Destinations & Attractions in Durban Metro, in Durban

Durban Metro Destinations & Attractions

The Durban Metro in KwaZulu-Natal comprises the city centre and surrounds, stretching to Umhlanga, Inchanga, Botha’s Hill and Yellowwood Park. However, its heart is the centre of Durban; the third-largest city in South Africa that is known for its cosmopolitan vibe combined with its undeniable Indian roots.

Having been established in 1880, Durban is a city with plenty of history. This means that the Victorian architecture of yesteryear still defines many of its original buildings, juxtaposed with the hubbub of a veritable metropolis. Having been a popular tourist attraction for decades, Durban is now home to the King Shaka International Airport, which means that it is now even easier to get here for visitors from all over the world. The city has an excellent infrastructure and is amply equipped to accommodate the many visitors (both from South Africa and abroad).

Durban is known for its hot, humid climate. Even winters are temperate. For those that enjoy the heat, this is an ideal destination almost all year round. The warm Indian Ocean waters also make it one of the country’s top surfing, swimming and watersports spots. Along the beachfront, local artists and crafters showcase their goods. Not only is this a great opportunity to get African-themed gifts and mementoes for those back home, but visitors are sure to find some great deals here.

Rickshaw rides along the beachfront are a must for visitors. There are only a handful of registered rickshaws in the city. These are carts that are pulled along by magnificently adorned runners, who leap into the air (causing the rickshaw to dip) and run as fast as they can. Their colourful headdresses and beaded accessories are fabulously authentic, and the experience is fun.

For years, Durban has been the famous home of the wonderful uShaka Marine World, which is fantastic for the entire family. This is the largest themed marine park on the African continent. This park provides a number of exciting activities; such as shark cage diving, snorkelling in a lagoon, walking on the ocean floor, feeding rays, interacting with dolphins and meeting one of the seals. uShaka has its own stretch of the Durban Metro coastline, on which several sports are played, and time spent with the family is encouraged.

Shopaholics will love spending time in one of the biggest retail hubs in Africa – Gateway Theatre of Shopping. In addition to hundreds of shops, there is also plenty of entertainment. This ranges from engineered waves that are uber fun to surf and the Sciencentre to funfairs for the little ones and skate parks. There is a seemingly endless variety of places to get great food and refreshments, making Gateway the perfect place to spend a whole day with friends and family.

Amanzimtoti

Amanzimtoti is situated to the south of the centre of Durban in KwaZulu Natal. The name ‘Amanzimtoti’ means ‘sweetwaters’ and is generally attributed to the famed King Shaka of the Zulus. During one of Shaka’s campaigns, he ...

Assagay

Situated in what has become known as Outer West Durban, Assagay, also sometimes spelt Assegay, lies just north west of Hillcrest beyond the Tollgate, when coming from the centre of Durban. This part of the world is greener and ...

Athlone Park

Just 7.5 kilometres from Durban, along the south coast road, Athlone Park is one of the more upmarket northern suburbs of Amanzimtoti, just before the start of the Hibiscus Coast - a firm favourite with outdoor lovers. It was ...

Berea

Berea is a garden suburb; green, lush and ultimately scenic. It is perched high up, offering awesome views of the city below. The architecture of this suburb is eclectic; ranging from Victorian and Edwardian manor homes to art ...

Bluff

The Bluff comprises a number of suburbs between the military base and Treasure Beach. Its prettiness comes from its many beautiful beaches, which remain unspoilt and inviting. These are stunning choices for those who enjoy ...

Bothas Hill

Not only are the views from up on Botha’s Hill some of the most spectacular in the country - it overlooks the Valley of a Thousand Hills - but Botha’s Hill is one of ‘those’ hills that invariably gets a mention when it’s time for ...

Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach is a surfer’s paradise, situated on The Bluff. It is also popular for fishing and diving, thanks to its abundance of marine life. The local vegetation is dense and lush, offering a home to many wildlife species. ...

Camperdown

Lying part way between Hillcrest and Pietermaritzburg along the N3, Camperdown has recently mushroomed for several rather obvious reasons. It lies close to both Durban and Pietermaritzburg, parts of its municipality falls within ...

Cato Ridge

Cato Ridge lies along the Mariannhill Toll Road between Assagay and Camperdown, just a little further west of Inchanga. Despite its pretty sounding name, Cato Ridge is not all that attractive at first glance. On a ridge it ...

