Flights to Durban (DUR)

Durban has grown rapidly and is now one of Africa’s top destinations, thanks to both its cultural diversity and astonishing natural beauty.
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Durban, South Africa

What to do in Durban

Explore the Indian quarter

Durban boasts one of the largest Indian communities outside of the subcontinent. Notable for being the place where Gandhi spent part of his life, the Indian Quarter in Durban is full of great shops selling spices and clothes, especially the Victoria Street Market. The impressive Juma Masjid Mosque is also worth visiting while you're in the neighbourhood.

Victoria Street Market
151/155 Victoria Street
4037
+27 31 306 4021

Watch sport at Moses Mabhida Stadium

This impressive stadium was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and now hosts concerts, T20 cricket matches as well as football matches. You can take a tour or, if you’re in town when they are playing, watch Premier Soccer League team AmaZulu, which uses the stadium as its base.

44 Isaiah Ntshangase Road
4001
+27 31 582 8242
mmstadium.com

Stroll or bike the Golden Mile

The Golden Mile is always packed with walkers, runners and cyclists taking advantage of the wide walkway and the views, with beach lovers making the most of the Indian Ocean. Located on the edge of the city’s business district, there are places to grab a drink or snack. You can also take a tour with a bike rental company.

Golden Mile
St Helena Bay
7390

Visit KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts

With more than 100 years of history, this well-respected gallery showcases the talent of local and international artists. As a non-profit organisation there are plenty of community-orientated programmes. The exhibition spaces are eclectic and host some fascinating works.

166 Bulwer Road
Glenwood
+27 31 277 1705
kznsagallery.co.za

Catch a wave

Solid swells mean it’s no surprise surfing in Durban is massively popular. There are lots of great beaches in the city including Bay of Plenty and New Pier, while the north has spots such as Ballito or Umhlanga. If you have never tried surfing or want to improve, book a lesson with a company like Learn 2 Surf.

Learn 2 Surf
4001
+27 83 41 40 567
learn2surf.co.za/surfschools_durban

Take a KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board boat tour

The KwaZulu Natal coastline is protected by shark nets for the safety of swimmers. While this is great for beachgoers, the KZN Sharks Board is also keen to explore shark behaviour and ensure these measures have little impact on other marine life. For a fascinating insight, book a boat tour with the crew that monitors the nets.

1a Herrwood Drive
Umhlanga
KwaZulu Natal
4319
+27 31 566 0400
shark.co.za

Where to eat in Durban

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Glenwood Bakery (Bakery)

Boasting some of the best bread and pastries in the city, Glenwood Bakery is the place to hang out on a Saturday morning with the locals. Their creative loaves sell out quickly though, so get there early to claim yours. Sit back with a coffee and enjoy their extra special cheese croissants.

398 Esther Roberts Road
Glenwood
4001
+27 31 205 0217
glenwoodbakery.co.za

Earthmother Organic (Vegan)

If you're vegan or vegetarian, you'll be delighted by this natural concept where the flavours do all the talking. Wraps, raw desserts and fresh juices fill a menu that fits nicely with the relaxed garden seating.

482 Lilian Ngoyi Road (Windermere)
Morningside
4083
+27 31 202 1527
facebook.com/Earthmother-Organic

Curry Okies (Indian)

This place has some of the best examples of ‘bunny chow’ in town, and the Indian flatbreads are also worth a try. Perfect for a quick bite on the go, Curry Okies is quickly gaining a loyal following of fast food fans.

Shop 135 Oxford Village
Old Main Road
Hillcrest
3650
+27 31 765 2256

Butcher Boys (Steakhouse)

Locals flock here to sample the best steak in the city. The Butcher’s Combo section of the menu is ideal if you're feeling indecisive, while the toppings, sauces and sides are another reason to rejoice in this meat eater’s haven.

170 Florida Road
Morningside
4001
+27 31 312 8248
butcherboysgrill.co.za

Freedom Cafe (International)

Set in a converted cargo container, you can tell straight away that the designers have put a lot of effort into making this cafe a hotspot. The pulled meats are a great choice for a hearty lunch but if you're not hungry, sit outside with one of their fantastic coffees.

34 St. Mary’s Avenue
Greyville
4001
+27 31 309 4434
tastefreedom.co.za

Harvey’s (South African)

A staple of Durban’s dining scene for more than 20 years, Harvey’s still delights with its creative dishes and theatrical interior. The award-winning restaurant serves up treats such as seafood casserole in a truffle cream, and the lounge is a trendy destination. Expect celebrity sightings and well-heeled folk.

Shop 13
Umhlanga Centre
189 Ridge Road
+27 31 561 4977
harveysrestaurant.co.za

Places to stay in Durban

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Browns B&B

Ideal for an extended stay, this four-star bed and breakfast has four beautifully appointed and spacious suites. It’s also useful for short business trips when you need a more personal touch. The owners arrange intimate boutique weddings at the property.

132 Gladys Mazibuko Road
Berea
4001
+27 31 208 7630

The Concierge Boutique Bungalows

Tucked away in the suburbs, this property is full of surprises. Beneath the listed 1920s facade are 12 modern and well-designed rooms. Try the Freedom Cafe in the leafy courtyard, which serves lovely eggs benedict for breakfast.

36-42 St Mary's Avenue
Morningside
Greyville
4001
+27 31 309 4453
the-concierge.co.za

African Pride Audacia Manor

African Pride is a restored colonial mansion with views of the ocean and the Golden Mile. Hang out at the impressive pool or choose a room with a Jacuzzi to unwind. With its old-school charm and service, plus modern facilities like the Ascot Conference Room, this is South African hospitality at its best.

11 Sir Arthur Road
Morningside
4001
+27 31 303 9520

The Balmoral

If you're after character and some old-school charm, you should consider The Balmoral. It doesn't have many modern touches and facilities but its warmth more than makes up for it. Set on the beach, it’s part of the Golden Mile, and breakfasts on the terrace are the perfect way to start the day.

125 O R Tambo Parade
4000
+27 31 368 8220
raya-hotels.com

The Benjamin

With its convenient setting near a multitude of shops and restaurants, this beautifully presented boutique hotel is perfect for foodies and shoppers. The rooms are spacious and classically done, plus there's Wi-Fi throughout the property – a bit of a rarity in the city.

141 Florida Road
Morningside
4001
+27 31 303 4233
benjamin.co.za/benjaminhotel

Smith’s Cottage

Budget-friendly Smith's Cottage is popular with backpackers and self-catering travellers, thanks to its clean rooms, quiet setting and pleasant owners. It's not a typically rowdy hostel; you will be able to relax while gaining invaluable local knowledge from owners Pat and Keith.

5 Mount Argus Road
Umgeni Heights
4051
+27 31 564 6313
smithscottage.8m.com

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