Local Knowledge & Travel Tips
Durban is one of South Africa’s best-loved holiday destinations. The postcard perfect beaches, year-round sunshine, uniquely Afro-Indian culture and fascinating historical heritage are waiting to be discovered. Our Durban guide includes useful travel tips, delicious dining destinations, a Durban spa guide, local’s favourite Durban attractions, suggestions on the top Durban hotels and the best beaches on the Golden Mile. Discover what makes Durbs so special and why the New York Times rated Durban as a top 10 ‘must-visit’ destination.
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South Africa has 11 official languages with English spoken throughout the country. Up to 50% of the population of Durban have English as a first language.
With its mix of cultures and languages it is no surprise that Durban has its own special sound.
Currency & Prices
Durban generally offers even more value than Johannesburg and Cape Town. From shopping and dining to entertainment and hotel stays, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy excellent value without compromising on service or quality.
Durban has a very pleasant year round climate and it’s not unusual to enjoy a ‘beach day’ any time of the year. Expect some rainy days during spring and summer but don’t expect an extended non-stop rainy-season.
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What To Do In Durban
Durban’s Golden Mile runs along some of the best swimming and surfing beaches in the country. The natural bay in which it lies along with the layout of its many piers and the protection of shark nets, makes it one of the safest stretches of coastline to enjoy your beach holiday. Have fun in and out of the water, hire a surfboard for the day or join the kids in building their dream sandcastle.
Shopping and Markets
Out & About
Durban's Culture and History
Dining in Durban
| Jeera – the menu offers a range of classic Indian dishes with a contemporary twist and a little bit of Durban inspiration. |
Daruma – sushi, sashimi, tempura and other tantalizing Japanese and Asian dished all expertly prepared with fine ingredients at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani hotel in Durban.
Grill Jichana – traditional grill house favourites combined with flavours of the African East Coast spice route.
The Sugar Club – culinary excellence, unsurpassed service and an award winning wine list.
Lingela – guests return again and again to Lingela, Durban’s favourite interactive buffet restaurants. Lingela has everything from seafood and vegetarian dishes to prime cuts and mouth-watering desserts.
Vigour & Verve – a hip coffee-bar style café on the Durban beachfront. Great coffee, tasty cakes and a choice of light meals for a lazy way to spend some hours.
Elements Café Bar – eclectic informal dining, light snacks, cocktails and more at uMhlanga’s famous Beverly Hills hotel.
Panorama Bar – sit at the bar or around the pool and enjoy one of the best views in Durban alongside some of the best cocktails and light meals
Durban Spa Guide
|Our Durban spa guide is the first step on your path to relaxation, rejuvenation and refreshment. As with all spa treatments, the best way to enjoy the experience is to tell the therapist exactly what you want to achieve and let them do the work.|
As with all spa treatments, the best way to enjoy the experience is to tell the therapist exactly what you want to achieve and let them do the work.
If you feel that your skin is looking a little tired, perhaps more lines than you’d like to see, or just want to treat your skin to a little rejuvenation then a facial is for you. Facials are designed to improve your skin using natural therapies and treatments.
Hands & Feet
Your hands and feet do a lot for you, so it’s probably time they get a little pampering. A pedicure (feet) or manicure (hands) revitalizes the look and feel of your skin and nails.
While individual treatments focus on a specific area of your body a full spa treatment or spa package will leave your entire body and mind feeling less stressed and energized. Combining the best beauty treatments along with gentle massage therapy is the perfect way to relax in Durban.
The Harmonious Half Day Spa stretches over three hour long therapies including Hot Stone massage, a skin cleansing ritual and a North African Head, Neck & Shoulder massage.
A couples spa treatment is perfect if you want to reconnect with your loved one, or even just take some time out to relax together. Both of our Durban beachfront spa’s allow you to book couples sessions. Just get in touch with either the Spa at Suncoast or Mangwanani Boutique Spa at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani.
Durban Spa For Men
Spa treatments are not just for ladies; gentlemen are well catered for with a range of treatments that are tailored to their skin and to reverse the effects of daily skin damage from shaving. From re-energising the skin to exfoliating back rubs and hand and foot grooming, the spa is just what your body needs.
Book a Babor Men’s Re-Energising Treatment to desensitize, moisturize and revitalize your face.
Mama’s Touch – a specially designed massage for pregnant mum’s to be.
Indian Ocean Dream – a spa package for a special occasion that includes body treatments, face treatments, hand and foot treatments and an indulging massage.
Cleopatra Milk Wrap – a queenly treatment to leave your skin satin smooth and nourished.
Chocolate Body Wrap – luxury for chocolate lovers that tightens and repairs the skin.
To get the most out of your Durban spa treatment it’s always good to remember the following: