Things to do in Durban

The city of Durban is considered to be South Africa’s “fun-in-the-sun” city, a favorite destination for visitors both local and international thanks to it’s year-long sunny skies and warm temperature. There’s plenty for visitors to do in South Africa’s greatest (in my humble opinion) city; some of which are listed below.

The Beach

Durban Beachfront

Durban’s Beachfront

It’s what Durban is known for. Miles and miles of pristine beaches washed by the waves of the Indian Ocean. Got a little time, how about heading into the water for some body surfing, boogie boarding or even learn how to surf! The Golden Mile extends from Suncoast Casino all the way to the point (around 6km’s). You could walk it and just enjoy the sunshine and smells of  the ocean, or you could even hire a bicycle and ride the distance; better yet, join a walking or cycling tour or even a Segway tour and learn a little about Durban’s beachfront past!

There’s also loads of places to stop for a coffee, drink or snack (you have got to try rock candy!); and of course a walk along the beachfront wouldn’t be the same without ice-cream cones dripping all over the place!

uShaka Marine World

uShaka Marine World

uShaka Marine World

uShaka Marine World is the 5th largest aquatic attraction in the world and is perfect for a full day spent in the “Wet ‘n Wild” waterpark, or enjoying any of the attractions on offer, including diving in some of the tanks!

There’s a number of restaurants at the park, including the “Phantom Ship” with a shipwrecked theme. A favorite of mine is the “ocean-walker”; you just have to check it out!

The shows naturally do cost, and are time specific, so have a look at their website here.

Rickshaw Ride

Colorful Rickshaws on Durban Beachfront

Colorful Rickshaws on Durban Beachfronts

Want to do something truly unique? How about hiring a colorful rackshaw and enjoying a ride up and down the beach front?

These rickshaw pullers are as part and parcel of Durban as the beach is! Introduced to Durban back in 1893, the carriages were at one time the best mode of transport for both the gentlemen and ladies of Durban doing their shopping and visiting in Durban. Today they are a colorful and reminder of the past and a fun way to enjoy durban!

I’m not sure what the ride costs so just ask the friendly guys.

Horseback Beach Adventures

For those seeking a bit of a thrill, there’s little out there that matches the feeling of galloping along a wild picturesque beach on horseback with an ocean breeze in your face! It’s such a fantastic day out that it’s been used more than once as a backdrop to a marriage proposal! Rides on offer include a 2hr non-stop beach ride as well as a 3hr picnic and swim ride, equipment is provided and the guides are expert at partnering up rider and horse according to ability, for more info contact us or head on over to Horseback Beach Adventure. Rides do vary in cost and are time dependent (and if you do contact them from this page, mention us please, I’m hoping for an invite!).

horseriding on Durban Beach

Horseriding on Durban Beach

Harbor Cruise

Durban Harbor

Durban Harbor

Durban has the busiest port in the southern hemisphere with over 20 ocean-going ship movements a day! There is a also a small yacht mariner as well as the Royal Yacht Club nearby. Enjoy a 2 hour cruise around the harbor, travel past Salisbury island  (named after the the ship that brought the first settlers to Durban) as well as marvel at the massive cargo ships busy being on-loaded and off-loaded.

There are also off-shore cruises available where a glass of champagne and orange juice can be enjoyed while whale or dolphin watching.

Contact us for more information.

Take a City Tour

Durban City Hall

Durban City Hall

One of the best ways to learn about a new city is to take a local tour. We have a both half day city tours as well as full day city tours available. We start off along the beachfront and then head into the city, all the while giving you some history and background into why the city came about as well as what makes it tick today. We also take you to the Moses Mabhida Stadium and botanical gardens, ending off at the Victoria Street Market. This is definitively one of our more popular tours.

Another interesting tour (and something a little out of the ordinary) is too take a Literary Tour of Durban. There’s the Grey Street writers trail, a Cato Manor writers trail and an Inanda writers trail. There’s even an Alan Paton and Rider Haggard trail!

There is a charge to do the trail with a guide,though you could probably do the walk yourself; I would strongly consider hiring the guide. Some of the trails could be fit into a morning. For more info on these walking trails, contact us or head on over to the Literary Durban website.

Enjoy a Cultural Tour

The Phansi Museum

The Phansi Museum

Peer into the past with our Museums & Culture tour. Dotted about Durban are some of our countries premier museums, caretakers of a often violent past.

There’s the KwaMuhle Museum as well as the Phansi Museum, and of course the “Old Court House” museum.

We also visit the BAT center and Bergtheil Museums. Last but certainly not least on our list is the Natural Science Museum. Of course we need to lighten the day up a bit so we also visit the NSA gallery and time permitting, ARTSPACE.

Moses Mabhida Stadium

Moses Mabhida Stadium

Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban

This fantastic stadium was completed in time for the FIFA World Cup hosted by South Africa in 2010. The stadium was voted the “most popular” stadium in South Africa and it’s no surprise why.

Visit the stadium and enjoy a ride in the funicular car that travels to the top of the arches opening up breath taking views of Durban! If you’d rather climb the 500 steps on the “Adventure Walk” and finish off with the “Big Swing”, the only swing of it’s kind in the world! There’s also tours into the stadium itself, not too mention the ability to participate in a “Segway” tour! A great place to visit for sure!

Microlight Tour of Durban

Microlight TOur of Durban Beachfront

Microlight Tour of Durban Beachfront.

Something a little out of the ordinary but certainly a experience to remember is a microlight tour of Durban! Hop aboard of of these interesting machines and cruise along the Durban beachfront, From the air you can spot Dolphins playing the waves, Manta’s cruising as well as turtles and even whales if you’re lucky. Flight can be arranged for 10min, 20 min and the most popular of all, 30min.

Flights are carried out by Ballito Microlight  School and are undertaken by qualified and experienced instructors; there are microlight flying courses available

Mitchel Park Zoo

Mitchell Park Zo

Mitchell Park Zoo, Durban

Originally an Ostrich farm, the Mitchell Park Zoo is named after Sir Charles Bullen Hugh Mitchell, a one time Governor of Natal.
The Zoo was home to “Nellie the Elephant”, a gift from the Maharaja of Eyesore, and today hosts a number of animal attractions. Nearby is a fenced children’s playground (so you know what to do with your kids when you need a break!) and a restaurant called the “Blue Zoo”.
Spend the morning exploring sights and sounds of this small zoo, or while away the afternoon sitting at Blue Zoo with a cup of coffee and a book, if you’re very lucky, a troop of vervet monkeys may even call on you as they pass through!

This list is by no means comprehensive (yet…) and I know there are loads I’ve missed out on. I will be constantly updating the list as I visit various attractions and as time allows and as people post reminders in the comments (hint hint).

And as soon as I have figured it out, I’ll be posting a map with all the attractions listed.


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