What to do in Durban
Durban is a vibrant city filled with culture. Where can you find a destination three hours from mountains, three hours from one of the most beautiful game reserves and a sea that you can swim all year round.
Umhlanga - walk the promenade it is 5km return
Wine-tasting in the Midlands
Do the Nature trail to the Umhlanga Lagoon and back
Durban Golden Mile - Walk the beautiful 11 km promenade
Hire Bicycles and ride the Durban Golden Mile
Hire surfboards and stand up paddles at Surf Riders
Take the Vernacular up the Soccer world Cup Stadium
Or Bungie swing off the stadium
Book to go Deep sea fishing off Umhlanga
Book to view dolphins or whales.
Visit Ushaka marine world
Visit the Natal Sharks Board
The lighthouse takes its name from the reeds that accumulate on the banks of the Ohlanga River, which is just a short distance from Umhlanga Rocks.
The Oyster Box Hotel, which was built in 1869 as a beach cottage, has always been the official warden of the lighthouse. The lighthouse controls used to be inside the hotel office but was removed during the Oyster Box’s 2007 renovation. Enjoy a cocktail in the Lighthouse bar in the Oysterbox hotel with a magnificent view over the coastline of Durban.
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Moses Mabhida Stadium offers adventure activities for fun-seekers. Try out the SkyCar ride to the top of the arch or walk 500 steps to the sky platform on the Adventure Walk. All Access Tours, Segway Tours and the world's only stadium Big Swing can be found here too along with a variety of shops and restaurants.
Surfing and SUP - Durban Beach
DURBAN’S ONE STOP SUP, SURF AND BEACH SHOP
Who has a serious passion for stand up paddleboarding(SUP) and Surfing,
can hire boards and learn to surf.
They are easy to find! The store is situated on the beachfront at Addington Beach just above the popular Surf Rider’s Café. Hire a bicycle, go-kart or a skateboard and cruise the beachfront with friends or family, for an hour or more. For the ‘water babies’, they have a wide selection of stand up paddleboards, surfboards and bodyboards too.
Surf Rider's Café is famous for its food.
Victoria Market- Durban
Visit one of South Africa's premier tourist destination, that's rich in culture and heritage. Experience the hustle and bustle of one of the oldest markets in Durban, featuring a large variety of bags, spices, Chinese wholesale goods, brassware, cellphones, African artwork, curios and much much more, not forgetting our dedicated fish and meat market. Join us for an unforgettable shopping experience.
Golden Mile - Durban
The Golden Mile is the popular stretch of beachfront in the city of Durban KwaZulu-Natal, including the promenade that runs along with it. It runs roughly from uShaka Beach (where the uShaka Marine World is located) in Point Waterfront to Suncoast Casino in the north and now includes a route directly to Moses Mabhida Stadium. It is one of the main tourist attractions in the Durban area. The wide stretch of golden sands, artificially separated by various piers, provides excellent opportunities for sun-worshippers and swimmers to enjoy the sub-tropical sunshine and warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Most of the Mile's beaches are protected year-round by lifeguards and sharks nets. The Mile is also a well-known surfer's haven.
Durban City and Valley of Thousand Hills
The ideal way of getting to know ‘Surf City’! Drive along the Marine Parade, see the rickshaw pullers, the harbour, and pass Vasco da Gama clock, the University of Natal, and the Botanical Gardens. Visit the Oriental Indian Market.
Kranzkloof Nature Reserve - Kloof
If you enjoy hiking, a 25 minutes drive from Khanyakude. Krantzkloof Nature reserve is not only a biodiversity treasure trove in the traditional sense of flora and fauna but it also has a rich and interesting geological story to tell to the observant visitor. The reserve is based around two spectacular gorges which rivers have cut through the layer of Natal Sandstone which forms the Kloof Plateau. The two main rivers are the Molweni and Nkutu Rivers which are tributaries of the Umgeni River, which in turn flows into the Indian Ocean at Blue Lagoon. There are several different hikes and difficulties.
Dolphin Watching – Oribi Gorge and South Coast
The coastal waters off the South Coast provide a great opportunity for marine adventures. Dolphins are common residents of the South Coast, with pods of 30 – 50 dolphins patrolling up and down just beyond the breakers. When you drive further down the South Coast and inland to the Oribi Gorge, on of KwaZulu – Natal’s most dramatic sights. A 27km long nature reserve situated in the gorge, carved over millions of years by the Mzimkulwana.
