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Durban beachfront scenic view from hotel with piers

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As South Africa's third largest city, Durban is renowned for its excellent beaches and visitors can enjoy the Indian Ocean and all it has to offer in terms of fishing, swimming and water-sports opportunities. It has a rich cultural mix and many interesting places to visit in the region.

Why go?

With a fantastic climate and amazing sandy beaches fronting onto the Indian Ocean, you'll love Durban.

The city benefits from a wealth of cultural attractions, including the Durban Art Gallery with its varied exhibitions that include important KwaZulu-Natal art and artefacts and works by many famous South African artists.

Another prime attraction is the Campbell Collection, which is housed in a Cape Dutch-style building which was once the home of Sir Marshall Campbell, who was an influential Natal sugar farmer and politician. The collection is extensive and incorporates works belonging to his children too.

If you want to enjoy the best of the South African social scene, head to the north-western area of the city for exceptional bars and nightlife. Other possible excursions include Ushaka Marine World and the beautiful Botanic Gardens.

With warm temperatures year-round, Durban is a good place to visit at any time of the year and the city benefits from a dry climate and plenty of sunshine.

With such proximity to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, there is also the chance to take part in activities such as kite surfing or wreck diving.

To enjoy the incredible scenery inland and to take advantage of a great and extensive road network, visitors can take advantage of car hire in Durban and convenient pick-ups at Durban International Airport (DUR).

Where to explore?

Outside the city you'll find stunning scenery as well as historic locations to visit in your Durban hire car.

The Kwazulu-Natal province is another interesting area to visit, not least for its fascinating Sugar Terminal, where sugar is refined in front of visitors before being transported across the world.

Along with bustling resort areas such as Umhlanga, the Drakensberg Mountains should not be missed. Kwazulu Natal is the home of the Zulus and is steeped in history. Here you will find sensational views and a place of great tranquillity.

Durban car hire provides the ultimate in flexible travel and gives visitors the freedom to explore this fascinating region and all it has to offer. Of course, while most car travel in the country is without problems, visitors are advised to follow the FCO's advice on safety when driving in South Africa.