Adventures in Durban & KwaZulu-Natal North Coast

Many adventure travelers start their KwaZulu-Natal journey in Durban (eThekwini). Before leaving this bustling metropolis, spend some time enjoying the warm Indian Ocean water and the many beach front activities. See the Moses Mabhida Stadium from a segway or take the ride of a lifetime on the big swing. Dive in uSkaka Marine world or explore the city on two wheels on a bike adventure.

Next head north along the Dolphin Coast, a stretch of coastline famous for sugar plantations and the…

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Adventures in Durban & KwaZulu-Natal North Coast
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Many adventure travelers start their KwaZulu-Natal journey in Durban (eThekwini). Before leaving this bustling metropolis, spend some time enjoying the warm Indian Ocean water and the many beach front activities. See the Moses Mabhida Stadium from a segway or take the ride of a lifetime on the big swing. Dive in uSkaka Marine world or explore the city on two wheels on a bike adventure.

Next head north along the Dolphin Coast, a stretch of coastline famous for sugar plantations and the sighting of dolphins, enter Zululand and enjoy the warm welcome of the Zulu people.

Here you will find the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This protected area spans 280 kilometers of coastline from the Mozambican border in the north to the Lake St. Lucia estuary in the south.

Anglers enjoy the challenge of catching tiger fish on a houseboat trip or sailfish on a deep sea fishing adventure. Guided hikes and turtle tracking are two popular land based activities, while diving enthusiasts recognize Sodwana Bay National Park as one of the premier diving destinations in the world.

Sodwana is home to brightly coloured corals and more than 1,200 species of fish. The reefs are often visited by dolphins, manta rays, turtles, humpback whales and if you are lucky a whale sharks may just swim past you, munching on krill as it slowly moves along.

If you prefer an inland adventure, then your route out of Durban is along the N3 highway, northwest into the Natal Midlands, the rolling hills so fondly described in Alan Paton’s famous novel Cry, the Beloved Country. Here you can see the beauty of the Valley of a Thousand Hills from above on a skydiving or hot air balloon adventure.

Your next stop is another UNESCO World Heritage Site – The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. This park spans parts of both KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho and is a hiker’s paradise.

Whether you prefer a stroll through a shaded valley or the challenge of man against mountain, the Drakensberg has it all. Soaring buttresses, lush yellowwood forests, snowcapped peaks in winter and cascading waterfalls make this destination a must-do adventure.

4x4 enthusiasts love the only road access to the ‘Berg’, the Sani Pass, which at the top boast the highest pub in Africa. What better place to toast the end of another successful adventure!

Durban & KwaZulu-Natal North Coast Adventures

4x4 Tours

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Abseiling

For an exhilarating abseiling adventure, take a drive just 30 minutes from Durban to the National Heritage Site of the Shongweni Dam and Game Reserve. Here you can get your adrenaline kick by abseiling down the Shongweni Dam wall. Slightly further a field, head into the mighty Drakensberg for an abseiling...

Adventure Trails

An Adventure Trails is the perfect way to get away from it all while ticking a number of great activities off your wish list. An Adventure Trail is typically a multi-day excursion that includes a variety of outdoor options such as hiking, horseback riding, cycling or whitewater rafting. The nights are...

Aerial Boardwalk

Take some time off to enjoy nature at its best on an Aerial Boardwalk. Walk or jog along above the indigenous forest canopy to the sound of the many bird species. Look out for the crowned eagle above and enjoy the spectacular views below! An Aerial Boardwalk adventure in Durban and Kwa Zulu Natal North...

Aquarium Diving

uShaka Marine World in Durban is home to ragged-tooth sharks, hammerhead sharks, gamefish and large rays. For an up close and personal experience with the residents of this aquarium, go on an unforgettable Aquarium Diving experience. One of the great benefits of an aquarium dive is that conditions are...

Aquarium Snorkeling

How about spending a morning in the company of a Moorish idol, a Sergeant major or a spotted grunter? uShaka Marine World is one of the largest aquariums in the world. Here you can interact with the residents of the coral reef on an Aquarium Snorkelling Adventure. Myriads of the more than 1 500 colourful...

Beach Horse Rides

Feel the wind in your hair as you canter along the shore on a Beach Horse Ride in Durban and Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast. There’s no better way to spend a morning than on horseback. Suited for both beginners and more experienced riders a Beach Horse Ride is the perfect way to start en equestrian love...

