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What are the best things to do in Durban?
The Golden Mile
The Golden Mile is a popular stretch of beach between the Blue Lagoon north of the city and Durban Point, which neighbours Durban Harbour in the centre. The Golden Mile isn’t actually a mile long and instead extends for 4 miles (6.5 kilometres) along the Indian Ocean. It’s a popular spot for surfing, swimming, and lounging on the beach, and it also has a lot of other options for visitors holidaying on flights to Durban. Walk or cycle along the promenade, pop into Time Warp Surfing Museum, and visit uShaka Marine World theme park.
Inanda Heritage Trail
Learn about the heritage of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province by going for a drive along the Inanda Heritage Trail. The road winds its way through the province for 50 kilometres (31 miles). There are many places of significance to see along the Inanda Trail while you’re visiting South Africa on cheap flights to Durban. See the house where Gandhi spent his time in KwaZulu-Natal, the Phoenix Settlement which Gandhi established in 1904, and the Ohlange Institute where Nelson Mandela cast his vote during South Africa’s first democratic election in 1994.
Durban Botanic Gardens
These botanic gardens are the oldest surviving botanic gardens in Africa, and are a must-see for travellers holidaying on return flights to Durban. The Botanic Gardens cover 15 hectares and have collections of both native and exotic plants. Wander along walking trails to take in everything from palms and ferns to a Japanese garden to an orchid house. Durban Botanic Gardens are also known for housing living fossils – a group of cycad plants that date back about 250 million years, which was long before the dinosaurs.
What is the cost of visiting Durban?
Webjet has the tools you need to organise several aspects of your holiday: your airfare to Durban, as well as accommodation and rental car. Nice hotels in Durban typically cost about $100 NZD per night. Central Durban is easy to get around on foot, but some of the top attractions are located outside of the city. Renting a car will help you reach all the places you want to go while visiting South Africa on cheap flights to Durban. Hire a car for rates starting from $10 NZD per day, then plan to pick up the car from King Shaka International Airport (DUR) once your flights to Durban arrive. Take extra precaution as the road rules in South Africa are different than in New Zealand. You could also visit places outside the city by looking into organised tours departing from Durban.
Public transport is another option to keep in mind if you won’t have a car in between return flights to Durban. An airport bus is available between King Shaka International Airport (DUR) and the city centre and costs 80 rand ($7.20 NZD) to ride. Bus journeys within the city cost 32 rand ($2.90 NZD).
There are a variety of free activities to take advantage of when you book tickets to Durban. Visit the beaches and Golden Mile, Durban Botanic Gardens, KZNSA Art Gallery, and Durban Natural Science Museum without putting a dent on your holiday budget. Shark cage diving tops the bucket list of many travellers who book airfare to Durban. A cage diving excursion costs about 1,100 rand ($99.20 NZD). The uShaka Marine World theme park is another popular attraction, particularly for families visiting South Africa on flights to Durban. Entry costs 214 rand ($19.30 NZD) for adults and 174 rand ($17.50 NZD) for kids. Durban is known for excellent surfing, so you may consider taking a lesson while visiting. Set aside about 400 to 650 rand ($36 to $58.60 NZD) depending on the length and group size of your lesson.
When is the best time to visit Durban?
Visitors holidaying on return flights to Durban can look forward to warm weather year-round. Summer temperatures reach about 29°C with humidity and some rain. This is the busiest time of year to travel on flights to Durban, particularly during the school holidays.
Autumn and spring both welcome smaller crowds and less rain than the summer. Daytime temperatures typically range between 25° and 27°C during these seasons. Have a look at tickets to Durban in late autumn or early spring if you’re hoping to spend plenty of time on the beach while avoiding rain.
The winter months cool down to about 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. There’s also very little rain during winter. Although there are some chilly days, winter is a popular time to travel on cheap flights to Durban as South Africans look to escape colder weather in other parts of the country. Winter also coincides with the peak shark season, which lasts from June to September. Cage divers have a good chance of seeing sharks no matter the time of year, but the water visibility and presence of sharks is at its greatest during winter.