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Overview of Durban

Durban is the third richest city in South Africa and the third largest in size and population too. It is a sunny seaside city, with a warm climate, which attracts many people to the area. Durban has a very laid-back vibe; however, it is home to one of the busiest ports in South Africa, making it a constant hub of activity.

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Durban has the busiest container port in Africa and is the 9th largest harbour in the world. Every year Durban finds itself in the middle of one of the greatest animal migrations, the Sardine Run, where billions of sardines travel up the coastline attracting sharks, dolphins, whales, birdlife and of course numerous fishermen. The first steam railway in South Africa was opened in Durban in 1860.

Population
3.721 million

Official Languages
IsiZulu, English, Fanagalo and some Afrikaans

Cost of Moving to Durban

The price of moving to Durban will vary due to a number of reasons:

  • Household Size
  • Insurance policy
  • What vehicle you will use to move
  • Additional services like packing
  • What time of year it is

Moving from Cape Town to Durban?

Moving from Cape Town to Durban can range between R4995 and R12995 all depending on type of move, weight, type of goods, date of move etc.

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Healthcare

There are plenty of healthcare facilities in the city of Durban, however the private medical facilities are the better choice when it comes to care. St Augustine’s Hospital and Westville Hospital are two of the best healthcare facilities in the area.

Transport

The best form of public transport in Durban is the People Mover bus system. This is a safer more efficient service than others as it has CCTV monitored buses. The majority of residents in Durban will choose to drive, which means that traffic during the day can be quite congested. There are minibus taxis available which are known as “combis”. Metered taxis are also a great option, just make sure you choose one of the reputable operators.

Living in Durban

Cost of Living in Durban

Living in Durban is much cheaper than other areas such as Johannesburg and Cape Town. Like all places, there are some areas that are more expensive than others. Durban has very cheap healthcare compared to the national average. Housing and food prices are average, whereas transport is slightly higher than the national average. This is likely due to residents either driving or getting taxis.

Item Price
2l Mil 17.17 R
12 eggs 26.28 R
Loaf of bread 14.29 R
Bottle of red wine 70.00 R
Monthly gym membership 518.50 R
1kg Cheese 101.99 R
Cinema ticket 80.00 R

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Top 6 Neighbourhoods in Durban

There are many different areas in Durban to choose from when making the decision on where to live. It depends on what you want out of the area, whether you have a family and what you need to be close to. Durban has a variety of great places to live and each one boasts its own attractions and set of sights. Below are the top 6 neighbourhoods in Durban.

#1

1. Durban North

Durban North is an affluent area close enough to the hustle and bustle of the city, yet sill rural and quiet enough for families to settle down.

#2

2. Umhlanga

Umhlanga is one of the most well known areas in Durban and is very popular between tourists and residents. With stunning beaches, amazing restaurants and beautiful homes, Umhlanga is the place to be.

#3

3. Glenwood

Glenwood has an awesome artsy vibe to the area and is surrounded by stunning landscapes and harbours. Residents enjoy a more peaceful life, further away from the city but close enough to easily commute.

#4

4. Musgrave

Musgrave boasts an eclectic mix of old Victorian houses and colourful modern homes all mixed together in this beautiful area.

#5

5. Morningside

If you are looking for a lively, virbant area with loads to do, whether its night or day, then Morningside is the place for you. From restaurants, coffee shops and bars, there is plenty to choose from.

#6

6. Durban City Centre

The city centre of Durban is one of the most expensive places to live, with the majority of its residents being young working class adults wanting to live in the hustle and bustle of this exciting area.

#1 Durban North

Durban North is an affluent area which offers close proximity to the city centre, but is still a rural residential area, so it presents the best of both worlds. There is plenty to do in Durban North with a fantastic range of restaurants, a convenient shopping centre and some excellent schools. There are also some amazing attractions such as Japanese Gardens and Umgeni River Bird Park.

#2 Umhlanga

Umhlanga is an prosperous area in Durban. It is quite far out from the city centre, however there is so much to do in the area that it attracts many residents as well as tourists. Some of the best restaurants in Durban are found in Umhlanga and there are also plenty of shopping opportunities as well. More expensive homes are found closer to the beach, simply because of the absolutely stunning views of the South African coastline and the Indian Ocean. The Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve is extremely popular, with not only residents but also those travelling to the area. The same goes for the Umhlanga Promenade, which hosts a beautiful lighthouse and fantastic restaurants with magnificent views.

#3 Glenwood

Glenwood has a great artsy vibe to its neighborhood. It is a suburban town, located just south of Durban’s city centre, that has some beautiful views of the Durban harbour. Residents of Glenwood can easily get to Durban Point, South Beach and take advantage of multiple universities nearby. The streets are lines with art galleries and yoga studios and there is plenty of brilliant graffiti found around the town. Glenwood has many parks dotted around, including the Pigeon Valley Nature Reserve or the Bulwer Park.

#4 Musgrave

Musgrave is a suburb found just west of Durban’s City centre. Residents here enjoy plenty of Architectural treasures with both Victorian and Edwardian homes to be found here, mixing with more stylish Art Deco buildings that have bold colours. As Musgrave is close to the city centre there are plenty of attractions and things to do in the area. The area is great for families or those looking to live a more suburban life but still be connected to the city and have great amenities and facilities on their doorstep. There is a night market that happens monthly in Musgrave, which hosts handmade local crafts, foods, trinkets, and plenty more. In the neighbourhood you can also find the Durban Botanical Gardens, which is the oldest Botanic Garden in Africa.

#5 Morningside

Morningside is a trendy neighbourhood, with plenty of restaurants, bars, art galleries and coffee shops to choose from. This is a great place for younger people to live, who want to be able to go out at night and have plenty to do. Some great attractions in the area include Mitchell Park Zoo, the African Art Centre, and the Moses Mabhida stadium, that attracts sports fans from all over, both nationally and internationally.

#6 Durban City Centre

Durban City Centre is a bustling area with plenty to do and a busy feel to it. There are some more affordable options for residents in the downtown area, however the City Centre is one of the most expensive places to live in Durban. Living in the centre is perfect for office workers and young people who want to be close to the excitement. There are plenty of attractions, including the Natural Science Museum and Phansi Museum, the uShaka Marine World and many more. There are also some great student accommodation options in the city centre for those studying at any of the multiple universities around.

Working in Durban

Durban has plenty of employment opportunities and has a much higher capita income than other parts of the country. The average salary for a person working in Durban is around 34,600 ZAR a month. Salaries can range between 8,760 to 115,000 ZAR a month. Durban is the second biggest manufacturing area in South Africa after Johannesburg. Durban is also home to the busiest port in the whole of Africa, which makes it a great hub for importing and exporting goods, which requires a lot of manpower and therefore employees. Another big industry for Durban is tourism, which makes a significant contribution to Durban’s economy.

Other industries that are popular in Durban are forestry, automotive and sugar cane agriculture. There are also a lot of opportunities for those working in finance and customer service, as many companies all over the world outsource manpower to companies found in Durban.

Accommodation & Property in Durban

Durban offers a lot of different property types and areas to choose from. Beachfront areas offer more apartments and are slightly more expensive than properties found in more residential suburban areas. Compared to previous years, property in Durban is selling a lot quicker than usual. The average price of a property in Durban is R1,695,000. Some areas are more expensive than others.

In Durban North house prices are more expensive where the average sale price is R3,7000,000, whereas in areas such as Phoenix it is around R800,000. So, depending on your budget you will be able to find something that works for you.