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Layover In Durban, South Africa

| January 29, 2014

Stuck on a Durban layover at the King Shaka International Airport (KSIA) in South Africa? The airport replaced the pre-existing Durban International Airport and is located at La Mercy, which is roughly 22 miles from Durban’s city center, making it an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Durban layover, click here for useful tips. For more information about Visa requirements and tariffs, click here.

Durban, South Africa Layover
If you’re stuck inside the new Durban airport during your layover in South Africa, you’ll find plenty of services and activities. The airport has a number of bars and restaurants in both the food court and landside piazza, and a number of shops in the Arrivals Hall and in Domestic Departures. The airport has retail consultants available to assist you during office hours (call 032-436-6666 for more information).

In addition, the airport also has a number of banks on the ground floor of the passenger terminal building that can assist with currency exchange. There is also shoe shine and baggage shrink wrap facilities, mobile rentals, a pharmacy, and a hair and beauty salon available in the Departures terminal and the Arrivals Hall.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many hotels along the “Golden Mile” beachfront of varying price points, including the five-star Beverly Hills Hotel and the famous Oyster Box Hotel. To locate hotels in Durban, click here.

If you’re planning on leaving the airport and exploring Durban, there are many forms of transportation available including metered taxis (although it is possible to get discounts on meter rates), car rentals, shuttle buses and mini coaches. You may want to read the following links for Durban security and health advice.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Layover In Durban, South Africa:

Durban Tours

There are an endless amount of activities and tours available in Durban. You can book anything from sightseeing tours to game reserve safaris. To find and book Durban tours, click here!

The Valley of a 1000 Hills

Located a half hour from Durban’s city center in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, the Valley of a 1000 Hills is a stunning location. Only viable for those stuck on long layovers, the area is named after the picturesque hills that meet the Umegeni River.

Durban Botanical Gardens

Looking for a place to stretch your legs while on your layover? Check out the beautiful Durban Botanical Gardens, which has a mix of Arican, Asian and American trees. There’s also an impressive collection of palms and orchids.

Golden Mile

Durban’s Golden Mile is a stretch of beach that is the city’s biggest attraction. The beach is protected by shark nets, and the area has pools, fountains, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels and more.

uShaka Marine World

Located in the Golden Mile of Durban, the uShaka Marine World is a great stop for those traveling with kids. There are many activities and exhibits to check out – click here for the list.

None of these interest you? You can find many more suggestions here.

Have any advice for a Duban, South Africa layover? Leave a comment below!

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