Looking for family-friendly fun or exciting activities with friends in Durban? We have a few ideas you might like. Go rolling down a hill in a giant hamster ball or enjoy a deliciously relaxing morning at a food market.
Shongweni farmers market – FREE
Grab the kids and the dog and head out to the Shongweni farmers market, with its classic ‘country style’ charm to its decadent treats and freshly baked breads to handmade leather sandals and wooden furniture.
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Funworld Amusement Park – FREE Entry, charges per ride
Hit the beach and the amusement park at Durban Funworld. There is something for big kids, such as the Swing Boat, while the little ones can enjoy a carousel or Elephant ride. And when the day gets too hot you can cool off at the beach or in one of the pools.
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Minitown – R15 kids / R20 adults
Feel like a giant at Minitown, a replica 1:24 scale of Durban and some of its most iconic landmarks. With its mini-planes and mini-trains, and even a bridge that needs to be lifted to give way to incoming mini-boats, Minitown will be enjoyed and its detail appreciated by family members of all ages.
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Groovy Balls Adventures – R150 Zorbing (for 2 people) / Paintball R185 / Sumo R150 (for 2 people)
Get in a giant hamster ball and go Zorbing. Wondering what Zorbing is? You get into a large inflated ball and roll down a hill. If that doesn’t float your boat (or roll your ball) you can also go paintballing, go-karting or dress up like a sumo wrestler and battle it out against a friend.
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Umgeni Steam Train – R200 per adult / R140 kids & pensioners
Take a steam train ride along the picturesque Valley of a 1000 Hills in some of the oldest running steam powered trains in South Africa. The trains run from Kloof Station to Inchanga station, on the last Sunday of every month, on one of the oldest (built in the late 1800’s) active railway lines in South Africa.
Photo Credit: Umgeni Steam Train
Umgeni River Bird Park – R50 adults / R30 kids
Home to over 800 birds and 200 species from Macaws to Hornbills, Umgeni Bird Park is nestled in 3,5 hectares of lush landscape in the heart of Durban. The highlight of the park is the free flight demonstration where our feathered friends get to show off what they would do in the wild.
Photo Credit: Umgeni River Bird Park
Bike & Bean – R50 pp p/h
Enjoy a scenic bike ride along one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline Durban has to offer, with a variety of bikes and body boards to hire you can hit the beach or promenade and then enjoy a great cup of coffee and a snack.
Durban Ice Arena – R50 – R100
Have some fun on the ice at Durban Ice Arena. Whether you’re there to skate like you’re training for the winter Olympics or simply there to enjoy the Friday night freestyle disco sessions it will be a fun experience for all.
Photo Credit: Durban Ice Arena
The Morning Trade Market – FREE
Looking for farm fresh goods and artisanal treats? Then look no further. Head down to Station Drive in Morningside for The Morning Trade Market held every Saturday from 8am – 1pm.
Photo Credit: The Morning Market
Durban Botanical Gardens – FREE
Grab a blanket, a picnic basket and some of your favourite people for a beautiful day spent in the Botanical Gardens. Take a relaxing meander through the Herbarium, Orchid House, and Cycad Garden. You can also stop by the charity tea garden for a fresh cup of tea or cold drink.Photo Credit: Durban Botanical Gardens
Music at The Lake
Chill out and listen to some of your favourite bands at Music at The Lake held in the magical Durban Botanical Gardens. You can keep up to date with all their upcoming events here.
Photo Credit: Music at the Lake
Have any interesting, fun or fantastic ideas for things to do in Durban these Holidays? Let us know in the comments below.