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The history of this now magnificent city is controversial. Once upon a time, Durban enforced the harshest apartheid laws on it’s mixed population, keeping the races strictly segregated. The British, who at the time called it Port Natal, founded it. They brought in the original Indian sugar cane plantation workers as indentured servants, creating what has now become the highest concentration of Indians outside of Asia. 

Once the Apartheid era was over however, Durban quickly revamped it’s image to become the very poster child for secularity and progressive thinking. The city now unabashedly celebrates its mixed cultural heritage. 

Apart from the magnificent Marine World, there isn’t much to do in the city limits. Durban’s main attractions are the lovely beaches kissing the Indian Ocean, around which most of the city’s entertainment and hangout spots are based. Outside the city though, the wonders of South Africa and it’s Zulu heritage come into play. Be sure to check out the Valley of a Thousand Hills.

Durban Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Durban tips for your visit

  • Tip 10% of your restaurant bill.
  • Keep your valuables safe in a locker somewhere
  • Smart casual wear is almost universally accepted.
  • Ask permission before you photograph someone.
  • Don’t wear ostentatious items in public,
  • Don’t use the words “negro” or “blacks”
  • Do not call Afrikaaners dutchment

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Durban Tours for you

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Durban

  • Save 7% Durban City Half-Day Tour
    Durban City Half-Day Tour1 Reviews

    Duration: 4 Hrs 30 Mins

    A tour dedicated to the discovery of the cultural and historical contrasts of this cosmopolitan city where east meets west. T...

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  • Save 7% Ushaka Marine World in Durban
    Ushaka Marine World in Durban2 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Durban's world class saltwater aquarium, Ushaka Marine World will have young and old delighted! With over 30 indoor and outdo...

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  • Save 7% Hluhluwe Game Reserve Safari
    Hluhluwe Game Reserve Safari20 Reviews

    Duration: 12 Hrs

    Spend a day on safari in the magical Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Located in the heart...

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  • Save 7% Full-Day Hluhluwe Game Reserve Tour from Durban
    Full-Day Hluhluwe Game Reserve Tour from Durban4 Reviews

    Duration: 12 Hrs

    Enjoy a full day of game viewing in a 96,000 hectare wildlife sanctuary for the opportunity of spotting animals, including th...

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Facts and Stats for Durban*

  • Pollution Statistics in Durban

    Know the pollution level of Durban before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 56.62 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 42.65 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 63.97 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 27.27 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 46.32 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 41.91 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 46.88 (Moderate)
  • Durban: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Durban for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Durban.

    • Burglary and Theft 83.01 (Very High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 80 (Very High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 87.69 (Very High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 91.73 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 79.37 (High)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 76.79 (High)
    • Attacks 77.15 (High)
    • Drug offense 72.29 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 33.85 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during night 7.75 (Very Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 61.2 (High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 65.96 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 81.4 (Very High)
  • Living in Durban - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Durban is 143.32 (High)

    • Safety Index 20.52 (Low)
    • Climate Index 95.61 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 53.26 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 31.97 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 41.5 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 51.24 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 3.2 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 98.83 (High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Durban

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Durban

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.12 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5.96 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 37.72 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 89.71 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 53.47 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ‚Äčand subjected to change without notice.

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