20 (+19) things you may want to do in Durban

My Original List

1.    If you can make it up to Ballito (45km), there is a restaurant there called Moz-am-bik (I’ll be more than happy to escort you there! :P) which serves the best Peri-peri chicken and seafood in the world – Promise.
2.    Goundens Curry – is a *very* authentic and working/middle class curry house in Umbilo.  I will gladly take you here for a egte bunny chow.
3.    The new stadium (Moses Mabhida) information office on Walter Gilbert Rd.
4.    A tour in the harbour with Sarie Marais or similar.
5.    A meal at Buds on the Bay at the dodgy end of Bayhead Rd – must try the Caprese Salad starter.
6.    uShaka Marine World must be done I suppose – I do miss Water World though!  Definitely a beer or similar at the Moyo bar on the beach.
7.    A Sunday afternoon concert in the Botanic Gardens.
8.    A Thursday 7pm KZN Philharmonic Orchestra concert in the City Hall.
9.    Go to the beach.
10.    Go on a rickshaw ride.
11.    Get a kayak at vetchies pier (uShaka).
12.    Watch something at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre (University of KZN).
13.    Watch something at The Playhouse (opposite the City Hall).
14.    Drive through the Canelands north of Durban.
15.    Drive through the Valley of 1000 Hills West of Durban.
16.    Watch a Rugby Match at ABSA Stadium (King’s Park).
17.    Go gambling on the blister on the face of Durban, Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World.
18.    Go to Spiga D’Oro on Florida road for Durban’s most popular Italian Food.
19.    Go to night racing @ Greyville Racecourse.
20.    Sushi / Thai at The Green Mango in 9th Avenue near the Greyville Racecourse – Roger’s Tuna Carpaccio is something quite unique!

A few Several bunch more contributed by readers

21. Johnno chunk dog burger at Billy the Bums, Windermere Rd. – imsmith
22. Cricket (and beer!) at Castle Corner, Kingsmead Cricket Stadium. – imsmith
23.  A jump off new pier (into the sea). – imsmith
24. A 4am Johnnies Chip ‘n Triple Cheese Roti (Sunrise Chip ‘n Ranch – Sparks Rd). – Blake Davidson
25. The Vodacom Durban July. – Blake Davidson
26. The Sardine Run. – Blake Davidson
27. Laze a Sunday afternoon away at Joes Kools (Damn I miss home). – Blake Davidson
28. Ice Skating at the newly refurbished Ice Rink down by the beach! (After which you can get some karma free food at Vrushniks next to the Spar which is parallel to the Ice Rink). – Kath Fourie
29. Take the alternate route to Pietermaritzburg, drive from KwaMashu to Inanda Dam, Inanda to Nagle Dam and Nagle to PMB without ever seeing the N3 or M13. On the way check out the Shembe Village, Msinsi Reserve, a shebeen or two and countless spectacular views. – Andrew McGill
30. Row in the harbour at sparrow’s, watching the sun rise over the sea, behind the city skyline. Best way to see Durban City. – Rienzo Colpo
31. Take a drive right to the end of the Bluff (ex-recce base, YES it is now open) and enjoy an unparalleled 360 degree view of the city and the sea. – Rienzo Colpo
32. Watch the sun set from your surfboard at Snake Park. – Rienzo Colpo
33. Enjoy a sunrise launch from the Mkomazi River to go and dive on Aliwal Shoal. – Rienzo Colpo
34. Hear a Fish Eagle’s call over Shongweni Dam. – Rienzo Colpo
35. Take a stroll along the entire beach front, stopping at uShaka, Wimpy North Beach and Sun Coast as you go for a coffee or something cold. – Rienzo Colpo
36. Stop at the Cube on Innes Road to take in one of the best views of the city. – Carine Gill
37. Hit the sunrise trail run at Giba Gorge. – Jenni Ainsworth
38. Visit the tea garden at Marianhill Monastery – A step back in time. – Jenni Ainsworth
39. Do Roma Revolving, one of the 36 revolving restaurants in the world – Kath Fourie (her review)

13 thoughts on “20 (+19) things you may want to do in Durban”

  1. And Ice Skating at the newly refurbished Ice Rink down by the beach! (After which you can get some karma free food at Vrushniks next to the Spar which is parallel to the Ice Rink)…

  2. Take the alternate route to PMB, drive from KwaMashu to Inanda Dam, Inanda to Nagle Dam and Nagle to PMB without ever seeing the N3 or M13. On the way check out the Shembe Village, Msinsi Reserve, a shebeen or two and countless spectacular views.

  3. I can’t believe you left off Johnnies… 🙂 Thankfully added later.

    A massive pity Thirsty’s has gone though… 🙁

  4. Um… Johnnies isn’t supposed to taste good… it’s a religious experience. Okay, at 4am… anything can be godly! 😛

  5. 1. Row in the harbour at sparrow’s, watching the sun rise over the sea, behind the city skyline. Best way to see Durban City.

    2. Take a drive right to the end of the Bluff (ex-recce base – YES it is now open)and enjoy an unparalleled 360deg view of the city and the sea.

    3. Watch the sun set from your surfboard at Snake Park.

    4. Enjoy a sunrise launch from the Mkomazi River to go and dive on Aliwal Shoal.

    5. Hear a Fish Eagle’s call over Shongweni Dam.

    6. Take a stroll along the entire beach front, stopping at Ushaka, Wimpy North Beach and Sun Coast as you go for a coffee or something cold.

  6. Few more:

    1.Sunrise trail run at giba gorge.
    2.vist tea garden at marianhill monastery. A step back in time.

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