Tourism, Accommodation and Historical Attractions in Durban, South Africa
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Along the beachfront is all the beachgoer could wish for - water activities, elegant dining, gardens and curios. Thursday night is Family Fiesta night with live children's entertainment. The beaches are protected by shark nets.
Enjoy the beaches with the Ricksha bus. You pay your fare and can get on and get off as many times as you like between the Point Waterfront (South) and the Blue Lagoon (north) There are 12 stops and the frequency is every half hour.
Addington Beach/Vetch's Pier
These two beaches are adjacent to the Point and North Pier. Safe swimming, lifeguards and restaurants. Vetch's Pier is an old quay that is exposed at low tide. The Southern end of the beach is where most of the watersports enthusiasts launch their small yachts, windsurfers, hobies and jetskis. Take a walk on to the adjacent North Pier for a good view of the beachfront at night.
The Point Waterfront
Not quite yet, but soon there will be a range of upmarket attractions on the Point to rival those of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
uShaka Marine World offers a water park, restaurants, aquaria to rival any in the world and a host of shops.
Apart from the restoration of the multitude of quaint Victorian cottages and once bustling warehouses that were the heart of life in Durban for many years, there are many other plans. An underwater museum, a 20 story statue of King Shaka, an entertainment dome and a huge variety of shopping experiences, coffee shops and restaurants.
For now, just sit and relax at one of the restaurants and pubs and watch the ships move slowly in and out of the port - at very close quarters!
The far end of Point Road.
Body boarding, paddling pools, the Rachel Finlayson salt water swimming pool, refreshments, change rooms, shops, pigeons to feed, curios, surfing museum, fishing pier, ricksha rides, pedal rides.
Durban's only amusement park, packed with rides for the whole family - and the cable cars are the best way to see Durban's beachfront! There are dodgems, vintage car rides, Carousel, Swingboat, Tilterworld and others.
Time Warp Surfing Museum
A comprehensive display of surfboards and memorabilia. Ocean Sports Centre, Lower Marine Parade
Bay of Plenty
Durban is great surfing country and this beach is home to the world famous Gunston 500 surfing contest in July where you can see all the world's top surfers in action - and thousands of spectators, shops, stalls and food outlets.
This beach also hosts the only night surfing contest in the world. There is also bodyboarding and swimming, lawns, sunken gardens, and the Amphimarket Flea Market on Sundays.
Snake Park Beach
Parking, refreshments, ricksha rides, surfing.
Fitzsimmons Snake Park
Coil up with several hundred snakes and watch dangerous cobras being handled by expert keepers at this reptile centre. There are more than 160 different types of snake as well as leguaans (water monitor lizards), turtles and terrapins.
The centre acts as a rehabilitation centre for reptiles and there is also a curio shop. Snakes are fed on Saturdays and Sundays after each demonstration (10.00, 11.30, 13.00, 14.30 and 15.00)
Snake Park Beach, Lower Marine Parade.
This Lillipution world is located at the northern end of the beachfront and displays a number of Durban's landmarks at 1:25 scale. There is the City Hall, the airport, the harbour and one or two items from elsewhere in the country, all meticulously crafted.
In the evenings, there is an illuminated funfair. Minitown is a charitable organization.
Battery Beaches 1 and 2
Swimming and life guards. Behind the beach next to the road there are paddling pools and slides.
Swimming and life guards.
Swimming and life guards.
Country Club Beach
Paddling pools and slides.
This beach is adjacent to the mouth of the Umgeni River and is a popular angling spot. There are plenty of braai sites and a selection of eateries.
Under the freeway bridge alongside the river there is the Coconut Grove Road House, more braai sites and a pleasant walk along the South bank of the Umgeni River.
This area is popular with the Indian community on Saturday nights where they come to show off their cars and their hifi systems! The model boating pond, canoe club, bowling greens, mashie course, golf and netball are also located here.
Under the other freeway bridge, one will find the 19th hole puttputt course (3031633).
Durban is on the Whale Watch Route. Spend a couple of hours watching great humpback whales breaching and tail sailing off the Main Durban beaches.
The humpback is the greatest showoff amongst whales and also has the longest song. If you're lucky, you'll also come across the local bottle nosed dolphins. The tours are organized by the Natal Sharks Board.
Anstey's Beach (Bluff)
A favourite haunt of experienced surfers, Anstey's also boasts green lawns, a paddling pool and shops.
Brighton Beach (Bluff)
There are plenty of rock pools on this beach to occupy young and old. There is also a tidal pool.