KwaZulu Natal Tourism Region: Map of Durban and surrounds
Durban Travel Map
A buzzing coastal city, Durban is the capital of the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa and the third most populous city in the country. Rich in history, modern-day Durban is the busiest container port in Africa and a popular tourist destination. The Golden Mile, and Durban at large, provide ample tourist attractions.
Use our Durban Map and the information below to plan your travels in and around the popular city of Durban, KwaZulu Natal.
High on a ridge, with views over Durban’s city centre to the harbour and the Indian Ocean beyond, is Berea, one of Durban’s premier suburbs. In its heyday, it was celebrated for its leafy avenues and grand mansions. Many impressive Victorian houses still exist as well as gracious art deco blocks and the area prides itself on its vibey restaurants and shops – many of which can be found in the trendy Florida Road area. Durban’s Botanical Gardens (in Berea) brim with manicured flowerbeds and visitors flock to see its Cycads and Orchid House. Sip on a coke-float and nibble a toastie in the Botanical Garden’s restaurant which is pleasantly trapped in a time warp. The Gardens host regular music concerts where you can picnic on the lawns - soaking up the sounds and sights...
A tranquil upmarket suburb, with views over the ocean – here you’ll find large properties and sub-tropical gardens. Dave’s Beach is a popular body-boarding spot – despite rumours that the Umgani River mouth is “sharky” water! Stroll through the Japanese Botanical Gardens or go birding in the Umgeni River Bird Park.
Hillcrest / Gillitts
It’s boom time in the Hillcrest / Gillitts area which is currently having a facelift. New shops, apartments, restaurants and businesses are continually popping up, which has transformed this once tranquil neighbourhood into a bustling, sociable town. Visit the charming craft shops at Botha’s Hill – which has unrivalled views over the Valley of a Thousand Hills. The area is home to one of South Africa’s premier schools, Kersney College. Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to occupy them here with windsurfing, horse-riding, golfing and canoeing to name a few.
Home of horseracing and the flamboyant, fashionable Durban July, the Greyville Racecourse is Durban’s answer to the Royal Ascot. The suburb is bordered by the Durban Botanical Gardens, and funky foodies will find hearty, laid-back fare in Windemere Road and 9th Avenue.
Generous plots with leafy, well-established gardens and old homes. Well situated for corporate travellers – close to New Germany and Pinetown. Sprigs Restaurant and Deli in Kloof bakes out-of-this-world breads and cakes - there’s a not-to-be-missed calorie-criminal selection of cheesecakes!
You’ll find elegant old homes in Morningside – one of Durban’s most prestigious and historical areas. It’s here, in the King’s House, that the State President has his Durban home. Trendy restaurants, bars, cosmopolitan bistros and charming bric-a-brac shops can be found on and around Florida Road (which straddles Morningside and Berea). For nature lovers, there’s Jameson Park with its beautiful rose garden, Mitchell Park and the Burman Nature Reserve.
If you’ve ever played South African Monopoly, you’ll definitely want to do a “buy” in Musgrave Road! Drive down stylish tree-lined streets in this elegant part of town to get to the Musgrave Centre – the perfect destination for shopaholics and movie buffs. Close to the city, Musgrave is best known for its fine fare, seven cinemas and shopping-till-you’re-dropping!
Named after the Lieutenant-Governor of Natal, Sir Martin West in the 1850s, this old, leafy part of Durban has evolved over the years to become a fashionable business hub. The Pavilion Mall is a popular shopping centre for locals, foreigners and academics – after all this is where the Westville Campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal is situated. Many homes in the area have lovely hilly gardens with views.
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