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Things to do in Durban

Check out the jazz at The Chairman

A hole-in-the-wall jazz bar, The Chairman (www.thechairmanlive.com) has seen a long list of local and international acts taking to its stage over the years. More hipster warehouse than Ronnie Scott's, it's a perfect place to lose an evening or two. There' are delicious African-style snacks on offer, too.

Go for a deep dive

Durban has an abundant number of dives scattered over a wide area north and south of the city. The Durban Undersea Club (tel: +27 31 368 1199; www.duc.co.za) is based at Vetch's Pier and offers all manner of water-based japery, including boating, surf ski and something called underwater hockey.

Hit the greens

Durban has a large number of golf courses to suit all abilities. Durban Country Club (tel: +27 31 313 1777; www.dcclub.co.za) overlooking the Indian Ocean, is built on a sand dune with a Cape Dutch-inspired club house and offers one of the most attractive courses on the continent.

Listen to the bird song at Umgeni River

With over 800 birds and 200 species within its site in an old quarry, the Umgeni River Bird Park (tel: +27 31 5794601; www.umgeniriverbirdpark.co.za) is a must-visit for the budding ornithologist. Tours are available, and the Free Flight bird show takes place at 1100, Tuesday through Sunday.

Take to the waves

Durban's beaches are a surfer's heaven - North Beach, Dairy Beach, the Bay of Plenty and Snake Park are separated by piers but offer a huge variety of surf spots, with soft sandbars, grinding reefs, dredging beach breaks and long tubing point breaks. The Surfing Site (www.thesurfingsite.com/) can help you out with all the info you need.

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Featured Hotels


The Concierge

The Concierge is a boutique hotel built on the site of eight heritage-listed buildings. Retaining its 1920's façade, the interiors however are modern, luxurious and distinctive. There are 12 guest rooms colour themed with design variations, stunning custom finished furniture and shower areas that are described as "being soaked in warm jungle rain".

eMakhosini on East

The newly refurbished eMakhosini on East offers 45 en-suite guest rooms, including air-conditioning, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi facilities. The hotel's staff are warm and friendly, while the on-site Gibela Restaurant offers buffet and a la carte options.

Hilton Durban

This city landmark offers rooms with gorgeous views of the coastline, easy access to Durban's beaches, a buffet themed restaurant called Rainbow Terrace and an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre.

Riverside Hotel & Spa

Located in an excellent position high up on the bank of the Umgweni River a short distance from the city centre the Riverside Hotel & Spa offers stunning views of the green belt and nearby coast. All 169 rooms have microwaves and bar fridges while there is a swimming pool and baby sitting facilities available too. Board games can also be hired if the weather turns inclement.

Royal Hotel

With a history almost as long as that of the city itself, this iconic Durban hotel is a luxurious option. It offers four restaurants, a gym, health centre, swimming pool and even offers a dedicated floor for women travelling alone. There are 113 rooms in total, with great views of the city and the harbour.

Suncoast Towers

Located on the legendary Golden Mile, this popular hotel in Durban, with 37 tastefully furnished rooms and suites, plus a classy penthouse suite, attracts those who want to chance their arm at a roulette table. In the casino and an arm's length from golden sands, it has stunning views from its huge, chic spa. It is also conveniently close to the airport.