Situated on the eastern seaboard of Africa, Durban is a coastal city built around one of the busiest ports in Africa. Enjoying a year-round subtropical climate, Durban is known as ‘the warmest place to be’ in South Africa and boasts near perfect beach weather almost every day.
Loved for its seemingly endless stretches of sun kissed beaches, the city is a natural paradise for all surf and sea enthusiasts. Going beyond the beautiful beaches, Durban has a lot more to offer in terms of diverse culture, history, scenery, as well as a state of the art football stadium and world class shopping malls. A little further afield, there are numerous Big Five game reserves, and the mighty Drakensberg mountains, just a few hours’ drive away.
For your return journey, fly back to Durban with Airlink and connect beyond to other local and regional business or leisure destinations.
WHERE TO STAY
Discover where to stay for your next trip to Durban. Explore our partner hotels, lodges and tented camps.
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the only private/community owned lodge in Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. The lodge commands spectacular views over 96 000 hectares of Big 5 territory and an active waterhole. The chic eclectic design of the lodge exudes a sense of peace and relaxation.
THE CAPITAL HOTELS And APARTMENTS
The Capital Pearls in Umhlanga has a private mall, local restaurants and lighthouse right on it’s doorstep. Luxe apartments provide contemporary living spaces and resort pleasures. A resort swimming pool, bar, sun deck, jacuzzi, and a children's play area compete the experience.
Manyoni Private Game Reserve
Conveniently located only 3 hours from Durban and 6 hours from Johannesburg, Manyoni is home to a range of luxury safari lodges, and boasts 23,000 hectares of magnificent Zululand scenery.
Protea Hotel by Marriott Umhlanga
Our hotel in uMhlanga is your gateway to golden beaches, lush surroundings and the exhilaration of holidaying in an idyllic part of Durban.
Rhino River Lodge
Rhino River Lodge is a Big 5 family-friendly safari lodge situated on a 2300 hectare private game reserve in the heart of the Manyoni Private Game Reserve.
An African style lodge in a relaxing environment and warm hospitality. We offer bed and breakfast, luxury tents, or self catering accommodation.
Kosi Forest Lodge
Kosi Forest Lodge is a rustic 16 bed lodge that offers comfortable accommodation in wood, thatch & canvas chalets with romantic outdoor boma bathrooms.
Rhino Sands Safari Camp
Situated in the heart of one of South Africa’s premier game viewing reserves, the Manyoni Private Game Reserve, Rhino Sands Safari Camp is an eight-bed luxury tented camp.
BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay
BON Hotel Waterfront Richards Bay offers 75 spacious, modern rooms with spectacular views of the ocean front and yacht harbour. Facilities include a conference centre with 3 meeting rooms, a restaurant, cocktail bar and lounge and swimming pool. Guests can explore the many nearby attractions.
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! by Marriott Umhlanga
Our 60's surf inspired hotel with its nostalgic undertones makes for an idyllic Umhlanga escape.
BON Hotel Empangeni
BON Hotel Empangeni located halfway between Durban and Swaziland and 15km from Richards Bay, is well situated for the business and leisure traveller. Combining simplicity with understated style, accommodation comprises of 55 tastefully decorated rooms, an in-house restaurant, bar and four meeting rooms.
Thonga Beach Lodge
Thonga Beach Lodge is set on the pristine shores of the Maputuland Coast, KwaZulu-Natal. This 24 bed luxury lodge is the ideal place to discover one of Africa’s last unspoilt wilderness beaches. It is a magical place of coastal forests, grasslands, bush, shimmering lakes and exquisite sandy beaches.
The sunny weather and warm Indian Ocean make Durban one of South Africa’s top seaside holiday spots. Beyond the beach, the city’s rich cultural and natural heritage can be explored with the help of friendly locals.
What to do in Durban
Tour Moses Mabhida Stadium
While Moses Mabhida Stadium was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, it now offers more than just football games. Take the SkyCar glass elevator or walk 500 steps up the arc for panoramic views from the top. Thrill-seekers will love the 80m-high Big Swing, while a Segway Sliding Tour is a relaxed way to see the stadium.
The Whale-Bone Pier – famously known as the Umhlanga Pier – is conveniently positioned along the Umhlanga Promenade. While taking your afternoon stroll or having a beach day with the family, walking to the end of the Umhlanga Pier provides a phenomenal view of the coat of the beautiful city of Durban.
Airlink Connects You to Durban
Airlink connects you to Durban, the warmest city in South Africa, with direct flights from Johannesburg and Nelspruit.