Durban, KwaZulu Natal
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Bustling Durban is the hub of the province’s business and industry and pulses with all the energy of a major port city. Luxury hotels abound on Durban’s beachfront, and this city is often referred to as South Africa’s Miami Beach.
Durban is one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the world. Its port is the busiest in South Africa and also one of the 10 largest in the world. Durban is blessed with balmy weather all year round, making it a perfect holiday paradise. The beachfront is bordered by five star hotels and luxury apartments, all of which have an idyllic view of the Indian Ocean.
The Central Business District, a hive of activity, is within easy reach of all hotels and convention venues. If however, you wish to travel further afield, there is a very competent public transport system running throughout Durban, as well as an abundance of taxis. Durban is a major gateway to Africa and is also the largest and busiest port city on the continent. Due to this, there is an extensive road network leading to and from any destination in South Africa. Durban International Airport, is only a 10 minute drive from the City and is serviced daily by domestic flights, as well as international flights. The International Convention Centre, centrally located, is an innovative, world class convention centre which can cater for conferences of up to 5000 people.
Durban is a sporting paradise. The sunny climate combined with a wealth of facilities makes for a year round sporting extravaganza. Watersports such as surfing, body boarding, sailing and scuba diving are obvious favourites given Durban's proximity to the warm Indian Ocean. Rugby, soccer and cricket are also very popular with Durban boasting world class stadia for all major sports.
Destinations / Towns & Suburbs of Durban
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Brighton Beach
Brighton beach, regarded along with Anstey’s as the main beach on the Bluff of Durban, lies roughly halfway between Durban’s city centre and the Durban International Airport south of Durban, give or take a couple of ... Brighton Beach information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Durban Central
One of Durban's biggest inner-city suburbs just south of the city centre, Chatsworth is a growing, vibrant and cosmopolitan home to over 450 000 people that extends over some 64 different suburbs in a mish mash of old ... Chatsworth information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Durban Beachfront
‘Durbs by the sea’ as South Africans have referred to Durban for years is essentially all about her beaches. Practically every office and hotel block in the vicinity of the Durban Beachfront boasts a sea view and people ... Durban Beachfront information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Durban Central
The vibrant city of Durban - an eclectic fusion of cultures, architectural styles that blend old side by side with new, traditional rickshaws, bunny chows and curry, Indian markets, beautiful sandy beaches that offer ... Durban Central information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Durban North
Just 15 minutes north of the city of Durban, on the northern side of the Umgeni River Mouth, is the upmarket area of Durban North and Umhlanga. Most of this beautiful part of the world was once a coastal dune forest ... Durban North information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Morningside
Morningside, a large gentrified suburb of Durban that spreads from the lower end of the ridge overlooking Durban to just above the Greyville Racecourse in lower Morningside, may have suffered somewhat in recent years ... Morningside information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in South Beach
South Beach lies to the south of central Durban, midway between North Beach and Ushaka Marine World on the beach front of the city. South Beach's access to Durban's Harbour is good, all that separates the two is a railway ... South Beach information
Where to Stay: Durban Accommodation
The first thing that strikes you about the leafy garden suburb of Yellowwood Park, just 14 kilometres from Durban, is that the majority of the roads are named after birds - Lark Lane, Kestrell Road, Wren Way - and that, ... Yellowwood Park information
Featured and "Must See" Attractions in Durban
The Sharks Board gives the opportunity to watch a spectacular 30 minute audio-visual presentation which captures the drama of the ocean as they carry out their daily servicing of shark nets, or watch a shark dissection. You can also visit the display hall and view a variety of lifelike replicas of sharks, fish and rays. more information
uShaka Marine World in Durban is a world-class entertainment and tourism destination. At the end of Durban's Golden Mile is the beginning of uShaka Marine World - spanning over 15 hectares of prime beach front, uShaka Marine World is Africa's largest Marine Theme park. uShaka incorporates fresh and sea ... more information
Burman Bush, as the nature reserve is more commonly known in Durban, is 55 hectares of what remains of coastal forest in the heart of Morningside. Its value lies in the knowledge that little has changed in this patch of forest since 1850. Everything around it, however, has altered as forest has been ... more information
The Durban Botanical Gardens are famous for the original specimen of a Cycad (Encephalartos woodii) that is still widely acknowledged as probably the rarest plant in the world, as well as for its extensive collection of South African Cycad species. A highlight of the Gardens is the Orchid House which ... more information
Tthe Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife in Durban situated in Yellowwood Park, is principally a hospital that looks after the injured and orphaned wild animals and birds in KwaZulu-Natal, most of them (as many as 90%) because of human negligence. Rehabilitation takes time for those animals that don't ... more information
