Durban Travel Guide

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    Rockpools at Umhlanga
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Durban Things to Do

  • Shooting Range fun

    For a real adrenalin rush, try going to the shooting range for the day! Brent Shooting Range lets you try out a handgun, shotgun and rifle at their indoor range, but only after you have had safety training from one of their certified trainers. The package includes ammunition. I am terrified of guns, but this was actually fun and a real thrill! Also...

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  • Surfs Up

    Learn to surf in Durban. On the beach right in front of Ushaka Marine World one can rent a surfboard and have surfing lessons. Very reasonably priced. No need for a wetsuit as water is warm in Durbs.Amazing experience :)

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  • The delightfully kitsch da Gama clock

    The da Gama clock is an endearing - if somewhat dilapidated - piece of whimsy located in the ribbon of parkland along the Victoria Embankment (or 'The Esplanade', as Durbanites more commonly refer to it).The clock was funded by public subscription to mark the 400th anniversary of Vasco da Gama landing in Durban: Victorian era Durbanites seem to...

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Durban Hotels

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Durban Restaurants

  • Scrumptious mix of Italian and African!

    The BBM Cafe is one of Salt Rock's newest and most popular restaurants. Servingan eclectic mix of Italian foods such as pizza's and pasta's, they also have an awesome selection of mouthwatering steaks. Their location in Tiffany's shopping center just off the N2 (Salt Rock turnoff) means it's easy to get to them, and a recommended stopover if you're...

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  • Great German Grub!

    Well, the fact that this is my uncles restaurant doesn't change the fact that it's one of the best I've eaten at. Wonderful German cooking, great ambiance, and very friendly, personal service make the entire meal an unforgettable experience. Everyone walking through the door is treated like a part of the family, and as a result of this, an amazing...

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  • You can't come to Durbs and not chow a...

    Bunny chow is the quintessential Durban food icon, and quite unlike anything you're likely to eat elsewhere!On the face of it, bunny chow sounds pretty grim. You take a half a white loaf (brown, granary or anything else with nutritional pretentions simply won't do) and hollow out the middle, leaving a thick shell of crust. Then fill the cavity...

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Durban Nightlife

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  • Let loose at Studio 54

    Pinetown is a suburb of Durban, and is about a 20 minute drive from the beachfront.Studio 54 is a good night out where you can let loose, drink dance and be merry.The ground floor is a bar with aseries of pool tables, whilst upstairs there is a large bar and a very big dancefloor.I have only be there once, but what I remember of it (far to many...

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  • A "Purrrrfect" Night Out

    Tiger Tiger is definately one of the better nightspots in Durban.Playing music, ranging fro 80's and 90's hits , current chart favourites and a bit of real dance music, they cater for all tastes.The club really rocks on Friday and Saturday nights and there is almost always a great vibe about the place.My mate Guy, is the main DJ there and part owns...

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  • Waxy O Connors

    This is my local watering hole as it is just up the road from where I live.This is another good spot just to enjoy an after work drink, or kick start your night before going out on the town.The food here is also good.... especially their home made pies!!!If you enjoy beer, then order your own 5 litre beer keg, which you can just keep topping...

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Durban Transportation

  • Fuel shortages: July 2011

    For those planning to travel to South Africa in the next couple of weeks, please be advised that there is major strike action in progress at the time of writing (15 July 2011). The strike action that has most potential to affect tourists is that being undertaken by chemical workers, which has restricted/halted production at oil refineries, and...

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  • Durban International Airport moving May...

    Travellers to Durban should be aware that the International Airport is moving from its current location south of the CBD to the new King Shaka airport at La Mercy north of the CBD at the beginning of May 2010 (timing as indicated at the time of writing in March 2010).Given the major traffic expected in June/July 2010 for the Soccer World Cup, this...

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  • The new King Shaka airport - so far, so...

    Well, we held a collective breath at the prospect of Durban opening its new international airport only 6 weeks before the start of the World Cup, but here we are on Day 4, and we have yet to hear horror stories about the switch over ... I can only conclude that the transition has been extremely smoothly planned and executed. Airports Company of...

