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Vista Serena

1 Review
Sleeps 4 in 2 rooms

Vista Serena is a spacious apartment situated in the Point Waterfront apartment complex. With the ocean on your doorstep enjoy endless...
Vista Serena is a spacious apartment situated in the Point Waterfront apartment complex. With the ocean on your doorstep enjoy endless views from this modern fully furnished apartment.

This apartment has two bedrooms to sleep four comfortably, and has an open-plan living area with a modern kitchen and living room. The solid wood and granite kitchen is well equipped and includes all appliances and utensils for preparing your own meals with ease. The spacious living room and dining area is fitted with a Satellite TV, home theatre system and Wi-Fi access. The living room leads out onto a balcony with panoramic ocean views.

Secure parking is provided.
from R2000

102 The Spinnaker

26 Reviews
Sleeps 4 in 2 rooms

102 The Spinnaker is a comfortable apartment located on the seafront near the harbour in Durban. The apartment offers central...
102 The Spinnaker is a comfortable apartment located on the seafront near the harbour in Durban. The apartment offers central accommodation ideal for a family.

The unit can sleep six guests in two bedrooms. It is fully furnished for self-catering and features an open-plan lounge and kitchen area. The lounge leads onto an enclosed balcony with comfortable seating and a dining room table. The kitchen is equipped with all cutlery and crockery, granite counter tops, a fridge, a microwave and a counter-top stove with oven. The lounge is comfortably furnished with a flat-screen TV and a book collection for guests' enjoyment.

The apartment block is located directly across the way from the popular uShaka Marine World and a short walk from the main beach. Durban itself is a popular destination for surfing enthusiasts and holidaymakers. The area also offers boat cruises in and out of the harbour, as well as a fun fair on the main beach.
from R1450

The Cottage

12 Reviews
Sleeps 10 in 3 rooms

Situated in the seaside suburb of Musgrave in Berea, The Cottage offers comfortable and affordable accommodation to guests visiting the...
Situated in the seaside suburb of Musgrave in Berea, The Cottage offers comfortable and affordable accommodation to guests visiting the coastal town of Durban.

Guests have a choice of lovely self-catering units. Units have one bedroom with two twin beds, or a double bed upon request, and a private bathroom. There is also a sitting area and a fully equipped kitchenette available for all your self-catering needs.

All the units have private entrances and one of the units is separate from the house. Guests also have access to the swimming pool and to the braai facilities in the garden.

The property is conveniently located close the main road and many public transport options, making it the ideal base to explore the area from. The beach and the Durban Botanical Gardens are both just a short distance away, ensuring that guests have an enjoyable stay.
from R450

Terebinte

6 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 2 rooms

Terebinte Bed and Breakfast on 62 Chelmsford forms part of a property in upper Glenwood, Durban, which has the charms of an old house with...
Terebinte Bed and Breakfast on 62 Chelmsford forms part of a property in upper Glenwood, Durban, which has the charms of an old house with wooden floors and high ceilings and an old fashioned garden, hosting mango and banana trees. The proprietors, Yuri and her husband Gerhard Duraan, will welcome you with open arms and make you feel at home.

Settle in and enjoy all the comforts of home with just that little extra attention to detail. You are also welcome to use the charming front porch in the evenings to soak up the city bustle and have a quiet drink or cup of coffee. Terebinte has its own vehicle entrance and is situated in the courtyard of the main property. It is within walking distance to St Augustine's Hospital and close to Entabeni Hospital, which makes it the perfect overnight stay for family members of patients undergoing procedures.

There are many advantages staying in such a central area as you are close to all amenities and less than 5 km away from the beach. Visit us once and you will be a guest forever.
from R700

Moya Self Catering

Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

Moya Self Catering is a holiday home situated in Emmavale Estate in Mount Edgecombe. This area is just over 15km drive from Durban...
Moya Self Catering is a holiday home situated in Emmavale Estate in Mount Edgecombe. This area is just over 15km drive from Durban International Airport and is just 10 minutes away from the Umhlanga area.

This is a four-bedroom house of which the main bedroom has an en-suite bathroom. The kitchen is fully equipped with a microwave, a stove, a fridge and a washing machine. The living area has a television with a DStv connection and there is a lovely private garden area with braai facilities.

