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Explore the multitude of Durban outdoor activities,
for a fun-filled, action-packed holiday experience

One of the reasons for Durban's popularity as a tourist destination is that it doesn't cater to a niche market. Young or old, whatever your interests and budget, this city has something for everyone to do!


Durban is famed for its stretches of picturesque beaches and this is without a doubt the thing that should top your list of things to do.

With a warm ocean that is inviting all year round, no trip to Durban is complete without exploring the beachfronts Golden Mile.

There are a number of beach and water activities to partake in including, kite boarding and surfing, fishing at Blue Lagoon, diving with the sharks, kayaking and jet skiing, or simply just lying on the beach soaking up the sun.

If you are looking for something more commercial, Ushaka Wet and Wild is a must. This water park is filled with slides that accommodate young children as well as the wildest thrill seekers and is definitely a whole day destination.

For the more serious water sport enthusiast there is Aliwal Shoal, one of South Africa's most exquisite diving and snorkeling reefs. Durban is the ultimate playground in the sun with no shortage of activities to fill your days.

Great White shark safari in a cage below the sea surface
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Great White shark safari in a cage below the sea surface

For an altogether more cultural experience, the Warwick Street market is where it is happening. The Zulu street hawkers offer everything from a haircut to traditional herbs and "muti" (traditional African medicine).

Here you can find the most fabulous hand crafted wares, fragrant spices, meats and colourful exotic fabrics, all at reasonable prices and haggling with the merchants is all part of the unique experience.

Large variety of curries for sale in an Indian shop in Durban
Large variety of curries for sale in an Indian shop in Durban

Many visitors want an authentic African experience when visiting Durban, and there is no better way to fulfill this desire than by booking a game drive or visit to one of the national parks, where you can view the Big 5 in all their natural splendour. The Lion Park and Tala Game reserve are about a 30 minute drive out of central Durban and cater for all your wildlife needs at very affordable rates.

Herd of Giraffes in one South Africa's wonderful nature reserves
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Herd of Giraffes in one South Africa's wonderful nature reserves

For those looking for something more active to partake in, there are the most stunning scenic trails at Giba Gorge that you can explore on horseback or on a mountain bike. The Drakensberg has many hiking trails of varying difficulties that many people enjoy. Here, you can also camp, rock climb, fly fish, horse ride and quad bike.

Horse-riding amidst the beautiful scenery of the Drakensberg mountains
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Horse-riding amidst the beautiful scenery of the Drakensberg mountains

If you are holidaying in the Drakensberg, one of the most popular tourist activities is to explore the midlands meander. This consists of taking a slow drive through the mountains and appreciating the scenery. There are a number of small cozy pubs and restaurants, usually attached to guest lodges, to stop at along the way where you can rest and refuel.

Bunny Chow (called "bunny" by the Durban locals) a hollowed out half loaf of bread filled with a vegetable or meat curry
Bunny Chow (called

Art lovers can revel in the local creativity at the NSA Gallery and BAT centre. Here you can view and buy original artworks of all kinds, all created by up and coming artists. There are truly some magnificent works on display and well worth taking the time to visit.

Having fun in the sun on one of Durban's gorgeous beaches
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Having fun in the sun on one of Durban's gorgeous beaches

Durban boasts 2 state of the art casinos, Sun coast Casino and Entertainment World on the Golden Mile and Sibaya Casino up the North Coast. Both offer the full range of slots and tables.

For those who feel lucky and with a full complement of bars and restaurants at both, a good time is guaranteed. Sun coast also boasts a cinema complex and Sibaya has an extraordinary day spa, pulsating nightclub, Krakatoa and the Zulu theatre.

The Sun-coast Casino and Entertainment World on the Golden Mile beachfront in Durban
The Sun-coast Casino and Entertainment World on the Golden Mile beachfront in Durban

Durban not only has a multitude of activities to keep you occupied in the day, but also has an exciting nightlife. Florida Road is a hub of activity on every night of the week.

Filled with a selection of restaurants, trendy bars, nightclubs and more relaxed lounges, the pulsating vibe and electric atmosphere is sure to put you in a party mood.

A must visit restaurant on Florida Road is the incredibly popular House of Curries. Nowhere else in Durban serves a more delicious authentic Indian Curry.

Florida Road in Durban, a hub of activity on every night of the week
Florida Road in Durban, a hub of activity on every night of the week

Durban is a destination that guarantees a fun-filled, action-packed holiday, boredom is never an option!

This video clip gives a brief overview of the 15 hectares Durban Botanical Gardens, Africa's oldest surviving botanical garden.


Watch this video clip and explore the exceptional natural beauty of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Situated about 275 km north of Durban it is South Africa's first world heritage site.


From chilli tequila to beach bars, this video clip will give you a taste of the pulsating vibe and electric atmosphere of Durban's nightlife.

Beyond Durban's city limits there is an abundance of the most beautiful scenery and gorgeous beaches. To the north there is the seaside town of Umhlanga crammed with restaurants, bars and hotels along the most beautiful beaches.

To the south there is the Sapphire coast, another endless stretch of stunning beaches. To the west you will find the lusciously green Valley of a Thousand Hills and behind them the mighty Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage Site.

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