Big Swing

See life from a whole new angle on a Big Swing Adventure. Try out this brand new activity at the Moses Mabida stadium or in the magnificent Drakensberg. Simply take that leap of faith over the edge – it’s perfectly safe so bring along that 100 year old granny and the rest of the family! Contact...

Boat Charters

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Boat Trips

Durban and Kwa Zulu Natal North is blessed with a great variety of waterways. Perfect for a Boat Trip! Choose between the calm waters of UNESCO World Heritage Site - iSimangaliso wetlands or go searching for whales in the deep blue Indian Ocean. Try your luck at Deep Sea Fishing or go for a romantic...

Canoeing

A Canoeing trip is always good fun – but in Durban and Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast a Canoeing Adventure is simply awesome. Choose between the calm waters of the iSimangaliso Wetllands where you may encounter turtles and other curious creatures or take a trip along the coast of the warm Indian Ocean....

Canopy Tours

A Canopy Tour is about enjoying nature from lofty heights. A Canopy Tour is an established route through a forested or mountainous landscape making use of zip lines, aerial bridges and platforms built in trees or on cliff sides. The Karkloof Forest offer you a Tarzan and Jane type adventure amongst...

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Clay pigeon shooting is an activity that will appeal to your competitive spirit. Our operators in Durban and Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast welcome novices and pros alike to this great outdoor activity. Great for Teambuilding, birthdays and family outings, clay pigeon shooting is the art at shooting at...

Cycle Tours

For a day’s adventure that is good for you and good for the planet – Go for a cycle tour in Durban and Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast.  Take a ride through the city and discover vibrant Durban or traverse through farmlands, forests and single tracks in the Midlands countryside. An active escape...

Deep Sea Fishing

Durban & KwaZulu-Natal North Coast is blessed with great fishing options. A Deep Sea Fishing Adventure in Durban and Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast ticks all the boxes – a responsible skipper,  great weather, deep blue sea, good company and the thrill of the chase all add up to a perfects days adventure. From Richard’s...

Fishing

There are as many reasons to fish as there are fishermen. For some watching a cork floating on the water, waiting to see it tremble and disappear under the water is both exciting and relaxing. For others it is the clean sea air and good company that makes Fishing such a popular pastime. Many find Fishing...

Gliding

We could say that Gliding is an air adventure activity in which a pilot flies an un-powered glider using naturally occurring currents of rising air in the atmosphere to remain airborne. But Gliders are likely to disagree – they would say that Gliding is an obsession! Gliders have an intimate knowledge...

Helicopter Flights

To get the best view of the rivers, valleys and stunning coastline of Durban and Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast, book an adventurous Helicopter Flight. Choose between tours that highlight the beauty of the cityscapes of Durban or go inland and take in the beauty of the Valley of a Thousand Hills. Whichever...

Hiking

Kwa Zulu Natal offers a wide variety of hikes and with all the spectacular scenery and wildlife on offer, choosing the best hiking trail is neigh impossible. However, here are some suggestions for great hikes in Kwa Zulu Natal: The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Towering...

Horse Riding

The Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast is blessed with a beautiful natural environment and rich wildlife. Ride on the beach along the warm Indian Ocean or venture inland into mountain, forest and river trails. Outrides into wetland and beaches offer sightings of hippos, crocodiles, whales and turtles, while...

Horse Safaris

A Safari is a expedition to observe wildlife in their natural habitat, and what better way to do this than on Horse Back! Durban and the Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast is blessed with a varied and rich wildlife, just waiting to be explored on a Horse Safari Adventure. On an outride you could ride alongside...

Hot-Air Ballooning

The physics behind Hot Air Ballooning is surprisingly simple. To take off, the pilot simply heats the air inside the open balloon envelope by firing the propane burner. The air is now warmer inside the balloon than outside and the balloon begins to rise. The hot air does not escape from the bottom of...

Houseboats

On a Houseboat trip you can combine your spirit of adventure with enjoying the creature comforts of luxury accommodation. A stay on a Houseboat in one of Durban & Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast’s many waterways is a combination of pure enjoyment and as many activities as you can fit into your...

Ice Climbing

Adventure seekers will love the challenge of climbing frozen waterfalls, cliffs and rock slabs covered in ice. The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park is the only place in Durban & KwaZulu-Natal North Coast where you can go Ice Climbing. Every winter operators guide climbers on ascents of inclined ice formations in the mighty ‘Berg’....

