Updated: June 2019
Durban, South Africa is known for its warm weather, chilled vibes, rickshaw rides and a long stretch of blue surf. There are many fun things to do in Durban for under R100 that doesn’t need to break the bank.
Young or old, an avid adventurer, culture fundi or shopaholic… there are Durban attractions suitable for the whole family.
Some favourite tourist attractions in Durban include enjoying one of the famous Durban bunny chows, exploring the golden mile or why not taking e scenic Durban boat cruises along the harbour.
Things to do in Durban this weekend
If you looking at what to do in Durban this weekend then why not pack a picnic and explore over 50 Attractions in Margate and the KZN South Coast.
You could always go on an adventure or just catch up on some relax time and go on a weekend getaway to the Leopard Rock Chalet in Oribi Gorge which offers some of the best views in KZN. Alternatively, you can book a full day tour guided tour to Oribi Gorge.
If you just need to get away from the stress and craziness of work then there are many ways to reset and grow your mind, body and soul in Durban with Yoga classes and retreats too.
Still not sure what to do this weekend then check out the ultimate list of things to do in Durban under R101 below:
Best Durban attractions and things to do:
Please note that the prices below are subject to change. Make sure to check with the relevant places before travelling.
1. Mandela legacy fence – Add your lock
To keep former president Nelson Mandela’s legacy alive, people from the local community gathered in 2013 to add their “Mandela legacy lock” on the fence at the corner of Gordon and Florida road.
People from around the world have been adding locks to the fence ever since. Take your own padlock and add it to the fence to keep the legacy alive.
Cost: Free (Just buy your own lock) | GPS: -29.831692, 31.015511
2. Crow open day in Yellowwood Park
CROW’s Open Days take place on the last Sunday of every month from 11 am to 1 pm.
The Open Days are fun, interactive, educational which makes an exciting outing for the whole family. You can buy refreshments after the tour and don’t forget to check out the shop for a souvenir.
Crow also welcomes both local and international volunteers to assist with the day to day running of the wildlife rescue centre.
Entry fee: Approx R30pp (Donations are welcome)| GPS: -29.919395, 30.936181 |Phone: +27 31 462 1127 | Website
3. Assagay Coffee Farm – What’s your coffee blend?
The Assagay coffee farm is a must for any coffeeholic! Taking an Assagay coffee tour will teach you everything about how that perfect cuppa coffee is made.
Learn about the coffee trees, the various coffee production processes such as milling and roasting before ending with a coffee tasting of the different blends at the Coffee House. (Booking Essential)
Cost: Approx R95pp | GPS: -29.762364, 30.620215 |Phone: 084 432 6345 | Website
4. Funworld Durban – City views from the cable cars
In the heart of Durban’s Golden Mile, you will find Funword Durban 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
5. Lumo Galleria Mini Golf – Can you hit a hole in one?
In Galleria Mall, the Fun Company have a selection of games and entertainment for the kids. They offer a lumo putt-putt course that is brightly decorated with an ocean theme and lumo lights. It’s a great way to add a few laughs if you looking for things to do on a rainy day in Durban.
Cost: Approx R35pp| GPS: -30.034812, 30.898521| Phone: +27 31 904 5770 | Website
6. Strawberry picking in Ballito at Cappeny Estate
Take the family to a strawberry farm in Ballito to pick and eat your own strawberries.
Open every Saturday from 9 am – 3 pm. It’s an 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.
Prices: Approx R85pp| GPS: -29.477430, 31.171609 |Phone: +27 32 815 1168 | Website
7. Station Drive Durban – Don’t miss First Thursday
Make sure to catch the popular food market every Sunday at 9 am – 1 pm 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
8. Zacks Wilsons Wharf – Cocktails and Oysters anyone?
Wilson’s Wharf has a great selection of restaurants and bars that run along the waters edge serving cocktails and food with relaxing Durban harbour views.
There is also a small flea market and a variety of boat cruises through Durban harbour available. Perfect for a romantic date in Durban under the stars, Friday afternoon cocktails or chilled Sunday Oysters.
