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Durban tours and excursions

Durban tours

Stadium tours

Moses Mabhida Stadium, built for the 2010 World Cup and host to the semi-final match, has redefined the landscape of Durban. Get a behind-the-scenes look at this new city landmark, including the changing rooms, tunnel, the unique collection of 40 different artworks created by over 300 artists, banqueting facilities and the stadium window overlooking the city skyline.

Tel: (031) 582 8242.
Website: http://www.mmstadium.com

Bus tours

There is a large number of operators offering minibus and coach tour itineraries. Major operators include Tours South Africa which offers a wide range of half day and day tours in and around the city. Tekweni Ecotours offers a 'Durban City Explorer' tour, taking in the main city sights and concluding with a visit to a local township for a traditional Zulu meal served in a private house.

Tel: (031) 332 0575.
Website: http://www.tekweniecotours.co.za

Dolphin and whale-watching tours

Dolphin and whale watching boat trips depart daily from uShaka Sea World, operated by Ocean Ventures. The hour-long tour includes the chance to snorkel in reefs and wrecks en route. The best time to see humpback whales is from June to November when they make their way up from the freezing Antarctic to the warm, tropical waters off Durban.

Tel: (031) 332 9949.
Website: http://www.oceanventures.co.za/

Walking tours

Two city walking tour itineraries, led by qualified guides, is offered by the tourist board, departing from the Tourist Junction in Pine Street. One focuses on the old railway station, provides an insight into Ghandi and Indian settlement in the city and the city's architectural gems and markets. The second takes in history, art, City Hall and architecture.

Tel: (031) 322 4173.
Website: http://www.durbanexperience.co.za/

Durban excursions

Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift

History buffs should visit the eerie battlefield of Isandlwana, where British troops were massacred by the Zulu army in 1879, then continue to Rorke's Drift, where 139 British soldiers held off an attack from 4,000 Zulu warriors, in a a battle made famous by the Michael Caine movie Zulu. The soldiers went on to win more Victoria Crosses than in any other battle in history. Battlefield tours of these sites can be arranged.

Drakensberg Mountains and Kingdom of Lesotho

Less than three hours by car from Durban are the spiky Drakensberg Mountains, a 200km-long (124 miles) World Heritage site of spectacular beauty. The Dragon Mountains were once home to the San people or bushmen and their ancient rock art can still be seen today. The dramatic basalt cliffs offer endless trekking routes for adventurers. In addition, the mountains are the gateway to the land-locked, independent Kingdom of Lesotho, via the treacherous, winding Sani Pass which climbs 3,000m (9,842ft) above sea level to the so-called Roof of Africa.

Tel: (031) 366 7500.
Website: http://www.drakensberg.kzn.org.za

Valley of a Thousand Hills

By car, it takes around 30 minutes to reach this beautiful valley in the heart of KwaZuku Natal where visitors can enjoy a glimpse of Zulu culture, in addition to boat cruises, steam train trips, microlight flights and fishing trips, all amid beautiful hill scenery.

Website: http://www.kzn.org.za

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve

If you want to discover a slice of safari, spend a day at Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal, 246km (153 miles) from Durban. Located in the heart of Zululand, the reserve is home to 84 species of game, an impressive number of birds, plus the "Big Five" - lions, buffaloes, rhinos, elephant and leopards, as well as cheetahs, giraffes, zebra, blue wildebeests, spotted hyenas and wild dogs. A day to remember. Day-long, half-day and three-hour safaris can be arranged.

Website: http://hluhluwegamereserve.com
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Featured Hotels


Hilton Durban

This city landmark offers rooms with gorgeous views of the coastline, easy access to Durban's beaches, a buffet themed restaurant called Rainbow Terrace and an outdoor swimming pool and fitness centre.

The Concierge

The Concierge is a boutique hotel built on the site of eight heritage-listed buildings. Retaining its 1920's façade, the interiors however are modern, luxurious and distinctive. There are 12 guest rooms colour themed with design variations, stunning custom finished furniture and shower areas that are described as "being soaked in warm jungle rain".

eMakhosini on East

The newly refurbished eMakhosini on East offers 45 en-suite guest rooms, including air-conditioning, hair dryer, tea/coffee making facilities and Wi-Fi facilities. The hotel's staff are warm and friendly, while the on-site Gibela Restaurant offers buffet and a la carte options.

Riverside Hotel & Spa

Located in an excellent position high up on the bank of the Umgweni River a short distance from the city centre the Riverside Hotel & Spa offers stunning views of the green belt and nearby coast. All 169 rooms have microwaves and bar fridges while there is a swimming pool and baby sitting facilities available too. Board games can also be hired if the weather turns inclement.

Royal Hotel

With a history almost as long as that of the city itself, this iconic Durban hotel is a luxurious option. It offers four restaurants, a gym, health centre, swimming pool and even offers a dedicated floor for women travelling alone. There are 113 rooms in total, with great views of the city and the harbour.

Suncoast Towers

Located on the legendary Golden Mile, this popular hotel in Durban, with 37 tastefully furnished rooms and suites, plus a classy penthouse suite, attracts those who want to chance their arm at a roulette table. In the casino and an arm's length from golden sands, it has stunning views from its huge, chic spa. It is also conveniently close to the airport.