101 Things to do in Durban for under R101

Durban, South Africa is known for its warm weather, chilled vibe and long stretch of blue surf.  There are a variety of things to do in Durban and its surrounding area (and it doesn’t need to break the bank)

Young or old, an avid adventurer, culture fundi or shopaholic… the city offers something for the whole family. Here is a complete list of a 101 things to do in Durban to keep away the budget blues.

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(Please note that the prices below are subject to change. Make sure to check the relevant websites before travelling).

1.  ADD YOUR LOCK TO MADIBA’S LEGACY FENCE

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To keep former president Nelson Mandela’s legacy alive, people from the local community added their “legacy lock” padlocks on the fence at the corner of Gordon and Florida road in 2013. People from around the world have been adding locks to the fence ever since.  Add your own lock and keep the legacy alive.

Cost: Free (Just buy your own lock – Approx R30) | GPS: -29.831692, 31.015511


2. CROW’S (CENTRE FOR REHABILITATION OF WILDLIFE) OPEN DAY 

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CROW’s Open Days take place on the last Sunday of every month from 11am to 1pm.  The Open Days are fun, interactive, educational and an exciting outing for the whole family. You can buy refreshments after the tour and don’t forget to check out the shop.

Cost: Approx R30pp (Donations are welcome)| GPS: -29.919395, 30.936181 | Website


3. DISCOVER THE PERFECT COFFEE BLEND ON AN ASSAGAY COFFEE TOUR

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The Assagay coffee tour is a must for any coffeeholic! The tour covers everything that goes into a perfect cuppa coffee –  from growing the coffee trees, the various production processes such as milling and roasting and ending with a coffee tasting of the different blends at the Coffee House. (Booking Essential)

Cost: Approx R60pp | GPS: -29.762364, 30.620215 | Website


4. BUY A TREE AT THE TROPICAL NURSERY

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Why not give back to the environment by buying a tree and planting it? Teach your kids to be passionate about the future and give back to the world. The nursery will give you great advise about the best tree to buy, how big they get, how to care for your tree and where to plant it. (We personally try to plant a tree at least twice a year)

Cost: Approx R100+ per tree | GPS: -29.836135, 30.971489 Facebook


5. TRY HIT A HOLE IN ONE AT LUMO PUT-PUT GALLERIA

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In Galleria Mall, the Fun Company have a selection of games and entertainment for the kiddies. (Our favorite is the lumo putt-putt course) The course is brightly decorated with a ocean theme and lumo lights.. It’s a great way to add a few laughs to those rainy days.

Cost: Approx R35pp| GPS: -30.034812, 30.898521| Website


6. PICK LEKKER STRAWBERRIES AT CAPPENY ESTATE

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Take the family to a strawberry farm in Ballito to pick and eat your own strawberries. Open every Saturday 9am – 3pm. It’s approx R10 Entrance fee to the farm per person. Kids pay approx R50 for a 250gr container and adults approx R75 for a 500gr container.

Cost: Approx R85pp| GPS: -29.477430, 31.171609 | Website


7. FIRST THURSDAY VIBES AT STATION DRIVE 

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Station Drive is a trendy venue offering local craft shops, coffee shops, Lightship Tattoo Gallery, S43 craft brewery which serves delicious food. (and lekker dops) Make sure to catch the popular Food market, The Morning Trade (every Sunday 9am – 1pm) with offers an interesting variety of delicious goodies. On the First Thursday of the month the venues and retail shops extend their hours and host special events.

Cost: Free to browse | GPS: -29.820842, 31.027662| Facebook


8. COCKTAILS AND OYSTERS AT WILSONS WHARF

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Wilson’s Wharf has a great selection of restaurants and bars that run along the waters edge serving cocktails and food with a relaxing Durban harbour views. There is also a few small shops and a variety of boat tours available. Perfect for a romantic date under the stars, Friday afternoon cocktails or chilled Sunday Oysters.

Cost: Approx R80 (depending on your cocktail & oysters)| GPS: -29.866284, 31.016093


 9. TAKE AN EASY STROLL DOWN THE GOLDEN MILE PROMENADE

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Enjoy a walk down the popular promenade of Durban’s beachfront which runs from South Beach to the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World. Makes a fun run to catch up on some cardio and a perfect Sunday morning walk and people watching,

Cost: Free | GPS: -29.865971, 31.045565


10. FEELING LUCKY? TRY YOUR LUCK AT SUNCOAST CASINO 

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Suncoast Casino offers 1,600 state of the art coin less Slot machines and 67 Tables for you to choose from. Available to adults only – Gamble responsibly.

Cost: Depends on the game | GPS: 29°50’07.4″S 31°02’03.8″E | Website


 11. SNORKELING AT VETCH’S PIER

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Put on your snorkel, mask and fins and jump right in. Explore the reef just south of Ushaka (towards the Millenium tower). Visibility is better in the winter months but you do get calm clear days all year round. There are small reef fish, lots of different coral or you may even see the occasional ray or octopus. Be safe by always diving with a partner.

Cost: Free| GPS: -29.869412, 31.053353


12. WANDER THROUGH DURBAN’S BOTANIC GARDENS

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Beautiful gardens in Durban with an abundance of wildlife and shady trees. Perfect for a relaxing walk, romantic picnic or family outing. There are a variety of live concerts and events hosted at the gardens throughout the year. (Check out their website for the line up)

Cost: Free| GPS: -29.847777, 31.008219 | Website


13. CHECK OUT THE EXHIBITIONS AT KZN SA GALLERY

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A leading contemporary gallery and one of South Africa’s oldest art institutions. Check out the website below for information about the different exhibitions throughout the year. The gallery also offers a local craft shop and The Arts Café to mingle and grab a bite.

