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Greater Durban, KwaZulu Natal

Greater Durban, KwaZulu Natal
Greater Durban, KwaZulu Natal

Once you've booked your hotel in Durban or Durban accommodation, explore our destination pages below for info on attractions, events and what to do in Durban.

The Durban Metro is more than just the city of Durban with its natural harbour, busy port and Golden Mile of impressive international hotels and glorious beaches - regarded as the definitive coastal ‘playground in the sun’.

Rather, Durban Metro is a region that extends up to Umhlanga Rocks to the north, to Inchanga and Botha's Hill in the west, and just beyond Yellowwood Park in the south.

Some of the areas and suburbs it includes are the likes of Glenashley, Hillcrest, Queensburgh, Westville, Glenwood, Greyville, Kloof, La Lucia, Morningside, Sherwood, Sydenham and the city of Durban itself. Durban Metro offers a diverse and interesting collection of things to do and attractions in and around the third largest city in South Africa, with a climate that arguably places it in top position for all year-round accessibility.

Durban is the epitome of East meets West, where a strong Indian influence translates into some of the finest curries in the country; where mosques stand alongside historical Victorian buildings, and all is united by a profusion of subtropical indigenous and exotic trees, shrubs and flowers that need little persuasion to grow effusively.

The outdoors is a major focus and Durban Metro not only boasts the warm Indian Ocean and various water-focused theme parks, like uShaka Marine World, it also functions as the gateway to two World Heritage sites – the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park and the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park.

Just beyond its boundaries, Durban Metro boasts the beautiful Dolphin Coast, and the historical Battlefields, whilst closer to home are the Valley of a Thousand Hills, the Kranzkloof Nature Reserve, and the little towns of Kloof and Hillcrest.

Greater Durban

Destinations / Regions of Greater Durban

The City of Durban

Where to Stay: Durban Accommodation

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 ... durban city information

Umhlanga Coast

Where to Stay: Umhlanga Coast Accommodation

Only a short drive from Durban, the Umhlanga Coastline begins more or less at the landmark lighthouse that dominates Umhlanga’s beach. From here, the long, sandy beaches are a cosmopolitan collection of white hotel ... umhlanga coast information

Valley of 1000 Hills

Where to Stay: Valley of 1000 Hills Accommodation

The Valley of 1000 Hills Route is one of KwaZulu Natal's best kept secrets. The Valley of a 1000 Hills forms around the majestic valley created by the Mngeni River and it's tributaries. Many artists and crafters have ... valley of 1000 hills information

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Featured and "Must See" Attractions in Greater Durban

uShaka Marine World

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

Durban Harbour

Durban Harbour is a natural harbour that still resembles the original bay’s shape. It is said that Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, discovered the bay in 1497. Soon, it became a major point of access that was conveniently located between Algoa Bay and Maputo Bay. Today, visitors to Durban Harbour can look forward... more information

Gateway Theatre of Shopping

Gateway Theatre of Shopping is one of Africa's largest super regional retail destinations. Features: Barnyard Theatre, Ster Kinekor cinema, Cinema Nouveau, IMAX, rock climbing wall, artificial waves, skateboard park, Woolworths, Edgars, Truworths, Game, Exclusive Books, Musica, over 30 ... more information

Gandhi Centenary Park

Right in the centre of Chatsworth, or Chazzies - a former township from the apartheid era that is today transformed into a thriving, predominantly Indian, community - stands an open public space known as Gandhi Centenary Park. Gandhi Centenary Park lies across a street block; a beautiful... more information

Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

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

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve

Situated only 4 kilometres from the centre of Kloof, this nature reserve was established by the Natal Parks Board in 1950 and boasts an abundance of wildlife. Krantzkloof Nature reserve offers spectacular views across the well forested gorge cut by the Molweni River. Most of the Krantzkloof Nature reserve's ... more information

Moses Mabhida Stadium

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

Springside Nature Reserve

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

Shongweni Nature Reserve

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

Shongweni Resources Reserve

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

Temple of Understanding

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... more information

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Featured Things To Do in Greater Durban

Witness the Mount Moreland Swallows

Where: Umdloti
How much (per person): Donations appreciated

Witness the spectacle of the Mount Moreland Swallows: Enjoy an evening picnic or a few sundowners at the Lake Victoria Conservancy in Mount ... more information

Rickshaw Ride along the Beachfront

Where: Durban Beachfront
How much (per person): R1 to R100

There are only about twenty registered rickshaw-pullers in Durban. They are well known for their magnificent head-dresses adorned with beads ... more information

Family Fun at Fantasy Forest

Where: Umhlanga
How much (per person): On Request

Great fun and entertainment for the whole family (Kids of all ages!) at Fantasy Forest at Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Here you can enjoy Te ... more information

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Holiday Accommodation in Greater Durban

For accommodation in Greater Durban see:
DurbanValley of 1000 HillsUmhlangaUmhlanga Coast.

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Accommodation in Durban City

For accommodation in Durban itself see:
Berea Bluff Brighton Beach Cowies Hill Durban Beachfront Durban Central
Durban North Glenashley Glenmore Glenwood Kloof Morningside
Musgrave Pinetown Point Waterfront South Beach Umgeni Park Westville

Or to see all accommodation visit Durban and Durban Hotels.

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On you'll find plenty of South Africa accommodation options. We've also listed nearby activities for any town or city in which you plan to stay. And the big bonus is that you deal directly with the venues - no fees involved. With eight world heritage sites, a multitude of game reserves and national parks, over 1350 ha of national botanical gardens, and exotic combinations of landscapes, people, history and culture, South Africa offers the traveller a unique and inspiring experience. Enjoy your stay in Greater Durban!
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