A country straddling two diverse continents, struggling to define its identity for centuries, steeped in history, and blessed with otherworldly landscapes certainly makes for an intriguing voyage. Torn between its oriental and occidental cultures, it is a continually shifting civilisation, which has played pivotal roles in many of history’s most critical events. After dreaming about this destination for years, we finally had the opportunity to visit, and before we had even left, we were already mentally planning our next trip to this wonderful country.
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.
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.