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Durban Shopping

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  • One of the Biggest....

    Not specifically a shop tip, more of a huge conglomeration of any shop you could wish for, Gateway Shopping center is massive, at one point it was the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere. An incredible selection of shops, and also 2 cinema complexes, an IMAX, a climbing wall, wave pool, and obviously plenty of restaurants. Great fora day spending...

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  • Everything under one roof

    Situated only 15km from Durban city center, the Pavilion is easily accessible and, though smaller than Gateway, has a huge variety of shops and activities; plenty enough to keep you busy all day, and help empty your wallet quicker than you ever thought possible :).Entertainment includes a cinema, 3 x 9-hole mini golf courses, 10-pin bowling and an...

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  • Health Shops

    This is one of the best health shops around, great green juice and wonderful organic health care products. However, avoid the shop add to your health in Kensington square, Durban North. The customer servicet here is terrible. organic fresh produce, natural skin care products, health care really reasonable, I bought an entire skin care range for...

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Durban Local Customs

  • Local wine

    Being in the city was an advantage of having good choice of restaurants and so, a wide selection of local wines to chose from.South Africa is excellent country for wine lovers, so be sure to try few while you visiting here.

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  • Herbalist

    The Zulu herbalist, medicine man or iSangoma play a very important role in the day to day life of urban inhabitants in Durban. Yet it is not surprising that one would find a Zulu pharmacy with many of the local herbs, roots or other items that are used in African medication. This shop can be seen in Fishmarket Street close to the Victoria Street...

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  • The only Kingdom in South Africa

    KwaZulu Natal is home to the Zulu nation. The tribe from "heaven" as Zulu means translated, was brought onto the world map by King Shaka who with fierce battles brought many of the smaller tribes under one group. His battle strategy was so advanced that he received the nickname the Black Napoleon. Even during the wars against the British the Zulus...

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Durban Warnings and Dangers

  • Whoonga kids

    Durban is a wonderful place with amazing weather, unfortunately the city and nearby suburbs are over run with 'Whoonga' smoking kids and youths, 'a mixture of cheap heroin and rat poison amongst other things...They will feel nothing to rob and kill you, avoid them and dont give to any beggars no matter how 'deformed' they make themselves appear,...

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  • How to visit Dangerous Durbs and...

    Unfortunately South Africa's reputation is such that it's necessary to explicitly address the issue of whether it's safe for visitors.If you want an answer in a nutshell, security concerns are real but hugely overstated, and this is an area where media sensationalism has unfortunately coloured public perception in an irresponsible and unrealistic...

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  • Times to avoid visiting Durban

    By international standards, there is never a bad time to visit Durban. However, there are certain times of year when it is less advisable to visit - either because of the heat and humidity, or because of pressure of numbers which drive up transport and accommodation prices, as well as contributing to major traffic congestion.The first guiding...

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Durban Tourist Traps

  • Cubana-Cuban? Yeah Right..

    Cubana is not a Cuban restaurant, it is a semi-sheeshy bar trying to fake that Latino vibe. The menu didn't have anything authentically latin on it and there were literally NO Latinos working there. I looked for some Cuban fare and finally grumbled and settled on the chicken basket ( HOW AUTHENTIC!) with Mojo sauce. It was more then edible, but...

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  • The ussal. Any place that...

    The ussal. Any place that looks touristy. African curio stands (The shops in the malls have Over inflated prices ) Some places you can find them selling curios on the streets . Haggle african style , get a local to help you (Ie. Pay local )Just remember HOW are you going to take back the curio with you. Like every city Durban has more than its fair...

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  • Well, sadly crime is on the...

    Well, sadly crime is on the increase in South Africa. Don't be careless about your posessions if you are out and about! I was told by a lady in Musgrave, the area where I was staying that someone is just as likely to stab you to get your camera etc! Yipes!

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Durban What to Pack

  • Leave those woolies!

