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1. Walk Along the Golden Mile

Walk Along the Golden Mile
4.2 /5

2 km
from city center
1 out of 37
things to do in Durban

A stretch along the coast between the uShaka Marine World and Suncoast Casino, it is one of Durban's most popular tourist attractions. The Moses Mabhida, the Blue Lagoon, its numerous famous beaches, a surfing museum, a miniature Durban model, and many others. Its sandy beaches are a favourite spot to kick back under the sun and work that tan and take a dip in the blue Indian Ocean.

2. Spend a Day at uShaka Marine World

Spend a Day at uShaka Marine World
4.5 /5

3 km
from city center
2 out of 37
things to do in Durban

uShaka is a marine theme park with a massive aquarium, water park and several interesting exhibits. The park is home to the world's fifth largest aquarium - uShaka Sea World, the Wet'n Wild water park with several rides and the southern hemisphere's highest slide. uShaka also offers many snorkelling and scuba diving activities.

3. Ride the Big Swing at Moses Mabhida Stadium

Ride the Big Swing at Moses Mabhida Stadium

3 km
from city center
3 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Big Rush Urban Adrenaline is the world’s only stadium swing located at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Stamford Hill. It involves jumping off a platform on a swing suspended in the middle of the stadium. It is the tallest swing in the world and creates an arc of 220 m. The view from the platform and the swing is breathtaking.

4. Explore Valley of a Thousand Hills

Explore Valley of a Thousand Hills
3.6 /5

30 km
from city center
4 out of 37
things to do in Durban

About half an hour from Durban, the Valley of a Thousand Hills is a picturesque escape from the urban establishments and the perfect gateway into the cultural side of South Africa. It is a complete destination with dining, shopping, local arts and crafts, outdoor activities and more.

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5. Shark Cage Diving

Shark Cage Diving

5 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Shark Cage Diving is one of the popular things to do in Durban. Located off the coast of Umkomaas, the Aliwal Shoal reef is the top place for shark cage diving. Beautiful corals, reefs, turtles and fishes can be spotted here. Scuba Diving is also available.

6. Ansteys Beach

Ansteys Beach

2 km
from city center
6 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Ansteys Beach is a public beach on the Bluff in the KwaZulu-Natal province of Durban. Close to Cave Rock, it is a popular spot for surfers and paddlers. There is a cafe and restaurant nearby and well-maintained restroom facilities. Parking is available.

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7. Visit Durban Botanic Gardens

Visit Durban Botanic Gardens
3.8 /5

2 km
from city center
7 out of 37
things to do in Durban

The oldest surviving botanical gardens in Africa, the Durban Botanical Gardens provide a captivating insight into flora and fauna of the region. In addition, the garden has unique smaller gardens to display these types, such as the breathtaking Orchid House or the award-winning Sensory Garden, tea garden, and herbarium.

8. SunCoast Casino & Entertainment World

SunCoast Casino & Entertainment World
3.8 /5

3 km
from city center
8 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Durban's top-most entertainment destination, SunCoast is an iconic building complex on the Golden Mile with many entertainment options. This fantastic entertainment centre is best known for its casino. However, there are also several high-end retail stores, restaurants, movie theatres and even a private beach.

9. Spend a Day at Phezulu Safari Park

Spend a Day at Phezulu Safari Park
4.0 /5

31 km
from city center
9 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Phezulu Safari Park is located on Bothas Hill in Durban and is perfect for a day out with family. It offers activities such as a reptile park and a tour of the cultural village belonging to the Zulu tribe. There is also a segway tour of the park, sunset drives of the beautiful grounds and bird spotting tours. It also has a 3 km hiking trail or the 6 km guided trail.

10. Sunset Catamaran Cruise

Sunset Catamaran Cruise

0 km
from city center
10 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Private boat cruises along the vast, crystal-blue Indian Ocean are top-rated in Durban. One can choose from a range of celebration cruises, family cruises and in-demand honeymoon cruises. The Durban skyline aligns with the horizon near the Indian ocean, and it's a sight pleasing to the eye. The sunset cruise offers the most stunning view of this Skyline and the different shades of the Durban sky.

