Holidays to Durban, South Africa

Warm blue waters, an immense stretch of golden sandy coastline and a buzzing music scene are just some of the things that put Durban on the map. With a revamped waterfront and hot, sunny summers, you could say that Durban is ideal for a beach holiday. Surfers come from far and wide to ride the warm waves of the Golden Mile, and there’s a definite laidback feel for all those lovers of sand, sea and sun. But you don’t need to go far to scratch the surface of this complex, enigmatic and exciting city.

Culturally, you’ll find big Indian influences in Durban, which instantly sets it apart from other South African cities. Along the energetic harbour and downtown there’s a true fusion of cultures, giving the curious traveller plenty to explore. Join a city tour with local guides to the local African and Indian markets to immerse yourself in the different communities that make up the city’s dynamic cultural mix. Or spend a different day in the upmarket cafés and beachside hotels nestled in the northern suburbs.

Adventurous types will have little trouble finding new ways to challenge their taste buds thanks to a heady array of traditional curries and barbecue eateries downtown. As an aperitif, try out some of the locally brewed beers or spirits found in almost every local eatery and bar. From those thumping nightlife venues, you can experience the beats from homegrown DJs and musicians, playing sets made to keep you moving until the small hours.

For a bit of R&R post-partying, Durban has leafy spaces and quiet urban oases perfect for the worn and weary. Explore the rose gardens at Jameson Park and the Botanic Gardens for starters. Or head along to a museum to delve into Durban’s eclectic history. From snazzy hotels, to budget beachside B&Bs, and beautiful little apartments, you’ll have more than a few options when it comes to finding somewhere to lay your head too.


  • Surf the waves along the Golden Mile or laze on the sunny beach

  • Explore a fascinating mix of cultures and visit one the spice markets

  • Eat a Bunny chow - a traditional Durban Indian dish

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Durban Trip Ideas

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