Hiring a car can be a cost effective way to go, which also gives one the benefit of flexibility. However if you are not comfortable with left hand driving and South African driving etiquette-best bet is to lay off.

Car Rental : There are several car rental companies in Durban, who also have a countrywide presence. Some of the more popular ones are : First Car Rental, Woodford Car Hire, Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Dollar Thrifty and Budget. There are also a lot of smaller ones with offices around the city.

If you are arriving by air, most of the companies above have a desk at the arrivals hall. You can also leave the cars here at the end of your journey. Should you end up at a place and need a car, but can't get to the airport, most of these agencies can deliver (with prior arrangement) at an additional cost.

Alternatively, you can also make arrangements with the local cab companies to either transfer you to the airport or pick you up. Some offer meet and greet services should you make a prior arrangement.

Inner city driving should be avoided at peak periods as it can get to be a bit much especially if you don't know the roads, although Durban is not such a huge maze to get lost in. Also, the policing officials take great pride in dishing out tickets especially if you haven't parked legally. Most of the street names in and around Durban have been renamed but using Google maps or GPS should help you navigate your way around.

 A safer (now becoming popular travel mode) is to use metered cabs. There are several companies and the bigger more reputable ones with 24 hour coverage are: Umhlanga Rocks Taxis (http://www.ucabs.co.za), Eagle(http://www.eagletaxicabs.co.za), Mozzie(http://www.mozziecabs.co.za) and Zippy(http://www.zippycabs.co.za). 

However a great many cab drivers do not use the meter even if they have one installed. So ask for an estimate price in advance and best is to get the cab companies offices to quote you the price beforehand. 

Always ensure that you use your seatbelts when travelling in any mode of public transport as insurance companies can always refute claims should you have not worn your seatbelt in the event of an accident.