AWESOME ADVENTURES AWAIT IN DURBAN!
Adventure lovers are spoilt for choice in Durban and surrounds with plenty of activities to suit just about every taste – from adrenaline pumping thrills such as shark diving and skydiving to the more tranquil options such as hot air balloon trips.
With access control measures and entry screening in place, these outlets offer a great, safe day out and are perfect for social distancing. Don your masks and head out to enjoy them this holiday.
Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park
This is Durban’s favourite outdoor venue for adventure, picnics, hiking, trail running, mountain biking, a BMX biking track and so much more. It’s a slice of heaven for outdoor enthusiasts with something suitable for the whole family, from kids to grandparents. Giba Gorge has over 30km of main trails, linked up with another 10km of alternative routes, plus hikes and trails that lead to the upper Mackintosh waterfall destination. For the extremists there is another larger waterfall and perhaps even the early Rock Shelter predating all modern history in the area.
For more info visit: https://www.gibagorge.co.za/
031 769 1419
110 Stockville Rd, Tollgate, Pinetown
Phezulu Safari Park
This picturesque park situated in Botha’s Hill, only 35 km’s from central Durban, has magnificent views of the extraordinary Valley of a Thousand Hills. Whether you are after a 4×4 game drive, enjoying an exhilarating live crocodile show after taking in the crocodile enclosures, or marveling at a wide variety of indigenous snakes, tortoises and other creatures in the Reptile Park, Phezulu Safari Park will make you feel welcome. There are three hiking trail options and two kids bike tracks on offer. Or opt for the guided 4×4 Safari Game Drives in an open vehicle. What’s more,Segway Gliding Tours has launched the all-new and exciting Phezulu segway rides, with different tracks on offer, depending on your ability, where you can glide past the crocs and do some game spotting too. Phezulu is a ‘not-to-be-missed’ experience for the whole family, with the Valley of a 1000 Hills backdrop providing amazing photo opportunities. The on-site Nguni Café also enables you to sit on the edge of the valley while you enjoy a delicious meal. Open between 08H00 – 16H30, with the reptile park opening time currently changed from 08H00 to 09H00.
For more info visit: https://phezulusafaripark.co.za/
190 Old Main Rd, Bothas Hill, Outer West Durban, 3610
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 the deck and enjoy the licensed bar. Activities include Motocross, Cato Ridge Quad Trails, 4X4, Archery, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Paintball and Zipline.
For more info visit: https://highstakes.co.za/
031 782 1139
2 Killarney Valley Rd, Cato Ridge, 3680
Aqua Wild Africa
Run by Daniele Marco Pavan, this is a Gillitts/Durban-based scuba diving course and diving adventures facility. Get wet and wild as you discover the beauty of the ocean first hand! They offer beginner to advanced PADI diving courses, open water diving adventures, shark diving, wreck diving, rescue diving, sardine run, diving getaways and more!
For more info visit: http://www.aquawildafrica.co.za/
NORTHERN SUBURBS & NORTH COAST
Make the most of an exciting family day and venture out to Sugar Rush Park for magic, nature, beautiful surroundings and a carefree atmosphere. The phenomenal onsite facilities include a restaurant, laser tag park, putt putt, a kids’ playground, train rides, a reptile park, slime and crafts, a pump track, running trails, a gift shop, bike hire, trampoline park, archery, a spa, ziplining, a petting zoo, picnic areas and much more.
For more info visit: https://www.sugarrush.co.za/
Esenembe Road, Ballito, Dolphin Coast
Clubventure – Ballito
Adventure Valley is nestled in a valley along the Sampoya river with abundant bird life
and forest surroundings. Here, nature lovers can experience the outdoors in a peaceful set right in the heart of nature. The 1,5km Zipline Tour with the “first-in-the-world” Parazip is the most popular attraction on offer. The tour spans the valley and meanders into parts of the lush forest. Sliding along Zipline Cables and enjoying small walking trails that form part of the tour, make this adventure a memorable one.
