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Why Fly to Durban?
This is the seaside holiday destination for thousands of South Africans and the city is well geared up for tourism. Visitors flock to the seafront to lounge on one of the many life-guarded beaches, enjoy the thrills of the rides at FunWorld Amusement Park and eat and drink along The Golden Mile, a strip packed with bars, cafes, restaurants and hotels. Take the kids to see ragged-tooth sharks at Shake Marine World or take them to Mini Town, where Durban is replicated in miniature. In the city centre you can learn a little more about South African and Durban cultures at the African Arts Centre, see how all those local diamonds mined here get turned into things of beauty at the Diamond Cutting Works, and check out Durban’s art gallery inside Durban City Hall.
Flying to Durban from the UK
There are no direct flights from the UK to Durban, despite the ever burgeoning demand for UK flights to South Africa. Flights do fly direct from London Heathrow to Johannesburg and Cape Town, however, and then connect to Durban. Flights into Durban land at the city’s brand new airport King Shaka at La Mercy.
Popular Flight Routes to Durban
Which Airlines Fly to Durban?
Virgin Atlantic, South African Airways and British Airways all offer direct flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town after which it’s a short connecting flight to Durban. It’s often much cheaper to fly to South Africa indirectly with a European carrier, stopping at their hub. By far the most popular of these options is to fly via Amsterdam with KLM. Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham International Airports offer indirect flights via London, stopping twice, to get to Durban.
Mini Travel Guide to Durban
This bustling South African city is second only to Cape Town as the playground of South Africa. By day and night The Golden Mile, which stretches from South Beach and the Shake Marine World to the Sun coast Casino and Entertainment World, buzzes with people out enjoying themselves. Separate beaches have been created by piers and shark nets and lifeguards make the water and sands enjoyable and safe places to relax and soak up the sun and surf, a popular pursuit here. The city has some beautiful gardens too.
The Amphitheatre Gardens, stuffed with glorious sub-tropical plants, makes an idyllic setting for the regular flea markets and art markets held there while the Durban Botanical Gardens with its stunning orchid house is a lovely spot in the city to sit and have tea and scones. Durban has a very large Indian population whose culture runs through the veins of the city. Take a wander through the Indian Quarter, potter around and the ornate Judah Mosque, pick up some spices or clever woodcarvings at the busy Victoria Market or grab a Bunny Chow curry snack for lunch.