I recently wrote and published a blog post called “5 Reasons to Make Durban your Family Destination in 2019” (read it here). Well, after I published it on the Country and Coastal blog page, I got quite a few emails asking for more information. Durban is such a fantastic destination for families, with so much to offer that I thought I should do it once again, so, without further ado, here is “3 more reasons to make Durban your family destination in 2019.”
1. Fun for Kids
It doesn’t matter what age they are, kids will have a ball in Durban, the options are almost endless. One of the most popular kids destinations has to be the Wet and Wild Park at uShaka marine world. Your kids (and let’s be honest, most adults) will love the slides around the park. And if you need a break, take your kids to watch the dolphin, seal or penguin shows.
If it turns out your kids are real water babies, take them for surf lessons on Durban’s south beach. The surfing guides will get them started on soft-top boards and will usually have them standing by the end of the first lesson – they only downside is that you may have to buy them a surfboard when they get home, it’s pretty addictive!
Looking for more ideas? Take the kids to the Valley of 1000 Hills and visit PheZulu where they can run and play with the crocodiles (well, not with the big ones anyway!). Watch the crocs at feeding time or visit the creepy-crawly display. Down the road is an animal farm where petting and feeding the farm animals is the order of the day.
Another suggestion is too visit “Highstakes‘ and let the kids try their hands at archery or paintballing. Or go further afield out to the Midlands area an let them experience the thrill of a zipline canopy tour though the Karkloof forest canopy!
There are so many more idea for families for kids, below are a list of our favorites.
- uShaka Marine World – great space for kids to enjoy the water park, the aquarium and all the nature shows. Open 7 days a week.
- Xpression on the Beach – great opportunity to learn how to surf, all ages are welcome and from all the smiling faces I see, they really popular. You can also hire SUP’s and bicycles from them.
- Highstakes – situated int he Valley of 1000 Hills, this popular venue is always a big hit with families, there’s just loads to do in a safe enviroment.
- PheZulu Safari Park – another great venue for kids. Watch the Zulu dancing and then have lunch with the crocodiles in their enclosure!
- Umgeni Bird Park – one of the most unique sites I’ve visited in ages! Walk through some of the enclosures and see some of the most fascinating bird species to be found in South Africa.
These are just the tip of the iceberg – there is so much more to do and see in and around Durban.
2. A prefect destination for romance
As a honeymoon destination, I’m not sure Durban is lacking in anyway! It doesn’t matter what your budget is, Durban will have something for the romantics and the newly married. Just 10 minutes north of Durban is the Oyster Box hotel and the Beverley Hills Hotel, for 5 star luxury, they are hard to beat.
Wake up to the sounds of the Indian Ocean just a stroll away, spend the day sun tanning on the beach or around the pool on a lounger, or maybe just stay in the most beautiful rooms you can imagine and enjoy other activities (blush). You can even book a fantastic horse ride for you and your partner along the coastline of Durban – check out Horse Beach Rides.
Book some time at one of the amazing safari lodges dotted around KwaZulu-Natal – from the Nambiti reserves in the west to Phinda and Rhino Sands to the north (there are so many more to choose from). Personalized service, world class dining under the starry southern hemisphere skies, bush brunches and romance, it’s all ready and waiting for you just a short drive from Durban.
There’s also the Drakensberg Mountains west of Durban. Beautiful views, chilly days, wine shared in front of fireplaces on frosty nights… it’s a romantics dream come true! Montusi in the Northern Berg is great for a luxurious stay, and the Ezemvelo sites throughout the Drakensberg are always easy on the pocket.
Consider all of that and now include more activities your can shake a stick at, from cultural day tours, shark dives, bungee jumps, bush walks, surfing the list goes on and on.
3. Adventure and Sport
If there is a place in the world that offers as much adventure and sport activities as Durban does, then I want to know about it! With over 300 sunny days of weather year in and year out, it is no wonder that Durban’ites are known for their outdoor culture!
For those looking for an adrenaline rush or want to test themselves to their limits, there is a long, long list of activities that visitors can get involved in.
In the city of Durban there’s surfing, paddle-skiing, fishing, spearfishing, kite surfing, body boarding, sailing and even deep sea fishing. And that’s just in the water! Looking to leap off something high, consider the adventure swing at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Further out from Durban there’s a number of mountain biking sites, from Giba Gorge, the sugar cane fields in Umhlanga and the amazing single track out in the Midlands. South of Durban is Oribi Gorge with a zipline and bungee jump.
The Zipline out at Kaarkloof is an amazing experience and the hiking trails in the Drakesnberg Mountains range from an easy stroll out to a knuckle whitening climb up iron ladders into the very clouds.
There are climbing routes out at Monteseel and Shongweni and more hiking trails than could probably be managed in a lifetime!
There’s also some of the best golfing to be had in South Africa, right here in Durban. From the world famous Durban Country Club, to Princess Grant, Kloof Golf club and so many more.
Here is a list of our favorites.
- Swim with sharks – that’s right, don a wetsuit, some goggles and a adventurous sense of wonder and join us on a day our in the ocean swimming with sharks!
- Giba Gorge – kilometers of fantastic single track with sphincter clenching downhills and teeth-gritting uphill climbs. Bicycles available for hire and for those feeling a little on the lazy side, go for a horse ride!
- Karkloof Canopy Tour – head up to the midlands area and experience the thrill of gliding above the forest canopy on an amazing zipline tour!
- Durban Country Club – a well respected and challenging course, especially if there is an onshore blowing.
There’s Much More to Durban Than You First Thought
Honestly, there are so many more activities we could have added but then we’d be writing a book and not a blog post! If you want more information on what else there is to do in Durban, pay a visit to the following tourism sites.
- Valley of 1000 Hills Tourism
- Durban Tourism
- Durban South Tourism
- Durban West Tourism
- Amanzimtoti Tourism
- Umhlanga Tourism
- KwaMashu Tourism
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