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Best Durban Tours Available from Southern Circle

R3600

1 Day Sani Pass Guided Tour (Code: SCDA)

Drive inland past Pietermaritzburg to the area of gently pastoral beauty called the Natal Midlands. We pass through grassy plains scattered with villages and lush farmlands where plump cattle and thoroughbred horses graze. Then further through Underberg, a picturesque little village situated in the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. Now we set off to Sani Pass, named after the primitive people who lived in the area millennia ago, for a four-wheel drive with hair-raising bends and breathtaking views to the top of the mountain. Lunch is served at the top in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho some 3 000 m above sea level. We return early afternoon, change vehicles and set off to Durban.

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R6250

2 Day Drakensberg Highlights Tour (Code: SCDB)

DAY 1    Durban – Drakensberg Mountains – Sani Pass We depart at around 09h00 for your tour to the Sani Pass and Natal Midlands. Drive inland to Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, for a brief city tour. Stop at the railway station where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off the train because of the colour of his skin. Enter the waiting room where, in the silence of the night, he formulated his philosophy of passive resistance. Continue to Howick and visit the 100m high Howick Falls. Next, we stop at the monument erected on the spot where Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1961 . Continue through an area of gentle pastoral beauty called the Natal Midlands. We pass through grassy plains scattered with villages and lush farmlands where plump cattle and thoroughbred horses graze. Then further through Underberg, a picturesque little village situated in the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg Mountains. Our hotel is in the lap of the mountain with peaks towering up to 3400m above sea level. The afternoon is at your leisure to participate in some of the organised hikes into the mountain or explore the area on your own. Overnight at the Sani Pass Premier Hotel. DAY 2  Sani Pass – Lesotho – Durban After breakfast we set off to Sani Pass, named after the primitive people who lived in the area millennia ago, on a four-wheel drive with hair raising bends and breathtaking views to the top of the mountain.  We visit the locals in their homes and taste some of the local cuisine if available! Lunch is served in the highest pub in Africa at the top in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho some 3000m above sea level. We return early afternoon, change vehicles and drive back to Durban for drop off. NOTES:  Please take your passport along

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R4500

2 Day Wildlife Highlights Durban Safari (Code: SCDH)

DAY 1   Durban – Zululand – Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park (Big Five Safari) Our Big Five safari commences at around 08h00 from Durban and we travel northwards and turn towards the village of Eshowe (Zulu for the sound of the wind blowing through the forest).Travel further through exceptional scenic mountainous areas with beautiful vistas and past Ulundi, the Capital of the previous homeland of KwaZulu. We enter Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park game reserve to start our game viewing and spend the day here. Late afternoon we exit the park and exit late afternoon and travel to our nearby country hotel. Overnight at the Zulu Nyala Heritage Hotel. DAY 2   Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park – Durban After an early breakfast we return to the reserve and spend most of the day searching for Africa’s Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo). We leave the park around mid-afternoon and return to Durban. NOTE: Other Big Five Safari excursions you may be interested in; Wildlife safari – 2-day, Big Five Safari and culture – 3-Day. 

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R6400

2 Day Zululand Wildlife Safari Guided Tour (Code: SCDE)

DAY 1. Durban – Lake St Lucia – Wildlife Reserve (Wildlife, Culture and World Heritage Site) Our tour of the African wildlife and world heritage site departs from Durban area. We travel north through sugar cane fields past KwaDukuza, the home of Shaka (the father of the Zulu nation).  Further through large eucalyptus plantations towards the subtropical coast and bushveld of Zululand. Arrive in the village of St Lucia and join a boat cruise on the estuary of the famous Lake St Lucia situated in the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park (proclaimed a World Heritage Site in 1999). The lake is a wildlife paradise with bird species such as fish eagle, Goliath heron and many more. Your skipper/guide will show you the world of the hippo and the crocodile and the other mystic inhabitants of the “deep”. Afterwards travel to a private reserve searching for wildlife on our way to the lodge. Check into your room and afterwards join an open vehicle safari searching for Africa’s amazing wildlife the Africa way! Return to the lodge for a sumptuous dinner. Overnight at Rhino River Lodge. DAY 2   Wildlife – Zulu Culture – Durban We have an early wake up call for refreshments. Then embark on an exciting open vehicle safari in search of the Big Five amongst a myriad of other wild animals. We return from this adventure for breakfast.  Then depart for cultural experience at an authentic Zulu Kraal (village). We meet the sangoma (diviner) and see how Shaka made his war strategy so successful he won almost all his battles. NOTE: Other tours including wildlife and world heritage site you may be interested in; Wildlife and World Heritage Site – 3-Days

