#UnlockYourCity: How to plan the best Durban Staycation

2016-11-07 13:24
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Doorstep travel, Staycation, Shot Left, whatever you want to call it - travelling in and around the city you live in is awesome when you happen to live in South Africa.

The ultimate lure of the staycation is getting to chill at home for a bit, recharging your batteries and switching off from work and the everyday hustle.

Another popular reason for just staying put is to be able to save a bit of money - whether that be in travel costs or accommodation - but still getting to splurge a little bit on all the great foodie options and activities within your city. 

It’s really about lowering a gear and making a plan to check out those things you don’t usually have the time for.  

With that said, we’ve curated the top tips and a few awesome ideas to make the most of your staycation in one of SA’s coolest cities…



Ah, Durban you lucky thing. Those who live there are spoiled with pretty much a year-round holiday climate and tropical beaches aplenty, probably why more often than not, so many nice people come from Durban.

Home to one of the continent’s busiest ports, it’s also the gateway to a vast range of natural and cultural attractions.

But for the intents and purposes of this guide, it's about what you can do in and round the city. So why not treat the family to breakfast on the beach - go put your feet in the sand at CircusCircus Beach Café on the promenade. 

And because you're on a Staycation, it means you have all the time in the world to spend at the beach or even head to an old favourite, uShaka Marine World – treat the kids to a dolphin show or the ‘wet and wild’ play area that includes a huge swimming pool and a waterslide that purports to be Africa’s highest. 

If you've been wanting to tackle that Urban city adventure Durban has become so popular for, head to the Moses Madhiba Stadium in Isaiah Ntshangase Road. Built for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, this complex bills itself as ‘more than a stadium’ – and it is.

Here, you can climb the 500 steps up the stadium arch or take a SkyCar ride for a 360-degree view of Durban, stretch your legs in the People’s Park, bungee-jump 80m into the stadium bowl with the Big Rush Big Swing, or go on one of the stadium tours.  

Go check out Suncoast Casino, Hotels & Entertainment for some evening fun, whether it involves a spin on the roulette table, a flutter on the slot machines, a movie or live show, a meal or a treatment in the spa. 

Durban Botanic Gardens in Berea is the oldest botanical gardens in Africa and this green oasis in the middle of a bustling city boasts significant collections of cycads, orchids and palms. It’s peaceful, beautiful - and free. If you’re feeling peckish, you can snack on scones in the tea garden.  

Get historically and culturally acquainted at the KwaMuhle Apartheid Museum. Housed in the former ‘Native Affairs’ building, its video, photographic and historic exhibits give a comprehensive understanding of Durban’s troubled past and people. 

Go exploring with a city and/or township tour – Street Scene comes recommended to see Durban’s high points. Some of these tours include the stadium and botanic garden so plan accordingly.   

For something different go check out Elephant House (the first house built on the Berea, in 1849, at the time in the path of elephants finding their way to drinking water) and then there is the 'afro-oriental’ Victoria Street Market 

Drive up the coast to Umhlanga for sundowners at the Lighthouse Bar in the Oyster Box Hotel. Or explore the Valley of a Thousand Hills with a full-day tour to get a deeper understanding of the Zulu culture as you experience their many continuing practises and traditional lifestyle.

Experience the Midlands Meander for all sorts of arts-and-crafts outlets, restaurants, outdoor activities and other attractions. You can do it on your own or join a Midlands tour.

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