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Where the fun never sets!

Durban, it’s where the fun never sets, with its miles of golden beaches and the awesome uShaka Marine World. A trip to the Valley of 1000 Hills is a must, offering visitors a unique cultural experience among valleys, dams and breath-taking vistas. The bustling holiday town of Amanzimtoti, just south of Durban, offers beautiful beaches, perfect waves and warm waters for those wanting to laze around in the sun and enjoy the surf.

Durban, with the Zulu name eThekwini, forms part of the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality and is the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal. Durban is regarded as the busiest port in Africa and is also a major centre of tourism, due to Durban’s warm subtropical climate and beaches.

Being a coastal city, Durban is constantly affected by the warm Mozambique current flowing down its coastline, making surfing and swimming one of the primary activities on the many beaches. Durban is where you will also find several safe swimming beaches, with angling and boating as other popular beach activities. The Golden Mile provides ample tourist attractions and is an extremely popular place for locals to hang out, exercise or enjoy a meal at their favourite spot.


Mid-Summer temperatures: 21 to 29°C
Mid-Winter temperatures: 11 to 24°C


Amanzimtoti – Durban – Durban North – Umhlanga – Pinetown – Queensburgh – Chatsworth – Westville – Kloof – Hillcrest – Botha’s Hill – Shongweni

Places to Visit

Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve

Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve

Nestled alongside the Umgeni River and a stone’s throw away from the city, Beachwood Mangroves is a must for nature lovers. Explore the mangroves on an elevated board walk or visit our education centre. We’re open on the 3rd Saturday of every month.

Durban Botanical Gardens

Durban Botanical Gardens

Take a leisurely walk around these beautiful gardens, enjoy a picnic under the shade of the 100-year-old trees or explore the Orchid House and the Butterfly Habitat.

Natural Science Museum

Durban Natural Science Museum

Free entry into this popular museum with a super collection of small and large mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fossils and exhibits on the history of the Earth.

Japanese Gardens

Durban North Japanese Gardens

A traditional Japanese-style park with peaceful gardens and koi filled ponds, which are linked by walkways and bridges. Picnic with the family and enjoy the quiet outdoors.

Maritime Museum

Durban Maritime Museum

Perfectly set in the Durban harbour, this maritime museum offers an insight into the history of maritime culture and life at sea. Go aboard the Ulundi, the oldest tug in South Africa.

Mini Town

Mini Town

Built to a scale of 1:24, this is a typical South African city. There’s a working airport, harbour and railway and some of the models are of building in South Africa. A lovely outing for the kids.

Mitchell Park

Mitchell’s Park

A great place to take the kids for an outing. The little zoo is home to a range of cute and furry creatures and the shady park is ideal for having a picnic and letting the kids enjoy the playground.

Moses Madihda Stadium

Moses Mabida Stadium

Built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, this Durban landmark is a popular venue and the People’s Park is where it all happens. There’s a kids playground, the Big Rush Big Swing, Segway Tours and you can even walk over the 106m high archway that spans the stadium.

Shongweni Market

Shongweni Farmers Market

Shongweni Farmers’ and Craft Market is a destination market in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands for those in search of organic foods and good quality homemade crafts. In operation since 1998, it has over 90 stalls to browse, making it a favourite place for friends and food-lovers to meet and eat.

Golden mile

The Golden Mile

Stretching from uShaka to Suncoast Casino is one of Durban’s main attractions. Take a walk along the promenade or down one of the piers, laze on the golden beach and catch a wave.

Umgeni River Bird Park

Umgeni River Bird Park

The tropical park is home to over 800 birds from 200 species. Take a walk through the open aviaries and feed the Lorikeets or enjoy the free bird show. There’s a lovely takeaway and a place to relax and enjoy a picnic.

Ushaka Beach

uShaka Beach

Situated right outside uShaka Marine World, this Blue Flag beach is a popular for swimming, surfing and kayaking. Dolphins are often seen here and you can take a walk through the uShaka shopping complex.

Ushaka Marin World

uShaka Marine World

Discover the magic of the underwater world at Sea World or take the ride of your life on the super-tubes at Wet n Wild. Durban’s theme park is bound to entertain you all day long.

Valley of 1000 hills

Valley of 1000 Hills

A scenic drive to the Botha’s Hill area leads you to endless views over the valley.  The area offers many restaurants, arts and crafts, cultural experiences and outdoor activities.

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