Chatsworth

One of Durban's biggest inner-city suburbs just south of the city centre, Chatsworth is a growing, vibrant and cosmopolitan home to over 450 000 people that extends over some 64 different suburbs in a mish mash of old and new ...

Cowies Hill

The quiet, leafy suburb of Cowies Hill, just outside of Durban, is, despite being an upmarket and rather elite suburb, notorious as the last of the five murderous hills in the down-run of the Comrades Marathon. This part of ...

Crestholme

Crestholme is a pretty area in the balmy province of KwaZulu-Natal. It offers an array of different areas, ranging from beautiful open plots (many of which are available for sale) to beautiful family smallholdings and holiday ...

Drummond

Drummond is situated exactly halfway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg on the 1 000 Hills Road and is famous for the halfway mark of the Comrades Marathon. Fewer than 200 years ago, the area that is now Drummond was the home ...

Durban Beachfront

Durban is famous for its stunning stretches of unspoilt beaches as well as its year-round temperate conditions. Summers are decidedly balmy, inviting locals and tourists to cool down and relax on the magnificent shores of ...

Durban Central

The heart of Durban is as diverse as its medley of cultures and customs. Its history and character are enhanced by modern facilities and designs. Old buildings and Indian markets, stunning beaches and a thriving commercial ...

Durban North

Durban North is an elegant part of the city, situated just 15 minutes’ from its centre. Having once been occupied by coastal dune forests, this is a particularly scenic area and offers the perfect combination of convenience, ...

Gillitts

Lying nestled between Hillcrest and Kloof, Gillitts is a leafy, green village that lies some 35 kilometres west of Durban where some property is still advertised as ‘rural small holdings’ and quiet usually means silence. ...

Glenashley

Glenashley is an upmarket family suburb that boasts beautiful homes, easy accessibility, excellent schools and a host of shopping facilities. Being so close to the city centre, Glenashley is the suburb of choice for many that ...

Glenmore

Despite being so close to the city centre and a host of tourist attractions, Glenmore is a quiet, secluded retreat from the hubbub of Durban. It is characterised by verdant foliage and beautiful family homes ...

Glenwood

Glenwood is an inviting neighbourhood that has lovely family homes and streets flanked by tall trees. The majority of its residents are, in some way, part of the creative fraternity, infusing the entire neighbourhood with a ...

Greyville

Greyville lies just below the ridge of Durban on the flat, so to speak, just outside the city centre. On its southern edge are the Botanical Gardens, whilst its north is flanked by Morningside. Say the suburb name ‘Greyville’ ...

Hillcrest

Literally on a hill on a crest someway above Durban, Hillcrest was once a little hamlet that bordered on the Valley of a Thousand Hills, surrounded by green pastures and farmland. It was a retreat away from the hub of the city, ...

Inanda Township

Inanda is a large township roughly 24 km north west and inland of Durban. The closest township to the east bank of the dragon-shaped dam, Inanda Dam, Inanda borders to the east with Phoenix, and to the south with Ntuzuma and ...

Inchanga

Roughly halfway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg rests a darling station. It is a real example of Victorian architecture set in the typical, lush green hills of KwaZulu-Natal and a reason to visit the area. It's been here ...

Kloof

Kloof, the Afrikaans word for ravine, lies some 25 kilometres from Durban - a leafy and green village perched 550 metres above sea level with a reputation for a tranquil lifestyle that offers a retreat from the sometimes ...

La Lucia

The quaint town of La Lucia is situated in beautiful Umhlanga near the suburb of Umhlanga Rocks, just a short drive from the hustle bustle and excitement of the Umhlanga Coast. La Lucia's main attraction in is its beautiful ...

Manor Gardens

Manor Gardens is a suburb in the capital city of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban. This is one of South Africa’s largest and busiest cities, home to the King Shaka International Airport and an almost endless variety of things to do and see. ...

Morningside

Morningside is a recently rejuvenated suburb of Durban that is characterised by old-fashioned colonial-style homes, lovely parks in which to stroll and play, and a host of trendy eateries and shops to explore ...

Mount Edgecombe

Situated 3 kms from Umhlanga, 15 kms from Durban and 35 kms from Durban International Airport in KwaZulu Natal, your next golfing challenge is closer than you think. Tucked away in the rolling hills of KwaZulu Natal, just ...

Mount Moreland

Just 30 kilometres north of Durban, the capital city of KwaZulu-Natal and a bustling urban epicentre, is the little community of Mount Moreland. However, while small and nestled away in a conservation area, this part of the world ...

