Durban’s Great Escapes

Durban History and Arts

Visit the city of Durban and discover what life in and around Durban during and leading up to the apartheid era.

The Durban Art Gallery is situated within the Durban City Hall in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, and has been collecting art by black South Africans longer than any other museum in the country. The collection dates back all the way to the 1970s.

Durban Art Gallery provides comprehensive services to the public in the field of visual art, focusing mainly on the collection of art, research, education, exhibition and conservation.

The Durban Art Gallery and the eThekwini City Hall are both situated close to the museum, and are a fabulous addition to your cultural and historical experience of this bustling, modern city

Artwork from Europe, the East and Africa dating back to the 15th century surely make this art gallery an excellent example of the many histories represented here. Items include art and artefacts of the province, carvings, clay pots, beadwork, and paintings by South African artists.

Entrance to the museum is free, and visitors are advised to set aside a few hours to explore the many exhibits and treasures that are concealed within the walls of this establishment. It is only closed on Sundays and public holidays.

 

Galleria Mall

Located at the Sapphire Coastline of Amanzitoti, Galleria Mall is the home to the Galleria Wheel. Galleria mall opened on the 2008, and renovated in 2016, carrying 4 shopping floors over 9ha total surface area.

Galleria Mall house the exciting Galleria Wheel which has been deemed every child’s dream and every adult’s fun day amusement park. Designed with tainted misty windows, with the aim make on feel like they are in a dream or visiting their childhood memories. The Carnival Kingdom has the traditional theme park music played in the background to give everyone who visits an experience which has always viewed on the cinema screens.

A carousel, Mississippi Train, meltdown, Ferris Wheel and ever so heart sinking drop and twist that is for the adrenalin junkie, the fun moment when you are being wheeled up this tower is the best part but as soon as it reaches it pinnacle and you are still admiring the beauty of the Sapphire Coast from a high place you are plunged down at an extreme speed and when you are about to meet with the ground it quickly comes to a halt and the process repeats itself, you jump off that ride with a buzz of energy, it is surely a must do when visiting Amanzimtoti’s very own Carnival Kingdom.

 

Giba Gorge Mountain Bike and Adventure Park

Nestled in Durban’s wilderness, Giba Gorge is Durban’s Mountain Bike and Adventure Park. With two hiking trails that end with waterfalls, Giba Gorge has not only attracted the adrelin junkies of KwaZulu Natal, but has also attracted team buildings, conferences as well as parties for all ages especially children. Giba Gorge is also the perfect camping site with a restaurant and different activities for everyone.

Un-interfered natural environment, Giba Gorge has both experienced and qualified guides to assist tourists from learning how to the ride a bicycle to guiding tourists through the rich thickets surrounding the hiking trails. Hiking trials where bird watching and plant identification, calling all the nature lovers to experience the true sense of tranquility, ending the trail at the Gorge where waterfalls can be seen and enjoyed.

Giba Gorge Mountain Bike and Adventure Park is alongside the N3 freeway just outside Pinetown. A place for outdoor enthusiasts with something suitable for the whole family, from kids to grandparents. Giba has officially been around since the start of 2007. This started something in motion that could not have been foreseen, the future of Giba Gorge MTB Park. The bike & lifestyle park has its hub based around the picnic area, restaurant and BMX track, with single track trails that lead off in various directions covering an additional 300 hectares of privately owned land. Riding here has always been at the discretion of the individual landowners, without whom the progress and variety of the trails would not have been possible.

 

 

The Golden Mile

Durban’s endless stretch of beach known as the Golden Mile, is one of its greatest attractions. The 8-kilometer promenade which stretches from the mouth of Umgeni River in the north to the harbor mouth opening in the south is popular with morning joggers, cyclists, surfers and a host of walkers enjoying the fresh salt – laden air. Why walk the tour when you can glide, after a quick 15-minute training session, you’ll set off on your journey with a qualified Segway tour operator offered at Moses Mabhida. Enjoy the smooth ride on your Segway from the stadium to uShaka Marine. The Golden Mile is undoubted one of the most prominent attractions in Durban, its wide stretch of the warm beaches separated by piers offers a wonderful experience for tourist to enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Several restaurants have opened right on the beach, offering great food with great views including: – California Dreaming, Surf riders, The Joint and Panorama Bar. Vetch’s Pier offers great snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing and jet skiing.

Durban’s Golden Mile is a vibrant, multi-faceted stretch of our coastline, it’s close to city centre with all its cultural and retail attractions and boasts some of prettiest and best swimming and surfing beaches in the country. The Golden Mile has always been a popular place of interest for both Domestic and International visitors.