Cost: Approx R80 (depending on your cocktail & oysters)| GPS: -29.866284, 31.016093| Phone: +27 31 305 1677
9. Durban Golden Mile – Enjoy the promenade vibes
Enjoy a walk down the popular promenade of Durban’s beachfront which runs from South Beach, past Addington beach and up to the Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World.
The promenade is a great way to catch up on some cardio, Sunday morning walks or just to sit a and people watch. You could also take a 1.5 Hour Morning or Afternoon Cycle on the Durban Promenade
Cost: Free | GPS: -29.865971, 31.045565
10. Suncoast Casino Durban – Try your luck
Suncoast Casino offers 1,600 states of the art coinless slot machines and 67 Tables for you to choose from. Only available to adults – Gamble responsibly.
Cost: Depends on the game | GPS: 29°50’07.4″S 31°02’03.8″E | Phone:+27 31 328 3000 | Website
11. Snorkelling at Durban Vegies Pier
Grab your snorkelling gear and jump right in. Explore the reef just south of Ushaka (towards the Millennium 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 and ensuring there is a lifeguard on duty.
Cost: Free| GPS: -29.869412, 31.053353
12. Durban botanical gardens – Picnic in the park
Beautiful gardens in Durban with an abundance of wildlife and shady trees. Perfect for a relaxing walk or afternoon family outing. Don’t miss the new butterfly dome while you there.
Alternatively, pack the picnic set and surprise your partner with a romantic date in Durban between the gardens.
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 | Phone: +27 31 322 4021 | Website
13. KZNSA art gallery – Admire the exhibitions
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 | Phone: +27 31 277 1705 | Website
14. Walk across the Whalebone Umhlanga Pier
One of the most beautiful piers in the world that represents a whale skeleton stretching out about 80m. Free Wi-Fi is available along the pier.
This is a favourite spot for photographers and Instagram users.
Cost: Free| GPS: 29.726422, 31.088572
15. Afro’s Chicken Shop – Kiff Chicken Strips and Tjips
This Local Chicken takes away started out of a trailer at Durban Day and now has several locations around South Africa. Do we need to say more? (The extra avo on the side is a favourite for us)
Food cost: Approx R65pp | GPS: -29.859774, 31.041433 | Website
16. Krantzkloof Nature reserve – Hike through the gorge
Hike the various trails through the breathtaking Krantzkloof Nature Reserve. A variety of birds, Trumpeter and Crowned Hornbills are common in the reserve. You can also spot many animals and flowers along the trails. (From 1km to 12km+) All the trail information is available on their website below.
Entry fees: Approx R30pp| GPS: S 29° 46.135′ E 030° 51.352′ |Phone: +27 33 845 100 | Website
17. Southern Rock Gym – Indoor rock climbing in Pinetown
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.
Southern Rock is the only indoor climbing venue in the Durban district. The climbing gym is great for rainy days in Durban with the kids.
Climb cost: From R90 for a day pass| GPS: -29.805414, 30.878577 |Phone: +27 31 705 3842 | Website
18. Book Sahara Kingsmead cricket stadium tickets
One of South Africa’s most festive cricket grounds and home of the Dolphins.
Chill on the lawn with a cold beer, watch the game and enjoy the festive vibes and cheers. You can find out more about match dates and ticket cost on the website below.
Match ticket prices: Approx R50pp (Depending on the game) | GPS: -29.850086, 31.027814 | Phone: +27 31 335 4200 | Book tickets here: Website
19. Shongweni Farmers Market Shopping
The early bird catches the worm! The Shongweni farmers market 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. There is also live music and activities, an open space for the kids to play and while you have breakfast you can enjoy the amazing view of the valley. Open Saturdays 6:30 am to 11:30 am
Cost: Free to browse | GPS: -29.840834, 30.719634 | Phone: +27 31 777 4686 | Facebook
20. Go Geocaching and find a treasure
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices or smartphones. The kids love it and its a great way to get the whole family involved and searching.
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. Mitchell Park Zoo – Meet Admiral the tortoise!
Mitchell Park Zoo has a wide selection of small animals and birds. The kids can run around and play and they have a popular tea garden available.
You may even get to meet “Admiral” the 106-year-old Tortoise.
