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