Get a taste of Durban beyond the beaches and explore a city of culture, shopping, dining and family-friendly fun.
Pavillion – a Durban landmark with 245 stores just 5kms from the centre. The Pav, as it’s known, is one of the best shopping spots in the city.
Gateway Theatre of Shopping – A little out of the city in uMhlanga is Africa’s largest mall. Gateway has everything from a skate park to big brand flagship stores.
New Shopping Precincts
Rivertown – part of a new urban regeneration initiative the area has its first major player with 8 Morrison, a design hub for creatives.
Station Drive – a transformed industrial area is becoming one of the hottest spots in the city and home to a micro-distillery, vintage shops, trendy dining and a selection of handcrafted goods from designer clothes to wooden sunglasses.
I Heart Market – if you are in the area on the first Saturday of the month take a drive to Moses Mabhida stadium and explore one of SA’s largest design markets.
Morning Trade – situated in Durban’s trendy Station Drive Precinct this artisanal focused food market is open every Sunday
Victoria Street Market – authentic Afro-Indian market experience in the city centre (08h00 – 18h00 Monday to Saturday & 10h00 – 16h00 Sunday)
Durban’s best beaches form the Golden Mile running from uShaka Marine World to Suncoast.
South Beach – lifeguards, shark-nets and smaller waves make this a great ‘learn to surf’ spot
North Beach – the perfect spot to lie back and soak up the sunshine
Dairy Beach, Snake Park Beach and Bay of Plenty - the best surfing spots on the ‘Mile’.
Eat & Drink
Durban Indian – Jeera is all about authentic Indian dining
Drinks with a View – Panorama Bar overlooks the Golden Mile and is perfect for sundowners
Buffet – Interactive, delicious and prepared the way you like it at Lingela
Sushi – Daruma puts the focus on Japanese cuisine at this standout sushi restaurant
Get even more dining suggestions in our Durban dining guide.
Suncoast – movies, restaurants, bars and family friendly vibes in an art-deco inspired Durban landmark.
uShaka Marine World – home to one of the world’s largest aquariums, a water park, shops and more at the south end of the Golden Mile
Moses Mabhida Stadium – take a Segway or bike tour around this tourist friendly stadium. If you are feeling extra brave get harnessed into the world’s tallest swing at the top of the stadium.
Durban Botanic Gardens – have a picnic in Africa’s oldest botanical gardens.
Culture & History
Durban Natural Science Museum – this charming museum is set in the beautiful Durban City Hall and is perfect for school age learners or anyone looking for something educational and a little different. (+27 31 311 2242 / Durban City Hall)
KZNSA Gallery – The KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts gallery is a nonprofit gallery showcasing contemporary local art in a leafy Durban suburb. (+27 31 277 1705 / 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood)
Out & About
Helicopter Flight – book a tour from above and fly from Durban to uMhlanga and back. (Sky Adventures / 073 334 7911)
Diving – 30 minutes’ drive from Durban (in Umkomaas) is the starting point for one of the world’s top 10 dive spots – The Aliwal Shoal. This is cage free scuba diving in an area renowned for its shark diversity. (Aliwal Dive Centre / 039 973 2233)
Cycling – hire a bike at Moses Mabhida Stadium or on the beachfront and spend some hours cruising the bike friendly Golden Mile.
Inner City Tour – jump on the Durban Ricksha Bus and enjoy a 3-hour guided city tour.
Ask at reception if you need directions or help making a booking. We also recommend always checking before you head out in case of changes.
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Erskine Terrace South Beach Durban
+27 31 327 2000
Addington is a 571 bedded and 2 200 staffed district and regional hospital, situated on South Beach, Durban.
The Playhouse Company
231 Anton Lembede St, Durban, 4001, South Africa
+27 31 369 9555
The Playhouse Company is Ethekwini’s premier theatre organization
Nelson Mandela Capture site
R103, South Africa
+27 33 330 8195
The temporary exhibition, hosted in the converted shed, tells a story of Nelson Mandela’s journey through life and how he built a new nation from within a conflicted South Africa.
uShaka Marine World
49 Timeball Blvd, Durban, 4001, South Africa
+27 31 328 8000
uShaka Marine World is a 16-hectare theme park which was opened in 30 April 2004 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It comprises 4 sections: uShaka Sea World, uShaka Wet 'n Wild, uShaka Beach, and uShaka Village Walk. It is located on the strip of land between the beachfront and the harbour.
Moses Mabhida Stadium
44 Isaiah Ntshangase Road Durban 4001
+27 31 582 8242
The Moses Mabhida Stadium is a stadium in Durban, South Africa, named after Moses Mabhida, a former General Secretary of the South African Communist Party. It is a multi-use stadium. It was one of the host stadiums for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Phezulu Safari Park
Old Main Road • Bothas Hill Durban • KwaZulu-Natal
+27 31 777 1000
Phezulu Safari Park is an exciting tourism venue, situated in Botha’s Hill, only 35 km’s from central Durban. This picturesque park has magnificent views of the world-famous Valley of a 1000 Hills.
Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World
20 Battery Beach Road, Durban, 4001
+27 31 328 3000
Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World is situated at the northern end of Durban's Golden Mile, adjacent to the Kings Park Sporting Precinct. Besides the casino, the complex houses many restaurants, a beach bar, cinemas and its own semi-private beach, which was rated as one of the top 3 beaches in South Africa.
Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve
Hawaan, Blackburn, 4319
+27 31 205 1271
These areas include mainly coastal dune forest and aquatic habitats such as reed beds and shallow well vegetated ponds.
Jack Martens Drive, Westville, Durban, 3611
+27 31 275 9800
From stylish fashion outlets and tantalizing restaurants; The Pavilion hosts over 230 stores, 40 restaurants and 40 jewelers making it the ideal place to satisfy your shopping desires. Don’t forget the Amusement Area, Skate park and 12 Cinemas for your entertainment.
1 Herrwood Dr, Umhlanga, 4319
+27 31 566 0400
Service organisation that protects beach users in KwaZulu-Natal against shark attack.
Sahara Stadium Kingsmead
Kingsmead Way, Kingsmead, Durban, 4001
+27 31 335 4200
Kingsmead is a cricket ground in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
King Shaka International Airport
King Shaka International Airport, King Shaka Dr, La Mercy, 4405, South Africa
+27 32 436 6758
King Shaka International Airport, abbreviated KSIA, is the primary airport serving Durban, South Africa.
La Lucia Mall
90 William Campbell Drive La Lucia, 4051
+27 31 562 8420
La Lucia Mall is an exclusive shopping destination situated on the beautiful East Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. Offering a wide range of over 130 restaurants and service related businesses under one roof, the mall is conveniently located in the heart of La Lucia.