Flights to Durban (DUR)

Flights to Durban have increased in popularity as the city grows to rival Africa’s top destinations in beauty and culture.
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Durban, South Africa

What to do in Durban

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, it has places to grab a drink or snack. You can also take a tour with a bike rental company.

Golden Mile
St Helena Bay

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 neighborhood.

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

Watch sports at Moses Mabhida Stadium

This impressive stadium was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and now hosts concerts and T20 cricket matches as well as soccer 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 Isaiahntshangase Road
+27 31 582 8242

Catch a wave

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

Learn 2 Surf
+27 83 41 40 567

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 eager to explore shark behavior 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
KwaZulu Natal
+27 31 566 0400

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 nonprofit organization, the gallery offers plenty of community-oriented programs. The exhibition spaces are eclectic and host some fascinating works.

166 Bulwer Road
+27 31 277 1705

Where to eat in Durban

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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

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
+27 31 205 0217

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
+27 31 765 2256

Freedom Cafe (International)

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

34 St. Mary’s Avenue
+27 31 309 4434

Earthmother Organic (Vegan)

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

106 Bulwer Road
+27 31 202 1527

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
+27 31 312 8248

Places to stay in Durban

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Smith’s Cottage

Budget-friendly Smith's Cottage is popular with backpackers and self-catering travelers, 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
+27 31 564 6313

The Balmoral

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

125 O R Tambo Parade
+27 31 368 8220

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
+27 31 208 7630

The Concierge Boutique Bungalows

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

37-43 St Mary's Avenue
+27 31 309 4453

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
+27 31 303 4233

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 in. 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
+27 31 303 9520

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