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Durban is the largest city in the province of Kwazulu Natal (KZN), although Pietermaritzburg is the capital of the province, Durban is officially known as the playground of South Africa!

South Africa is a country rich in wildlife, history and heritage and the province of KZN is considered to be an international tourist destination. People come from all over the world just to visit the game reserves, old battle fields, enjoy the blue flag golden beaches and enjoy the real rainbow nation working in absolute harmony.

For some- Durban could be considered a laid back destination, for others it is the perfect place to let go and be as free as your imagination would let you be.

In here we tried to list a few destinations and activities that you could do during your stay in Durban, whether you have a day off flying or the weather turned bad for some reason or another, there is always a way to have fun in Durban. We would like to remind you that every member of the staff would be glad to help you find something different. Just because you are here to learn doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have fun!

Outdoors

Shopping malls

Wildlife

Night life

Sports and fitness

Golfing

Athlone Golf Club (Windsor Park)

Address: 145 Rif Road, Manor Gardens, Durban, South Africa, ZA
Tel: +27 031 312 7904

Bluff National Park Golf Club

Address: 100 Club Avenue, Bluff, Durban, South Africa, ZA
Tel: +27 031 467 7448

Camelot Estate Country Club

Address: 21 Wishart Road, Hillcrest, Durban, South Africa, ZA
Tel: +27 031 765 9400

Cato Ridge Country Club

Address: Chamberlain Street, Cato Ridge, Durban, South Africa, ZA
Tel: +27 031 782 1692

Chatsworth Golf Club

Address: 95 Penguin Street, Kharwastan, Chatsworth, Durban, South Africa, ZA
Tel: +27 031 403 6174

Durban Country Club

Address: 101 Walter Gilbert Road, Durban, South Africa, ZA
Tel: +27 031 313 1777

Greater Durban Golf Course

Address: 145 Rif Road, Manor Gardens, Durban 4001
Tel: +27 082 475 5569

Kloof Country Club Golf Course

Address: 26 Victoria Road, Kloof 3610, Durban, South Africa, ZA
Tel: +27 031 764 0555

Papwa Sewgolum Golf Club (Durban Golf Club)

Address: 278 New Germany Road, Reservoir Hills, Durban, South Africa, ZA
Tel: +27 031 262 7130

Royal Durban Golf Club

Address: Mitchell Crescent, Greyville, Durban, South Africa, ZA
Tel: +27 031 309 1373

San Lameer Golf Club

Address: San Lameer Estate, Main Road, Lower South Coast, Southbroom, Durban
Tel: +27 039 313 5141

Windsor Park Golf Course

Address: NMR Avenue, Durban, South Africa, ZA
Tel: +27 031 312 7354

Skydiving

Theme Parks

Flea markets

Durban Flea Markets

Museums

Bergtheil Museum

The Bergtheil Museum, housed in a 19th century farmhouse, holds an interesting collection of photographs, documents and artefacts relating to the 1848 German settlers and the development of surrounding communities.

Website: www.durban-history.co.za
Address: 16 Queens Avenue, Westville
Tel: (031) 203 7107

Campbell Collections

The Campbell Collections at the University of KwaZulu-Natal concentrates on the history of southeast Africa. It includes 18th and 19th century Cape furniture, 19th century topographical paintings, 20th century African artworks and vast collections of the material cultural artefacts from the indigenous African cultures of southern Africa, such as costume, woodcarving and pottery.

Website: www.campbell.ukzn.ac.za/
Address: 220 Gladys Mazibuko Road
Tel: (031) 207-3711
Mon-Fri: 08:00-16:30

Durban Natural Science Museum

The Durban Natural Science Museum features displays on the Earth and its history and on life on earth both past and present, with special emphasis on the unique fauna and flora of South Africa.

Website: durban.kzn.org.za
Email: hilaryv@crsu.durban.gov.za
Address: City Hall, Smith Str.
Tel: (031) 300-6211
Mon-Sat: 8:30-16:00
Sun: 11:00-17:00
Public Holidays: 11:00-16:00

Geology Education Museum

The Geology Education Museum focuses on an introduction to minerals, rocks and fossils, as well as structural and economic geology, and the geology of KwaZulu-Natal.

