Africa Tours and Safaris
Durban

The story of the city of Durban, South Africa's third largest city and Africa's busiest port, began when Vasco da Gama anchored in the bay of today's Durban in 1497, he called it Rio de Natal, Christmas River. Since then many sailors and merchants steered for the bay, but the settlement of Port Natal only in started to evolve in 1823. In 1835, the place was renamed Durban after the Cape Governor Sir Benjamin D’urban.

Africa's bewitching seaside playground in the sun, Durban has from its earliest days possessed a special charm...a certain mystique that adds 'something extra' to the meeting of warm Indian Ocean, radiant golden sands and lush sub-tropical greenery.

  • Bartels Arts Centre (Bat Centre) -BAT commemorates a philanthropic trust established in Durban in 1995 as an innovative community arts centre.
  • African Art Centre – This art gallery/shop is a non-profit organisation committed to promoting African art and artists.
  • Botanic Gardens - The longest leaves in the plant kingdom (from the Raffia Palm), the largest seeds in the world (from the Coco de Mer), and the Giant Water Lily are just some of the attractions that lure visitors to the gardens.
  • City Hall - The City Hall was completed in 1910 and today forms part of a complex housing an art gallery and natural science museum.
  • Fitz Simons Snake Park - Over 300 snakes from all over the world can be viewed at close quarters (the exotic ones housed in thermostatically controlled cages), including fascinating new and rare species. There are also crocodiles, lizards, iguanas, geckos, tortoises, terrapins, spiders and scorpions.
  • Minitown - This miniature city-within-a-city is built on a scale of 1/25 and features many replicas of the city's famous landmarks, like hotels and the City Hall, which you can study in detail without getting dizzy.
  • uShaka Marine World
    uShaka Marine World in Durban, South Africa boasts fresh and sea water attractions from shipwrecks to an aquarium and dolphinarium, from water slides to amusement parks, from adventure sport to fine dining and shopping. uShaka is the largest ocean park in Africa and the fifth biggest in the world!
  • Killie Campbell Museum - An elegant colonial homestead in the leafy suburb of Berea houses one of South Africa's most exciting collection of Africana.
  • Addington Hospital Museum - Turn-of-the-century medical and nursing equipment make up just a part of this fascinating unusual museum.
  • Bergtheil Museum - Artefacts, documents and photographs relating to the area's 1848 German settlers are housed in this quaint 19th Century farmhouse.
  • Campbell Collection - The former family home of the man who introduced the city's famous rickshaws now houses a series of fine exhibits.
  • Cenotaph - The country's largest, dedicated to those who lost their lives in WW1.
  • Churchill Monument - A pylon and plaque on the steps of the post office, marking the spot where Sir Winston Churchill gave his December 1899 speech after escaping from a Pretoria prison.
  • Dick King Memorial - An equestrian statue on The Embankment to commemorate King, his horse and their historic ride from Durban to Grahamstown.
  • Durban Natural Science Museum - A series of superb exhibits detail natural sciences, including reconstructions of dinosaurs and Egyptian mummies.
  • Fort Funk - The intact remains of the fort built around the Wayside Hotel, Pinetown's original staging post in 1850.
  • Natal Maritime Museum.
  • Natal Railway Museum.
  • Natal History Museum.
  • Old Fort - The scene of the Boer-Briton Battle of Congella in 1842.
  • Old House Museum
  • Bluff Nature Reserve
  • Durban Botanical Gardens- 20ha of trees and shrubs, including what is considered to be the country’s premier collection of cycads.
  • Japanese Gardens
  • Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve - Established in 1963, the park protects largely the local plant species of the Queensburgh area.
  • Mitchell Park - A large municipal aviary set up to provide sanctuary for endangered or convalescing birds.
  • North Park Nature Reserve - A 52ha park set up in Queensburgh in 1969 to preserve coastal forest animal and bird life.
  • Robert Jameson Park - A rose garden.
  • Umgeni River Bird Park
  • Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve