Summer is here and there’s nothing better to do than going out with your family and friends and seeing what the town has to offer. We look at what’s going down in this popular KZN city.
Durban is known for its sun-kissed beaches and tropical paradise vibe which makes an awesome holiday spot for your family and friends.
And the best thing about it is that you can do a bunch of amazing activities without breaking the bank.
1. Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market - Free
This popular market, situated in Hillcrest, is open every Saturday from 6h30am to 10h30am.
It has more than 150 stalls, 80 of which serve food and produce, while other stalls sell clothing, bedding, organic products and furniture.
Visit their site for more information
2. Cricket at Sahara Park Kingsmead – R50 – R100
Its summer, which means its cricket season, and where better to get a taste of the action than in Kingsmead stadium? Home to the Sunfoil Dolphins, fans can watch the men in the green and black fight for the T20 and One Day Cup titles, but also watch out for International games and root for the Proteas.
Get your tickets for the upcoming cricket games at Kingsmead
3. Suncoast Casino - Free
Situated in Sunset Boulevard, where all the fun and entertainment begins, this is a gamblers paradise. It is the largest casino in Durban and has 20 food outlets, eight cinemas, as well as an amphitheatre and so much more.
Visit their website for more details
4. Fun World Amusement Park – R15 per ride
The Beachfront Amusement Park is situated on Marine Parade, as the park provides a safe environment for the whole family to enjoy. The Cable Car provides a scenic view of the beach and you can take a ride on the Swingboat, Carousel, Breakdance and the Hully Gully.
Call now to book at (031) 332 9776 or email
5. Mini Town – R15
Situated in Fitzsimmons Snake Park on Snell Parade, Mini Town is where everyone is a giant in a tiny utopia in the Durban sun. Established for over 30 years ago it depicts some of Durban’s most famous landmarks, from the harbour to the airport, in 1:24 scale.
Call them on 031-337 7892 for any enquiries
6. Take a trip on a Gondola – R50pp for 15 minutes
Get a piece of Venice in Durban by enjoying a beautiful ride through the Point Waterfront in a gondola. Take a romantic ride with your significant other, or take the family out for a bit of fun. Remember that booking is essential for all rides after 18h00.
For longer trips, visit their site to see their rates and packages
7. Rickshaw ride – R30 to R100
Take a ride through the promenade by going around one of the twenty registered richshaw pullers in Durban. Each rickshaw is adorned with traditional mix-and-match patchwork with the driver wearing a flamboyant headdress. It’s the only place in South Africa where you can ride in one of these and you pay a nominal fee of R10 to get a photograph taken.
Call +27 (0)31 332 5671 for more information
8. Moses Mabhida Stadium – R50
Go on an unparalleled 360° tour of Durban by taking a two-minute ride in the Sky Car of the stadium’s famous arch for R60. You can also take a tour of this majestic stadium and step onto the pitch for R50.
Visit the stadiums site for more information on the various activities and rates
9. Rock climbing – R73
Come down to Southern Rock and climb the various routes (according to your rock climbing ability), such as the 4m high bouldering cave and Tower of Power. There is assistance whenever you need it and you can also take a course to improve your climbing abilities.
Visit their site for more information
10. Get a bunny chow – R30
You have not had the true Durbanite experience if you have not eaten a bunny chow. According to Times Live, the best bunny chow you can get is at the award-winning, Bunny Hugging in Sethy Road, Mt Edgecombe.
Call 031-537-3997 to get the delicious South African fast food.
11. Groovyballs Lifestyle Adventure – from R15 upwards
Need something to do? This place packs a heap of activities all in one for your family and friends. The only park in Kwazulu-Natal that offers zorbing and other extreme activities, such as paintballing, and off road go karting. Open from Tuesdays to Sundays, it is essential to book, as it is quite a favourite attraction among locals and tourists.
For more information, visit their site
12. Phezulu Safari Park – R50 and more
Situated in the Valley of a 1000 Hills, Phezulu Safari Park gives you the ultimate African experience, as visitors are taken into traditional thatched huts and are given an insight into the fascinating Zulu culture. You can also visit the Crocodile Park, Snake Park and see a traditional Zulu dancing show.
Visit their site for more information on the various activities
13. Ricksha Bus City Tour – R100
Take a three hour city tour and visit Durban’s major attractions, such as Emmanuel Cathedral, Blue Lagoon, Mitchell Park and Juma Musjid Mosque. This is great way to get the ultimate Durban experience in one ride.
For more enquiries, call 031 322 4209
14. uShaka Marine World – R79 after 14h30
One of the biggest holiday attractions in Durban is the uShaka Marine World. Check out Sea World, Dangerous Creatures and experience the adventurous Wet ‘n Wild theme park. You pay half of the entry fee after 14h30 and it’s a great place to go in the heart of summer.
Visit their website for more information on their rates and times.
Have you visited any of these places or know about any other amazing things to do? Tell us about your experience.
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