Unexpected city itineraries: Hiking in Durban

2019-09-20 08:12 - Marisa Crous
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Mangrove swamp in dappled sunlight.

Surfing, Bunny Chow and warm weather year-round are things we associate with Durban, not necessarily hiking. 

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But Durbs is here to prove you all wrong, as it has hiking trails aplenty. Not always the conventional mountain hike as one would expect, but 'walking outside for extended periods of time' nonetheless.

Here are some trails and walks to add to your itinerary: 

Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve

Located at the mouth of the Umgeni River in Durban North, a suburb of Durban, here you can stroll at leisure through sections of boardwalk through the small, 76-hectare swamp.  

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve 

West of Durban you'll find this reserve with varies trails to choose from, all with different levels of difficulty. The 6km Molweni Trail is so worth it as it takes you to the bottom of the gorge. Beautiful!

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Shongweni Dam

Between Durban and Pietermaritzburg is Shongweni Dam. A great place to be close to nature as zebras will literally stroll past you on your hike. Book a guide ahead of time and walk the 3km Ntini Trail. 

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Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve

Do the 2km walk which starts at the gates and passes the picnic area. Head down to the wooden boardwalk to see the stunning coastal forest. The trail is right on the edge of Umhlanga. It is a wonderful walk. 

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