Durban

South Africa

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With rich cultures, expansive beaches and historic landmarks intertwined within a hip, vibrant atmosphere, Durban boasts a seemingly endless array of possibilities. The port city is home to the largest population of Indians outside India and also to millions of Zulu (South Africa's largest ethnic group). Visit an authentic Zulu village for a glimpse into their traditions. Whilst touring the city's historic sites, including Mahatma Gandhi's house and International Printing Press, you can enjoy delicious Indian cuisine at a local restaurant. Or choose to slow it down, way down, lounging on warm sands or taking a rickshaw ride along the Golden Mile - a nearly four-mile-long beachfront esplanade.

What you NEED TO KNOW

  • Port Name & Location
    Port of Durban.
  • Time Zone
    South Africa Standard Time
  • Language
    South Africa has 11 official languages: Southern Sotho, Pedi/Northern Sotho, Tswana, Swati, Ndebele, Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans, English, Venda, and Tsonga.
  • Currency & Shopping
    The local currency used for purchases is South African Rand. Durban offers a wide range of shopping experiences, from local crafts to upscale boutiques. The bustling Victoria Street Market - the city's oldest market - is popular with more than 150 stalls selling a variety of goods from across Asia.
    • Famous For
      Durban is known for its large Indian population, world-class surfing and expansive beaches along the Golden Mile.
    • Important
      Eleven official languages can sound intimidating for most tourists (learning to even say "thank you" that many ways could be anxiety provoking). But have no fear - most South Africans speak English.
    • Fun Fact #1
      The Temple of Understanding is the largest Hare Krishna temple in the Southern Hemisphere. Its unique architecture (inspired by the lotus flower), ornate interior and delicious vegetarian restaurant make it a popular attraction.
    • Fun Fact: Foodies
      Bunny chow is a very popular Durban street food that has spread in popularity across the country. Despite what the name suggests, no bunnies are listed in the ingredients. Rather, this hearty dish consists of a hollowed out loaf of bread stuffed with spicy curry and chicken, pork or a vegetarian variety.

Durban TOP EXCURSIONS

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We know the destinations you'll be visiting and what there is to see, do and experience. We offer you a variety of excursions to choose from, in every port you'll visit.

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Durban City Tour

Explore Durban's unique blend of diverse Asian, African and European cultural influences during a tour of this coastal c...

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Tala Game Reserve

Explore South Africa's diverse flora, wildlife and bird-life during this memorable visit to the Tala Game Reserve. ...

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Valley of the Thousand Hills

Explore past and present-day African tribal cultures in the traditional homeland of the Zulu during this half-day visit ...

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Nelson Mandela Capture Site

Behold the steel-pole sculpture that ingeniously transforms into Nelson Mandela’s face near the spot where he was captur...

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