How to Spend 2 Days in Durban
Two days in Durban give you enough time to explore the waterfront, experience local culture, and spot African wildlife at a game reserve. Here’s how to maximize 72 hours in South Africa’s beachfront gem.
Day 1: Get to Know the City
Morning: Start off your morning with a bike tour along Durban’s waterfront, which typically take you from the Port of Durban to the Moses Mabhida Stadium. As you pedal past seaside restaurants, high-rise hotels, and white-sand beaches, you’ll discover the city’s history, and receive recommendations from a guide.
Afternoon: Dive into local culture on a walking tour of Warwick Junction markets, famous for their spices, seafood, and souvenirs. Tours typically include lunch at the market—don’t miss the Durban classic of bunny chow —and admission to Durban's Botanic Gardens. After your tour, head back to the waterfront to visit Ushaka Marine World.
Night: Spend the evening exploring Durban Point Waterfront. Hop on a gondola for a Venetian-style trip through the Durban Point canals before indulging in fresh seafood at a seaside restaurant.
Day 2: See the Surrounding Wildlife
Morning: Depart from Durban early on a multi-part day trip that takes you to Africa’s must-see wildlife. Excursions typically start off with a boat trip through St. Lucia’s UNESCO-listed iSimangaliso Wetland Park, home to hippos, crocodiles, and African fish eagles.
Afternoon: Following your morning boat safari, head to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Park. On a game drive through the reserve, keep an eye out for Africa’s Big 5, which refers to black and white rhinos, elephants, lions, leopards, and Cape Buffalo. Alternatively, if big cats are your thing, book a tour of the Emdoneni Wild Cat Project rehabilitation center.
Night: When you return to Durban, treat yourself to a relaxing meal at a waterfront restaurant on the Golden Mile. Then, complete your Durban experience with drinks at the bars along Florida Road, a lively local hot spot.