Entry fees: Approx R20pp| GPS: -29.824200, 31.010589 | Phone: +27 31 303 2275 | Website
22. Conscious Cafe The Castle Hillcrest – Delicious Vegan wraps
This beautiful little gem is located in Hillcrest in an actual stone castle. Conscious Cafe serves 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 and live music.
There is also a crystal shop and a Drum shack where they host drumming circles.
Food cost: Approx R75pp| GPS: -29.787947, 30.776246 | Phone: +27 31 765 2662 | Facebook
23. Join a Durban Parkrun
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. Park runs can be found in Umhlanga, Westville, Shongweni, Thousand Hills, KwaMashu, Blue Lagoon and more.
The most popular run is along Durban beachfront. Just log on and register for FREE to get your bar-code to track your time before you go.
Cost: Free to join | GPS: -29.835789, 31.035526
24. Tala Game reserve – Spot the wildlife
Tala Game Reserve is a Wildlife sanctuary that hosts many different animal and plant species. Watch African wildlife in their natural habitats and snap a few pictures!
Alternatively, if you want to spend a bit more and try to see the big 5 then you could always take a Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari + iSimangaliso Wetlands Day Tour
Entry fees: Approx R80 per car and R70pp| GPS: -29.825649, 30.541495 | Phone: +27 31 781 8000 | Website
25. Durban sightseeing on the Ricksha Bus
Hop aboard the Ricksha Bus for a scenic overview of a range of tourist attractions in Durban. There are two Ricksha Bus city tours a day, seven days a week. The tour takes 3 hours and includes Durban beachfront, uShaka, Mitchel Park, Florida Road, Moses Mabhida and several other popular Durban attractions.
Bus price: Approx R100pp | GPS: -29.844722, 31.036518 | Phone: +27 31 322 4209
26. Stables lifestyle market – Shop till you drop
Lifestyle, Arts and Crafts Market. Enjoy delicious food, live music and unique shopping experience. Open Wednesday and Friday’s 6 pm – 10 pm and Sunday’s 10 am to 5 pm.
Entry fees: Free | GPS: -29.820317, 31.029814 | Phone: +27 31 312 3058 | Website
27. Durban Skate park – Can you do a flip?
A beachfront skate park is a great place for kids to hang out. Adults skaters are welcome too.
Bring your skateboards, bicycles, roller blades and scooters to practice your skills on the various different ramps and rails. The skate store Durban has bikes available for hire here too.
Cost: Free | GPS: -29.845795, 31.036447
28. Take a romantic Gondola boat ride in Durban
Looking for romantic things to do in Durban? Step into a unique African Gondola and take a relaxing trip down the scenic canal and back.
It’s a great way to end the day after spending some time at the beach. Zulumoon Gondolas offer romantic packages and messages in bottle options, check out the website for more info.
Cost: Approx R60pp | GPS: 29.869087, 31.046832 | Phone: +27 84 730 8784 | Website
29. Warrior Gate Moth Museum – Learn some war history
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 rumours that the museum is haunted.
Cost: FREE but donations are welcome | Phone: +27 31 307 3337 |GPS: 29.832298, 31.029766
30. University golf centre driving range – Take a few swings
Work on your golf swing at the University Golf Centre Driving Range.
If you prefer to watch there is a restaurant overlooking 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 the beachfront
Durban beachfront hosts some of the best surfing spots, bring your surfboard 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. Durban Sugar Terminal tour
The sugar terminal tour takes about 45min – there are an informative talk, a video and a visit inside the silo. Make sure you call and book before you go! Makes a great visit if you looking for things to do in Durban when it rains.
Ticket cost: Approx R20pp | GPS: -29.868600, 31.008114 |Phone: +27 31 301 3302 | Website
33. Walk down the Vortex tunnel at Gateway shopping centre
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 R30pp | GPS: -29.727595, 31.064529| Website
34. Moses Mabhida Sky car – See Durban from the top
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.
Ticket cost: Approx R60pp | GPS: -29.827263, 31.031052|Phone: +27 31 582 8222 | Website
35. Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve – Explore the trails
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 in the Durban North area.
There are daily guided walks through the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve along the trail, at 9 am, 11 am and 3 pm that takes roughly an hour and a half – speak to the Breakers Hotel reception for more information.
