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Warm Horizon

3 Reviews
Sleeps 6 in 2 rooms

Warm Horizon offers holiday makers and business visitors a comfortable stay in fully air-conditioned accommodation. Our central location...
Warm Horizon offers holiday makers and business visitors a comfortable stay in fully air-conditioned accommodation. Our central location provides quick access to the ICC and Durban’s sporting venues; Moses Mabida Stadium, the ABSA Stadium, the Sahara Cricket Stadium and Kings Park Olympic Swimming Pool. We are only a few minutes away from Brighton Beach and surrounded by main shopping malls. A fifteen minute drive to the main City Centre as well as Ushaka Marine World. King Shaka International Airport is a 40 minutes drive.
from R690

Hamelin Guest House

1 Review
Sleeps 12 in 6 rooms

Hamelin Guest House is a six double bedroom guest house. The house was originally built as two maisonettes in the early sixties by a...
Hamelin Guest House is a six double bedroom guest house. The house was originally built as two maisonettes in the early sixties by a gentleman of German origin who worked in the harbour service. It is believed that his primary job as a health officer was the eradication of vermin from the port as a rat catcher. The house was named Hamelin in honor of his work and the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. It is situated on the southern side of the port and is particularly central for easy access to the harbour and the city center areas although located in a green leafy suburb on Durban's most prominent natural landmark the Bluff. An impressive headland forming the southern quayside of the port, the Bluff comprises several suburbs and one of the city's best-kept secrets; the finest bathing, surfing and fishing beaches in the area. Other attractions are the golf course and yacht club as well as the local wild life of vervet monkeys and mongoose. The Bluff is thus also popular holiday spot. Although all rooms are non smoking, provision is made for smokers and braai/BBQ facilities are available for use. The establishment is also gay friendly It is also popular with business executives as the Bluff has easy access to the outer ring road for onward travel to King Shaka International Airport without the hassle of CBD traffic congestion. Just a short trip south are the southern coast beaches of Amanzimtoti and Kingsburgh and not much further are the lower southern beaches of Kwa Zulu Natal Within an hour’s drive inland are several game reserves inclusive of Tala Valley which is home to the endangered rhino and the Valley of a 1000 Hills with its spectacular views which forms part of the midlands meander route with excellent restaurants as well as arts and crafts dotted along the way.
from R1300

Duikerfontein Bed & Breakfast

2 Reviews
Sleeps 10 in 5 rooms

Duikerfontein Bed & Breakfast is set in peaceful surroundings in central Durban North. For...
Duikerfontein Bed & Breakfast is set in peaceful surroundings in central Durban North. For leisure, we are conveniently close to the Gateway Theatre of Shopping with its cinema complex, climbing wall, wave pool and entertainment area, as well as the Sun Coast and Sibaya casinos. As for the famed KwaZulu-Natal Beaches, we have Umhlanga or the Golden Mile right on our doorstep, with Umhloti and Ballito just a short drive away. We offer five air-conditioned rooms, each with en-suite shower, DStv, Wi-Fi, bar fridge, and tea and coffee-making facilities. Secure parking, barbecue facilities and a clear swimming pool are also available to all guests and a choice of a full English or continental breakfast is served. Two of the rooms are located in an outside cottage that opens onto a common patio and offer open-plan kitchenettes for self-catering purposes. The remaining three rooms are in a wing of the main house and have their own entrances. These rooms can be combined into a family suite and also have access to a patio next to the pool. For the nature lover, there are trails at the Hawaan Lagoon at Umhlanga or the nearby Virginia Bush Nature Reserve as well as an informative visit to the Natal Sharks Board. For the sports lover, there are four golf courses within ten minutes of each other, just 30 minutes away. Parkhill and Northlands Bowling Greens are within walking distance and a tennis club is just around the corner, while Kings Park Soccer Stadium, the Absa Rugby Stadium and Kingsmead Cricket Stadium are all very close. In addition, sight-seeing tours can be arranged to the Umfolozi Game reserve to to view the Big 5. If the timing is right, why not chase the sardines during the annual Sardine Run or catch a boat at Umhlanga and ride with the dolphins.
from R1000

Bentley Lodge

3 Reviews
Sleeps 54 in 19 rooms

Situated in the seaside suburb of Berea, Bentley Lodge offers affordable yet comfortable accommodation in the coastal town of Durban. It...
Situated in the seaside suburb of Berea, Bentley Lodge offers affordable yet comfortable accommodation in the coastal town of Durban. It is ideal for both business and leisure travellers. The lodge has 15 well-appointed guest rooms, of which all have double beds and en-suite bathrooms. Amenities in each air-conditioned room include a work desk and a TV with DStv access. The lodge also has an on-site restaurant serving a delicious selection of African cuisine. Guests can spend their days exploring this scenic area by visiting one of the many nearby beaches, or the uShaka Marine World. Guests can look forward to having a pleasantly memorable stay.
from R800

