South Africa is a destination that has gone through a lot of changes in the last few years. King Shaka International Airport (DUR), often shortened to KSIA, is symbolic of this trend. It was built mainly to replace the aging Durban International Airport and handle the extra traffic from the expanding tourism industry and the World Cup of 2010. Aside from international travelers, this airport works in conjunction with other South African airports, specifically the ones in Cape Town and Johannesburg, to cover the region’s domestic traffic as well. Although the distance can be daunting, more and more travelers are discovering the beauty and culture of South Africa.
Best Time to Book a Flight to Durban King Shaka International
Prices for plane tickets also don’t change very much throughout the year, so the best way to find the cheapest ticket is to book in advance, use your loyalty rewards, or find a package deal with your favorite airline or travel agency. The climate in South Africa never wavers far from mild or temperate, so it’s more about seasonal activities than weather when it comes to planning your trip.
- Flower season generally runs from August to September, South Africa’s wet spring.
- Wildlife viewing is best between July and September, during the birthing season when visibility is at it’s peak.
- Birdwatching is popular here, as the region is a destination for many migratory species, and is best in October and November.
Airlines That Fly To Durban King Shaka International
This transglobal flight requires at least one stop in a European city if you leave from a major Canadian international airport. Depending on your carrier, you might even have a connection somewhere in the Middle East.
- British Airways actually uses DUR as one of its hubs, so there are plenty of connecting flights to Durban from London. These flights are partially operated by South African Airways and Kulula.
- Air Canada serves this route with South African Airways with stops in London and Johannesburg.
- Lufthansa flies to Durban from Canada on flights also operated by Air Canada, with a stop in Frankfurt.
- Qatar Airways can take you to DUR in conjunction with Porter Airlines with a stop in their home airport.
What to expect when arriving at Durban King Shaka International
There are two terminals at the airport, one for passengers and another for cargo. The passenger terminal is a single building that has two levels, arrivals on the main floor and departures on the second floor. The single-terminal design makes it easier to find what you need and negates any inter-terminal transport hassles. There are plenty of shopping options and lounges if you need to relax or make some calls before heading out into Durban.
What to see and do in Durban
Naturally, there are the safaris, birds, tropical flowers, and other wilderness wonders that draw many to Durban. The city itself also has a rich history, and there’s lots to see in and around Durban.
- Florida Road is one of the city’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Art, culture, and shopping during the day, and glittering nightlife in the evening.
- uShaka Marine World is an amusement park that mixes natural wonders, like groups of frolicking dolphins, next to water slides and roller-coasters.
- Beachfront Promenade this is a paved, multi-use boardwalk that runs from Blue Lagoon to Addington, an ideal way to see the coastline and a good part of the city.
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