11. Visit Umgeni River Bird Park

Visit Umgeni River Bird Park
3.7 /5

6 km
from city center
11 out of 37
things to do in Durban

This bird zoo is a must for all bird lovers. It has several aviaries and interesting exhibits. With a beautifully created landscape full of waterfalls and rock faces, the Umgeni Bird River Park is a fabulous place for bird watching. A special exhibit on how the birds are hatched and raised is also available.

12. Nightlife at Florida Road

Nightlife at Florida Road

0 km
from city center
12 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Florida Road is full of colonial buildings and vintage houses, located in the Morningside area of Durban. Lined with charming cafés and bistros, the street is youthful and teeming with tourists at all hours of the day. The road is intentionally restored so that the stores and diners along the path are maintained within these vintage buildings.

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13. Shopping at Victoria Street Market

Shopping at Victoria Street Market

1 km
from city center
13 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Victoria Street Market is the oldest market in Durban known for its unique blend of African and Indian cultures. It is located on Bertha Mkhize Street in Durban Central. Spanning over 6000 square feet, it has over 200 stalls and stores selling everything from indigenous arts and crafts, Indian products, clothing and accessories, brassware and more. It is also dotted with various eateries.

14. Kwa Muhle Museum

Kwa Muhle Museum

0 km
from city center
14 out of 37
things to do in Durban

The Kwa Muhle Museum is a small but informative place that offers an insight into the apartheid system in South Africa, from horrifying living conditions of the natives to handwritten documentation and pictures; you will find insider information about living in Africa during the mid-90s.

15. Wilson's Wharf

Wilson's Wharf

0 km
from city center
15 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Wilson's Wharf is the main port of Durban, also known as the Durban Harbor. The port is the largest shipping area in sub-Saharan Africa. One can catch boat rides from the harbor from 100 R each and enjoy the stunning views of the Indian Ocean and Durban Skyline. Many souvenir shops around the harbor offer handicrafts, jewels and clothes. Moreover, the port is studded with diners and restaurants offering multiple cuisines and is particularly popular among tourists for a day out.

16. Biking at Giba Gorge

Biking at Giba Gorge

0 km
from city center
16 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Located in Pinetown, the Giba Gorge park has around 45 kms of cycling trail. From BMX, mountain biking, trekking and running to dirt schools and restaurants, the Giba Gorge area is an ideal way to kick start your morning in Durban. Rental bikes/cycles are available on the premises ranging from e-cycles and Y cycles for kids to mountain bikes and gear-based bicycles. A restaurant is also located here.

17. Durban Beach Front Promenade

Durban Beach Front Promenade

2 km
from city center
17 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Durban Beachfront Promenade is the longest beachfront promenade in sub-Saharan Africa, stretching for around five miles from North Pier to Blue Lagoon Park. A popular spot for early morning joggers, runners and cyclists, it provides stunning views of the Indian Ocean.

18. Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

0 km
from city center
18 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Located on the shore of the Indian Ocean, this nature reserve is spread across 64 acres near Umhlanga Rocks in South Africa. This reserve is famous for the sightings of deers, green monkeys and different rare birds. In addition, the reserve boasts picnic spots, an ancient shell midden's remains, hiking trails, and a bridge and promenade that cross the lagoon. However, the highlight of this trail is a 500-year-old white stinkwood tree, Celtis Africana.

19. Indian Quarter

Indian Quarter

0 km
from city center
19 out of 37
things to do in Durban

The Indian Quarters are nestled towards the eastern side of the city center in Durban. Also known as the Indian District, the quarters are home to a majority of Indians settled in Durban. From serving authentic Indian Cuisine to being the home of Juma Masjid, this neighborhood is a must-visit in Durban. The Oriental Bazaar, Albert Street and the Indian Market are situated on this side of the city; no wonder the streets are always beaming with tourists and locals alike!

20. Take a Trip to Mini Town

Take a Trip to Mini Town
4.0 /5

3 km
from city center
20 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Mini Town is a mini-city housing a miniature replica of Durban scaled down to 1:24. It is located in Snell Parade on North Beach. It is an excellent way to tour the entire city in minutes and get a unique perspective on its skyline and neighbourhoods. It is an enjoyable location to visit, especially for children.

