Things to do in and around Durban
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Durban’s beaches rest along a part of golden sand known as the Golden Mile. Endowed with warm water, strong waves as well as limitless sandy beaches, you’ll soon realize why Durban (eThekwini) is everyone’s favourite beachfront playground. Durban’s beaches provide public amenities, protecting shark nets, beacons to point out safe swimming, as well as lifeguards available for the whole day. Our top 5 beaches include North Beach, Addington Beach, Umhlanga Rocks Beach, Bay of Plenty and South Beach. So pack your beach togs and don’t forget your sun screen.
uShaka Marine World
The fifth largest aquarium in the world, the building of uShaka was pivotal in the revitalization of the Point area. Expect water rides, penguin, seal and dolphin shows, sharks circling you as you eat dinner, a dangerous creature’s section and an extensive shopping walk. Get a Combo ticket for R210 per adult and R169 for children aged 3-12 years. It’s free for kids under 3 years.
1 King Shaka Avenue, Point, Durban.
Call: 031 328 8000.
Open Monday to Sunday, from 09:00 – 17:00.
The Golden Mile
The Golden Mile runs roughly from South Beach (uShaka Marine World) to Suncoast Casino in the north in a perfect gilded stretch of sea and sun. Longer than a mile, it’s the best place to do an early morning beach run, rollerblade or cycle. Or you could rent a bike for one or two hours from Xpression on the Beach.
17 Erskine Terrace, Addington Beach, Durban. Call 074 134 1232 to find out more.
Open Monday to Sunday, from 07:30 – 16:00.
Shark cage diving
Pioneers and experts, Shark Cage Diving Durban & KwaZulu-Natal, have more than 25 years’ experience diving with sharks and pride themselves on creating an incredible Shark Cage Diving adventure in Durban’s Aliwal Shoal that you will want to experience again & again!
The warmer waters of Durban and KwaZulu Natal allow you to enjoy many different species of sharks throughout the year. Oceanic Blacktip, Spinner and Dusky Sharks are the most common and, in the summer, we encounter Tiger and Bull Sharks. They have even seen a Great White on 2 dives – one just never knows what you will encounter in the open sea! Viewing these magnificent sharks in their natural environment is a truly incredible experience. http://www.sharkcagedivingdurban.com/
The Sharks Board welcomes and encourages visits by members of the public to its complex in Umhlanga Rocks where they can view a 25-minute audio-visual presentation on the day to day work done by the Sharks Board. This is followed by a 20-minute dissection of a shark.
The audio-visual & dissection, is presented at the following times: Tuesday – 09:00 & 14:00 | Wednesday – 09:00 & 14:00 | Thursday – 09:00 & 14:00 | Sunday – 14:00
Visit the display hall and view the large variety of lifelike replicas of sharks, fish and rays, including that of a 892 kg great white shark. Browse in the curio shop “Fathoms” where a treasure chest of unusual and stylish gifts, including hand crafts, T-shirts, leather goods, jewellery and other ornaments, await you. The display hall and curio shop are open to the public from 8.00 to 16.00 Monday to Friday.
Minitown is a mini city in Durban. It is one of Durban’s iconic beach front tourist attractions. It is a replica of Durban. The buildings in Minitown are scaled down to 1:24 of their size. The buildings reach just above knee height and provide you with a perspective that would never be appreciated when walking through the city. It almost looks like a little toy land, as the miniature trains and planes move around the kids will be amazed and excited. Open from 9am to 4:30pm daily. Adults R30, Children R20.
Call 031 337 7892 for more detail.
Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, 3hrs north of Durban, is the oldest game park in Africa and is the only one in KwaZulu Natal where the Big 5 occur. It covers some 96 000 ha and is world renowned for its rhino conservation. The Hluhluwe Umfolozi Park offers visitors activities – from self-guided walks, auto-trails, game drives as well as picnic sites. Viewing hides overlook pans and waterholes enabling visitors to see animals at close range.
As one of South Africa’s most celebrated game parks, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park is renowned for its variety of animal and bird life, its wide-ranging photography, and an extremely rich diversity of tree and plant communities.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park
iSimangaliso Wetland Park is a huge protected area along the coast of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province. The park’s centrepiece is the vast Lake St. Lucia, home to large numbers of hippos, crocodiles, pelicans and flamingos. Elephants, giraffes and leopards inhabit the grasslands and forests of the nearby Western Shores and Charters Creek areas. To the north, Sodwana Bay is known for its colourful coral reefs.
Walk on the Sky at Moses Mabhida Stadium
Built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the enormous stadium has many adrenaline-inducing activities on offer. The Sky Car, a single cabin that runs up steel tracks on the northern arch of the stadium and is designed to roll down the arch under its own gravity, has a 106m vantage point. Tickets cost R60 per adult and R30 for kids under the age of 12. There’s also the Big Swing ride, the tallest swing in the world since 2011 (R695 per person). Then there’s a Big Sky Walk along the arch of the stadium (don’t look down!)
44 Isaiah Ntshangase Road, Durban. Call: 031 582 8222. Open Monday to Sunday, from 09:00 – 17:00.
Grab a board and do as the locals do with “Learn to Surf” on Addington Beach. It’s R250 an hour for a private lesson. Addington Beach is your best and only choice for where to learn to surf in the Durban area.
Durban has numerous amazing surf spots for advanced surfers but these spots are not safe at all for beginners. Addington Beach is sand bottomed and protected from the large swells by the harbour south of it, resulting in nice beginner waves, in tropical-like warm water. Call: 083 414 0567. http://southafrica.learn2surf.net/school/durban/#prices-info
Open Monday to Sunday, from 06:00 – 17:00.
Hop Aboard a Ricksha Bus
Take a three-hour whirl around Durban on the top deck of a Ricksha bus. It’s practically always blazingly sunny so enjoy the sun on your face as you pass all of Durban’s major attractions. There are two tours per day, seven days a week. The morning tour starts at 09:00 and ends at midday and the afternoon tour starts at 13:00 and ends at 16:00. Tickets are R100 per adult, R50 for kids aged 6-8 years and free for children under 5 years. They accept cash only.
Ricksha Bus Kiosk, Old Pavilion Site, Bay of Plenty, North Beach, Durban. Call 031 322 4209 for more information.
Take a Sunday Steam Train Through the Valley of 1000 Hills
Tucked in the verdant Valley of 1000 hills is the village of Inchanga. Catch a steam train from Kloof to Inchanga’s small Victorian station in the rolling hills of Kwa Zulu and back again. There are trains on the first and last Sunday of every month, seats fill up quickly so book in advance here. Tickets for adults cost R240, tickets for children aged 2-12 cost R170. Photographers will enjoy the early-morning curling smoke shots over the dramatic rolling hills. Stop in for a pint at the Stoker’s Arms in Kloof. Old Main Road, Kloof. Call: 082 353 6003 to book your ticket.
Open Monday to Thursday from 08:00 – 17:00, and Friday from 08:00 – 16:00.
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