Durban is one of South Africa’s favourite coastal cities. It combines a bustling metropolis with stunning natural attractions; a summer that goes for almost the entire year with pristine beaches, lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Although this has been a tourist’s dream destination for decades, Durban is fast becoming one of southern Africa’s hottest wedding destinations. Its new international airport means that it is now more accessible than ever before, enabling guests to travel from all over the world to share in the celebrations of your official union.
Because of its great diversity in natural attractions, shopping centres, game parks, water activities, historical monuments, cultural sights and so much more, Durban is also a fantastic destination for your honeymoon. In addition, guests that have travelled here from other places can extend their stay and enjoy an authentic seaside holiday with all the modern conveniences of a leading epicentre.
Mount Edgecombe Conference Centre is one of the venues within Durban that has proven very popular amongst engaged couples. A major part of this appeal is that this venue offers an indoor banqueting hall that seats up to 450 guests, another indoor room that seats up to 100 guests and an outdoor garden, where you can say your vows within the midst of manicured gardens and colourful blooms. This diversity certainly lends the wedding planner added flexibility. The dramatic water feature makes for an impressive scene.
The Royal Hotel, right in the heart of Durban, is a luxurious wedding venue with an old-world charm. There is a range of venues in which to have your unique wedding reception, ranging from intimate, cosy rooms for private celebrations with close friends and family to vast ballrooms in which to dance the night away with wedding guests from all over the country or world.
The Hilton Durban Hotel is an acclaimed 5-star facility that never compromises the ultimate in style, professionalism and opulence. Being less than one kilometre from various beaches means that the couple can choose to have their photographs taken on the shore, not having to travel very far to reach their reception venue. The Hilton is committed to making your wedding day absolutely spectacular, and will go to great lengths to ensure that you are treated like royalty. So, whether it is a horse-drawn carriage or fireworks, the Hilton Durban Hotel will make it happen.
As a tourist or honeymoon destination, Durban promises a long list of places to go and things to see. Some of these are:
- Durban’s many gorgeous beaches, perfect for working on that honeymoon tan
- The Botanical Gardens of Durban – home to an exquisite orchid house, a scent garden for the blind and rare cycads
- Take advantage of the stunning Durban weather by embarking on deep sea cruises
- Durban’s Golden Mile – this stretches along the coast and boasts an amusement centre, pools, gardens and fountains.
- Fitzsimons Snake Park
- Seaworld / Dolphinarium
- Umgeni River Bird Park
- Durban City Hall
- The Local History Museum
- The Natal Maritime Museum
- The Old Fort
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