Durban Gems You May Not Know About

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THE Durban city is one of South Africa’s most popular destinations and we’re not talking (just) about curry.

It is famous for its beautiful beaches, bustling city center, bustling markets, superb restaurants and rich and distinct Zulu culture.

There is so much variety that even locals and regular visitors to Durban still have plenty to see and explore in this multi-faceted metropolis.


7 places in Durban you may have never visited before

1. Mzinyathi Falls

These falls cascade over 100 meters of breathtaking sandstone into the lush gorge below. All this natural beauty is just a 20-minute drive from Gateway. There are hiking trails that go down into the gorge and a very cool rock climbing spot right next to the falls.

The dense forests give the entire region a magical quality. This is also where the Rastafarian Caves are located, where local Rastafarians gather in cool caves to worship and interact with visitors.

2. Beachwood Mangroves

This rare mangrove forest lies right at the mouth of the Umgeni River, a few minutes from the city. Visit this national monument and observe small animals from the winding boardwalk. Visitors can arrange canoe trips on the river or guided walks through the reserve.

Beachwood Mangroves

3. Visit Inchanga

Take a steam train through the Valley of a Thousand Hills to the charming little village of Inchanga with its pretty Victorian railway station.

The area is lush and beautiful, making it a particularly scenic train ride. These trips take place on the first and last Sunday of each month and must be booked well in advance. They are romantic for couples and a real adventure for the family.


4. The President

Afro-chic meets sophisticated jazz at this quirky and lively bar on Mahatma Gandhi Road. It’s best to enjoy great music while savoring truly unique culinary creations.

The dominant theme of The Chairman is an unwavering homage to all things African and contemporary.


5. Get artistic at the KwaZulu-Natal Arts Society

Immerse yourself in the exciting visions of South African and international artists.

This gallery has an impressive collection of artwork, featuring emerging artists who are not afraid to use colors, textures and different media to express themselves, explore and experiment.

KwaZulu-Natal Arts Society

6. Discover the rarest plant in the world

Visit the Durban Botanical Gardens to Berea to admire the wood cycads. Cycads are fascinating and are said to have survived three mass extinctions.

The Durban Botanical Gardens are home to a variety of cycads, but the Wood’s cycad is definitely one of the most interesting, as it is incredibly rare.


7. Take a romantic gondola ride on the canals

Enjoy spectacular views of Durban aboard a classic gondola on the Durban Point waterfront canal.

Different packages are available, including picnic rides, gondola rides with a musician, special experiences especially for children, and magical night strolls for couples wanting a date with a difference. This one is for the memory bank.

Gondola ride on the canals

Stay in Durban

To discover these gems, book your stay in Durban. Here are some fabulous places close to many of the best parts of KwaZulu-Natal:

The View Boutique Hotel & Spa

Treat yourself to 5-star luxury on the South Coast on this stylish getaway, where stunning views of the Indian Ocean provide the perfect start and end to each day.

Succulent breakfasts and dinners are served outside to make the most of this idyllic setting.

The View Boutique Hotel & Spa

Ocean Vista Boutique Guesthouse

Just 20 minutes from downtown Durban, this boutique Umhlanga Rocks guesthouse is modern and tasteful with stunning views of the Indian Ocean.

Its rooftop terrace also promises breathtaking photo opportunities.

Ocean Vista Boutique Guesthouse

Tala Private Game Reserve

Just 40 minutes from Durban, this stunning African retreat is located in the Valley of a Thousand Hills.

The lodges are beautifully appointed and full of treasures, and the game reserve is home to kudu, giraffes, hippos and hundreds of bird species.

Tala Private Game Reserve

Hotel Les Eaux Bleues

Beautiful 4-star suites are perched directly on the Durban beachfront for guests who want to make the most of this world-famous coastline.

Most rooms offer sea views. There is also a bar, restaurant, swimming pool and gym.

Hotel Les Eaux Bleues

Sugar range 4A

Relax in this beachfront apartment with its stunning views of the Umdloti Tidal Basin. It has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, making it perfect for a family getaway.

The apartment has air conditioning and a spacious balcony.

Sugar range 4A

Mackaya Bella Guest House

This is an eco-friendly 4-star property located in Glenwood, with beautiful native gardens that attract many birds and a swimming pool.

The six en-suite bedrooms are all air-conditioned and the guesthouse is close to the CBD and the international airport.

Mackaya Bella Guest House

Kingfisher Lodge

Sip a sunset aperitif while savoring the views of Mount Edgecombe Golf Estate at this 4-star lodge.

Gourmet meals are prepared by the chef and each room has luxurious extras to make your stay here a treat.

Kingfisher Lodge

uShaka Manor Guesthouse

This contemporary 5-star retreat features a tasteful African theme, rock pool and tropical garden for guests who want a true escape from the city.

The beaches and shops of Umhlanga Rocks are just a short walk away. Go deep-sea fishing, whale watching or horseback riding before returning to your luxury suite.

uShaka Manor Guesthouse

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