Durban Tourism

Durban, is a leading South African Tourist destination and is marketed globally by Durban Tourism. Durban is a modern vibrant cosmopolitan city and its lifestyle, architecture and culture reflect and thrive on its warm sub-tropical climate.

The City have won numerous global accolades and awards and have been discovered by global travellers looking for new and different cultural experiences combined with the excitement of nature and wildlife. There is a long list of awards, from being one of the New Seven Wonders Cities of the World, to being one of the highly recommended destinations by global media giants such as CNN and the New York Times.
A variety of innovative approaches have been used by Durban tourism to realize its objectives. Partnerships with influential media such as National Geographic, has seen us reaching over 500 million viewers globally with programming on Durban. This along with an active focus at travel markets worldwide is having a big impact in terms of getting Durban to have a raised profile. Durban has been rapidly changing as a tourist destination. The city you see today is a much-improved city with world class and iconic key projects that have reached fruition, such as the Moses Mahbida Stadium and uShaka Marine World. It all begins when you arrive in Durban, at the world class King Shaka International Airport, that was awarded the title by Skytrax as the “Best Airport in the World Handling Under 5 million Passengers”. The Moses Mabhida Stadium attracts tourists in numbers and hosted many major international events long after the World Cup. The Nkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre has been a key factor in bringing important and often global events and conferences to the city. The city has embarked on a very active programme to attract tourism to local communities that are filled with rich history and that have never been given any opportunities during the apartheid era. We believe that tourism in these areas will empower communities, create jobs, and share our culture globally. In promoting the Mandela Footprint, Nelson Mandela cast the very first democratic vote in our first democratic elections in a suburb called Inanda. In this suburb, Mahatma Gandhi developed his ideas of non-violent resistance that became important philosophies all across the globe. These are stories that we need to tell to the world, and we believe that tourists have the desire to hear Durban’s story.

From a tourism perspective the city and province have been pushing hard for international flights into the city After the prestigious World Routes conference was held here last year, we have made some serious inroads by getting, in addition to Emirates – Turkish Airlines and Qatar – boosting more business and leisure tourists. In addition, the city fully embraces new thinking regarding green tourism and we have developed an innovative Green Corridor that runs from the coastline through green areas and township development. It is a route that involves communities and much of our recent tourist development relates to having an all-inclusive footprint for tourism and democratizing tourism opportunities.

When one thinks of Durban, one has to think of it’s Golden Mile – it is the single most iconic strip of beachfront in South Africa – even though we have over 100 kilometers of beach from the high end playground of Umhlanga to the relaxing sands of Umgababa. But we haven’t rested there, with exciting plans to extend our waterfront into the Point area, which has already seen major residential regeneration and development over the last few years. The long-awaited Point Waterfront is now breaking new ground with a major development opportunity. It will include a waterfront at the entrance to Africa’s busiest port, five-and six-star hotels, a 33-storey skyscraper, residential apartments, office parks and shopping malls and a new Cruise Terminal. This project will enhance the nearby uShaka Marine World, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre and the beach promenade to ensure that Durban truly remains to be known as Africa’s playground.

The city looks forward to a substantial private sector investment adding value to the high reputation of Umhlanga, is Oceans, with two residential towers with 460 apartments, a five-star hotel and upmarket shopping mall attracting international labels. Residential sales, totalling a record R1.55 billion in value, were concluded in just four hours after opening, which just illustrates the confidence in Durban as a business and lifestyle destination as well as the strength of the local property market. These are just a few of the key development that have occurred recently which are placing Durban high on the global desirability map as an investment and lifestyle destination.

The city’s new infrastructure, from our award-winning airport, to our beaches, our stadium and world class conferencing, and business growth. This, and our unique cultural mix, along with the proximity of wildlife and the natural beauty of the whole of KwaZulu Natal, mean that we offer a tourism experience like no other – and one which Durban Tourism is now actively marketing globally and with great success.
The city has embarked on a very active program to attract tourism to local communities that are filled with rich history and that have never been given any opportunities during the apartheid era. We believe that tourism in these areas will empower communities, create jobs, and add to the value of Durban as a global destination.

Durban is blossoming to take its rightful place amongst the leading cities of the world. We see a wonderful future for Durban, and we are poised to become Africa’s most caring and liveable city by 2030, which is our life goal and the task to which we have devoted all our energies. We ask you to share this journey with us, to put your heart into the growth of Durban; to visit us, invest in us and facilitate the realization of our progressive goals.

Company Durban TourismHallAfricaStand No.SA Pavilion - AF260Websitewww.durbanexperience.co.zaContactMpho MbuliE-mailmpho.mbuli@durban.gov.zaPhone +2731 3224164SkypeN/A