Wing it through winter in Durbs

Beach, sun and sand are just some of Durbs’ delights. And the fun doesn’t need to come to an end in winter; in many respects it’s only just warming up. From spicy treats for foodies, to suiting up for a big day at the races in July, there’s still plenty of fun during the city’s cooler months.

Contact and do Durbs from an unbelievable R1799 per person sharing at Garden Court South Beach, or in a 5 star luxury hotel at the Beverly Hills in Umhlanga from only R3999 per person sharing. These deals include flights, 2 nights’ accommodation with breakfast and wheels to get you around this exciting coastal city.

Food for thought

Durbs is a city bursting with flavour, offering culinary experiences to satisfy any palate. What better way to stay warm in winter than by sampling the city’s famous curries or bunny chow, enjoying sizzling shisa nyama or super simple sardines on toast.

Speaking of sardines...

Every year between May and July, millions of sardines evade the cooler Cape waters in an effort to warm up along the north coast of Durbs. As one of the greatest marine spectacles in the world, this annual event attracts locals, tourists, fisherman, seagulls, sharks and a plethora of other sea creatures. If you’re looking for something a little bigger to spot, then try your hand at whale watching. Should you struggle to find your sea legs, then an African safari could be your winter bonus to the wild as big game viewing is better in the cooler dry season.

Get steamy

Durbs and KwaZulu-Natal provide some of the most spectacular hot air ballooning in the country. From the dramatic scenes of Champagne Valley, to the rolling Midlands Hills and wild views of the Tala Private Game Reserve, it’s great to appreciate KZN from a few hundred feet up.

While Tala is the most accessible from Durbs, each venue provides luxury beverages, sparkling wine in the sky and a buffet breakfast at which to boast postflight.

Dress to the nines in July

Sparkle like it’s Christmas in July with the Vodacom Durban July, Africa’s greatest horse racing event and a fashion extravaganza.

As the largest event in Durbs’ calendar, this day is just as much about the glitz and the glam as it is about the jockeys and their horses. If you want to razzle and rub shoulders with celebrities, enjoy delectable eats and see and be seen, then the Vodacom Durban July is where it's at.