If you’re not into camping, the icy Atlantic Ocean, or general outdoor activities during the winter, then finding something to do for the whole family when it’s chilly outside can leave you in a bit of a pickle. Luckily, South Africa is blessed with both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, which makes Durban an absolute hot spot for holidaymakers and their families during the colder months. We went in search of some fun activities for both young and old (as well as the best bunny chow in Durbanso that you don’t have to!


Impulse By The Sea


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Only those who’ve been living under a rock since birth will not be aware that Durban is South Africa’s Indian-cuisine mecca. Thus it’s very important for every visitor to indulge in the local delights, with an absolute must being Impulse By The Sea. This restaurant is located in Tinley Manor Beach and boasts stunning reviews:

“Best prawn curry, chilli bites and poppadoms on the KZN coast.” Erica Platter (Facebook)

Where? 167 Seaview Drive, Tinley Manor Beach

Stay here: Sea Paradise House

This villa is located on the hillside in Tinley Manor and accommodates eight guests in four bedrooms. Not only does the lounge open onto a deck with breathtaking views, the main bedroom also opens onto a deck with a Jacuzzi overlooking the sea!


Sasol Salt Rock 


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What would a visit to Durban be without chowing down a bunny chow? The shop at any petrol station is usually reserved for midway stops en route to your destination for snacks, cooldrinks, and of course a garage pie. But believe it or not, this garage in Ballito is your one-stop shop for the ultimate bunny chow – don’t miss out on the mutton!

Where? 71 Old Fort Road, Umhlali Beach

Stay here: Evergreen

This cosy house is located in Salt Rock, just north of Ballito. It can accommodate six guests in three bedrooms. There’s a swimming pool, braai area, secure parking, and it’s wheelchair friendly too. Beach equipment, including an umbrella, goggles, snorkels, flippers, boogie boards, beach toys and beach towels are available at the apartment, so no need to bring yours along!


The Litchi Orchard


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The Litchi Orchard is home to a variety of interesting shops and The Shed, a tapas-style restaurant and bar. There’s also the Muddy Boots Garden Centre for those who have been blessed with green fingers. The Litchi Orchard plays host to the Makers Market, which takes place every second Saturday of each month from 09:00 to 13:00, and the Market By Night on the last Friday of every month at 18:00 until 22:00.

Where? Seaforth Avenue, Salt Rock, Umhlali

Stay here: 1A Hewitt Road

This triple-storey self-catering house can accommodate eight guests, and is just a few minutes’ walk from the beach! Other facilities include a splash pool and braai facilities, and a housekeeper is available to assist with cleaning, making beds and doing laundry. The main bedroom even has a private deck with a non-heated Jacuzzi. And if that’s not enough, there are always the stunning ocean views!


uShaka Marine world


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uShaka Marine World needs no introduction. Whether you’re looking for entertainment for yourself, the kids, or the entire family, uShaka Marine World has more than enough to keep everybody busy and entertained. Here you can explore the adventure park, learn something new about ocean life, be a reptile enthusiast, or simply take a dip ─ uShaka’s got you sorted in every way! There are a variety of takeaway restaurants, but uShaka also boasts two of their own restaurants on the promenade, Cargo Hold and Wahooz, for relaxing sit-down meals.

Where? 1 King Shaka Avenue, Point

Stay here: The Bond Shed

This modern double-storey apartment is located in the Point Waterfront and boasts views of the Indian Ocean from the balcony. It’s the ideal stay for those wanting to visit uShaka Marine World. It can accommodate up to four guests and comprises two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a fully-equipped open-plan kitchen and living area. 


Shongweni Farmers’ Market


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If you’re looking for the local farmers’ market, then look no further. With its humble beginnings in 1998, this market has grown to over 90 stalls. Grab a delicious brekkie or buy a few healthy goodies for dinner. The large lawns and farm-animal yard are safe and will keep the little ones entertained. Be aware that the market is a little ways outside of Durban.
Where? 457 Mr551 Rd, Shongweni Resource Reserve, Shongweni

Stay here: Garvies Surf House

Garvies Surf House is a double-storey self-catering house, ideally located within a short walking distance of Garvies Beach, which is one of Durban’s best-kept secret destinations! The house can accommodate eight guests in four rooms, and there’s a deck with a 180-degree sea view, an enclosed inside patio, an outside patio, a bar, study and a splash pool.


The Victoria Street Market 


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This market is known as the oldest market in Durban, with a history spanning all the way back to 1910. The Vic offers a wonderful combination of all things Indian and African. It’s the ideal spot if you want to get a (literal) taste of Durban. The market boasts over 200 stalls that sell anything from incense, spices, African carvings, jewelry and so much more. There’s even a seafood and a meat market. And the best thing about it? It’s open every day of the week!

Where? 151/155 Bertha Mkhize St, Durban Central

Stay here: The Albany Hotel

The Albany Hotel is a mere five-minute drive from The Victoria Street Market, and offers comfortable accommodation in Durban’s CBD. Standard rooms are available as well as family rooms. The hotel further boasts a restaurant, babysitting by arrangement, airport transfers by arrangement and secure parking at an additional cost.

So, next time, why not swap the chilly weather for the all-year-round warm water of the Indian Ocean? This list is just a few of the many fantastic activities and places to visit in Durban. What would you recommend as an absolute must for families visiting Durban? 


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