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Accommodation in Durban: Best places to stay while on holiday

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Durban is a costal city that is great for a city break, with a variety of accommodation options. With an ever-expanding tourism industry, this is a city ready to host travellers of all kinds.

Accommodation in Durban

These are perfect alternatives to hotels and will give you a unique holiday experience, whether you’re after a cultural trip, or one that is all about the being one with nature.

Retreat: Goble Palms Lodge & Retreat

This retreat is located on a ridge, with style that reflects a refined bygone era, blending the tradition of the Edwardian style lodges with all of the accommodation needs a modern traveller to Durban seeks.

There are 20 room options available in a choice between contemporary, classic and comfort style. They are decorated with luxurious furniture and bedding, designed with old-world charm. Breakfast is included and served on the patio or in the dining room which overlooks the pool. 

Guests will be well equipped with all of the tourism information they needed to ensure that their trip meets their expectations. There is an on-site English pub which guests are welcome to enjoy, as well as sea and city views to admire.

Guest House: Amazulu African Palace

This five-star bed and breakfast, located on the edge of the Kloof Gorge in Durban, overlooking the Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. With a number of suites available, Ammazulu aims to celebrate the cultural heritage of the province through its hospitality offering. 

The B&B is home to artist Peter Amm’s collection of Zulu arts and crafts and has 40 beaded columns and elaborately decorated walkways halls and bedrooms. This is a unique accommodation option, with beautiful views of Durban’s coast to accompany a luxurious stay. 

Guests are welcome to unwind from the comforts of the lookout lounging decks where animals are often spotted, or in the sauna and steam room. 

Game Lodge: Tembe Elephant Park (Border of KZN and Mozambique )

This is the only community-owned full-service game lodge in the reserve, offering unique lodge accommodation near Durban. It is surrounded by bush in a sand forest eco-system.

This is a birder’s dream, with 340 species for you to spot from the campsite and during game drives. Game drives occur in the morning and afternoon, offering the chance to experience intimate encounters with some of the largest elephants in Africa who roam the ancestral home of the Tembe tribe. Other animal sightings include the iconic Big Five.

Guests can cool off in the pool between watching the animals do the same at the watering holes. There are outside showers for you to enjoy under the sun rays or the stars at night. Small animals wander around the camp, while larger ones can be heard.

Villa: Beachhaven Villa Park

This villa accommodation in Durban offers the best of what a trip to the area has to offer: the beach and wildlife – and golf if that’s your thing. Situated in a premier golf estate, Prince’s Grant in the North Coast (north of Durban), Beachhaven overlooks what is known as the Dolphin Coast.

The villa is a three-bedroom house with a pool, accommodating up to six people. The house is open plan with high ceilings and sea views. Your stay will be a home away from home, perfect for a shared coastal holiday among friends and family. 

Self-catering: Garvies Surf House

Garviews Surf House is a beachfront house on the sandy beach shores of the Indian Ocean. If you’re after sunshine and surfing, look no further.

Guests can enjoy sundowners and dine on the wooden deck after days filled with adventure, potentially spotting some dolphins or whales. This beach house includes a splash pool and four-bedrooms across two levels, accommodating up to eight guests. 

When you’re planning your trip to Durban, consider the kind of holiday you’d like to experience and base your choice in accommodation on what suits that best. 

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