Things to do in Durban this holiday

Things to do in Durban this holiday

Our kids are off on a three-week adventure overseas, while we stay home in Durban.

Now is the perfect opportunity to explore our city like we’ve never done before. This time it’s all about things to do in Durban without our kids – a novel idea indeed!

Take a tour

As I trolled websites, I came across Street Scene, a tour company that offers a glimpse of Durban (as well as KZN) – with a funky twist.

Picture: Street Scene

Picture: Street Scene

From walking tours of the city to shebeen and heritage experiences and swimming with sharks, Street Scene offers a variety of packages that are reasonably priced. I’ve booked for day-long township/city tour of Durban. We will be visiting the city centre, Mahatma Gandhi’s house, John Dube’s home, a spaza shop and KwaMashu, home to Sbu’s Tavern.

Street Scene promises a “complete ‘Durban in a day’ adventure for those who want a big bite of life instead of a nibble”. Look out for a review of this tour soon.

Build a sandcastle

Durban’s warm, clean beaches are a huge attraction during the entire year, but more so in December.


You’re spoilt for choice – the only requirement is getting to your preferred spot first. This holiday, I plan on spending a day on the beach – building a sandcastle, swimming in the super-warm sea and maybe playing in a rock pool or two.

Visit the Moses Mabhida Stadium

A trip to Durban cannot be complete with a visit to the iconic Moses Mabhida stadium.


Hire a Segway for a leisurely amble along the beachfront, brave the swing from the famous arch or simply enjoy the magnificent view from the top.

Don’t miss Dolphins by Starlight

Whether you have kids or not, uShaka Marine World is always a fun experience. The cool aquarium and sizzling water park are great places to visit. And there is the Dolphins by Starlight event.


The theme of this year’s production is “A Festive Fusion” and, of course, the stars of the show will be the dolphins, including Durban’s much-loved Gambit.

Dolphins by Starlight begins on Thursday, December 8, and ends on Tuesday, December 13.

The show will also include a fundraising SMS call to action campaign to raise funds for underprivileged children who cannot celebrate Christmas this year.  All you do is SMS DBS2016 to 42550 (SMSs cost R30 and the proceeds will go to Addington Children’s Hospital).

Tickets are available at Computicket or via uShaka’s online ticketing website at a cost of R170 for adults and R140 for children.

For more information visit uShaka’s website.

So, this is the beginning of my holiday bucket list.

What are your plans for December in Durban? Please let me know.

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About Meneesha

Online and books editor by day, mum even while I sleep, individual all the time. I live in the beautiful city of Durban - the unpolished gem in South Africa. If I didn't have a family, I'd be that crazy cat lady your mum probably warned you not to feed! Blogging is where I share, vent, rant, laugh and generally be myself. Join the ride!

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  1. Se manifique! Loved the photo journal and descriptions.
    belíssima fotografia.

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