You can definitely pull off a budget weekend in Durban! So you’ve saved some cash booking your flights through us. Clever start already. Travel is not cheap but on even a tiny budget you can still enjoy your getaway weekend in Durbs. Follow our rules below and you might even leave with cash in your pocket!
Save on accommodation
Besides travel costs, accommodation will take the biggest gulp of your weekend budget. Try to hustle cheap or even free accommodation by phoning family, friends, grannies and aunties. If you don’t have any connections in the area, booking affordable accommodation online has never been easier. Use Airbnb for accommodation in your price range or try Couchsurfing.com to find locals in the area that is willing to accommodate you for the weekend. You will most certainly find something within your budget!
Durban is legendary for its curry shops and bunny chow vendors. Ask the locals for the best deals in town without having to go to bed hungry. On the Sat morning make sure to visit the I Heart Market in front of the Moses Mabhiba Stadium, one of Durban’s best and biggest food and craft markets. Other budget-friendly restaurants worth a visit is the Brittania Hotel on Umgeni Road as well as the Surf Riders Food Shack on North Beach. We’re talking meals between R45 and R70 – perfect!
Party on Florida Road
The famous party stretch, packed with bars, restaurants and clubs. You will be sure to find great drink specials to help your budget even further along. Make sure you’re there for Happy Hour between 5pm – 6pm. You are for certain in for a dangerously good time.
If you’re a nature-lover, Durban with its sub-tropical climate is definitely worth exploring. A visit to the Durban Botanical Gardens will open your eyes to the province’s interesting plant life and offers a great opportunity for a picnic. At the Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve you can feast your eyes on an incredible wetland environment featuring wading birds, crustaceans, mudskippers and other critters.
If you want to stick to the indoors, be sure to visit Durban’s Natural Science Museum, one of the best in the country.
Hit the Promenade
The Durban promenade is one of the most happening spots in Durban, especially after its refurbishment for the 2010 World Cup. Perfect for your budget getaway the promenade is extremely pocket-friendly with fish ‘n chips shops, stalls and vendors as well as a whole host of cheap entertainment options.
Rent a bicycle a see sights while getting some exercise! And if you still have energy left, why not join one of the free Zumba or Yoga classes offered right there.
If you do your homework ahead of time it is possible to save cash without having to compromise on entertainment and a good time away.