Durban Part 4: Places to Stay

With miles of beautiful coastlines, there are tons of accommodation options to suit any travel style and budget. This list is by no means extensive, and we’ve chosen to share some of the places we’ve sampled over the last couple of years to give an idea of what’s available. 

In general, self-catering or hotel apartments tend to be more spacious and better suited to families travelling together, as hotel rooms lack a communal space to congregate in. If staying in Durban Central or Umhlanga, hotel rooms are convenient and often cheaper than booking apartments for people without a Timeshare, and with all the food options around, you don’t really need the kitchen. However, the halaal options in areas like Ballito and Margate are quite limited, and in these areas it is recommended to opt for an apartment as you will likely be cooking or heating up food you’ve brought with. 

Durban Part 3: Things to Eat

While the halaal scene in Joburg is comprised of mostly chain restaurants and pop-ups, Durban is full to the bursting with halaal options, and we struggle to eat our way through the city at every visit. With new options springing up all the time, there’s always something new to try, and we’re always left wanting more. Note that since things change so fast in this space, it’s always a good idea to confirm halaal status before you go by calling or checking websites of local authorities, such as SANHA, ICSA, NIHT, or MJC.

Durban Part 2: Things To Do

You can fill your day with tons of activities, or laze around on the beach all day, and both will be equally satisfying. Some of the most popular things to do are mentioned below.

Durban Part 1: Getting There

Just a six hour drive from Johannesburg, Durban is one of the most popular holiday destinations in South Africa, and with good reason. Most people visit for the warm, Indian Ocean beaches and laid back vibe, but there’s so much more to the city. With tons of activities, great shopping, endless entertainment, and an exciting food scene, Durban has it all. You have four basic options for getting there: driving, flying, taking a bus, or taking a train.

Things to do around Johannesburg: Explore Cullinan

Famous for its eponymous diamond, the historic town of Cullinan is a delight to explore. Just 30km out of Pretoria, it is easily accessible from Pretoria or Johannesburg. While it makes a great day out, there is enough to do in town to turn your visit into a weekend getaway. 

Things To Do Around Johannesburg: Melville Koppies

Alongside the trendy stores and innovative eateries of Melville, lies the vast Melville Koppies Nature Reserve, a lovely green space with magnificent views of the Johannesburg skyline in the distance. Bordered by Beyers Naude Drive, and with secure parking available at Mark’s Park on Judith Road, it is easily accessible to all.

Learn to Scuba Dive

Below the surface of the earth’s oceans lies another whole world, just waiting to be discovered. From blooming coral reefs and jewel toned fish, to forgotten wrecks and swirling plants, the floors of the sea are full of surprises for anyone willing to venture just a little bit out of their comfort zone. The ticket to these vistas is an open water scuba diver certification, something that is offered all over the world, in cities both coastal and inland.