Bluff is a beautiful geographical area in Durban, comprised of seven suburbs. The headland it is situated on is the remains of an extensive coastal dune system formed along the shore two to five million years ago. Bluff is Durban’s most prominent landmark, host to numerous nature parks boasting birdlife and wildlife, and exciting attractions for all ages. To explore the area more thoroughly, browse our list of great Bluff accommodations.
The traditional Zulu name for Bluff is isibubulungu, meaning a long, round-shaped ridge. It is made up of seven suburbs, namely Brighton Beach, Grosvenor, King’s Rest, Ocean View, Fynnland, Treasure Beach, and Wentworth. Bluff is situated only 20 minutes’ drive from Durban, and offers a quieter alternative from the busy, built-up beachfront of other areas in the city. There are two main beaches: Brighton Beach and Anstey’s, while a lesser known beach called Garvie’s offers a quieter option for those wishing to enjoy a secluded stroll or picnic. Bluff's beaches are popular among surfers, body boarders, and kite surfers, and the area is known for its abundant sea life, including dolphins, and Southern Right Whales in season.
In addition to the beaches, Bluff has a wonderful array of nature activities. Visit the small Bluff Nature Reserve, a 45 hectare expanse consisting of a large pan and adjacent forest. The pan is home to many water birds and waders, and two bird hides situated here make for excellent birding opportunities. Pick up a complete bird list from the field ranger, and stroll along the fantastic self-guided trail that offers a chance to do some more in-depth sightings. Birding enthusiasts will love visiting Bluff Eco Park, Durban’s oldest bird sanctuary. The park stretches over 32 hectares, and features open grassland bordered by lush sub-tropical flora, and a variety of wildlife including 120 species of bird, duiker, banded mongoose, and other small mammals.
Other attractions worth visiting in Bluff include an 18-hole golf course, mini golf course, and the yacht club. Take a drive to the Millennium Tower, built to celebrate the new millennium, situated near the entrance to Durban’s harbour. From inside the 37m tall tower, one can enjoy a 360Ëš view of the port, Bluff, and endless coastline. Although the tower is not officially a lighthouse, when it is lit up at night it heralds a truly impressive sight. Alternatively, do a tour of the old whaling station, one of the last surviving features to remind us that whaling took place off the coast of Durban many years ago.
Purchase something to take home with you at one of the many shopping centres in Bluff, and grab a bite to eat in the area offering everything from steak houses and pizza places, to seafood restaurants.
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