5 beaches in Durban without the crowds

2017-12-20 17:22

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There’s a reason Durban is called South Africa’s playground.From the tropical weather to the warm beaches and cool summer winds, it’s hard to keep yourself from going there every holiday.However, because of this Durban is also known for its infamous crowded beaches.

Because of the masses descending on the city, many beachgoers often lose their valuables, children go missing and occasionally someone drowns.The beaches that are usually packed to the rafters are North Beach, South Beach and uShaka Marine World’s Beach.This, however, doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying the Durban sun.

We’ve drawn up a list of 5 other beaches you can go to to escape the crowds while still enjoying the warm Indian ocean.

 Umdloti Beach

It’s just north of Durban and is a beautiful quiet haven for those seeking serenity.

Although the waves do tend to be quite steep, the beach offers a big lagoon-type swimming area – ideal for snorkelling and swimming.

 Ansteys Beach

It’s situated in the Bluff, which isn’t too far from the Durban CBD.

With lifeguards, shark nets and waters shallow enough for swimming, this beach is an ideal escape.


It’s a little further from Durban but definitely holds its own when it comes to breath-taking beauty.

If your family is staying in Durban, going to ‘Toti’, as it’s affectionately called by locals, will provide a perfect excuse for a mini road trip to the south of the city.

 Zimbali beach

This is one of the most elite resorts to stay at while you’re in KZN but, fortunately, for those who aren’t willing to spend thousands on an overnight stay, access to the beach is free during the day.

Although the waves are quite rough, they’re perfect for surfing and the views are breath-taking.

 Umhlanga beach

Okay, we can’t promise Umhlanga won’t be a little packed but one can’t leave Durbs without taking a “beach-vibe” photo by the famous lighthouse.


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