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How to Spend 3 Days in Durban

How to Spend 3 Days in Durban

With a bustling waterfront, a vibrant culture, and plenty of opportunities for water sports and safaris, Durban is an ideal vacation destination. With three days in the coastal hub, you can wander the city’s massive street markets, try its renowned Indian food, spot African wildlife at nearby game parks, and more. Here’s how. 

Day 1: City sights

Spend your first day getting to know Durban’s heritage and culture. Choose from a myriad of guided biking and walking tours, learning the stories behind attractions such as the Victoria Street Market, KwaMuhle Museum, Moses Mabhida Stadium, and Port of Durban. For lunch, delve into Durban’s Indian culture on a tour that visits local spice markets, teaches you how to make roti, and includes a traditional meal. 

Later, head to the waterfront. Cycle along the Golden Mile, or savor views of the city as you ride a Venetian-style gondola through the Durban Point Waterfront canals.

Day 2: Cultural villages or ocean adventures

Get out of the city on a tour of replicas of traditional Zulu villages, such as those at PheZulu Safari Park and Shakaland. Then, learn about the country’s tumultuous past at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site and apartheid museum. 

Alternatively, get out on the water. Surf one of Durban’s famous breaks; go snorkeling; join a shark cage diving tour along the Aliwal Shoal. Or, just chill on a white-sand beach before wrapping up your day with fresh seafood and drinks at an open-air restaurant.

Day 3: A classic safari

Don’t miss the chance to go on an African safari. Tours take you to St. Lucia, then through the UNESCO-listed iSimangaliso Wetland Park by boat—keep an eye out for hippos, crocodiles, and African fish eagles. Continue on to Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park, and look for wildlife on a guided game drive. If you’re lucky, you may even see the “big five”: rhinos, elephants, lions, leopards, and Cape buffalo.

Back in Durban, make the most of your last evening by checking out the nightlife on popular Florida Road. 

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Safari Private Half Day Tour from Durban

Safari Private Half Day Tour from Durban

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This day safari takes you to KwaZulu-Natal, a coastal province known for its beauty and diverse array of wildlife. The tour has three stops: Natal Lion Park, where you can admire a resident pride of lions up close; the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, where you can see indigenous South African raptors; and Tala Private Game Reserve, home to kudu, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, eland, and other big game animals.
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  • 6 hours
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US$168.66
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US$168.66
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Phezulu Cultural Village & Reptile Park Private Half Day Tour from Durban

Phezulu Cultural Village & Reptile Park Private Half Day Tour from Durban

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Discover the incredible heritage of South Africa's Zulu people with a visit to Phezulu Cultural Village and Reptile Park. Depart Durban for KwaZulu-Natal's stunning Valley of 1000 Hills, where many Zulu people still reside. The park itself is known for its traditional beehive-shaped huts and hands-on experiences like Zulu spear making. Witness a colorful Zulu dance performance, then embark on an informative tour of the park's reptile portion where you'll learn first-hand about resident crocodiles and snakes, including the notorious green mamba.
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  • 4 hours
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US$84.33
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St Lucia Estuary Safari & Emdoneni Wild Cat Project Private Day Tour from Durban

St Lucia Estuary Safari & Emdoneni Wild Cat Project Private Day Tour from Durban

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Enjoy two thrilling wildlife experiences in one day on this full-day tour from Durban. First, set sail around the UNESCO World Heritage-listed St Lucia and iSimangaliso Wetland Park and look out for hippos, crocodiles, and fish eagle as you cruise around the scenic wetlands. After lunch (own expense), pay a visit to the Emdoneni Wild Cat Sanctuary, where you can learn about the center’s rehabilitation efforts and see cheetahs, serval cats, African wildcats, and lynx.
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  • 12 hours
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US$186.23
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US$186.23
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Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari & St Lucia Boat Safari Private Day Tour from Durban

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari & St Lucia Boat Safari Private Day Tour from Durban

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Surf and turf safari tour anyone? Experience Africa's great diversity of wildlife by boat and by truck during this full day round trip tour from Durban. Travel up South Africa's Wild Coast to St. Lucia to spot crocs and hippos then head inland to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve to search for Africa's Big 5 by off-road vehicle. Finish with a relaxing dinner overlooking Africa’s oldest park before returning home.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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US$245.85
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Hluhluwe Game Reserve Safari from Durban

Hluhluwe Game Reserve Safari from Durban

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Set out on a day-long safari from Durban to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of Africa's oldest nature reserves. It's also home to the world's largest white rhino population, a species once on the brink of extinction. Once here, you'll embark on a closed vehicle game drive in search of Africa's 'Big Five,' along with other animals such as cheetahs and hyenas. Scan the waters for crocs and hippos, and keep an eye (and an ear) out for birds like the colorful little bee eater and the Klaas's cuckoo.
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  • 12 hours
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US$172.34
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US$172.34
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Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center

Shakaland - Zulu Cultural Center

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Spend a day at Shakaland to learn about Zulu life from the Zulu people who live there. Visit a traditional Zulu kraal (village), eat a typical lunch and watch a performance of Zulu dancers.
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  • 8 hours
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US$124.28
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US$124.28
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Mandela Capture Site & PheZulu Cultural Village Private Day Tour from Durban

Mandela Capture Site & PheZulu Cultural Village Private Day Tour from Durban

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Take a hassle-free day trip to Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KawZulu-Natal province, on this small-group tour from Durban, limited to 11 people or fewer. Visit the site where Nelson Mandela was captured, learn about traditional Zulu culture, and more on an 8-hour excursion from the city.
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  • 8 hours
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US$219.90
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US$219.90
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Durban City Highlights Tour

Durban City Highlights Tour

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See for yourself why Durban is one of the most visited places in South Africa on this 4-hour tour of the city. Start your tour with stunning views of the Indian Ocean as you ride along the Golden Mile. Then, visit the markets in Warwick Triangle and Moses Mabhida Stadium. Along the way, see the popular Durban Harbour, one of South Africa’s busiest ports. Other must-see spots of the day include the Durban Botanic Gardens and City Hall.
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  • 4 hours
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US$39.73
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US$39.73
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Magical Gondola Night Rides in Durban

Magical Gondola Night Rides in Durban

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Soak up the magic of Durban’s waterfront by night as you glide down the canals in a Venetian-style gondola. Let the glittering lights of Durban Point Waterfront, one of South Africa’s most celebrated new developments, slip by as you slide below bridges and down elegant waterways. Escape the bustle of the city for half an hour, with plenty to do once you return.
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  • 30 minutes
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US$7.78
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US$7.78

Durban Surfing Excursion

Durban Surfing Excursion

For the hungry and dedicated! This excursion is designed for the person hungry for a surf . Whether you are are a complete beginner or looking to advance to the next level, our excursion of surfing is the perfect way to spend time on the beach and work toward your goals in the water. Our surf lessons are designed to fit your specific surfing needs.
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  • 1 hour
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US$25.30
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