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How to Spend 1 Day in Durban

How to Spend 1 Day in Durban

Thanks to miles of golden sands and a rich mix of culture, Durban is a popular beach town on the east coast of South Africa. From waterfront bike rides to Indian cuisine, here’s how to get the most out of one day in Durban.

Morning: Explore the Waterfront

Orient yourself among Durban’s top attractions on a bike or walking tour that reveals the culture and history of the city. Traveling by bike or on foot lets you skip the city’s hectic traffic and see highlights—which include the Moses Mabhida Stadium and the Blue Lagoon—at your own speed. Plus, having a guide to lead the way means that you don’t have to worry about navigating an unfamiliar city alone. 

Afternoon: Embrace the Culture

Home to the largest population of Indians outside of India, Durban is renowned for its markets and fragrant spices. Sample some of the best flavors on a lunchtime tour, which tend to visit seafood and spice markets, and include an Indian feast for lunch. 

Then, see more of Durban on a walking tour; tours typically cover the Phansi Museum, Durban Botanic Gardens, and the Warwick Junction markets. Alternatively, visit Ushaka Marine World, sunbathe on one of Durban’s many beaches, or try surfing in the warm Indian Ocean.

Night: Experience the Nightlife

As night falls, see the city from a different perspective on a Venetian-style gondola ride through the canals of Durban Point Waterfront. After taking in the area’s flashy architecture and bright lights, grab a drink at a bar or restaurant that overlooks the ocean. 

Finish off the night on the Golden Mile—the beachfront promenade where you started your morning. There, you can party the night away in seaside bars that usually host a fun mix of locals and travelers.  

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Durban City Sightseeing Tour

Durban City Sightseeing Tour

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Take a Durban City sightseeing tour to get to know a city built by Zulu tribes, colonial settlers, and Indians who came during the 19th century to work as indentured servants. Learn more about how this diversity has shaped Durban.
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  • 3 hours
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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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Picnic Gondola Boat Ride at Durban Point Waterfront Canal

Picnic Gondola Boat Ride at Durban Point Waterfront Canal

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Drift down the Durban waterfront canal aboard a gondola boat on this tour. Relax while the experienced gondolier navigates the waterfront canals; your only job is to relax and take in the scenery. Eat a picnic lunch, consisting of local cheeses, juice, biscuits, and chocolates, out of a wicker basket made by the local Society for the Blind.
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  • 40 minutes
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