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R3100

Touch of Wildlife 1 Day Durban Safari (Code: SCDU)

Depart early from Durban on this full day safari and travel north through sugar cane fields towards the sub‑tropical coast and bushveld of Zululand. We arrive at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, the oldest reserve in Africa and where the white rhino was saved from extinction, to start our game viewing.  This reserve is home to over 90 species of mammals amongst other wildlife including the “Big Five”(lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo). There is also an excellent chance to see the shy nyala. We enjoy lunch at Hilltop camp and embark on another game viewing drive in the afternoon before returning to Durban early evening. The duration of this day tour is around 10 – 12 hours, an extraordinary experience where one has the chance to see the Big Five amongst an abundance of other wildlife in one day! There is little to top a close encounter with a lion kill, or an elephant walking next to the vehicle or a white rhino and her calf strolling into the road in front of you! An optional open vehicle safari can be joined, otherwise the game viewing is done in the comfort of our air-conditioned vehicle with our very informative crew. You will certainly feel that you have been out on a day safari in the wild! NOTE: We also offer a two-day and three-day tours into the same area. These tours obviously offer a better chance to encounter more of the animals found here in their natural habitat.

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R8800

3 Day African Wildlife and Culture Experience (Code: SCDW)

DAY 1 – Zulu Cultural Village – St Lucia – Rhino River Lodge Our experience of the wildlife and culture of Zululand begins when we travel north towards the subtropical coast and bushveld of Zululand, the place of the mighty Zuku nation and abundant wildlife. Arrive at the village of St Lucia situated in the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, proclaimed a world heritage site in 1999. We join a boat cruise on Lake St Lucia, a natural paradise around which five complete ecosystems exist. An abundance of bird life, hippo and crocodiles exist here and we have a chance to find them. After lunch (not included) we depart for our private reserve and after check in. Later join an open vehicle safari where close encounters with the African wildlife commences. Return later for a sumptuous dinner. Overnight at the Rhino River Lodge. DAY 2 – Rhino Reserve This morning we join an early open vehicle safari in search of the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo) amongst many other of Africa’s amazing wildlife such as giraffe, zebra, kudu, etc. We take a break at a scenic spot in the bush and enjoy a hot cup of coffee and rusks before we continue. On our return we enjoy a mid-morning breakfast and you are free to enjoy the scenery around the lodge. A light lunch is served and some free time before we embark on the afternoon safari. At sundown we stop for sundowners in the bush and continue towards the camp for a hearty dinner around a fire in the open Boma under the African starry skies. Retire for a well-deserved rest. DAY 3 – Rhino River Lodge – Zulu Cultural Show – Durban We rise early and embark on our final open vehicle safari. We return for our mid-morning breakfast and

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R7700

3 Day Natal Battlefields Guided Tour (Code: SCDF3)

DAY 1  Durban – Pietermaritzburg – Spionkop – Ladysmith – Dundee We travel westwards to Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, for a brief city tour. Stop at the railway station where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off the train because of the colour of his skin, and see the waiting room, where in the silence of the night he formulated his philosophy of passive resistance. Visit the Church of the Vow that was built as a result of the Battle of Blood River between the Voortrekkers and the Zulus in 1838. Then onwards to the hills where the Battle of Spioenkop took place. Here, famous personalities like Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and General Louis Botha, were active in different capacities.  Standing on the battlefield, the terrible incident unfolds again. At Ladysmith we visit the Siege Museum for an insight into the siege of Ladysmith and stories of suffering and heroism. Our overnight stop is outside Dundee after a quick visit to Talana Battlefield – the first battle of the Anglo-Boer War. Overnight At the Battlefields Lodge. DAY 2  Rorke’s Drift – Isandlwana – Blood River This morning we cover the famous and awe inspiring battlefields of Rorke’s Drift and Isandlwana. The next battlefield we visit is at the battle of Blood River where a life-size bronze model of the ‘Boer’ laager is an eerie reminder of what happened. It is also one of the only battlefields where you get a glimpse of both sides’ perspective. Return to your lodge. DAY 3   Babanango – Ondini – Umgungundhlovu – Durban Today we travel via Babanango to Ulundi to visit Chetswayo’s Kraal, Ondini, where the British army revenged the battle of Isandlwana. At our last stop, we get an insight into the clashes between the Voortrekkers and the Zulus.  We visit Umgungundlovu, the reconstructed home of Dingaan