Cost: Free to browse | GPS: -29.859936, 30.996961 | Website


14. WALK ACROSS THE  “WHALE SKELETON” UMHLANGA PIER

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One of the most beautiful piers in the world that Represents a whale skeleton stretching out about 80m. ! There is free Wi-Fi available along the walk. This is a favourite spot for photographers and instagramers world wide.

Cost: Free| GPS: 29.726422, 31.088572 


15. STRIPS AND TJIPS (WITH AVO) AT AFROS

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This Local Chicken take away started out of a trailer at Durban Day and now has over 9 locations around Durban. Do we need to say more? (The extra avo on the side is a favourite with Li and I)

Cost: Approx R50pp | GPS: -29.859774, 31.041433 Website


16. HIKE THROUGH THE GORGE AT KRANTZKLOOF NATURE RESERVE 

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Hike the various trails through the breath taking gorge. A variety of birds (Trumpeter and Crowned Hornbills common in the reserve), animals and flowers can be spotted along the trails. (From 1km to 12km+) All the trail information is available on their website below.

Cost: Approx R30pp| GPS: S 29° 46.135′ E 030° 51.352′ | Website


17. TRY INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING AT SOUTHERN ROCK GYM

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The centre is suitable for all ages from beginners to expert with a variety of different obstacles to overcome. Exercise with mental focus and problem-solving skills. The only indoor climbing venue in the Durban district.

Cost: From R80 for a day pass| GPS: -29.805414, 30.878577 | Website


18. WATCH  A CRICKET MATCH AT SAHARA STADIUM KINGSMEAD

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One of South Africa’s most festive cricket grounds and home of the Dolphins. Chill on the lawn with a beer, watch the game and enjoy the festive vibes and cheers.

Cost: Approx R40pp (Depending on the game) | GPS: -29.850086, 31.027814 | Website


19. EARLY MORNING SHOPPING AT SHONGWENI FARMERS MARKET

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The early bird catches the worm! This has become a very popular Saturday morning country market, ideal for the whole family and pet friendly.  The market offers farm freshly picked organic vegetables and pickles, a variety of food and craft stalls, live music and activities, a open space for the kids to play and while you have breakfast you can enjoy the amazing view of the valley. Open Saturdays 6:30am to 11:30am

Cost: Free to browse | GPS: -29.840834, 30.719634 | Facebook


20. GO ON AN ADVENTURE AND FIND A GEOCACHE

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Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices or smartphones. Navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Log onto the website to find out how to play and find your closest Geocache. There are over 2000 Geocaches hidden in KZN.

Cost: Free to join| GPS: Everywhere (There is probably one down the road) | Website


21. MEET ADMIRAL THE 105 YEAR OLD TORTOISE AT MITCHELL PARK ZOO

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Mitchell Park Zoo has a wide selection of small animals and birds, it has a awesome playground for kids and a very popular tea garden. You may even get to meet Admiral the 105 year old Tortoise.

Cost: Approx R15pp| GPS: -29.824200, 31.010589 | Website


22. HOME GROWN VEGAN OR VEGETARIAN WRAPS AT CONSCIOUS CAFE

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This beautiful little gem is located in Hillcrest in a actual stone castle. Conscious Cafe serve Vegan and Vegetarian food, fresh juices and smoothies. You can sit under a beautiful old tree or inside among some amazing Eastern decor. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming events. There is also a crystal shop and a Drum shack where they host drumming circles.

Cost: Approx R75pp| GPS: -29.787947, 30.776246 | Facebook


23. JOIN A PARKRUN

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A volunteer-led, free-for-all 5km walk/run by people across the world. There are a variety of Parkruns available in and around Durban to choose from. (The most popular run is along Durban beachfront) Just log on and register for FREE to get your bar-code to track your time.

Cost: Free to join| GPS: -29.835789, 31.035526 | Website


 24. DRIVE THROUGH TALA GAME RESERVE AND SPOT SOME WILDLIFE

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Tala Game Reserve is a Wild life sanctuary that hosts many different animal and plant species. Watch African wild life in their natural habitats and snap a few pictures!

Cost: Approx R80 per car and R70pp| GPS: -29.825649, 30.541495 | Website


25. HOP ON THE RICKSHA BUS AND TOUR THE CITY

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Hop aboard the Ricksha Bus for a scenic overview of a range of Durban’s major attractions. There are two Ricksha Bus city tours a day, seven days a week. The tour takes 3 hours and includes Durban beach front, uShaka, Mitchel park, Florida Road, Moses Mabida and several other popular Durban attractions.

Cost: Approx R100pp | GPS: -29.844722, 31.036518 | Website


26. SHOP AT THE STABLES LIFESTYLE MARKET

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Lifestyle, Arts and Crafts Market. Enjoy delicious food, live music and a unique shopping experience. Open Wednesday and Friday’s 6pm – 10pm and Sunday’s 10am to 5pm.

Cost: Free to browse | GPS: -29.820317, 31.029814 | Website


27. DO A TREYFLIP AT THE DURBAN SKATE PARK
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The beachfront skate park is a great place for kids to hang out. (adults too) Bring your skateboards, bicycles, roller blades and scooters to practice your skills on the various different ramps and rails. There is a skate shop on the premises and you can hire bikes here too.