There are various things to do in the Mount Edgecombe area. A fun park, Wave House, is a short drive away and here guests can enjoy a mixture of boardsport cultures. The Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom is under 10 kilometres away and guests can dine at various restaurants or try their luck at a range of games in the casino.
from R2600

9 On Broadwood

1 Review
Sleeps 2 in 1 room

9 On Broadwood is a one-bedroom suite located in Herrwood Park, Umhlanga. The area is set at the edge of the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve...
9 On Broadwood is a one-bedroom suite located in Herrwood Park, Umhlanga. The area is set at the edge of the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve and only a two-minute drive to the main beach.

This Luxurious suite is spacious and has clear sea views from the room itself and from the patio. A Lush garden breathes an air of relaxation and comfort .The bedroom has an extra-length king-size bed and is fully air-conditioned.

The room is also equipped with an en-suite private bathroom with a shower, elegant wash basin and toilet.
A kitchenette is neatly fitted into a surrounded corner of the suite and it is fitted with a microwave, a bar fridge, a kettle as well as additional cutlery and crockery. Tea and coffee will also be available in this area.

Entertainment in this suite comprises of a 32-inch LED HD TV with the full DStv bouquet and a DVD Player as additional source for movies, etc. Internet Connection via Wi-Fi provided free of charge.

Access to the suite is via remote controlled gates with safe and secure parking within the property. This property is also secured with electric fence on all sides. There is a patio table with chairs available to guests and you are welcome to enjoy the lush garden.

There are several nearby restaurants and Shopping centres such as, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umhlanga Centre, Lighthouse Mall, Umhlanga Plaza, and many more to enjoy. All this is available within a 2 minute radius.

The Beach is also located two minutes from the property by car and around 10 minutes walking.This suite is perfect for a vacation or breakaway, the most affordable the most upmarket suburb. This suite is also perfect for all ages able to cater to every need; come stay with us and feel the warm hospitality and exquisite destination.
from R1000

506 Lighthouse Mall

Sleeps 4 in 2 rooms

This modern and well fitted apartment is fully equipped for a self-catering holiday and is situated within walking distance of the...
This modern and well fitted apartment is fully equipped for a self-catering holiday and is situated within walking distance of the beautiful beaches of Umhlanga.

This stunning apartment offers two bedrooms, one with a king-size bed and the other with twin beds that can be pushed together to make a king-size bed as well. The open-plan kitchen, lounge and dining area opens onto a patio with great views of the city and the ocean. The kitchen is fully fitted will all modern appliances as well as a washing machine for the convenience of the guests.

Umhlanga is known for its beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the host of water activities that this provides during the summer months. With many alternative activities and facilities including nature trails, fantastic restaurants and Sibaya Casino there is plenty to keep guests entertained in the area.
from R1550

North Lodge Cottages Self-catering

10 Reviews
Sleeps 29 in 7 rooms

North Lodge is easy to find on a direct route 10 minutes to Durban CBD, beachfront, Ushaka,...
North Lodge is easy to find on a direct route 10 minutes to Durban CBD, beachfront, Ushaka, stadium, ICC, airport, harbour and more. Save money and choose us for safe, affordable, self-catering accommodation with permanent generator backup.

All Durban's business and leisure attractions are within 15 minutes of your spacious air conditioned cottages and suites in the attractive, leafy suburb of Durban North. Airport is less than 25 minutes and freeway only 5 minutes, plus you can park safely right next to your unit for free.

Although the quick route to us is a short drive through light industry along R102/Chris Hani Rd, you will find that our location alongside a main road into the CBD and beaches is a big time saver. An alternate, more scenic route winds through upmarket Durban North via the M12, but the R102 is faster AND just as safe. Our large garden property offers privacy and security via a private, gated road.

Don’t throw money away on more expensive accommodation if all you really need is clean, safe comfort for the evenings of your active stay. North Lodge offers the same basics as more expensive B&B’s and Guest Houses nearby, but our eco-style, rustic exterior and homely feel makes us a top value-for-money destination. Not luxury, not down market - just a smart choice for travelers on a sensible budget.

We focus on great service, and keeping our place affordable for you. All units (Not Budget) offer free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, fans and fully equipped kitchens plus laundry access, plenty hot water, braai facilities, drive-thru access (truck/trailer-friendly) and 2-pin charger plugs built in. On call 24/7 with shuttle service. Things actually work well here!

We are for easygoing guests seeking affordable home-from-home living, not upmarket, but if you are "upmarket" with reasonable expectations, please come too!