Built to commemorate the new millennium on the Bluff headland near the entrance to Durban's harbour, the Millenium Tower is not officially a lighthouse, nor does it fall under the National Ports Authority. However, when lit up at night it is a truly impressive sight, and ships use it as a landmark. The Tower does ... more information
The Durban Natural Science Museum is dedicated to the earth, it's history, it future, its life and the life forms that live and have lived on it. The worldly home of this historic earth collection is housed in a 2200m² interior of Durban City Hall (pictured) which although historic in its own standing ... more information
Durban's Victoria Embankment, also known as the Esplanade, and now more offically renamed Margaret Mncadi Avenue, is one of the major landmarks of the city. It runs part of the length of the harbour, apartment and office buildings on one side, and the water on the other. Despite its name ... more information
The beautiful Emmanuel Cathedral is part of Durban's landscape, tucked rather snuggly into Cathedral Street against the prominent flyover of the N3 highway just as it descends into the centre of town and the dual streets of Pine and Dr A B Xuma - one up and one down. Hard to believe that when the ... more information
Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve lies just next to Yellowwood Park in Durban, an extension of the D'Moss green lung in the south western parts of Yellowwood Park. The 253 hectare Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve is regarded as one of the finest coastal / riverine forest and bush clump / grassland mosaic ... more information
Located in KwaZulu Natal in the beautiful City of Durban, Moses Mabhida Stadium is named after a hero of the working class. The Moses Mabhida Stadium is located adjacent the ABSA Stadium in the Kings Park Sporting Precinct - a site located in Stamford Hill, is a world class multi-purpose stadium set to make possible ... more information
Designed and built in an old quarry site on the banks of the Umgeni River, just 10 minutes outside Durban, the Umgeni River Bird Park is one of the greatest attractions of the city. Walk-through aviaries, birds out on perches, wonderful green vegetation, some amazing waterfalls and rock faces all combine to ... more information
Durban's beaches are characterised by soft, golden sand, palm trees and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The main beaches are shark netted and patrolled from sunrise to sunset by trained lifeguards who have an impressive track record in beach safety. The main beaches also have changing ...
Flanked by luxury hotels and apartment blocks, the Golden Mile skirts the main beaches and the Indian Ocean. Attractions include an amusement centre, paddling pools, paved walkways, gardens and fountains. Funworld, with its bumper cars, roundabouts and hurdy-gurdy machines, is a firm favourite with the ...
Say the suburb name ‘Greyville’ to the average Durbanite, and you will discover it is virtually synonymous with the Durban July and Durban’s first and longest running sports venue - the Greyville Racecourse. The Durban July is comparable to Britain’s Royal Ascot - high fashion, exciting horse racing ... more information
KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra
Widely regarded as Africa's premier orchestra, the KZNPO's commitment to musical excellence has been the driving force behind the myriad of live concerts given annually, as well as a comprehensive education and development programme that is an essential resource for aspiring musicians in South Africa.
Right in the centre of Chatsworth stands an open public space known as Gandhi Centenary Park. It lies across a street block; a beautiful breathing space in the midst of a humming and commercial neighbourhood, and across the road from the local police station. Through the Gandhi Park flows a water course ... more information
The Hare Krishna temple, known as the Sri Sri Radhanath Temple of Understanding, is found in the largely Indian area of Chatsworth roughly 20 kilometres south of the city of Durban. It is one of the major tourist attractions when in Durban and for a couple of very obvious reasons. One is the incredible architecture ... more information
The two-storey building that is the Victoria Street Market, with under cover parking below, is a top-to-bottom array of clothing, leather goods, jewellery and the odd Indian spice shop. But if you are looking for the Indian bed throws, cushion covers and lightweight blouses this is no longer the place to ... more information
In the heart of the Victoria Embankment (now known as Margaret Mncadi Avenue) stands the Vasco da Gama Clock, there to memorialise Vasco Da Gama's first sighting of Durban, which happened on the eve of Christmas in 1497 (Natal is derived from the Portuguese word for Christmas). It was given to ... more information
Springside Nature Reserve is found in the midst of suburban Hillcrest, a wonderful 21 hectare reserve that lies on both sides of a little stream along which there is a lovely little walk that takes one through sections of forest. Aside from its obvious value to the residents of Hillcrest, a ... more information
The Shongweni dam and nature reserve is classically beautiful. Get there early enough – the reserve lies only forty minutes' from Durban – add a little early morning mist to the equation, and the side of the dam, mountains in the background, simply validate the reason that this reserve is a national ... more information
You'll find the Shongweni Resource Reserve roughly halfway between Durban and Pietermarizburg, off the N3 and on Route 6 of the 1000 Hills Experience. Its setting is a mixture of grassland and river valley and its sell factor is that you can see any number of game – rhino, zebra, giraffe, kudu ... more information
The Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve is small at only 26 hectares, but the trails are stunning and lead through dune forest, across the lagoon and onto the beach. At the lagoon mouth are the remains of a Stone Age sea shell midden. The entrance gates lie just beyond the ... more information
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