Durban & Surrounds

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Durban is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city of over three million people and is a city where east meets west. Durban is a great place in which to play, shop, experience the nightlife and to relax.

Leisure facilities abound in Durban. Visit uShaka Marine World, Wilson's Wharf on the Victoria Embankment and the nearby BAT centre. Visitors can enjoy fine and traditional dining, entertainment and shopping in scenic surroundings. Grey Street and the Warwick Triangle boast vibrant shops and markets, and beachfront stalls sell traditional arts and crafts.

Dotted along the coast are several seaside towns which offer the same sandy beaches and warm Indian Ocean waters, but are much smaller and less 'urban', with a fine selection of accommodation ranging from guest houses to golf estates. Umhlanga, Ballit and Salt Rock are amongst the most popular of these which are all within half an hour's drive of Durban.

ACCOMMODATION

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Quarters Hotel Florida Road

Quarters Hotel is situated at the corner of Sindile Thusi (formerly Argyle) and Florida Road, in an area often referred to as Durban's "Dining District". Accommodation consists of 23 standard...

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The Oyster Box

The Oyster Box is situated overlooking the historical Umhlanga lighthouse on prestigious beachfront near Durban, with views of the Indian Ocean. There are 86 luxurious and individually designed...

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Beverly Hills Hotel

The Beverly Hills Hotel is set on the coastline of Umhlanga Rocks, one of the premier coastal locations in South Africa, with spectacular views over the Indian Ocean. The hotel has 89 rooms...

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Zimbali Resort

Zimbali Resort is set within a coastal forest reserve on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Situated between the reserve and the sea, the resort's natural beauty is enhanced by the rich Zulu...

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Teremok Marine

Along the tropical belt of KwaZulu-Natal, nestled amongst the palm and giant Milkwood trees lies Teremok Marine, a luxurious five-star boutique lodge whose name translates fro...

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Canelands Beach Club & Spa

Canelands is a luxurious and elegant 10 bedroom beach club situated in the popular upmarket region of Salt Rock on KwaZulu Natal‘s North Coast, South Africa. Set literally a step away from th...

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Sandals Guest House

Sandals Guest House is located only a short stroll from the beach the vibrant village which abounds in top class restaurants, bars and coffee shops. The guest house offers four rooms, each with t...

ITINERARY IDEA

Day 1 - 2: Durban & Surrounds

Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast

Just outside of Durban is the seaside resort town of Umhlanga Rocks. The tropical weather and lush vegetation make this an enticing holiday destination, attracting visitors from all over the world. It is the perfect location for ocean enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers alike, with great opportunities for diving, swimming, scuba diving, whale watching, dolphin viewing, deep sea fishing and kite boarding. 

Day 3 - 4: Durban & Surrounds

Meal Basis: Full Board

An imposing wall of rock that rises to 3000m, creating untold inspiring views and hikes. Known to the Zulus as the Barrier of Spears and to the first European settlers as the Dragon's Mountains. The Ukhahlamba Drakensberg is 1 of 8 South African UNESCO World Heritage sites, uniquely being on for both its significance as a natural resource and for the heritage of the San Paintings. For 1000s of years they hosted the San people and they in turn left their record on the walls on numerous sandstone caves.

Today most of the Drakenberg is protected as a National Park and it is a major attraction for the lover of the outdoors.

Day 5 - 6: Durban & Surrounds

Meal Basis: Full Board

KZN is steeped in history and literally littered with battlefields; from the struggles of the Zulu Civil Wars, to their clashes with the Boers and the British and the two wars where South Africa’s white tribes fought against one another. The most well-known and well visited sites are those where the legendary Battles of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift took place on the same day, lodging the Zulus firmly at the top of great warrior nations. Not far from these battlefields are the famous Anglo-Boer War fields of Spioenkop, Colenso and the Siege of Ladysmith, which drew characters like Winston Churchill, Louis Botha and Mohandas Gandhi onto the same stage.

Day 7 - 11: Durban & Surrounds

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve is the jewel in the crown of the KwaZulu Natal game reserves. Proclaimed in 1895, it is also the oldest game reserve in Africa. Initially two separate reserves, they were joined to create a single 94 000-hectare reserve which is home to one fifth of the world's black and white rhino population. It was here that the internationally acclaimed Operation Rhino started in the 1960s, successfully capturing and relocating white rhino to havens within South Africa and abroad. As a result, this country's white rhino population is now 12 times the 1960 count of 500. Today Hluhluwe-Umfolozi is focusing its efforts on saving the endangered black rhino, whose number in Africa dwindled from 14 000 to a pitiful 2 550 in the 1990s. The Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve was the first reserve to introduce walking safaris and its Wilderness Trails are internationally renowned.

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