Durban is an extraordinary city, the most culturally diverse in Southern Africa, with a rich and colorful history and a vibrant and wonderful present. With a population of 3 million, Durban is the biggest and busiest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban features vastly different coastal regions and landscapes, with the most spectacular mountain range in the country and the oldest game reserve in Africa not far away.
Known as Africa’s Sports Capital Durban has a rich history of hosting International Sports Events, including the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Rugby and Cricket World Cup tournaments. Durban will be the host City of the Commonwealth Games in 2022 which our Government has confirmed will be used as the forerunner to a future Durban Olympic Bid.
It is also known as the friendliest city in South Africa thanks to the great warmth and openness of its people and the laid-back lifestyle that everyone here enjoys. Durban’s climate is sub-tropical, with warm wet summers, mild frost-free winters, and an average daytime temperature of between 20°C and 25°C. Perfect.
Durban’s beaches seem to stretch on forever. Glorious sandy beaches that disappear into the Indian Ocean where the water (even in winter) has an average temperature of 19˚C. Durban is a magnet for sun worshippers and surfers and has been listed as one of the world’s top 10 family beach holiday destinations by Lonely Planet’s Travel With Children.
There are shark nets in the sea off the main beaches and the latter are patrolled from sunrise to sunset by lifeguards. Durban’s beachfront has a long Promenade that is ideal for long walks and bike rides. Extending from uShaka Beach in the south to Country Club Beach in the north, Durban’s beachfront Promenade offers visitors an uninterrupted 10 km of breathtaking sea views, as well as a wide selection of restaurants and pubs, open-air entertainment and nearby craft markets.
THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING TO DO IN DURBAN
Long lazy days spent on the beach. Sultry nights outdoors breathing in the salty sea air. Get togethers with friends in restaurants that offer the best in seafood, curries, steaks or traditional African fare. A wealth of nightclubs and bars.
Heritage trails where you can see where Mahatma Gandhi lived, where Nelson Mandela cast his historic vote in South Africa’s first democratic elections, experience township life, or gain some insight into Zulu culture.
Some of the biggest shopping malls in the Southern Hemisphere. Art galleries. Arts and crafts markets. Concerts. Mountain biking. Birding. Kite surfing. Durban has it all.
KwaZulu-Natal is the only province in South Africa that gives you the complete African experience.
Lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles and other African wildlife. Some of the highest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. Some of the best dive sites in the world. One of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Africa where there are 500 known sites of San rock art, and dinosaur eggs. Waterfalls, gorges, rivers. Battlefields. And, of course, one of the most fascinating and proud cultural groups in Africa – the Zulus.