Umgeni River Bird Park - Umgeni Tel 031 5794601
The Umgeni River Bird Park was designed and built by Dr Alan Abrey. It is situated in an old quarry site which used to contain water and was visited by Alan as a young boy growing up in Durban. When looking for a bird park site, he remembered it as a perfect option. After a year of extensive land filling, landscaping and aviary construction, the Umgeni River Bird Park was opened in April 1984 by the then-mayor of Durban, Councillor Sybil Hotz.
The park is situated in 3.5 hectares of lush tropical landscaping and houses an ever-increasing collection of more than 800 birds from 200 species. Some species are the only representatives of their kind in Africa whilst others are commonly kept as pets.
The Bird Park is 6.7 km from KhanyaKude Bed & Breakfast.
Botanic Garden - Durban
Tel 031 322 4021
The Durban Botanic Gardens (Est. 1849) is currently Africa’s oldest surviving botanic garden and remains a national and local City asset actively contributing to plant conservation and plant-based education. The Durban Botanic Gardens Trust was established in 1993 to support the Gardens key strategic areas in biodiversity, culture, education, heritage, horticulture, people and plants, and research.
Our combined vision is to develop the Durban Botanic Gardens as a place of excellence.
The Botanic Garden is 11.6 km (15 min) from KhanyaKude Bed & Breakfast.
Japanese Gardens - Durban North
Tel 031 311 6975
The Japanese Garden at Durban North is the most recently developed of the larger parks. Water gardens with Japanese structures are features in this pleasant park. Laid out in a traditional style, the Japanese Garden ponds attract a variety of water birds. There are picnic areas and a playground.
The Botanic Garden is 3.4 km (5 min) from KhanyaKude Bed & Breakfast.
Blueberry Cafe – Netherwood, Midlands
Blueberry Café is a spot in the midlands that captures everything about the midlands meander:
The beautiful backdrop of the Drakensburg mountains, the natural interior with the floating garden baskets, addictive coffee, mouth-watering food and a loo with a view like no other!
The café aims to deliver on an atmosphere to make those feel they come back for more and we hope to always make those returning that they have never left!
The Fork n Cleaver is a proud farm to fork steakhouse whereby we use our hormone-free beef with our homegrown produce to present you with the best the farm can offer. Every week we try to deliver something new on our Cut of the Day Menu so that we keep guests coming back for more! Come Hungry, Leave Satisfied.
Whine tasting – Abingdon wine estate, Midlands
Abingdon Wine Estate opened its very popular tasting room overlooking the vineyard in August 2009.
We are open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays for tastings and lunch. Lunch bookings are essential - call Jane on 083 463 8503. Please see our tasting room page for updated information.
Wine tastings are run between 10.30 am-4 pm. Join the family team, Ian, Jane, Hadley and Laurie at the bar for a personalised introduction to our wines. Tastings are charged per glass (R15 - R25).
Harvest boards and tapas-style dishes are served overlooking the vineyard on beautiful sunny days, or inside in front of our three roaring fireplaces on cold Midlands days.
Drakensberg Boys Choir and Champagne Valley (Wednesdays only)
We depart for the Drakensberg mountains early morning. We enjoy a delicious lunch at Thokozisa and experience some of the interesting arts and crafts in the Centre. After lunch we attend the concert by the internationally acclaimed Drakensberg boys Choir – all aged between nine and fifteen and from various cultural back grounds. This show is only available on a Wednesday.
Valley of the Thousand Hills
(half day - morning or afternoon )
We travel via Hillcrest to the magnificent Valley of a Thousand Hills for an introduction to Zulu culture and Zulu Dancing. Visit a safari park and learn about the Nile crocodile, returning to Durban via the scenic route.
Kranzkloof Nature Reserve -Kloof
If you enjoy hiking, a 25 minutes drive from Khanyakude Bed & Breakfast in Durban North, Krantzkloof Nature reserve is not only a biodiversity treasure trove in the traditional sense of flora and fauna but it also has a rich and interesting geological story to tell to the observant visitor. The reserve is based around two spectacular gorges which rivers have cut through the layer of Natal Sandstone which forms the Kloof Plateau. The two main rivers are the Molweni and Nkutu Rivers which are tributaries of the Umgeni River, which in turn flows into the Indian Ocean at Blue Lagoon. There are several different hikes and difficulties.
Dolphin Watching – Oribi Gorge and South Coast (full day)
The coastal waters off the South Coast provide a great opportunity for marine adventures. Dolphins are common residents of the South Coast, with pods of 30 – 50 dolphins patrolling up and down just beyond the breakers. We board our boat as watch the dolphins as close as 50 meters. After this great experience we head further down the South Coast and inland to the Oribi Gorge, on of KwaZulu – Natal’s most dramatic sights. A 27km long nature reserve situated in the gorge, carved over millions of years by the Mzimkulwana.