North Lodge is open 365 days a year, so please forgive us if you encounter minor improvements in progress. Still, expect a pleasant stay that is easy on the pocket. For the lowest rates, make 100% deposit. 50/50 payments attract a 10% surcharge. Our refund and cancellation policy is better than industry standards, and we comply with the Consumer Protection Act - so your money is safe.
from R399

Garvies Surf House

Sleeps 8 in 4 rooms

Garvies Beach is one of The Bluff’s best-kept holiday secrets. It offers stretches of unspoiled coastline and gently rolling waves. It is...
Garvies Beach is one of The Bluff’s best-kept holiday secrets. It offers stretches of unspoiled coastline and gently rolling waves. It is also home to Garvies Surf House, a great option for water-loving groups visiting this part of Durban.

This spacious house has three well-appointed bedrooms, of which one has a king-size bed and an en-suite bathroom. One room has a queen-size bed and one room has a king-size bed, which can be converted into two single beds. These two rooms make use of an additional bathroom. There is a fourth en-suite bedroom separate from the house. It has a king-size bed which can also be converted into two single beds. Most rooms offer uninterrupted sea views.

The downstairs area has an open-plan living space which consists of a comfortable lounge, a lovely dining area and a fully equipped kitchen for all of your self-catering needs. There is also a study section with a printer. The bar area leads out onto the indoor patio. Here, guests can enjoy meals while appreciating panoramic sea views.

Guests can spend their days visiting the nearby beach, or one of the many restaurants in this popular town. Guests could also choose to remain at the house to enjoy a dip in the swimming pool. The wooden deck provides the perfect place to end off the evening by watching the stars reflect against the ocean below.
from R2500

IL Signor William Brauns on Point Waterfront

3 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Boasting panoramic views of the azure Indian Ocean, IL Signor William Brauns on Point Waterfront...
Boasting panoramic views of the azure Indian Ocean, IL Signor William Brauns on Point Waterfront offers a luxurious stay to groups visiting the coastal suburb of Point in Durban.

This lovely penthouse suite has three well-appointed bedrooms, of which one has an en-suite bathroom and the other two make use of shared bathroom facilities. The spacious living area consists of a lounge, a dining area and a well-equipped kitchen.

The complex is within close proximity to many of this area’s well-known attractions. These include the Suncoast Casino, Point Waterfront and uShaka Marine World. Guests can also visit the many restaurants and beaches on offer.

After a day of discovery, guests can return to the comfort of the apartment to enjoy a swim in the communal swimming pool. Guests can then have a delicious braai while watching the sun set on the harbour. End the evening off by unwinding in the Jacuzzi and watching the city lights reflect off the bay.
from R3000

La Loggia Bed and Breakfast

13 Reviews
Sleeps 28 in 9 rooms

Welcome to La Loggia Bed and Breakfast, where we offer the warm atmosphere of home with the style,...
Welcome to La Loggia Bed and Breakfast, where we offer the warm atmosphere of home with the style, class and service of a hotel. We are a top of the range bed and breakfast, and offer one of a kind service and customer satisfaction. Our rooms are clean, neat and tastefully decorated, not to mention comfortable and luxurious. Our service is quick, efficient and friendly, and we are situated in a sub-tropical oasis, yet offer European style.

Breakfast is served in our tropical garden alongside the pool under our thatch-roof patio, with the soothing sounds of local birdlife and relaxing music in the background. We offer a full Continental and English breakfast with a range of juices, coffees and teas and cater for all needs and tastes. We also offer lunches and dinners.

For those of our guests that are looking to go out for a good meal, we offer 10% discount vouchers for selected restaurants in our area. We also offer taxi cab services, airport transfers, arrangement of tours and entertainment, barbecue utensils and charcoal, complimentary Wi-Fi and daily car wash, and a complimentary tea and coffee corner next to the pool.
from R1200

de Charmoy Estate Guest House Riverside

30 Reviews
Sleeps 15 in 5 rooms

Based on the success of de Charmoy Estate Guest House in Canelands, Bernard and Cathy now offer...
Based on the success of de Charmoy Estate Guest House in Canelands, Bernard and Cathy now offer guests all the comforts of home in the middle of the city. Both catered and self-catering options are available, making de Charmoy Estate Guest House in Riverside your ideal business or family retreat.

This old Durban North home is set in a quiet suburb and offer three beautiful en-suite bedrooms with separate, private entrances. Each room is equipped with a sleigh bed, DStv and air-conditioning.

We are five minutes away from Durban Beachfront and the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Secure parking is available.
from R700

Camarque 92

7 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Stretched along the beachfront, in the village of Umdloti is Camarque 92. It has a safe tidal pool right in front, perfect for swimming...
Stretched along the beachfront, in the village of Umdloti is Camarque 92. It has a safe tidal pool right in front, perfect for swimming all year round.