The Sandringham B & B

11 Reviews
Sleeps 30 in 10 rooms

Welcome to the Sugar Coast and to the sweet life at the Sandringham B and B. We offer the perfect destination for either your business or...
Welcome to the Sugar Coast and to the sweet life at the Sandringham B and B. We offer the perfect destination for either your business or leisure needs. After spending a busy day at the beach or at the office, why not come back to relax and unwind with us and enjoy an ice cold drink around the pool or on one of our lovely patios. You can watch that lucky old sun slip away beneath the waves. Later on in the evening you may wish to sample a cocktail in our ladies bar, barbecue around our braai or even pay a visit to one of the many excellent restaurants or pubs in the Umhlanga area, which are only minutes away. Accommodation at the Sandringham: We have seven up market double rooms, tastefully furnished, serviced daily and all fitted with fully-ducted air-conditioning. We are situated high up on Umhlanga Ridge, only two minutes from the beach front and from the many restaurants, pubs and shops along the promenade and in the village of Umhlanga itself. DINING after comfortable nights sleep, come down and savor a delicious English breakfast either in our spacious dining room or outside on one of our sunny patios or around the sparkling pool. The breakfast menu includes-freshly chopped fruit salad using the superb variety of sub tropical fruits which are available to us ,as well as cereals, muesli, yoghurts, various egg types on request, sausage, bacon, fried tomato and many other daily specials, as well as an assortment of cheese and biscuits and of course tea, filter coffee and fruit juices. Lunches and dinners are also available at your request. Three course dinner by arrangement at R 95.00 per person.
from R950

Fairlight Beach House

10 Reviews
Sleeps 23 in 9 rooms

Fairlight Beach House is situated in the village of Umdloti on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. This much loved family home has been...
Fairlight Beach House is situated in the village of Umdloti on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. This much loved family home has been tastefully decorated and it offers luxurious accommodation with a homely touch. The stylish, well appointed rooms feature air-conditioners, selected DStv, minibars, Wi-Fi, hairdryers and hospitality trays. Fall asleep to the sound of crashing waves and awaken to catch sight of dolphins and whales as the frolic in the ocean. Stroll across the road to enjoy swimming and surfing, and have a leisurely breakfast on the poolside patio. Children are welcome and we offer airport transfers by prior arrangement.
from R1280

Rivendell B & B

8 Reviews
Sleeps 20 in 8 rooms

Conveniently situated in the cool climate of the picturesque village of Hillcrest, just 20 minutes from Durban and with easy access to both...
Conveniently situated in the cool climate of the picturesque village of Hillcrest, just 20 minutes from Durban and with easy access to both the N3 and M13 motorways, is RIVENDELL Bed & Breakfast. Your hosts Penny and Mark Linley are well qualified to ensure that your stay will be a memorable one having been placed second in the annual SAA / AA National Guest House of the Year award programme with their previous Guest House that they opened and operated for a period of 5 years in the Natal Midlands. All beautifully decorated rooms at RIVENDELL have en-suite bathrooms and TV's and lead onto an enclosed courtyard that offers a secluded swimming pool and quiet garden ensuring peace and quiet for the perfect stay. Secure off-street parking leads to a separate Guest entrance. Full English breakfasts or if preferred a Continental breakfast can be enjoyed in the Guests exclusive dining room that also overlooks the enclosed courtyard, swimming pool and garden. Rivendell is conveniently situated to many fine restaurants, steak houses and coffee shops that offer a variety of light meals and evening dinners.
from R990