For more info visit: https://www.clubventure.co.za/
Tel: 032 942 8014; 032 815 1027
Mobile: 082 414 2448
Hopewell Farm No. 1369, Esenembe Road, Ballito
Ballito Cable Ski Park
The park has a bit of everything for the whole family. Activities on offer include Wakeboarding, Water skiing, Wake skating, stand-up paddle boarding, Wake surfing, Knee boarding, Slalom skiing, Fly Boarding, Tube and Jet Ski rides, airsoft bush warfare (similar to paintball), a kiddies water slide plusmuch more.
For more info visit: https://cableski.co.za/
D176 Esenembi Road Ballito Ballitoville
Snorkelling with Tidal Tao – Salt Rock
The coast around Salt Rock and Ballito has some amazing snorkelling with well over 150 species of reef fish and a wide array of other marine life. Enjoy a range of safe and fun snorkelling spots, ideal for the entire family. If you can swim, you can learn to snorkel. Snorkel trips are on hold during Advanced Level 3 restrictions while beaches are closed.
For more info visit: https://www.tidaltao.com/
+27 (0) 79 307 0608
Corner Ocean Drive and Old Main Road, Shaka’s Rock Beach, Dolphin Coast KZN, South Africa (meet at Cafe Salt in Shaka’s Rock)
Within minutes of take-off, you will be flying over Durban’s beautiful coastline. Common sightings of whales, sharks, dolphins, manta rays and schools of fish add to this once in a lifetime experience and introduction to flight.
For more info visit: https://www.microlights.co.za/
Horse Riding at Redwoods
For a unique, scenic and relaxing horse riding experience, Redwoods Riding Centre on the magnificent and fast-growing KZN North Coast is a must visit. Enjoy trails through the sugar belt, where there is an abundance of coastal forest, dams, natural water ways and viewpoints that make for very attractive rides. The centre caters to novice and more experienced riders from eight years old and up. The trails are usually about an hour and a half long, depending on riders’ ability and comfort.Redwoods also offers sumptuous Champagne breakfast picnic rides that can be tailor-made to create a one-of-a-kind experience, whether it be to celebrate a birthday, personal or relationship milestone or even a wedding proposal. To book your spot for an unforgettable experience, please contact Shane or Shannon Hopkins on 083 3015532 / 032 942 6031 or email email@example.com.
For more info visit: https://redwoodsridingballito.wordpress.com/
INANDA, NTUZUMA & KWAMASHU (INK)
eNanda Adventure Park
eNanda Adventures is located on the shores of Inanda Dam, and only 30 minutes drive from Durban. Whether you love mountain biking, hiking or various water sports and adventure activities, Inanda offers you ideal conditions in breathtaking surroundings, with more than 100 km of beautiful and maintained hiking and mountain biking trails. Make sure not to miss the breath-taking hike around the local gorge with its impressive uMzinyathi Waterfall and Rastafarian Cave. The area around Inanda Dam is also highly spiritual with links to the traditional African Shembe religion. The Durban Green Corridor runs a Trail Centre adjacent to the dam which functions as a centre of all outdoor activities and offers braai facilities, sanitation as well as secure parking. For your outdoor experience, mountain bikes, canoes and kayaks are available for hire on site.
For more info visit: http://wozaenanda.co.za/adventures/
Bike and Cart Rental
What better way to enjoy Durban’s stunning, flat Golden Mile than with a leisurely bike or cart ride along the promenade? There are a number of establishments along the
beachfront from uShaka Beach to Umhlanga, all offering bikes for the whole family including tandem bikes, bikes with baby chairs and electric bikes. For the slightly more adventurous or those wanting more stability than a bicycle, there are also pedal go-karts for both adults and children.
The promenade remains open for lifestyle activities during Advanced Level 3 restrictions.