Cost: Free | GPS: -29.845795, 31.036447


28. A RELAXING ZULUMOON GONDOLA RIDE 

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Still not sure which Things to do in Durban? Step into a unique African Gondola and take  a relaxing trip down the scenic canal and back. (Great way to end the day after spending some time at the beach.) They also offer romantic packages and messages in a bottle options, check out the website for more info.

Cost: Approx R50pp | GPS: 29.869087, 31.046832 | Website


29. WAR HISTORY AT WARRIORS GATE MOTH SHRINE & MUSEUM

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Warrior’s Gate Moth Museum is a combined militaria museum and M.O.T.H. (Memorable Order of Tin Hats) Shrine. There is a comprehensive collection of medals, badges, battlefield relics, photos and uniforms. There are also rumors that the museum is haunted.

Cost: FREE but donations are welcome | GPS: 29.832298, 31.029766


30. TAKE A FEW SWINGS AT THE UNIVERSITY GOLF CENTRE DRIVING RANGE

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Work on your golf swing at the University Golf Centre Driving Range. If you prefer to watch there is a restaurant over looking the field to sit and relax. You also have the option of getting your car washed or getting what you need from the Pro Golf Shop.

Cost: From Approx R35pp | GPS: 29.868269, 30.972849| Website


31. CATCH A SURF AT DURBAN BEACHFRONT

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Durban beachfront hosts some of the best surfing spots, bring your board and come catch some waves. If you don’t have a board you can take advantage of one of the many places where you can hire boards, stand up boards or paddle skies.

Cost: Free or Approx R100 to hire a board | GPS: -29.866544, 31.047487


32. TOUR THE DURBAN SUGAR TERMINAL

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The sugar terminal tour takes about 45min – there is an informative talk, a video and a visit inside the silo. Make sure you call and book before you go! (Perfect for a rainy day)

Cost: Approx R20pp | GPS: -29.868600, 31.008114 | Website


33. TRY WALK DOWN THE VORTEX TUNNEL AT GATEWAY SHOPPING CENTRE

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Test your walking and balancing skills! This crazy and exciting contraption works by tricking your mind and body into thinking and feeling like the ground beneath you is moving when in fact it is completely still and fixed in place.

Cost: Approx R25pp | GPS: -29.727595, 31.064529| Website


34. RIDE THE SKYCAR TO THE TOP OF MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM

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The Durban SkyCar will take you up the stadium arch to a 160M platform where you can see 360 Degree views of Durban and beyond. The platform offers some of the best views of Durban. On a beautiful clear day you can see for miles.

Cost: Approx R60pp | GPS: -29.827263, 31.031052| Website


35.  EXPLORE THE TRAILS AT  UMHLANGA LAGOON NATURE RESERVE

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Umhlanga lagoon is a stunning nature reserve with trails that lead through dune forest across the lagoon and onto the beach. It is a sanctuary for small wildlife, there are a number of wetland, coastal forest species and over 208 species of birds. There are daily guided walks through the Umhlanga Lagoon nature Reserve along the trail, at 9am, 11am and 3pm that take roughly an hour and a half – speak to the Breakers Hotel reception area.

Cost: Free | GPS: 29.712798, 31.092061| Website


36. THE STRANGE AND WONDER AT CREATURES AND CRITTERS

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This is more than a pet shop, your visit will turn out to be an fun family outing. There is a huge selection of exotic creatures and it is really interesting just learning about all the different animals. There is a open section where you can interact with many different kinds of Parrots and Birds. (Some of them can even say a few words)

Cost: Free to browse (We spent R90 on a guinea pig “Rolo”) | GPS: -29.758294, 30.753476| Website


37. FIND THE COEDMORE CASTLE AT STAINBANK NATURE RESERVE

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Coedmore castle was built in 1885 as a family home and remained in the family for 4 generations. The castle and contains many of the original household contents including furniture from the 19th century, old family portraits and antique silverware. It is now open to the public for guided tours. The castle is surrounded by the 253 hectare Stainbank nature reserve and home to many species of antelope, zebra and abundant bird life.

Cost: Approx R20pp| GPS: -29.912275, 30.942894| Website


38. EXPLORE THE OLD SHIPS AT THE MARITIME MUSEUM
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The Port Natal Maritime Museum serves as a reminder that Durban was, and still is, the busiest port in Africa. The museum, off Durban’s Esplanade, is a true voyage of discovery, it offers an exhibition hall, a number of small craft, and three ships for children to scramble about on as they learn a little about maritime history first hand. The 75-year-old Ulundi, with its coal-fired engine, is the oldest of the ships on display.

Cost: Approx R5pp| GPS: 29.861783, 31.028819 | Website


 39. WARWICK JUNCTION GUIDED TOUR THROUGH 9 MARKETS

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Warwick Junction lies on the edge of the Durban’s inner-city and is the primary public transport interchange in the city. On an average day the area accommodates 460 000 commuters, and at least 6000 street vendors. The Markets of Warwick includes between 5000 and 8000 vendors trading in 9 distinct markets. This tour is an initiative of the local traders to showcase their merchandise and the endemic and vibrant energy of their markets.

Cost: Approx R100pp| GPS: -29.856980, 31.010456 | Website


40. THE BIKE AND BEAN – CRUISE ALONG THE BEACH

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Soak up the sunshine and cycle down Durban’s golden mile. Reward yourself and chill with a cuppa watching the gorgeous ocean views.

