Dolphin Coast Inn

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76 North Beach Road, Umdloti, Durban, South Africa
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Crime in Durban

by graeme6

I am thinking of coming to Durban for 4 or 5 days later in the year but i keep reading about crime there is it so bad ?

RE: Crime in Durban

by Jenniflower

HI Graeme, the crime is as bad (or not) as in any city. Wherever I am travelling I am always cautious (try not to look like a tourist), dont go wandering about at night etc., and use my common sense. You will be fine, enjoy it! :)

RE: Crime in Durban

by Gillybob

Durban city centre can be quite daunting. Personnally, I'd look to stay somewhere on the outskirts of Durban. Well, when I go over, I stay at my Dad's which is in Waterfall and is on the edge of the Valley of a Thousand Hills which is really beautiful and there's plenty to see and do in that area. When travelling with my friend a couple of years ago, we stayed at a fantastic country house motel just outside Mooi River which is also quite near Durban (in the great scheme of things). Can't remember the name off the top of my head but it was a stud farm as well and had its own farm shop. We paid R250 for a twin room at the time. Umhlanga is really nice too.
As with many places in South Africa, the city centre is where the crime is at its worst (with Jo'burg being a no go city centre no matter whatever anyone says). Lived in the country for 10½ years, been back in the UK 14 years but visit SA every 2 - 3 years to see family and friends in Jo'burg and Durban.

RE: RE: Crime in Durban

by Jenniflower

Gilly, I studied for 4 years in Eloff Street at Wits Technikon and altho not somewhere I would frequent at night, and not recommended for tourists (unless with a guide), it is very interesting to see the city of Joburg culture and can be very interestng to visit. Just gotta keep your wits about you :)

RE: Crime in Durban

by glennkasner

Just got back to Cape Town after a week end in Durban - stayed at the Balmoral Hotel on the beach front and it was the first time in years that I've felt totally safe there. A few streets back from the beachfront might still be a problem but we avoided that as there was nothing that drew us there. There is a very visible police presence all over the beachfront area and they seem to have crime pretty much under control.
My biggest gripe is being harassed by people trying to get you to buy time share or whatever they call it nowadays. We were approached by no less than a dozen of these people in one day.
Yea - basically I think the touristy areas are okay but as mentioned earlier - be streetwise as you would be in most cities.

RE: Crime in Durban

by victormumbo

Crime in Durban is not as bad as crime in Jo'Burg which is under reported by the western media.Whites are a clear target all over S.Africa.
parts of the landscape are ya like wow.
Just be very very careful,both in urban areas and in tje bush around townships where muti(murders for the obtaining of body parts is very much alive).The victims are usually animal but South Africa has about 200 cases of human deaths per year.
The victim has to be alive whilst the body parts-eyes,heart etc are removed.
Look it up on the web ..and please be very very careful.

RE: Crime in Durban

by victormumbo

crime is very very bad.if you are white be extra vigilant

Travel Tips for Durban



The Zulu are a proud tribe native to the KwaZuluNatal province of South Africa. Historically the Zulu were a mighty warrior nation and are believed to be descendants of the patriarch Zulu, the son of a Nguni chief in the Congo basin in central Africa. Apartheid textbooks taught that South Africa was virtually empty of human habitation when colonised by the Dutch in 1652. The reality is that the Zulu people began to migrate towards their present location in Natal during the 16th century.

A crucial turning point in Zulu history occurred during the reign of Shaka as king of the Zulu’s from 1816 to 1828. Prior to his rule the Zulu’s consisted of numerous clans that were related but disorganised. Shaka was a mighty and fearsome warrior and united the clans into a single powerful tribe. He introduced a new system of military organisation and revolutionised his army’s weaponry and military tactics. He introduced new battle formations that left his enemies outflanked and confused. He was a strict and brutal disciplinarian, soldiers were required to remain celibate and a violation of this rule was punishable by death. Shaka increased the power of his tribe. Conquered clans and tribes were incorporated into the Zulu nation and in eleven years he increased their number from 1500 people to 50 000 warriors alone.

From the time of Shaka onwards, the Zulu’s fought many wars to keep from being dominated by the British settlers. The final Zulu uprising before succumbing to the British was lead by Chief Bambatha in 1906. From then on the tribe that had once been master of much of the eastern coastal regions and interior of South Africa, was subjected to an increasingly harsh series of racist laws that led to poverty and disempowerment.

Horse Back Trails on Durban's North Coast

by GerryFM

For those of you that have an affinity for horses, and also like to get away from the maddening crowds, what better way to soak up some sun, breathe the fresh sea air and enjoy a canter along the beach.

About 25 km north of Durban, you will find an incredible coastline stretching north from Umdloti Beach, where you can take a horse back trail along the coast line for some beautiful scenery and basic all round enjoyment

How to assemble a delicious instant picnic!

by CatherineReichardt about Woolworths & Woolworths Food

Many of my tips make reference to picnics - partly because I like picnicking, partly out of economy, and partly because one of the few things I have learned from motherhood is that it is wise never to venture forth with small children without emergency provisions!
So, how do you assemble an instant, delicious, value-for-money picnic? Easy - you find your nearest Woolworths!
Woolworths is to South Africa what Marks & Spencers is to the UK. The name is confusing, as it actually has no link to the Woolworths in the USA, Australia or Britain (the latter of which was a fixture of my childhood and is sadly no more). Woolies is a veritable retail institution, and a much-loved purveyor of aspirational lifestyle goods to the South African middle and upper classes (myself included!)
Everything at Woolies (clothing, homeware, groceries) is of excellent quality and reasonably priced, but we're talking food here. Woolies does an excellent range of pre-prepared food from designer sandwiches, wraps and rotisserie chickens to salads, cakes and beverages, and the range is both imaginative and affordable. You can assemble the components of a picnic in next to no time, and even buy an insulated bag to keep the lot cool (or hot) until you're ready to eat!
Woolies' range of 'instant meals' is also excellent for those who are staying in self-catering accommodation but don't necessarily want to cook from scratch.
Woolies has branches in virtually every reasonable sized South African town - see the website below for details. More recently, it has established a series of Woolworths Foods stores (which only sell groceries), and have also established scaled down Woolies Food outlets at certain petrol stations - these stock a limited range focusing on the sort of things that people need to pick up on their way home.
Bon appetit!

Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom

by cokes

If you into gambling , this is nice place to go to hit the slots. Its got a great entertainment area for the kids.

Sibaya has a traditional Zulu Theme with a zulu village that is open 7 days a week. Theres cultural shows and Zulu dancing to name a few.

visit st.lucia game reservat

by hanspeter_W.

The World Heritage proclaimed wetlands of the subtropical Greater St. Lucia Park, are essential to the health of the local environment and contain a greater bio-diversity than Kruger National Park or Botswana's Okavango Delta.
The park includes a complex eco-system with outstanding landscapes. The five inter-linked ecosystems in the park are: a marine system characterised by the warm Indian Ocean, containing the southernmost coral reefs in Africa, as well as sub-marine canyons and long sandy beaches; a coastal dune system consisting of high linear dunes and sub-tropical forests, grassy plains and wetlands; lake systems including two estuary-linked lakes of St Lucia and Kosi, plus the four large freshwater lakes of Sibaya, Ngobezeleni, Bhangazi north and Bhangazi south; the Mkhuze and Umfolozi swamps, with swamp forests and extensive reeds and papyrus marshes; an inland system which includes ancient shoreline terraces and dry savannah woodlands


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