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Best Durban Tours Available from Southern Circle

R19750

6 Day Great African Wildlife Expedition (Code: SCMD)

DAY 1. Johannesburg – Panoramic Route (Wildlife Safari Tour) Our first day on this amazing wildlife safari tour takes us from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom and Robber’s Pass to Pilgrim´s Rest, the early gold mining town turned into a living museum. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the 19th century, hence the existence of the town deep in the mountains. After exploring this quaint old town, we continue to Sabie where we have a pleasant walk through indigenous forest to visit Lone Creek Falls. Overnight Ligna Lodge. DAY 2. Panoramic Route – Private Reserve After breakfast, travel via Graskop to marvel at scenic areas such the Pinnacle, God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes (a walk down the hill to this unique trick of nature is worth the effort), and the magnificent Three Rondavels view site at the Blyde River Canyon. We walk along the cliffs to really appreciate the breathtaking views.  Later, we descend to the Lowveld via Abel Erasmus pass and the Strijdom Tunnel. Arrive at Mohlabetsi in the Balule private game reserve,  a part of the Greater Kruger National Park. This afternoon our encounter with Africa’s wildlife begins as we travel on an open vehicle to search for the game. Enjoy a great dinner under the stars tonight (weather permitting). Overnight Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge

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R1850

Zulu Cultural Day Trip (Code: SCDS)

When Shaka Zulu became king of the Zulus in 1816, he created a highly efficient fighting force and through brilliant military strategy and leadership, he forged a great nation. Today the Zulus are the largest of South Africa’s ethnic groups and with this tour, we give you an insight into their culture. We drive north past the subtropical coast and bushveld of Zululand. After a short stop in Eshowe, we depart for Shakaland where we have lunch and a demonstration of traditional dance styles and their social system.

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R1050

Valley of a 1000 Hills Cultural Half Day Tour (Code: SCDV)

This tour of the Valley of a Thousand Hills includes a drive through the wealthy Kloof area. Travel along the edge of the impressive Valley of a 1000 Hills. Here we introduce you to the age old Zulu tradition. Visit the Sangoma and enjoy the Zulu dancing and cultural demonstrations. We also visit a crocodile farm and snake park before returning to Durban. NOTE: apart from the Valley of a Thousand Hills cultural half day tour, we also have a full day excursion visitng Shakaland, the prop where the movie Shaka Zulu was filmed. See here.

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R3500

1 Day Natal Battlefields Guided Tour (Code: SCDK)

We travel westwards past Pietermaritzburg to the famous and awe-inspiring battlefield of Isandlwana where the British and Zulu clashed to the detriment of the British. At Rorke’s Drift we relive the defence of that small outpost by a handful of red-coated soldiers against several thousand Zulu warriors. If time allows we travel via Babanango to Ulundi where our last stop is at Chetswayo’s Kraal, Ondini, where the British army revenged the battle of Isandlwana. We return to Durban via Melmoth and Eshowe and arrive in the evening.

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R700

1 Day Durban City Tour (Code: SCDC)

Our tour of Durban, a bustling metropolis, often called the cultural ‘melting pot’ of South Africa, includes a drive through the sports corridor with its impressive sporting facilities to the Blue Lagoon area on the Umgeni River where you get a panoramic view of the whole bay of Durban. Then past the so-called Apartheid Beaches, the Marine Parade (Golden Mile) where you will see the rickshaws, en route to the impressive developments at the new Point Waterfront area. We drive past the busiest harbour in Africa and various historical monuments, and then through the city centre where the original Railway Station building, the City Hall and the Post Office buildings each have a story to tell. We stop at the Indian Market where you get a glimpse into the Indian culture and bargain for souvenirs and spices. Our last visit is to the Botanical Gardens with its extensive collection of trees and plants from all over the world, as well as a famous cycad collection and orchid garden. You have the option of being dropped off at the end of the tour at the Ushaka Marine world with its world-class aquarium, and many shops and restaurants. NOTE: Other tours that incorporates escorted tours of the city.

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R16500

6 Day South African Coastal Experience Guided Tour (Code: SCCP)

DAY 1.  Cape Town – Route 62 – Oudtshoorn (Cape Town to Durban Tour) Depart from Cape Town and drive eastwards via the beautiful Du Toit’s Kloof Mountains and the Breede Valley Wine region, heartland of South Africa’s Brandy producers as well as via the Robertson and Montague wine regions. We visit one of the many Wine Estates in these areas for a wine tasting. We continue via Route 62 through the Little Karoo with its many unique mountain ranges and vegetation to Oudtshoorn, visiting an Ostrich Show Farm for some exceptional experiences with these strange birds! Overnight in Oudtshoorn, also called the “Feather capital” of the world, as over ninety percent of the world’s ostrich farms are found here. Overnight La Plume Lodge. DAY 2.  Cango Caves – Garden Route – Knysna We visit the Cango Caves, regarded as one of South Africa’s foremost natural wonders. The fascinating calcite caves comprise an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. An optional visit to the Cango wildlife ranch can be done. The Ranch encompasses of over 90 different species of animals. They provide guided tours which are fundamental in educating the public, giving each species a voice, and highlighting animal and environmental issues. We travel past Oudtshoorn, over the Outeniqua Mountains via George and Wilderness along the Wilderness National Park lakes area. We skirt around the lakes to Knysna on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon with its entrance to the sea guarded by two promontories known as the “Heads”. The area also falls within a National Park proclaimed to conserve the extraordinary natural beauty of the lakelands and adjacent indigenous forests. Knysna also offers shopping opportunities of unusual locally made art and craft, etc. Overnight in Knysna. Overnight Augusta Bay Lodge. DAY 3.  Garden Route – Tsitsikamma National Park – Port Elizabeth You