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R9700

Drakensberg Mountains 3 Day Adventure (Code: SCDD)

DAY 1    Durban – Pietermaritzburg –  Drakensberg Mountains Drive inland to Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, for a brief city tour. First of all we visit the railway station where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off the train because of the colour of his skin.  We enter the waiting room where, in the silence of the night, he formulated his philosophy of passive resistance.  Continue to Howick where we visit the 100m high Falls. We visit the monument erected on the spot where Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962. Continue to the Drakensberg Mountains through an area of gentle pastoral beauty called the Natal Midlands. We pass through grassy plains scattered with villages and lush farmlands where plump cattle and thoroughbred horses graze. Visit the spot where the Boers arrested Winston Churchill during the Anglo-Boer War. We enter the Spionkop Game Reserve for some  game viewing. We have a good chance to see white rhino, giraffe and zebra amongst other wildlife.Then we travel to our hotel from where you can enjoy magnificent views while enjoying sundowners. DAY 2   Northern Drakensberg Mountains – Golden Gate After breakfast we travel through Qwa Qwa, a former homeland, and watch the locals busy with their daily chores.  We continue to the Golden Gate National Park and see amazing views of the black basalt and golden sandstone cliffs which gave its name to the park. Afterwards we enjoy a light lunch. We round the day off with a visit to a cultural village. Here we experience  demonstrations of the local people’s culture. Return to your hotel late afternoon. DAY 3    Drakensberg – Giant’s Castle – Rock Art We depart after breakfast we drive to the Giant’s Castle Complex. Here we embark on a walk with a few steep and strenuous inclines to some of the country’s best preserved ancient rock paintings. The roundtrip is around 3 km. We have a peek into the

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R22970

East to West Coastal 7 Day Tour (Code: SCDX)

DAY 1 Durban – Pietermaritzburg – Drakensberg Mountains This tour highlights excellent contrasts of landscape including excellent scenery and flowers of Namaqualand during the months of July to September after good rains. You are collected at 09h00 and we drive inland to Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, for a brief city tour. Stop at the railway station where Mahatma Gandhi was thrown off the train because of the colour of his skin, and see the waiting room where, in the silence of the night, he formulated his philosophy of passive resistance. Continue to Howick where we visit the 100m high Falls, and stop at the monument erected on the spot where Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962. Continue through an area of gentle pastoral beauty called the Natal Midlands. Pass through grassy plains scattered with villages and lush farmlands where plump cattle and thoroughbred horses graze. We stop at the place where Winston Churchill was arrested by the Boers during the Anglo-Boer War. Enter the Spionkop Game Reserve and have a good chance of seeing, amongst others, white rhino, giraffe and zebra.Then we travel to our hotel from where you can enjoy magnificent views while enjoying sundowners. DAY 2  Drakensberg Mountains – Bloemfontein After breakfast, we visit the Royal Natal National Park with magnificent views of the Amphitheatre. Take a short hike to the Cascades Falls. We might even be joined by the odd baboon with the same idea. Mid-morning we commence our drive via the Oliviershoek Pass, with beautiful views onto the Sterkfontein Dam, to the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Through the ages water has modelled the sandstone into spectacular formations, and has interacted with iron oxides to produce a brilliant range of yellows, oranges and reds. On our way we may encounter red hartebeest, black wildebeest, zebra and springbok.  Clarence that lies beneath

