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Durban has a humid subtropical climate with hot, rainy summers and short warm, frost-free winters. In summer temperatures range from 28 degrees to 35 degrees while in winter the average temperature is between 20 and 23 degrees. The city is occasionally affected by tropical storms and cyclones from mid-November to late April.
When to fly to Durban
Durban’s sub-tropical weather makes it a year-round destination. The mild winters mean sea temperatures stay warm and the hot summers will not disappoint sun lovers.
Getting around Durban
Like most South African cities the best way to get around is by car. Be sure to check that you have the latest updated street maps and/or GPS as a number of street names have changed in recent times. Metrorail operates a commuter service between Durban and the surrounding area as far as Stanger on the north coast, Kelso on the south coast, and Cato Ridge inland. The Mynah bus service covers most of the beachfront and central residential areas and the larger Aqualine buses run through the outer metropolitan area.
Both metered taxis and minibus taxis can be found in the city. Metered taxis must be called and ordered to a specific location. Minibus taxis (combi taxis) are the main form of transport for those locals who can’t afford private cars.
Durban’s iconic Zulu Rickshaw pullers have been around since the early 1900s, but today the remaining rickshaws mostly cater to tourists.
Durban insider information
- The Golden Mile (known to locals simply as "the Mile") is named for the beaches near downtown Durban that stretch along the Indian Ocean from South Beach to the newly-constructed Suncoast Casino. It is well known for its excellent surfing and wide sandy beaches.
- The uKhahlamba / Drakensberg Park is a World Heritage Site known for its exceptional natural beauty, soaring basaltic buttresses, dramatic cutbacks, and golden sandstone ramparts. The site is home to a many threatened species of birds and plants and the largest group of rock paintings south of the Sahara
- Walk on the wild side with a cheetah walk at Le Sueur Cheetah and Wildlife Centre in the Nambiti Private Game Reserve. You’ll be joined on a two-hour stroll with a through the bush with a trained guide and cheetahs Sky and Storm.
- South Africa’s last free-ranging elephants are protected in the dry, sandy coastal belt forests of Tembe Elephant Park partly-owned and fully managed by the Tembe tribe. The 300sq km reserve between Zululand and Mozambique is home to more than 200 of the biggest elephants in the world. The largest of these gentle giants, Isilo, is thought to be about 50 years old, to weigh about seven tons and to stand at 3.2m tall. A stay at the park will see you tracking elephants, the Big Five, and a full range of African animals.