Green Corridor’s adventure tourism offerings have emerged across river, ocean and land ecosystems. The rugged terrain and rich traditions of our rural landscape; the beat of our diverse urban fabric and the unparalleled natural beauty of our rare ecosystems have been packaged into tourism experiences that serve as incubators for social and environmental initiatives. Not only are Green Hub activities eco tourism based; transporting you to green pockets you would not picture in the vibrant urban city that is Durban, but the proceeds also feed their Purpose Projects and their development. The central hub for Green Corridor bookings and information is the GreenHub located on the banks of the uMngeni river. eNanda Adventure Park and isiThumba Adventure Centre are satellite booking centres. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all tours including shuttle tours are restricted to closed family/same social circle groups of no more than six people. No canoeing tours are currently taking place.
For more info visit: https://durbangreencorridor.co.za/
+27 (0)31 322 6026/7 +27 (78) 726 4890
Moses Mabhida Stadium – Adventure Activities
There are two ways to get to the top of the stadium’s iconic 106m high arch. There’s the SkyCar ride for those who can’t wait to reach the top, and then there’s the Adventure
Walk up 500 steps for those who are up for a bit of a workout. There’s a breathtaking view and photo opportunity at every stop to catch your breath. At the top of the viewing platform, you can savour the 360º Durban views knowing you really earned it. Seventy metres up, you’ll come across the Big Rush Swing platform where the brave leap into the stadium bowl. Got the guts? Try it out – it’s officially the world’s tallest swing according to the Guinness Book of Records. You can also enjoy a stadium tour and end the day off with a Segway Gliding Tour, where you effortlessly glide in and around the stadium to visit hotspots with picture-perfect photo opportunities, taking in the panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and the Golden Mile.
For more info visit: https://www.mmstadium.com/
Book now for your scenic and relaxing Gondola Boat Ride on the amazing Point Waterfront Canal. Board at the dock situated at the uShaka end of the Durban Point Waterfront and step into one of our Unique African Gondolas to feel as if you’ve stepped out of life’s rush and into another world.
For more info visit: https://gondolas.co.za
uShaka Sea World
At uShaka Sea World, it really is an adventure, with dolphin shows, seal shows, penguin presentations, shark dives, ray feeds and so much more!
For more info visit: https://ushakamarineworld.co.za/sea-world/
uShaka Sea Animal Encounters Island
Introducing an island adventure like no other! Meet a dolphin, feed a sting ray, walk with the sharks or snorkel with exotic fish! Ushaka Marine World offers adventurers three unforgettable experiences: The Snorkel Experience, The Xpanda Shark Dive and The Oceanwalker Experience.
For more info visit: https://ushakamarineworld.co.za/sea-animal-encounters-island/
uShaka Chimp & Zee
Come and experience Durban’s ultra-thrilling, rope adventure park – with the longest continuous belay* system in Africa!
Pre-book on 0313321167 / 0787878954 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info visit: https://ushakamarineworld.co.za/chimp-zee/
Hot-Air Ballooning in Durban
Get a different perspective of Durban – a bird’s eye view! Hot-Air Ballooning is a unique adventure, where you float in the clouds several hundred metres in the air. Experience 1200 degrees of adventure and romance all year round. Fly from KwaZulu-Natal’s finest ballooning venues, from a mountainous backdrop in the central Drakensberg (Champagne Valley) to English countryside scenery in the KZN Midlands, or game viewing at Tala Private Game Reserve, the choice is yours.
For more info visit: https://www.dirtyboots.co.za/operators/hot-air-ballooning-sa-kwazulu-natal
Paragliding in Durban
For a passionate love affair with the blue skies of Durban, go on a Paragliding Adventure. Start out with a tandem flight with an experienced guide, taking in the smooth conditions and amazing views that make Durban an excellent training site for students. Flight sites on offer include Durban’s Bluff, Kloof Gorge, Winston Park, Camperdown and Bulwer Mountain.
For an unforgettable trip around Durban, try out experiences including harbour tours, private cruises, whale watching, deep sea fishing and tuk tuk city rides.
