The Umgeni River Bird Park is one of the finest bird parks in the world, with a spectacular collection of over 3,000 exotic and indigenous birds. A network of paths gives you a fine place to see lories, cockatoos and aras. It is set on the Umgeni River, which is at the edge of Durban city, close to the river mouth. There is a daily show which is highly recommended and an excellent way to see the birds in flight.
uShaka Sea World is a world of wonder and magic. This outstanding shipwreck-themed aquarium is linked to the dolphinarium where delightful dolphin, seal and penguin shows take place throughout the day. There's also a snorkeling lagoon and a touch pool. Scuba divers feed fish, giant turtles and stingrays by hand, and the sharks are awe-inspiring. Sea World is run by SAAMBR (The South African Association for Marine Biological Research), a non-government, non-profit association that also incorporates the Sea World Education Centre and the Oceanographic Research Institute.
Encompassing a long stretch of sandy land, the Golden Mile boasts a pristine series of beaches in the city. Straddling the coast of Durban, these beaches also feature a number of attractions that beckon tourists from all over. Owing to the conducive environs, scores of surfers and outdoor enthusiasts flock to the Golden Mile.
Located between Botha's Hill and Drummond, Phezulu Safari Park is highly recommended. It lies on the ridge overlooking the Valley of 1,000 hills. There is a good curio shop on site and two restaurants; try a four-wheel trip into the Valley of hills. The main attractions, however, are the interesting tour of the crocodile farm and the Zulu village and dancing show. There is also an animal farm and children's playground.
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.
Unprecedented scenery and adventure await at the towering Inanda Mountain, one of Durban's best. Spectacularly overlooking the Inanda Dam, this mountain is a hive of activities like eco-trails, mountain biking and rock climbing. A hike up this majestic mount reveals a trove of gorges and cliffs interlaced with cascades that graciously plunge into the shores of the dam. Perched on the mountain is a bird watching site teeming with motley species, which only beguiles further. Along with being a striking natural phenomenon, this site can also prove to be culturally enriching as you can hike to the antiquated prayer cave and the Shembe Churches' Pilgrimage Village.
South Africa's third-largest city after Johannesburg and Cape Town, Durban is golden sands and Afro-Indian culture. The city is home to the largest population of Indians outside of India. Over the years, the distinctive traditions of the subcontinent have been irrevocably fused with the native culture of South African - Durban's local flavor is one that is entirely unique. Durban's Golden Mile is its most defining feature, a stunning, 5.9 kilometers (3.7-mile) stretch of sun-baked sand that edges the deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Surfers, swimmers and sunbathers flock to the waterfront, replete with restaurants, resorts, souvenir shops and pools. For a close encounter with sharks, there's the uShaka Marine World, while Florida Road is the place to be for culture, cafes and nightlife. Although not well-known, the Inanda Heritage Route winds its way through the Inanda Valley, linking together sites of great import to the history of the nation, including such gems as the home of Mahatma Gandhi, the grave of Dr. John L. Dube, and the Ohlange Institute where Nelson Mandela cast his vote in 1994. The nearby Shakaland and PheZulu Safari Park, alternatively, grant a glimpse into the intriguing lives of the Zulus. The Moses Mabhida Stadium is a popular modern landmark and along with a blooming food scene, Durban is a beachside beauty on the rise.
Take a day off from your daily schedule and spend it under the delightful sun at Addington Beach. The beach is always buzzing with tourists and locals alike, where people can find a lot of recreational activities like surfing, swimming, and other forms of water sports. Professional lifeguards are always on duty on the beach, so there's no fear of harm. There's also a number of bars and restaurants just across the street if you fancy a drink or bite after a tiring yet fun day. So grab your swimsuits and spend the day building sand castles on the Addington Beach.
Spend a day at the People's Park and experience the life of a kid again. It includes a track, a kid's play area, a cozy little cafe and also cute fountains due to which the park is always buzzing with people of all ages. The place also sometimes doubles up as a music venue where various musical acts are performed by local or international artists. The park is open to all and offers a delightful escape from the monotonous daily routine for people in the city.