#1 Durban North
Durban North is a very affluent area that offers the best of both worlds, being close to the city centre while still retaining some of it’s residential charm. Durban North is a very family-orientated neighbourhood and offers a simpler, quieter life to its residents. With popular attractions such as the Japanese Gardens and the Umgeni River Bird Park, Durban North has many great attractions which are popular among the locals. Between the residential homes there are many great, and convenient, dining and shopping options for those looking to explore the neighborhood and what it has to offer.
If you are looking for a more upscale suburb to call home in Durban, then Umhlanga is the perfect option for you. Umhlanga has always been the slightelier upmarket (maybe even “snobby”?) part of Durban, but for good reasons. Umhlanga is filled with higher end hotels, shops and restaurants, making it a hot spot for tourists and locals alike. Even though Umhlanga is a bit farther away from the city centre, there is no shortage of activities for its residents, including the main attractions of the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve , the Umhlanga Promenade housing a beautiful lighthouse and some pristine beaches that accompany the neighbourhood.
Cool, quiet and vibrant. Glenwood is a small and leafy suburb, overlooking Durban’s main port and presenting stunning views of the ocean to its residents. Glenwood has many quirky and cool attractions, such as local eateries, art galleries and yoga studios. Glenwood is even known for its graffiti art lining the streets, where residents and tourists can take part in a local “graffiti tour” created and curated by the locals. Along with the man made attractions, Glenwood has many parks for those who enjoy a bit of fresh air, including the Pigeon Valley Nature Reserve and Bulwer Park.
Musgrave is known for its central location, charming guesthouses and architectural gems that makes this suburb a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. Musgrave is an art and history lover’s paradise, where residents can appreciate the spacious and beautiful Victorian and Edwardian homes. Musgrave is close to the city centre, while still offering a more quiet and peaceful atmosphere, making it the perfect suburb for those wanting to stay close to the action. Musgrave even has a monthly “Night Market” featuring handmade local crafts, artisan delicacies and a variety of entertaining performances. In this trendy neighborhood, you can also find the hidden gem of the Durban Botanical Gardens, which is the oldest botanic garden in all of Africa. Musgrave is located just west of Durban’s City Centre, making it the perfect place for families and young folk alike wanting to live the suburban life while still being connected to the city.
Morningside is the perfect “in-betweener” suburb, with a great combination between suburbia and sandy beaches. Morningside is a well known and trendy area in Durban, famous for its hip street; Florida Road. Here, the street is lined with hundreds of amazing pubs, restaurants and art galleries, making it the perfect place for someone who enjoys an exciting nightlife scene. Some other great attractions include Mitchell Park Zoo, the African Art Centre and the Moses Mabhida Stadium, which is known for hosting amazing football matches for those who enjoy watching sport.
#6 Durban City Centre
Durban City Centres offers residents an abundance of benefits, including having access to reliable public transport and proximity to most of the popular attractions within Durban’s city limits. Here in the city centre, residents will never feel bored or underwhelmed, with popular attractions such as uShaka Marine World to keep the whole family entertained for hours on end. The city centre is also home to popular museums including the Natural Science Museum and the Phansi Museum, a real treasure trove for cultural and historical artifacts. The city centre also boasts many restaurants and shopping centres, along with affordable accommodation, giving you the ultimate city experience without having to break the bank.