Manaar House

34 Reviews
Sleeps 10 in 4 rooms

The Manaar House is situated in the beautiful coastal resort town of Umhlanga Rocks. Guests have the choice of staying in the bed and...
The Manaar House is situated in the beautiful coastal resort town of Umhlanga Rocks. Guests have the choice of staying in the bed and breakfast or choosing the self-catering apartment in this vacation rental. The Manaar House luxury self-catering apartment is built on two levels. Downstairs consists of a lounge, dining room, kitchen and guest toilet. Upstairs consists of a large airy bedroom with a king-size bed and a beautifully appointed full bathroom and toilet. There is an additional bedroom upstairs with two single beds which can be converted into a second king-size bed. Please note, the second bedroom has sliding doors and is glassed in up to the ceiling. There are also full curtains that ensure privacy when required. Off the main bedroom are sliding doors that lead onto a sun drenched patio with partial sea views. The apartment is air-conditioned and there are ceiling fans in the bedrooms and lounge. The kitchen is well appointed and is fully equipped. There is also a washing machine, tumble-dryer and microwave as well as an under counter and hob. The apartment has two TV sets – one in the lounge and one in the main bedrooms as well as a sound system and DVD player. There is an independent DStv decoder for satellite TV with select channels in the unit. The apartment also equipped with free WI-FI internet access. Breakfast can be prepared for you and enjoyed on the patio by the pool at an extra cost. The Manaar House bed and breakfast is popular with tourists and businessmen alike. The individually decorated three double bedrooms offer luxurious and comfortable accommodation with en-suite bathrooms. All bedrooms are air-conditioned with cooling/heating systems that can be individually operated. There is an independent DStv decoder for satellite TV in each unit. All bedrooms are equipped with internet facilities. A fan, hairdryer, bar fridge, ice water, tea and coffee facilities are provided in every bedroom. A double or queen-size bed is provided in all the bedrooms. Single beds can be provided on request. All bedrooms have their own private entrance and look onto either the beautiful pool area or onto your own private patio and garden. Enjoy a sumptuous English / continental breakfast which is served either in the dining room or on the enclosed patio overlooking the pool. All rooms are serviced daily and a laundry and ironing service is provided at a small additional cost. The swimming pool and the Jacuzzi area is for the exclusive use of guests and secure under cover parking is available for guest’s vehicles.
from R1190

York House B & B

10 Reviews
Sleeps 17 in 5 rooms

York House is situated 1km from the town of Hillcrest, which lies approximately 700 metres above sea level offering a more temperate...
York House is situated 1km from the town of Hillcrest, which lies approximately 700 metres above sea level offering a more temperate climate, away from the high summer humidity of the Durban coastline. Close to restaurants, pubs and shops. The closest being the Acapulco Pub & Restaurant which is a five minute walk from York House. We are on the famous Comrades Marathon Route. Excellent bird watching and walking through indigenous forests at both Krantzkloof Gorge and Shongweni Reserve. Both are a 10 minute drive from York House. Tala Game Park is a 40 minute drive away, where rhino, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and a wide variety of buck and bird life can be seen. Valley of 1000 Hills Tourist Route, including PheZulu Cultural Village. An interesting day trip along the Midlands Meander through Natal Midlands is well worthwhile, offering arts and crafts, historical sites, local brewery and popular pubs and restaurants. Ten minutes drive from York House and surrounded by a sea of suburbia, the KKNR is a life raft for a vast number of species, many rare and endangered. One of these, Brachysteima natalense, is a plant believed extinct except for the KKNR last small population. The position of many species on the raft is fragile, for as habitat shrink and become more isolated, so the long-term viability of small populations is brought into question.
from R600

Bumblebees B&B

14 Reviews
Sleeps 11 in 4 rooms

Nestled between Umhlanga and Durban North in the lush green suburb of La Lucia, Bumblebees has everything to offer both the business...
Nestled between Umhlanga and Durban North in the lush green suburb of La Lucia, Bumblebees has everything to offer both the business traveller and tourist. We are situated close to Blue Flag beaches, major tourist attractions, the new business hub of Durban and some fine restaurants. Owner-run, guests are assured of a friendly welcome and a comfortable stay. Rooms are en-suite, air-conditioned and serviced daily, except Sundays. A hearty full English breakfast is served around the pool, and a TV with full DStv service is available in the TV lounge. There is also a comfy sitting room where you can relax at the end of the day. The entire establishment is available for hire as self-catering and is within walking distance of La Lucia Mall and close to Gateway Theatre of Shopping. It is also the ideal launch pad to Hluhluwe or uMfolozi Game Parks, the Greater St. Lucia Wetlands, Battlefields, and Drakensberg World Heritage Site to name a few. Local attractions include dolphin-viewing, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, uShaka Marine World, ABSA Stadium, Sahara Kingsmead Cricket Ground, Sharks Board and numerous champion golf courses. Philip and Alison look forward to welcoming you to their B&B.
from R900

