Car Hire Durban
Durban is the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal and boasts the title of being the busiest port in South Africa, so it's no wonder that together with its terrific warm weather, this vibrant seaside city has become a major centre of tourism in the country. It is a place that is known for its friendly and welcoming people who are proud of their city and all it represents. Durban offers visitors as well as locals everything from sandy beaches, to world-class sporting venues and a bustling nightlife, fast establishing itself as one of South Africa's premier holiday destinations.
If you're planning a trip to this bustling city then you'll no doubt need the assistance of a reliable car hire company and who better than Around About Cars? They pride themselves on offering their customers quality cars at reasonable rates and they are dedicated to delivery friendly and efficient service, every time. With a wide selection of rental cars to choose from, rest assured that Around About Cars will find you a car that will suit all of your needs for touring Durban.
Durban is known for its humid, subtropical climate and is a real winner when it comes to finding that perfect getaway during the winter months. Whilst the summers are hot and humid, the winters are pleasantly warm and dry, meaning that you are pretty much guaranteed decent weather whatever time of year you choose to visit. The rainy season is during the summer (Nov-April) but thunderstorms usually occur in the late afternoons meaning you can still enjoy your days in the sun.
Being a popular city with tourists, Durban has an array of accommodations available that vary in both price and location. There is everything from affordable backpackers, to luxury apartments, quaint guesthouses and comfortable self-catering lodgings. Whatever your accommodation requirements, you won't have any problem finding the perfect place to stay.
Durban's city centre, otherwise known as Durban Metro, is where the pulse of the city can be felt the best. It is home to some of the city's most exciting attractions making it a fantastic part of the city to explore. Combining the perfect mix of South African culture, seaside life and an eclectic blend of restaurants, shops and stadiums, Durban is a city that has people coming back again and again.
Life's a Beach
The stretch of beachfront that runs along the length of the city is known as the Golden Mile. It includes a promenade perfect for evening runs and summer walks. The Mile starts at South Beach, home to the famous uShaka Marine World and continues up into the north, where it ends at the Suncoast Casino, Hotels & Entertainment World.
uShaka Marine World
uShaka is a popular theme park for both adults and kids offering hours of endless fun courtesy of water slides, pools, the largest aquarium in the southern hemisphere and an open air shopping mall. It has been carefully designed to cater for all the needs of a family and is divided into Wet ‘n Wild, Sea World, Village Walk and uShaka Kids World. uShaka is one of Durban's biggest attractions and delivers fun and laughter in a safe and secure environment from morning to night.
Suncoast Casino, Hotels & Entertainment World
Suncoast is an all-in-one entertainment complex that includes Africa's largest casino, as well as a choice of restaurants and fast food outlets, cinemas, a dance bar and a special kids' entertainment area. Dominating the Golden Mile with its size and Miami South Beach Art Deco inspired architecture, it's hard to miss this entertainment giant standing tall amongst the palm trees. Suncoast has everything you need and is sure to keep the entire family occupied and happy.
With its great surf, North Beach is a surfers' paradise and a popular beach for swimmers, sunbathers and water sport enthusiasts. The beach is patrolled by lifesavers so you can enjoy your time in the warm Indian Ocean knowing you are under their watchful eyes. Shark nets are also in place further making North Beach a safe place to swim.
Situated north of Durban, Umhlanga is a residential, commercial and resort town on the KwaZulu-Natal coast. The holiday resort village of Umlhanga Rocks is a popular spot for holidaymakers who can enjoy an authentic coastal experience during their stay at one of the many luxury hotels and apartments that line the beachfront. Golden beaches, warm waters and plenty of fun in the sun awaits.
The Oyster Box
One such classy establishment in Umhlanga Rocks is The Oyster Box, a boutique hotel that has been around since the 30s. If you're not lucky enough to stay at this gorgeous hotel, you can always enjoy a sundowner on the beautiful Ocean Terrace as you admire the iconic lighthouse and uninterrupted sea views.
Gateway Theatre of Shopping
If it's retail therapy you're after, then the Gateway Theatre of Shopping is your one-stop shopping mecca. You'll find everything you need under one roof and this ultimate shopping destination is not to be missed. You're guaranteed a shopping experience unlike any other.
Durban is home to numerous sporting venues that only feed the passion of the already sport crazy Durbanites. Many an international contest has been held in the city drawing thousands of fans from all over the country. Nothing quite beats seeing your favourite team take on their arch rival from the comfort of your own stadium.