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R14560

5 Day South African Wildlife Explorer Guided Tour (Code: SCJD)

DAY 1. Gauteng – Panoramic Route (wildlife safari) This wildlife safari takes us via Middelburg and Dullstroom to the Three Rondavels view site at the Blyde River Canyon. We visit scenic areas such as Bourke’s Luck Potholes (a walk down the hill to see this unique trick of nature is worth the experience), Lisbon Falls, God’s Window and the Pinnacle before a short visit to Pilgrim’s Rest, an early gold mining town declared a National Monument. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the last century, hence the existence of the town deep in the mountains. Overnight Ligna Lodge. DAY 2. Panoramic Route – Kruger National Park After an early breakfast, we do a pleasant walk through indigenous forest to see the Lone Creek Falls. Then we follow a scenic route to Hazyview and enter the Kruger National Park. We spend the rest of day in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent. We overnight in the reserve in chalets in one of the rest camps. DAY 3. Kruger National Park – Swaziland We rise early for a game drive and breakfast on a deck overlooking the Sabie River. We spend the rest of the morning in the reserve and depart for the mountain Kingdom of Swaziland for a visit to the Ngwenya glass factory where all the items are hand made from recycled glass. We drive through the capital, Mababane, and continue to Mhlambanyatsi where we overnight in the mountains at  Forester’s Arms. DAY 4. Swaziland – Zululand – Private Reserve This morning we have an early breakfast and then visit Swazi Candles in the Malkerns Valley where we watch the locals hand-moulding wax into a variety of interesting shapes.  On this site there is also a market where the locals sell their craft, as well as other shops

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R14560

5 Day South African Explorer Guided Tour (Code: SCDG)

DAY 1 St Lucia – Wildlife (Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park) – Private Reserve Today starts our encounter with the wildlife of Africa! We drive north towards the subtropical coast and bushveld of Zululand – home of the mighty Zulu nation.   Our first stop is the village of St Lucia.  Embark on a boat cruise on the famous lake St Lucia (proclaimed a World Heritage Site in December 1999). Crocodiles, hippos and birds such as the fish eagle, herons and egrets are in abundance. Then travel to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park where the rhino was saved from extinction and home to the shy nyala, as well as the Big Five. We exit the park early evening and drive to our private lodge for dinner and overnight. Overnight Zulu Nyala Game Lodge DAY 2   Swaziland An early morning wake up call for an exciting open vehicle wildlife safari. After an early breakfast we do a last drive in search of game through this magnificent reserve.  Then we head northwards and continue to Swaziland. From Onverwacht border post follow a scenic route via Nhlangano to Manzini where crossing every mountain leads to a new vista. We stop at the well-known local craft market in the Malkerns Valley. Here we visit  Swazi Candles where the artists hand-mould wax into interesting figures. There is also a batik  factory outlet and other interesting shops. Our overnight stop is situated in the mountains just outside Mhlambanyatsi. Overnight Forester’s Arms. DAY 3  Kruger National Park Today we travel through Mbabane, the capital of Swaziland, and visit the Ngwenya Glass factory where all the items are hand made from recycled glass. We continue through magnificent mountain scenery via Pigg’s Peak and leave Swaziland entering the Kruger National Park in the south.  We devote the day to game viewing on a true African safari experience. DAY 4  Panoramic Route Today we spend

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Southern Circle Tours: A Brief History of the Kruger National Park
R19750

6 Day Great South African Wildlife Expedition (Code: SCMJ)

DAY 1 St Lucia – Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park – Private Reserve (Wildlife safari and scenery) Our first day on this wildlife safari and scenery tour takes us northwards towards the subtropical coast and bushveld of Zululand – home of the mighty Zulu nation and visit the village of St Lucia for a boat cruise on the estuary of the famous lake St Lucia (proclaimed a World Heritage Site in December 1999). Crocodiles, hippos and wildlife including birds such as the fish eagle are in abundance. After lunch (optional) we travel to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, where the rhino was saved from extinction and home to the shy nyala and the Big Five. We exit the park early evening and drive to our private lodge for dinner and overnight at Zulu Nyala Game Lodge. DAY 2  Swaziland We join and early morning open vehicle safari to search for the African wildlife awakening. After breakfast we head northwards and continue to Swaziland. We enter at the Onverwacht border post and follow a scenic route via Nhlangano to Manzini, where crossing every hill leads to a new vista. We stop in the Malkerns Valley for some excellent shopping opportunities. Apart from Swazi Candles, where the locals hand-mould wax into a wide variety of colourful candles, there is also a hand-craft market, a batik factory outlet, and other interesting shops. Forester’s Arms. DAY 3  Kruger National Park Today we travel through the capital of Swaziland, Mbabane, and visit the Ngwenya Glass factory further on, where all products are hand made from recycled glass. We continue through magnificent mountain scenery via Piggs Peak and leave Swaziland entering the Kruger National Park in the south. The rest of the day is devoted to game viewing. We overnight in chalets in a rest camp within the park. DAY 4 Explore Kruger

