Durban in detail

When to go and weather

  • Durban has a subtropical climate, making it a year-round destination, though May to November is particularly pleasant – it's still beach weather, but not too hot and the crowds aren't too bad.
  • Summer (November to February) is the rainy season – expect humid nights and daily downpours.
  • Accommodation fills up during school holidays (December, January and Easter) – book ahead or try to travel outside these times.
  • The Durban International Film Festival takes place in mid-July.