Local Tourist Attractions
About Durban, South Africa
Durban is a natural paradise known for its gorgeous coastline of sun-kissed beaches and subtropical climate, situated on the eastern seaboard of Africa. The City is built around one of the busiest ports in Africa and our people are our pride. The city focuses on providing visitors with a unique set of experiences that go beyond the beach and into the realm of Durban’s diverse culture, urban lifestyle and scenic diversity. The City of Durban is an elegant, mature and ambitious city. It is a trendsetter in offering great lifestyle, speckled with adventure activities, blessed with natural beauty and is an astonishingly liveable city. Whether you here as a business delegate or a leisure traveller there is a warm African flavour that will capture your heart forever.
- In 1962 Nelson Mandela was captured and arrested in the town of Howick and thus began his 27 years of incarceration. Mandela returned to KwaZulu-Natal to begin a new journey when he chose to cast his first vote in Inanda, Durban as a free man in 1994.
- The world’s oldest and largest ultra-marathon, the Comrades Marathon, takes place here.
- The world’s tallest bungee swing is found at the Moses Mabhida stadium (Guinness Book of Records, 14 May 2011).
- Home to the largest shopping mall in the southern hemisphere, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, with a skatepark designed by Tony Hawk.
- Durban Aliwal Shoal is considered as one of the world’s top diving sites.
- Durban harbor is the home of the 9th largest harbor in the world. The modern Port of Durban grew around trade from Johannesburg. Today Durban has the busiest container port in Africa.
- The spiritual leader of the Indian independence movement, Mahatma Ghandi began his political journey in Durban
- Durban is one of the top surfing destinations in South Africa
- The rickshaw (rickshaw) was brought to Durban, in 1893, by the sugar magnate Sir Marshall Campbell, from London. Ricksha pullers have been operating in Durban for more than 100 years.
- The 5th largest aquarium in the world and the biggest in Africa Ushaka Marine world is in Durban
Top Experiences In Durban
uShaka Marine World
UShaka has fast positioned itself as a key attraction on Durban’s Golden Mile, offering a world of entertainment, excitement, fun and uniqueness. UShaka Marine World models itself as a water themed park and boasts variety of attractions; top six being Wet & Wild, Sea World, Village Walk, uShaka Kids World, UShaka Beach & Dangerous Creatures. Combined into one ball of extreme fun you can enjoy the non-stop entertainment in a safe, secure and clean environment that echoes the sounds of amusement, laughter and the spirit of togetherness.
Enquiries: (031) 328 8000
Beach Experience (Water lifestyle)
Our city is famous for its Water lifestyle! Durban boasts a wide range of water activities it would be unfair to pin point one. From sunrise to sunset Durban coastline gives you a calming feel whether you’re a holiday maker, sporting or business person. From kayaking at Umgeni River, to Jet skiing at Blue Lagoon, sun basking at Suncoast Casino & Entertainment World, Clubbing on top of the waves at uShaka Moyo Pier, wining and dining in Wilson’s Wharf, Yachting from the harbor and most of all; Surfers & Bathers know Durban for its awesome wavescape.
Enquiries: (031) 322 4164
City Tour (Ricksha Bus)
See our spectacular city from the Ricksha Bus; this tour is more like an induction to the city’s best attractions, our treasured history. The double-decker bus famously which is also known to many as the famous topless bus, will take you on a three-hour tour of Durban that includes the beachfront, uShaka Marine World, Emmanuel Cathedral, Victoria Street Market, Burman Bush, Blue Lagoon and other sites of interest. Stay back, relax and enjoy the ride as the tour guide gives you a glimpse of what this beautiful city has to offer.
Enquiries: (031) 322 4209
Thousand Hills Experience
Valley of 1000 Hills is a tranquil and very scenic area situated inland just 30 min drive from Durban. This Valley is very relaxed; it fuses the luxury of laid-back country living with an ancient and diverse culture on its doorstep. The highlight of 1000 Hills attractions include: Phezulu Safari Park which offers Game drives, Cultural village, Crocodile & Snake Park just to mention a few. Umgeni Stream Railway train is the 100 years old choo-choo that can take you on a day trip through bustling villages of 1000 Hills. It’s a destination perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of city living.
Enquiries: (031) 777 1874
Umhlanga Rocks Experience
Two words: “Suburban Bliss”. Umhlanga Rocks is situated just north of Durban, this coast offers partying atmosphere, beach resorts, nature reserves, fine wining & dining and a superb shopping experience. It’s a great family holiday destination at the same time it deserves top billing with its top attractions like Sharks Board and Gateway The theatre of shopping, which is an enormous but rather fabulous mall. Gateway offerings include exquisite supermarkets, boutiques, movie theatres, restaurants and hundreds of other retail therapy outlets; it’s far from your average mall.
