Durban is the third most populous city in South Africa (roughly 3.5 million), forming part of the eThekwini (Zulu word for Durban) metropolitan municipality. It is the largest city in KwaZulu-Natal and is famous as the busiest port in Africa. Stretching along beautifull beaches, Durban has eversince been known as one of South Africa's great escapes - in terms of holidays of course.
What 2 Do [Durban Tours »]
|Durban City Tour|
|This half day city tour is the perfect way to sample some of the attractions and get your bearings. The tour starts off with a drive along the Golden Mile beachfront area, which takes it’s name from the Portuguese explorers who referred to the sea sand along the coast in this area as the 'Sands of Gold'. See Vetchies Pier and lavish casinos as wells as diverse cultural mix of locals from sari clad Indian ladies walking on the sand to surfers, children feeding the pigeons to traditional healers collecting bottles of seawater to use as muti (medicine). Continue to the harbour entrance for magnificent views of Durban’s coastline before taking in Emanuel Cathedral and the City Hall. The next stop are the Indian and herbal markets where you get a real taste of the Indian influences for which the city is renowned. Enjoy the scents of spices and see the hawkers and herbalists ply their trades. Afterwards, drive through the sprawling informal settlement of Cato Manor before concluding at the Botanic Gardens where you can purchase a refreshing cup of morning tea.|
Victoria Embankment - also called Esplanade - is one of the oldest and most famous streets in the city. Visit the Sugar Terminal (insight into the former importance of the sugar trade), Wilson's Wharf (pretty hip waterside development mit some decent eateries etc.), BAT Centre (art and craft shops, art studios, some live music etc.)
|uShaka Marine World|
|Set on the Durban beachfront, uShaka Marine World spans over 15 hectares and comprises over wonderful exhibits including one of the aquariums in the world. Explore the Shark infested waters of Africa’s East Coast, touch a star fish or feel a sea cucumber at the rocky shore and swim with sea creatures at snorkel lagoon. Other attractions include the 1200-seater Dolphinarium, seal pool and penguin rookery.
Those looking for something a bit more active will not be disappointed with uShaka Wet’n Wild, with a host of slides and pools. Climb to the top of the adrenalin-pumping freefall slide, try the kamikaze ride for gut-wrenching thrills or race down the five-lane racer. For the less adventurous, relax on the sand or take a leisurely float through the park on a lazy river.
Good ol' Durbs is famous for its surfing. Stay at Tekweni Backpackers in Durban and you will get all the info on surfing that you are looking for!
Durban's beaches are characterised by soft, golden sand, palm trees and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The main beaches are shark netted and patrolled from sunrise to sunset by trained lifeguards who have an impressive track record in beach safety.
|Hluhluwe Game Reserve|
|Head to the heart of Zululand for an exciting day of fantastic game viewing at the picturesque Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve, renowned throughout the world for its dedication to Rhino conservation.
After an early morning departure from Durban, arrive at the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, a spectacular sanctuary for over eighty species of game and a huge variety of birds – 425 species at the last count! Join a closed vehicle safari and head into the bush to view the wonderful flora and fauna including cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, blue wildebeest, spotted hyena, wild dogs and all members of the Big Five. Lunch at the award winning hilltop camp provides a refreshing respite and beautiful views across the reserve.
|The Anglo-Zulu War Battlefields - Tour from Durban
|Relive the horror of the two most famous Anglo-Zulu War battles. Visit the eerie battlefield of Isandlwana, where British troops were massacred by the Zulu army in 1879, then continue to Rorke's Drift, where a handful of British soldiers heroically held a mighty Zulu regiment at bay, a battle made famous by the movie 'Zulu'. The tour winds through some of the most spectacularly beautiful scenery in KwaZulu-Natal.|
|Drakensberg World Heritage Tour
|Spend a day in the stunning scenery of the Drakensberg Mountains. The first European settlers called them 'Dragon Mountains'; the Zulus call them 'Barrier of Spears', but whatever their name, there is no denying that the Drakensberg mountain range is one of the most spectacular natural features of Africa. These magnificent peaks soar up to 3000 metres offering spectacular views of high mountains, waterfalls and often you can see large herds of eland. Visit Giants Castle and enjoy a three kilometre walk to the site of the caves adorned with the Bushman's legacy. Two of the best places to see San rock art are at the Main Cave and Battle Cave. The paintings here date back thousands of years, and are still clearly visible on the walls and the ceilings. After your guided tour enjoy a hearty lunch before returning to Durban via the Midlands Meander route, with its many craft and farmers markets.|
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