Durban, South Africa: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Durban, South Africa? If you're planning to go to Durban, the following is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Durban, South Africa

Based on the climate and weather in Durban, the best time to go is June. See below for details.

Important essentials for Durban, South Africa

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Durban, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some rural areas may have unreliable tap water, so it's useful to have an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a superb one.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

Activities for Durban, South Africa

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Durban.

If you go to Durban Botanical Gardens, you'll probably do a lot of walking. These are a must:


  • Binoculars

    Like these


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.

If you see Durban Natural Science Museum, wear museum-appropriate clothing and take:

We also recommend these top tours in and around Durban.

What to wear/what to pack for Durban, South Africa by month

Already know when you're traveling?

January

January in Durban is extremely warm. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

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February

February here is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

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March

In March, Durban is hot. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (high 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 70s F (low 20s C). This is also a rainy time for Durban, with several of the days of the month having rain. In March, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

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April

In April, Durban is warm. Temperatures routinely are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) and regularly jump into the low 80s F (high 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 60s F (high 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Durban, with several of the days of the month having rain. In April, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

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May

May in Durban is a perfect temperature. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

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June

June in this region is balmy. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains once in a while.

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July

July for Durban is mild. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains sometimes.

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August

August for Durban is mild. Temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

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September

September in Durban is balmy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

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October

If you go to Durban in October, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature. Expect it to rain about two thirds of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (low 20s C).

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November

If you vacation in Durban during November, you are likely to find that it is a perfect temperature. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 60s F (high 10s C). Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about two thirds of the time.

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December

December in Durban is warm. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

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