5 things to do in Durban

Vist uShaka Marine World

It will be the best 4 hours spent. Buy a combo-ticket for both the aquarium (Sea World) and the waterslide park (Wet ‘n Wild) and visit the fishies first. The aquarium is the best in the country and housed underground in the wreck of a ship. You will see box fish, enormous sea urchins, sharks and sea horses. It is magnificent.


You will need a swimsuit and a towel for Wet ‘n Wild and will lock the rest of your stuff in a locker.  Grab a huge tube and choose a ride. You can float along a river through the tropical gardens or shoot down a dark tunnel to land in a whirling mass of water. Suitable for kids up to 100 years of age.  If the slides are not your thing, go lounge on the beach and take a dip in the Indian Ocean- there is direct access from uShaka and life guards are on duty.

Eat a curry

Durban is synonymous with Indian food and a curry is the best way to taste this. House of Curries or Velvet Lounge in Florida Road have good fare and is open for lunch and dinner. Choose a breyani (rice and lentil stew with vegetables or meat), a curry served with basmati rice or roti or try a variety of snacks such as samoosas (crispy pastries filled with curry), chili bites or mini bunnies chows (tiny breads filled with curry).

Chill in the botanic gardens

For a mid-morning of afternoon time-out, spend an hour or two at the Durban Botanic Gardens. The peaceful sanctuary of huge trees, soft lawns and flower beds is outstanding.  It is Africa’s oldest botanic garden and has more than 80 heritage trees, some over a century old.


There is a ‘sunken garden’, 8000 orchids, rare cycads and a tea garden that serves old-school  flapjacks and pancakes at last century’s prices.

Visit a market

From the slow to the hectic. If you are in Durban over a weekend, try one of the neighbourhood markets for designer crafts and slow food. Alternatively feel the pulse of the inner-city at the Victoria Street market (there is underground parking). Here you can buy anything from spice mixes, souvenirs, clothes to hair extensions, tobacco and incense. If you dare, try to see the muti market next door. Traditional healers sell herbs, shells, dead animals and all kinds of concoctions. Down at the beach are rows of stalls selling sarongs, wooden masks and imports from Africa (and China).

Experience art

Visit a Durban art gallery, or three. There is a tremendous amount of talent in the city. For some traditional art and craft visit the African Art Centre in Florida Rd where new and established artists exhibit (and sell) contemporary and traditional art. You will find jewellery, embroidery, papier–mâché, woodwork and exquisite pottery. Further up in the same road is the Artisan Contemporary Gallery with an eclectic collection of modalities including fine art, wood, glass and textiles.

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