The Best Things To Do In Durban – with kids

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Durban is one of South Africa’s most popular and family-friendly holiday destinations – and with good reason too. It’s warm all year round, the people are friendly, it’s affordable for those on a budget and it’s got a great location along the shores of the Indian Ocean. Best of all, it has a great holiday ambiance for those of us who don’t live there -even though we do go there often.

Here is my list of the best things to do in Durban this summer with your family,

  1. Swim, surf or body board– in the warm Indian Ocean water, or just chill on Durban’s extensive coastline of golden beaches that form the Golden Mile.
    Things to do in Durban


  2. Buy beach toys from the craft markets and build sand castles or play with a frisbee on the beach.
    Best things to do in Durban

    Craft market

  3. Go on a Segway tour or a colourful ricksha ride – or ride a bicycle – on the beachfront promenade.
    Best things to do in Durban

    Colourful ricksha

  4. Walk along the promenade and admire the work of the talented beach sand artists while enjoying a refreshing ice-cream.
    Best things to do in Durban Beach art

    Beach art

  5. Take the children to Funworld, a beachfront amusement park where they can enjoy the rides and go on the cable car.
    Best Things to do in Durban

    Durban Funworld

  6. Mini Town is another must-visit attraction. It is a Lilliputian version of Durban with miniature versions of prominent landmarks in the city. There are great (Godzilla-style) photo opportunities here and the kids will love running following the moving boat and train.
    Best things to do in Durban mini-town


  7. Ushaka Marine World is Africa’s largest marine theme park housing the world’s fifth largest aquarium. Plan to spend the whole day here as the children will never get enough of the fun water slides and rides.
    Best Things to do in Durban

    Ushaka Marine World

  8. Moses Mabhida stadium – This one is for the older kids and the parents. The stadium was originally built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It is now cleverly used as a venue for adrenalin pumping activities like the Big Rush Big Swing, officially named the world’s tallest swing. You can also take the high-tech sky car up the grand arch to the viewing platform at the top where you can get panoramic views of Durban.
    Best things to do in Durban Moses Mabhida Stadium

    Moses Mabhida Stadium

  9. Eat a bunny chow – hollowed out bread filled with a spicy curry filling. The humble bunny chow has its origins in Durban but its fame has spread the world over. In fact, I even saw a bunny chow restaurant in Soho, London. And yes, kids love bunny chow too.
    Best things to do in Durban

    Bunny Chow

  10. Johannesburg and Cape Town have the City Sightseeing Bus. Durban has the unique Ricksha bus. Hop on one with the kids and see Durban’s major attractions from the comfort of your bus on a scenic 3-hour tour.
    Ricksha Bus Things to do in Durban

    Ricksha Bus

  11. Visit the Gateway Theatre of Shopping – one of the largest shopping malls in Africa. It doesn’t only offer retail therapy. Experience the XD theatre , and go to Electric Avenue, a Family Entertainment Centre offering Ten Pin Bowling, Arcade Games, Dodgems, and Go Kart Racing.
    Best things to do in Durban

    Electric Avenue (Photo: Gateway Theatre of Shopping

  12. Umgeni River Bird Park is a haven for bird lovers. Set in lush gardens it features some critically endangered birds and a free-flight bird show.
    Umgeni River Bird Park - Best things to do in Durban

    Umgeni River Bird Park (Photo: Umgeni River Bird Park )

  13. For something totally different, visit The Huletts Sugar Mill for a sugar terminal tour. The terminal consists of three enormous arched silos housing more than half a million tons of sugar. You get a video presentation and a guided tour of the terminals. The “wow” moment is when you see the huge mountain of sugar. The children will be awestruck.
  14. Best things to do in Durban Sugar Terminal

    Huletts Sugar Terminal

Durban’s slogan is “The Warmest Place to Be”. So head over there with your family this summer and experience its warmth.

Still looking for more ideas? Check out the following?

For the best weekend getaways from Durban, click here.

See 25 tips for travelling with kids here.

Visit Cheapflights for great local and international flights to Durban. #CheapFlightsExplorers

What are your favourite things to do in Durban with kids?

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