Website: www.geology.ukzn.ac.za
E-mail: gem@geology.und.ac.za
Address: George Campbell Building, Dept of Geology, University of KwaZulu-Natal King George Ave, Durban, 4041
Tel: (031) 260-2524
Mon-Fri: 09:00-12:00; 14:00-16:00 – preferably by appointment

KwaMuhle Museum

The KwaMuhle Museum offers an exciting programme of exhibitions, workshops, cultural events, videos and educational tours portraying the vibrant history and culture of 20th century Durban and KwaZulu-Natal.

Website: www.durban.gov.za
Address: 130 Ordnance Rd
Tel: (031) 311-2223
Mon-Sat: 8:30-16:00
Sun: 11:00-16:00

Museum of Classical Archaeology

The Museum of Classical Archaeology at the Durban campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal houses original artefacts from ancient Italy, Greece, Egypt, Petra, Boeotia, Persia and Jerusalem. These include ceramic ware, sculpture, lamps and bronze medical instruments. The museum is open for public viewing during the academic year.

Website: www.classics.und.ac.za
Email: hilton@ukzn.ac.za
Address: Department of Classics, ground floor, Memorial Tower Building, Howard Collage Campus, University of KwaZulu-Natal, King George V Avenue, Glenwood
Tel: (031) 260-2312

Pinetown Museum

The Pinetown Museum houses a multicultural display on Pinetown settlers from the Stone Age to today, including artefacts, a model of a Zulu warrior and a collection of historical photographs.

Website: www.durban.gov.za
Address: Corner Crompton Street and Old Main Road (in Library building), Pinetown.
Tel: (013) 719 2160
Mon – Fri: 09:00 – 17:00
Sat: 09:00 – 12:00

Old Court House Museum

The Old Court House Museum portrays the rich history of early Durban and KwaZulu- Natal through fascinating replicas of Durban’s early settlements.

Website: www.durban.gov.za
Address: Aliwal Street
Tel: (031) 311-2233
Mon-Sat: 8:30-16:00
Sun: 11:00-16:00

Old House Museum

The Old House Museum, a typical veranda house with notable architecture and fascinating articles of old furniture and fittings, depicts the lifestyle of Durban’s Victorian settlers.

Website: www.durban.gov.za
Address: St Andrews Street
Tel: (031) 311-2261
Mon-Sat: 8:30-16:00
Sun: 11:00-16:00

Port Natal Maritime Museum

The Port Natal Maritime Museum portrays aspects of the maritime history of Durban and KwaZulu-Natal. Highlights include three large multi-ton vessels and smaller craft and the Brittania room, with its interactive and creative displays and videos.

Website: www.durban.gov.za
Address: Aliwal Street Pier
Tel: (031) 300-6313
Mon-Sat: 8:30-16:00
Sun: 11:00-16:00

Sea World

Sea World at uShaka Marine World, run by the South African Association for Marine Biological Research, incorporates a unique shipwreck-themed aquarium, one of the five largest in the world, a 1 200-seater dolphin stadium (the largest dolphinarium in Africa), a seal pool and penguin rookery, as well as interactive activities in the dive tank, snorkel reef and touch pool. There is also a first-class education centre with extensive marine environmental education programmes.

Website: www.seaworld.org.za or www.ushakamarineworld.co.za
Email: info@seaworld.org.za
Address: uShaka Marine World, 1 King Shaka Avenue
Tel: (031) 328-8222

Warrior’s Gate MOTH Museum

The Warrior’s Gate Memorable Order of Tin Hats (MOTH) Museum is a rich collection of militaria focusing on South African involvement in the two World Wars.

Website: www.moth.org.za
Email: may@hixnet.co.za
Address: 1 NMR Avenue, Old Fort Rd
Tel: (031) 307-3337
Tues-Fri: 11:00-15:00
Sat: 10:00-12:00
Sun: 11:00-15:00

Durban Art Galleries