Cost: Approx R100pp (bike hire and coffee) | GPS: -29.829132, 31.035944 | Website


 41. MUSGRAVE ROOF TOP NIGHT MARKET

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Every first Friday of the month the fifth floor parking (roof top) Musgrave Centre comes alive with a family friendly market. The stalls offers locally produced handmade crafts and goods with an exciting variety of great food. The market starts at 5pm and ends at 9:30pm

Cost: Free to browse| GPS: -29.848977, 30.999154 | Website


42. DIG INTO A TRADITIONAL DURBAN BUNNY CHOW FROM GOUNDENS

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One of Durban’s best local Curry joints. Goundens have a fantastic local menu serving fish, mutton, chicken, chops chutney and biryani. The venue gets very busy around lunch time and a popular stop with locals and international visitors alike. The bunny chow is king!

 Cost: Approx R55pp| GPS: -29.873167, 30.992980| Facebook


43. STROLL THROUGH THE INCREDIBLE DISPLAYS AT DURBAN NATURAL SCIENCE MUSEUM

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The Durban Natural Science Museum features exhibits on the history of the earth past and present, see a life size reconstruction of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and visit the boma storytelling area.

Cost: Free | GPS: -29.858547, 31.026327 | Website


 44. TRY FINISH ONE OF THE MONSTER SHAKES AT POP-UP SOCIETY

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Pop up Society is known in Durban for their insane selection of delicious milkshakes which end up looking like a piece of art! This very trendy restaurant also has a great selection of Cocktails and food on their menu, very awesome vibe!

 Cost: Approx R75pp| GPS: -29.859939, 30.998582| Website


45. GET INVOLVED AND SUPPORT THE ANIMAL ANTI-CRUELTY LEAGUE

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The Animal Anti-Cruelty League host many different events to raise funds for the centre. They have Sunday quiz afternoons with lunch, a tea garden, charity shop and a wonderful play area for the kids. Who knows maybe one of these animals even crawl into your heart? (Please keep them in mind when you do a spring clean their charity shop runs on donations.)

 Cost: Free/ Quiz Sundays cost R20pp or a bag of dog or cat food| GPS: -29.771795, 30.641828 | Website


46. CABLE CARS AT THE DURBAN FUN WORLD AMUSEMENT PARK

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In the heart of Durban’s Golden Mile there is an amusement park for the kiddies to enjoy all sorts of rides or take a swim in the pools. One unique have to do’s in Durban is go on the cable car ride to get a great view of the ocean and promenade.

 Cost: Approx R25pp| GPS: -29.854839, 31.039419| Website


47. HIKE TO THE WATERFALL AT PARADISE VALLEY NATURE RESERVE

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Paradise Valley Nature Reserve offers 100 hectares of coastal and remnant grassland. It takes about 20 minutes to reach the waterfall and another half an hour for the return. Cross the wonderful old wooden bridge at the bottom of the picnic area and follow the blue trail markers.

 Cost: Approx R15pp| GPS: -29.832268, 30.892148 | Website


48.  SPEND THE MORNING AT 450 KASSIER ROAD

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450 Kassier road makes a wonderful morning out, there are a variety of shops to meander through, a nursery, garden decor shop, mushroom farm shop, Bonsai nursery, Peels honey, fresh farm veggie shop, small animals for the kids to interact with and a wonderful restaurant that makes everything healthy and fresh.

Cost: Free to browse | GPS: -29.792413, 30.740451


49. LUNCH BETWEEN THE TREES AT ILLOVO NURSERY

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Voted one of the best nursery’s south of Durban so it’s worth taking a 30min drive from Durban to meander through the beautiful selection of flowers and enjoy lunch on the wooden deck. The kids can feed the ducks. They also have a small petting zoo and art gallery.

Cost: Approx R70pp| GPS: 30.121055, 30.846086| Website


50. HIKE OR RIDE AT GIBA GORGE MOUNTAIN BIKE PARK

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Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park and offers riders a various clearly marked trails and an obstacle course with ramps and bridges.  There are hiking trails, horse trails, kids party hosting facilities and a bike shop for all bike maintenance and sales. The setting of Giba Gorge is wonderfully quiet and tranquil so even if you don’t own a bicycle you can enjoy a leisurely coffee or light meals at one of the food outlets.

Cost: Approx R10pp entrance | GPS: 30.121055, 30.846086| Website


51. TAKE A RICKSHAW  RIDE ON DURBAN BEACHFRONT

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Durban Rickshaws are always a colourful sight along the Golden Mile beachfront, its a fun experience for tourists, kids and even locals still go for the occasional ride. This is a back breaking trade and they put great effort in pleasing their customers. Please support these guys the price depends on the distance you wanting to go and it makes a great photograph.

Cost: Approx R50pp | GPS: -29.846892, 31.036851


52.  INSTAGRAM THE ICONIC UMHLANGA LIGHTHOUSE

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The lighthouse on Umhlanga’s beach was completed in 1954 and is one of the most iconic structures on the coast of Durban. It stands guard to some of the most treacherous waters of Southern Africa and not only warns ships of the hidden dangers, but the flashing light is also a welcome to the ships sailing into the safety of the Durban harbour. Its on a beautiful path to take a relaxing stroll along the beachfront. Make sure you snap a pic or 2 for your Instagram account.

Cost: Free | GPS: -29.728608, 31.088037


53. CHILL AT MAKARANGA BOTANICAL GARDENS

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Thirty acres of indigenous and exotic botanical gardens, 18 ponds, meandering streams and a waterfall await your discovery to offer you  joy and healing. The Makaranga Garden Lodge has a hotel, restaurant and wedding/conference facilities. If you have something from the restaurant you don’t need to pay the R60, just ask your waiter for the daily gate code.

