Durban Port Guide

Located right along the coast, the Durban Port can be incredibly beautiful as the sun sets in the South African skies. The city’s coastline stretches for nearly eight miles from South Beach to the Blue Lagoon, on the south bank of the Umgeni River.

For those of you who want to take a morning swim, you can do so, even in the winter months of April through September. The peaks in rainfall seem to coincide with the winter months. February and March have the highest rainfall amounts, while January through April are the warmest months, averaging high 70’s to the low 80’s.


Tucked away in a tranquil park setting, you will find Essenwood Craft market. The market has an impressive selection of handcrafted items like candles, stained glass and clothing. They also provide entertainment to keep the kids preoccupied while you shop.

Illuminations is a family run shop near the Durban port of call, where the Casons family specializes in stained glass, hot glass, ceramics and wrought iron. Their emphasis is on light fittings. They also stock candles, hammocks and odd bits for the home.

Located in the large Workshop Shopping Center, The Springbok Art Gallery actually carries a large variety the things you would not expect to find in a traditional Art Gallery. They have an impressive collection of briefcases, belts, sculptures and large Ostrich eggs, just to name a few.

Things to Do

Established in 1850, the Durban Botanic Gardens are regarded by many as the country’s best city park lands. Specialties here include the Ernest Thorpe Orchid House, a Herb Garden, a Garden for the Blind, and a Sunken Garden.

Golf is also very popular, as evidenced by the Royal Durban Golf Course, unusually placed in the Grayville Race Course. Non-members are welcome but should phone in advance, as preference will be given to paying members. This can be a tough course, as narrow fairways are difficult to manage with the frequently windy condition.

The sugar industry is a thriving industry surrounding the Durban cruise port and is evidenced by the huge storage containers capable of storing a half million tons of sugar. These vast terminals on the west side of the bay are among the biggest in the world.

Restaurants and Bars

When 330 was shut down, its patrons were devastated as it was a hugely popular spot. As a result of that devotion, the owner opened up a new bar, named Origin. Located on 9 Clark Street, Origin is immensely popular and draws some of the best talent around and spins soul and funk music.

The Butcher Boys serves its signature steaks with a trendy club feel to it. They do have other meats as well as some vegetarian dishes to satisfy all tastes.

Thirsty’s Dockside Tavern is one of Durban cruise terminal's best known pubs and is beautifully located at the mouth of the harbor so you can watch the vast boats going to and from South Africa’s biggest port.

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