Exciting Things to Do in Durban

[Updated 18 March 2021]

It’s official, the remainder of the world lastly woke as much as what Durbanites knew all alongside – Durban is cool. The New York Occasions featured Durban as seventh on its 52 locations to go to again in 2015. A bit bit Rio, just a little bit Miami, eThekwini (the native identify for Durbs) is in a category of her personal.

Listed here are 55 issues to do in Durban for below R250:

1. Johnny’s Rotis


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Additionally identified at Dawn Chip ‘N Ranch, Johnny’s Rotis is an establishment. You haven’t been to Durban for those who haven’t eaten the triple cheese and chip roti with mutton gravy after an evening out. They’re open 24/7.

2. Strive a spicy pineapple on the Spice Emporium

spicy pineapple things to do in durban

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A visit to Durban wouldn’t be full with out attempting out the recent dishes that type a part of town’s famed status! Some of the unconventional treats you should style is a spicy pineapple from the Spice Emporium. In addition to the combo of candy and scorching, you’ll additionally discover an enormous inventory of spices on the emporium.


3. Stroll on the sky at Moses Mabhida Stadium


The Skycar at Moses Mabhida Stadium

Constructed for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the large stadium has many adrenaline-inducing actions on supply. The Sky Automobile, a single cabin that runs up metal tracks on the northern arch of the stadium and is designed to roll down the arch below its personal gravity (in case of load shedding), has a 106-metre vantage level. Then there’s a Massive Sky Stroll alongside the arch of the stadium (don’t look down!) or a seashore glide on a segway for these looking for a extra serene journey.

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4. Conquer the waves at WavePark Gateway


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The WavePark at Gateway flaunts some nice waves. Tear issues up on the Move rider or for one thing just a little tamer have a go on the Supertube rides (excellent for preserving the youngsters busy within the college holidays).

5. Afro’s Hen


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This afro-chic beach-side takeaway spot is correct on the promenade. The meals is easy and scrumptious and is available in two flavours- scorching is chili, koel is lemony. Burger meals begin at simply 60 bucks.

Additionally learn:Prime 10 Durban eating places & cafes

6. The Chairman


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This subtle hole-in-the-wall jazz bar is a well-kept secret. The area wouldn’t be misplaced in Buenos Aires or Catalonia. Anticipate finding good music and an inviting atmosphere. You too can stay up for distinctive cocktail blends, equivalent to Give up Your Booty and scrumptious bar snacks like their Coco-Cola beef ribs.

7. Go Godzilla at Mini City


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The right place to observe your Godzilla destroying eThekwini pose, Mini City is enjoyable for youths and grown-ups too.

8. Mitchell Park Zoo


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A lot-beloved by Durban mother and father, the Mitchell Park Zoo is the place children can discover the grounds that was once an ostrich farm however now homes crocodiles, buck, meerkats, cranes, flamingoes, wallabies, monkeys and tortoises. There’s additionally the Blue Zoo tea backyard for espresso and cake. Find out more from the knowledgeable Zoologist.

9. Nostalgia at Enjoyable World


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Although just a little scruffy lately, Enjoyable World is a seashore amusement park with tons of nostalgic worth. Based within the Nineteen Thirties by Arthur Thornton, Durban Enjoyable World began out as a miniature steam prepare experience. The cableway was added in 1970 and nonetheless affords an important view of town. Entrance is free and you should buy reasonably priced tickets on the kiosk for the rides.

10. Be a part of Durban’s version of ‘First Thursdays’


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Expertise a inventive overflow within the Station Drive Precinct. Admire fantastic road artworks, benefit from the leisure with dwell music and be a part of a free Bollywood dance class! There are additionally flea markets, artwork exhibitions and occasional salsa periods. Be sure to’re close to the Station Drive Precinct on the primary Thursday of every month from 18:00.

11. Surf’s up


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Seize a board and do because the locals do on Addington Seashore. There are many surf outlets to e-book a non-public or group lesson.

12. Faith47 murals


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Religion 47 is a South-African born road artist with a robust sense of social justice. You could find her work in international locations all around the world together with Sweden, Scotland, the USA and China. Go to Warwick Junction in central Durban for a better take a look at her murals, together with life-like portraits of the merchants on columns adjoining to the Early Morning Market.

