The third-largest city in South Africa, many people skip Durban in favour of Jo’Burg or Capetown; however, they really shouldn’t. The weather here is always warmer than anywhere else in the country, and it’s known as South Africa’s playground. Durban boasts incredible beaches, shopping, and places to eat!

The city is one of the cheapest in South Africa, and this is reflected in holiday rentals in Durban. It’s crazy just how much you can get for your money here. You’ll be able to save what you spend on an Airbnb in Durban to make the most of the malls and restaurants lining the coast of this South African city.

In this post, I’ll show you the best Airbnbs in Durban. I have a wide range of properties that will suit a range of travel styles and budgets. Not only that, but I’ll also cover some of the best experiences in the area. Let’s check it all out!

Welcome to Durban!

Quick Answer: These are the Top 5 Airbnbs in Durban

Beautiful and Spacious Morningside Loft

Beautiful Morningside Loft

  • > $$
  • > 4 Guests
  • > Fully-equipped kitchen
  • > Swimming pool
Private room in Berea

Private room in Berea

  • > $
  • > 2 guests
  • > Communal lounge and kitchen
  • > Private bathroom
Lembali Lodge

Lembali Lodge

  • > $$$$$$
  • > 12 Guests
  • > Chef and breakfast available
  • > Swimming pool

Lion’s Den Bluff Beach

  • > $
  • > 3 Guests
  • > Great location
  • > Awesome views

Hemmingway’s Paradise

  • > $
  • > 2 Guests
  • > Laptop-friendly workspace
  • > Friendly dog!

What to Expect from Airbnbs in Durban

Durban is one of the essential stops on your South African adventure but it can only be a success with the right accommodation.

Luckily, there is a load of different Airbnb properties available across Durban. From the north in Umhlanga all the way to the south in Bluff, you can expect epic sea views from many of your Airbnbs. Though private rooms are still the cheapest way to travel, entire rental units are inexpensive too.

There’s a mix of locals and business hosts in Durban, with many of the properties, focused on safety. A lot of Airbnbs will offer a pool (even if you’re in a private room), and many of the entire flats or houses boast a fully-equipped kitchen, so you can save even more by cooking in if you fancy! 

One thing is certain: you can expect way more for your money than you would in an equivalent Airbnb in the US, Europe, or Australia! 

Durban Airbnb

The most common kind of Airbnb in Durban is an entire flat. While it may not be unique, each has its own distinct character and identity. Full flats usually host up to four guests, so they’d perfectly suit a solo traveller who wants a bit of space to themselves. They could also be suitable for a couple or a small group of friends and family travelling together at a push.

For something a little more upmarket (and occasionally romantic), it’s a good idea to search for a cottage. They often have many of the same features you’ll see in an entire rental unit but are usually on the ground floor and likely to have a garden. Many cottages in Durban have a swimming pool, perfect if you’re planning to cool off after a day of exploring in the warm weather! 

For those looking for a truly memorable trip to Durban, consider booking a villa. These properties are generally further out of the city centre and command a much higher price than entire cottages or flats. However, they can also sleep more people. So, while that price might look expensive at first glance, it won’t be that much more once you’ve split it 10 or 15 ways! 

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The Top 15 Airbnbs in Durban

Now that we’ve got all of the admin out of the way, it’s time for the part you’ve all been waiting for. Here are the 15 best Airbnbs in Durban. We hope it’s not too hard to make your choice at the end!

Beautiful Morningside Loft | Overall Best Value Airbnb in Durban

Beautiful & Spacious Morningside Loft, Durban

When you see the price of this place, you’ll think there’s a mistake. A beautiful entire apartment all to yourself with a swimming pool, free parking, air conditioning and a fully-equipped kitchen for that price?! No way.

However, it’s true, and that’s why this Morningside loft is my best value Durban Airbnb. It has a great located in a quiet cul de sac and has a wonderful host. This lovely space is often booked up though, so you’ll have to move fast to secure your stay! 

Private Room in Berea | Best Budget Airbnb in Durban

Private room in Berea, Durban

If you’re on a budget in Durban, you can still get an entire rental unit if you’re willing to stay further out of the city centre.

This apartment in the Berea neighbourhood not only offers you access to a comfortable bed, but also a pool. There’s a communal lounge and kitchen too, where you can chill out and make your breakfast or evening meal.

You’ve also got a lovely host who is willing to help you plan your activities during your stay.

