Classic Must-Have Experiences in Durban

Safari in Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park
Safari in Hluhluwe Umfolozi National Park | © Danita Delimont / Alamy Stock Photo
The coastal city of Durban is a surfer town at its core: the pace is slow and the vibe is good. Over a few days, there are a number of classic ways to discover the city, including a gondola and a 4×4 trip. Here are a few must-visits to add to the itinerary.

There are plenty of great ways to get a feel for what Durban is all about. A walking tour of the city will take you through towns, markets and on to the beach, while a Venetian-style gondola will allow you to escape to the Durban Point Waterfront.

ToursCulture shock! Walking tour of Durban
From £25 per person
4 to 5 hours
5 (1)
Johnny is a true Durbanite and knows the city and it's people like no other. Therefore, a city tour with Johnny shows the unique sides of Durban that you will never forget. The tour will take you through town to the markets and the beach by using the famous combi's to get from one place to another. Fun and adventure guaranteed!
ToursHluhluwe Imfolozi Big 5 Reserve day Safari from Durban
From £124 per person
11 to 12 hours
Experience our adrenaline-gushing wildlife safaris to Hluhluwe Imfolozi ‘Big 5’ Game Reserve organized by Tim Brown Tours.

A Hluhluwe Safari is your best chance of seeing some of the ‘Big 5’ near a big City like Durban.

The region of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal boasts some splendid Safari game reserves and big 5 safari national parks. Located at a distance of merely 2.5 hours drive from Durban, the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve offers a world of wilderness where an enriched variety of fauna lives together in harmony with nature.

The Hluhluwe game reserve harbors the famous BIG 5 of wildlife: Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant; offering a dream adventure for any wildlife enthusiast.

The Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve is malaria -free zone and is very popular among a lot of tourists.

Book our Safari Tour now and get ready for a fantastic adventure!
ToursHluhluwe Imfolozi Safari & St Lucia Boat Safari Day Tour from Durban
From £189 per person
12 to 14 hours
4.7 (3)
This tour has two main features. First you will visit St Lucia and the estuary inside the  iSimangaliso Wetlands Park. There you will board a river boat for a  2 hours guided tour of the estuary. The local guide will inform you of the reserves history and its incredible wildlife. After a short visit to the town of St Lucia and the beach, you will head off to the  Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve where your experienced guide will show you around the park in search of the diverse wildlife and big 5.
ToursShakaland - Zulu Cultural Center
From £96 per person
8 hours
4.7 (10)
Visit an authentic Zulu kraal, Shakaland, and watch the day to day activities of the people of this village. Learn about the many aspects of Zulu life from the people living it. Enjoy a traditional lunch in the kraal and watch the Zulus perform their local tribal dancing.

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ToursMagical Gondola Night Rides in Durban
From £6 per person
30 minutes
Treat yourself to a magical ride at night down the Durban Point Waterfront Canal. Sit back and take in the stunning lights and bridges as you slip away from the hustle and bustle that is our modern life.  A real gem in Durban this is your special time to treasure the time with a loved one -  making memories that last.

ActivitiesReef or Wreck Diving on Aliwal Shoal
From £27 per person
4 hours
We launch every morning meeting at 6am or 7am and are able to do 2 dives in one day, 1 reef dive or 2 reef. It is completely up to you

Aliwal shoal is part of a large offshore reef complex. The narrow ridge parallel to the coastline about 3 kilometres (3.1 mi) offshore, more specifically referred to as the Crown, is the part usually referred to as Aliwal shoal, and this area is inside the sanctuary zone of the Marine Protected Area. The shallowest part, extending to within 6 metres of the surface, is at the north end of the Crown. The shoal is about 380 metres wide to the north, narrower to the south, and then spreads out towards the coast in the section known as the Ridge. Average depth of the Crown is about 12.5 metre, and the Ridge is about 19.5 metres average depth, with a few isolated pinnacles

The shoal offers a variety of dives from open water, advanced (wreck diving).  
ToursSani Pass and Lesotho 4x4 Experience from Durban
From £169 per person
12 hours
5 (5)

Sani Pass Lesotho 4x4 tour leaves from Durban and stops at the capital of KwaZulu-Natal,

Pietermaritzburg. Your guide will give you a short tour of the city and visit

Mahatma Gandhi’s statue by Pietermaritzburg City Hall. Afterwards the tour moves towards the Drakensberg Mountains and up to the

Sani Pass in Lesotho. At the top you will have a meal at the highest pub in Africa and visit a local Lesotho village be fore returning down the pass towards to Durban.