Kayaking

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to Kayaking Adventures in Durban and KwaZulu Natal North Coast. Kayaking hero Hank McGregor learnt his skills on the many brown rivers of this lush region so if you are dreaming of following his footsteps this is the place to start! If you are looking for wildlife...

Kite Surfing

In our never-ending search for adrenaline filled adventures, we have invented some pretty amazing extreme sports. Kitesurfing or Kiteboarding is one of the sports that is taking the world by storm. Durban & KwaZulu-Natal North Coast is one of the premier Kitesurfing destinations in the world. Some of our beaches are world...

Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding or Kitesurfing is an exciting water sport for the new millennium. The term Kitesurfing is usually reserved for kiting in waves, but whatever term you prefer this is a young and adrenaline filled sport that is guaranteed to blow your hair back. Ten years ago, there were probably only a few...

Microlight Flying

Spread your wings and fly away on a Microlight Flying Adventure in Durban and Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast. To really expand your horizon and awaken the adventurous spirit - book a microlight flying lesson with one of our operators and begin a passionate love affair with the skies.

Mountain Biking

The most difficult part of a Mountain Biking Adventure in Durban and Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast is selecting one of the many destinations. You can cycle through the countryside or along the Shongweni Dam of the Midlands, amongst wildlife in protected iSimangaliso Wetland Park or against the mountain...

Mountaineering

When climber George Mallory was asked ’Why did you want to climb Mount Everest?’ his simple reply was ‘Because it is there.’ Mountaineers have felt like this about climbing mountains ever since. Unfortunately, Mallory famously perished on Mount Everest in 1924. To avoid a similar fate and ensure...

Ocean Floor Walking

Ever wondered what it would feel like to walk at the ocean floor? Now you can find out! Simply book an Ocean Floor Walking Adventure at uShaka Marine World. The Ocean Floor Walking Activity is suited for everyone with a taste for adventure! So, for a days adventure in Durban and Kwa Zulu Natal North...

Paragliding

Ask a paraglider to tell you about Paragliding and you will soon discover that this is not an interest, a hobby or a sport – Paragliding is an obsession! Discover the thrill of moving through the air with nothing to spoil the view, safely supported by a canopy above you, by booking a Paragliding Adventure...

Quad Biking

Are you looking for a fun experience to get those Boots Dirty? A day spent on a Quad Biking adventure in Durban is the way to go! Operators offer both beginner and advanced trails, so even if this is your first time on a Quad Bike (or All Terrain Vehicle (ATV)) you are guaranteed an exciting adrenaline...

Rap Jumping

During a Rap Jump, you descend on a fixed rope in a standing position while facing the ground. This is abseiling’s big brother and not suitable for the faint hearted! Rap Jumping is bringing thrills to Durban and the Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast. How about a Rap Jump down the sheer face of a dam wall...

River Rafting

River Rafting operators in Durban and the Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast are spoilt for choice. The region is close to many rivers, all fed from waters of the mighty Drakensberg. The Umkomaas river cascades down the berg on its 298 kilometer journey to its mouth in the Indian Ocaean. The Umkomaas (or Mkomati...

Rock Climbing

The Shongweni Dam and Game Reserve near Durban is a National Heritage Site. Aside from being the home of rhino. giraffe and buffalo it also offers some of Kwa Zulu Natal’s best rock climbing opportunities. Test your skills at overhangs and walls with names such as ‘Wave cave’ and ‘Rasta cave’. ...

Rope Course

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Sailing Charters

Feel the wind in your hair as you set sail on the Indian Ocean. Whether you are dreaming of a circumnavigation or simply want a romantic evening out – there’s no better way to spend the day than a Sailing Charter in Durban and Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast. Consult our operators and book your Sailing...

Scootours

Every day is a great day for bonding with your friends and family – so why not choose today for a Scootour Adventure in Durban & Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast. A scootour is a trip on an off road scooter in the great outdoors. The mighty Drakensberg is an ideal location for this. The grip on the...

Scuba Diving

With a few gentle kicks of your flippers into the clear waters of the Indian Ocean, you are on your way down to discover the hidden depths of the sea. No phones and memos, no meetings and mails, just you and the inhabitants of the coral reef.  Durban is a great gateway for a Scuba Diving Adventure....

Segway Tours

Everywhere you look these days you see people rolling around on a Segway PT (Personal Transporter). A Segway Tour is a great way to enjoy the scenery of Durban & Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast – you get around in a fun way without too much hassle. The Segway is easy to control and manoevre. They are...

