The hotel I stayed at was on the beach in Durban and after walking outside I noticed I got these little red bumps on my neck. They weren't painful, but they were a little annoying. I asked some locals I knew what the deal was and they informed me that people who are new to the area sometimes get them because of the bacteria in the air. Beyond that, I never got an overly indepth explanation as to what precisely it was. I was just told it was nothing serious and that it would go away after time.
For some reason, Indian girls love the sound of American English accents. I discovered this when I was in a mall and found many, many, many beautiful Indian girl's faces light up after the first word came out of my mouth. Their eyes get all wide like they just fell in love with you, and it is an instant conversation piece. So if you are a shy and nervous type..get over it! And get ready to be popular.
Durban is renowned for its hot climate and humidity. This attracts tourists throughout the year. Sadly the high temperatures have been known to encourage certain characters who are that way inclined to flash thouse around them at random. This problem has also been known to exist in Cape Town.
You have been warned!
I am reading a lot of writings about Durban being dangerous - hence my advise and five pence to that subject.
Durban is a large bustling city and as safe or dangerous as any other place on earth.
One of the main reasons people are getting mugged is because they are careless.
Do not carry large sums of money with you - do not flash jewellery and ask locals for advice as to where to go.
If you are cautious and travel with your eyes open you will find Durban as pleasant and SAFE as any other city or region in the world.
I just recently returned from Durban South Africa and I wanted to share some of my experiences. It is very unsafe there. Four people from the conference that my friend was attending were held up over a 4 day period. One in front of his hotel during daytime, His wife and children were with him at the time. They were staying at a very nice hotel. We were staying at a very nice hotel as well (4 *)and there was a bullet whole in the window. You cant walk on the beach at night or on the streets and a lot of time not even during daytime. I just returned and found out that someone got a hold of my credit card number while I was there and made purchases up to $3,000. Although I feel that this was not a very safe place I would like to mention that all of the people I did meet in the service industry were very nice and bent over backwards to make sure we had wonderful service. Well except for the person that stole my credit card information.
South Africa has got one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world, with estimation that one in three black South African's has the virus today. Hence use prevention; else you probably play Russian roulette with a fully loaded gun.
I know I'm just a limey, but I met a guy recently in Cape Town, who had visited Durban and got attacked in broad daylight by a group of white youths for no reason at all - He spend the next 9 months with his jaw wired after they smashed him over the head with a bottle, and he split his face open on the ground! They did not steal any thing, they just did it for kicks!
This place is not safe, my wife is a Saffa and even she did not want to spend any longer here than we needed too!
We gave some monkeys food oneday when we were having lunch and the next morning there was plenty of them all around or holiday home and on our balcony.
Don`t feed the Monkey`s because they can be very persistant.
Be careful of Crime in Durban. There are confidence tricksters who will pretend to help you at auto-tellers and rob you. The are armed robbers and vehicle hi-jackers. Try to move around in alrge groups after dark and stay away from the city center.
As a rule of thumb in South Africa, it is better to avoid the city centers as they are generally dirty and grubby and the bad elements of society often hang about there.
At night try and avoid walking around by yourself. It is better to catch taxis from point a to point b.
This is not unique to South Africa though, as I am sure that in most big cities in the world there are places to avoid, so do not let this detract from your travel plans.
Be aware that South Africa has a serious crime problem, as any South African will gladly tell you (don't get them started on the topic or they will scare you to death).
However, if you are sensible this should not affect your holiday. Don't ever leave anything unattended, especially in your car. When you park your car, you will often see a 'car gaurd' (aka a guy with an old neon yellow vest on!). These guys do act as a deterrent and it is worth tipping them.
Don't drive around with valuables on display and don't leave car doors unlocked/windows open as you drive. Needless to say if you get held up, just hand over anything they ask for!
Please, please do not let the horror stories put you off, South Africa is a beautiful country and well worth a visit, just take reasonable precautions and you will have a holiday of a lifetime!
There really isnt much risk, but at the same time most of the sharks caught in the durban shark nets are cuaght INSIDE the nets! Take a trip top the Kwazu Natal Sharks Board, see a disction, read the info, decide for yourself ;o)
This is a story designed to make people aware of stranded animals on KwaZulu-Natal beaches.Many animals get stranded on the Beaches in need of attention.
The danger here is to the animals,not to people.Sea World staff nurse these animals back to health and than release them back to the sea.More than 300 Seals,Penguins,
Turtles,Dolphins and a occasional Whale were helped by the Sea World staff, and most of them will return to their natural environment. This work is very costly Sea World needs your help,all donations are welcome,monetary ,medical,or essential items such as Towels,Bottels,etc are most welcome.If you like to make a donation please call the number posted.
What to do if you find a stranded animal 1) Do not approach the animal they are wild.
2)Keep the public away from the animal.
3)Call See World (031-337-3536)
If the stranded animal is a Dolphin, do following.
1) Cover Dolphin with wet towel, but keep the blow hole clear.
2)Keep wetting the towel with sea water.
3)call Sea World. (031-337-3536).
Protection is better than cure.
1. Cholera is here(no scare); take necessary water purification aids and boil water before consumption in rural areas. As a rule use water from the hotwater tap or boil water for all purposes in all areas of KZN.
2. Take note that northern KZN/Zululand is malaria risk area - take necassary precautions(repellants, etc.) and prescribed medicine. Fur further info consult this web-site: www.parks-sa.co.za
3. Be safe & alert.
We enjoy to live here, you are welcome to share part of it to.
This view is a my picture from "the holiday Inn hotel South" in Durban.
Behind the hotel is not the safest place at night. I had a very interesting evening/night in this area.