Where to stay & things to do in
Durban South Africa Holidays 2023 & 2024
The beautiful city of Durban is one of South Africa‘s most picturesque and idyllic holiday destinations. Situated on the east coast overlooking the Indian Ocean, Durban is the perfect getaway for those seeking golden beaches, incredible food and adventures that you’ll remember for a lifetime.
Renowned for its subtropical weather, there's something to do all year round when you visit Durban. With its bustling city life similar to Johannesburg to its Cape Town seaside feel, there's plenty of relaxation and activities for everyone.
Durban has some of the most beautiful and cascading cliffs in all of South Africa. The Drakensberg Mountain range has some of the most spectacular views and natural beauty, with peaks that rise to over 3000 meters high. There are many different hiking trails to walk along, allowing you to explore some of the most exquisite landscapes in the city.
Durban Harbour is the biggest harbour in South Africa and is an incredible 21km-wide. Take a relaxing boat cruise, explore the port, or have an early start with the Sharks Board crew and watch as they check and tend to the shark nets.
As the fourth largest harbour in the Southern Hemisphere, you'll even find uShaka Marine World, a marine theme park, as well as the largest aquarium in the Southern Hemisphere. With an open-air shopping complex, reptile house, lazy river, underwater tunnels and dolphin shows, uShaka Marine World is the perfect day out for all the family.
The nightlife in Durban is bright, vibrant and exciting. The atmosphere is buzzing as the streets begin to fill with people from all different walks of life. Florida Road in Morningside is a popular spot with tourists and has a vast choice of restaurants, bars, pubs and nightclubs.
Suppose you want to sample some authentic Durban cuisine. In that case, you'll find bunny chow in most restaurants in the city. Made with a quarter loaf of bread that is hollowed out and filled with your desired curry, Kota, as it is known, has been a delicacy in Durban since the 1940s.
Look no further if you like your curry with a bit more heat! Home to some of the fieriest curries out there. However, Durban has much more to offer than just curry-based dishes. With biryanis and pilaus on the menu and an array of recipes that have been crafted and perfected over time, you’re sure to satisfy any appetite.
The I Heart Market has been operating for over 12 years and showcases some of the finest locally produced jewellery, clothing and deli goods. Browse the local vendors, grab a bite to eat and enjoy the live music. The I Heart Market is open to people of all ages, old and young, families and even dogs.
Thanks to its tropical climate, Durban is the perfect sunshine getaway all year round and boasts a staggering 320 days of sunshine annually. The winters are short, with the coldest month being July. During this time, temperatures can drop to around 11°C but reach 23°C. April to September are the best months to visit Durban. Temperatures range from around 14°C to 25°C, rainfall is at its lowest, and the skies are blue and mostly sunny.
Some quick facts
- Time Difference
English, Afrikaans and Xhosa
South African Rand (ZAR)
- Flight Info
12+h flight time from UKDurban International airport (AFB)There are no direct flights from the UK it would be a minimum of 1 stop. Qatar airways, Egypt air and Emirates.