11 Best Self Catering Accommodations In Durban, South Africa - Updated 2024

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Durban lies on the coast of the Indian Ocean in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. The city got a makeover before it hosted the 2010 Word Cup for soccer. Now visitors can enjoy the lovely promenade that runs from the uShaka Marine World to the Moses Mabhida Stadium. While visiting Durban be sure to check out the best things to do, for example, Marine World, a large theme park with an aquarium. Another attraction worth seeing is the Durban Botanical Gardens which feature hundreds of African plant species. But the main reason tourists love Durban is the Golden Mile of beautiful beaches. Fans of water sports will love the many opportunities for fishing, surfing, and diving in the lakes or the ocean. To make your stay more enjoyable, continue reading to explore the best self-catering accommodations in Durban, South Africa.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) Superhost status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and amenities. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on April 07, 2024.

1. A modern rental unit for group accommodation (from USD 67)

Experience a delightful getaway at this modern and comfortable unit providing group accommodation in Durban. With exceptional harbor views, our well-placed apartment is within walking distance of the Golden Mile promenade and its magnificent beaches. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Durban’s famous uShaka Marine World, also just a short stroll away. Stay connected with uncapped WiFi, and enjoy Netflix and full DSTV, making it perfect for couples or even a business trip. The apartment features a bedroom and bathroom with a shower, and a fully-fitted kitchen leading to an open-plan lounge and dining area, complete with a Smart Flat Screen TV. The priceless balcony views add to the charm. Air-conditioning is provided throughout for your comfort, and linen and bath towels are included. Rest easy with secure covered parking available at the property.

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Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
157 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the fibre wifi is also very fast which is great
the view from the apartment is beautiful and really made our stay
this apartment was really a gem with the most amazing views
the apartment is very cosy quiet and has a great view too
the fridge is big and fans in the lounge and bedroom helpful because it is hot in durban
excellent clean and neat place
the apartment is great clean and neat
it’s clean and super homey
the flat is spotless and beautifully presented
the apartment was as i saw in the pictures very clean and homely
carmen and gail were amazing hosts
carmen and gail were great hosts and we enjoyed our stay with my daughter
safe and has a lovely host who caters to all your requests
carmen and gail are great hosts very quick to respond and willing to assist
carmen and her co-host gail are all the hospitality business needs no wonder she is a super host
the location is great
the neighborhood is very quiet safe and secure
you can walk to the beach and it's beautiful
5-10 minute walk to ushaka marine world and its a safe area for a walk
a great gem in durban close to all the action of the promenade ushaka and the beach
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2. Sleeper leisure loft at Point Bay (from USD 95)

516 Point Bay offers comfortable self-catering holiday accommodation in a tastefully furnished two-bedroom leisure loft, boasting breathtaking views of Durban Harbour. With 2 bathrooms, each featuring its own shower, guests will enjoy ample space and tranquility spanning 130 square meters (1,399.31 square feet). The location is unbeatable, just 500 meters (1,640.42 feet) away from uShaka Marine World, a 13-minute drive to Moses Mabhida Stadium, and an 18-minute drive to The Convention Centre. Along with private balconies, the unit has an open-plan kitchen and living area, and a trendy kitchen island. Guests can unwind on the generous private balcony or enjoy watching shows on the Smart TV with paid Netflix. The building provides 24-hour access controlled security, designated underground parking, and a communal swimming pool. Housekeeping services are available Monday to Saturday, and guests are kindly asked to bring their swimming towels.

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Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
208 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire loft 3 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the view from our kitchen was spectacular and saw beautiful activity on the harbor from our balcony
very peaceful place with gorgeous views and a beautifully decorated apartment
the pool they have inside has a beautiful breath taking view
maarya's place is absolutely perfect great view of the harbour and apartment is very neatly kept
fairly okay apartment with great views
spacious clean and lovely unit
the place was clean and had everything we needed
we found the loft very comfortable and very clean
definitely going to love the place very beautiful clean and super neat
a very spacious clean comfortable apartment with great views
amazing host and such a beautiful home
the host is the best she made our stay that extra special
maarya was a great host
maarya and zama were attentive hosts and very responsive
however the staff she has employed to take care of the place are not too professional
the location is also perfect and walking distance to the beachfront
great location safe and secure building easy check in
a good and secure location
a perfect location quiet secure and spacious
lovely apartment close to everything
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3. The Capital Pearls Hotel (from USD 174)