13. Rivertown Beerhall


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The Rivertown Beerhall is an eThekwini Municipality initiative that began with the activation and naming of the world in the course of the UIA 2014 Durban Structure Congress. It was inbuilt 1914, and opened once more on third August to tenth August 2014, 100 years on. Seize a beer and luxuriate in dwell music on this historic area. They aren’t open every single day so go to their Facebook page to examine forward of time.

14. KZNSA Gallery


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This contemporary, ethereal constructing is an inviting area. Together with upcoming and experimental artists, the gallery has an intensive assortment of well-known South African artists equivalent to Penny Siopis and Isaac Sithole. Get pleasure from a snack within the gallery café which spills out into the backyard. Entrance is free.

15. Wilson’s Wharf


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The place to see Durban Harbour, the busiest port in Africa, in motion. You’ll get a glimpse of luxurious yachts, racing boats, hulking tankers, trawlers and tiny optimist crusing boats as they go by. At Wilson’s Wharf there are numerous eating places and fast-food spots to select from and the flickering lights on the water at night time are significantly atmospheric.

16. Tour of Warwick Junction


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Take a guided tour by the 9 markets in central Durban to get a really feel for the heart beat of town. The Markets of Warwick Tour takes you thru Victoria Avenue Market, the Impepho and Lime Market, Brook Avenue Market, Bead Market, Herb Market, Music Bridge Market, Berea Avenue Market, the Bovine Head Market and the Early morning or ‘Mom’ Market, which hosts over 640 stalls with distributors promoting recent produce, flowers, spices and dwell poultry. Within the Bovine Market, cow heads are collected by trolley operators from native butcheries. The cooked meat is then introduced on picket chopping boards with condiments for patrons to eat.

17. The Golden Mile


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The Golden Mile runs roughly from South Seashore (uShaka Marine World) to Suncoast On line casino in an ideal gilded stretch of sea and solar. Longer than a mile, it’s one of the best place to do an early morning seashore run, rollerblade or cycle à la Ipanema Seashore. Or, you would hire a motorcycle for an hour or two from Xpression on the Seashore.

Additionally learn:Prime 10 seashores in Cape City and Durban

18. Seize a chilly one at Wahooz


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Cease in at this Hawaiian-vibe beach-side restaurant at uShaka Marine World for a beer among the many palm timber. Benefit from the laidback environment and recent, tasty meals.

19. Umgeni River Chook Park


Children will love the Umgeni River Chook Park – they’ve 900 birds from 180 species within the park, a free-flight chicken present, restaurant and playground.

20. Durban Pure Science Museum


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On the primary flooring of the magnificent Durban Metropolis Corridor, this trove of dinosaurs, fossils and taxidermied predators will enchant each children and grown-ups. Entrance is free.

21. Sundown catamaran cruise


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Watch the highly effective east coast solar set over tropical Durban aboard a catamaran sundowner cruise. Hakuna Matata Charters supply half-hour and one-hour sundown cruises, and the boats might be rented for personal features too.

22. Alayam Hindu Temple


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This stunning temple is nicely value a go to. Ensure to watch the intricate carvings of Ganesha, Shiva and Vishnu on the temple facade. The vintage doorways that result in the cellar had been salvaged from a temple constructed on the banks of the Umbilo River in 1875, which was later destroyed by floods. Bear in mind to decorate respectably.

23. Have lunch at parc


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Be sure to head to this café in Glenwood while you’d wish to take a break from exploring Durban’s metropolis centre. You’ll discover some tasty Mediterranean-inspired specials and a chilled-out vibe. Simply what you want after experiencing the frenzy of town’s city scenes.

24. Bay of Lots for a fast swim


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The most effective factor about Durban is that, winter or summer time, it’s at all times a good suggestion to kick off your slops and leap into that superbly heat sea. The Bay of Lots, on the coronary heart of the beachfront, additionally affords good surf circumstances and seashore volleyball.