The complex has secure underground parking and a funicular rail car will take you up to the ninth floor. There is a private swimming pool, a paddling pool and a barbecue area on the roof. There are several very good restaurants and a Spar shop just a short walk away.

The spectacular 180° sea views towards Durban in the south, and Ballito in the north can be enjoyed from the sunny terrace throughout the day. The terrace has a shaded area with a dining table and chairs for eight people. There is a kettle barbecue and recliners available for guests.

Depending on the time of year, you can watch the whales migrating right in front of you. Guests can enjoy sleeping to the sound of the waves crashing below their windows.
from R1200
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Villa La Vida

Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Spring Special!   Set within the peaceful suburb of Herrwood Park in Umhlanga, Villa La Vida offers an idyllic getaway destination to guests. It is a great...
Set within the peaceful suburb of Herrwood Park in Umhlanga, Villa La Vida offers an idyllic getaway destination to guests. It is a great option for groups or families visiting this popular part of Durban.

This stunning villa has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The downstairs living space consists of a comfortable lounge, a dining area and a fully equipped kitchen for all of your self-catering needs. The upstairs area has an additional lounge and an outside deck offering lovely views.

Guests can relax in the tranquil garden, or enjoy a dip in the seasonal outdoor pool. Visitors could also explore the scenic coastline by visiting one of the many beaches on offer. After a busy day, guests can return to the villa to delight in a delicious braai.
from R4500
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Quayside on Timeball

3 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

First Week of September special   Quayside on Timeball is a luxurious, modern apartment situated near the waterside of Durban Point. The self-catering apartment can...
Quayside on Timeball is a luxurious, modern apartment situated near the waterside of Durban Point. The self-catering apartment can comfortably sleep six people and offers all the luxuries from home.

The open-plan design features a clean kitchen with ample cupboard space and modern cooking facilities. The large counter top also serves as a dining table and overlooks the lounge area with a large comfortable sofa and a wall-mounted flat screen TV with DStv. The lounge and dining area has large glass doors leading out onto a balcony with a small patio set, barbecue facilities, and views across the canal.

The ground level features one of the bedrooms. The second and third bedrooms are located in the upstairs loft area and these rooms have large glass walls looking over the lounge and kitchen. The apartment features air-conditioning throughout and there is also a security alarm system in place for guests' peace of mind.

Double volumed ground floor apartment on the water, the only block with direct access to the water sports clubs and beach, braai facilities, modern contemporary.
from R2880

304 Lighthouse Mall

1 Review
Sleeps 2 in 1 room

304 Lighthouse Mall is a gorgeous self-catering holiday apartment, situated on the third-floor of the Lighthouse Mall building, in the...
304 Lighthouse Mall is a gorgeous self-catering holiday apartment, situated on the third-floor of the Lighthouse Mall building, in the centre of the upmarket town of Umhlanga Rocks. The apartment enjoys picture perfect sunrises and the sounds of the Indian Ocean, and is conveniently located with a variety of restaurants and alfresco dining options right on the doorstep.

This modern vacation-rental is beautifully appointed and enjoys good sea views from both the lounge and the bedroom. The apartment can accommodate up to two guests and contains a king-size bed, which can be converted into two twin beds on request, and a shower en suite. Quality linen, bath and beach towels are provided.

Off the main bedroom are sliding doors opening onto the patio with views of the sea. Off the lounge there are sliding doors with views of the sea. The modern kitchen has granite tops and is beautifully appointed and fully equipped. There is also a microwave oven, under-counter oven and hob, as well as a washing machine. Free Wi-Fi internet access is provided. The apartment has satellite TV and is air-conditioned throughout. There are also ceiling fans in the apartment.

The apartment is serviced daily except on Sundays and public holidays. One secure undercover parking is provided for your vehicle.
from R1000

Lapa Lighthouse B&B

5 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 3 rooms

Arriving at Lapa Lighthouse in Umhlanga Ridge, for upmarket accommodation, you will find luxurious rooms furnished for your delight, fitted...
Arriving at Lapa Lighthouse in Umhlanga Ridge, for upmarket accommodation, you will find luxurious rooms furnished for your delight, fitted with the finest linen. A shelter for you to relax after a busy day of exploration and enjoyment of travelling or a busy day working, with safe on-site parking, armed response and street patrol to ensure that you can fully relax.