Moses Mabhida Stadium
This multi-use stadium has hosted a range of events, from football and cricket matches to live music concerts and events. Named after former General Secretary of the South African Communist Party Moses Mabhida, the stadium is recognisable with its high span arch that holds up the roof. A funicular transports visitors to a viewing platform at the top of the arch where spectacular views of the city and ocean can be enjoyed. The stadium is currently the home ground of the AmaZulu team.
Sahara Stadium Kingsmead
This cricket ground usually hosts the Boxing Day Test when Test Series cricket is played in South Africa. Kingsmead Cricket Ground is also used every other year for the finish of the Comrades Marathon, the famous ultra-marathon run annually between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. The marathon alternates every year so it only finishes in Durban in odd-numbered years. The Durban provincial team the Dolphins call the stadium home.
Kings Park Stadium
The 56 000 capacity stadium is the home ground of the Natal Sharks rugby team. Often referred to as the "shark tank", Kings Park Stadium is currently known as Growthpoint Kings Park for sponsorship reasons.
Greyville Racecourse consists of a 2 800m pear-shaped track and the major thoroughbred horse racing venue is the site of many prestigious races, including the country's premier event, the Durban July Handicap. The Gold Cup is also held on these grounds in August each year.
There are certain things and places that are quintessentially "Durban" and are well worth a try. The colourful and multicultural city is full of surprises that can only truly be experienced there. Unique forms of transport, bustling markets and signature dishes are just a few of the things that make Durban the special place it is.
Zulu Rickshaw Rides
Discovering the city via a rickshaw ride is an exciting way to get around. The famous rickshaw pullers are known for their big personalities, giant hats and colourful costumes. They have been in operation since the 90s and even though they have been somewhat overshadowed by other forms of transport, they still play a unique role in tourism, happily assisting visitors in navigating the city.
If there's one dish you need to have in Durban it's an authentic, Indian curry. The city is dotted with some of the best curry spots in the country, each serving up their take on the most flavoursome curry. When a curry is done right, it's truly a thing of beauty. If you're craving an aromatic meal and hankering after a little heat, then curry is the way to go. Be it mutton or vegetarian, bunny chow or chicken, a delicious curry is undoubtedly Durban in a dish.
The Markets of Warwick
Home to easily 8 000 street vendors, the Markets of Warwick is an informally structured market that is on a grand scale in a public space. Everything from traditional medicine, to fresh produce, beadwork and traditional arts and crafts are available and the sheer size of the market will ensure an authentic South African market experience. The vibrant energy is endemic to this market space and the historical significance of the place only adds to its diversity and culture.
The Natural Way
Durban has beautiful beaches, but it also has other venues that offer visitors a taste of nature. Spending the day surrounded by natural beauty is a great way to put a smile on your face and leave you feeling invigorated.
Umgeni River Bird Park
This is the ultimate destination for bird lovers! The Umgeni River Bird Park boasts lush tropical landscaping and is home to more than 800 birds. The park was designed and built by Dr Alan Abrey who was spurred on by the idea of educating others about birds from around the world. The Free Flight Bird Show gives people the opportunity to see birds from North and South America, Australia, Indonesia and Africa and it has a strong emphasis on conservation. During the show, which is staged twice daily (weather permitting), onlookers get to see a variety of exotic birds such as toucans, kookaburras and hornbills, to name a few.
Durban Botanic Gardens
Holding the esteemed title of the oldest surviving botanic garden on the African continent, the Durban Botanic Gardens nurtures both indigenous and exotic plant collections. These include more than eighty heritage trees as well as collections of cycads, orchids, palms and bromeliads. The Gardens is a majestic place to explore and to spend an afternoon relaxing. Highlights include a Japanese Garden, Garden of the Senses and a herb garden. Old Mutual Music at the Lake is a series of music concerts that are held in the Gardens at different times during the year.
Branch Details for Durban Car Rental
Durban King Shaka International Airport
Durban International Airport
Tel: 0860 4224022
Fax: 021 4224083
A/H: 084 4224022
Mon - Fri 06h00 - 22h00 Sat - Sun: 07h00 - 22h00
Public Holidays: 07h00 - 22h00
172 Voortrekker Rd Jacobs, Durban
Tel: 0860 4224022
Fax: 021 4224083
A/H: 084 4224022
Mon - Fri 06h00 - 22h00 Sat - Sun 07h00 - 22h00 Public Holiday 07h00 - 22h00
123 Pine Street Durban
Tel: 0860 4224022
Fax: 021 4224083
A/H: 084 4224022
Mon - Sun: 06h00 - 18h00
Public Holidays: As above