21. Durban Natural Science Museum

Durban Natural Science Museum
4.1 /5

0 km
from city center
21 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Durban Natural Science Museum is the most elaborate science museum in the country, known for its life-size T-rex replica. It is located in the Durban City Hall on Smith Street. Spanning over 2000 square feet, the museum displays several exhibits, including the skeleton of the extinct Dodo bird. A guided tour is available.

22. Stroll Around Mitchell Park

Stroll Around Mitchell Park
3.6 /5

4 km
from city center
22 out of 37
things to do in Durban

A favourite family destination, Mitchell Park is a zoo of small animals and several gardens, picnic areas and play areas for kids. There is also a tea garden, with lovely flowerbeds and options for having a variety of teas.

23. Visit Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding

Visit Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding
3.7 /5

15 km
from city center
23 out of 37
things to do in Durban

The largest Hare Krishna temple in the southern hemisphere is a place of absolute serenity and bliss. This lotus-shaped temple with golden and silver detailing all over the exterior is genuinely majestic when the first rays of the sun fall on it.

24. Watersports at Inanda Dam

Watersports at Inanda Dam

0 km
from city center
24 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Located just a few kilometres from Hillcrest in Durban, in the Valley of a Thousand Hills, Inanda Dam stands on the Mgeni River. The dam is extremely popular for hosting water sports like canoeing, yachting, boating, and jet skiing. Spread across 1469 hectares, it is perfect for a day trip with lush green mountains and crystal clear waters as its backdrop! Many resorts are available around the dam for accommodation and water sports activities.

25. Gateway Theater

Gateway Theater

0 km
from city center
25 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Located in Umhlanga Ridge, Durban, the Gateway Theater of Shopping boasts over 430 stores, 70 diners, a multiplex, arcade, among more. Ranging from international to unique local stores, the Gateway Theater of Shopping owns the finest selection of clothes, shoes, accessories and more. It is spread across an area of 2,007,750 sq ft, parking for 12,000 cars at a time. Recognised as one of the largest 100 malls worldwide, it is a must-visit for shoppers in Durban.

26. Explore Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve

Explore Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve
3.8 /5

6 km
from city center
26 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve is a ​​preserved natural estuarine ecosystem that houses Durban's largest population of mangrove trees. It is located at the mouth of the Umgeni River in Durban North. It preserves the red, white and black mangrove trees. The reserve is also home to several animal species like the mudskippers, the dwarf chameleons, and fiddler crabs. In addition, there is a bird hide perfect for bird watching.

27. Durban Funworld

Durban Funworld

0 km
from city center
27 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Durban Funworld is a beachfront amusement park with thrilling rides and activities. Now the park has several rides for children to enjoy, including Cable Cars, Swing Boat, Tilt a Whirl, Breakdance, Hulley Gulley, Tornado, Mini Cars, Carousel, and Elephant Ride, among more. Interestingly, the park’s foundation was laid 80 years back with the Durban toy train.

28. The Kwazulu Natal Society of the Arts

The Kwazulu Natal Society of the Arts
3.6 /5

2 km
from city center
28 out of 37
things to do in Durban

The Kwazulu Natal Society of Arts is a contemporary art gallery located on Bulwer Road in Glenwood. It hosts artists of national and international acclaim such as Albert Adams, Sue Akerman, Mert Akbal, Rohini Amratlal and more. It is a non-profit organization founded in 1902 as Kwazulu Natal’s first contemporary art gallery.

29. Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve

Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve
3.8 /5

10 km
from city center
29 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve is one of Durban's most delicate coastal forest areas, located on Coedmore Avenue next to Yellowwood Park. It is home to Yellowwood trees, nature walk trails and a 10 km mountain bike trail. The Nature Reserve is also famous for night drives and bird watching.

30. Paradise Valley Nature Reserve

Paradise Valley Nature Reserve
3.8 /5

13 km
from city center
30 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Paradise Valley Nature Reserve is over 100 hectares of coastal grassland in Pinetown. It is known for the beautiful Umbilo river and hiking trails. It is the ideal location for birdwatching, nature walks and picnics.

