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Security Issues

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Security Issues

In planning my Durban fortnight for February I've read widely contradictory claims about tourist safety. Some (but not all) of these reports are rather out of date and some mention robberies of tourists in the Durban beach area . What is the situation regarding crime in this area today. I'm intending to stay at the North end of Durban beach not too far from the stadium is this a safe area ? Many say its not safe to go out at night here but is this really the case ? Are there tourist areas near North Durban beach that are OK at night for tourists ? I'm keen to visit South Africa but I cant afford Cape Town at the moment . Hotels in the Uhmlanga area are rather beyond my budget too.

I also cannot drive so will this also be a problem for me ?

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1. Re: Security Issues

You'll be fine round there although I don't find it a scenic part of town. I prefer Salt Rock, Umdloti and Ballito. I don't understand why people like Umhlanga so much personally.

I have not felt unsafe in Durban.

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2. Re: Security Issues

I agree with ThanD. Durban is quite safe, but a little bit north of Durban you will find nicer scenery and nicer beaches. If budget allows, try Canelands guesthouse in Salt Rock for example. Right on the beach. Umhlanga is popular with tourists and locals and has a lot of high rise flats and hotels right on the beach. It's safe and there are a lot of restaurants to choose from. Durban itself has improved a lot over the years, I found the beachfront area to be tourist-friendly and safe. But as in all big cities, use common sense.

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Hello and I can only write from experience. I visit Durban on every holiday, normally for rugby or cricket, and I love my days there. Last year I stayed at a small hotel on Florida road, a 15 minute walk from the rugby stadium and 30 minute walk from the beach. And I did walk to the beach and stadiums a few times. I also like hundreds of people walked up and down the pedestrian beach front walkway. There is a lot to do outside of Durban to but not driving will mean you will have to book tours I guess if you want to explore?

Mark - Owner - SafariKZN

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I too will be in Durban next month, walking along the beach front, eating in restaurants, visiting the flea markets, swimming, etc. Looking forward to it. it is a bit like Blackpool IMO so if you want something a bit more Lytham St Anne's then head further north! The Central Business District is very frenetic and the hustle and bustle can be very intimidating for some folks but I find the beach front fine and happily wander the full length all the way to UShaka. There is a There is usually a visible police presence. For a night out take a taxi if going very far. the casino also has a cinema as well as eateries. The Mynah buses are also good to get around on.

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5. Re: Security Issues

Is the shorefront promenade safe enough at night though ? I'll be staying at the North End and am wondering if the area has plenty of bars and restaurants not too far away from my hotel (I'm looking at the Belair apt hotel ) so that any potential commute might not be too long.

Thanks everyone for the helpful info

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