Cheap Flights to Durban
Imagine year-round sunshine, warm coastal waters, fabulous beaches and a bustling cosmopolitan city that's famed for its nightlife -- that's Durban. Named after former Cape Governor Sir Benjamin D'urban, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa's third most populous city, Durban is ideal for long beach-based holidays, romantic getaways, family vacations or short shopping sprees.
In 2015, Durban officially became one of the New Seven Wonders cities alongside Kuala Lumpur, La Paz, Doha, Beirut, Vigan and Havana. Visitors flock to the city from around the globe for its magnificent beaches, casinos and entertainments complexes. Often describes as the friendliest city in South Africa, it's a great place for families thanks to attractions like UShaka Marine World, and for couples, singles and groups of friends who come for events like Splashy Fen Festival and the Zakifo Music Festival.
A truly cosmopolitan city where African, Indian and European influences collide, this magical place is also an inspired choice for history and culture fans. Discover prestigious museums and galleries, visit landmarks like the Old Fort or follow the Gandhi Trail before grabbing a 'Bunny Chow' (a hollowed out bread loaf filled with local curry) or sitting down to dinner in one of the many upscale restaurants.
Things to do
Durban really does have universal appeal although its best-known for the famous Golden Mile, nightlife and entertainment. However, it's also a haven for wildlife lovers, a sports enthusiast's dream and a paradise for shoppers.
The famous Golden Mile is actually almost 4 miles of sandy beaches with exotic names like Sugar Coast and Hibiscus. The subtropical climate means that temperatures hover around 30°C in summer and rarely drop below 20^°C in winter. Build sandcastles with the kids, dip a toe in the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean or just stroll along Marine Parade admiring the view.
The historical Old Town centre is compact and easily explored, and notable attractions for history buffs include the Old Fort and City Hall. Families might enjoy spending the day at UShaka Marine Park, where lagoon snorkelling and shark cage dives are on the programme. Those with more glamorous tastes should try the city's trendy clubs and bars or visit the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World complex at the north end of the Golden Mile.
Discover the birds, plants and wildlife of Africa in Durban. Spend the day at Durban Botanical Gardens or see coastal species in a natural setting at Umgeni River Bird Park or nearby St Lucia Wetlands Park. Spot one of the big five at local game reserves like Hluhluwe Umfolozi, one of the oldest in Africa, or Krantz Loof Gorge, a nature reserve that's famed for its amazing waterfalls.
Calender of Events
Music plays a big part in Durban's cultural scene as can be seen by the vibrant music festivals that take place here, but this isn't the only thing celebrated in the city.
Zakifo Music Festival. African and international music each May at Blue Lagoon Beach.
Indaba. Professional visitors flock to Africa's biggest travel trade show. This takes place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Convention Centre and *Durban Exhibition Centre in May.
Splashy Fen. A popular music festival that takes place at the end of March.