Durban Adventures

As one of the most popular destinations in South Africa, Durban adventure tours are a must for anyone wanting to enjoy year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches and a vibrant culture. Durban is also a hot-spot for adventurists, with plenty of activities to suit just about every taste – from hardcore thrills such as shark diving and skydiving all the way through to the more sedate pastimes such as hot air balloon trips. Whatever floats your boat, try one of these outstanding adventure tours…

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Adventures in Durban
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As one of the most popular destinations in South Africa, Durban adventure tours are a must for anyone wanting to enjoy year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches and a vibrant culture. Durban is also a hot-spot for adventurists, with plenty of activities to suit just about every taste – from hardcore thrills such as shark diving and skydiving all the way through to the more sedate pastimes such as hot air balloon trips. Whatever floats your boat, try one of these outstanding adventure tours and get your thrill on!

 

Durban tours bring you all the fun and adventure of South Africa’s sunshine city. From the endless summery days (even in the middle of winter) to the unique and fascinating culture that blends Zulu and Indian influences almost effortlessly into a distinctly ‘Durbanite’ feel, this city is sure to offer something for everyone. Here are some of the biggest reasons to consider planning an adventure tour in Durban:

  • Warm weather throughout the year, from January to December.
  • World-class beaches that are ideal for swimming, surfing, water sports, scuba diving and more.
  • Delicious cuisine that ranges from the popular bunny chow (half a loaf of bread stuffed with spicy curry) to samoosas and plenty of other dishes.
  • Home to uShaka Marine World – one of the country’s largest and most renowned aquariums, boasting shark diving, ocean floor walks, dolphin shows and plenty of other activities and adventure options for marine enthusiasts seeking a unique thrill.
  • There are plenty of things to do in Durban, from city tours to rickshaw rides along the beachfront, extreme sports, scuba diving in the warm Indian Ocean or taking in the rich culture of this vibrant city.
  • After dark, the city comes alive with a number of entertainment options to enjoy, as well as a range of excellent restaurants, bars and night clubs to try for a taste of the local night life.
  • Durban is also a perfect gateway for those wanting to explore the greater KwaZulu-Natal area, where plenty of fantastic adventure experiences can be found – from the spectacular Drakensberg region to the Valley of a 1000 Hills, Umhlanga Coast, Elephant Coast, Natal Midlands and many other destinations – making Durban tours perfect for those wanting to explore the province.

Durban Adventures

Abseiling

Two hours south of Durban is the spectacular Oribi Gorge -  a place of cliffs, waterfalls, forests and hiking trails. Where there are cliffs, there is sure to be abseiling. Strapped safely into a climbing harness and hanging off a high cliff gives you the most incredible view of the area. Gaze...

Aquarium Diving

A scuba dive in Durban’s state-of-the-art uShaka Marine World is a bit of a cheat but you do get to see an enormous amount and variety of animals up close.  And you can dive in a shark cage in the predator tank.

Beach Horse Rides

One of the most amazing things about towns in Durban is that you are never far from an adventure surrounded by the most incredible natural beauty. Spend a morning on a Beach Horse Ride in Durban and you will know exactly what we are talking about! Feel the wind in your hair as you canter down...

Big Swing

If you are into adrenaline you just have to do this. It’s officially the world’s tallest commercial big swing and the only stadium swing in the world. It’s a huge, scary jump from the “handle” of Durban’s pretty picnic basket Moses Mabida Stadium. Gulp - Adrenaline...

Boat Trips

Whether you fancy a comfortable scenic trip around Durban Bay on a luxury sailing catamaran, a fishing charter trip, or you want to head out into the waves looking at whales and dolphins, you will find a boat trip to suit your needs. Adventure, fun, scenery or just chilling, you can do it on your own,...

Canoeing

Although canoeing and kayaking seem like the same thing, the sports differ considerably. When canoeing, the paddler either kneels at the bottom of the boat or sits on a raised seat. They use a paddle with a single blade on one end. Picture traditional dugout canoes as made by many indigenous groups...

Deep Sea Fishing

When you are next in Durban on pleasure or business, why not take a break and head out into the Indian Ocean for some great sun-tropical deep sea fishing.  Durban is a safe and easy harbour to launch from to get out to the where the big fish are.  Deep sea fishing from Durban also offers some...

Gorge Swing

Doing a gorge swing feels less daunting than bungee jumping but is no less daring. In its favour, gorge swingers are secured upright in a full-body harness and are not bound by the feet ankles. A gorge swing is like a being on a giant playground swing - only you start from the top of the swing and accelerate...

Helicopter Flights

Take off from the city of Durban in a helicopter, fly along the coast and then inland to the beautiful Valley of a Thousand Hills. After the scenic part of the flight, you land at a pretty view point - as only a helicopter can - and enjoy a fabulous picnic. It’ll make you feel a bit like a rock...

Horse Riding

From romantic beach horse rides at sunset and champagne-breakfast rides to trails that meander through sugarcane fields and coastal forests, the Durban region has a wide variety of settings for enjoyable out rides. Trails range from one to a few hours long and are tailored to your skill level and experience....

