Morningside at a glance
With it's gorgeous green spaces and breathtaking views of Durban and the Indian Ocean, Morningside is one of Durban's best-loved suburbs. It is predominantly a residential area, with Florida Road and Lillian Ngoyi (formerly Windermere) Road providing bustling hubs of activity for residents to enjoy. It is a suburb in which beautiful homes have been transformed into restaurants, coffee shops and small businesses.
A brief history of the area
The story of Morningside begins with the story of Durban, which became an entity in 1835 on land ceded to European settlers by King Shaka. Many of the beautiful Victorian and Edwardian homes that can still be found in Morningside today have been lovingly restored. Originally, some of these would have been shipped over from England in the form of a kit that was unpacked and constructed upon arrival.
As a whole, Durban is known as being one of the pleasantest possible places to be during the winter months. With an average minimum temperature of 11°C in June and July, climbing to a maximum of 24°C, there can be few better places to be. January to March is the hottest time of the year, and during these months, temperatures frequently climb into the low 30s. Durban experiences most of its rainfall in the summer months, and thunderstorms in the early evening are common during summer.
Schools in the area
Morningside has an abundance of public and private schools at which your child can get started on the road to greatness.
Primary schools in Morningside and surrounding areas include Morningside Primary School, Berea Primary School, Durban Preparatory High School and Livingstone Primary School. High schools in the area include Durban Girls' High School, Durban High School, George Campbell School of Technology and Glenwood High School.
A variety of private schools, including Maris Stella School, Durban Girls' College and Clifton School can be found in the Morningside area.
Healthcare in the area
There is a range of healthcare options in the area. Nearby hospitals include Netcare St Augustine's Hospital, Life Entabeni Hospital and City Hospital. There are also many general practitioners, dentists, optometrists and other medical professionals to take care of all your medical needs.
You won't have any problems crossing items off your shopping list in Morningside. With Windermere Centre and Musgrave Centre right on your doorstep, and both the Pavilion Shopping Centre and Gateway Theatre of Shopping in close proximity, your needs are covered. If you're a fashionista looking for a fix in Morningside, check out the range of factory shops that line Mathews Meyiwa (formerly Stamford Hill) Road.
Distance from key points (Airport/CBD)
The distance from Morningside to King Shaka International Airport is 30km. This trip will take you roughly 27 minutes in average traffic. Durban's CBD is a mere 4.9km from Morningside — a drive that will take approximately 11 minutes when conditions are good.
Morningside's Florida Road precinct offers every type of cuisine from Italian and African to Thai and Mexican and everything in between. It is known as a hotspot of night life and the place to see and be seen. One of Morningside's culinary institutions, Spiga D'oro, which originally opened its doors in 1979 before closing down in 2018, has reopened in a new venue. You can now get your fix of Durban's best-loved Italian food at 465 Innes Road.
1. Mitchell Park
If you're looking for somewhere in the Morningside area to take the kids on a Saturday, look no further than Mitchell Park. There's a sand-filled playground with slides, swings and jungle gyms to keep the little ones entertained - and one of the facts we love most about this place is that there is equipment especially designed for use by disabled children. Mitchell Park also has a much-loved zoo which is home to a variety of animals and birds.
2. Jameson Park
Looking for the perfect spot to go for a picnic? You'll be hard-pressed to find a better spot than Jameson Park. With its extensive rose gardens and rolling lawns, you are all set for an afternoon of relaxation.
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