31. Japanese Garden

Japanese Garden
3.9 /5

7 km
from city center
31 out of 37
things to do in Durban

The Japanese Garden is a small, beautiful public garden in Durban North, featuring lily ponds and meandering walkways. The paths are lined by bamboo trees, reeds and Japanese blossoms. Arching bridges provide views of Japanese Koi Carp in the ponds and a good vantage point to observe water birds such as ducks, geese and storks.

32. Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium

Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium
3.9 /5

1 km
from city center
32 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium is a famous cricket stadium in the KwaZulu-Natal province of Durban. Close to the Indian ocean, the stadium is renowned for being the ground on which the first home test for the South African cricket team was played in 1939 after readmission into international cricket.

33. Blue Lagoon Beach Durban

Blue Lagoon Beach Durban

5 km
from city center
33 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Blue Lagoon Beach is a public beach in Umhlanga Rocks. With miles of soft sand and ocean waves, it is the ideal place for family picnics. There are playgrounds and numerous food stalls along the shorelines. The beach promenade provides a picturesque backdrop for viewing the sunset during an evening stroll.

34. Animal Farmyard & Tea Garden

Animal Farmyard & Tea Garden

0 km
from city center
34 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Nestled in the picturesque Valley of Assagay in KZN, Durban, the Animal Farmyard & Tea Garden is a safe house for most rescued animals. The animals can be fed and petted by kids and adults. Activities like horse/pony riding, tractor riding and ziplining are also available for the kids.

35. Isithumba Valley

Isithumba Valley

0 km
from city center
35 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Isithumba Valley is a Zulu Village in the Valley of a Thousand Hills, popular for getaways and activities like hiking, biking, cultural experiences of living in an authentic village, and kayaking. In addition, this place is an ideal getaway location for admirers of nature, given that it is situated between lush green hills and crystal clear streams like the Umgeni River, Mqeku River and a mini gorge in the vicinity.

36. Umgeni Steam Train

Umgeni Steam Train

0 km
from city center
36 out of 37
things to do in Durban

One of the oldest Steam Locomotives of South Africa, Umgeni Steam Train is a 3 ft 6 in long heritage railway gauge in Durban. The train hosts excursion trips each month on its last Sunday. The roundabout trip is a journey from Kloof to Inchanga. The route from Kloof to Inchanga follows the old main line from Durban to Pietermaritzburg and overlooks the Valley of 1000 Hills. Interestingly, Ichanga houses the Inchanga Railway Museum in the vicinity of the railway station; one can learn more about the history of locomotives from there.

37. Gandhi Settlement

Gandhi Settlement

0 km
from city center
37 out of 37
things to do in Durban

Established in 1904 by Mahatma Gandhi, 100 acres of land is devoted to what is popularly known as the Phoenix Settlement of Durban. This settlement narrates the stories of South-African growth and the works of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. The printing press from Durban's first news agency and pictures and portraits from non-violence movements, Gandhi's then home (Sarvodaya) are housed inside the Phoenix settlement.

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What are the top hotels in Durban?

There are 744 Hotels in Durban which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Durban are Red Tudor B&B, Lavender Moon Guest House, Unit 801, 801 Oyster Schelles, Executives Cove B&B, Charltonland. You can see all the hotels in Durban here

What are the top sightseeing places in Durban?

The top sightseeing places in Durban are uShaka Marine World, Moses Mabhida Stadium, Golden Mile, Durban Botanical Gardens, SunCoast Casino, Umgeni River Bird Park.

How can I commute within Durban?

Durban has evolved a decent system public transport, partly due to the FIFA World Cup of 2010 and subsequent developments. People Mover buses connect various points in the CBD to the beachfront and other popular locations, and rickshaws too can be found for leisurely rides along the beachfront. Taxis in the city need to be called to specific locations, and minibus taxis are the most used mode of public transport by the working class of Durban. The minibus taxis however, are very crowded. Renting a car in Durban however is considered to be the best way to get around. An updated GPS system and a car will get you around the city in no time at all. Try to avoid business hours for travelling, though.
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