Cosmopolitan Durban, South Africa’s third-largest city (known as eThekweni in Zulu)... there’s a lot more to fun-loving Durbs than meets the eye. -Lonely Planet
Durban offers a lot more than beautiful, golden beaches. It is the centre of world-class sport and hosts major international events. It is a shopper’s paradise with world class standard shopping malls and precincts, craft markets and street bazaars. It is also a bustling commercial and manufacturing centre connected to the business capitals of the world, and is built around one of the busiest ports in Africa
DURBAN: TOP THINGS TO DO AND SEE…
uShaka Sea World
One of the world’s largest aquariums... encompassing the Wet and Wild Water Park and the Village Walk Shopping Center.
Named for the golden sand beaches lining the coastal edge of the city’s central business district, the popular “Mile” actually extends about four miles from Blue Lagoon south to Addington Beach and Durban Harbor. A wide, brick-paved promenade makes it easy to walk, jog, or bike the route, detouring out on the piers to watch surfers, kite boarders, and sand castle architects, or soak in the warm Indian Ocean breeze.
the KwaMuhle Museum shares the story of Durban’s past and present. Topics covered range from black migration and apartheid to ongoing “green street” (energy-saving retrofitting and indigenous tree planting) efforts in historic Cato Manor township.
“Living Fossils” at the Botanical Gardens
Founded in 1849, Africa’s oldest surviving botanical gardens houses one of the world’s top collections of “living fossil” plants.
Take a KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board Boat Tour
Beaches along the KwaZulu Natal coastline are the only ones in South Africa protected by shark safety gear (including nets and anchored drum lines), making shark attacks here rare.
Bushwalk at Tala Game Reserve
Tala Game Reserve brings the African bush within an hour’s drive of Durban. Home to 380 species of birds and big game—including rhinos, wildebeests, bok, warthogs, hippos, and giraffes—the sanctuary is spread over 7,400 acres of African bushveld. Take a two-hour guided bushwalk, ride with a ranger on a two-hour game drive, or explore the park at your own pace on a self-drive safari.
Hit the Beach
Comfortable sea temperatures averaging 70°F year-round, a subtropical climate, and 300-plus days of sunshine make any day in Durban a potential beach day.
Explore the Indian District… Take a guided walking tour of the district around Dr Yusuf Dadoo (Grey) and Bertha Mkhize (Victoria) Streets to immerse your senses in the city’s Indian heritage and history.
The valley of 1000 hill
The valley of 1000 hills situated in Kloof just 40kms from Durban, offers unspoilt nature with magnificent scenery of the plunging waterfalls flowing from the distant Drakensberg Mountain and pristine wildlife.