Shark Cage Diving

A Shark Cage Diving Adventure is an incredible experience. The Aliwal Shoal near the tiny town of Umkomaas is the home of blacktip, dusty and spinner sharks. Our operators offer an incredible cage diving adventure on board custom-designed boats. No diving experience is needed for this once-in-a-lifetime...

Shark Diving

Sharks have starred in horror movies and nightmares for decades. They are steeped in mystery and have a bad rap as blood thirsty man-eaters. Sharks are also magnificent creatures with a long and impressive lineage. Ancient sharks cruised the seas long before dinosaurs roamed the land. They are top predators...

Shark Tours

To gain insight into the fascinating lives of sharks, book a Shark Tour with our operators in Durban and Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast. A Shark Tour is a fantastic way to gain respect and knowledge of these much misunderstood creatures of the deep.

Skydiving

At Dirty Boots we’ve got an adventure for every day of the year - but for those really special occasions, there’s Skydiving! A Skydiving adventure in Durban & Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast is in a league of its own. Feel the freedom and adrenaline as you drop above the stunning scenery...

Slackpacking

Kwa Zulu Natal is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. The scenery differ, but both are a hiker’s paradise. Slackpacking is hiking with the freedom of walking with only a small day pack and overnighting in comfy lodges. In the...

Snorkeling

If you enjoy exploring the world beneath the surface of the sea, you will be spoilt for choice in Durban and Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast. Even before you leave the concrete jungle, you can fit in a Snorkelling Adventure in uShaka Marine World. Then head north and choose between the multitude of snorkelling...

Sunset Cruises

There’s no better way to end the day than on a Sunset Cruise in Durban & Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast. The Indian Ocean beckons you for a closer look and your captain will entice you with a glass of bubbly to celebrate the setting African sun - so contact out operators today and spoil yourself...

Surfing

When Durbanite Jordy Smith soared to international fame as one of the top surfers in the world he also help to cement the knowledge that locals already knew - Durban and the Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast offers some of the best surf conditions in Durban & KwaZulu-Natal North Coast. Warm water, consistent swells and shark nets...

Teambuilding

People often talk about being a team player, working as a team, building the team.  We all have the need for feeling part of something larger than ourselves. Being part of an effective team is one of the most satisfying feelings – just ask any sportsman whose team has just won a coveted prize....

Tiger Fishing

All fish can give you a good fight, from a tiny little yellow perch to a big-game saltwater fish – but no one fights like the Tiger Fish! The thrill of the catch is the reason that Tiger Fishing is so popular. Book your Tiger Fishing charter adventure in Durban & KwaZulu-Natal North Coast today...

Tubing

Tubing is also known as Geckoing. This outdoor activity is great fun for the whole family! Make your way to Durban & Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast and ride down a river in an inflatable tube. Enjoy a gentle drift down the calm sections and feel the rush as you encounter the rapids. With a great climate...

Turtle Tracking

Every year between November to February, Durban and Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast welcome you to experience a truly magical activity – Turtle Tracking! An evening of Turtle Tracking along Maputaland’s beaches is an evening well spent! Search for leatherback and loggerhead turtles and watch as they...

Walking Safaris

The untamed beauty of Durban & Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast is best experienced on a Walking Safari. This activity is for the adventurous spirit that is not content with viewing wildlife from the comforts of an enclosed vehicle. If that sounds like you, then leave your comfort zone behind, lace up...

Whale Watching

Watching humpback whales in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park is an adventure that you will cherish for a life time. This protected area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is teeming with wildlife. The park spans 280 kilometers of coastline from the Mozambican border in the north to the Lake St. Lucia estuary...

White Water Rafting

For a day of fun and adrenaline, book a White Water Rafting Adventure in Durban & Kwa Zulu Natal North Coast. White Water may sound daunting to less experienced rafters, but our operators know the rivers in this region like the back of their hands so prepare for a day of wet and wild fun as you...

Zip Line

Are you looking for a fun adventure suited for the whole family? How about this – Strap yourself into a safety harness, climb up to a platform and clip the harness into a Zip Line. Then take a deep breath, let go and feel yourself soar above the canopy on your Zip Line Adventure. Our operators in...

Zorbing

And now for something completely different! A Zorbing Adventure! Picture yourself escaping dangerous islanders wielding arrows dipped in poison while you roll down the green hills holding on for dear life inside a giant ball made by the bones of fellow pirates. OK – that was a scene from a movie,...