    Within the shopping centres of Durban, you will find plenty of opportunity to purchase more bags, suitcases and backpacks should your purchases leave you wanting more room. Prices are very reasonable and good quality items are readily available. Travellers and tourists from Europe should find that even in winter, it is rare to need jumpers. A...

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  • How should one dress?

    Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling. Some ideas:Light coloured clothing that doesnt absorb the sun as much as dark clothing. If you're going on safari, pack comfortable walking shoes and khaki, brown or beige casual clothes.Long-sleeved shirts and trousers will help protect you against the sun and insect bites.A...

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  • South African Adapter

    South Africa has a very unique plug system as you can see on the picture. Adapters are available in many shops including some supermarkets. My recommendation is that you by your adapters when you are in the country.

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Durban Off The Beaten Path

  • The brilliant Natal Sharks Board at...

    For me, the Natal Sharks Board is one of the most interesting places to visit in KZN, and a 'must' for anyone with an interest in marine animals.The Natal Sharks Board is responsible for shark protection along the KZN coast and this centre was set up as an educational facility to help people better understand the role that sharks play in the marine...

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  • Wild Coast Sun

    If you fancy a change of scenery, or just want to test your luck and see how much you can win, the Wild Coast Sun might be just the thing for you.Its a Casino Complex about 2 hours drive South of Durban.Set on one of the most unspoilt beaches in the country, located withing a large area of natural bush, overlooking the Indian Ocean.With lots and...

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  • ZULULAND PHEZULU

    VISIT THE OPENAIR CULTURE CENTER OF ZULULAND IN PHEZULU, VALLEY OF 1000 HILLS WITH TRADITIONAL DANCES OF THE ZULUS, ENJOY THE BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE AROUND AND ENJOY A TRADITIONAL ROOIBOIS-TEA.IN NEIGHBOURHOOD YOU ALSO CAN VISIT ASSAGY SAFARI PARK WITH CROCODILS OR THE HOTEL BOB ROYAgainst the backdrop of the world famous Valley of 1000 Hills, is the...

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Durban Sports & Outdoors

  • Watch a rugby match at the Shark Tank!

    South Africans are fanatical about sport (in my experience, only Aussies come close in terms of their sports obsession), and among white South Africans, rugby is not a sport, but a religion! Until I moved to South Africa, I couldn't see the logic behind the sports boycott which was imposed on South Africa in the 1980s and 90s ... and once I was...

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  • Comrades marathon: mass lunacy on a...

    Durban (along with Pietermaritzburg) co-hosts the world's largest - and arguably greatest - ultramarathon events - the legendary Comrades marathon.I first witnessed Comrades a couple of days after I arrived in South Africa in 1987, and my considered (armchair) opinion at the time was that this was the greatest expression of mass national lunacy...

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  • Public transport arrangements for World...

    Details on the public transport arrangements for the World Cup stadia continue to be issued in drips and drabs. The most comprehensive and user-friendly useful summary I've seen was from Prega Govender in this morrning's Sunday Times - follow this link: http://www.timeslive.co.za/sport/soccer/article477498.ece/How-to-get-therePlease note that...

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Durban Favorites

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  • Beaches

    It was my first time heading to the coast, I was very very exited and fascinated by the view. I spent only 1 day in Durban and most of the time was spent on the beach swimming.That's the only activity i was looking to experience and I am glad i did. Ofcourse I miss the beach on a warm sunny day...i will love to go back again.

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  • Various Activities at Ushaka Marine...

    At you Ushaka Marine World you have 2 options. One is to go to the Marine World and the other is to go to Wild N Wet. When you go to the Marine World you get a list of activities which you can go watch as well which includes the Dolphin and Seal Show and Penguin feeding which is really cool.

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  • King Senzangakhona Stadium

    When driving along the M4 close to the Sun Coast Casino you able to see the King Senzangakhona Stadium which is still under construction. This is one of the Staduims where the 2010 Fifa world cup games would be played at.

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Join the scrum!
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Bowl a maiden over at Kings Park!
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Have road tested and approved King Shaka airport!
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