30 Things to do in Durbs

1. Go to the beach. Some of my favourites are Umdloti, Umhlanga near the lighthouse, Pirates and Ushaka.

2. Browse in the fleamarkets: Essenwood on a Saturday morning; The Stables on Wednesday and Friday evenings and all day Sunday. The i heart market is held at the DLI hall on the first Saturday of every month and don’t miss the Food Market on the last Saturday of every month.

3. Go for a walk in the Hawaan Forest in Umhlanga. Guided tours are available.

4. Sip sundowner cocktails at Joe Cools or at the new Moyo bar at the end of the pier near uShaka.

5. Spend an evening exploring the nightlife in Florida Road, after having Durban’s best pasta at Spiga d’Oro, a gourmet burger at Delux or a Mexican meal at Taco Zulu.

6. Learn a watersport such as scuba diving, surfing or kite-surfing.

7. Visit Gateway. Everyone raves about it. It is spacious, light and airy. Quite revolutionary for a shopping centre.

8. A little-known shopping gem is La Lucia mall. It has some unusual shops beside all the must-haves. Don’t miss Lady Jane Vintage or Con Amore for something different.

9. Spend a sunny afternoon people-watching at Suncoast “beach.” You pay to get on to their lawn which has access to the beach and many recliners and umbrellas. This is where the beauties bronze.

10. Visit uShaka Marine World. You must buy a combo-ticket and do the water park and the aquarium. Both are world-class.

11. After your daytime adventures at uShaka, have dinner at Moyo, a truly African experience.

12. Browse through Durban’s fascinating second-hand bookstores. Ikes, Bookbase and Euforia to name a few.

13. Spend the morning at the KZNSA Gallery in Bulwer Road. They have a great gift shop and restuarant, too.

14. Speaking of art galleries, Durban has a wealth of them. The Durban Art Gallery, Kizo, ArtAfrica and Artisan are some of my favourites.

15. Support a street vendor and buy useful items like coat-hangers and laundry bags.

16. Historic Durban Country Club has a delicious buffet on a Sunday evening (you must go with a member, though, so befriend a local whilst playing a round of golf on the newly revamped course).

17. Botanic Gardens Sunday afternoon concerts are one of Durban’s greatest events.

18. Do the factory shop run in Stamford Hill Road, Brickhill Road and The Crescent.

19. Go to a rock concert at the Willowvale Hotel in Umbilo Road, an incomparable experience.

20. Take a drive to the Valley of a Thousand Hills and let its majesty take your breath away.

21. Have a curry or a bunny chow. Sunrise Chip ‘n Roll (also known as Johnnie’s Rotis) and the Brittania Hotel are sure bets.

22. Take a walk along the new beachfront promenade from uShaka to the stadium.

23. When you get to Moses Mabhida stadium, go on the sky car, do the sky walk or jump off the arch! You can also do a general or all access tour of the stadium. All activities are reasonably priced.

24. Have a cafe lunch in Umhlanga village.

25. Go on the Durban Arts or Heritage Bus – such a great way to see a side of the city many often neglect.

26. To see all the tourist bits of Durbs, take a ride on the Ricksha Bus, Durban’s very own open top bus tour.

27. Visit Phezulu at Assagay in the Valley of 1000 Hills for an experience of traditional Zulu culture. Not to be missed as this is Kwa-Zulu Natal afterall.

28. Visit Victoria Street Market and Warick Junction. Tours go regularly if you are too chicken to go alone.

29. Have dinner at the Revolving Restaurant for the a unique view of the city.

30. Hire a catamaran for a sunset cruise out to sea on a beautiful summer’s evening.


15 thoughts on “30 Things to do in Durbs”

  1. Willem Odie said:

    Thanks for the tips Cands. They will come in handy since I have been away for so long… Congrats and keep it up!

  2. love your blogs-so clever

  3. Dear Durban Diva,

    I enjoy your website and find information that you share interesting and helpful. I would like interest you in listing our tourist product Markets of Warwick tour as part of the 30 things to do in Durban. This tour takes you through the 9 informal markers in Warwick Junction including the Victoria Street market. Kindly get more information on our website http://www.markertsofwarwick.co.za or NGO blog site http://www.aet.org.za. This was a trader initiative to get the tourists to expolore other markets in Warwick. We are happy to take you on a tour so that you able to experience this tour yourself.

    My office contact number is 0313093880

    Looking forward to hearing from you.


    Phumzile Xulu
    Project Officer
    NGO Asiye eTafuleni

  4. Hi Phumzile

    Your initiative sounds great and your website is fun and vibrant. I would love to come on a tour sometime, take some pictures and feature it on the blog! I will be in touch with you next week to book.

    Thanks so much for getting in touch with me!

    • Great stuff! We are looking forward to see you. We have tours runnning everyday, 9:30 am but we will recommend coming on a Friday because all nine markers will be operating inclusive of the Bead markets which only operates on an Friday – and is one of the much favoured market:)

      Thank you for your interest.

      All the best,

      Markets of Warwick tour team

  5. Dear Durban Diva,
    Do you know of any worthwhile secondhand or thrift stores, that sell nice vintage clothes and accessories etc at reasonable prices- but you dont have to sit and sift through thousands of piles of dirty, unwanted clothing? Looking in the general Durban/Umhlanga/Berea/Kloof areas.
    Thank you

  6. Just stumbled across your blog whilst doing some online research for high tea at the Oyster Box (where we’re planning our 20-year high school reunion in September) & then came across this recommendation for Bonnie & Clyde in Glenwood. Thank you for the great reviews & useful nuggets of information! I am signing up for email notifications of new blog posts as we speak 🙂

    Paula Gruben
    Born-&-bred banana girl, now living in & loving Joburg for the past decade

  7. very interesting

  8. Quite interesting, thabks for the info…im in Durban tomorrow for a meeting on Monday….where can i go to meet some friendly people who are open to convo?

  9. DD, I moved to Durbs 2 weeks ago from Jozi/Pretoria and I am homesick like mad. I’ve been to most of the regular places you have listed, but would love to hear more about special events and the such in order to meet more people…

    • Hi Shumi
      Welcome to Durban! I am sure you will settle in quickly.
      I’ll do my best to keep you informed about special events where you can meet more people. Do you have any particular interests or hobbies that will give me an idea of what you like and help me to put you on the right track?
      Candice x

  10. can anyone help. i need a place in durban where i can enjoy outdoor activities with my girls for the weekend.

    • Hi Lilly

      The Moses Mabhida People’s Park has a really brilliant kids’ playground otherwise, Mitchell Park has a lovely little zoo and play area which should keep the kids entertained. There’s also always action on the Promenade.

      Have fun,


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