Our general advice is that in Durban a hire car is extremely useful, both in terms of access to coastal scenery, and also for national parks heading inland.
Why should you hire a car in Durban?
Whereas a city like Cape Town offers a wide range of tourist infrastructure which can make it easy to get around using trains and buses, this really doesn’t apply so much in Durban.
There’s a much greater range of places to see which are well outside the city, and which aren’t served by reliable public transport service.
This means that almost by default, our recommendation here would be to hire a car.