Musgrave

Musgrave is an upmarket area and a veritable hub of entertainment. Its elegant boutiques and in-demand restaurants make it the place to be. The homes are old and graceful, with manicured lawns. This infuses the entire area with ...

New Germany

New Germany lies roughly 15 kilometres inland from Durban. It is called such because, way back when, a group of German immigrants to South Africa settled on a cotton-growing farm here called Westville but went on to rename it ...

Overport

Overport, in similar fashion to the Berea against which it borders, is made up of a number of different suburbs – Overport, Sydenham, Sparks and parts of Essenwood. Historically the hilly suburb has sat on the lower end of the ...

Pinetown

Pinetown lies between Kloof and Westville, just 10 minutes from Durban’s Berea and home to one of the oldest cricket clubs in KwaZulu Natal. Regarded up until now as a predominantly light industrial town, and not particularly ...

Point Waterfront

The tastefully modern design of the Point Waterfront in Durban gives it a cosmopolitan, international look and feel, a chic ambience. A small canal, complete with gondolas, adds to the aesthetic appeal ...

Queensburgh

Queensburgh is a built up area that has boomed recently to include as many as 10 suburbs in its reach just 15 minutes’ drive south-west of Durban, en route to Amanzimtoti on the M7. With the push for property moving prices ...

Sherwood

To the west of Durban, virtually around the corner from Westville, lies Sherwood, known as the little ‘garden suburb’. Sherwood has always had a green resonance particularly attributable to the number of nurseries and the ...

South Beach

South Beach is situated on the popular stretch of coastline that belongs to Durban. In addition to being aesthetically lovely, South Beach is also close to a number of shops, restaurants, markets and other attractions that ...

Sunningdale

Sunningdale, neighbour to La Lucia, Glen Anil and Somerset Park, lies in Umhlanga just north of Durban on the Indian Ocean, nestled on the west side of Umhlanga Rocks Drive. This part of Durban is where everyone wants to ...

Sydenham

Sydenham may not be the most in-demand neighbourhood, but it is certainly a convenient base from which to gain access to much of the city’s important centres and attractions. Its diverse collection of residents represents the ...

Umbilo

Umbilo is one of the vibrant suburbs of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa, where it is summer almost all year round and locals celebrate practically any event with excellent food that has distinct Indian ...

Umdloti

Umdloti is the ideal place to unwind and enjoy the sunshine, beaches, rock pools and sea. There are a number of activities for the more energetic - the inshore reefs provide plentiful excitement for anglers, (surf, rock and ski ...

Umgeni Park

Although it is conveniently central, Umgeni Park remains an area of natural beauty and abundance. Lying next to the Umgeni River Bird Park means that it boasts an incredible variety of bird life, and no shortage of lush verdant ...

Umhlanga

Umhlanga is a coastal resort that boasts magnificent unspoilt beaches, a delightful promenade and plenty to see and do. The neighbourhoods of Umhlanga comprise beautiful homes within secure, gated communities for an extra opulent ...

Umhlanga Ridge

Umhlanga Ridge is just that - a ridge of land that sits at the top of Umhlanga Rocks Drive with to-die-for views out over the Indian Ocean. Quite a few corporations have their head offices here - Rand Merchant Bank, Unilever, ...

Umhlanga Rocks

Central to the Umhlanga coastline region is the holiday village of Umhlanga Rocks which was originally part of the sugar estate of Sir Marshall Campbell. From being a small, quiet village, it has now expanded into a thriving area ...

Waterfall

Waterfall is virtually a suburb of Hillcrest, lying as it does directly north of Kloof and adjacent to Hillcrest and Forest Hill, barely 30 plus kilometres outside of Durban. And this is the main advantage of a stay in ...

Westville

Although Westville is only a 15-minute drive from Durban’s city centre, it remains a secluded, serene residential neighbourhood. This was once farmland, and the greenery and laidback atmosphere still reflect this relaxed ...

Yellowwood Park

Yellowwood Park is a leafy area that has retained its tranquil village feel. It is home to a huge variety of birdlife, and continues to delight nature-lovers. Still, it is only a few minutes from the centre of Durban and its many ...
Jump to ...
Destinations by Region
How to Find
Attractions / Things To Do

1.

2. View all attractions in or near a town

3. View attractions / things to do by category

View Map of Durban

Where is? Not sure about towns? Find their locations on this map.

How to
Find Accommodation

1.

2. View all accommodation types by town

3. View accommodation by special category