City Guide Durban, South Africa

Visiting Durban

This city is a mecca for surfers due to the long surf beach which runs alongside the city. Initially it was only white tourists who travelled here during the summer for sun but nowadays visitors tend to be more mixed race and over 40% of the population are of Indian decent.

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Durban Podcasts

Durban - Gateway to Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve

Located approximately 2.5 hours from Durban, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is the oldest game reserve in Africa. Here you can see elephant, rhino, buffalo and more. In this podcast Hostelworld.com's Colm Hanratty speaks to Charl Koen of Extreme Nature Tours to find out about the park, what you can expect to see and much more.

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Durban Videos

Durban - a video postcard

Get a taste of Durban with our video postcard. See attractions such as the Moses Mabhida Stadium, uShaka Marine World and more.

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Durban Pocket Guide

Durban Pocket Guide

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Durban City Reviews

  • 90%


    Nice beach city and party vibe!

    Durban is a city which have a very good climate, and nice beaches. During the night, a pretty fun party vibe!

  • 80%


    Take a breather near the beach

    I really liked the chilled out vibe of Durban, you can spend time at the beach or head for a night out or browse around the town markets. It's extremely ethnically diverse in comparison to other parts of South Africa which feel a bit separated. I wouldn't spend my whole trip here but nice for a couple of days.

    Insider Tip:Take a trip to the Mutti (sp?) African Medicine market hidden away next to the side of the main market in town

  • 50%


    Beaches only

    I would not stay in Durban if I chose it again. There is nothing to see except the beaches. The streets in city centre are unsafe and I was robbed by some black people. No one offers help when we shouted "help". The taxi driver even charged us high when we requested to go to Police station. A cleansing staff in the toilet of the airport sought tips from me and even tried to stop me from leaving. This really gave me a very negative impression on this city.

  • 70%


    Big city, different sides.

    Durban is huge and run down, there are nice areas but you'll be better of heading to one of the northern or souther beaches.

    Insider Tip:Lock your car while driving in the CBD.

  • 60%


    Rainy Season

    It was very nice to walk out if the weather is nice! March/April are the rainy season and the weather changes a lot. Lots water activities around the beach area.

South Africa: Itinerary

In terms of travelling, South Africa is one of the most diverse countries in the world. You can leave a bustling city and then seek refuge beside a tranquil beach before heading off into the wilds of the game parks on safari.

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