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Journey to Durban, on the east coast of South Africa, for a holiday that encapsulates all that is great about this vast and varied nation. From city thrills and beach-side breaks to adventures into the mountains and plains, hotels in Durban act as a gateway to an unforgettable trip.

Why go?

There are plenty of reasons to visit the city of Durban...

A beautiful beachfront; cool bars; stylish boutiques; golf courses; Art-Deco and colonial architecture; and a handful of captivating museums: Durban competes with any of its fellow cities in South Africa - in fact it can give many global cities a run for their money.

The sands of the Golden Mile are inviting, while the year-round warm weather and abundant sunshine makes swimming and sun-bathing possible whenever you visit this city on the Indian Ocean. Venture away from the beach to see mesmerising art collections, shop in the spicy Indian District, see Zulu healers at work, or watch surfers tackling monster waves - we told you Durban would be unforgettable!

You can also use Durban hotels as a base for journeys into South Africa's natural landscape. When you arrive, find out about day trips to game reserves in KwaZulu-Natal to spot majestic animals; you can also arrange visits to hotspots of Zulu heritage and culture. The mighty Drakensburg Mountains are just a few hours away too.

Where to stay?

Use our handy guide to find the best hotels in Durban at the best price for you...

There's a fantastic blend of hotels in Durban. You can check in at modern hotels in soaring skyscrapers, stay closer to the ground in colonial-style lodges, enjoy views of the ocean in beach-front pads, book cheap hotels throughout the city or check out cutting-edge South African style at one of the boutique hotels that continue to appear.

If you're planning on a beach break, then stay along the Beachfront, or the Golden Mile, for quick and easy access to the sands. Some of the city's best hotels can be found close to the ocean and many offer excellent views.

The upmarket suburbs of Morningside, Windermere and Essenwood also house many of Durban's best four- and five-star hotels. With plenty of restaurants, shops and attractions, and within only 10 minutes of the beach, these are great areas in which to stay.

Many visitors also look for hotels in Umhlanga, a resort town to the north of the city. Skyscrapers still dominate the skyline but the pace is decidedly slower than in Durban. It's a 15-minute drive into Durban city centre, so you needn't miss out on sightseeing.

What to see?

Discover the highlights of Durban with our handy guide...

No idea where to start in Durban? There's much to see and do for first-time visitors, so follow our short guide to begin your explorations.

Top five attractions

Muthi Market
Muthi - traditional Zulu medicine - requires a variety of unusual ingredients. Tourists are welcomed at this fascinating market, which is not for the faint-hearted. Parts of dead animals are on sale, as well as all kinds of natural products that make up the lotions and potions. There are also plenty of souvenirs and trinkets for sale.

The Campbell Collections
In the leafy suburb of Berea is Muckleneuk, former home of the wealthy Campbell family and now a collection of museums that show off pieces such as furniture, Zulu arts, paintings and information on the region.

uShaka Marine World
This huge theme park on the beachfront is home to the Sea World aquarium, the Wet 'n Wild waterpark, a beach and the Village Walk, where you'll find shops and restaurants. There is much fun to be had here over a few days.

Moses Mabhida Stadium
One of the host stadiums for the 2010 World Cup, this is much more than an impressive sports venue. You can take the SkyCar to the top of the arch, swing into the stadium (yes, really) or tour by Segway.

Phezulu Safari Park
Less than 45 minutes from the city, in the Valley of a 1000 Hills, is this pleasant park where you can see zebras, giraffes, crocodiles, snakes and a variety of other animals and reptiles. There are also cultural shows and workshops.

What's on?

Find out what's on when in Durban, South Africa's third largest city...

Durban knows how to host a party and the city-wide calendar is brimming with exciting events.

Events

Splashy Fen; April: This festival is a large-scale gathering of great bands and music fans. Held on a nearby farm in Underberg and complete with stalls, children's entertainment and camping, it's like the South African equivalent of Glastonbury.

Vodacom Durban July: Join the crowds at Greyville Racecourse for what is billed as Africa's greatest horseracing event.

National Braai Day; September: To braai - barbecue - is to celebrate South Africa on this important day and there will be plenty going on, as well as plenty of sizzling, in Durban. The People's Park at the Moses Mabhida Stadium often hosts big events.