Cost: R60 per car | GPS: -29.792089, 30.818454 | Website


54. CATCH A MOVIE ON THE BIG SCREEN AT WATERCREST MALL

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Get a dose of entertainment with some of the latest blockbusters on the big screen. Great date idea or lazy Sunday entertainment. Check out the website for more information of the latest movies and show times.

Cost: Approx R80pp for a 2D movie | GPS: -29.748709, 30.812632 | Website


 55.  FREE GUIDED WALK AT GLENHOLME NATURE RESERVE

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Join the guided walk at Glenholme Nature Reserve (Kloof SPCA) every 2nd Saturday at 10am for an informative and relaxing experience. Its a short 1 to 1,5hr walk. The walk itself is very easy, mostly flat and suitable for all abilities. Meet at the car park by the tea garden.

Cost: Free (Donations to the reserve are welcome) | GPS:-29.795371, 30.833114 | Website


56.  FEED THE DUCKS AT WILLOW CREEK ANIMAL FARM

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Willow Creek Animal Farm offers kids of all ages an opportunity to interact with animals in a fun and educational way. It is a safe and entertaining environment where children can touch, feel and interact with our free roaming animals. The wide variety of animals includes exotic ducks, rabbits, goats, sheep, donkeys, alpaca and emus, and many more. There is a tea garden, pony rides and a place for picnics and birthday parties.


57.  FRIDAY NIGHT KARAOKE AT PINTO’S 

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Meet up with some friends and start the weekend with a few drinks. (and song or two) Karaoke starts at 8pm and normally carries on till about midnight. Wonderful service, delicious food, great vibe and fun karaoke! The wood fired pizza’s are amazing!

Cost: Free (Just buy a few drinks) | GPS: -29.794800, 30.798049 | Website


58.  SPEND A FEW HOURS WITH THE KIDS AT PEOPLE’S PARK

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Grab the kids and head down to Peoples Park at Moses Mabhida stadium. Kids can skate, ride bicycles, play soccer, cricket and enjoy the playground  People Park Cafe  makes a mean cappuccino and they have free wi-fi availible, so don’t forget to check in!

Cost: Free (Approx R20 for a cappuccino) | GPS: -29.831803, 31.027447 | Website


59.  SATURDAY BARGAIN HUNT AT THE KLOOF AT HIGHWAY SPCA

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 One of those really unique and fun Things to do in Durban.  If you’re looking for cheap books, toys, plants, well just about anything, then this is where you should come. If you’re spring-cleaning, then drop off your unwanted goods. (they may be useful to someone else) The proceeds help support the animals in the care of the Kloof SPCA. Every Saturday you can enjoy a wonderful breakfast at one of the tables under the trees and listen to some live entertainment. Saturdays 8am – 12pm.

Cost: Free to browse (Donations are welcome) | GPS: 29°47’49.1″S 30°49’53.6″E | Website


60.  ENJOY A SOMETHING SWEET AT BELLEVUE CAFE

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There’s an arty feel to Bellevue Café, a modern, spacious and contemporary restaurant that’s consistently lively. There is an outdoor area with a beautiful garden setting and trees that grow from inside out for an organic feel. This is a Kloof hot spot so if you going in a group for an occasion it’s best to book!

Cost: Approx R60pp | GPS: -29.796283, 30.840271 | Website


61. STROLL ALONG THE USHAKA VILLAGE WALK

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Ushaka Village Walk offers a unique shopping experience with a variety of shops to walk through and plenty of restaurants. Lots of trinkets and souvenirs to choose from if you visiting Durban and looking for something to take home. Some days you can watch  Zulu dancing at the entrance with drums and all.

Cost: Free to browse (Parking approx R25) | GPS: -29.869275, 31.045979 | Website


62. VISIT THE HARE KRISHNA TEMPLE OF UNDERSTANDING

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 Be a part of The Love Feast every Sunday at 3pm. Appreciate the beauty and have a spiritual experience like no other. (All is welcome) Beautiful songs are sung, instruments played and afterwards there is a vegetarian feast prepared for everyone. The temple is also open to anyone who wants to explore and it is beautifully decorated. Dress casual but respectively and remember to take your shoes off before entering the temple. There is ample parking, and the atmosphere is tranquil.

Cost: Free | GPS: 29°54’33.3″S 30°52’58.6″E | Facebook


63. ENJOY A CUPPA AT THE FREEDOM CAFE

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The Freedom Cafe is a small, relaxed restaurant adjoining The Concierge boutique hotel.  It is a converted container with very contemporary decor, great service and everything is served fresh and green! Great Cappuccinos!

Cost: Approx R25pp | GPS: -29.838962, 31.019122 | Website


64. TAKE A DIP IN THE PADDLE POOLS AT ANSTEY’S BEACH

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Anstey’s Beach has a selection of different pools for the kiddies to splash in and they are usually very well maintained. There are shaded benches to avoid the sun or a relaxing open grass patch to lay a blanket down and have some lunch. Kiosk are available selling ice creams, sweets and juices.

Cost: Free | GPS: -29.923651, 31.019183


65. HALF PRICE SUSHI AT MARULA’S

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Marula’s is a family friendly restaurant tucked away in Westville and I have to say I have had some of the best sushi here! They frequently have half price specials but check the special for the day before you go. There are play areas for the kiddies and even a few animals to interact with. Marula’s have a great open area at the back to host events or parties, you will get the full package here!