This large resort sits on Umhlanga’s main beach. It is a great self catering accommodation for family near Durban. You can choose from studio, one- or two-bedroom apartments. All rooms feature a living room area with television and work desk, kitchenette that has a mini-fridge, microwave, coffee maker, sink and washing machine, small balcony and private bathrooms. You can find a restaurant and a bar on the property along with the fitness center, business center outdoor pool, spa center, convenience store, gift shop, and a salon. You are within walking distance of some great shopping at either the Granada Square Shopping Centre or the Gateway Mall.

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The Capital Pearls Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 6 Lagoon Drive

Parking Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle

4. Belaire Suites (from USD 54)

The Belaire Suites sits on the North Beach and all rooms come with views of the ocean. This cheap self catering accommodation near Durban is a great place to relax before exploring the city. Choose between one or two bedroom units with a seating area, kitchen facilities that include a microwave, mini fridge, coffee maker and sink, and a marble bathroom. Relax by the pool or in the shade of the garden, get a massage at the spa or just enjoy one of the best cups of coffee in Durban at the Cafe Jiran, that provides an outdoor ambiance. The beach is just footsteps away from where you can spend the day swimming or surfing. Or enjoy a short drive to the Durban Botanic Gardens or the Victoria Street Market where you can spend an enjoyable afternoon out of the sun.

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Belaire Suites Hotel

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 151 Snell Parade, North Beach, Marine Parade

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Golf course (within 3 km) Garden

5. First Group The Palace All-Suite (from USD 40)

This art deco styled resort sits on Durban’s North Beach. You can choose from a variety of different sized apartments that include studios to three-bedroom suites. All rooms include a living room area, dining table, full kitchen, the studios have kitchenettes and private bathrooms. All of the rooms also feature stunning views of the Indian Ocean. On those days you do not want to cook stop by the Pesto restaurant and bar where they serve up delicious Italian and Mediterranean inspired cuisine. The bar also offers a happy hour every afternoon. You can enjoy a full range of amenities at this hotel including the rooftop terrace and pool, the spa which offers a variety of treatments, shops, a fitness center that offers yoga classes and much more. The beach is right outside the door, also within walking distance is the North Beach Cafe and the Marine Parade.

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First Group The Palace All-Suite

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 211 Marine Parade

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Golf course (within 3 km)

6. Serenity beach apartment (from USD 35)

This ninth floor apartment is ideal for couples or small families. This holiday accommodation in Durban has a cozy living room with a sofa bed, dining area, full kitchen with a washer and dryer along with a breakfast bar, one bedroom, and a bathroom. It is located across from the aquarium so all of the best attractions, restaurants, and shops are within walking distance. You will enjoy the beautiful views over Durban’s Golden Mile and the Indian Ocean.

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Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
253 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the wifi signal was good and the view was beautiful
great apartment fantastic sea views super host
the wifi connection is strong and the tv has a decoder aswell
the apartment has an aircon which is perfect for heating n cooling
stocked kitchen off-street parking and free wifi is always appreciated
very clean modern apartment
very clean and nicely decorated apartment
apartment was clean and well equipped
private clean and cosy
place was nice and clean
host was always very responsive
good and quick response the concerns by owner however
all that depended from the host was great
host is super responsive and helpful
ahmed our host was an absolute pleasure to communicate with
amazing place close to the beach
its a great location for a stay close to the beach and everything central in durban
great place even better location
excellent place excellent location great value for money
the place was impressive and very central to ushaka
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7. Urban Park Hotel and Apartments by Misty Blue Hotels (from USD 43)

These self-catering apartments lie along the Umhlanga Ridge. Your choice of room sizes come in standard hotel rooms or studio to two bedroom apartments. The apartment rooms include a seating area, full kitchen with a stove and oven, satellite TV and a DVD player. On those days you do not feel like cooking, you can order up room service or dine at the Cosmopolitan which serves up traditional South African cuisine. Other amenities on the property include an indoor pool, fitness center, a bar that serves a small menu along with cocktails, and beach chair and towel rentals. You are within walking distance of some of the city’s best shopping including the Gateway Theater of Shopping.