25. The Sardine Run


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Almost yearly between June and July, billions of sardines journey alongside the east coast of South Africa attracting an abundance of dolphins, whales and sharks. In case you are fortunate sufficient to see the sardine run whereas in Durban will probably be value renting a ship to get a better look. For a much less expensive choice, rent a kayak from Ocean Ventures uShaka. You’ll launch in entrance of uShaka and paddle to the Vetjies Reef, previous the shark nets and out to the limestone reef the place there’s a Nineteen Forties shipwreck. For those who’re exceptionally fortunate and the timing is correct, you’ll catch the tons of of dolphins tailing the sardine run.

26. Freedom Café


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This brilliant area is sensible for an all-day breakfast. Do pop in to their well-known Chocolate & Cheesecake Bar to sinfully indulge of their scrumptious treats.

27. KwaMuhle Museum


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As soon as the Native Administration Division, step by the copper-covered entrance doorways to discover a post-apartheid museum documenting the historical past skilled by all of Durban’s residents. The pictures and artefacts on show painting a metropolis in the hunt for an identification inside a brand new political context. Entrance is free.

28. Go to the world’s rarest plant at Durban Botanical Gardens


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The Durban Botanical Gardens boasts the rarest cycad assortment on the earth. Cycads, have been round earlier than the dinosaurs and have survived three mass extinction occasions though they’re in peril of extinction in the present day. Wooden’s Cycad is reputed to be the world’s rarest plant. You could find it rising peacefully close to the outdated reservoir. The orchid assortment and palm grove are additionally value visiting. Entrance to the gardens is free. Attend one of many concert events on the lake which occur all year long. Read up on the concert schedule and buy tickets.

29. Roma Revolving Restaurant


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Benefit from the kitsch however enjoyable seventies eating environment of the Roma Revolving restaurant on the thirty second flooring of the John Ross constructing. The Roma is the one revolving restaurant within the southern hemisphere. You’ll be aware of an unbelievable rotating view 105 metres up within the air whereas consuming hearty Italian meals. For those who’re not hungry, head to Gino’s Bar one flooring above for drinks within the sky.

30. Skate park enjoyable


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Have exhilarating enjoyable on the beachfront skate park in entrance of the Bay of Lots- entrance is free. Your different choice is WavePark in Umhlanga.

31. Hop aboard a Ricksha Bus


Take a three-hour whirl round Durban on the highest deck of a Ricksha bus. It’s virtually at all times blazingly sunny so benefit from the solar in your face as you cross all of Durban’s main sights. There are two excursions per day, seven days every week. The morning tour begins at 09:00 and ends at noon and the afternoon tour begins at 13:00 and ends at 16:00. They settle for money solely.

32. Little Gujarat


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Arguably essentially the most genuine and reasonably priced Indian meals within the metropolis, Little Gujarat affords a feast of scrumptious vegetarian bunny chows, samoosas, pakoras, bhajis, roti breads, rice and pickles.

33. Watch a horse race at Greyville Racecourse


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This racecourse is usually related to the Durban July, certainly one of South Africa’s greatest horse races and a serious trend occasion. On every other day although, you will get free entry to observe the races (besides throughout main race days)! The Greyville Racecourse affords a picnic space the place you’ll be able to calm down, with loads of meals shops. If {golfing} tickles your fancy, you’ll be able to play a spherical on the Royal Durban Golf Course, within the centre of the monitor.

34. Durban Worldwide Movie Competition


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This movie pageant is an unmissable occasion on Durban’s annual calendar. It’s one of many oldest of its sort in southern Africa. Catch it from mid- to late-July. The pageant additionally serves as a launch pad for Wavescape, a movie and music pageant celebrating a mutual love of browsing and ocean tradition.

35. Florida Street buying


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In between stopping in on the many greats cafés, bars and eating places on Durban’s glam dame Florida Street) there’s the attractive emporium of picket and ceramic homeware at Cécile & Boyds. For a throwback to the 90s, go to Artwork Movie Co, a discerning DVD rental retailer, the place you will discover curated DVDs.

Additionally, ensure to not miss the burgers at Dropkick Murphy’s!

36. Calm down with a gondola boat experience


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You’ll catch fantastic views of town of Durban with a gondola boat experience courtesy of Zulumoon Gondolas. This boat experience is a perfect strategy to have fun an important day and is ideal for romantic experiences or a refreshing exercise for the household.

