About Durban, Kwazulu Natal

Places to see and things to do in Durban

Durban is the biggest metropolitan area in Kwazulu Natal. Situated on the east coast of South Africa (the Indian Ocean), it enjoys warm winters and sub-tropical summers. Durban makes for excellent winter holidays boasting temperatures that is still suitable for sun-bathing and taking a dip in the ocean.

Durban harbour (43,5 km from King Shaka International Airport) along with the new Dube Tradeport contributes to one of the fastest growing urban areas in the world. The harbour is the busiest port in Southern Africa, operating 24 hours of the day and servicing its own industrial and commercial region, the second largest in Southern Africa.

Durban also plays host to quite a few remarkable places to see, including:

  • Durban Botanical Gardens (32,7 km from King Shaka International Airport) - established in 1849, it is a 145ha of experimental tropical crops
  • Beaches - golden stretches of sand makes for perfect swimming beaches in South Africa. Some of which include Ballito, Umdloti, Umhlanga, North Beach, Sun Coast Casino Beach, South Beach (also known as Durban’s Golden Mile) and Ushaka Marine World (33,6 km from King Shaka International Airport). You can also try your take on some surfing lessons, wind surfing lessons, shark cage diving and deep see fishing.
  • Shopping in Durban
    • Gateway Theatre of shopping, Umhlanga Ridge (17,2 km from King Shaka International Airport) 380 world class stores from high fashion, to the most delectable restaurants in Durban, they aim to remain the largest entertainment and shopping complex in the Southern Hemisphere
    • The Pavilion, Westville (38,7 km from King Shaka International Airport) With 230 shops and 40 restaurants, The Pavilion is a delight for families. It boasts with an amusement area, skate park and 12 cinemas. So each member of the family will be able to find their way.
    • The Galleria, Amanzimtoti (58,0 km from King Shaka International Airport) The latest addition to shopping malls in Durban, it hosts exclusive boutiques, entertainment, fashion and dining in 87 000sqm and with 5700 parking bays, it shouldn’t take long to get in there.
  • Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium (25,4 km from King Shaka International Airport) With it's 106metre high arch, it is the latest addition to the Durban skyline. The stadium can hold up to 80 000 spectators which dwarfs the ever popular Kings Park stadium (home to the Sharks rugby team) right next to it. It was specifically build for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup hosted in South Africa.