Cost: Approx R50pp | GPS: -29.853162, 30.908403 | Website


66. MINATURE EVERYTHING AT MINI TOWN

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Mini town is a non profit organisation The town is a replica of some of the buildings in Durban, on a scale of 1:24.  Bridges going up and down, the ships and trains all perfectly synced. The details are incredible and well constructed.

Cost: Approx R25pp | GPS: -29.845017, 31.035764 


67. SPEND A FEW HOURS AT ESSENWOOD FLEA MARKET

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Essenwood Flea Market runs every Saturday morning from 9:00am to 14:00pm they have a wide range of fashion, decor arts and crafts. You can also take advantage of the small kiddies play ground or sit and relax in the shade under the trees.

Cost: Free to browse| GPS: -29.842832, 30.999660| Facebook


68. TAKE A ROBSON’S REAL BEER TOUR

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Robson’s Real Beer Brewery, restaurant and bar is one of a kind! Everything is great here from their cocktails, Craft beer tasting and I got to experience one of the best pizza’s I have had in a long time here. They also offer a tours which you can book on their website.

Cost: Approx R80pp| GPS: -29.871930, 31.047398| Website


69. WATCH THE CROCODILE FEEDING AT THE PHEZULU REPTILE PARK

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PheZulu Safari Park has a spectacular crocodile and snake park offering guests interesting tours led by knowledgeable guides. Meet ‘Junior’ the 102-year-old Nile crocodile and have a hands-on experience with Cleo, their lovely Burmese python who weighs in at 42 kilograms and is 3.2 meters long. The views around the park are breath taking!

Cost: Approx R55pp| GPS: -29.754121, 30.723395 | Website


70. GLIMPSE INTO THE PAST AT THE BERGTHEIL MUSEUM

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Located within Westville’s oldest building with a wonderful collection of old photographs, documents and artifacts.

Cost: Free (Donations are welcome) | GPS: 29.834461, 30.930642 | Website


71. GO FISHING 

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There are so dozens of beaches that run alongside Durban that are suitable for fishing, rock pools for the kids to explore, endless amounts of sand to build sandcastles and there is nothing like the fresh sea air and sound of the waves to help you relax. Pack a picnic basket and have a day out with the family. Just remember to be mindful about the environment and not leave any rubbish on the beaches!

Cost: Free (don’t forget your fishing rod!) | GPS: -29.853409, 31.040222


72. BINGO NIGHT AT GALAXY PAVILION

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The game of Bingo is fun, easy to play and gives you the chance to win big cash prizes! (Only available to adults) Gamble responsibly.

Cost: From Approx R5| GPS: -29.848176, 30.936286 | Website


73. WATCH A LIVE RUGBY GAME AND SUPPORT THE SHARKS

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Be a part of the action and support the Sharks live at the Growth-point Kings park stadium. Incredible vibes and lively atmosphere!

Cost: From Approx R30 (depending on your seat)| GPS: -29.824893, 31.029684 | Website


74. TRY A BEACH YOGA CLASS

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Join the energising and rejuvenating yoga classes on the snake park lawns. Don’t forget to bring a towel and mat if you have one. All welcome. Check out the website for a schedule of classes.

Cost: From Approx R50pp| GPS: -29.847636, 31.035104 | Website


75. SUPPORT THE TALENTED SAND ARTIST ALONG THE BEACHFRONT

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There are a variety of registered sand artist along the Durban beachfront. Many sculptors create beautiful, huge sand castles, some create creative messages combating Rhino poaching and others love to play on humour. You could even plan a romantic message or Happy birthday.

Cost: Free (Don’t forget to tip) | GPS: -29.867213, 31.047077 


76. WATCH A FREE – FLIGHT SHOW AT UMGENI BIRD PARK

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Umgeni River Bird Park is home to more than 800 birds and 220 species from across the world. make sure you dont miss the educational and fun free-flight bird show during your visit. The show features a range of birds from Macaws to Hornbills, Owls, Cuckoos and Kookaburras in unrestrained free flight demonstrating what they would do in the wild. Shows are at 11am and 2pm from Tuesday to Sunday. (Shows are weather permitting)

Cost: From Approx R55pp| GPS: -29.808606, 31.017357 | Website


77. TEST YOUR COMBAT SKILLS WITH HILLCREST PAINTBALL

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Hillcrest Paintball offers a variety of paintball fields and a basic paintball shop.  Experienced marshals are on hand to guide players through safety instructions and game formats. (Booking essential)

Cost: From Approx R100pp| GPS: -29.743592, 30.729595 | Website


78. QUIZ NIGHT AT LA BELLA

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La Bella Cafe is a lively Italian restaurant. The meals are delicious and homely Italian meals. La Bella also has a bar area where you can enjoy sport event on a big screen. Don’t miss the quiz nights every Thursday starting at 7:00pm! its a fun way to meet people and test your general knowledge.

Cost: Free (just pay for your drinks and food)| GPS: -29.844340, 30.999091 | Website


79. CANDY MAN CART ON THE BEACH FRONT

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These candy carts have been around the beachfront for years, I can remember my parents buying candy dummys and candy floss from these carts when I was a toddler. Snack on Candy floss, popcorn, chips, sweets and cold drinks while watching the waves crashing.

Cost: Approx R20+| GPS: -29.846873, 31.036894


80. GET BEHIND THE SCENE WITH A MOSES MABHIDA STADIUM TOUR

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Explore the stadium change rooms, stadium tunnels and step onto the pitch and imagine thousands of roaming fans. Discover the suites where the rich and famous are entertained and learn interesting facts from the knowledgeable guides on the all-access stadium tour.