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R16500

6 Day Durban to Cape Town Tour (Code: SCDP)

DAY 1  South Coast – Wild Coast (Durban – Cape Town) The drive from Durban along the South Coast takes you through lush subtropical vegetation and numerous holiday villages dotted along the seaboard. You visit the scenic Oribi Gorge and some beautiful little beaches. You turn inland and enter the Eastern Cape Province, the former homeland of Transkei, and traverse over hilly grasslands dotted with Xhosa homesteads, through valleys and clear streams. You travel via  tiny hamlets on the rugged Wild Coast and check into our hotel on the edge of the sea. Overnight Mbotyi Lodge. DAY 2 Wild Coast You travel to Umtata, the capital of the former homeland. After a visit to the Nelson Mandela museum You travel further south to and towards the beach again. You travel to our lodge nestled in the middle of the beautiful Chintsa Bay on the Wild Coast, surrounded by rolling hills, lush tropical beach forests and overlooks the warm Indian Ocean. Overnight Crawford Beach Lodge. DAY 3 Addo Elephant National Park – Port Elizabeth After breakfast overlooking the simmering Indian Ocean you depart and this morning’s journey takes us to East London, the only river port in South Africa, and the place where a prehistoric coelacanth was caught in 1938. Then travel along the coast and you enjoy the lush vegetation and rugged coastline. You visit Port Alfred, an outstanding holiday village situated on the Kowie river mouth and travel to Grahamstown. The small cathedral city is considered the art capital of South Africa and is steeped in history. At the Addo National Elephant Park game reserve You have an excellent chance of an encounter with these giants of the bush amongst other animals. This afternoon you reach Port Elizabeth, the fifth biggest city in the country, set on the shores of the Algoa Bay and also called the “Friendly City”. Overnight

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R4750

2 Day Natal Battlefields Guided Tour (Code: SCDF)

DAY 1   Durban – Pietermaritzburg – Spionkop – Ladysmith – Talana (Battlefields) Our tour to the battlefields takes us 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. Enter 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 Spionkop took place. Here, famous personalities like Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi and General Louis Botha, were active in different capacities.  Standing on the spot, the terrible incident unfolds again. At Ladysmith visit the Siege Museum for an insight into the siege of Ladysmith and stories of suffering and heroism. Overnight outside Dundee after we visit the Talana Battlefield – the site of the first battle of the Anglo-Boer War.  Overnight at the Battlefields Lodge. DAY 2   Rorke’s Drift – Isandlwana – Umgungundluvo – Durban This morning we cover the famous and awe inspiring battlefields of Rorke’s Drift and 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 Dingane who was responsible for the massacre of the Voortrekker leader, Piet Retief, and many of his men. This, in turn, led to the Battle of Blood River in 1838. Here we visit the grave of Piet Retief. We return to Durban via Melmoth and Eshowe and arrive early evening. NOTE: Other tours you may be interested in; Battlefields guided tour – 3 days, Battlefields guided tour – 1 day This tour can be added to other

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R31980

10 Day Taste of South Africa Guided Tour (Code: SC-02/10)

DAY 1.  Johannesburg – Dullstroom – Panoramic Route – Sabie You are collected from your hotel at around 09h00 to start your tour. Collection from the O R Tambo International Airport outside Johannesburg can also be arranged. We travel from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom and Lydenburg. Continue to Pilgrim´s Rest, the early gold mining town turned into a living museum. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the 19th century, hence the existence of the town deep in the mountains. We continue to Sabie. Overnight at the Ligna Lodge. DAY 2.   Panoramic Route – Private Game Reserve We visit Lone Creek Falls and travel via Graskop. Marvel at scenic areas such as God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, and some of the spectacular waterfalls in the area. Finally we descend to the Lowveld via Abel Erasmus pass and the Strijdom Tunnel to arrive at Mohlabetsi Lodge in the Balule private game reserve. This afternoon our encounter with Africa’s wildlife begins as we travel on an open vehicle to search for the game. Enjoy a great dinner under the stars tonight (weather permitting). DAY 3.   Private Game Reserve – Kruger National Park After an early morning safari, conditions permitting a search for the wild on foot, and breakfast we enter the Kruger National Park. Spend the day in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent. Overnight in a free-standing round ‘rondavel’ type room with air-conditioning and en-suite facilities in one of the camps. DAY 4.   Kruger National Park  – Swaziland We rise early for a game drive and return for breakfast in the camp. Spend the rest of the morning in the reserve and depart in the afternoon for the mountain Kingdom of Swaziland. We visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory. Continue to Mbabane, the capital city of Swaziland and onto our hotel in the mountains at

