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Best things to do in Durban

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Aquarium
“South Africa's most loved marine theme park. Offers a world of water rides, oceanarium, dolphin, seal & penguin shows, shopping, beach activities & more!”
118 locals recommend
Stadium
“The beautifully designed local football stadium. Take a ride on the sky-car and enjoy the views of Durban from the top of the stadium. Check the website for pricing and booking info. ”
96 locals recommend
Casino
“This local casino is fun for the whole family. Besides the casino, there is a multitude of restaurants and entertainment options including a Barnyard theatre which offers musical stage productions and live music concerts 5 times a week. Check the Barnyard and Suncoast websites for more information. ”
43 locals recommend
Garden
“The Durban Botanic Gardens is the oldest surviving botanic garden in Africa. Set on the slopes of Berea Hill, northwest of the city center, the gardens were established in 1849 for the trial of agricultural crops. Today, visitors can stroll among the indigenous and exotic subtropical plantings, including majestic heritage trees, some of which are more than one hundred years old. The main plant collections include cycads, orchids, bromeliads, and palms, and visitors can also experience the Garden of the Senses. In addition to the rich plant biodiversity, at least fifty different species of birds are permanent residents of the gardens.”
35 locals recommend
Aquarium
“Ushaka Marine World offers various unforgetable entertainment, Wet and Wild Water World, Driving with the Sharks in the Shark tanks, Dolphine Shows, Lovely restuarants and many more”
29 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“For all your shopping needs. Has a Pick n Pay, Clicks, Mr Price, Truworths, Woolworths, banks, other clothing stores, CNA, The Body Shop, restaurants etc. They also have a night market.”
22 locals recommend
Zoo
“Umgeni River Bird Park features more than 200 species of birds, and some are the only representatives of their kind in Africa. On a network of paths running through lush landscaping and waterfalls, visitors can observe a variety of indigenous species as well as birds from Southeast Asia and Australia, including lories, cockatoos, and aras. One of the highlights of the park is the bird show where visitors can learn about more about the exotic species as they perform”
18 locals recommend
Stadium
“Durban's stunning, Moses Mabhida Stadium hosts a range of different attractions: - View Durban from new heights when you ride the SkyCar up the stadium arch, and onto the viewing platform where you can take in the unparalleled 360º views of Durban and beyond. - The Big Rush Big Swing is the Guinness Book of Records' tallest swing in the world. Jump off the stadium's 220m arc, and soar into the centre of the field. - There's a wide range of Segway Gliding Tours to suit every glider. - Stadium Tours - Adventure Walks up the 500-steps to the top of the stadium arc. - People's Park is a must visit for the kids to run around, and have THE BEST time! - Shopping - Restaurants ”
27 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A small zoo is fun for a family visit, with a good restaurant and a nice place to sit outside in the sunshine, if you've had enough of the beach.”
17 locals recommend
Nightlife Spot
“Its the place to be for enjoying sage night lifes, with lots of bars and eateries on this route.”
17 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Perfect little spot for an incredible cup of coffee, and some delicious seasonal food while sitting under the trees in the garden, or getting cozy inside. The shop has some super gifts to take home with you, with local jewellery, shirts, books and all sorts of lovely things.”
30 locals recommend
Bakery
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“Delicious food, pastries, coffee and a laid back atmosphere to catch up on work or emails.”
18 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Beautiful spot to go enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants at night overlooking the harbor and all of its beautiful boats and private yachts. ”
17 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Very interesting and a variety of different stores...if you are not South African is an absolute must visit. Good curios.”
10 locals recommend
Lounge
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“The eclectic afro-jazz vibe is everywhere and service impeccable - featuring a variety of tipple”
19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Great spot on the beach - have a swim in the warm Indian Ocean and then enjoy a delicious meal and drinks.”
15 locals recommend