Tesorino B & B

1 Review
Sleeps 12 in 6 rooms

Tesorino B&B is situated in the exclusive KwaZulu-Natal seaside town of Umhlanga Rocks on the East Coast of South Africa, 25 minutes...
Tesorino B&B is situated in the exclusive KwaZulu-Natal seaside town of Umhlanga Rocks on the East Coast of South Africa, 25 minutes from Durban International Airport. Tesorino is within walking distance of the village and the main beach and a short hop to Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre, South Africa’s premier business, residential and entertainment node. Also nearby are Durban’s best shopping destinations, the Gateway Theatre of Shopping and the exclusive La Lucia Mall. Golf Courses, Sport Stadiums and Casinos, including the Sun International Sibaya Casino are all within close proximity.So whether you are in town for business or just looking to escape the race for a while, we invite you to join us at Tesorino B & B.
from R1050

Eagle Wind Manor

1 Review
Sleeps 12 in 5 rooms

Situated on the crest of Botha’s Hill, on the edge of the Valley of 1,000 Hills, Eagle Wind Manor is uniquely positioned for the...
Situated on the crest of Botha’s Hill, on the edge of the Valley of 1,000 Hills, Eagle Wind Manor is uniquely positioned for the convenience of being close to Hillcrest, with all its shops, restaurants and other amenities, and the restfulness of being in the countryside. Whether your aim is business or pleasure, honeymoon or family holiday, you will experience a warm welcome and a relaxed, country house atmosphere, along with luxury and efficient personal service. Eagle Wind Manor is only 30 minutes from Durban or Pietermaritzburg, with easy access to the M13 and N3 highways. The main house offers a large, comfy lounge with seating arranged in such a way that it facilitates private conversation as well as accommodating larger groups, perfect for discreet business meetings, armchair seminars or quiet relaxation. The lounge features a beautiful fireplace for cold winter nights, and is equipped with a big screen TV. Books and board games are also available for guests to enjoy. A sumptuous breakfast buffet or full English breakfast is served in the dining room, or you may choose to enjoy your meal on the patio overlooking the garden. Take time to wander around our beautiful, substantial, treed garden, with its abundance of bird-life. For the more energetic, you can dive into our sparkling 12 m pool, great for swimming laps, or simply relax on a pool lounger on the pool patio. We offer five upmarket Double Rooms, with an Executive Suite large enough to accommodate a family. Elegantly furnished and luxuriously appointed, the rooms offer exquisite décor and superb en-suite bathrooms. Our great service and attention to detail includes offering all the little luxuries one would expect from a top-grade establishment. Eagle Wind Manor also offers other meals by arrangement, ample secure parking, braai facilities, laundry service and fax, photocopy, email and Internet facilities.
from R960

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

Erlesmere Lodge

8 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

T & T Bed and Breakfast

11 Reviews
Sleeps 7 in 3 rooms

Located in Westville with easy access to the N3 and the M13. The Pavilion Shopping Centre, Village Market, Westville Mall and Westwood...
Located in Westville with easy access to the N3 and the M13. The Pavilion Shopping Centre, Village Market, Westville Mall and Westwood Shopping Centre are in close proximity with Gateway (to the North) and Galleria (to the South) about a 20 minute drive. This B & B is perfectly situated for the business person with meetings to attend in either Westville, Pinetown, central Durban, Pietermartizburg, North or South Kwa-Zulu Natal. For the leisure travel, we are based in a beautiful leafy suburb which is only 15 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the Durban CBD and the beaches. There are various sporting facilities in an approximate 20 minute radius from our B & B. In each of our 4 bedrooms, we offer our guests the choice of a king size or 2 single beds. In room Tracey, there is an additional single bed and room Terrance offers an additional 2 single beds, making this an ideal family room. All rooms are en suite with air conditioning, TV (with DSTV hospitality package and a media player), hair dryers, iron & ironing board and have sliding doors opening onto the garden. T & T Bed and Breakfast opened in 2008 and since then, we have been on a drive to ensure that we become environmentally friendly and sustainable. This is a passion shared by the management, staff and family members of T & T Bed and Breakfast. From explaining our recycling initiative, to cooking our guests meals using produce out of our vegetable garden. We will continue our drive to do our little bit for the environment and hope that our commitment translates into other Bed and Breakfasts and our guest contributing and doing their little bit. Breakfast is included in the rate and dinners can be arranged on request. There is secure parking on the property with remote controlled access. An undercover patio area has a braai facility (prior arrangements are required to be made to use this facility) and the open patio overlooks the swimming pool. First Certified Green Leaf Environmental Standard Bed & Breakfast in South Africa National Lilizela Award winner : Sustainable Development - Best Overall Environmental Management.
from R850

