By no means should you plan an entire vacation around Durban, because there is so much more to see beyond the city. Nevertheless, it's definitely worth a stopover. To get the most from your visit, get ready to explore the Central Business District (CBD), which includes the Indian District; the Beachfront; and Berea and Morningside. If you're concerned about safety within the CBD, book tours through Tourist Junction.

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  • 1. Gateway Theatre of Shopping


    The largest mall in the Southern Hemisphere, Gateway has been designed to let in natural light and is surprisingly easy to navigate. Shopping...Read More

  • 2. BAT Centre

    Victoria Embankment | Arts/Performance Venue

    This vibrant center (though perhaps a little on the seedy side these days) is abuzz with artists and musicians. Most days—and some nights—you...Read More

  • 3. Bluff Beaches

    Berea | Beach

    South of Durban's harbor, these beaches offer a less crowded alternative to the more central city beaches, although it can get rough at times...Read More

  • 4. Campbell Collections

    Berea | Museum/Gallery

    Amid bustling, suburban Berea, Muckleneuk is a tranquil Cape Dutch home in a leafy garden. It was built in 1914 upon the retirement of Sir Marshall...Read More

  • 5. City Hall

    City Centre | Notable Building

    Built in 1910 in Edwardian neo-baroque style, the hall looks as if it has been shipped straight from the United Kingdom column by column—hardly...Read More

  • 6. Durban Art Gallery

    City Centre | Museum/Gallery

    A vibrant, contemporary mix of local, southern African, and international work is presented here, though the main focus is on work from KwaZulu...Read More

  • 7. Durban Botanic Gardens

    Berea | Garden

    Opposite the Greyville Racecourse, Africa's oldest surviving botanical garden is a delightful 150-year-old oasis of greenery interlaced with...Read More

  • 8. Durban Natural Science Museum

    City Centre | Museum/Gallery

    Despite its small size, this museum provides an excellent introduction to Africa's numerous wild mammals (the displays include a stuffed elephant...Read More

  • 9. Francis Farewell Square

    City Centre | Plaza/Square

    In the heart of Durban, the square is a lovely shady plaza bordered by some of the city's most historic buildings, including City Hall, the...Read More

  • 10. Golden Mile

    Beachfront | Beach

    From Vetch’s Pier in the south to Suncoast in the north, the Golden Mile is a series of golden, sandy beaches divided by piers. Beaches are...Read More

  • 11. Hare Krishna Temple of Understanding

    Chatsworth | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This magnificent lotus-shaped temple, opened in 1985, is at the heart of activities run by the city's International Society for Krishna Consciousness...Read More

  • 12. Hawaan Forest


    This 114-acre coastal forest grows on a dune that dates back 18,000 years and has 175 species of indigenous trees, fungi (during wet months...Read More

  • 13. Jumah Mosque

    Indian District | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1927 in a style that combines Islamic and colonial features, this is the largest mosque in the Southern Hemisphere. Its colonnaded...Read More

  • 14. Kendra Hall and Ekta Mandir

    Greyville | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the most easily accessible and opulent temples in the city, the Kendra, next to the Durban Botanic Gardens, opened in 2001 after two...Read More

  • 15. KwaMuhle Museum

    City Centre | Museum/Gallery

    Pronounced kwa- moosh -le (with a light e, as in hen ), this small museum, housed in what used to be the notorious Department of Native Affairs...Read More

  • 16. KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board

    Educational Institution

    Most of the popular bathing beaches in KwaZulu-Natal are protected by shark nets maintained by this shark-research institute, the world's foremost...Read More

  • 17. KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts Gallery

    Glenwood | Museum/Gallery

    This arts complex houses four exhibition areas, in addition to a crafts shop, the Durban Center for Photography, and a classy open-air restaurant...Read More

  • 18. Madressa Arcade

    Indian District | Market/Bazaar

    There's a Kiplingesque quality to this thoroughfare, recalling the bazaars of the East. Built in 1927, it's little more than a narrow, winding...Read More

  • 19. Mitchell Park

    Morningside | Zoo/Aquarium

    The magnificent rose garden, colorful floral displays, and leafy lawns here are a real treat on a hot summer day. Attached to the park is a...Read More

  • 20. Muti Market


    For a uniquely African experience, hire a guide through Durban Tourism at Tourist Junction to take you to southern Africa's largest and most...Read More

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