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How to Spend 2 Days in Durban

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.

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Half Day Safari Tour from Durban

Half Day Safari Tour from Durban

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This day safari takes you to KwaZulu-Natal, a coastal province known for its beauty and diverse array of wildlife. The tour has three stops: Natal Lion Park, where you can admire a resident pride of lions up close; the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary, where you can see indigenous South African raptors; and Tala Private Game Reserve, home to kudu, hippo, buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, eland, and other big game animals.
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  • 6 hours
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$199.02
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St Lucia Estuary Safari & Emdoneni Wild Cat Project Day Tour from Durban

St Lucia Estuary Safari & Emdoneni Wild Cat Project Day Tour from Durban

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Enjoy two thrilling wildlife experiences in one day on this full-day tour from Durban. First, set sail around the UNESCO World Heritage-listed St Lucia and iSimangaliso Wetland Park and look out for hippos, crocodiles, and fish eagle as you cruise around the scenic wetlands. After lunch (own expense), pay a visit to the Emdoneni Wild Cat Sanctuary, where you can learn about the center’s rehabilitation efforts and see cheetahs, serval cats, African wildcats, and lynx.
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  • 12 hours
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$281.84
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Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari & St Lucia Boat Safari Day Tour from Durban

Hluhluwe Imfolozi Safari & St Lucia Boat Safari Day Tour from Durban

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Surf and turf safari tour anyone? Experience Africa's great diversity of wildlife by boat and by truck during this full day round trip tour from Durban. Travel up South Africa's Wild Coast to St. Lucia to spot crocs and hippos then head inland to the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve to search for Africa's Big 5 by off-road vehicle. Finish with a relaxing dinner overlooking Africa’s oldest park before returning home.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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$281.84
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Hluhluwe Game Reserve Safari from Durban

Hluhluwe Game Reserve Safari from Durban

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Set out on a day-long safari from Durban to the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve, one of Africa's oldest nature reserves. It's also home to the world's largest white rhino population, a species once on the brink of extinction. Once here, you'll embark on a closed vehicle game drive in search of Africa's 'Big Five,' along with other animals such as cheetahs and hyenas. Scan the waters for crocs and hippos, and keep an eye (and an ear) out for birds like the colorful little bee eater and the Klaas's cuckoo.
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  • 12 hours
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$185.54
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Durban City Sightseeing Tour

Durban City Sightseeing Tour

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Take a Durban City sightseeing tour to get to know a city built by Zulu tribes, colonial settlers, and Indians who came during the 19th century to work as indentured servants. Learn more about how this diversity has shaped Durban.
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  • 3 hours
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Magical Gondola Night Rides in Durban

Magical Gondola Night Rides in Durban

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Soak up the magic of Durban’s waterfront by night as you glide down the canals in a Venetian-style gondola. Let the glittering lights of Durban Point Waterfront, one of South Africa’s most celebrated new developments, slip by as you slide below bridges and down elegant waterways. Escape the bustle of the city for half an hour, with plenty to do once you return.
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  • 30 minutes
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