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Have you ever thought what it would be like to tour Durban? This city is a popular tourist destination and when looking at the itinerary of Durban tours, it is clear why.

No matter what your age, cultural background or interests are, you will be delighted by all that Durban has to offer. Holidays provide tourists with time to relax, learn more about historic sites and see interesting things.

If you want to undertake a safari in South Africa, consider a trip to Durban. There are various wildlife reserves in the province, including the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park. There you will see various spectacular animals such as rhino, elephant, giraffe and lion. This is your chance to see the largest hippo population in South Africa. Various bird species reside in the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park and might be spotted during the cruise.

A Hluhluwe Imfolozi safari is another one of the best tours in Durban. Here the Big 5 and can be seen here in their natural habitat.  Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park is the oldest game reserve on the continent – Africa. The park covers 960 km² of land.

There are many interesting places to visit in Durban. Southern Circle offers affordable Zulu Battlefield Tours, as well as cultural tours in the Valley of a Thousand Hills. Our safari guides will make the most of your Durban sightseeing trip. If you are looking for all inclusive holiday packages in Durban, you have come to the best tour operator in South Africa.

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The Ultimate Guide to Durban

Durban, the city by the sea in the KwaZulu Natal province in South Africa is synonymous with balmy weather (even in Winter) and beautiful beaches. This is all true, but there is so much more to Durban than just the beaches, although they are spectacular. Durban is home to a cultural melting pot of Africa, Indian and Colonial heritage. It is destination full of family fun, safari opportunities, street markets, breath taking scenery and tropical beauty. It’s not just the city and surrounds that are worth visiting, just a stone’s throw away are the massive and majestic Drakensberg Mountains and hiking trails, the quaint and lovely ‘Midlands Meander’ driving route and the unspoilt beauty of the South Coast of Durban.

Durban is the perfect destination for families, with plenty for the young ones to enjoy. It’s an affordable holiday destination for South Africans and international travellers alike. Let’s take a look at some of the most exciting attractions so you are well-equipped to plan your trip to Durban.

Ushaka Marine World

Make sure you give yourself a day to explore and enjoy the sights and sounds of Ushaka Marine World, situated on Durban’s famous ‘golden mile’ of sandy, sun-warmed beaches. You could start out at ‘Sea World’, one of the most comprehensive and wonder-filled aqua parks in the world. Tour the atmospheric and beautifully laid out aquarium – a virtual dive into the Indian Ocean where you can get close and personal with giant sharks, turtles and sea horses. The aquarium houses 6 different galleries of different ecosystems and habitats, as well as a restored skeleton of a Southern Right whale.

While admiring this magnificent marine display, don’t forget to keep an eye on your watch so you don’t miss one of the Ushaka dolphin shows. Watch these friendly, playful and intelligent mammals frolic and show off in a superbly coordinated display of their physical prowess.

Your marine adventure at Ushaka must include a visit to the thriving colony of endangered African penguins. Watch these cuties waddle clumsily on land and then turn into graceful swimmers as they hit the water. The colony is full of educational posters and signage that teach us all how to take better care of and help this endangered species that can easily fall victim to pollution and plastic crimes in their natural habitat.

Next up, it’s the Dangerous Creature exhibit – time to turn your fears into fascination at the display of spiders, intricately patterned snakes, tree frogs, giant bullfrogs, scorpions and other incredible animals. Special effects and a few mild ‘startles’ on the journey will keep you on your toes!

On the ‘must visit’ list at Ushaka is the colony of Cape fur seals, and the turtle lagoon, to round off your incredible marine experience at Ushaka.

You need to make sure you bring your swimming costumes and towels to Ushaka for the vast array of slides, tubes, pools and fun at the Wet n Wild water park, with all sorts of rides catering to the extreme adrenaline junkie, the milder water adventurer, small children and families – it is loads of fun.

