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About Durban

Durban the biggest city situated in the KwaZulu-Natal province is renowned for its miles of untouched beaches, abundant greenery and proximity to some of the country’s most majestic mountain ranges and wildlife areas.

KwaZulu-Natal is a massive province with a lot of ground to cover, hence it’s considered almost mandatory to ensure car hire in Durban is a priority.  With Drive South Africa’s vast experience in this regard achieving this will be a breeze as you explore The Kingdom of the Zulu.

Best time to visit

Durban could be one of the few cities in South Africa where visiting in the winter months may actually be more favourable as the summer months are notoriously known for being unbearably humid and hot. However, some of the mountainous areas of the province can experience some colder mornings and evenings even in summer. Becasue of the weather you can feel safe in renting a more luxury base vehicle such as a cabriolet as the chance of rain during summer is rare. If you're going out of Durban towards the north or Eastern Cape, a 4x4 rental might be an option as well.

Around the area

Durban’s Ushaka Marine World is a must for ocean life enthusiasts, as well as the Golden Mile of beaches which can be viewed from many of the high rise buildings in the CBD.

The famed Drakensberg Mountains are only two to three hours from Durban, but public transport is lacking so hiring a car is ideal. Durban is also a stone’s throw away from other attractions in KwaZulu-Natal including the Midlands Meander, the Valley of a Thousand Hills or the untouched beaches and rolling hills of the North or South coasts of the region.

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Getting around

There is a lot to explore in Durban and KZN; however public transport in many cases is not up to scratch with the other two major South African cities. So this is definitely something to bear in mind when venturing to the biggest city in KwaZulu-Natal. Once you arrive you’ll fall in love with the people, miles of desolate beaches, nature reserves and greenery and you’ll want to experience it all in your own time, so hiring a car in Durban is the only option to really experience the city and surrounds.

Length of stay

Durban compared to Johannesburg or Cape Town is a slightly smaller urban space, so exploring the central parts of the city will be quicker than other parts of the country. However, KwaZulu-Natal is a big province with a lot on offer and a lot to explore, so if you’re wishing to make Durban your base to see what KZN has to offer, two weeks or more would be sufficient.

What to pack

Durban experiences warm weather all year round so if you are planning on travelling to only Durban warm clothes should suffice, although every now and then a cold front hits bringing in some storms and grey skies and rain. However if you are planning on seeing more within KwaZulu-Natal packing a few warmer items is advisable especially if you’re planning on visiting the Drakensberg Mountains which gets a fair amount of snowfall during certain times of year.

Where to stay


This is one of the more established areas in the city but also a destination where commerce, residential and entertainment are starting to merge. So naturally this is a great place if you wish to have the best of everything on offer. Trendy Florida Road is littered with backpackers, guest houses and boutique hotels.

Glenwood / Umbilo

Another old and established area, yet with an up and coming spirit, Glenwood is the café capital of the city and also boasts a wide range of guest houses and smaller hotels.

Umhlanga Rocks

This is an area for people wanting to be a little bit out of the manic CBD, but also be close enough to experience the action. Umhlanga is a beach community however it boasts some of the higher end accommodation facilities in the region including the famed Oyster Box hotel.


The Midlands are pretty much a gateway to the breathtaking Drakensberg Mountain range. The Midlands have a world of accommodation facilities to experience and driving through The Midlands Meander is one of the highlights of the KwaZulu-Natal province.


The CBD of Durban has many hotels and holiday flats and apartments, the most famous arguably being the prestigious Royal Hotel.


The Golden Mile of beaches in Durban, has a world of accommodation facilities from Five star hotels to self-catering apartments.

Why Drive South Africa?

With so much to explore not only in Durban but throughout the entire KwaZulu-Natal region it would be remiss to not hire a car as you would be denying yourself the full experience of South Africa’s warmest province. With Drive South Africa a car hire in Durban can be done quickly and easily and your every desire will be met as you travel through some of the most scenically beautiful parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

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Related FAQ's

When is the best time to visit Tembe Elephant Park?

Wildlife viewing is best during the drier winter months of may to September. Plant leaves collectively within the park, but as conditions become drier, it recedes and animals cluster on the banks of available water sources. The hide located at the waterhole is particularly busy with animal activity at this time.

The Tembe Elephant Park is a 300 square kilometres reserve between the Zululand and Mozambique. Home to Africa’s largest elephants as well as the smallest antelope - the suni. However, the Big Five also find home here - lions, Leopards, black and white rhino and buffaloes. More than 340 birds bird species and other animal species call this park home.

What are the requirements to rent a car?

You must have 3-year driver’s license and a valid ID.

Can money be deposited into the company’s bank account?

Yes, money can be deposited into the company’s bank account.

Is self-driving allowed in Pilanesberg National Park?

Yes, self-driving is allowed in Pilanesberg National Park. Self-drive in Pilanesberg is the best way to explore the park. However, You don’t need to drive a 4wd - 2wd sedans are suitable, though you will be better off with a higher car.

What should I be aware of when driving in South Africa?

South Africa drives on the left-hand side of the road. A valid driver’s license or an international driver’s license permit, a photo and signature of the holder, printed authenticated in English is accepted in South Africa. Please bear in mind, if your licence does not have a photograph you have to carry your passport. Seatbelts are compulsory, If you’re caught not wearing your seatbelt you will be subject to a fine. Speed limits on freeway are 120 km/h (75 miles) and 60 km/h (37 miles) in towns or cities (unless indicated). Always check the road signs and obey the speed limit.

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