Durban South Africa is arguably the number one holiday location in South Africa with its blue seas, overwhelming impressive beaches, entertainment that cuts across all and a great selection of hotels/attractions.
Durban, the city of bay/lagoon is the third largest city in South Africa, within “the garden” province KZN (KwaZulu-Natal). Durban is the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa, with a population of over 3 million.
It is the second most populous urban area in the country. This rich city with the highest number of millionaires in the country blossoms with confidence and great potential, in addition to the massive investment put in for the 2010 World Cup.
If you are looking for a hot and humid summer or a warm and dry winter location, then Durban is the place to be! With a humid subtropical climate, the average temperature in summer ranges around 24 °C (75 °F) and an average temperature in winter of about 17 °C (63 °F). The rainy season is usually expected in summer, from early November all through to mid-April.
In all, Durban easily averages about 320 days of sunshine a year. The seemingly endless humid summers are hot and winters are warm and sunny.
For most people the best time to visit is between autumn and spring when there’s less humidity and temperatures are lower.
Accommodation in Durban
Durban is a city with a wide range of accommodation options for citizens and foreigners to suit all needs and budget. With options from hotels, guest houses, bed & breakfast, self catering apartments/ suites/ villas and lots more from as low as USD 11 (ZAR 150) to as high as USD 400 (ZAR 5,379) per night.
Some parts of Durban suffer serious fresh water supply shortage as the city is surrounded by salt water, though there are plans to begin desalinating seawater for drinkable quality tap water.
Hotels in Durban
Hotels in Durban range from the cheap to downright expensive. Being a city that caters to the needs of both the rich and the poor, it is quite easy to get the perfect hotel for your taste and budget without much fuss.
To help you make that choice also, there are a number of sites you can go to that will make your search quite easy. The site gives you the prices for each hotel and gives you reasons why you should stay there. Reasons such as the attraction centres around the hotel and the luxuries you’ll enjoy for staying at any particular hotel.
Such sites include Tripadvisor, Hotels.com, bookings.com, Hotelscombined.com, etc.
Things to do in Durban
- uShaka Marine World
uShaka Marine world is not just the home to one of the largest aquariums location in the world with a huge collection of sharks/ marine animals and exhibits. It also houses a verity of top restaurants, a shopping centre and a flow of various freshwater rides to make your world go round! With themed parks such as Wet & Wild, Sea World, Village Walk, uShaka Kids World, uShaka Beach & Dangerous Creatures, uShaka offers a secure and clean environment for that perfect family outing.
- City Tour
Experience the city of Durban on a three hour Ricksha bus, showing you Durban’s best attractions on a double-decker open roof bus. Sites along this route includes: The uShaka Marine World, beachfront, Burman Bush, Blue Lagoon and lots more.
There are a number of interesting museums such as the local History Museum, The Art Museum, Camera Museum, Africana Museum, Natural Science Museum and lots more.
- Durban Beach Experience
Durban is famous for its water lifestyle, from clubbing on top of the wave at the uShaka Moyo Pier, to Yachting from the harbour, kayaking at Umgeni River, jet skiing at Blue Lagoon and wining and dining at the Wilson’s Wharf. Surfers love Durban for its awesome waves, The Golden Mile bike hires provide the best tour and experience of the Durban Beachfront.
- Parks and Gardens
The Umgeni Bird Park allows visitors on walkways to view indigenous and exotic birds at close range. The Snake Park on the beach front has a large display of reptiles from all over the world. The Durban Botanical Gardens are internationally known for subtropical plants, orchids and their rare collection of cycads. The Japanese Gardens have an enchanting atmosphere and displays of flowers, ponds and oriental designs, just to highlight a few.
- The Swing
The Big Rush Big Swing at the Moses Mabhida Stadium is the world’s only stadium swing and the largest swing of any kind, as confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records. Jump into the void 106 metres above the pitch and swing out in a huge 220 metres arc under the iconic arch.
Blessed with warm water, robust waves and seemingly endless stretches of sandy beaches, you’ll soon understand why Durban (eThekwini) is everyone’s favourite seaside playground.
Durban’s beaches lie along a stretch of golden sand known locally as the Golden Mile. From Blue Lagoon’s fishing spot to the sunken Vetch’s Pier, a host of flats and sandy beaches invite visitors to set down umbrellas and towels and while away hours in the sun.
Warm and sunny 320 days a year, Durban’s beaches offer public amenities, protective shark nets, beacons to indicate safe bathing, and lifeguards on duty for most of the day.
Major beaches you can enjoy include:
- Addington beach.
- North Beach.
- South Beach.
The Durban map shows how best to navigate the city to best explore places of attractions and to know how to coordinate accommodation and movement in the best way that saves time. The city is located in central east of the country at the coast of the Indian Ocean, so the map tells you what is where and who is what.