“The most wonderful sight I have witnessed in Africa. None can imagine the beauty of the view from anything witnessed in England. It has never been seen before by European eyes, but scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight. — David Livingstone.
Africa has always been about people with energy and spirit coming together to express our culture and history in a most compelling way. Explorers who are synonymous with the continent like Livingstone can attest to the fact that we’re indeed blessed with various sceneries.
My recent trip was to a country in the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. South Africa is known to be playing host to Africa’s Indaba among other activities yearly. This year, the host country was pleased to have had a successful Trade Show in one of the most famous landmarks in the country, Durban. A chance for me to explore, 10 things to do in Durban including meeting a Dolphin, helicopter rides, food plus other nightlife activities.
I will tell you about some of the best hotels in Durban and oh my experience at the famous Roma Revolving Restaurant in my subsequent features. How I ended up eating in a rotation, 360 to be precise at RR!
A trip to Durban is a trip to a tropical paradise within the borders of South Africa. While the beaches are a top attraction, the museums, shopping, water sports, and wildlife adventures are equally worthwhile.
Durban doesn’t just play hard, it works hard too as it is built around the busiest container port in Africa. This wonderful contrast means that Durban has an interesting culture, urban lifestyle and unique experiences for visitors.
It’s weekend while publishing this article, just in time for some fun things to do in the KwaZulu-Natal province, places to visit and must-see attractions in Durban. Everything from shopping, outdoors and culture to nightlife.
With so many top Durban attractions to tick off, your city sightseeing checklist could get very long. Here are 10 of my favourite highlights to you get the best out of Durban.
Museums & Art Galleries
For the keen scientist, avid nature lover, history fan or even a Durbanite, you definitely may want to visit one or more of the museums in Durban. Some of the museums to check out are:
– Durban Natural Science Museum
– KZN Science Centre
– Whaling Museum
Theatre & Live Shows
Durban has an extremely rich cultural scene. For art story-tellers you prefer something quite exposing like some of the best theatres and playhouses listed below:
– Catalina Theatre
– The Bat Centre
– The Playhouse Company
Movies & Cinemas
From 2D, Scene Xtreme, Imax 3D, Prestige, 4DX and even VIP, Durban has more for you. Finding the latest movies and showtimes in Durban here:
– Nu Metro Galleria Mall (Amanzimtoti)
– Suncoast Cinecentre (Stamford Hill)
– Ster Kinekor Gateway Commercial (Umhlanga)
Activities & Adventure
With its luscious coastline and warm golden beaches, your Durban bucket list is sure to be overflowing. Some activities include:
– The Big Rush Swing
– Shark Cage Diving / Snorkeling
– Helicopter Rides
Places to Visit & Tourist Attractions
Durban is most certainly spoiled for choice when it comes to activities and things to do outdoors. Some of the most memorable places of interest include:
– Umgeni Steam Train
– Khangela Brewery
– Umhlanga Lighthouse
Durban’s subtropical climate and year-round beach weather is ideal for a beach holiday. Beaches to explore include:
– North Beach
– Umhlanga Beach
– Cave Rock Bluff
Alternatively, you can visit the 16-hectare (40-acre) theme park in King Shaka Avenue. Ushaka Marine World has positioned itself as a key attraction on Durban’s Golden Mile, offering a world of entertainment, excitement, fun and uniqueness. Entertainment is non-stop, extending from the daytime operations of Sea World, Wet ‘n Wild, and uShaka Beach, to the night time festivities of the Village Walk.
Nature & Game Reserves
Looking to experience adventure on some of South Africa’s most beautiful trails? Then these spots are just what you need!
– Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve
– Tala Collection Private Game Reserve
– Safari Tours
Things to Do with Kids
Durban is also known to be a playground of family-friendly activities that promise to keep the whole family entertained for the whole day. While the kids are not left alone on this trip, check out the list of things to do with your little mini-mes:
– Ice Skating
– Hillcrest Paintball
Golfing in Durban
Durban’s tropical climate and sunny days provide Enjoy a perfect golfing holiday in Durban’s tropical climate and sunny days. With lush green lawns, you can enjoy a day on the course without being too far from amenities, not that you will need them.
Below are a few recommended courses to visit while you enjoy your stay in Durban.
– Cathedral Peak Golf Course (Cathedral Peak, Durban)
– Royal Durban Golf Club (7 Mitchell Cresent, Greyville)
– Durban Country Club (101 Isaiah Ntshangase Road, Durban)
Things to Do at Night
The most fun after a long day’s trip would be to get close to the happenings in Durban’s very own long street, Florida Street. A buzz of small cafes, clubs, niche bars and local businesses. Some of the clubs and pubs to visit include:
– Absolute Florida
– Taco Zulu
– Lighthouse Bar