For more info: Tel: 031 301 7008. Cell: 082 851 4787
Cycle Tours in Durban
Make Durban your very own open-air museum on this great 2 to 3 hour night-time experience. On these guided city tours you will see why Durban is the warmest place to be. See the scenery and smell the warm Indian ocean at a pace that allows you to soak it all in. Paddle through and visit tourist attractions and historical sites in areas like City/South Beach which is home to the well-known Juma Mosque, Victoria Street Market/Warwick Junction, the Harbour – which is known to be the busiest and largest shipping port in the southern hemisphere, Golden Mile which is 6km long in one direction, Moses Mabhida Stadium – considered the world’s most beautiful, the local skate park and Station Drive Precinct.
Horseback Riding and Horse Beach Rides
Currently offering only rural and township rides during Advanced Level 3, but the main attraction is usually beach rides which remain restricted until Level 3 restrictions are lifted. Groups are currently limited to six, with masks and social distancing in place.
Reunion beach, a 20-minute drive south of Durban, is the setting for the popular horseback beach rides, accommodating riders from ages 5-60yrs old of all levels. Trails are between 2 and 7 hours long with afternoon, sunset and evening trails. You’ll also have the opportunity to swim with your horse. Familiar with the beach and sea, these well-trained horses also enjoy the chance to cool off in the waves. As these rides are on soft beach sand, rider weight is limited to 80kg. Riders must wear long pants and closed shoes and the riding helmet is provided.
Shark Cage Diving
South Africa is one of the few countries in the world where you can dive with sharks in the open water and see Great White Sharks, Tiger Sharks, Blacktip Sharks, Dusky Sharks, Zambezi Sharks to name but a few, many of which can be seen frequently along the Durban coastline, particularly at Aliwal Shoal! See 5 to 20 sharks on a 30–minute cage dive in the open sea – no diving experience required. The boat trip includes shark viewing, informative talks on them, marine life and conservation, and a visit to shark nets for an explanation of how they work. The whole trip takes about two and a half hours. Sharks guaranteed or your money back.
For more info visit: https://www.sharkcagedivingkzn.com
Shark Cage Diving KZN, Rocky Bay, Durban
Diving at Aliwal Shoal
Just off the coast of Umkomaas, this area has a spectacular marine ecosystem awaiting intrepid scuba divers. The magnificent reef is alive with colourful corals, reef fish, turtles, whales, rays and moray eels. It is rated among the top five warm water diving spots in the world, barely dropping below 19 degrees.
For more info visit: https://aliwalshoal.co.za;
039 973 2233
Shark Cage Diving – Aliwal Dive Centre
2 Moodie Street, Umkomaas
PMB & MIDLANDS
Acrobranch Adventure Park – Pietermaritzburg
Whether you are looking for a family outing or an adrenaline rush, Acrobranch Adventure Park in Pietermaritzburg (KwaZulu-Natal Midlands) is the natural place for adventure. Acrobranch’s challenging obstacle courses are situated in a beautiful outdoor environment and offer the perfect entertainment that keeps the kids going for hours on end.
2 Zwartkop Rd, Prestbury, Pietermaritzburg, 3201
A tandem skydive enables you to experience the exhilaration of free fall with no experience at all. Just outside Durban near Eston, you can enjoy this adrenaline-filled adventure with a qualified tandem jumpmaster who will make all the decisions while you exit the plane and enjoy your 45-second free fall.
For more info visit: http://skydivedurban.co.za/
072 2146 040
Karkloof Canopy Tour
Based in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, the Karkloof Canopy Tour has been built in a spectacular valley of the mistbelt podacarpus Karkloof Forest Reserve. All groups are escorted through the forest canopy by a lead guide and a safety guide to ensure your safety as you slide from tree to tree. The platforms are built high up in the forest canopy and all offer different views of the surrounding forest, a magnificent 20m waterfall, clear sparkling forest stream and across the expansive Karkloof valley far below. The Karkloof Canopy Tour consists of 12 platforms and 10 zip-line slides, the longest of which is 200m! A tour lasts approximately two hours, this is a safe, fun adventure for people between the ages of 6 and 80+ and includes refreshments during the tour.
For more info visit: https://www.canopytour.co.za/locations/karkloof/
With strict safety protocols in place, you can max out on adventure in Durban while staying safe. No mask means no entry.