 

PheZulu Safari Park

Located between the villages of Bothas Hill and Drummond, on a ridge with magnificent views of the Valley of 1000 Hills, PheZulu Safari Park offers a smorgasbord of cultural and natural history attractions. Very much part of the Valley of 1000 Hills, with its obvious Zulu heritage, perhaps the best place to start your visit to PheZulu is by stepping into the world of the Zulu Kingdom. Have an ‘Out of Africa’ experience all your own and view Zulu artefacts, learn about Zulu rituals and beliefs, and view the amazing traditional dances. Performed in traditional dress and delivered with verve and grace, this is an experience not to be missed.

About 35 km west of Durban, and perfect for a day-trip, lies the world famous Valley of 1000 Hills. The area offers several attractions and facilities for all ages and interests. But near the top of your list must be PheZulu Safari Park, one of the best-known tourists and leisure attractions in the Durban.

Whenever visiting the warm beautiful city make sure to visit Phezulu Safari Park it will supply you with a colourful variety of memorabilia, wonderful reminders of your unique and unforgettable experiences in Durban.

 

 

 

Umhlanga

The seaside village of Umhlanga just north of Durban is still one of South Africa’s favorite playgrounds, retaining a sense of old-world charm among sophisticated new delights.

There’s no better way to start the day than watching the sun pop up from the Indian Ocean from the revamped 3km (1.9mi) O’Connor Promenade. This winds between the lush gardens of beachfront hotels and apartments, and the golden sands and sea, past the striking red and white lighthouse and ‘whale-bone’ pier, to Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve. Take the path and boardwalks through the coastal forest to the lagoon, a great place to picnic.

Chartwell Drive and its surrounds are a hive of colourful eateries and bars. Stop at Salsa Mexican Grill for the best burritos (think chicken with brown rice, caramelised onion and butternut) and a craft tequila; Little Havana for sensational steaks; Mythos for Greek delights; the Zululand Brewing Company for Zulu sushi and a glass of Zululand Pale Ale or Zulu Blonde; and Marco’s Italian for Mamma Luciana’s fresh tortellini. But don’t leave Umhlanga without visiting The Chef’s Table alongside the refurbished Protea Marriott Umhlanga; chef Kayla-Ann Osborn has notched up numerous awards for her imaginative cuisine. Think pink prawns with black beans, red pepper, charred corn, chorizo, lavash and lemon aioli, followed by their PS I Love You – salted caramel, biscuit tuile, Valrhona Dulcey Grand Cru blond chocolate and vanilla ice cream.

Woza eNanda Heritage Route

The eNanda Heritage Route visit some of Durban’s most important historical sites. The route was set to become Kwa Zulu-Natal flagship attraction, where South Africa’s future changed for better because of the bravery of few individuals. The newly upgraded and revamped route has various historical sites amongst them is the Mahatma Gandhi’s Phoenix Settlement, which was founded in 1904 by the late Gandhi, as the route goes on, we have Shembe Settlement of Ekuphakameni meaning “elevated place” the original   settlement of Isaiah Shembe religious community. The eNanda Heritage Route invites tourist to visit Ohlange Institute founded by Dr JL Dube in 1900, the heart of South African Democracy where Nelson Mandela voted for the first time. The route goes to the first black girls’ school which is Inanda Seminary opened in 1869 by American board missionaries which where bases at eNanda. The route is rich with historical attractions which one of the site is a home to our unsung heroes Mam’ Bertha Mkhize,  Dr Pixley Ka Isaka Seme he was one of the first black lawyers in South African and a founder also a President of the African National Congress.

Township Lifestyle

Durban’s township offers a glimpse of another side of the warm beautiful city, townships are the very pulse of Durban. The kaleidoscopic suburbs capture the essence of its resilient people, has become the epicenter of economic growth through tourism and small businesses, and a hip social vibe. The townships have a history and “kasi” culture of the different attractions and famous cuisine the traditional shisanyama which you can get at the popular restaurants such as Maxi’s Lifestyle in Umlazi, Artizen In Kwa-Mashu and many more around the city.  The vibrant social culture extends from the township restaurants to the streets, as one can expect to hear the warm sounds of laughter, dance and music. Political history and victories of the past are celebrated, and one can find themselves celebratory moments of the past and the cultural events.

Its no visit to Durban without visiting one of our bustling townships. Immerse yourselves in the rich eKasi township lifestyle and experience first-hand the pulse of our vibrant culture. Visitors must visit our local Shisanyama Restaurant around the city, to mingle with the locals, drink and eat together in a lively atmosphere.

UMLAZI

Max Lifestyle – 031 906 1393 /  Eyadini Lounge – 031 906 1395

CLERMONT

Comfort Zone – 061 319 6314

INANDA

Under the Moon – 031 519 0841

KWAMASHU

Artizen Lounge – 082 970 7475