South Africa, Africa

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    Year-round sunshine and elegant living

How to enjoy Durban

Durban is inescapably a seafront city, with South Africa’s busiest port at its center and miles of golden sand beaches stretching out on either side. Blessed with a subtropical climate and warm seas, you’re as likely to see an Arctic Tern as you are a surfer in a wetsuit

  • Explore the caves and escarpments of the Drakensberg mountains to see some of the thousands of ancient San rock paintings to be found there
  • Enjoy world class golf at the championship links, Durban Country Club, a favorite of South African golfer Ernie Els
  • Take the boardwalk into the heart of the Beechwood Mangroves for chance to catch sight of the extraordinary ‘walking’ fish, the Mudskipper

One of Durban’s most charming areas and an absolute must on any itinerary is Umhlanga. You could quite easily spend long, cloudless days lounging on the golden beach, punctuated by the odd dip in the sea or the reapplication of sun screen. As eveningfalls,do as the locals do and sip chilled drinks on a colonial verandah or take a leisurely stroll along the seafront promenade.

Explore the area’s wildlife at Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve. The dune forests and reed beds are home to monkeys and several species of birds. For nature with teeth, take an early morning boat trip the see the shark nets being cleared. If all this fresh air leaves you feeling hungry, visit the Oyster Box for lunch or dinner. The less formal Ocean Terrace has spectacular sea views (not to mention lighthouse) and offers a curry buffet that enjoys a far-reaching reputation.

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    When to visit Durban

    Although undoubtedly a year-round destination, Durban is famed for a perfect winter sun location, with the warmest months being from November to March. These tend to be the wettest months too, though the rain tends to shortlived when it does come.

Hotels we adore in Durban

Here are the hotels that we love in Durban. We've shared our insight about what makes each one special to help you select the perfect place to stay

The Oyster Box

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Glorious oceanfront retreat with superb dining

Known for: Its exceptional restaurants

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