Doing it All in Durban: Easy to See Why Tourists Love this Area

Durban is a coastal city on the east side of South Africa. It’s a great destination for those who want to relax, rest beachside, or see a country and culture unlike their own. It’s growing in popularity since it held host to the 2010 World Cup matches. Find out why tourists love the area and the places they go.

Mini Safari Tour

You can’t take a trip to South Africa and not see the exotic wildlife. In addition to zebra, lions, and others, get up close and personal with a real Zulu healer. Tours start at the lion park and then you’ll head to the bird sanctuary, unlike any you’ll see in the US or UK. Next, the tour heads to the reptile park and ends with an authentic dance ritual.

Durban ocean views of the city
Image by Lynn Greyling from Pixabay

uShaka Marine World

Book tickets in advance for admittance to the main park in addition to tours of the botanical gardens. Like Disney World, there are many facets of Marine World. There’s uShaka beach, rope adventure park, sea animal island, and the wet and wild portion of the park that is a huge hit with the kids.

Botanic Gardens

This is a place where you want to take a tour to fully appreciate all the flora and fauna. Alternatively, it’s a place you could make your own; bring your own food and beverages to use the grounds for a picnic with family members. It’s spacious and wondrous enough for the kids who are entertained by the birds and flowers. See about taking a shuttle there from the Marriott Protea Durban Edward.

Kingdom of Lesotho

Travel over the steep Sani Pass and meet locals in a Sotho village. The kingdom is an independent country entirely surrounded by South Africa. Consider taking the trek with a number of friends and family members, for tours are contingent on the number of interested parties.

St Emmanuel Cathedral

The Catholic church was designed by a South African architect and carved from Italian marble, which was a gift from Empress Eugenie. The stonework found inside of the church matches the aesthetic of the external structure. You can attend a mass in English or in IsiZulu.

Moses Mabhida Stadium

Take the SkyCar to the top of the stadium arch or walk 500 feet up the platform. Take an all-access tour, see the grounds on a Segway, or test your bravery on the Big Swing. It’s a place to go and take in the scenery from the top of the stadium, relax for a night out with a date, or hang with the kids for the afternoon.

Natural Science Museum

This is a go-to place for learning about native animals, especially rhinos, birds, and insects. You’ll need to reserve an entire afternoon to wrap your head around all the facts offered. It’s a small museum yet exhibits are kept fresh and rotating.


Learn about the Zulu culture from the Zulu natives. Visit, interact with the natives, stay for lunch, and watch a traditional Zulu dance performance.

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