The climate is subtropical with summers are very similar to those in SE Asia and mild to warm winters. A backpackers delight!
Durban’s Zulu name is eThekwini. Durban has more than 50 reserves, developed parks and specialised gardens. The best known is the Durban Botanical Gardens.
Durban is warm all year round which means that the backpackers are hot and there is always a vibe going at the backpacker hostels.
Durban the backpackers city of Adventure...
Durban is a backpackers dream when it comes to adventure and things to do. For the ultimate ride of your life the ‘Big Rush Big Swing’ at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban is a must. This is the world’s only stadium swing and the biggest swing of any kind anywhere.
Jump into the void 106 meters above the world cup football pitch and swing out in a huge 220 meter arc under the iconic arch.
All equipment and instruction is provided by qualified staff.www.bigrush.co.za
See shark feeding time at the Aquarium. Go for a stroll around Umgeni River Bird Project.
Watch cricket at Kingsmead cricket grounds.
Take a bet on the horses at Greyville and make your fortune. Go to the Snake Park and watch them milking venom.Learn more about Jaws at the Sharks Board near Umhlanga Rocks.
A more conventional Durban
So you have put your backpack down and now it is time to check out the Natural Science Museum at the Durban City Hall.
Try the vegetarian restaurant at the Temple of Understanding. See what’s on at the Bat Centre in Durban central. It’s a focal point for art, craft and alternative happenings.
Visit the Durban Art Gallery which has huge collections of everything. Current and historical art sit beside anonymous carvings, clay pots and beadwork and English masterpieces compete with the works of celebrated South African artists. It has over 3500 works.
Sample a fiery local Durban curry, buy henna for DIY temporary tattoos and visit the largest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere.
Buy a curio at the Victoria Street Market located in the Durban city central, some spices to make your own curry with and finish off with some magic muti from a kerbside witchdoctor.Hang out at the happening waterside bars where you can watch the ships come in until you fall off your barstool or get kicked out.
Those Durban beaches, those breaks, those babes
Surf City has the largest population of surfers in the country. Peppered with surf shops and spots, it's an ideal city surfing locale. There are lots of spots, from mellow beach breaks to grindingly hollow reef and beach breaks. Surf dudes, here’s your breakdown. There are surf breaks for all and even the most novice of backpacker surfer should put a surfboard in hand and learn to surf here!
Gateway to Zululand and the Drakensberg
Durban is the gateway to the kingdom of Zululand and the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. It lies on the warm Indian Ocean, is the third largest city in the country and has the largest port in Africa.
Durban vibrates with suppressed energy – hothouse plants grow wild by the roadside, the markets and the city centre can become a frenetic jostle of crowds, emotions run high at rush hour, smells and sights assault the senses - all these extremes combine to give the city an exotic edge unlike anywhere else in South Africa. That edge comes from the meeting of a rainbow mix of cultures.
Zulu, English and Indian have each carved out their enclaves, which overlap and rub shoulders in strange juxtapositions of Victorian architecture spiced with Hindu temples and mosques and the high rise hotels on the Golden Mile which are sandwiched by vibrant markets and the townships that push against the borders of the city.When it is time to put your backpack back on, you have Zululand and the Drakensberg,right on your doorstep.
Mr Price surf competition in July. The Deepvali festival in November. The Kavadi festival in which the participants pierce themselves with skewers to prove their devotion to Muruga (between January and May).
Places to Stay
What to do
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A quiet beach with warm water year round, thumping surf and safe swimming is just a 2 minute walk away. Most mornings see dolphins cruising around the point.
(Umzumbe KZN,South Coast)
For the best Scuba diving on the South Coast and some of the best scuba in the world.
A backpackers, club and restaurant all rolled into one.
(Inhambane and Tofo,Mozambique)
Under new management, they are close to Supertubes.
(Jeffreys Bay,Sunshine Coast)
You can see the shark boats launch from here. From your armchair, actually.
This Wild coast hostel creates space and time to do absolutely nothing in, if that's what you desire.
(Coffee Bay,Wild Coast)
See the 'flying' Great White Sharks above and below water.
(Simon's Town,Cape Town)
Does a Chico blow your hair back? Or do you prefer a Polo? This is your spot.
(Camps Bay,Cape Town)
This backpackers in Robertson is a friendly spot and a great base for exploring Route 62.
Kimberley Backpackers Hotel is an historic building set in the heart of Cape Town.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)