Durban on a shoestring Budget

As this year has been a year of travel for me, I planned or at least I hoped to travel around the country but I ended up focusing my travel around Johannesburg, Gauteng.  After a bit of planning and working on a good budget, I finally managed to travel to Durban with two friends and my sister.

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Durban is a coastal city in South Africa and has the busiest port in South Africa. What makes it interesting its mix of cultures, beaches along the Indian Ocean, museums and a whole lot more.

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Getting to Durban

Initially, as we were working on a tight budget we had thought taking a bus would cut our costs drastically, but we realized we could rely on a budget airline as well and this would cut our travel time, and give us more time to explore.  We took the last flight and an early morning flight, which allowed us to get a decent price of R399, although it was on two different airlines Kulula.com and Flysafair

When we arrived in Durban we used Taxify to get to our accommodation which we had booked with Airbnb.

Accommodation

This was my first time using Airbnb, the booking process was very simple, we chose a “charming historic house” in Berea, which is very close to the City Centre.  Our host allowed us to check in outside regular check-in hours, (we arrived around 11 pm and we checked out around 6 am on the day of departure).

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Travelling around the City

We used Taxify and Uber to travel around the City and this was very effective and also we did not spend much and stuck to our budget.

Activities on the Golden Mile

One of the highlights is the Golden Mile, it is the main attraction in the City, its a stretch of the beachfront along the Indian Ocean.  We walked along the beach from Suncoast Casino to Mini Town an attraction with replicas of the city’s buildings.

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We wrapped up our walk on the Golden Mile with a tour around Ushaka Marine World, which is also one of the top attractions in Durban.

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