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Durban Airport is the gateway to the west coast of South Africa. Pick up your hire car when you land and get acquainted with its beaches, lively cities and wildlife on safari in the KwaZulu-Natal. Pack sunblock, a camera and tissues – it’s going to be emotional.

Why hire a car at Durban Airport?

That all important first mile – driving out of Durban Airport:

60-second guide to Durban airport

in its own head

"We're one of the world's most wildly eclectic cities with some of the finest beaches on the planet!"

but more realistically

It’s true - this city by the beach really is a great place to visit at any time of year.

the vibe

Durban is a vibrant place which the locals are proud of - visitors can expect a warm and enthusiastic welcome.

the natives

This city truly is ethnically diverse and the merits of that are obvious in its architecture, cuisine, fashions and the warmth of its occupants.

the weather

Don't forget your flip-flops: the temperatures rarely drop below the late 20s, even in winter.

the local speciality

Bunny chow, a hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with curry, is one of Durban's favourite dishes.

the celebrity

Virginia Wade, the last British tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title, was brought up here before she moved back to England at the age of 15.

did you know?

Durban is the busiest container port in Africa.

they say

"Durban contains such a vast spectrum of cultures, beliefs and physical and economic landscapes that it is indeed difficult to encapsulate the place in a well-worded phrase." - eThekwini Online

5 to see in town...

1. Moses Mabhida Stadium

This magnificent stadium was built when South Africa hosted the World Cup in 2010. Now, it’s home to thrilling rides and activities for visitors including the thigh-busting ‘Adventure Walk’ to the roof and the ‘Big Swing’, the world’s only stadium swing. Hold on tight.

where to park?

There is an on-site underground car park for 10,000 cars.

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2. The Mile

Sun, surf and a seemingly endless stretch of golden sand borders the city of Durban. From here you can simply enjoy the shores with an ice-cream, take a rickshaw ride or swim in the warm Indian Ocean.

Make for the underground car park at the beach end of West Street.

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3. Berea suburb

Catch some of the best sea and city views from one of the many pavement restaurants in this leafy suburb. The fashionable Florida Road is a hive of art galleries, eateries and boutiques, housed in beautiful colonial buildings.

where to park?

On-street parking can be found across the suburb, look out for signposted restrictions and meters.

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4. BAT Centre

This colourful arts hub is a hip hang-out for Durban's boho types. There's usually a free music show or exhibition on, and it has a lively restaurant serving up some local flavour.

where to park?

The car park is on Maritime Place.

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5. City Hall

Built in 1910, this Edwardian, neo-Baroque classic has an art gallery, a natural-science museum and the civic library under its roof.

where to park?

You should find a spot on West and Smith Street.

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and 4 to drive to...

1. Umhlanga Rocks

This Indian Ocean beach resort north of Durban is great for swimming, walking through estuarine and dune forests and bird-watching. Don't forget your binoculars!

how to get there?

It's a ten-mile, half-hour drive north on the M4.

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2. Krantzkloof Nature Reserve

This 532-hectare haven has become a popular destination for rock climbers and hikers. But if such energetic pursuits aren't your cup of rooibos, just sit back and enjoy the spectacular views.

how to get there?

It's a 45-minute drive. The reserve is two-and-a-half miles from Kloof, a suburb of Durban 15 miles inland from the city centre.

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3. Inanda Dam

If messing about in boats is your thing, head to the Inanda Dam, where the highly competitive Dusi Canoe Marathon takes place every year. And if the mood grabs you, drop a line overboard and wait for a bass to bite.

how to get there?

It's a 45-minute, 21-mile drive inland near the town of Hillcrest.

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4. Valley of a Thousand Hills

The Valley of a Thousand Hills, which runs between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, is where the Umgeni and Msunduzi rivers meet. The best way to enjoy its many attractions is by taking a steam train from Kloof to Inchanga on the Umgeni Steam Railway.

how to get there?

Kloof is a 15-mile, half-hour drive inland from the city centre.

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