Helpful Hints to Remember When Visiting Durban


Helpful Hints to Remember When Visiting Durban


ACCOMMODATION

The Durban Metro region has approximately 17 000 beds available. There is an excellent range of accommodation from superb four star hotels, holiday apartments, time - share units, to caravan parks, budget hostels, and youth hostels.

AIRPORT TAX

The current passenger service charges, inclusive of vat, effective from 1 April 2014 are: Domestic - R127; Regional (Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Lesotho) - R263; International R346.

CLIMATE

KwaZulu-Natal and Durban in particular enjoys a warm sub-tropical climate for most part of the year. Summer (Nov - Feb) temperatures are hot, from 24 - 30 degrees Celsius and Winter temperatures average at 20 degrees Celsius.

Sea temperatures vary from 25 degrees in summer to 18 degrees in winter. The average rainfall for the year is in the order of 900mm.

The average minimum and maximum temperatures and rainfall figures for this area are as follows:


Month Min. Temp Max. Temp Rainfall (mm)
January  21  28  135mm
February  21  28  114mm
March  20  28  124mm
April  17  26  87mm
May  14  25  64mm
June  11  23  26mm
July  11  23  44mm
August  13  23  58mm
September  15  23  65mm
October  17  24  89mm
November  18  25  104mm
December  20  27  108mm

You can also visit the Weather Bureau website or contact 082 162 for more details. CREDIT CARDS

Most major credit cards are accepted, as well as traveller’s cheques in major currencies.

CURRENCY

South African currency works on the decimal system with the one Rand equalling 100 cents. Denominations of Rand notes: R200, R100, R50, R20, R10 - Denominations of Coins R5, R2, R1, 50c, 20c, 10c, 5c 
 

DISTANCES FROM DURBAN

City Distance
Cape Town 1660km
Johannesburg 598km
Port Elizabeth 927km
Bloemfontein 667km
East London 667km
Pietermaritzburg 77km
Ulundi 235km

ELECTRICITY

The electricity supply is 220/230 volts, AC 50Hz. US made appliances may need a transformer.

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

South African Banks can accommodate all international transactions and are situated throughout the country. Banks are open Monday to Friday 09:00 to 15:30, Saturdays 08:30 to 11:00. Automatic Teller machines (ATM) are available in most towns and cities and offer a 24-hour service.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Traveller’s Cheques and foreign currency notes of all major currencies can be exchanged at any commercial bank. American Express offices and most hotels have exchange facilities for guests. Fluctuations in foreign exchange markets are reflected in new rates daily.

IMMUNISATION

No international immunisation is needed when entering South Africa. The only inoculation requirement is a yellow fever vaccination certificate from traveller’s entering South Africa within 6 days of leaving an infected area. Some areas in Zululand are subject to malaria. Before entering these areas, persons are advised to consult a doctor or pharmacist to obtain necessary medication. Travel doctor at the ICC - 031 360 1122 or La Lucia - 031 566 3635

LANGUAGE

There are 11 Official Languages in South Africa. English, Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Swazi, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Tsonga, Tswana, and Venda. English is South Africa’s first language and is spoken throughout the country; English speaking visitors will have no problems while travelling through South Africa. All signs are in English.

MEDICAL CARE

Medical care is readily available. Doctors are listed under “Medical”, Hospitals under “H” in all telephone directories.

POPULATION

Approximately 4 million people. Durban is said to be one of the fastest growing cities in the world with some 25% of South Africa’s total workforce being employed in the Durban area.

RESTAURANTS

With Durban’s rich diversity of cultures, there is an extensive range of multi-cuisine restaurants, catering for all tastes and pockets.

TAXATION

Foreign Tourists visiting South Africa can have their sales tax paid (known as Value Added Tax (VAT)) refunded at a port of exit, provided the value of items purchased exceeds R250. Visitors should obtain proof of payments of all items purchased during their stay to claim any refunds. To qualify for a refund, visitors must be in possession of a valid foreign passport, the necessary tax invoices with the goods. Goods to be shown to Custom officers or VAT refund administrators for inspection as proof of export with tax invoices. Tax invoices to be stamped upon departure. VAT can be claimed on Jewellery, curios, clothing and not on restaurant, hotel, car hire or other accommodation.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

South Africa has a sophisticated telecommunications network. International dialling and full telex, telefax, and electronic mail facilities are widely available. Phone cards and cellular phones are also on the market and readily available. International dialling codes can be found in South African telephone directories.

TIME

South Africa is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT), one hour ahead of central European Winter Time, 10 hours behind New Zealand Winter Time, 8 Hours behind Eastern Australian Winter Time.

TRADING HOURS

Normal trading hours 08:30 to 17:00 on weekdays, 09:00 to 13:00 on Saturdays. Many shopping malls and centres have extended trading hours and are open on Sundays.

TRANSPORT

The International Airport receives direct flights from various international destinations. Various Domestic services fly frequently from the airport. Intercity coaches and trains are reasonably priced and depart daily for various destinations. The Mynah and People mover buses are a frequent and reliable local bus services that transports passengers between the North and South beaches. The CBD and surrounding suburbs.

ESSENTIALS TO PACK

Light cotton clothing (shorts, short sleeve shirt)
Hat
Sunscreen
Sunglasses
Swimming costume
Binoculars
Comfortable walking shoes
Camera and lots of films

CONSULATES

Angola (011) 622 6025
Australia (012) 423 6000
Belgium (031) 303 2840
Chile (012) 460 8090
China (031) 563 4534
Denmark (031) 267 8410
Finland (012) 343 0275
France (012) 429 7000
Germany (012) 427 8977
Greece (011) 214 2300/ 214 2316
India (031) 335 0300
Italy (011) 728 1392
Lesotho (031) 307 2323
Madagascar (031) 564 4927
Mozambique (031) 303 7130
Netherlands (031) 266 9291
Nigeria (012) 342 0905
Norway/Sweden (012) 426 6400
Pakistan (012) 362 4072
Poland (031) 266 9792
Portugal (031) 312 4854
Spain (012) 460 0123/ 422 2415
Switzerland (031) 201 7113/ (012) 452 0606
United Kingdom (012) 421 7500
USA (031) 305 7600
Uruguay (012) 362 6521/02