Cost: Approx R50pp| GPS:  -29.829050, 31.030247 | Website


81. HIRE A CANOE AND PADDLE DOWN THE UMGENI RIVER

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Self guided canoe trips along the uMngeni Estuary from the GreenHub. Paddle up the river to Conought Bridge and down towards the river mouth. Make sure you call and book. (Guided tours are available at an additional cost.)

Cost: From Approx R55pp| GPS: -29.811749, 31.036290| Website


82. GET A HENNA TATTOO

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There is a lady that does henna tattoos at the uShaka Village walk every Saturday. Prices vary according to the size and the design that you choose or she can just do one of her own designs.

Cost: From Approx R30 | GPS: -29.869352, 31.045951


83. GRAB YOURSELF SOME GOOD CHOW AT SURF RIDERS CAFE

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Awesome lunch spot along Durban’s beachfront. We have often spent time here for a few cocktail sun downers and lazy Sunday afternoon people watching. The pizza is a winner but if you looking for something a little healthier the salad is served in a delicious cucumber roll out. The restaurant is pet friendly and they even have a doggy menu.

Cost: Average R95 a pizza | GPS: -29.864455, 31.043933| Facebook


84. TRY A SPICY PINEAPPLE ON A STICK

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One of my favourites! We love supporting these lovely ladies and still trying to figure out how they know when the pineapples are at their juiciest! The spice is not very hot and a little spicy… really delicious! You can also buy pineapple pieces in a container if you don’t want them served on a stick. Juicy Pines are just outside the Durban Lifesaving club every day, perfect for a healthy summer!

Cost: Approx R10 each | GPS: -29.850596, 31.037605


85. SKATE ACROSS THE DURBAN ICE RINK 

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There are public ice skating sessions Friday – Sunday and every day during school holidays. Skates are available to rent included in the price if you don’t have your own skates.

Cost: Approx R90pp | GPS: -29.844373, 31.032959 | Website


86. CALM THE MIND AND LEARN TO MEDITATE 

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Kadampa Meditation Centre offer practical meditation classes for daily life show how we can develop authentic inner peace, overcome daily problems and bring about positive changes in our life that enable us to experience deep and lasting happiness. Each class consists of guided meditations and clear explanations, as well as an opportunity to ask questions. Classes are suitable for absolute beginners and participants sit on chairs. Some of the areas where classes are available include:  MorningsideWestvilleUmhlangaHillcrestBallito and Howick 

Cost: Approx R50pp | GPS: -29.839236, 30.921392 | Website


87. A FEW COLD ONES AT STOKERS, KLOOF

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Stoker’s Arms is a popular and lively pub & restaurant with a large outside seating area overlooking the railway tracks outside. The pub offers a range of drinks to choose from including 9 different beers on tap. Popular spot to watch the rugby and meet a few friends for drinks.

Cost: Approx R50pp for a round or two | GPS: -29.791383, 30.833354 | Website


88. I HEART MARKET, MOSES MABIDA STADIUM

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Discover local foodies, stalls and talented designers that sells their products, crafts and services. The market is on the first Saturday of every month at the Moses Mabhida stadium. There is underground parking available (The entrance is diagonally opposite the Kings Park Virgin Active)

Cost: Free to browse | GPS: -29.828864, 31.030526 | Facebook


89. SHOPPING ALONG THE BEACH FRONT FROM THE LOCALS

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If you looking for traditional African arts and crafts, souvenirs and household brooms then this is the place. Bargain with locals and get your holiday souvenirs at a great price. (Just remember they trying to make a living and feed their families so be reasonable)

Cost: Free to browse | GPS: -29.841717, 31.036290


 90. FACTORY SHOPPING DOWN STAMFORD HILL ROAD

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Stamford Hill road offers some pretty awesome factory shops. From popular branded clothing, furniture and household decor to food and cleaning detergents, they all offer discounted prices at much less than you would in a shopping mall or online. The Lizard factory shop is a favourite!

Cost: Free to browse | GPS: -29.834259, 31.022233


91. EPIC GO KARTING AT GALLERIA

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Like the smell of burning tyres? Want to put your foot flat? Challenge your friends and see who can get the fastest lap.

Cost: From Approx R70pp | GPS: -30.032827, 30.900760 | Website


92. GO BANANA’S ADVENTURE PARK AMANZIMTOTI

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Go Banana’s is a adventure park and party venue for kiddies up to 12 years old. There is a air gym, Ferris wheel, water slides, foofy swing and play court a great way to entertain the kids on the weekends and holidays.

Cost: From Approx R80 per child | GPS: -30.066415, 30.876951 | Website


93. MEANDER THROUGH THE ASSAGAY GARDEN CENTRE

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Stroll through the Assagay garden centre. They offer wholesale plants, flowers nursery, wrought iron garden decor and furniture. There is also a pizza restaurant next door.

Cost: Free to browse | GPS: -29.781775, 30.748998 | Facebook


94. PADDLE THROUGH THE CANALS NEXT TO USHAKA

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Grab a partner and hire one of these paddle boats to explore the Canals next to Ushaka Marine World. There are a variety of different fish below you and they offer a small demonstration if you are unsure what to do. The prices vary depending on how long you want to paddle for.

Cost: From Approx R80 | GPS: -29.869031, 31.046981 


95. BRING THE LITTLE ONES TO SCRATCH FOR GEM STONES IN A SCRATCH PATCH

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Take a drive up Botha’s Hill to the Enchanted Earth Crystal shop. This is one of those shops you can spend ages browsing as there are so many beautiful crystals and gifts.  Get the kiddies to scratch in their scratch patch for gem stones then go home and find out what each one means and what they used for. While you are at the 1000 Hills Country Village Centre also has other interesting shops to meander through including the Puzzle Place which will keep your mind puzzling over and over again. Don’t forget to pop in at The Pot and kettle which offers a stunning view of the Valley of 1000 Hills.

