Durban: Make yourself at home

Come home to Durban. The warmest place under the sun. Enjoy a golden mile of beaches or make the city’s teams your own. It is 300 days of sunshine. Any day is a beach day, ask the millions who visit the city every year to surf, kite board, dive or enjoy a day out at the horse races. It’s a city with a laid back vibe and idyllic weather. A city of sport and leisure. A city of contrasts whose heart beats warm and welcoming.

The Durban skyline sparkles through another sultry night. (Image: Clive Reid, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

The Durban skyline sparkles through another sultry night. (Image: Clive Reid, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

Durban draws tourists to its beaches, now the Moses Mabhida Stadium looms over the famous sands. (Image: Pe_Wu, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

Durban draws tourists to its beaches, now the Moses Mabhida Stadium looms over the famous sands. (Image: Pe_Wu, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

Moses Mabhida's inspiring entrance is a work of art. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Moses Mabhida’s inspiring entrance is a work of art. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

The colour of Durban's Indian community is expressed in the colourfully decorated private busses. (Image: Claire Lee, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

The colour of Durban’s Indian community is expressed in the colourfully decorated private busses. (Image: Claire Lee, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

Or take a rickshaw ride along the beachfront. (Image: Terrence Franck, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

Or take a rickshaw ride along the beachfront. (Image: Terrence Franck, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

Or rent a bike and ride the promenade along Durban's Golden Mile of beaches. (Image: palesa, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr)

Or rent a bike and ride the promenade along Durban’s Golden Mile of beaches. (Image: palesa, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr)

Go underground to enjoy the wonder of under the sea at uShaka Marine World. (Image: palesa, CC BY SA 2.0, via Flickr)

Go underground to enjoy the wonder of under the sea at uShaka Marine World. (Image: palesa, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr)

Durban, where the beach is always just down the road. (Image: Patrick de Laive, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr)

Durban, where the beach is always just down the road. (Image: Patrick de Laive, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr)

The city's ocean teems with sharks, its beaches kept safe by the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence, the only organization of its kind in the world. (Image: palesa, CC BY ND 2.0, via Flickr)

The city’s ocean teems with sharks, its beaches kept safe by the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board Maritime Centre of Excellence, the only organization of its kind in the world. (Image: palesa, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Flickr)

South Africa's surfing capital, Durban has always been about surf and sun. (Image: Gus Presa, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

South Africa’s surfing capital, Durban has always been about surf and sun. (Image: Gus Presa, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

Sharks or no, Durban is all about the sea. (Image: Grace Flora, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

Sharks or no, Durban is all about the sea. (Image: Grace Flora, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

Night-fishing on a warm Durban evening. (Image: Grace Flora, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

Night-fishing on a warm Durban evening. (Image: Grace Flora, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

The facade of the old Durban railway station. The city is a mix of colonial, art deco and modern architecture. (Image: Clive Reid, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

The facade of the old Durban railway station. The city is a mix of colonial, art deco and modern architecture. (Image: Clive Reid, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

The informal muti market takes up space at the bottom of Victoria Street. (Image: Chris Eason, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

The informal muti-market takes up space at the bottom of Victoria Street. (Image: Chris Eason, CC BY 2.0, Flickr)

The Squatters Market is the place to buy farm fresh fruit and vegetables. (Image: Chris Eason, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

The Squatter’s Market is the place to buy farm fresh fruit and vegetables. (Image: Chris Eason, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Durban's Indian Market, a shoppers paradise for spice, incense and traditional clothing. (Image: Grace Flora, CC BY NC ND 2.0, via Flickr)

Durban’s Indian Market, a shoppers paradise for spice, incense and traditional clothing. (Image: Grace Flora, CC BY NC ND 2.0, via Flickr)

Durban Spice Market will add flavour to your life. (Image: Chris Eason, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Durban Spice Market will add flavour to your life. (Image: Chris Eason, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Durban is a fusion of all the cultures that share the city. Zulu dancers, dressed in traditional Indian clothing get ready to perform at the Amphitheatre on the beachfront. (Image: Karen Lotter, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Durban is a fusion of all the cultures that share the city. Zulu dancers, dressed in traditional Indian clothing get ready to perform at the Amphitheatre on the beachfront. (Image: Karen Lotter, CC BY-NC 2.0, via Flickr)

The pier in Umhlanga, a suburb once a longish drive is now a scenic drive along the coast away. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

The pier in Umhlanga, a suburb once a longish drive is now a scenic drive along the coast away. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)

Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, is Zulu. Their culture is celebrated through the province. (Image: Pe_Wu, CC BY NC ND 2.0, via Flickr)

Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, is Zulu. Their culture is celebrated through the province. (Image: Pe_Wu, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via Flickr)

Reason alone to visit Durban, an authentic bunny chow. This one from Johnnies Chip n Ranch. (Image: Karen Lotter, CC BY-NC 2.0, via Flickr)

Reason alone to visit Durban, an authentic bunny chow. This one from Sunrise Chip ‘n Ranch. (Image: Karen Lotter, CC BY-NC 2.0, via Flickr)