There are plenty of cheap domestic flights operating between Durban and both Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as smaller cities like East London, George and Lanseria. Domestic airlines include SAA, Comair (BA), Kulula, SA Airlink, and Mango. Arriving at the King Shaka International Airport the best option is to take the reasonably priced airport shuttle, which departs hourly. There are also cheaper mini-bus taxis, but these are often packed and entail frequent stops en route. Other transport options include taking a private taxi from the airport, which costs a bit more, or renting a car for your stay in Durban.
For overland travel long-haul buses connect Durban with numerous destinations across South Africa and even Gabarone (Botswana) and Maputo (Mozambique). A few mini-bus shuttles run along some routes, like the Baz Bus between Cape Town, the Garden Route and Durban. From Johannesburg travellers can also catch a train, with affordable and luxurious options available.
Durban's new world-class international airport, the King Shaka International Airport (KSIA) only opened in 2010. Located at La Mercy, about 35km north of Durban, this larger and better-equipped modern airport has replaced the Durban International Aiport as the main airport for the city and Kwazulu-Natal region.
Popular domestic flights connect King Shaka in Durban with Cape Town and Johannesburg, as well as Port Elizabeth and Nelspruit (near Kruger National Park). Regional destinations serviced by flights to and from KSIA include; Harare, Lusaka, Maputo and Port Louis (Mauritius). Emirates Airlines flies directly between Durban and Dubai, with several other international hubs accessing Durban via connecting flights in Johannesburg or Cape Town.
Famous for its golden sand beaches and warm Indian Ocean waters, Durban boasts plenty of fine beaches, including Umdloti, Suncoast Beach, Umhlanga, Pirates and Ushaka. Walk along the beachfront of the Golden Mile, enjoy a sundowner overlooking the ocean and take a swim.
Go to one of the world's largest aquariums, Sea World aquarium at uShaka Marine World, covering 40 acres. Entertainment includes being lowered into a shark tank in a sealed capsule and an open ocean exhibit where you can dip underwater to walk with the fishes, as well we the Wet ‘n Wild Water Park and a shopping mall.
Visit PheZulu Safari Park, about half an hour from the city, to see snakes and crocodiles up close, and enjoy some Zulu culture.
Walk through the Durban Botanical Gardens, the oldest botanical gardens in Africa, to see one of the best living plant fossil displays on earth. On Sundays live concerts are also held in the gardens which host orchids, rare plants and ancient cycads.
Pop in at the Durban Art Gallery, Kizo, ArtAfrica and Artisan to see the art scene. Take a look at the Campbell Collections to see paitings of indigenous people and traditional clothing, artworks by black artists, artefacts and historically significant documents. Durban hosts various markets from fleamarkets for the trendy to bustling Indian spice and African crafts markets.
Hop on the Arts or Heritage Bus, or the open-air Ricksha Bus to get an overview of this multi-cultural city, or take the The Oriental Walking Tour which visits the Zulu Muti (medicine) Market, Juma Musjid Mosque and Victoria Street Market. Join the Historical Walking Tour for historical and architectural highlights, like City Hall.
Take in fantastic views over the city, do the sky walk, ride in the sky car, bungee swing off the arch of the stadium, stroll in the gardens and admire the impressive architecture.
Get a taste of traditional Zulu culture, gain insight into the history of Natal and take in the spectacular scenery in the Valley of 1000 Hills near Durban.