The Most Unique Day Trips From Durban

There is much to see outside Durban, like the Mhlwazini river in the Drakensberg mountains
There is much to see outside Durban, like the Mhlwazini river in the Drakensberg mountains | © Chiara Salvadori / Getty Images
Durban itself has much to offer, but don’t overlook the nearby KwaZulu-Natal coastal province, Drakensberg mountain range and historic Isandlwana Battlefields during your visit. Check out our curated list of the best day trips to take while staying in the city of Durban.

A surfer town, Durban is unsurprisingly big on beach culture, but there’s also plenty to see and do in the areas surrounding the city. Book one of these fantastic one-day tours, and soak up famous landmarks like Victoria Street Market and KwaMuhle Apartheid Museum, not to mention natural attractions like the Drakensberg mountain range and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park.

ToursDurban City Tour & PheZulu Cultural Village Day tour From Durban
From $106 per person
8 hours
4.1 (10)
This full day tour is a combination of a Durban City tour and a visit to PheZulu Cultural Village and Reptile Park. This tour is one of our most popular day tours. It is an entertaining and relaxing tour with a qualified tour guide that allows you to see a lot of Durban's landscape as well as experience Zulu culture.
ToursDurban - Private Trip 1hr - Harbour/Sea Cruise on Nawty Girl
From $66 per person
1 hour
Enjoy a Cruise on Nawty Girl around the Port of Durban and out the harbour to sea in front of Ushaka then back.

It is very relaxing and private, one can often see sea birds and dolphins in these trips but they are not always around so it is not guaranteed.

If the weather is good we will exit the port and go out to sea.

If the wind is too strong or the sea rough the cruise will continue in the port only.

We have no control over the weather and this is for your comfort and safety.

Your safety is always in our interests and our boat is equipped with all the required safety equipment, we also have kiddies life jackets available.

(A point of interest on these cruises we carry some fishing tackle aboard and should we come across a fish we will try catch it to demonstrate and educate fishing, you will not be participating so do not require a fishing licence, if any fish are caught they are released, we do not always come across fish)
ToursFull-Day Battle of Isandlwana Battlefields Tour from Durban
From $202 per person
14 hours
5 (5)
This 14-hour tour takes you back into South African history, with a journey to the Isandlwana Battlefields. We will take you through the sites and regale you with the fascinating details of the greatest defeat in the history of British Colonial occupation in South Africa.
ToursThe Magnificent Drakensberg 1 Day Tour From Durban
From $197 per person
13 hours
Travel through the gentle pastoral beauty of the Natal Midlands. Pass through grassy plains scattered with villages and lush farmlands and see plump cattle and thoroughbred horses graze. Take in the endless vistas and incredible scenery. Explore the magnificent Drakensberg.

The day's highlights are:
• See the Howick Falls
• See the site where former SA President Nelson Mandela was captured in 1962 and went on to spend 27 yers in prison
• Enjoy the Drakensberg
• Minimum 2 people booking
*All this in one day.
We can cater for groups larger than 15 on request. There is also a discount for groups of 4 and more. if only 2 or 3 of you are booked for the tour, the tour can become a private tour for you at no extra charge.

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ToursDurban - Private Trip 1hr - Harbour/Sea Cruise on Nawty Girl
From $66 per person
1 hour
Enjoy a Cruise on Nawty Girl around the Port of Durban and out the harbour to sea in front of Ushaka then back.

It is very relaxing and private, one can often see sea birds and dolphins in these trips but they are not always around so it is not guaranteed.

If the weather is good we will exit the port and go out to sea.

If the wind is too strong or the sea rough the cruise will continue in the port only.

We have no control over the weather and this is for your comfort and safety.

Your safety is always in our interests and our boat is equipped with all the required safety equipment, we also have kiddies life jackets available.

(A point of interest on these cruises we carry some fishing tackle aboard and should we come across a fish we will try catch it to demonstrate and educate fishing, you will not be participating so do not require a fishing licence, if any fish are caught they are released, we do not always come across fish)
ToursHalf Day Safari from Durban
From $155 per person
6 hours
4.2 (5)
Enjoy a half day tour focusing on KwaZulu-Natal’s diverse wildlife. Only a 50 minute drive from Durban the tour is a relaxed day tour for the Safari enthusiast who doesn't want to travel too far. Your local qualified tour guide will share their knowledge and experience, educating you about South Africa and KwaZulu-Natal. The tour has two wildlife related stops. Natal Lion Park and Tala Private Game Reserve. The Lion Park has a pride of lions that will leave you in awe of their size and beauty as well as a herd of elephants that roam the valley.

The last stop is Tala where we will take you around the reserve in search of wildlife. Tala has a wide variety of wildlife including Hippos, Rhino, Giraffe, Zebra etc.
ToursDurban City Tour & PheZulu Cultural Village Day tour From Durban
From $106 per person
8 hours
4.1 (10)
This full day tour is a combination of a Durban City tour and a visit to PheZulu Cultural Village and Reptile Park. This tour is one of our most popular day tours. It is an entertaining and relaxing tour with a qualified tour guide that allows you to see a lot of Durban's landscape as well as experience Zulu culture.