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Tourist Attractions in Durban, South Africa || Things to do in Durban

If you are travelling and wants to know the Top Tourist attractions in Durban South Africa, you are in the right place. You will find all major things to do in Durban in this blogpost.


I have been to South Africa four times in four different years and travelled quite a bit. Today I sit to share my experience of working and travelling in South Africa.

I won't beat around the bush and arrive straight to the top tourist attractions in Durban, South Africa that I have visited.

Tourist Attractions in Durban, South Africa
The first photograph I clicked of Durban Beach Front or Golden Mile Beach in February 2013

Advice: Read my previous blog, "Is South Africa safe for you?", as most of the people ask me this question.

Tourist attractions in Durban and things to do...

1. uShaka Marine World

The fifth-largest Aquarium in the world and a water park, offering the highest slide in Africa; located right at Golden Mile Beach, next to the entry point from where Merchant Ships enter into the harbour.

Tourist Attractions in Durban, South Africa
uShaka Marine World, Dolphin Show

I so badly wanted to visit this place, that I had to argue with my senior to grant me a full day leave so that I could spend one of the most entertaining days in Durban.

Things to do in Durban, uShaka Marine World...
  • Sea World
  • Wet 'n Wild
  • Kids World
  • Sea Animal Encounters Island
  • Dangerous Creatures
  • Village Walk
  • Beach
  • Chimp & Zee
Tourist Attractions in Durban, South Africa
uShaka Marine World, Durban; Conserve and Protect Marine Life

Note: Locker facility is available on rent where you can keep your valuables.

Dolphin and Seal shows will bring a smile onto your face. Do Snorkeling with aquatic species or dive inside a cage to swim with Sharks or walk on the bed of an ocean. I rest assure, you won't have a dull moment throughout your day.

Plenty of shopping on offer and a range of food stalls to choose from. The aquarium is a sunken ship style model that I personally liked. The staff is knowledgeable and well informed which will help you to understand nature in a much better way.

Tourist Attractions in Durban, South Africa
With my Team at Ushaka Wet 'n Wild, October 2015

The staff is very friendly and went out of their way to help me snorkel as I don't know swimming and I was feeling too sacred. High regards for the staff and big Thank You for providing me with such a heart-filling experience of swimming with aquatic life.

Advice: Get yourself sunscreen and a pair of water shoes as your regular shoes will get wet.

Tourist Attractions in Durban, South Africa
Snorkelling at uShaka Marine World with my Team

What connected with me the most is the fact that the entire uShaka Marine World promotes the conservation and protection of marine life. They put weightage on reducing marine pollution and a promise to preserve our oceans.

A must visit place for anyone planning a trip to Durban or South Africa with a top-notch water pool worth your time and penny.

2. Florida Road

On entering this 2 km long Party and Food Paradice you will find fancy cars parked on either side of the road, clubs playing feet tapping music and everyone enjoying their time, be it early morning meetups, or afternoon cocktails or fun-filled nights.

Tourist Attractions in Durban, South Africa
Florida Road at night, a fun destination in Durban, South Africa

The entire stretch of road is filled with restaurants, bars, art galleries, boutiques, clubs, and most importantly brings you to Durban's Foodie Culture all around the day. It will be an evening to remember for everyone.

Florida Road is easily Durban's trendiest street but you must take precautions as you would in rest of South Africa as parties extend till early mornings.

3. Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium

Well, it was a dream come true for a cricket lover like me to walk inside a cricket stadium where Yuvraj Singh smashed 6-sixes of 6-balls.

Tourist Attractions in Durban, South Africa
Durban Skate Park; Image by Liesel Muhl from Pixabay

We were just driving past this 25,000 capacity Cricket Stadium and decided to give a try to our luck by asking the security guard to let us in. After a few utterly polite questions, he agreed and it was a delight to walk inside a cricket stadium for the first time.

4. Durban Beach Front or Golden Mile Beach

Sitting on the coastline of the Indian Ocean, Durban Beach Front lets you experience the beautiful promenade with restaurants serving excellent food enjoying the sea breeze.

Tourist Attractions in Durban, South Africa
Sand Art at Golden Mile Beach, Durban

You will find people walking, running, playing, surfing, swimming, skating, and doing so much more throughout the day. There are piers on the length of the beach on which you can walk and enjoy the sunset like I do.

The entire area feels safe with police presence but still, you need to be vigilant. Also, the lifeguard service is available and you can rent a bike.

5. Suncoast Casino, Hotel and Entertainment

You will find tons of restaurants, Barnyard Theatre, and movie house under one roof. You will be spoilt for choices.

Tourist Attractions in Durban, South Africa
Suncoast Casino, Hotel and Entertainment; Durban, South Africa

It is a place for the whole family and for every age group. Yes, you read it right, it indeed is a place for the whole family. Obviously, the adults could gamble in the casino but for others, an attached beach, movie house, games, and food options are also available.

Luck was with us the night we went to Suncoast Casino as we won 40 times our bet money. That was indeed a fortunate night. They also have separate smoking and non-smoking areas.

If you are in Durban, don't hesitate to pay a visit to this place.

6. Durban Ice Arena - Ice Skating Rink

Another offering at The Golden Mile Beach, a new full-size Ice Rink worth your visit and won't leave you disappointed.

Tourist Attractions in Durban, South Africa
Durban Ice Arena - Iceskating Rink

Advice: If you are a beginner, be extra conscious with your movements as the skates could tumble. Also, bring a pair of your own socks.

At the start, you may feel a bit nervous, as you spend more time inside the rink, you will gain confidence and start getting amazed. Also, the staff is helpful and it's not as cold as one would think.

Tourist Attractions in Durban, South Africa
Sighting Blue Whales, A very common site of coast Durban
Image by Jens Teichmann from Pixabay

Note: First Aid Service and Locker facility also present on site.

All in all a good place with a huge screen where you can see yourself ice-skating and have a completely different experience.

7. Golden Hour Family Market (Farmer's Market or Flea Market)

Wherever I travel to in the world, I always try and visit a local Farmers Market at least once. It connects me with the place and I start feeling more like a traveller.
Be it Japan, Istanbul, Europe, or Thailand, I have visited a local Farmers Market all around the globe.

Tourist Attractions in Durban, South Africa
John Dory's Restaurant; Durban, South Africa

If you want to really feel like a local South African and understand their culture, do spend some time walking and enjoying a peaceful meal in this market hidden inside a park with live music and a big outdoor sitting area.

You will have 'Golden Hours' throughout your stay at this 'Family Market. It definitely is one of my favourite Tourist Attractions in Durban.

Tourist Attractions in Durban, South Africa
Grafitti of Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa
Image by Liesel Muhl from Pixabay 

8. The Kwazulu Natal Society of the Art

If you are a person of arts like me, you would probably like to spend a couple of hours in this little art gallery located at a drive of 15 minutes from the golden mile beach, packed with some of the most unique art collection.

Note: You can browse outstanding local art pieces in the shop inside.

Tourist Attractions in Durban, South Africa
South African Art and Craft; Image by DEZALB from Pixabay

It is a vibrant cultural hub showcasing the art and craft of local artists with soul-stirring music. You can stroll either indoor or outdoor peacefully.

This place somewhat reminded me of 'Cafe Lota' of New Delhi, India.

Have you ever jumped from the top of a Football Stadium?
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