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R33400

A taste of South Africa 11 Day Guided Tour (Code: SC-02/11)

DAY 1. Johannesburg – Dullstroom – Panoramic Route – Sabie (Safari) Our first day on safari takes us from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom and Lydenburg to Pilgrim´s Rest, the early gold mining town turned into a living museum. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the 19th century. We continue to Sabie. Overnight Ligna Lodge. DAY 2.  Panoramic Route – Private Game Reserve We visit Lone Creek Falls and travel via Graskop to marvel at scenic areas such as God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, and some of the spectacular waterfalls in the area. Finally we descend to the Lowveld via Abel Erasmus pass and the Strijdom Tunnel to arrive at Mohlabetsi in the Balule private game reserve. This afternoon our encounter with Africa’s wildlife begins as we travel on an open vehicle to search for the game. Enjoy a great dinner under the stars tonight (weather permitting). Overnight Mohlabetsi Lodge. DAY 3. Private Game Reserve – Kruger National Park After an early morning hike, searching for the wild on foot, and breakfast we enter the Kruger National Park and spend the rest of day in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent. DAY 4. Kruger National Park  – Swaziland We rise early for a game drive and return for breakfast in the camp. We spend the rest of the morning in the reserve.  In the afternoon travel the mountain Kingdom of Swaziland. We visit the Ngwenya Glass Factory. Travel further via Mbabane, the capital city of Swaziland to our hotel in the mountains at Mhlambanyatsi. Overnight Forester’s Arms. DAY 5. 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

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R41600

15 Day Deluxe South African Experience Guided Tour (Code: SC-02P)

DAY 01. Gauteng – Panoramic Route Our first day of this South African holiday takes us from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom and Robber’s Pass to Pilgrim´s Rest, the early gold mining town turned into a living museum. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the 19th century, hence the existence of the town deep in the mountains. After exploring this quaint old town, we continue to Sabie where we have a pleasant walk through indigenous forest to visit Lone Creek Falls. We overnight in Sabie at Ligna Lodge.  DAY 02.  Panoramic Route – Private Reserve After Graskop we marvel at scenic areas such the Pinnacle, God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes (a walk down the hill to this unique trick of nature is worth the effort), and the magnificent Three Rondavels view site at the Blyde River Canyon. We walk along the cliffs to really appreciate the breathtaking views.  Finally we descend to the Lowveld via Abel Erasmus pass and the Strijdom Tunnel to arrive at Mohlabetsi in the Balule private game reserve,  a part of the Greater Kruger National Park. This afternoon our encounter with Africa’s wildlife begins as we travel on an open vehicle to search for the game. Enjoy a great dinner under the stars tonight (weather permitting). Overnight at Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge. DAY 03. Private Reserve –  Kruger National Park After an early morning open vehicle game drive, and conditions permitting, a hike on foot searching for the animals, we enjoy breakfast an then leave for the Kruger National Park. We spend the rest of day in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent. We overnight in chalets in one of the rest camps in the park. DAY 04.  Kruger National Park – Swaziland We rise early for a game drive

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R36995

12 Day South African Explorer Guided Tour (Code: SC-04)

DAY 1. Johannesburg – Panoramic Route (Safari and scenery) Our first day on this safari and scenery tour takes us from Johannesburg via Middelburg, Dullstroom and Robber’s Pass to Pilgrim´s Rest, the early gold mining town turned into a living museum. Rich deposits of alluvial gold were found here at the end of the 19th century. After exploring this quaint old town, we continue to Sabie. Here we have a pleasant walk through indigenous forest to visit Lone Creek Falls. Overnight Ligna Lodge. DAY 2.  Panoramic Route – Private Reserve We travel via Graskop to marvel at scenic areas such the Pinnacle, God’s Window, Lisbon Falls, Bourke’s Luck Potholes (a walk down the hill to this unique trick of nature is worth the effort), and the magnificent Three Rondavels view site at the Blyde River Canyon. We walk along the cliffs to really appreciate the breathtaking views.  Finally we descend to the Lowveld via Abel Erasmus pass and the Strijdom Tunnel to arrive at Mohlabetsi in the Balule private game reserve,  a part of the Greater Kruger National Park. This afternoon our encounter with Africa’s wildlife begins as we travel on an open vehicle to search for the game. Enjoy a great dinner under the stars tonight (weather permitting). Overnight Mohlabetsi Safari Lodge. DAY 3.  Private Reserve –  Kruger National Park After an early morning open vehicle game drive. Conditions permitting, a hike on foot searching for the animals may be done. After breakfast leave for the Kruger National Park. Spend the day in this magnificent reserve around 2 million ha in extent. We overnight in chalets in one of the rest camps in the park. Overnight in a bungalow at Skukuza Camp or similar. DAY 4.  Kruger National Park – Swaziland We rise early for a game drive and have breakfast on a deck

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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.

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