When you are hungry, thirsty or in need of some retail therapy, there are plenty of great restaurants, eateries and shops. Choose from a shipwreck restaurant, to a restaurant where you can watch sharks swimming next to you, an African-themed restaurant or a quick take away.

If you have any time or energy left, the Ushaka beach is a lovely, safe swimming beach where you can bask in the warm sunshine almost year-round and listen to waves gently crashing to shore.

Moses Mabida Stadium

When flying into Durban or driving around Durban, you cannot fail to notice the dazzling white curves, arches and architectural splendour of the Moses Mabida Stadium, one of the host stadiums of the FIFA 2010 World Cup. It can be adjusted to house up to 80 000 spectators. However, it’s worth a visit for other reasons than a mere stadium. If you take a Sky Car ride up the stadium arch, you step out onto a platform that affords fantastic 360-degree views of Durban from 106m high in the air.

Another stadium activity is the Big Rush Big Swing – the world’s tallest swing (its in the Guinness book of records.) Be brave and free fall 80m into the stadium bowl and swing a massive 220m arc into the centre of the stadium!

Just outside the stadium is ‘The People’s Park’, where you can people watch from cafes, lounge on the rolling lawns, kids can play on jungle gyms and the physical can run, cycle and roller blade along wide, safe walkways. And it’s a hop and a skip across the road to the old Durban Country Club, a throwback to the grandeur of days gone by, and the perfect spot for a delicious lunch.

The Durban Botanic Gardens

Visit the peaceful oasis of Africa’s oldest surviving Botanic Garden. Close to the city centre is an incredible haven of botany. These gardens play host to some rare collections of plants. The Orchid collection will delight with the delicate beauty, vibrant colours and heady perfume of over 6000 orchids. Marvel at the Palm Collection – the oldest surviving palm in the gardens was planted in 1873, and the tallest ones have seen quite a bit, having been there since 1889. The Cycad collection houses the world’s oldest plants, some dating to over 160 million years ago. The Botanic Gardens also house many walking pathways, a tranquil lake full of bird life, a sunken garden and a sensory garden. Take a picnic and enjoy or visit the tea garden for a spot of tea and some delicious scones.

The Victoria Street Market

Get ready for an explosion of fusion culture and sensory stimulation at Durban’s oldest and most unique market. Over 200 vendors will ply you with their traditional African artwork, Indian spices, traditional clothing and more. Get yourself a jewel-coloured silk sari, a henna tattoo, and a mind-blowing curry dish. Step into the African-Indian melting pot of the ‘real’ Durban, complete with powerful wafts of spices and incense and the authentic sounds of Indian music competing with the calls of the stall holders and the chatter of the patrons. It’s the perfect place to find authentic curios, jewellery and gifts, hand-crafted from wood, brass, stone and animal skins.

For fresh seafood and slightly less ‘run of the mill’ meats such as sheeps heads and brains and goat’s meat, take a stroll into the seafood and meat market.

The Oyster Box Hotel

You must visit this majestically grand and luxurious hotel in Umhlanga, overlooking the Indian Ocean and the iconic red and white lighthouse. The sparkling pool and exquisitely detailed and beautiful interior of this national treasure is a must-see. Stay there if you can for an experience of pure luxury. You’ll find yourself in good company as you browse the ‘wall of fame’ full of photos of Royalty and local and international celebrities that have all stayed at the Oyster Box. You don’t have to stay there however, to enjoy a famous buffet, curry feast or high tea, or visit the world-famous spa. Voted the No. 1 Top Hotel in South Africa in the Tripadvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards 2017, 2018 and 2019. You’ll have to check it out for yourself!

The Umhlanga Village

The ‘Village’ is a strip of exciting restaurants and bars, loved by locals and tourists alike. It’s just two blocks up from the beach in Umhlanga, and just one block away from the afore-mentioned Oyster Box Hotel and close to the many hotels in Umhlanga Rocks, a haven for beach tourists. Roadside seating allows you to people watch while enjoying your favourite cuisine and cocktails. It’s not just people you can watch. The air is often rent with the sound of souped-up sports cars slowly prowling the street and showing off their shiny finery. Choose from tender free-range steaks, fresh seafood, fine cuisine, trendy gastro pub meals, gourmet burgers, Greek meze, tapas and divine bakery breakfasts.