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Lembali Lodge | Over the Top Luxury Airbnb in Durban

Lembali Lodge, Durban

If you’re happy to splash the cash during your stay in Durban, then listen up. Lembali Lodge has six bedrooms, and you can book your very own private chef. Just imagine how good the food will be! All the bedrooms are en-suite, so no waiting for a shower in the morning, either. This is a spectacular option for groups staying in Durban. If you can split it between 12, it’s actually relatively inexpensive. 

Lion’s Den Bluff Beach | Perfect Durban Airbnb for Solo Travellers

Lion’s Den Bluff Beach, Durban

While you won’t be seeing any big game in this part of South Africa, the idea of a lodge is still pretty nice. This small studio apartment in Bluff has been imaginatively re-designed to make you feel as if you’re immersed in nature.

It comes with all the amenities that will make for a comfortable stay, including air conditioning, free wifi and free parking.

There’s a veranda where you can chill out and watch the sunset, and there’s also an entertainment area. You can even use the pizza oven if you request early enough! 

Hemmingway’s Paradise | Perfect Short Term Airbnb in Durban for Digital Nomads

Hemmingway’s Paradise, Durban

Of course, this place has a laptop-friendly workspace and fast Wi-Fi. You can throw a friendly dog in there, too! This super cheap room in Berea is on a quiet street, so you won’t have traffic noise distracting you from getting creative. There are also a lot of shops and cafes within walking distance should you want a change of scenery from the desk in your room.

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More Epic Airbnbs in Durban

Here are a few more of my favorite Airbnbs in Durban!

Beautiful Garden Cottage in Berea | Best Short Term Rental for Couples

Here’s another of Berea’s vacation rentals in Durban and it’s terrific for couples. The private garden unit gives you guaranteed privacy, and you may even spot colourful birds in the garden.

Your best chance of doing this is at the patio table, a great place to enjoy food together. If the weather’s bad or it’s getting a bit dark, retire inside to a comfortable queen bed. It’s big enough for both of you to starfish! Should you need anything from your amazing host, they’re in a separate flat nearby. 

Luxury at 230 | Best Airbnb in Durban for Families

Luxury at 230, Durban

With space for up to seven guests in a quiet residential area, this luxury family accommodation is a true home away from home. It’s suitable for families of all ages, and there are two living rooms. One can be for the kids and another for the adults! Parents can make sure kids are safe in the swimming pool from the comfort of the jacuzzi. 

Modern Penthouse Terrace | Best Entire Flat in Durban

Modern Penthouse Terrace, Durban

From villas to luxury lodges and a penthouse, you can’t say we’re not treating you well. This modern apartment is hosted by a business in a central location. The studio has a fully-equipped kitchen and a single bedroom, though the common area also has a queen bed. It’s a great spot for two couples; the only downside is that there’s no alcohol allowed on the premises. However, if you’re cool with that, this place is a very good bet! 

Ocean View Cottage – Bluff | Best Cottage in Durban

Ocean View Cottage – Bluff, Durban

Overlooking the ocean, this cottage is one of the prettiest Airbnbs in Durban. With room for just two guests, it would be suitable for a couple or solo traveller. After a long day of exploring the city, come back and have a paddle in the swimming pool. Alternatively, take in those spectacular sea views from the verandah. It’s one minute on foot from local beaches and 20 minutes by car to downtown. 

Sea Views with Lookout Deck | Best Villa in Durban

Sea Views with Lookout Deck, Durban

This Airbnb ocation in Bluff is perfect for those who want to be near the ocean. This villa is a large property and is up there with the best Airbnbs in Durban.

Overlooking Garvies Beach (which is great for surfing, by the way), you can enjoy an alfresco meal or just sit on the wooden swing enjoying the views. As well as the swimming pool, there’s a garage to store two cars and a wood-burning BBQ. 

Loft Condominium | Best Airbnb in Durban for a Group of Friends

Loft Condominium, Durban

With three queen beds all in their own room, it’s easy to stay in a property like this with your friends. Even better, you can enjoy breakfast and parking on the house! You’ll also have basic cooking equipment and a fully-equipped kitchen so that you can save on lunch and dinner with a big meal for everyone. 

Walk to bars and beaches | Best Airbnb Plus in Durban

Walk to bars and beaches

If you’re booking an Airbnb Plus accommodation, you can be assured of a stylish and beautifully designed flat. But you won’t be expecting one this cheap! That’s what you’ll get, though.