Enquiries: (031) 561 42 57
The Sapphire Coast
The town of Amanzimtoti (meaning ‘sweet waters’ in Zulu) is said to have been named by the great Zulu King Shaka after tasting the fresh water that flows out of the hills at this scenic spot. It is situated on the coast a short drive south of Durban. This part of the coast is a popular destination for Scuba divers who came to explore Aliwal Shoal, a fossilized sand dune that lies 5km off the Umkomaas river mouth. A myriad of warm water reef fish and cold water fish converge on Aliwal Shoal to create a kaleidoscope of Colour. For those who prefer to remain on terra firma, the beaches of the Sapphire Coast provide plenty of opportunities to enjoy Swimming, surfing or Fishing. Nature lovers can explore the Amanzimtoti bird Sanctuary or Stroll in one of the nature reserves. For a taste of local history or culture, there are a number of arts and crafts stores offering a selection of handmade goods, and the Adams Mission College founded in 1884.
Enquiries: (031) 903 7498
Max’s Lifestyle: is a hugely popular venue frequented by all cultures and races from all over the world. Max’s Lifestyle is the best restaurants in Umlazi, with traditional “Kasie” (Ethnic Township Location) culture where one can enjoy, feel, and experience unique township culture in upmarket trendy and safe surroundings. Also popular for Sunday sessions where Top DJ’s entertain those who enjoy good music and dancing and the VIP Lounge is available for who prefer a relaxed less noisy environment.
Enquiries: (031) 906 1393
The Comfort Zone: is strategically located at the entrance of the historic township of Clermont in Durban, near Pinetown is the perfect place to relax in comfort eKasi. The unusual and special venue prides itself with sheer quality blending good food, good music which assures the discerning customer a superior top class atmosphere indeed. Duly registered and fully-licensed, The Comfort Zone is a restaurant, bar and top class entertainment venue of a special kind. The Comfort Zone is open seven days a week from 10am till late at night.
Enquiries: 073 454 8171 / 073 454 8171
Sbu’s Lounge: is situated on Road MR 93, House 11089, Amatikwe Phase 2, INANDA, on the INANDA heritage route.50 meters from the INANDA police station on the way to INANDA Dam & Ebuhleni (Shembe church). It’s a humble chilled, safe, impressive spot. Marketed as the ultimate township experience, offering a full bar, braaied meat, pap and African cuisine is prepared while you wait. Great vibes: up-beat music, with V.I.P Areas that offers African look & feel. We also boasts a car wash while you enjoying your drinks and food. Locals, tourist, movers and shakers are spoilt for choice. They also cater for corporate players and BEE types.
Enquiries: (031) 510 2337
Casinos and Entertainment
Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World: is on Durban’s Golden Mile is one of the city’s brightest attractions. Built in the Art Deco style for which Durban is famous, it illuminates the sky with its 6km of neon lighting. Suncoast is the biggest casino in South Africa, boasting a gaming floor of 7000m2. The casino has 1 330 slot machines and 50 gaming tables, as well as the SUNstruck progressive, Durban’s only million Rand paying bank of slot machines. Suncoast’s private beach is one of the best in South Africa. A grassed embankment bordered by layers of indigenous vegetated dunes looks over a wide, flat beach right onto the Indian Ocean. Suncoast’s eight cinema complex shows all the latest blockbusters, including an array of hot Bollywood movies, and is home of to the 18m Supernova screen, the largest cinema screen in KwaZulu-Natal.
Enquiries: (031) 328 3000
Sibaya Casino & Entertainment Kingdom: Have over 1000 slot and 24 touch-bet roulette machines, as well as roulette, Blackjack and poker tables. There is also a Zulu theatre, Krakatoa, pulsating nightlife, and Mangwanani Sibaya and excellent and luxurious day spa. It is just a 25-minute drive north of the City.
Enquiries: (031) 580 5000
Take the plunge and try the Big Rush Big Swing at the Moses Mabhida Stadium- the world's only stadium swing and the largest swing of any kind anywhere as confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records. Jump into the void 106 metres above the pitch and swing out in a huge 220 metres arc under the iconic arch.
Enquiries: (031) 582 8242
Durban’s year-round sunny climate and lush, natural environment provide a pleasant backdrop for the numerous golf courses to be found close to the city. From sea views to indigenous forest and even some courses with wild game, golfers will endure many challenges and memorable holes to test their abilities. You could spend a week or more in Durban and play a deferent 18-hole course every day, and the 19th-holes are also legendary. Here is a brief summary of the top courses.
|Golf Course||Contact Details|
|Durban Country Club||031 313 1777|
|Durban Country Club Beachwood||031 313 1777|
|Royal Durban Golf Club||031 309 1373|
|Maidstone Country Club||031 945 0419|
|Mount Edgecombe Country Club||031 539 5330|
|Amanzimtoti Country Club||031 902 1166|
|Kloof Country Club||031 764 0555|
|Cato Ridge Country Club||031 782 198|