Entrance fee: Free | GPS: 29.712798, 31.092061| Phone: +27 31 205 1271
36. Visit Creatures and Critters
This is more than a pet shop, your visit will turn out to be a 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 an 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| Phone: +27 31 765 6338 | Website
37. Stainbank Nature Reserve & Coedmore Castle
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 | Phone: +27 60 355 7088 | Website
38. Explore Port Natal Maritime Museum
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 | Phone: +27 31 322 9598 | Website
39. Warwick Triangle Durban guided tour
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.
Tour cost: Approx R100pp| GPS: -29.856980, 31.010456 | Website
40. Bike and Bean Durban – Cruise along the beachfront
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 | Phone: +27 82 773 6870 | Website
41. Musgrave Centre rooftop night market
Every first Friday of the month the fifth-floor parking (rooftop) Musgrave Centre comes alive with a family-friendly market.
The stalls offer locally produced handmade crafts and goods with an exciting variety of great food. The market starts at 5 pm and ends at 9:30 pm. Check out this video for a taste of what the market has to offer:
Cost: Free to browse| GPS: -29.848977, 30.999154 | Phone: +27 31 277 8420 |Website
42. Dig into a Bunny Chow from Goundens
Known as one of the best places in Durban for bunnies. Goundens have a fantastic local menu serving fish, mutton, chicken, chops chutney and biriyani.
The venue gets very busy around lunchtime and a popular stop with locals and international visitors alike. The bunny chow is king!
Cost: Approx R55pp| GPS: -29.873167, 30.992980 | Phone: +27 31 205 5363 | Facebook
43. Durban Science Museum – See a giant dinosaur
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 | Phone: +27 31 311 2256
44. Pop Up Society – CLOSED DOWN
45. Support the Animal Anti-cruelty league in Durban
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 | Phone: +27 31 564 9940 | GPS: -29.771795, 30.641828 | Website
46. Tropical nursery Sherwood – Plant a tree
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 advice 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 | Phone: +27 31 209 4146 | Facebook
47. Paradise Valley Nature Reserve – Hike to the waterfall
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 | Phone: +27 31 702 3443 | Website
48. Spend the morning at 450 Kassier road
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, Peel’s honey, fresh farm veggie shop, small animals for the kids to interact with and a wonderful restaurant that makes everything healthy and fresh. Legacy Bonsai is a popular spot to find a wide variety of Bonsai trees for sale in Durban.
Cost: Free to browse | GPS: -29.792413, 30.740451
49. Illovo Nursery – Lunch between the trees
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.
There is a craft market open every Sat and Sun 9 am to 3 pm.
They have a cool kids play area with a tree house and kids zip line. Adults can enjoy the beer garden and live music weekends while the kids play.
Cost: Approx R70pp| GPS: 30.121055, 30.846086| Phone: +27 31 916 2491 | Website
50. Giba Gorge MTB Park for families and adventure activities
Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park and offers riders 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| Phone: +27 31 769 1419 | Website
51. Take a Rickshaw ride at Durban beachfront
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 backbreaking trade and they put great effort into 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
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.
It’s 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. Makaranga botanical gardens – Just chill
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 | Phone: +27 31 764 6616 | Website
54. Catch a movie on the big screen at Watercrest Mall
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 on the latest movies and show times.
Cost: Approx R80pp for a 2D movie | GPS: -29.748709, 30.812632 | Website
55. Glenholme nature reserve – Take a free guided hike
Join the guided walk at Glenholme Nature Reserve (Kloof SPCA) every 2nd Saturday at 10 am 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 | Phone: +27 31 764 1212 | Website
56. Willow Creek Animal farm – Feed the ducks
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 are a tea garden, pony rides and a place for picnics and birthday parties.
57. Pinto’s Friday night karaoke
Meet up with some friends and start the weekend with a few drinks. (and song or two) Karaoke starts at 8 pm and normally carries on till about midnight.
Wonderful service, delicious food, great vibe and fun karaoke! The wood-fired pizzas are amazing!
Cost: Free (Just buy a few drinks) | GPS: -29.794800, 30.798049 | Phone: +27 31 764 6288 | Website
58. People’s park at Moses Mabhida – Let the kids play
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 available, so don’t forget to check in!
