Practical travel advice for Durban
Keep in mind this handy travel advice for Durban:
With its enticing array of work and play, Durban is ideally located to be your holiday (or business) base. This subtropical city is positioned on the east coast of South Africa, bordered by wonderful beaches and within easy travelling distance of country vacations and safari holidays. Durban itself offers a variety of entertainment; both indoor and outdoor because of the moderate temperatures all year round.
South Africa has great national freeways granting access to and from cities all over the country. The comprehensive road network in and around Durban provides a variety of access routes to destinations in the city and its surrounds. A GPS (eg. Garmin or Tomtom) is worthwhile for simplifying Durban travel. Roads all over the city are being upgraded for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, so be prepared to be patient when you’re on a route with “roadworks” underway!
Like with driving in any urban area, it’s important to be discerning when driving in town. Follow this important travel advice for Durban to stay safe:
Tipping and gratuities
How to tip is another useful piece of travel advice for Durban.
Standard practice for restaurant tipping is 10% or more (relative to the service you’ve received) if a gratuity is not included on your bill.
You’ll find “car guards” watching over street parking and parking lots around the country. Reputable guards should be adults and belong to a car guarding company. They often wear a company-branded shirt or jacket. When returning to your vehicle it is customary to tip the guard for watching your car. An average Durban tip is R2.
Safety and security
Quiet areas (especially at night), are best avoided. Walk in groups, not alone.
Be attentive in the city centre.
Use common “city” sense: keep your cell phones, cameras, and jewellery safe by keeping them out of sight whether in the car, on your person, or at your place of accommodation (especially if you’re on the ground floor as things are often pinched through windows).
Although 11 official languages are spoken in South Africa, business, services and tourism usually operate in English.
An adapter is a travel essential: electricity is 230 volts and plugs are round three or two pin plugs.
Take note of this practical travel advice for Durban for a safe and pleasant holiday.