Phezulu Safari Park

A 35-minute drive from central Durban will take you to the scenic and aptly named ‘Valley of 1000 Hills’ area, where you can visit the Phezulu Safari Park that is nestled in amongst these many hills. Take a scenic game drive, accompanied by an experience guide in a covered 4 x 4 vehicle. On the way you will learn about the flora and fauna, and spot giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, impala, blesbok and many bird species. At the crocodile and snake park, you can meet Ramesis, the 90year old Nile crocodile and his friends. You can also have a hands-on meeting with Cleo, the 42kg Burmese python! Add in Zulu dancing and cultural experiences and even shield making classes for a fabulous safari experience in Durban.

The Shongweni Farmer’s Market

From humble beginnings as a market to give small farmers a place to retail their lovingly grown produce, the Farmer’s Market has grown into a wonderful weekend (Saturday mornings only) destination, bringing in people from far and wide every weekend. Staying true to their produce roots, it is hard to find a place with more free-range, hormone free meats, farm fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses, milk, butter and home-made wares. You can find all sorts of exciting foods, such as fresh duck eggs, forest picked porcini or whiskey marmalade. You can catch a delicious breakfast, listen to live music, and kids have ample safe space to play. Original and authentic crafts also feature at the market, with local artists selling their handcrafted jewellery, furniture, clothes, bags, paintings and metal and stone sculpture.

Children’s Activities in Durban

Mini Town

Situated on Durban’s beachfront is the cutest, mini replica of Durban city, built to scale at 1:24. Kids love browsing the city at knee height to an adult. There are miniature ships, trains and planes and even a little harbour. The detail is delightful, and it’s wonderful to experience the mini city within the city.

Bounce Cornubia

If it happens to be raining and you can’t go to the beach and the kids are ‘bouncing’ off the walls, it’s time to visit Bounce Cornubia, a huge indoor trampoline park. There is a free-jump arena, trampoline slam dunk, an adventure challenge park and the ‘Supertramp’ (a giant trampoline.) The perfect way to let out all excess energy!

Flag Animal Farm

An animal wonderland awaits in the Ballito area of Durban at the Flag Animal Farm. Home to over 1000 animals, birds, wolves and alpacas. The farm offers lots of chances to cuddle and enjoy the animals, along with:

  • Pony, horse, train and tractor rides
  • Reptile shows and handling
  • Outdoor playgrounds and jumping castle
  • Indoor play centres
  • Bike track
  • Daily shows involving colourful characters and animal education
  • Braai facilities and a coffee shop

Just a little outside of Durban you will find…

The Midlands Meander

Take a scenic hour-long drive out of Durban into the gently rolling, verdant hills of the Midlands Meander. There are several routes to take, offering exquisite surroundings, homely hospitality and cosy Midlands accommodation. The routes are designed to offer breath taking scenery, excellent cuisine and restaurants, spas, outdoor activities and adventure sports, wildlife conservation areas, historic landmarks and hundreds of unique arts and crafts along the route known as an artist’s mecca.

The Drakensberg Mountains and World Heritage Site

The dramatic Drakensberg Mountain Range is just 2/3 hours drive from Durban. The Zulu name of the mountain range is uKhahlamba – Barrier of Spears. It’s the perfect description for the semi-circular border between KwaZulu Natal and Lesotho. Take to the hills to hike, bike, horse ride, abseil or rock climb. Soak up the history and visit battlefields, museums and ancient bushmen paintings. You can listen to the echos of angels as the world-famous Drakensberg Boys Choir boys sing into the mountains. Take your pick of delightful guest houses, self-catering houses, lodges and luxury resorts, and don’t forget to keep stopping along the way at the restaurants, bakeries and harvest table spots for delicious food.

Durban has it all

Durban has so much to offer, for every budget, age group and taste. Get away from the Winter woes elsewhere and stay in Durban for as long as you can to get the full experience of this exciting city of beautiful beaches, wonderful culture, rich history, charming scenery and bustling commerce.

Southern Circle Tours & Safaris