Cost: Free (Approx R20 for a cappuccino) | GPS: -29.831803, 31.027447 | Website
59. Kloof SPCA – Saturday bargain hunting
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 | Phone: +27 31 764 1212 | Website
60. Bellevue Cafe Kloof – Satisfy your sweet tooth
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 to a group for an occasion it’s best to book!
Cost: Approx R60pp | GPS: -29.796283, 30.840271 | Phone: +27 31 717 2780 | Website
61. Ushaka village walk – Lazy window shopping
Ushaka Village Walk offers 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 | Phone: +27 31 328 8000 | Website
62. Hare Krishna temple of Understanding
Be a part of The Love Feast every Sunday at 3 pm. Appreciate the beauty and have a spiritual experience like no other. All are 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. Freedom Cafe – Treat yourself to a cuppa!
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 | Phone: +27 31 309 4453 | Website
64. Ansteys beach on the Bluff – Dip in the paddle pools
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. A kiosk is available selling ice creams, sweets and juices.
Cost: Free | GPS: -29.923651, 31.019183
65. Marula’s Cafe Westville – Half price sushi
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 |Phone: +27 31 266 7600 | Website
66. Mini Town – Durban’s Miniature everything
The 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.
There are bridges going up and down, the ships and trains are all perfectly synced. The details of the models are incredible and well constructed.
Cost: Approx R25pp | GPS: -29.845017, 31.035764 | Phone: +27 31 337-7892.
67. Essenwood flea market shopping
Essenwood Flea Market runs every Saturday morning from 9:00 am to 14:00 pm they have a wide range of fashion, decorative arts and crafts.
You can also take advantage of the small kiddies playground or sit and relax in the shade under the trees.
Cost: Free to browse| GPS: -29.842832, 30.999660 | Phone: +27 74 717 5555 | Facebook
68. Robson’s Real Beer – Take a beer tour
Robson’s Real Beer Brewery, restaurant and bar are one of a kind! Everything is great here from their cocktails, craft beer tasting and we got to experience one of the best pizza’s we have had in a long time here.
They also offer tours which you can book on their website. Don’t drink and drive, rather catch an Uber – sign up here and get a discount on your first ride.
Cost: Approx R80pp| GPS: -29.871930, 31.047398 | Phone: +27 31 035 0827 | Website
69. Phezulu reptile park – Watch the crocodile feeding
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 breathtaking! Combine your reptile park visit with a cultural tour and watch some live Zulu dancing.
Cost: Approx R55pp| GPS: -29.754121, 30.723395 | Phone: +27 31 777 1000 | Website
70. Bergtheil museum Westville – Glimpse into the past
Located within Westville’s oldest building with a wonderful collection of old photographs, documents and artefacts. The museum is one of the quieter places of interest in Durban compared to other museums but really interesting.
Cost: Free (Donations are welcome) | GPS: 29.834461, 30.930642 | Phone: +27 31 203 7107
71. Go fishing
There are dozens of beaches that run alongside Durban that are suitable for fishing and rock pools for the kids to explore.
There are 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
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 | Phone +27 31 001 0235 | Website
73. Watch a live rugby match and support the Sharks
Be a part of the action and support the Sharks live at the Growth-point Kings Park stadium. Incredible vibes and lively atmosphere! Why watch the game at home when you can see all the action in person?
Cost: From Approx R30 (depending on your seat)| GPS: -29.824893, 31.029684 | Website
74. Try a beach yoga class
Join the energizing and rejuvenating yoga classes on the snake park lawns. Don’t forget to bring a towel and a natural yoga bag 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
There is a variety of registered sand artist along the Durban beachfront.
Many talented 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 well – this is their income) | GPS: -29.867213, 31.047077
76. Umgeni bird park – Watch a free – flight show
Visiting the Umgeni River Bird Park is one of the most popular things to do with kids in Durban. It is home to more than 800 birds and 220 species from across the world.
Make sure you don’t miss the educational and fun free-flight bird show during your visit which is fantastic. 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.
