Excursions in Durban

Everyone can find something to enjoy in Durban, whether you are interested in its history and culture, architecture, great art, or delectable cuisine.

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A guide for first-time visitors to Durban

During your holiday in Durban, you may be wondering what excursions and day trips are available to you. There are numerous options you can choose from. These include taking a tour to the South Beach, going on a boat ride along the Umgeni River, and visiting Medwood Gardens. These day trips are sure to make your trip to Durban memorable.

Medwood Gardens

Located in Durban's central business district, Medwood Gardens is a tranquil retreat. Aside from its lush greenbelt, the area is also a great spot for a quick refreshment. You can grab an ice-cold drink and enjoy the seasonal displays of plants.

Medwood Gardens was named after renowned botanist John Medley Wood. He served as curator of the Durban Botanical Gardens for 30 years. After retiring, he continued to make a big impact on the development of plants. His research resulted in the development of the mosaic virus-immune strain of Ube sugar cane.

Located near St Paul's Church, Medwood Gardens is also close to Old Durban Railway Station. You can also catch the metrorail at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban's central business district.

Oyster Box Hotel

Located on the beachfront of Umhlanga, the Oyster Box Hotel is one of Durban's premier hotels. It has been refurbished and boasts a impressive international guest list.

The city of Durban is nestled between the Indian Ocean and the majestic Drakensberg Mountain. The climate is warm and humid during the summer, but the winters are mild.

The city of Durban has many world-class attractions. The uShaka Marine World is one example. This attraction offers entertainment, education and fun for the entire family. It is one of the best places to visit in South Africa.

Another world-class attraction in Durban is the Botanic Gardens. This awe-inspiring garden is home to more than 2 000 square metres of lush tropical vegetation. The garden features exotic bromeliad species and rare cycads. The Garden also regularly hosts music concerts.

Umgeni River

Whether you want to enjoy an exciting day trip or explore Durban's historical and cultural landmarks, there are plenty of options. Located in KwaZulu Natal, Durban is a cosmopolitan city that has an eclectic mix of cultures.

The city is home to a number of world-class attractions. Some examples include uShaka Marine World, Tala Game Reserve and the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve. The port area has been renovated and now offers a modern port and a buzzing harbour.

Durban is also the home of the annual Sardine Run, a huge aquatic spectacle that takes place every year in early January. The run is a spectacular marine show, with billions of sardines traveling up the coastline. Dolphins, whales and sea birds follow the sardine run.


South Beach

Whether you're visiting Durban on a business trip or holiday, you will find that there are many things to do. The city is a melting pot of cultures. You can learn about Zulu and Indian culture and experience a variety of languages. You'll also be able to visit many world-class attractions.

South Beach is one of the most popular destinations in Durban. It features warm waters, great waves, a water park and an aquarium. There's also a surf museum and a theme park. This is a very popular destination for Durbanite locals and international tourists.

The beach is a great spot for a picnic, especially after sundowners. There are also a number of good restaurants along the beach. You can find restaurants that serve authentic Durban curries.

Durban Waterfall

Ansteys Beach

Whether you are a family looking for a beach excursion, or just a weekend getaway, Durban has a wide range of holiday destinations to suit your needs. The city has a warm climate and is a great spot to visit year-round.

Durban's central business district is a safe area to travel through during the day. It is also the home of uShaka Marine World, a popular destination for the whole family.

If you are a surf enthusiast, you will love the beaches in Durban. The waves are great and the water is warm. There are also many good restaurants to choose from along the Golden Mile.

South Beach is a popular holiday destination, just south of Durban's city centre. It features a water park and a surf museum. The promenade is always busy and offers incredible views of the Indian Ocean.

The most beautiful places in Durban

Whether you're looking to explore the coast of Durban or enjoy the beauty of the city's interior, here are some of the most beautiful places to visit.


Located on the east coast of South Africa, Umhlanga is a charming seaside resort town. Besides its scenic natural beauty, the region offers plenty of exciting activities. There are many five-star hotels with refined rooms and spa treatments.

The main beach in uMhlanga is patrolled by lifeguards. Its waters are crystal-clear and calm, making it a perfect spot for swimming. It also has an attractive promenade stretching for 2.5 kilometres. Several restaurants are located on the beach, and it is a popular destination for sunbathing.

Amongst the most popular tourist attractions in Umhlanga are the whalebone pier and the uMhlanga lighthouse. This is a good place to view the ocean and enjoy traditional dance performances.

Mitchell Park

Located in the upmarket Morningside suburb of Durban, Mitchell Park is one of the oldest parks in the city. It has a playground, a small zoo, and lovely flowerbeds. It is also a popular picnic spot. The zoo features a walk-through aviary.

The zoo is a pleasant place to visit with children. You will see a wide variety of animals. There are black-capped squirrel monkeys, banded mongooses, scarlet ibises, cotton-top tamarins, and more.

The zoo is also a good place to get your kids learning. The children's playground has slides and other play equipment. It is surrounded by colorful flowerbeds and nestled trees.

Umgeni River Bird Park

Located on the northern shore of the Umgeni River, Umgeni River Bird Park is one of the most beautiful places in Durban. Built over an old quarry site, the park features a network of paths through lush, tropical landscaping, waterfalls, and walk-through aviaries. The park also has breeding programs for endangered species.

The park is home to over two hundred different species of birds, including African ibis, blue cranes, and black crakes. The park also features exotic birds from Southeast Asia and Australia.

The park was established in 1984 by a group of bird lovers. It now has eight hundred and twenty-two different birds. The park's mission is to inspire conservation.

Sea World

uShaka Sea World is one of the best places to visit in Durban. This theme park is situated on the beachfront, on the coast of the Eastern Indian Ocean. It is a 17-year old attraction that has been visited by over 10 million people.

The park has a wide variety of attractions, including a dolphin stadium, a penguin rookery, and an aquarium. The Sea World interactive aquarium recreates a coral reef ecosystem. It also features devil fire fish, stone fish, sharks, and sea snakes.

Another attraction is the PheZulu Reptile Park, which is home to many kinds of snakes and crocodiles. Visitors can even hold these reptiles. The park has guides that give hourly tours.

Wet 'N' Wild

Located on Durban's beachfront, Wet 'n' Wild is a waterpark extravaganza. The park boasts a range of water slides, including a giant roller-coaster-enclosed tunnel ride. Children can enjoy separate pools for toddlers and adults. There's also a play area, and a mini-super tube. Those who prefer to relax can take a river ride.

The park is also home to a unique underwater viewing tunnel, allowing visitors to get an up-close view of a variety of aquatic creatures. For those who want to get a closer look at the marine life, there are also dolphin and seal encounters.

Kids' World

Among the best family attractions in Durban is the uShaka Kids' World. This kid-friendly playground is perfect for children from two to twelve years of age. It features a giant sandpit, a show-time stage, and an impressive painting area.

You should also try the "Dangerous Creatures" exhibit, which offers visitors the chance to get close and personal with reptiles of all shapes and sizes. You can even hold snakes.

You may also want to check out Funworld, which is an amusement park with a range of rides for the younger set. For older children, there are roller coasters and exhilarating rides.

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park

Known as the best wildlife viewing site in the world, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park is one of the most popular attractions in South Africa. It is a short drive from Durban and combines the best of nature and beach life.

There are many species to see in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi, including zebras, lions, cheetahs, elephants, buffalo, antelopes, and birds. The park is also home to 340 bird species and is a great destination for birdwatchers.

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi is South Africa's oldest game reserve and is also home to the southern white rhino. The park was established in the 1890s as a sanctuary for this endangered species.

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