The Mitchell Park Zoo was initially set to be an ostrich farm, but when the plan didn't work, it was later turned into a vibrant zoo. An extensive collection of exotic birds, tropical fish, small animals and reptiles are housed in this pleasing setting. There are also spacious lawns for picnics. Easily accessed from the far end of Musgrave road.
One of Durban's most attractive areas, Florida Road is where nightlife thrives alongside myriad shopping establishments. Dotted with restaurants that offer a riot of cuisines, this street will win you over with its pleasant bustle and upbeat vibe. It can be safely dubbed a retail paradise, owing to the number of varied fashion boutiques it houses and is also home to some extremely charming buildings like the Quarters Hotel - an erstwhile Victorian home. A heaven for art lovers too, this street is further peppered with establishments like Artisan Contemporary Gallery and African Art Centre. In addition, entertainment venues like Casablanca and brimming bars breathe life into its sprawl.
A jewel of the holiday village Umhlanga Rocks, Umhlanga beach boasts rolling stretches of sand which embrace its resplendent waters. One of the many beaches on the tranquil Umhlanga Coast, it is a picture-perfect getaway teeming with tourists and locals looking for some time away from the bustle of the city. This beach is an ideal destination for some swim and surf, or to simply luxuriate in the South African sun, thanks to its gleaming golden sands. Dotted along its coastline are myriad beachfront resorts and restaurants, and the famed Umhlanga Lighthouse is only minutes away from the beach. Due to its active endeavors in promoting environmental awareness, Umhlanga Beach has bagged the international Blue Flag status.
The Valley of a Thousand Hills is a beautiful spot in the verdant folds of the KwaZulu-Natal, where the Umgeni and Msunduzi rivers meet. The valley offers accommodation facilities, restaurants, safari parks and many more recreational facilities. The Phezulu Safari Park is a must-visit site here as well as the food markets and Aqua Wild Africa. So spend your day of leisure at the Valley and bask in the natural aura of the place.
The African Queen Yacht is the largest and the most famous commercial mono hull yacht operating out of Durban Harbour. It is a very seaworthy 56 foot traditional sailing vessel weighing 25 tons. It has two keels for maximum stability, a top speed of 10 knots under full sail and under engine power. The vessel has been sailed all over the Indian Ocean. The vessel has a full inventory of safety equipment; RADAR, VHF radios, two life rafts, an Emergency Position Indicator Beacon and GPS. At sea the vessel is in direct contact with the Port of Durban. Visit website for more details.
Located inside the Mucklneuk house, The Mashu Museum of Ethnology gives you a peek into the different cultures across South Africa. The museum houses some very interesting ethnographic artifacts that give you a peek into the local life of the people in the country. If you are in the city, a visit to the Mashu Museum of Ethnology is a must.