Durban : South africa


What It Is Like to Retire in Durban

Durban is the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. It is estimated that over 200,000 UK citizens have retired in South Africa, drawn for the climate, scenery, proximity to game parks, and outdoor recreation.  Cape Town and Johannesburg draw more retirees than Durban. After Johannesburg it is the second most important manufacturing hub in South Africa.  Durban is famous for being the busiest port in South Africa and Africa. It is also seen as one of the major centres of tourism because of the city's warm subtropical climate and extensive beaches. The Golden Mile, developed as a welcoming tourist destination in the 1970s, as well as Durban at large, provide ample tourist attractions, particularly for people on holiday from Gauteng. The population is almost 600,000. Photos courtesy of Wikipedia and Adamina, Mister-E, and Simisa.


Where to Retire in Durban and Home Prices

There are many areas of Durban where retirees might be happy. In South Durban property seems quite expensive. A recent check showed the most inexpensive apartments starting at over 500,000 Rand with luxury homes going into the multi-millions. The Rand is equal to .098 $US; the average mid-sized home in the country is about $100,000 US. Here is a link to some real estate lisings in Durban.


What Is Special about Durban

As a popular tourist center there is much to do with fabulous beaches and sights. The Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World are popuar attractions.  In the 1930s Durban embraced the new Art Deco style. Numerous buildings, especially residential apartment blocks, were erected in this new design. The styling on the Art Deco buildings reflect the different backgrounds of the city's population, some with a strong emphasis on the city's maritime background, other reflecting the interests of Durban's Muslim traders.


What Is Not Special about Durban

Like most of South Africa, Durban is a tale of 2 cities.  The affluent and middle class do fine, while the underclasses struggle.


Who Will Like Retirement in Durban

South Africa attracts retirees from Europe, especially Great Britain and the Netherlands.  The weather is good and outside activities are possible year round. You can maintain a high standard of living, although property is expensive.


Local Economy Is Driven by

As a major port, shipping is a big part of the economy.  Tourism is also key, along with finance and manufacturing.


Climate and Physical Environment

The climate is fairly even year round. The average summer temp is 82F and the average winter temp is 68. The city is located on the southeast coast of the country. Durban and its suburbs are hilly, except for locations in and around the central business district and the harbour.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

For a large city we did not find a great deal of traditional cultural institutions. There is a big casino and many parks. There are several colleges and universities including University of KwaZulu-Natal.



Crime in the wealthier areas  is modest, while in the slums it is quite a problem. The U.S. State Department rates crime as "critical" in Durban.  The type of crime runs the gamut from muggings to home invasions to car jackings to robberies in people's driveways.  Many wealthier people and expats live in gated communities for protection.


Medical Facilities

Durban has several leading hospitals and a high level of medical care.



Every form of transportation including mass transit is available in Durban. King Shaka International Airport services both domestic and international flights. Metrorail offers commuter rail service.


Valuable Links

Wikipedia page for Durban


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