37. Beachwood mangroves


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This mangrove reserve is a nationwide monument and accommodates three species of uncommon mangroves – black, crimson and white. Stroll alongside the sturdy picket platforms to catch a glimpse of mudskippers, fiddler crabs and uncommon kingfishers among the many muddy water and white sand.

38. Dine with sharks at uShaka Marine World


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The fifth largest aquarium on the earth, the constructing of uShaka was pivotal within the revitalization of the Level space. Anticipate water rides, penguin, seal and dolphin reveals, sharks circling you as you eat dinner, a harmful creatures part and an intensive buying stroll.

Additionally learn:Durban Inns and Experiences

39. Home of Curries


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Well-known for his or her tender lamb curry, mini-bunny chows and spicy bean curry, Home of Curries is an outdated favorite on Florida Street. Relaxed Durban vaab for days. You possibly can select a primary course for below R100.

40. Go ice skating


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Durban’s Ice Rink received a revamp lately and is greater and higher. This is without doubt one of the metropolis’s most distinctive actions. Throughout these periods, you can even check your abilities with a 7-metre indoor climbing wall for less than R20.

41. Lekker vibes at Nev the Barber


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Nev affords a slick haircut with angle, “kiff cuts, laka vibes” is the concept behind this punchy Glenwood barbershop. You’ll see posters up with zingers like “vibe the vibe” and “waai from right here”. Proper subsequent door is the much-loved Nook Café the place you’ll be able to munch a panini and drink a flat white. And the excellent news is that Nev is opening one other spot in Umhlanga.

42. Take a steam prepare by the Valley of 1000 Hills


Tucked within the verdant Valley of 1000 Hills is the village of Inchanga. Catch a steam prepare from Kloof to Inchanga’s small Victorian station within the rolling hills of Kwa Zulu and again once more. There are trains on the primary and final Sunday of each month, seats replenish rapidly so e-book prematurely. Avid photographers will benefit from the early-morning curling smoke pictures over the dramatic rolling hills. Cease in for a pint at Stoker’s Arms in Kloof.


43. Giba Gorge Biking


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For adrenaline lovers, Giba Gorge boasts a Supercross, BMX and cycle monitor. There are additionally calmer spots for picnics with area for youths to run round. For those who don’t have bicycles and helmets you’ll be able to hire them from the independently run “Yolo Cycles” throughout the park.

44. Inanda Mountain


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Drive 50 minutes out of the CBD to Inanda Mountain for Durban’s most unbelievable view. The street ends virtually on the fringe of the cliffs that plunge right down to Inanda Dam. Photographers and birders will recognize the Lanner falcons and banded Harrier hawks that experience the thermals each morning.

45. Mzinyathi Falls and Rasta Caves


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A 20-minute drive from Gateway, Mzinyathi falls is comparatively unknown. The dramatic sandstone amphitheatre makes this a preferred mountaineering spot. In summer time after heavy rain, the falls have a powerful quantity. The Rastafarian caves are a sacred place the place Rastafarians who work within the metropolis in the course of the week come on the weekends. The trail to those caves is sort of tough to search out, contact the Inexperienced Hall to rearrange a tour to the caves, falls and surrounding space.

46. Virginia Nature Reserve


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The Virginia Nature Reserve in Durban North gives a 38-hectare respite from the suburbs. It has winding paths of coastal scrub stuffed with Natal figs, hibiscus, gray duiker, noticed genet and dwarf mongooses. It’s an important spot for chicken watching. Give your self a very good two hours to ramble round.

47. Umhlanga Pier – essentially the most stunning pier on the earth


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CNN has topped Umhlanga Pier essentially the most stunning pier on the earth. The whale-bone skeleton construction is placing and the favorite of sundown Instagrammers. The pier additionally performs an essential perform as an extension of an underground culvert that helps disperse extra stormwater into the ocean.


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Now that you’ve got extra so as to add to your record of issues to do on this standard South African metropolis, pack your luggage and e-book low cost flights to Durban! What do you like most about Durbs? Share your favorite issues to do in Durban within the feedback under.

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