty (R263/day).

How much does a Mini car hire cost in Durban?

A Mini car hire in Durban will cost around R249 per day on average.

What is the most popular car hire car in Durban?

The Chevrolet Spark or something similar.

Which car hire agencies are in Durban Airport, King Shaka International (DUR)?

The car hire companies that operate in the airport is Eurocar, Thrifty, Bidvest, Herts, First Car, Tempest Car Hire, Avis, and Sixt

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