Durban is a popular tourist destination in South Africa. Most people know Durban as the sunny, surf city of South Africa. There are many beautiful beaches for travellers to choose from and summer seems to stretch throughout most of the year. For those who want a more in-depth look at the city, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durban
Accessibility in Durban
Wanda was born and bred in Durban. With the exception of the 5 years she spent studying in Pretoria, Gauteng, she has lived in Durban her whole life. It’s fair to say that she has a pretty good idea about what’s in and around Durban and where most of the popular sights and beaches are.
However, things changed and her perspective on her home town was drastically altered when she became wheelchair bound. Over the years Durban has made some great strides in becoming more accessible to the disabled community, but there remains much to be done.
Things you need to know about Durban:
- Like any other city all over the world, it’s a good idea to be cautious and perhaps even vigilant when exploring Durban. You don’t need to be paranoid, but use good common sense and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Avoid rolling or walking around the city at night. Some suburbs have safer areas for you to explore between bars and restaurants, eg. Florida Road in Morningside and Broadway in Durban North.
- Don’t flash your valuables around or leave valuables on display in your car.
- If you have a backpack or bag on the back of your wheelchair, ensure that it has a secure and safe clasp – even better, a zip and a clasp! Not unlike the pick-pockets at the Eiffel Tower, Durban deals with its fair share of petty criminals. They will certainly take advantage of an easy target.
- Choose a sling bag instead of resting a bag casually on your lap when rolling about in your wheelchair.
- When driving around, remember to keep doors locked as a precaution. That will prevent unwelcome entry into your vehicle or someone snatching your valuables from your vehicle.
Durban has a very pleasant year round climate and it’s not unusual to enjoy a ‘beach day’ any time of the year. Expect some rainy days during spring and summer but don’t expect an extended non-stop rainy-season.
- Summer (Mid October – February) 25 °C average temp.
- Autumn (Mid February – April) 22 °C average temp
- Winter (June to August) 17 °C average temp.
- Spring (August – October) 18 °C average temp.
Plan Your Trip to Durban
Travelling can be one of the most exhilarating things to do and experience. However, like most things in life, it comes with its own challenges. For those who travel with any form of disability, those regular challenges have the potential to become seemingly insurmountable obstacles – particularly in a strange country and Durban is no exception.
The obstacles you may encounter in Durban don’t need to prevent you from having fun and building unforgettable memories. With a modicum of information and a decent amount of preparation and planning your holiday in our sunny city can be one of the best you have ever had!
If you have any questions or travel queries about Durban, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist you as much as we can.