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

KwaZulu Natal Tourist AttractionsThe City of Durban

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.

Where? The City of Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Overnight? See Durban accommodation, in KwaZulu Natal

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.

Popular Towns in Durban

Athlone Park

Overnight? Accommodation in Athlone Park
Just 7.5 kilometres from Durban, along the south coast road, Athlone Park is one of the more upmarket northern suburbs of Amanzimtoti, just before the start of the Hibiscus Coast - a firm favourite with outdoor lovers. Athlone Park is...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Berea
The Berea suburb of Durban lies perched on the crest of a ridge above the city, an exclusive residential suburb, littered with an eclectic mix of architectural styles that include large Victorian, Edwardian, art deco and modern homes that bring...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Bluff
The headland known simply as “the Bluff” – a thick green belt that has a strong attraction for those who steer clear of the built-up beachside areas of Durban, Amanzimtoti and even Umhlanga Rocks - is a collection of suburbs that cover the stretch...

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Bothas Hill

Overnight? Accommodation in Bothas Hill
From the top of Botha’s Hill to the base of Cowies Hill, there is a drop of more than 500 metres in less than 22 kilometres - small wonder that the down run is such a challenge. Botha’s Hill was named such after Cornelius Botha who opened a...

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Brighton Beach

Overnight? Accommodation Brighton Beach
Better known as “the friendly suburb,” Brighton Beach on The Bluff is situated between Durban city centre and Durban International Airport, south of Durban and is renowned for its world famous surf spot “Cave Rock”, unspoilt beaches and tidal...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Chatsworth
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 and new architecture and...

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Cowies Hill

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The quiet, leafy suburb of Cowies Hill, just outside of Durban, is, despite being an upmarket and rather elite suburb, notorious as the last of the five murderous hills in the down-run of the Comrades Marathon. This part of the run is where...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Crestholme
Crestholme is a pretty area in the balmy province of KwaZulu-Natal. It offers an array of different areas, ranging from beautiful open plots (many of which are available for sale) to beautiful family smallholdings and holiday homes. It is charact...

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Durban Beachfront

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Practically every office and hotel block in the vicinity of the Durban Beachfront boasts a sea view and people head down here, particularly during the colder winter months when Gauteng and the Western Cape are each suffering their seasonal...

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Durban Central

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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 safe swimming in temperate...

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Durban North

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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 system and there are still...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Gillitts
Gillitts is a peaceful and relaxing suburb of Durban - many residents do a daily commute - and the humidity, for which Durban is renowned, seems to dissipate up here where the air feels clearer and the rolling green surrounds give the distinct...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Glenashley
North of the Umgeni River and the Blue Lagoon, which serves as the finish line for the exciting annual Duzi Canoe Marathon, the comfortable suburb of Glenashley is a place of family homes and secure complexes, excellent schools and a way of...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Glenmore
The quiet and leafy suburb of Glenmore, not to be confused with the beachside town of Glenmore Beach on the South Coast, lies south-west of the city centre of Durban, alongside the suburb of Glenwood, and down the ridge from the beautiful grounds...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Glenwood
Across the great yawning divide of Berea Road, a barrier of snob value particularly in the property market in Durban lies Glenwood - one of Durban’s oldest suburbs that extends from its colonial-style mansions near the university down to lower...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Greyville
Greyville lies just below the ridge of Durban on the flat, so to speak, just outside the city centre. On its southern edge are the Botanical Gardens, whilst its north is flanked by Morningside. Say the suburb name ‘Greyville’ to the average...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Hillcrest
Literally on a hill on a crest someway above Durban, Hillcrest was once a little hamlet that bordered on the Valley of a Thousand Hills, surrounded by green pastures and farmland. It was a retreat away from the hub of the city, somewhere one...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Kloof
Kloof, the Afrikaans word for ravine, lies some 25 kilometres from Durban - a leafy and green village perched 550 metres above sea level with a reputation for a tranquil lifestyle that offers a retreat from the sometimes enervating humidity of...

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Manor Gardens

Overnight? Accommodation Manor Gardens
Manor Gardens is a suburb in the capital city of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban. This is one of South Africa’s largest and busiest cities, home to the King Shaka International Airport and an almost endless variety of things to do and see. The airport...

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Overnight? 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 from a Cinderella complex...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Musgrave
The recent convenience or nuisance, depending on how you view it, of converting a section of Musgrave Road and its counterpart, the parallel Essenwood Road, to one-way traffic in either direction has eased the flow of traffic in this prestigious...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Pinetown
Regarded up until now as a predominantly light industrial town, and not particularly sought after as a residential suburb, Pinetown has had a somewhat subdued reputation. But things are changing and this suburb of Durban is gaining quite a...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Queensburgh
With the push for property moving prices well out of reach of the average South African, Queensburgh manages to provide affordable properties to first time buyers as well as more substantial homes for top of the market range purchasers, and its...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Sherwood
To the west of Durban, virtually around the corner from Westville, lies Sherwood, known as the little ‘garden suburb’. Sherwood has always had a green resonance particularly attributable to the number of nurseries and the wonderful gardens that...

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South Beach

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South Beach, as its name suggests, 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...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Sydenham
One of the more colourful neighbourhoods of Durban, Sydenham lies behind the ridge of the Berea, neighbouring on Sherwood, Sparks and Clare Hills. Obviously less fashionable than its counterparts on the ‘right’ side of the ridge, and without...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Umbilo
Umbilo is one of the vibrant suburbs of Durban, where it is summer almost all year round and locals celebrate practically any event with excellent food that has distinct Indian influences. The neighbourhoods surrounding Umbilo include...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Umhlanga
Hard to believe that Umhlanga, the buzzing residential, commercial and resort suburb just outside of Durban, was once a seaside resort town called Umhlanga Rocks. During the early seventies it merged with La Lucia to become what it is today...

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Umgeni Park

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Lying exactly where its name suggests it should be, the suburb of Umgeni Park is just north of the Umgeni River Bird Park and Riverside Road, adjacent to Durban North and inland from the Blue Lagoon. The area is popular, like a lot of the...

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Overnight? Accommodation in Westville
Lying between Sherwood and Pinetown, Westville is only 15 minutes’ from the city centre yet set amongst rolling hills, gardens peppered by meandering streams, and tree-lined streets that bring you even closer to attractions like the Pavilion shopping...

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Yellowwood Park

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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, as these may well indicate...

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Did you know?

South Africa’s third-largest city, Durban, is also arguably the country’s most laid back centre, by virtue of its sauna-like summer heat, and beach-centred culture - so if flipflops and shorts are your idea of attire, then you’re in the right place.

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