Cost: Approx R35 a tub | GPS: -29.749637, 30.731236 | Website


96. DURBAN HARBOUR SCENIC BOAT RIDE

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Being one of the busiest port’s in South Africa, there are various operators that offer an exciting experience to cruise around Durban harbor or even venture out to sea. Along Maydon Wharf there are many different boat cruise packages to suit anyone your budget and group size. The Sarie Marais offer 30 Minute guided tours for kids and adults and hour sea cruises ranging. Check out their website for more information and times.

Cost: From Approx R50pp | GPS: -29.866907, 31.014902 | Website


97.BUY A TOY UNDER R100 AND DONATE IT TO A CHILDRENS HOME

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Pay it forward by challenging family and friends to buy a small children’s gift and go drop it off at one of the many children’s homes in and around Durban, put a smile on a child face. Many of these children are abused, abandoned and neglected children. (Any donations are welcomed) Here are a few homes, however there are dozens situated around Durban: Vukukhanye Foster Home, Durban Childrens Home, St Martins Home, St Theresa’s Home

Cost: From Approx R50 a toy | GPS: -29.857555, 30.997526 | Website


98. DANGEROUS CREATURES AT USHAKA

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There are all sorts of creepy crawlies at this exhibit, you will find dart frogs, tarantulas, Gila monster lizards, false water cobra (of which there is only one in the country), goliath bull frogs, tree vipers, Taipan snakes and Black throated monitors. If you dare you will be able to get some close up photo’s with these dangerous creatures!

Cost: From Approx R55 per person | GPS: 31°2’36″E, 29°52’0″S | Website


99. INDOOR WATER SLIDES AT WET ROCK ADVENTURES 

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Situated just outside Waterfall, this park offers fun for the whole family. The park offers a baby and toddler dry zone, Adult and kids slides and a lazy river which circles the perimeter of the park. There is a Wet Rock Café which also host corporate events, school excursions and kiddies parties. (Check out their website for rates, times and specials)

Cost: From Approx R60 per person | GPS: 29°44’15.8″S 30°48’08.4″E | Website


100. STROLL THE CANALS AND SPOT THE FISH AND SHARKS 

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The canal is self contained eco-system, the salt water is very clear and there are a few reef fish swimming around as well as a contained area with some sharks. There ample benches to sit and relax, a walk way and bridges which you can walk right around.

Cost: Free | GPS: -29.869031, 31.046981


101. ARCADE FUN AT THE DOLPHIN BOWL

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Dolphin bowl offers a variety of fun arcade games for kids and adults. Try get one of the top scores or collect as many tokens as you can to claim a prize on the end. (The air hockey is a personal favourite!) There is also ten pin bowling, dodgem cars, an X-rider and a variety of other entertainment available. If you hungry you can pop into the RJ’s upstairs for a bite to eat.

Cost: From Approx R10 a game | GPS: -30.056269, 30.884440 | Website


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Lisa N

Adventure junkie, coffee addict and passionate about travel. “It’s better to look back on life and say “I cant believe I did that” then look back and say “I wish I did that” Follow me on twitter @soul_drifters

21 thoughts on “101 Things to do in Durban for under R101

  • September 21, 2017 at 10:03 am
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    What a variety of things to do. I love the Madiba Legacy fence. The whale skeleton walk is also very interesting. But 101 things would leave me breathless.

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  • September 21, 2017 at 8:53 am
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    Wow looks like I had so much missing out from South Africa. Thanks for en lighting me up. I wanna play this amazing game Geocaching. Looks like something exciting and very adventurous. I so want to play the game!

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  • September 21, 2017 at 8:44 am
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    This list should be its own book! I’d like to visit Durban, I’ve only been to Johannesburg, and this list gives me plenty of ideas. I like the idea of walking down the promenade and cocktails and oysters for after. Paying tribute to Madiba is always a must in South Africa.

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  • September 21, 2017 at 8:30 am
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    Who knew there were so many things to do in Durban! I didn’t even hear of this city before and now, after reading your article, I discover some really amazing things to do here. I would love to take a coffee plantation tour and sample the different types of beans. I have never done yoga on a beach so that would be very high on my list as well, seeing how gorgeous the sea front is in Durban. I would definitely stop by at the Pop Up Society for an afternoon delight and try to finish their monster shake 🙂

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  • September 20, 2017 at 6:24 pm
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    That’s an amazing list of things to do when in SA. I am bookmarking it for quick reference . Especially the walk at promenade and the Gondola ride look so good.

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  • September 20, 2017 at 4:03 pm
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    It’s been a while since I was in Durbs, but it’s definitely time to go again – armed with your amazing list. Thank you for this post!

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  • September 20, 2017 at 3:08 pm
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    Being able to list 101 things to do in any city is a feat. I take it you’re never bored? I’ve always wanted to visit SA, looks like Durban is a good place for that list.

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  • September 20, 2017 at 12:40 pm
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    What an amazing list of awesome things to do in and around Durban!
    I truly believe The Puzzle Place needs to be on that list! Handcrafted African puzzles you can’t find any where else in the world! You can play puzzles for hours, there are no shops like this any where!

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  • September 20, 2017 at 10:40 am
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    Wow excellent write up! Gorgeous pics!

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