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Luxury Durban and Indian Ocean Coast Holidays

Admire the Asian-inspired soul of Durban and feel the gentle sand of the glittering coastline under your feet.

Guide to Luxury Holidays in Durban and Indian Ocean Coast

Durban, known as eThekweni in Zulu, is South Africa's third-largest city. Enhanced from an extensive makeover for 2010’s World Cup, Durban is a slick and sophisticated city, that offers plenty in the way of nightlife, fine dining, and excellent shopping. This city has a strong Southeast Asian influence, and you’ll experience this influence from the subcontinent in everything from the cuisine to the marketplaces. Northern Durban is home to the Umhlanga Coastline, or the 'FunShine Coast'. This charming seaside community stretches from the Umgeni River in the south, to the Tongaat River in the north, and is well worth your time, as you’ll find gorgeous luxury hotels and world-class restaurants have gathered along its spectacular shores. Then continue your adventure to Ballito, the Pearl of the Dolphin Coast. This town provides an inviting escape from the faster pace of Durban, thanks to its quaint small-town vibes. Willard Beach is the area’s main beach and the key attraction for this area, offering a dazzling stretch of sand, azure waters, and a family-friendly set-up. Celebrated natural attractions also surround this area, such as the rich fields of KwaZulu-Natal's midlands. Lastly, make some time for a trip to the Elephant Coast, where you'll find the wildlife reserve and the iSimangaliso Wetland

The winter season of June to August is a popular time to visit Durban. The climate throughout the year is typically warm and sunny, but most activities and events are held over this period, such as the International Film Festival and the Good Food and Wine Show. The steady climate continues in locations such as the Elephant Coast, creating a fabulous year-round holiday option. November to January is a great time to track turtles, while your chances of seeing whales is highest from June to November.
Be sure to keep hold of your identification at all times. It's a good idea to have a photocopy of your passport just in case. For tourism or business purposes up to 90 days, a visa isn't required. Find more advice at GOV.UK with information on passports, visas and travel.
With restaurants catering for a wide array of tastes, the multicultural influences on this region of South Africa – particularly from India - has established a colourful fine dining experience. Feast on menus ranging from gourmet seafood specialities, authentic Indian curries, South African Braai (barbecue), and international options from a range of global cuisines. Whether you opt for a bistro experience or go to a seaside restaurant, or dine al fresco on a reserve, you must try the award-winning wine of South Africa.
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