As KwaZulu-Natal’s largest city, Durban is a warm welcoming coastal city home to spectacular landscapes, diverse wildlife and rich heritage. Referred to by its Zulu name by locals, eThekwini, this city is a mix of vibrant cultures and a melting pot of Indian, Zulu and European influences. Durban offers a vast array of unique nature centred experiences and activities. So, whether you are into food, nature or beautiful beaches - eThekwini is the place for you.

Durban is a diverse and vibrant city that sits on the coast of the warm Indian Ocean. The city boasts a number of beautiful and secluded beaches, nature parks such as the Valley of a 1000 Hills and is a short drive away from a number of conservation focused nature reserves such as the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve. Visitors can tap into the rich cultural heritage of the city which is made up of Indian, Zulu and European influences. This lends to an unique range of art, architecture, interesting people and great food. eThekwini, as it is affectionately known, also has access to the most extensive collections of sea life in the country and beautiful lush landscapes. Spend your holiday strolling along the different beach boulevards or check out the multiple marine research centres and aquariums.

Highlights

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Visit uShaka Marine World, home to the largest aquarium in Africa.
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Enjoy local cuisine with an authentic ‘bunny chow’.
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Soar into the centre of Moses Mabhida Stadium from the Big Rush Swing.
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Take a stroll down Umhlanga Boulevard and get a coffee by the life savers club.
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Grab a cocktail at the Oyster Box. The high tea is also very good.
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Learn to surf. There are plenty of places that offer lessons.

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Durban has a humid subtropical climate, marked by hot, humid summers and warm, relatively dry winters. Winters are very pleasant and certainly the best time to visit. For travellers from the Northern Hemisphere, please note that seasons are reversed and July is right in the middle of winter. Your best bet is to visit during these cooler and dryer months, from April to August or September. You can expect temperatures to be between a moderate 14 to 24 degrees Celsius with clear blue skies.

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