Backstory

Tourists from all over the world have been coming to Durban for more than half a century, attracted mainly by the City’s famous beaches and the all-year-round sunshine. But once they arrive here, they soon discover that this city has a lot more than beautiful, golden beaches to offer.

It is a centre of world-class sport and hosts major international events. It is a shoppers’ paradise with sophisticated shopping malls and precincts, craft markets and street bazaars. It is an entertainment and hospitality centre offering a wide range of accommodation from swish beachfront hotels to themed lodges, guesthouses, self-catering apartments and homely B&Bs. It is also a bustling commercial and manufacturing centre connected to the business capitals of the world, and is built around one of the busiest ports in Africa.

Durban’s people are friendly and laid-back, and reflect a rich cultural diversity that includes African, Eastern and Western influences. Perhaps it’s this blend of culture, art and environment that makes Durban so unique. There’s nowhere else quite like it. There is an abundance of breathtaking scenery just beyond the City. To the north lies the bustling coastal town of Umhlanga, packed with hotels, restaurants and beautiful beaches. To the south is the Sapphire Coast, an endless stretch of sub-tropical paradise dotted with holiday towns. To the west lies the verdant Valley of 1000 Hills with its nature reserves and cultural villages.

A little further afield, the Big Five game reserves are just a few hours’ drive away, while further west the mighty uKhahlamba Drakenberg Park – a World Heritage Site – beckons.
Durban is a modern African city that has opened its arms to visitors from around the globe. Tourism has played a major role in the growth of the city for decades, and consequently, there is a well developed hospitality infrastructure that is dedicated to exceeding visitors’ expectations.

The Durban Routes tourism campaign was created some 4 years ago through a public-private partnership between the local (regional) Chambers of Commerce and tourism authorities.

Collectively we bring to you our top recommendations of route trips to meander, places to see, shop, eat, meet and play – all of which are shown as recommended flags on our customised google maps.  So check out our various recommended routes, find the places you would like to see and jump in your car, or hired car, and head off with confidence. If you like, contact one of the recommended tour guides listed on our website who will happily provide you with far greater insights and fun-filled stories of this awesome place – Dynamic Durban. Enjoy the experience!