Durban located on the east coast of South Africa is a vibrant port town bustling with shipping, business, soft sand beach resorts and everything a holiday maker would prefer and choose for South Africa holidays. It started life in1823 as a tiny British trading post and today is the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, a province that offers abundant game reserves, the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, the temperate Midlands and a subtropical coastline.
Durban Kwazulu Natal is blessed with balmy weather all year round, making it a perfect holiday paradise and many of the facilities demanded by holiday makers can be found here – great restaurants, shops & touring options. The city is justifiably proud of its beautiful parks, which include the Durban Botanical Gardens, a Japanese Garden and the Jamieson Rose Gardens, in which some 200 varieties of rose bloom in springtime.
Durban city hall is one of the most popular sights clad in a long history together with Phansi Museum that holds collections of traditional art, craftworks like Zulu clay pots and beadwork. Take some time off at the Botanical gardens founded in1849 and discover different plants and exotic African, American and Asian trees. Take a peek inside the Emanuel Cathedral before we head off to the informal settlement of Cato Manor.
More Indians live in Durban South Africa on the Golden Mile beach front than any other city outside India and they have brought the exotica of their homeland - mosques and temples, colourful saris, markets packed with Oriental curios, tropical fruits and spices. The heart of Durban's Indian business district, around Grey Street, is a colourful spot to explore. Shops selling delicacies and jewellery, saris and European fashions occupy the arcades of the Great Mosque. The Indian Market in Warwick Street, a few hundred meters west of Grey Street, offers the tourist a sampling of the romance and mystery of the east.
The mighty Drakensberg Mountains, with its 3000m peaks, forms the north-western border of KwaZulu-Natal. Wildlife seen in this area includes antelope, baboons, small mammals
and reptiles. The whole area is a bird sanctuary inhabited by an abundance of diverse bird life, including sugar birds, kingfishers, storks and eagles - and the endangered lammergeyer. Plant life varies widely with altitude - proteas flourish on the slopes while cycads, ferns and yellowwoods are found in the sheltered gorges.
West of Durban is the breathtaking Valley of a Thousand Hills and the pulsating rhythm of PheZulu Village, a living Zulu museum. The quaint villages of Kloof and Hillcrest are also worth a visit. Take a stroll down the tree lined garden avenues and browse charming country hotels and shops. Every now and again you will come across a viewpoint overlooking the valleys in the area.
Hluhluwe Game Reserve located north of Kwa Zulu-Natal is a protected wildlife reserve that hosts nearly 84 different species of mammals and a variety of birds. Some of the common animals include lions, rhinos, buffalos, elephants, zebras, giraffes, spotted hyenas, wildebeests, cheetah and wild dog among others. Take an open vehicle game drive through reserve’s unspoilt beauty.
Start a trip through the undulating lush hills, Sugarcane fields to Himeville and to the north coast at the heart of Zulu Kingdom from Nkwalini valley. Below is the Umhlatusi river surrounded by a large kraal, Shakazulu’s birthplace now an incredible museum. Enjoy the harmony of the intertwined peoples and cultures, music, art and crafts, cuisines and food.
An educational tour of Ushaka marine world is worth spending. The marine park includes some tropical fish species, dolphins, seal, penguins and beautiful coral gardens.
Durban hotel and accommodation
Savor a wide selection of Durban accommodation, hotels and lodges built on raised hills with beautiful lawn backyards, iconic views of the lush rolling hills and views of the serene sea coast. There area Durban hotels that offer luxury and superior facilities such as Audacia Luxury Manor Guesthouse, Makaranga Garden lodge, Balmoral Hotel, Auberge Hollandaise luxury guest house and Edward Durban hotel.
You can also get self catering Durban accommodation from Isundu Villas, Harmony Haven couples retreat, North Durban North Lodge cottages bed and breakfast options from Umhlanga Ocean View, Amazimtoti Sunsplash, Amazaimtoti Wavecrest and Dolphin point in Athlone park.