Durban is a firm favorite for cruise ships to stop at as they travel the seven seas; we are regularly visited by the Oceana Nautica and Oceana Insignia as well as the Ocean Princess and other cruise ships.  Of course it’s no surprise to those of us that live in the city of Durban. We have fantastic weather, friendly people and just so many different  activities to experience. In this blog post we put together some of our favorite Durban Shore Excursions to experience while in dock.

Quicklist of Durban Shore Excursions

Detailed List of Durban Shore Excursions

1. Durban City Tour

Victoria Market on a Durban City Tour

Victoria Market on a Durban City Tour

Join us on an in depth tour of the city of Durban. On this tour you’ll discover the colonial, Zulu and Indian history of Durban as well as walk through the vibrant and bustling Zulu markets. You’ll learn more about the grand old buildings in the city center and visit Durban’s pride and joy, the Moses Mabhida Stadium. There’s also a visit to the Africa’s oldest botanical gardens on the cards and an opportunity to enjoy Durban’s favorite lunch time (or any time for that matter) dish, a Bunny Chow! For an even more special day, book a helicopter tour and view Durban from the sky. Click on the link to learn more –> Durban City Tour Link.

2. Heritage Freedom Trail Tour

Some of the most important events in South Africa’s history have occurred in and around Durban. On this tour you’ll get to discover more about the Zulu and Indian history through the figures of Mahatma Gandhi and John Langalibele Dube. You’ll also learn about Isiah Shembe and the Zionist religion and visit the mZinyathi Falls. There’s also the option of “beer and boerie” at a local shisenyama to look forward to (contact us to translate that last one for you). To learn more, just follow the link –> Heritage Freedom Trail Tour

3. Valley of 1000 Hills Tour

The Valley of 1000 Hills is a region situated about 40km west of Durban. On this Durban shore excursion you’ll get to visit the Tala game Reserve for a morning of wildlife viewing, followed by an afternoon at PheZulu learning about Zulu culture and being treated to a traditional Zulu dance. To make it even more of a South Africa treat, we can even “braai” (barbecue) in the park for you! For more info, follow the link –> Valley of 1000 Hills Tour

4. iSithumba Zulu Village Tour

This tour is the best way to learn about Zulu culture and tradition. We’ll take you through the Valley of 1000 Hills to the remote rural village of iSithumba. Here you’ll be met by a local guide who will take you around the village where you can learn more about the Zulu way of life. Afterwards you’ll get taken to PheZulu for a spot of lunch folowed by a 30 min Zulu dance show and tour. Want more details, follow the link –> iSithumba Zulu Village Tour

5. Karkloof Canopy Zipline Tour

Karkloof Canopy Zipline Day Tour

Karkloof Canopy Zipline Day Tour

Always a favorite for those wanting a bit of an adrenaline rush. We’ll take you all the way out to the Karkloof Forest where you’ll be strapped into a harness and then zipline from platform to platform through the forest canopy. Along the way your guides will tell you about the history of the area as well as point out flora and fauna of the area. Afterwards we enjoy lunch near Howick Falls before visiting the Nelson Mandela Capture Site. The link for more information –> Karkloof Canopy Zipline Tour

6. Shakaland Zulu Cultural Tour

Zulu dancers performing at Shakaland on a durban day tour

Zulu dancers performing at Shakaland on a durban day tour

The town of Eshowe is about 90min north of Durban and it’s here where Shakaland is situated. On this Durban shore excursion we’ll head north, stopping at at KwaDukuza, the site at which King Shaka of the Zulu people established his great military kraal. After we’ll head to Shakaland where you’ll get to enjoy a tour of a model Zulu village followed by the best Zulu dance show in South Africa. Follow this link for more info –> Shakaland Zulu Cultural Tour

7. A Round of Golf at one of Durban’s Golf Courses

Golfing at one of Durban golf courses

Golfing at one of Durban golf courses

Durban is perfect for golf! Great outdoor weather and good rainfall means the time is always right to tee off onto manicured fairways. Book a round at Durban Country Club, South Africa’s only course to be in the worlds top 100 courses. There’s also Kloof Country Club, Princes Grant and the Zimbali. For for information and pricing either send us an email or use the contact form below to get in touch.

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