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

  • 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.

  • 10%


    Durban Review

    Not the crime ridden place everyone makes it out to be if you ask me and stick to some basic good safety rules.

  • 80%


    Durban south Africa

    as long as ypu know were not to go then you are fine and feel safe here taxis are good and cheap the beach if clean with everything you need to spend a day or so there . we hired a car and went along the coast which was fun and gave back some freedom . went to wine bar called snaps which have good live music and food. some good malls close by with air con and enough shops to shop all day.

    Insider Tip:As long as you are careful Durban and the coast is an amazing and bauitiful place but i would hire a car and not go on the Baz bus

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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