23 May 2012 by Roy Barford

Warm winter destinations: Durban is the place to be

It may be winter in South Africa and summer in Europe, but it’s a fact that as I write, ocean temperature in Durban (25°C) is currently much higher than the air temperature in Dublin (15°C).

Photo courtesy VSmithUK

Every morning in Durban, surfers, body boarders, swimmers and paddlers enter the waters of the Indian Ocean as soon as the sun rises, most often without wetsuits. At the same time, shirtless runners pound the promenade, joined by cyclists, walkers and skaters.

The Big Swing at Moses Mabhida Stadium. Photo by South African Tourism The Big Swing at Moses Mabhida Stadium. Photo by South African Tourism

Durban is an incredibly active city and one that enjoys amazing weather in the so-called winter months. It very rarely rains between May and September and the average maximum temperature during these months is around 23°C, although it's not uncommon for temperatures to reach the high 20's and early 30's.

Durban is just a short flight from both Cape Town and Johannesburg, while you can also fly directly from Dubai. Visit the Emirates website for more information about flights along this route, as well as special offers. If you'd like to explore beyond Durban while in KwaZulu-Natal and are not part of a tour group, hire a car from King Shaka International Airport.

There are many hotels along Durban's beachfront, making your commute from bed to beach very simple. Find out what previous visitors think of Durban hotels by reading TripAdvisor reviews.

The beachfront buzzes with activity all day long, in addition to all the watersport, there's always a game of beach volleyball, touch rugby or soccer going on.

Some adventure activities to try out in Durban this winter include:

The Moses Mabhida Big Swing


Kayak fishing


Sport in Durban this winter

Sports fans visiting Durban in the next few weeks have lots to look forward to, with the Comrades Marathon on June 3 and the rugby Test match between England and South Africa on June 9.

Surfing fans shouldn't miss the Mr Price Pro down the road from Durban in Balito, from July 2 to 8.

If you prefer horse racing and fashion, the Durban July on July 7 may be more up your street.

Category: Adventure, Sport

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