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Durban/Umhlanga


Durban is found in the province of KwaZulu-Natal on the east coast of South Africa and is the country’s third largest city. Durban is famous for being the busiest port in South Africa.

The region that makes up Durban has been inhabited since 100,000 BC, however the modern history of the city did not begin until 1824. Under British Lieutenant F.G. Farewell, a crew of twenty-five men arrived from the Cape Colony and established a settlement on the northern shore of Port Natal. Henry Francis Flynn, an adventurer, was successful in befriending the Zulu King Shaka after helping him recover from a stab wound. In return, Shaka granted the men a 30-mile strip of coast. This area was named d’Urban after Sir Benjamin d’Urban, the governor of the Cape Colony. The sugar cane industry was introduced in the 1860s and with it came immigrant labourers from India.

Much of this Indian population remained and today, Durban hosts the largest Asian community in the African continent and the largest Indian population outside of India. Tourists are drawn to Durban for its year round sunshine and for the Golden Mile, the city’s popular beachfront.

Uhmlanga, a resort town just 16 km north of Durban is considered one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. A favourite holiday destination for domestic and international tourists, Durban offers exciting dive options, whale watching, cruises, trendy eateries and a friendly and diverse atmosphere.

 


 

South Africa Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to South Africa.

Learn about the history and culture of South Africa, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about South Africa's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering South Africa for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our South Africa tours today!

 

Extend Your Stay

After your South Africa vacation, why not consider one of Goway's Europe tours or Egypt tours en route from South Africa or perhaps a stopover in Dubai on one of our United Arab Emirates tours.

 

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  • A World in One Country

    Enjoy a tour of the best of South Africa, packed full of activities and ‘must-see’ areas from Kruger National Park to the Zulu Kingdom, ending in Cape Town, South Africa’s ‘Mother City’.
    Duration:
    14 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,616
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours
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  • A World In One Country: Kruger & The Kingdoms

    Enjoy a tour of the best of South Africa, packed full of activities and ‘must-see’ areas from Kruger National Park to the Zulu Kingdom, ending in Durban.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,285
    Trip Type:
    Locally Escorted Tours
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Battlefields of KwaZulu Natal

    Luxury, privacy, and history come together on this short addition to your South Africa vacation. Stay at eco-friendly Isandlwana Lodge, and enjoy all the former land of the Zulus has to offer.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,231
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
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  • KwaZulu Natal Beach & Wildlife

    See a different side of the country on this South Africa tour, combining the beautiful beaches of the Durban region with a wildlife safari experience, all in the historic lands of the Zulus.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,588
    Trip Type:
    Family Vacations, Independent Travel Modules, Safaris
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  • Midlands of KwaZulu Natal

    Enjoy a stay in a tranquil setting close to the Drakensberg Mountains.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 683
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Oyster Box: Stay of Distinction

    Situated on the ocean’s edge, a brief 5 minute walk from Umhlanga Village Centre, the Oyster Box Hotel has a reputation for service excellence and stylish comfort dating back to 1947.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 675
    Trip Type:
    Stays of Distinction, VIP Luxury Touring
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  • Phinda Forest Lodge

    Phinda Private Game Reserve encompasses 23000 hectares of prime wilderness in KwaZulu-Natal and features Africa’s Big Five, endangered black rhino, and 415 bird species. Forest Lodge enjoys the dappled shade deep in the heart of a rare, dry sand forest.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,319
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris
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  • Phinda Mountain Lodge

    Phinda Mountain Lodge boasts remarkable views out over the Phinda Private Game Reserve which encompasses 23000 hectares of prime wilderness in KwaZulu-Natal and features Africa’s Big Five, endangered black rhino, and 415 bird species.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,143
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris
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  • Phinda Vlei Lodge

    Carefully tucked away in one of six secluded suites perfectly integrated into the African bush, at Phinda Vlei Lodge you are virtually guaranteed to see more animals than people during your stay - and that’s not counting the game drives!
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,642
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge

    Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the only private lodge situated inside the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. In addition to driving on their private concession within the park they also have unlimited access to the greater Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park where you have the opportunity to spot the Big 5.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 921
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Rocktail Beach Camp

    The best of a beach holiday against a spectacular South African backdrop.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 898
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Independent Travel Modules, Self Drive Road Trip Ideas
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  • Rovos Rail Golf Safari: Pretoria to Pretoria

    Play at the world-renowned Leopard Creek golf course, plus superb courses in Swaziland, Durban, the Drakensburg and Sun City. Enjoy game viewing in Kruger Park, Mkhaya and Hluhluwe Reserves.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,725
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Rail Travel Ideas, VIP Luxury Touring
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  • Rovos Rail: Durban to Pretoria (or v.v)

    Join this three day safari on the most luxurious train in the world and experience the splendour of KwaZula Natal. Take in the 'Big Five' at the private bush retreat of Nambiti Conservancy, and Spionkop battlefields tour with a world class historian.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,337
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Rail Travel Ideas, VIP Luxury Touring
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • St Lucia and the Isimangaliso Wetland Park

    The St. Lucia Wetlands, also known as Isimangaliso Wetland Park, is one of South Africa’s most beautiful wetland and coastal sites with coral reefs, long, sandy beaches, dunes, lakes with hippos and crocodiles and swamps with birdlife.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,490
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
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  • Sun, Sand & Safari

    A wonderful combination of time spent at a game reserve in South Africa combined with a stay at a beautiful resort hotel situated on the attractive coast of Mozambique. Enjoy wildlife safaris and then go swimming, snorkeling and/or scuba diving or just relax.
    Duration:
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 5,361
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Thanda Private Game Reserve

    Thanda Private Game Reserve, situated in the heart of the untamed bush in northern Zululand, close to the Indian Ocean, is a 5-star destination. Thanda’s safari-spa offers world-class spa treatments to pamper, rejuvenate, and uplift the body after exhilarating bush walks and game drives.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,371
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges, Romance & Honeymoon, Safaris
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • The Drakensberg

    The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site is a 300 kilometer section of mountain rages, stretching from KwaZulu Natal to Lesotho.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 484
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • Umhlanga: Durban

    Spend three days exploring the best of Uhmlanga and Durban. See the sights of Durban city visiting the City Hall, the Playhouse theatre complex, the Indian market and the Botanical Gardens.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 417
    Trip Type:
    City Breaks/Stopover Ideas, Independent Travel Modules
    South Africa See Trip Details
  • White Elephant Safari Lodge

    The White Elephant Safari Lodge is situated at the foot of the majestic Lebombo Mountains and the shimmering waters of Lake Jozini. The lodge captures the history and romance of a bygone era.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,142
    Trip Type:
    Game Lodges
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  • Zambezi Queen: Luxury African River Safari

    The banks of the Chobe River boast one of the densest populations of wildlife on the African continent. Experience the thrill of it all aboard the Zambezi Queen luxury houseboat.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,837
    Trip Type:
    Cruises & Sailing, VIP Luxury Touring
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  • Zulu Kings & Coastal Retreats

    Combine animal viewing with a stay on the ocean. The two lodges involved offer many interesting facilities including several game drives with an experienced guide at your first stay and a multitude of other activities to choose from at the second.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,582
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Safaris, Self Drive Road Trip Ideas
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  • Zululand Coast & Safari: Self Drive

    This diverse South Africa vacation takes you behind the wheel, exploring the land of the Zulus and enjoying African safari opportunities, along with all South Africa’s outdoor lifestyle has to offer.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,153
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Self Drive Road Trip Ideas
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  • Zululand Spectacular

    Enjoy a stay in the exclusive Phinda Game Reserve and then spend time in the beautiful coastal resort of Umhlanga, close to Durban. Have a day trip to Shakaland and learn all about the traditions and lifestyles of the Zulu population of South Africa.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,897
    Trip Type:
    Independent Travel Modules, Safaris, VIP Luxury Touring
    South Africa See Trip Details
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