Located on South Africa’s east coast, Durban’s warm subtropical climate, abundance of beaches and wildlife-rich nature reserves make it worthwhile visiting any time of year.
Durban is a convenient base for discovering wildlife due to its variety of surrounding nature reserves and national parks. North of the city, you’ll find Crocodile Creek which is home to over 6,000 crocodiles, alligators, snakes and other reptiles. If you’re wanting to tick seeing the Big Five off your bucket list, you should head out on a game drive in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park – the oldest game reserve in Africa.
Durban is famous for its world-class surf spots and wide, sandy beaches, many of which can be found along the popular stretch of shoreline known as 'The Golden Mile'. North Beach is a good choice for swimmers and beginner surfers alike, thanks to its calmer waters. The more secluded Umdloti Beach brings the added spectacle of early morning dolphin spotting and whale watching between July and November.
One of the most picturesque ways to explore Durban is by taking a bike ride along the promenade. You can rent your ride at 'The Golden Mile' and spend around three hours taking in sights along the seafront such as the North Pier, Durban Funworld and uShaka Marine World. The city is a great place for adventurous types, with opportunities to skydive, scuba dive and try out water sports. For a unique thrill, you can even test your nerves on the world’s tallest swing inside the Moses Mabhida Stadium.