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Thinking of coming down to the warmest place to be this week, here’s a list of a few things you can do that are fully compliant with the adjusted level 04 lockdown regulations.

For your convenience, we have made a list of 10 most popular Durban’s outdoor and adventure experiences that are safe and affordable to cater for all tastes and preferences, for the entertainment of the whole family.

1. The Golden Mile promenade

Whether you start in the north or south, prefer the morning salty breeze to the evening’s gentle sunset, walk, run, amble, stand or sit, Durban’s beachfront promenade has a golden mile of options.

The Durban Golden Mile is one of the most popular beachfront stretches in South Africa. Not only is the beach one of the best in the country, but the promenade is lined with fabulous restaurants selling beers, burgers, chicken and seafood.

For swimmers, both south and north beaches are fantastic for dipping, waves, surfing and bodyboarding. Parents with small kids will love the paddling pools, slides and fountains. There is also the Rachel Finlayson salt-water swimming pool. For snorkelling, Vetch’s Pier in the south is the best. The sheltered region nearby is a favourite spot for kayakers, windsurfers, jet ski riders and stand up paddle boarders.

2. Durban Ricksha Bus (City Tour)

Want to tour the City of Durban and know about it all at the same time? Hop on Durban’s Ricksha Bus, a wonderfully relaxing way to see the city! The Rickshaw Bus offers two tours daily at 9 am and 1 pm, with each tour lasting 3 hours.

The Ricksha bus follows a route through pretty much the whole of central Durban, taking in the Victoria Street Market, Francis Farewell Square, beachfront, the Berea, Florida Road, Mitchell Park, Morningside, the Cube viewpoint, Wilson’s Wharf and the city centre.

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3. The Durban Botanic Gardens (No Picnics)

The Durban Botanic Gardens have a beautiful collection of sub-tropical trees, palms and orchids. They have a collection of the rarest cycads in the world as well as a beautiful Orchid collection. You can enjoy beauty and peace or you can go for a lovely walk exploring all the beautiful plants and trees.

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4. The Valley of 1000 Hills

Phezulu Safari Park: One of the most popular attractions in Durban is the Phezulu Safari Park. They are a Zulu cultural village where they put on a show and tell guests about their lives and culture. Some of their attractions include game drives, the crocodile park and if you are feeling adventurous you can even have lunch with a crocodile

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5. Beach Horse Riding in Sapphire Coast (Gary’s Beach Rides)

Garys Beach Rides is located in Warner Beach, Durban, KZN. This small piece of paradise is only 20mins South of Durban and boasts some of the widest and longest beaches in KZN. What better way is there to enjoy this scenery than on horseback?

Gary can accommodate from novices to professionals as well as the old and the young. Riding lessons for adults and children are also available. Special requests for children’s pony parties with pony rides or a donkey cart rides are very popular.

We also do horse drawn carriages for weddings in the Durban area. If you would like to do a ‘horse’ themed photo shoot, please contact us. Please note, booking is essential.

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6. Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserves

Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve is a 26-hectare area on the shore of the Indian ocean. The reserve encloses the Ohlanga River’s lagoon while the greater part lies inland of the busy M4 road. The reserve trails start at the car park at the northern end of Lagoon Drive, Umhlanga. The reserve has the remains of the prehistoric shell midden and walking trails with a walkway and pedestrian bridge that span the lagoon.

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7. Inanda Dam – Opened for highking, picnics on site Canoe, Tours

Just a few kilometers beyond Durban’s suburb of Hillcrest, this beautiful dam in nested between the graceful folds of the valley of 1000 hills. From the Inanda dam you can enjoy the legendary canoe race, the Dusi Canoe Marathon, Fishing, picnic sites and Tours. 

Open: Tues – Sun – 08:00 – 17:00

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8. UMngeni Bird Park

The Umgeni River Bird Park was designed and built by Dr Alan Abrey. It is situated in an old quarry site which used to contain water and was visited by Alan as a young boy growing up in Durban. When looking for a bird park site, he remembered it as a perfect option. After a year of extensive land filling, landscaping and aviary construction, the Umgeni River Bird Park was opened in April 1984 by the then mayor of Durban, Councillor Sybil Hotz.

The park is situated in 3.5 hectares of lush tropical landscaping and houses an ever-increasing collection of more than 800 birds from 200 species. Some species are the only representatives of their kind in Africa whilst others are commonly kept as pets.

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9. Highstakes – Quad Biking and Guided Trails

Highstakes Venue offers something special for all tastes. Thrill seekers can get their action fix with a wide choice of adventure sports and activities, while friends and family relax on our deck and enjoy the licensed bar.

Highstakes is set on a 150 hectare plot in scenic Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal. Far removed from the stress and unrelenting pace of urban life, it is the perfect place to unwind!

Highstakes is open 7 days a week from 8am to 4:30pm.


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10. The Segway Gliding Tours

It’s all smooth sailing from here

Why walk the tour when you can glide it? Explore everything the stadium has to offer while you effortlessly and smoothly coast through its ins-and-outs.

After a quick 15-minute training session, you’ll set off on your journey with your qualified Segway tour operator. Enjoy the smooth ride and show off your ‘Segway Smile’ – the smile you can’t help but wear on a Segway ride.

Your tour guide will share his wealth of stadium knowledge, all while you enjoy the wind in your helmet and take in the scenery.

Whether you just want to go on the Moses Mabhida All Access Tour, or want to cover the promenade and beyond, there’s a wide range of Segway Gliding Tours to suit every glider.


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