All spacious rooms offer a private entrance, en-suite accommodation with air-conditioning, fans and Televisions. The unit has heated towel rails and complimentary beverage facilities, as well as limited self-catering facilities. The honeymoon room forms part of the main mansion and is available for love birds. It will entice even extended married couples wanting to celebrate special anniversaries and occasions. It features twin basins, as well as his and hers shower.
from R1000

West Palm Apartment

Sleeps 4 in 2 rooms

Well-positioned in Umhlanga, Umhlanga West Palm Apartment has luxury two bed apartments with two bathrooms.

The apartment is...
Well-positioned in Umhlanga, Umhlanga West Palm Apartment has luxury two bed apartments with two bathrooms.

The apartment is fully equipped and is tastefully furnished with modern, contemporary furnishings. This top floor apartment with an attractive skylight comes with all the necessities of a home away from home.

It comes fitted with a washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher. In addition it is also serviced daily except Sundays and public holidays. The apartment has a flat screen TV and satellite channels for your viewing pleasure.

It has a lovely balcony great for entertaining with barbeque facilities and overlooks the Umhlanga hub, piazza and pool area. The apartment building is walking distance to all the restaurants, bars, movies, wave house and the infamous Gateway Theater of Shopping, great for all your retail therapy. The beach is a quick 2-3 minute drive away.
from R1950

47 The Shades

1 Review
Sleeps 2 in 1 room

Situated in Umhlanga, this self-catering apartment is located only a minute's walk to Umhlanga beach. The comfortably furnished apartment...
Situated in Umhlanga, this self-catering apartment is located only a minute's walk to Umhlanga beach. The comfortably furnished apartment has sea views and offers accommodation ideal for a couple or business traveller.

The single bedroom apartment has all the modern facilities including a fully equipped kitchen with fridge, microwave, stove and washing machine. The lounge area has a comfortable two-seater couch, a TV and air-conditioning. Glass doors lead onto a balcony with a table and chairs, perfect to enjoy your morning coffee while watching the sun rise over the ocean. The balcony also has a built-in braai area.

The apartment is set in a complex and that is only three minutes’ walk from the Umhlanga village and only five minutes’ drive from the Gateway Shopping Centre. Durban main beach is also only a 15-minute drive away. La Lucia Crawford College is a five-minute drive away and King Shaka International Airport is 15 minutes’ drive up the north coast.
from R1300

Erlesmere Lodge

6 Reviews
Sleeps 14 in 4 rooms

Erlesmere Lodge consists of two buildings. The main building is an elegant double-storey Edwardian house offering two Maisonettes; the...
Erlesmere Lodge consists of two buildings. The main building is an elegant double-storey Edwardian house offering two Maisonettes; the Lower Maisonette has two bedrooms and two bathrooms and the Upper Maisonette has three bedrooms with two bathrooms. Both have a lounge, a dining room and a fully equipped kitchen as well as wrap-around verandas.

The second building is also a double-storey but is more modern. It has two double en-suite rooms with a shared kitchenette and a lounge downstairs.

We are centrally located in Morningside, just off bustling Florida Road, Durban. Windermere Shopping Centre is within easy walking distance and there are restaurants and take-away establishments even closer. The beach, golf courses and sports stadiums are all within a five-minute drive.
from R660

Durban South Africa

Durban Self-catering Accommodation

High up on the east coast, Durban is South Africa's sub-tropical beach getaway. The city centre overlooks a long, golden beach that is probably the single most culturally diverse spot in Africa. Here you will find frolicking families of every hue, busy executives out for a quick lunchtime jog, teenagers in full breeding plumage, elegant sari-clad matrons strolling the sand, buff surfers running into the waves, and bead-bedecked sangomas collecting therapeutic sea water in bottles.


Durban
is actually all about the beach. It is home to South Africa's only surfing museum, and is one of the most surf-friendly cities in the world. Frustrated wage slaves can look out of their office windows onto awesome breaks - and then shed the tie and jacket or the high heels and paddle out straight after work. Durban is the closest seaport to Johannesburg and is also an integral part of the city. As well as all the usual container docks  it has not one, but two yacht clubs and a great little cultural spot right in the middle of the harbour - the BAT centre. Short for the Bartle Arts Trust, the BAT Centre is a hotbed of local visual art and musical creativity mixed in with some good restaurants, coffee shops and pubs. All overlooking the small boat harbour so you can sip cappuccino while watching stubby-nosed tugs coming in to rest after a hard day pushing supertankers around.

