Adventures in Durban

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…

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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

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.

Aquarium Snorkeling

uShaka Marine World in Durban is a great place for snorkeling. There are loads of pretty colourful fish, the water is warm and you don’t need to worry about currents, waves or tides. You may, however, find yourself in close proximity to a huge shark. But no worries, it’s on the other side...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Mountain Biking

Herewith a comprehensive list of professional Mountain Biking Tour Operators in Durban – Dirty Boots

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

Book your rap jump now with an adventure operator close to you, Durban - Dirty Boots

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.

Scenic Flights

You can enjoy a scenic flight around the city of Durban or charter a plane to take you anywhere you like. Charter flight is pure freedom - no queues, no airport frenzy. This is flying at its best.

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...

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.

Surfing

The surfing in Durban is world class but, once you have experienced that, you may want to do a real surfing safari and see what the rest of the Durban coast has to offer - or even head up into Mozambique, surfing warm Indian Ocean waves while enjoying a fabulous road trip.

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 and try Teambuilding to help get your most valuable asset back on track. Read on to discover about 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...