With room for up to three guests, it’s great for a couple. The glamorous apartment comes with a fully-equipped kitchen and a private balcony. You’ve got a VIP view of Durban Harbour! Plus it’s within walking distance to many great bars and restaurants.

Stylish flat with sea views | Best Airbnb in Bluff

Stylish flat with sea views

You’ve already seen a few Airbnbs in Bluff, but that’s because it’s one of the coolest destinations in Durban. I promise this is the last one, but I’m sure you’ll be thanking me when you see it.

It’s a small flat for two people, but it has a large amount to offer. Including a shared outdoor pool overlooking Dolphin View, beach access, and a gym.

Inside the house, you have air conditioning, a fully-equipped kitchen, and a cosy living area that has epic ocean views. There’s even space to park your car! If you’re looking for great holiday rentals in Durban, you can’t ask for better than this for the price.

Peaceful Home w/ Garden | Best Airbnb in Durban North

Peaceful Home w/ Garden

Durban North is another top place to stay, and if you’re staying at this gorgeous home, you’ll soon realise why. With two bedrooms and a gorgeous modern kitchen, as well as a spacious living area where you can all sit around and enjoy each others company, this is the perfect vacation rental for a group of friends or two couples.

If that’s not enough, make sure to get proper use of the private garden and BBQ with your loved one before sharing a few beers on the covered deck. This cute and clean vacation rental is a winner when it comes to affordable pricing, too!

Spacious Modern Apartment | Best Airbnb in Umhlanga

Spacious Modern Apartment

Last but not least is this spacious apartment in Umhlanga, slightly further north of Durban North. It has a welcoming open plan space with three large bedrooms, great for a small group of friends or family who wants space to themselves.

It has a lovely balcony/terrace area where you can enjoy evening meals. There’s also free parking on the premises and is just 3km away from the beach.

What To Pack For Durban

Pants, socks, underwear, soap?! Take it from me, packing for an Airbnb stay is not always quite as straightforward as it seems. Working out what to bring and what to leave at home is an art I have perfected over many years.

Don’t Let Snorers Keep You Awake!
Don’t Let Snorers Keep You Awake!

Ear Plugs

Snoring dorm-mates can ruin your nights rest and seriously damage the hostel experience. This is why I always travel with a pack of decent ear plugs.

Keep your laundry organized and stink free
Keep your laundry organized and stink free

Hanging Laundry Bag

Trust us, this is an absolute game changer. Super compact, a hanging mesh laundry bag stops your dirty clothes from stinking, you don’t know how much you need one of these… so just get it, thank us later.

Stay Dry With a Micro Towel
Stay Dry With a Micro Towel

Sea To Summit Micro Towel

Hostel towels are scummy and take forever to dry. Microfibre towels dry quickly, are compact, lightweight, and can be used as a blanket or yoga mat if need be.

Make Some New Buddies…
Make Some New Buddies…

Monopoly Deal

Forget about Poker! Monopoly Deal is the single best travel card game that we have ever played. Works with 2-5 players and guarantees happy days.

Reduce Plastic – Bring a Water Bottle!
Reduce Plastic – Bring a Water Bottle!

Grayl Geopress Water Bottle

Always travel with a water bottle! They save you money and reduce your plastic footprint on our planet. The Grayl Geopress acts as a purifier AND temperature regulator. Boom!

Don’t Forget Your Durban Travel Insurance

ALWAYS sort out your backpacker insurance before your trip. There’s plenty to choose from in that department, but a good place to start is Safety Wing.

They offer month-to-month payments, no lock-in contracts, and require absolutely no itineraries: that’s the exact kind of insurance long-term travellers and digital nomads need.

SafetyWing is cheap, easy, and admin-free: just sign up lickety-split so you can get back to it!

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Final Thoughts on Durban Airbnbs

Now that you’ve seen the best Airbnbs in Durban, you’ll want to pack your swimming shorts and get on the first available flight – and we don’t blame you!

But first, think about which of the Airbnbs was your favourite. Was it the lovely Lembali Lodge? The villa with a lookout deck in Bluff? Or perhaps the cosy cottage in Berea?

If you’re still struggling to decide which Durban Airbnb is for you, keep it simple and go for our overall best value property. That’s the beautiful and spacious Morningside Loft. You can’t beat the combination of location, value for money, and comfort!

All you need to do now is make sure you enjoy your trip. To be safe while travelling in South Africa, why not check out travel insurance policies from World Nomads?

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