With accolades like “The coolest city in South Africa you’ve never seen” (from CNN) and “The friendliest city in South Africa” (from its own tourism website, but we’re sure it’s true), Durban, on the Western Cape, is on the rise. The hot nightlife, endless beaches and unique food culture have always drawn South Africans to “the Durb”, and it’s about time you joined them on a holiday in Durban!
Durban’s “Golden Mile” is filled with attractions both strange and expected. Take Mini-Town, a tiny replica of the city, and Snake Park, home to over a hundred types of African snakes. There’s also a surf museum, a casino and plenty of beaches, if you’re not feeling the serpent love. Sports and music lovers will definitely be distracted by Moses Mabhida Stadium, which hosted the 2010 World Cup and musical geniuses like Neil Diamond and Snoop Dogg (yes, they can both be in that category).
Beach bums should make a beeline for Durban package deals in the South Beach neighbourhood, steps from the sand and some of the best surfing. Looking for more action? Bay of Plenty has beach volleyball and water sports. And if you want more space to spread out, take one of our Durban car hire deals north to the Umhlanga Coast. Added awesomeness: “Monkey around” with vervet monkeys at the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve.
Your wheels will come in handy on another stop in Umhlanga (or rather, the boot will). The Gateway Theatre of Shopping is as big of a production as it sounds like—it’s the largest mall in Africa, including 18 movie theatres and a Tony Hawk-designed skate park. Some might say the stores aren’t even the largest draw, but there are still over 400 of them showcasing every brand imaginable.
The Indian District is one place where you can shop till you drop and then eat yourself silly. Yeah, we know, you’re in South Africa, but this city is home to the largest Indian community outside India, so you can actually visit two countries at once with a Durban package. Pick up handwoven tapestries and delicious spices, then feast on mutton curry and bunny chow (no actual bunnies are used). Looking for more local flavour? In the country with the world record for longest-barbecued sausage, trying boerewors (beef sausage with spices) is a must.
If your theme song is “Red, Red Wine” (or “Shots”), you’re in the right place, and you’ve got a few options for nightlife. Packages to Durban’s Windermere neighbourhood will put you near the mousse-and-suits crowd on Florida Road, which is packed with classy lounges and nightclubs. If you’re more into actual theatre than the kind that involves people-watching at the club, stay in Durban Central to be near more cultural pursuits.
Take a detour from the usual South African itinerary and discover a city your friends never even heard of with cheap holidays to Durban from lastminute.com.au. From curries to sunshine to nightlife, Durban is hot in more ways than one.
With a fabulous range of Durban hotels on offer, finding the right one won't be a problem. At the mo, there are 57 accommodations listed on lastminute.com.au.
Whether you're splashing cash or seeking budget digs, Durban has you covered! For a cosy room at a great rate, you can't go past the Cozy Nest Guest House - Durban North, Natal or the Parade Hotel. Alternatively, let the expert staff at the aha Auberge Hollandaise Guest House or the African Pride Audacia Manor Boutique Hotel take care of your every need. After all, what are vacations for if not spoiling yourself?
^Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on lastminute.com.au from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.