Durban is known for its humid, sub-tropical climate with year-round summery, balmy conditions, which can make it somewhat confusing to decide what to pack for a trip. We’ve compiled a handy guide for you below: –

If you are staying at the coast, all you’ll basically need for a visit at any time of the year is warm weather clothing. Pack light clothes in breathable fabrics – short sleeve shirts, shorts and sundresses are best. For cooler evenings, a simple cardigan or light jacket should be more than ample, leaving you to travel light with ample space for gift shopping to take home!

Even in winter, temperatures along the coastal regions are comfortable with warm days averaging 23 degrees Celsius, and the beaches remaining sunny.  Further inland, the temperature can drop dramatically with the Drakensberg region frequently experiencing heavy winter snowfall. If you are planning a winter trip that includes an excursion to the ‘Berg, then you will definitely need to some very warm gear.

For your convenience, we’ve summarised a basic packing list per season for you below, but feel free to ask us for advice when you confirm your booking.


The height of summer in Durban extends from December to March.

  • Swimming costumes.
  • A hat and protective sunglasses.
  • Shorts, skirts, tops, t-shirts, and summer dresses.
  • Comfortable walking shoes.
  • Cardigan or light jacket
  • An umbrella or light raincoat.
  • Good quality sunscreen.


Winter extends from June to August in Durban. Depending on where you plan to explore in winter, you may need to include:

  • Long, warm pants.
  • Long-sleeved shirts and t-shirts.
  • Warm jerseys or jackets made from insulating fabrics like fleece.
  • A scarf, hat and gloves.
  • Warm, waterproof walking shoes.

If you’re staying near the coast, then you will need less of the ‘winter woolies’, and more short-sleeve tops, light jerseys and summery garments instead. Durban really is known for its ‘endless summer’ for good reason.


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