Hot-Air Ballooning

Just outside Durban city you can enjoy a fabulous hot air balloon ride. Whether you’re after a romantic interlude for two or a fun breakaway for your company, the whole ballooning experience is unbeatable. You start off before dawn with coffee and tea and then, once you are floating above the...

Kite Surfing

Kitesurfing is an exciting sport that sees a large power kite paired with a surfboard for an all-action wave-riding experience. Kitesurfing is an entertaining spectator sport as kitesurfers surf and jump waves. If you're keen to try kitesurfing, head to Ballito - a coastal town about 40-kilometres...

Microlight Flying

Just north of Durban lies Mvoti Airfield close to the Mvoti Ultra City. From here you can depart on scenic microlight flights, up the north coast past Ballito as far as the Tugela mouth on a nice day.  For those of you who have never flown in a microlight, here is an activity that you must certainly...

Ocean Floor Walking

Walk on the bottom of the ocean - well of the uShaka Marine World Aquarium, which is an ocean in miniature. You don’t need any dive qualifications. With the specially adapted Oceanwalker, anyone can walk underwater among the denizens of the deep - sharks, fishes, rays and all manner of marine...

Paragliding

For a passionate love affair with the blue skies of Durban, join our operators on a Paragliding Adventure. Start out with a tandem flight where experienced instructors will guide in some of Durban’s best flying sites. Smooth ridge conditions and amazing views make Durban an excellent training...

Rap Jumping

Make like a Marine and run face forward down a vertical face. This is rap jumping, a sport that sees your strapped into a full-body harness for a controlled descent down a cliff, building or other man-made structures. The name 'rap jumping' is deceiving because you don't actually jump. Rather,...

River Rafting

Enjoy some exciting white water rafting on the Umkomaas River just south of Durban. The experienced guides and stable specially designed crocs - two-place inflatable rafts - will get you through the fun and scary rapids safely. All equipment, including rafts and paddles, is supplied.

Rock Climbing

If your week nights are spent climbing in the indoor climbing gym, get your hands on rock over the weekends. There are a number of high-quality sandstone faces for excellent rock climbing within 30-minutes of the city of Durban.  The rock formations of the Shongweni Dam and Game Reserve make for...

Scuba Diving

As well as a fab and fun dive in uShaka Marine World, you can do a PADI dive course in Durban, learning in nice warm tropical water, or you could do a dive charter into the bay - or further south to Aliwal, or north to the coral reefs of Maputaland. Durban is a city centred around the ocean, and diving...

Segway Tours

Start off at the Moses Mabida Stadium, where you explore this KwaZulu-Natal icon before you segue into the rest of the tour and ride your Seqway out of the stadium and down to the Durban beachfront. The Segway is a strange vehicle but it’s a great way to explore Durban’s Golden Mile, taking...

Shark Tours

If you want to find out more about sharks, visit the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board at Umhlanga Rocks, just north of Durban. They offer a short tour and presentation that will totally demystify these magnificent creatures. And for a real hands-on experience, you can go out to sea on the Sharks Board’s...

Skydiving

A tandem skydive enables you to experience the exhilaration of free fall with no experience at all. Just outside Durban, you can enjoy this adrenaline-filled adventure with a qualified tandem jumpmaster who will make all the decisions while you exit the plane and enjoy your 45-second free fall. Once...

Snorkeling

Armed with only a mask, snorkel and fins, you can observe an underwater extravaganza in the tidal pools of Durban's beaches in KwaZulu-Natal.  From Scottburgh to Zinkwazi, these beaches are favoured for easy access to pools at low tide, good underwater visibility and abundant sea life. The...

Sunset Cruises

Watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean while you enjoy a long, cool drink from the deck of a magnificent sailing charter boat, and get a dolphin’s eye view of the KwaZulu-Natal coastline from Durban to the North Coast.

Swimming with Horses

Imagine riding a horse across an almost deserted beach, the sun reflecting off the shallow water and your horse's hooves flicking up water. A hot day, you stop to rest and take to the refreshing water to cool off. But you're not alone - your horse joins you for a swim in the sea. Reunion beach,...

Teambuilding

Is your team a little lacklustre at the moment? Employers, managers, coaches and parents – inject a healthy dose of inspiration, motivation and excitement into your group through a teambuilding activity. Get your most valuable asset back on track and read on to discover Durban’s excellent...

Zip Line

For a totally different experience, close to Durban on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, you can do a zip line tour. Zip lines or, as we call them in Durban, foefie slides are similar to a flying fox. It’s a cable tour that takes you on a 1.5km zip high above the scenery. And you can also experience...

Zorbing

Where there is a long, grassy slope, there are sure to be children and adults running, rolling, sledding, karting and tumbling down it. It was only a matter of time before a large transparent orb, into which a person is harnessed especially for rolling down hills, was invented. And so the sport of zorbing...