Showtimes: 11 am and 2 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. (Shows are weather permitting)
Cost: From Approx R55pp| GPS: -29.808606, 31.017357 | Phone: +27 31 579 4600 | Website
77. Hillcrest Paintball – Test your combat skills
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 |Phone: +27 74 172 1309 | Website
78. La Bella in Musgrave – Quiz Nights
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 a sports event on a big screen.
Don’t miss the quiz nights every Thursday starting at 7:00 pm! it’s 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 | Phone: +27 31 201 9176 | Website
79. Candyman cart on the beachfront
These candy carts have been around the beachfront for years. We can remember my parents buying candy dummies 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. Moses Mabhida stadium tour – Get behind the scenes
Explore the stadium change rooms, stadium tunnels and step onto the pitch and imagine thousands of roaring 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.
Alternative option: Durban at Night 3-Hour Beachfront and Stadium Bike Tour
Cost: Approx R50pp| GPS: -29.829050, 31.030247 | Website
81. Hire a canoe and paddle down the Umgeni River
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| Phone: +27 31 322 6026 | Website
82. Get a Henna tattoo
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. Surf Riders Cafe – Good chow by the beach
Awesome lunch spot along Durban’s beachfront. We have often spent time here for a few cocktail sundowners 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| Phone: +27 71 376 8684 | Facebook
84. Spicy pineapple on a stick
One of our favourite “street foods in Durban”
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. Durban Ice Rink – one of the best indoor activities in Durban
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. Perfect if you looking for indoor activities in Durban.
Cost: Approx R90pp | GPS: -29.844373, 31.032959 | Phone: +27 31 332 4597 | Website
86. Calm the mind and learn to meditate
Cost: Approx R50pp | GPS: -29.839236, 30.921392
87. Stokers Arms Kloof for a few cold ones
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. A 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 | Phone: +27 31 764 6706 | Website
88. I Heart Market – Moses Mabhida stadium
Discover local foodies, stalls and talented designers that sell 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. Buy local crafts along the beachfront
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. Stamford Hill road factory shopping
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
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 | Phone: +27 82 800 1431 |Website
92. Go Bananaz adventure Park
GoBananaz is a children’s adventure park and party venue for kiddies under 12. There is an Air Gym Ariel Obstacle Course, Ferris Wheel, Heated Pool, Water Slides, Zip Line, Climbing wall and more. A great way to entertain the kids on the weekends and holidays.
Cost: From Approx R90 per child | GPS: -30.066415, 30.876951 |Phone: +27 84 565 2116 | Website
93. Meander through the Assagay garden centre
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 | Phone:+27 31 768 1333 | Facebook
94. Paddle through the canals by Ushaka
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. Scratch for gemstones in the scratch patch
Enchanted Earth Crystal shop is one of those shops you can spend ages browsing at the variety of beautiful crystals and gifts. Get the kiddies to scratch in their scratch patch for gemstones then go home and find out what each one means and what they used for.
Cost: Approx R35 a tub | GPS: -29.789628, 30.773546 | Facebook
96. Boat rides in Durban
Being one of the busiest port’s in South Africa, there are various operators that offer an exciting experience to cruise around Durban harbour or even venture out to sea.
Along Maydon Wharf there are many different Durban 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 children’s home
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’s 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 Children’s 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
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 bullfrogs, tree vipers, Taipan snakes and Black-throated monitors.
If you dare you will be able to get some close-up photos 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
The indoor waterslides are a hit if you looking for things to do with kids in Durban or birthday party venues. 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.
Cost: From Approx R60 per person | GPS: 29°44’15.8″S 30°48’08.4″E | Website
100. Spot the sharks in the point canals
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 are ample benches to sit and relax, a walkway and bridges which you can walk right around.
Cost: Free | GPS: -29.869031, 31.046981
101. Dolphin Bowl arcade fun
Dolphin bowl offers a variety of fun arcade games for kids and adults. Try to get one of the top scores or collect as many tokens as you can to claim a prize on the end.
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 | Phone: +27 903 1068 | Website
BONUS: Other Durban Attractions
- Visit the KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board
- Take a Half Day or Full Day tour of Durban
- Take a ride on the Umgeni Steam Train
- uShaka Marine world activities include a visit to the sea world and watching the dolphin show.
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