Durban Bay is one of the better natural harbours on our coastline. Its narrow opening is protected by a huge headland, called the Bluff, on one side and, on the other, a point called Point - granted not the most imaginative of names, but it's a cool place. Here you'll find another batch of fun eateries where you could - if you were sufficiently anti-social and quite strong - pitch a beer bottle onto a passing container ship as it enters or leaves harbour. Close by is the newly built uShaka Marine World - a state of the art aquarium, wet playground and shopping mall, where children of all ages can ooh and aah at the sharks in the predator tank, snorkel with the fishies (the cute little ones, not the sharks) and watch dolphins performing.

The whole Point area is the most interesting part of Durban. At one stage it must have been very fashionable indeed, but then - well, you know, cities are living things and they grow and change - it went downhill. A drive along Point Road will reward you with the sight of row upon row of abandoned art deco warehouses and factories - but not for much longer. Already the developers have set their sights on this little treasure, and there'll pretty soon be loft-style apartments, boutique hotels and designer malls. The beachfront is lined with multi-storey hotels and restaurants, with unashamdely kitsch attraction, like a huge pool complex and a snake park. Curio sellers line the walkways and dramatically outfitted rickshaw-wallahs offer rides and photographic opportunities. The best part about Durban's beachfront, though, is the water temperature. It's rarely below 20°C, which makes ogling those tanned, buff surfers just so much more interesting, as they don't wear wetsuits.

Accommodation in Durban itself is conveniently concentrated along the beachfront or Golden Mile, close to the Durban central business district.  Slick, high rise Durban hotels with sea views and swimming pools proliferate along this lively strip. Another area that’s close to the beachfront and CBD with more hotels, guesthouses, bed and breakfasts and affordable self-catering apartments and villas are the leafy suburbs of Berea and Morningside, well endowed with exceptional restaurants and shopping malls. It is highly advisable to book accommodation in advance during peak season (December and January) as scores of holiday makers descend upon all the beach locations in Durban. Durban North is also an extremely popular choice with holiday makers.

Durban is in the middle of a vast sugar-growing area that was originally worked by indentured labourers from India,  many of whom stayed, started businesses and built homes.  Durban has the largest population of Indians outside of India.  There is a vibrant Eastern feel to the city, a huge spice market, decorative mosques, fantastic temples and - best of all - great food. You'll find dozens of good curry restaurants and you just have to try a bunny chow while you're there. It's a half or quarter loaf of bread hollowed out and filled with curry. Eaten with the hands in the street, it's an obligatory Durban experience.
There's lots to do in and around Durban City. Many people just park off on the beach, especially on the North Coast, or South Coast, both of which are within an hour's drive of the city, and there are loads of restaurants, some excellent theatre and music, and wild and funky nightlife.

The surfing is great right in the city and also up and down the coast. There's some reasonable diving in Durban Bay but the South Coast has some truly world class spots - and it's a great place for pretty competent and confident divers during the annual Sardine Run.

If you spend much time at all in the sea, you should consider a visit to the Sharks Board in Umhlanga, just north of the city, where you can learn all about these fascinating creatures. They're not the bloodthirsty killing machines they're made out to be in American movies. There are a couple of fun river trips, some nice abseiling, awesome sport climbing and small game farms not too far off and the North and South Coasts boast an almost indecent density of championship golf courses.

Durban's cultural attractions are perhaps its most appealing diversions. There are Zulu cultural villages to visit, township tours and visits to mosques or the beautiful Temple of Understanding, which has an excellent, inexpensive vegetarian restaurant.
Another interesting spot to visit is Inanda, which was the birthplace of both the Shembe religion and Natal Native Congress, which later became the African National Congress. It was also where Mahatma Ghandi, who lived there at the same time these two other movements were starting, pioneered the concept of Satyagrah, or passive resistance. Truly, a little crucible of world history.

High up on the east coast, Durban is South Africa's sub-tropical beach getaway. The city centre overlooks a long, golden beach that is probably the single most culturally diverse spot in Africa. Here you will find frolicking families of every hue, ...

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If you are looking for Durban accommodation, SafariNow has a selection of accommodation in Durban and surrounds. With 546 listings in Durban, our handy Durban map search and great low prices, it's easy to book the perfect self catering holiday accommodation for your Durban visit. We also have some great special accommodation deals in Durban South Africa

Did you know? Durban Self-catering is often misspelt. Here are some variations:

Durbs Self-catering, DBN Self-catering,

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