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Urban Park Apartments & Hotel by Misty Blue Hotels

Address: 60 Meridian Drive

Terrace Free WiFi Canoeing Designated smoking area Restaurant Water park Hand sanitizer in guest accommodation and key areas Private parking

8. Suites 617 the Parkview Hotel (from USD 49)

The Parkview Hotel is located less than a mile from the Marine Parade. It has one self-accommodating unit, suite 617. The studio room has two twin beds, a small kitchenette with a microwave, mini-fridge and coffee maker, a bathroom and access to a patio area. There are an outdoor swimming pool and a bar off the lobby. You can also use the barbecue and picnic area or just relax in the garden. The hotel is a beachfront property and offers lounge chairs and towels for rent. The Panorama Cafe is within walking distance along with Beach Hurst and the Blue Lagoon. The front desk will happily help you arrange some of the water activities like fishing, diving, and surfing.

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9. The Breakers 211 (from USD 95)

This modern hotel is located in the Umhlanga district and provides stunning views of the lake from many of its rooms. The apartment rooms available feature two bedrooms, a living room area, a fully equipped kitchen with an oven, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, and a private bathroom. Your room also includes a private patio that is perfect for enjoying your morning cup of coffee. Your family will love the onsite amenities that include two pools, one indoor and one out, a water park, wellness center, fitness center, picnic area with barbecue facilities, playground inside and out, and babysitting services. The Hawaan Nature Reserve borders the property and fishing is allowed in the lake, plus the beach is just a short walk away.

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10. First Group Oceanic (from USD 44)

This apartment style hotel is located near the uShaka Marine World. It features one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment units. Each apartment has a living room, a small kitchen with a microwave, fridge and coffee maker. You will find an Italian restaurant, La Vita, and a bar off the lobby. You can also relax on the rooftop terrace by the swimming pool or enjoy an afternoon in the game room. Families love the option to use the daycare and babysitting services. Other amenities include a casino, entertainment staff, and room service. You will be located near many of Durban’s attractions including the Mini Town Snell Parade and Durban Beach.

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First Group Oceanic

Address: 20 John McIntyre Road

Live sport events (broadcast) Billiards Terrace Nightclub/DJ Special diet menus (on request) Lift Business centre Meeting/banquet facilities

11. Luxury waterfront apartment

This two-story apartment is on the sixth floor and offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean. The first floor has the living room with flatscreen TV, DVD player and dining table, the kitchen that is fully equipped including a dishwasher, washer, and dryer, you will even find tea, coffee and basic condiments for your use and a half bathroom. Upstairs are two bedrooms and two full bathrooms. Off the living room is a small balcony for your enjoyment. The apartment is located in the new Point Waterfront precinct. The neighborhood is divided by canals where you can see some beautiful fish swimming by. A short walk along the canals will bring you to the main area with the aquarium, tourist information center and many restaurants and shops.

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Durban, KZN, South Africa
128 reviews  
Entire apartment 3 Beds 2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
all rooms are facing the sea with bright natural light
the kitchen was well equipped and all amenities were top notch
beautiful apartment with all the amenities you would need for your stay
a great apartment at the south end of the beach
fantastic view super comfortable and well equipped flat
an extremely beautiful clean apartment
the place was so clean
it's clean and cozy with modern finishes
the apartment was nice and clean
the place is clean
lovely extra touches given by the hosts
the host is quite gracious
great thoughtful host who responds quickly
the host is really friendly and understanding
she was communicative and friendly
great location stylish apartment
what a fab location close to ushaka marine world
great place in an amazing location highly recommended
was the perfect location for our short stay
it was the best apartment in central durban
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Save some money while on vacation

Vacations cost money, everyone knows that. However Durban has a list of cheap hotels. If you book a room with a kitchen or even a kitchenette, you can save some money by cooking the majority of your meals. This means you have more to spend on attractions, activities or those souvenirs you are dying to take home with you. All of the accommodation on this list allow you do most, if not all, of your meal prep yourself.

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