'a Viletta Guest House

5 Reviews
Sleeps 12 in 4 rooms

‘a Viletta Guest House has four luxury double bedrooms which are tastefully decorated to create oppulance yet still provide home comforts. ...
‘a Viletta Guest House has four luxury double bedrooms which are tastefully decorated to create oppulance yet still provide home comforts. Enjoy the perfect holiday or business trip in the peace and tranquillity of ‘a Viletta in Umhlanga Rocks. Wake up in the morning to the singing of birds and enjoy your first cup of coffee on our balcony overlooking the swimming pool and the ever changing sea. Our bedrooms are all en-suite with hospitality trays, flat screen TV’s with DStv, built in desk and chair for our business guests, air-conditioning and overhead fans, safes, laundry and valet service. Our breakfasts are exciting, varied and in abundance. We have a passion for cooking and try our best to make your breakfast a memorable experience. 'a Viletta Guest House is perfectly positioned in Umhlanga Rocks, one kilometre from Umhlanga village, the beach and Gateway Shopping Centre and 10 min from King Shaka Airport and the city centre. We are able to accommodate holiday makers and business professionals alike. If you are looking for a quiet getaway the privacy of 'a Viletta will suit you perfectly. If on business we are able to assist with Internet connection and various office facilities. Durban offers a multitude of entertainment, whether it be to enjoy the city lights, the village atmosphere of Umhlanga Rocks and its street-side cafe’s, restaurants and pubs, The Gateway theatre of shopping experience, a sunny time at the beach or a quiet time at our guest house. Let us take care of you.
from R1100

Jay and Bee Guest House

Sleeps 24 in 10 rooms

Jay and Bee Guest House is a lovely accommodation establishment situated in the heart of Westville North, which is a quiet suburb. ...
Jay and Bee Guest House is a lovely accommodation establishment situated in the heart of Westville North, which is a quiet suburb. Westville is located within a 20-minute drive from Durban which offers guests a wide variety of attractions and activities as well as lovely beaches. The guest house offers a choice of staying in one of 10 En-suite Rooms that are furnished with either a comfortable double, queen-size or three-quarter bed. All the rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with bar fridges, Satellite TVs, tea and coffee facilities and Wi-Fi Internet access. Some of the rooms are also located upstairs. Breakfast is served in the dining room and lunch and dinner are available on request and at an additional cost. Laundry and braai facilities are available and guests can cool down in the pool on those hot days. Parking is provided behind remote-controlled gates.
from R850

Centre Court B & B

2 Reviews
Sleeps 12 in 5 rooms

A comfortable Tuscan-style home, with wide-open verandas, and spacious rooms awaits the weary traveller in the heart of Durban North. The...
A comfortable Tuscan-style home, with wide-open verandas, and spacious rooms awaits the weary traveller in the heart of Durban North. The comfortable air - conditioned rooms are tastefully decorated with en suite facilities and private TV. A scrumptious full South African & Health breakfast is served, or if you prefer one of your own choice. Secure off road parking is available for all guests. Centre Court is close to the Main Highway and offers easy access to the Airports, beaches, CBD, Umhlanga Rocks, Sun Coast Casino, Sports Stadiums & Golf Courses. Your hosts, Peter and Banu, await your arrival.
from R900

Sparkling Star Guest House

Sleeps 10 in 5 rooms

This gracious old Victorian home was built in the 1920’s and offer great ambience and atmosphere...
This gracious old Victorian home was built in the 1920’s and offer great ambience and atmosphere with its special architectural design and old gleaming Oregon pine floors. The smell of freshly brewed coffee will invite you to relax on the patio or in the garden overlooking Durban’s harbour. Sparkling Star Guest House is situated in the heart of Glenwood, close to the University of Natal, St. Augustine’s and Entabeni Hospital and an easy drive away from the CBD and Durban’s beaches. The guest house has many facilities that cater for both the travelling business person and holidaymaker.
from R1000

Kingston House

Sleeps 14 in 7 rooms

Kingston House has the pleasure of offering you luxurious en-suite accommodation in our large well-appointed and individually decorated...
Kingston House has the pleasure of offering you luxurious en-suite accommodation in our large well-appointed and individually decorated bedrooms. Air-conditioning and overhead fans in every bedroom ensure night time comfort for those hot Durban summer months. Newly-weds will enjoy being pampered in our Honeymoon Suites, one of which has a Jacuzzi for private use. Coffee and tea as well as 54 cm television is available in all rooms, with programmes suited to all tastes including DStv, M-Net and SABC. Relaxation at our poolside gazebo or on the upstairs sun deck finds favour with many of our guests. Guests are invited to begin the day with a hearty Continental and full English breakfast, served every morning in our dining room by your hosts. By prior arrangement and as optional extras, we are more than happy to provide set menu dinners, snack lunches and beach picnic baskets.
from R1350

Durban South Africa

Durban Bed and Breakfast 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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